Originally Posted by Cecala
Just finished reading all 42 pages so I know it's going to be the 9LTD so far although.................
Dopaminer considering you have the FX-850's can you elaborate on the main differences between them and the CKR 9 regards Lower bass slam, midlushness, treble sparkle and soundstage.
850 has more bass, and it`s good, always good, and sometime revelatory - "I hadn`t noticed that deep frequency before !" has crossed my mind more than once. Howver, CKR9 can hold its own, but not on as many tracks as the 850.
ANY kind of lushness, the 850 will come on top.
Treble sparkle...hmmm. That is a tough call. Generally, I like the 850`s treble more; the 9 can be harsh sometimes. Not sibilant, but not pleasant either. ( In my sessions demoing the LTD, that harshness is gone. ) Both bring ample detail to the sound, and much of the trebly bits are sparkly.
Soundstage will obviously go to the 850 - it is freakishly huge. However, if you have an AK player and your firmware has their recent AKTP5 custom EQ, the CKR9`s soundstage pushes way out like the 850`s. It`s amazing, and I always use that EQ with my 9s.
I know I`m sounding like an 850 fanboy, and I guess I am guilty as charged. However they do not isolate, almost not at all IMO, and therefore the CKR9 is my current out and about iem. The 9 is a great, interesting, almost surprising iem - I highly recommend it. In fact, mine will be for sale as soon as I get the LTD, and it`s going to be crazy-cheap.
And one more thing which may interest anyone consider the 9, 10 or LTD : the cable is 4-conductor, all the way to the plug. In other words, you can reterminate to a balanced plug if you want. I`m going to do mine in AK 2.5mm. (as is my 850) I keep thinking there could be some interesting result with the ATH twin-driver arrangement in balanced mode. . .
Edited by Dopaminer - 1/18/15 at 2:42am