Just tried the CKR7, 9, 10 today. Spent a good 30 mins listening to all of them. Took the time to try out the IM70 as well.
The CKR7 was just as I expected, it was rather disappointing and sounded more like a souped up R6 Reference to me. The CKR9's while took me a while to get used to the sound signature, had very pleasant bass that was neither under nor overpowering. The high end presence for the most part felt just about right, though for JPOP female singers it could start to get a little ear piercing. Mids were upfront, and didnt felt like it was trying to take over the sound like it does on my SE215. Then I tried the CKR10 and immediately felt the warmth which the CKR9 lacked. For a moment there I thought I prefered the overall sound of the CKR10, until I went back to the CKR9 and realised just how rolled back the highs are on the CKR10, which is not my thing.
So in all I think the CKR9 gets my vote. While I appreciate the overall warmthness of the CKR10, I do not like listening to music without that particular high end sparkle. Which I would also like to add how the IM70 have that similar sparkle the SE215 lacked. Now I wish I had gotten a pair of IM70's over the SE215 back then, and they're both priced similarly. :/
Originally Posted by Middy
Just do a search on aliexpress for ckr10. The seller I got them from doesn't list them anymore. But a ckr10 brings up a few of them.There isn't a link via my app sorry. $57 cheapest listed
@Middy I'm really intrigued by the CKR9 and 10's on Aliexpress, I noticed a lot of them refrained from showing the AT logo on the IEMs, even the ones that do seemed to be very cleverly photoshopped away. Did the CKR10's you bought come with the AT logos on the sides? And how was the packaging like?