Originally Posted by jant71
Yeah, even another thing I prefer in the CKR9. Don't like the look of the plug of the CKR10 as much with the different finish, more rounded end cap. Only aesthetics as I don't buy what they have been selling here about suppressing unwanted vibration with the plug sheath material. I can use tight fitting firmer tips like the CKP200 tips to get better control of the low end of certain phones cause they do help keep vibration down but this is at/in the ear. The material over an otherwise same size and shape plug does nothing especially with the same cable and strain relief and my player sitting in a pocket most times. Just a bit of marketing. Seems like a bit of a reach there for an extra bullet point which again lends to the impression that these two will be closer in SQ and more about preference.
These suckers seem to be all about the "sound reality" and for the prices they better be. They both only come with a pouch and 4 sizes of the crappy CKM55 tips. Even the $99 CKX9 come with a zip case and Comply tips. Sounds like these drive units and the better cables are costly so they short us on accessories. Fine with me as that could make the price drop faster if it turns some people off. Though I was thinking of grabbing the first pair of the 9 that was $250 shipped. Seems like the street prices will be around $125 for the not in the same league CKR7 and $250 for the CKR9 and $330-ish for the CKR10.
Of course, audio technica never ceases to surprise their audience with the lackluster accessories, huh?
The good thing is though, they may be onto something if the impressionists enjoy these..
I'm insta-buying the ckr9s in that case, or possibly wait for a weird sale to occur in a procession of three weeks.
There has to be that magical $170, price reduction that may occur with them, there's just got to be! The fx850 had that type of reduction with its $380 price tag!
That and your prediction makes sense to be honest, if the people do not enjoy the benefits of this $250 price tag, maybe AT will reduce their pricing.
On another note,
Now they're up in amazon.co.jp for pre-order. Unfortunately, there are no other sellers, and the one that is currently selling these aren't amazon, but it is a start!
Only 22 more days now...
I truly expect wonders from this "reality" earphone. Good aluminum quality, solid color choice, build quality should be reminiscent of the ck10 times, the strain relief is a HUGE pro at the moment (though I encourage a removable cable as it seems that its PHAT relief indicates an mmcx connector), and the cable quality of these Iems. Hopefully, the cable will adopt the rubbery smooth trail of the ck10s, just like the es700s did, so it can reduce the microphonics by quite a bit.
The only question that bothers me is..
Would these work as over-ears? Would we have to buy a reverse channel adapter? I'm quite picky with this, lol!
Edited by vlenbo - 4/3/14 at 6:58pm