Originally Posted by UryuQuincy
Dear vlenbo, I am really exciting after read your impressions, but with so many amazing IEMs being launched this year I am confused about what to get : IM03, H3, FX850 and CKR9 (CKR10 depending on the impressions that will come). I know that CKR9 are the cheapest on this wishlist but I ain't planning to get these right now, so the price may be different in the time I will have the money. The question is: wich one of these ( I don't know if you have heard all of them) would you recommend based in the criteria bellow ( the numbers represent the matter of each item in a decrescent order.
1. Bass ( I really love bass guitars).
3. Level of details
4. Mids and highs
6. Fit and comfort (with stock tips)
Keep in mind that I will mostly use the iPod Classic 7th Gen as source ( It's rockboxed, so if the earphone is missing something, I have some options to assuage the issues, if it's possible).
I will appreciate any help you can give me. Sorry if I am being too exigent, but it's very complicated to buy something that I can't have a demo
Unfortunately, I have yet to acquire the fx850s and the ath-im03.
However, I might sell my im-02s and purchase the im-03s to compare them. However, I can only compare with the h3s unfortunately.
Actually, I'd rather purchase the fx850s/fx750s, especially the fx750s since they're not that apart from the fx850s in sound sig.
Originally Posted by Dsnuts
So I didn't see this one coming but it seems to me these CKR earphones are in fact replacing the CKM phones. The CKR-5 for example.. There are some clues in the design that indicate that these are the CKM500 revision.
This looks almost identical to the CKM500 in design.
Are taking design cues from my old CKM77s.. I just had a V-8 moment.. These are what the CKM700s would have been basically. And the new CKR-9 and CKR-10? CKM900 and the new redesign of their flagship CKM1000. Don't know exactly why the CKM700 and CKM900 never came out.. Maybe AT was trying something new with their IM0X series but.. These phones are it. Which explains why they had to change naming scheme to CKR.. R for revision? The top 2 earphones getting the new RnD treatment.
Guys that are curious. I am very certain the CKR-5 and CKR-7s are going to be stellar IEMs. Very certain.
The reason audio technica never made a ckm700 is because they wanted to focus in designing the push-pull driver system for 3 years straight.
So during 2010-2011, once they released the ckm series, they immediately started designing and refining these ckr series. (Taken from the audio technica japan site with google translate)
Also, you're correct with the design cues, but the twist with those ckr7s is that they are actually ckm99 remakes.
Jant verified that with the specifications at audio technica's site. The difference between the ckr7s and the ckm77s are not only the frequencies they can go to, but the driver size.
These are the same 14mm driver as the ckm99s, while the ckm77s had the 13mm driver.
It's amazing what the audio technica did with their remakes. When you state that you enjoy the ckm500's sound btw, I have to be honest.
There are moments when the ckr9s remind me of the ckm500s, but a much more refined version of them.
These have the details, the syrupy taste of the ckm500s, and the soundstage of a sony xba-h3.
No noise leakage, at least not from what my phone picks up, or other people I walk around with.
The isolation is pretty good for this iem as well.