Audio-Technica's Take on the Microdriver: ATH-CKN50 and CKN70
May 21, 2013 at 10:47 AM Post #181 of 294

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If they sound fairly similar, I would sell my AKG702 for an M50
 
May 22, 2013 at 8:06 AM Post #182 of 294

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May 22, 2013 at 9:33 AM Post #183 of 294

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Can somebody please compare the sound of These CKNs to the well liked ATH-M50?


As a rule people don't really like to compare headphones to earphones on Head-Fi.
 
May 22, 2013 at 9:38 AM Post #184 of 294

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I see, so it has never been done.
 
May 22, 2013 at 9:42 AM Post #185 of 294

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I see, so it has never been done.

 
I'll give it a go: I don't think the M50 has as much mid-bass as the CKN70 and the highs are smoother on the M50 (though the M50 still has an edge to it's sound). The M50 does not really sound as fast as the CKN70. This of course all depends on what tips you are using for the CKN70.
 
Of course the M50 will not have as much long term wearing comfort as your K702... clamping force is quite high and they are a closed headphone after all.
 
May 22, 2013 at 9:50 AM Post #186 of 294

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Thank you a_recording. I like your youtube reviews on the CKN70 and M50 .
 
May 22, 2013 at 9:54 AM Post #187 of 294

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May 23, 2013 at 12:46 PM Post #188 of 294

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I've heard people complain about the harsh treble on the CKN70, but I haven't seen much of that on this thread.
 
May 23, 2013 at 1:13 PM Post #189 of 294

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I've heard people complain about the harsh treble on the CKN70, but I haven't seen much of that on this thread.

I haven't heard that complaint much on this thread either. I have heard how they smooth out with 500 - 700 hours of burn-in. Mine never seemed to smooth out though even after 500 hours of burn-in so I was up for trying the Philips tips that another poster raved about. They made a huge difference for me.
 
I kept hearing how great the CKN70's sounded but the harsh treble was becoming an insurmountable hurdle for my enjoyment of them. If they don't sound harsh to you then enjoy!
 
May 23, 2013 at 1:43 PM Post #190 of 294

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I haven't heard that complaint much on this thread either. I have heard how they smooth out with 500 - 700 hours of burn-in. Mine never seemed to smooth out though even after 500 hours of burn-in so I was up for trying the Philips tips that another poster raved about. They made a huge difference for me.
 
I kept hearing how great the CKN70's sounded but the harsh treble was becoming an insurmountable hurdle for my enjoyment of them. If they don't sound harsh to you then enjoy!

I actually don't have them yet.  Still deciding :)
 
May 23, 2013 at 6:48 PM Post #192 of 294

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@ Digirato - What differences do the SHE3590 tips make to the rest of the sound on the CKN70's? I might buy the SHE3590 just for the tips as it only costs £10 ($15). I've heard they are good bargain iem's too so that's a bonus I guess.

To my ears the entire range from bass to the highest notes sound superb. I get what you're asking and I was listening for part of the sound spectrum to be recessed or over emphasized.
 
The only area that can be over powering is the bass if I jam them in tight and turn up the volume. Bass heads would love that effect but it's painful to my eardrums so I don't do it. It's the most bass I've ever heard from an IEM. At reasonable listening levels the overall result with these tips is well balanced, detailed and highly enjoyable. Everyone hears differently but this is truly how they are for me.
 
May 23, 2013 at 11:22 PM Post #193 of 294

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To my ears the entire range from bass to the highest notes sound superb. I get what you're asking and I was listening for part of the sound spectrum to be recessed or over emphasized.

The only area that can be over powering is the bass if I jam them in tight and turn up the volume. Bass heads would love that effect but it's painful to my eardrums so I don't do it. It's the most bass I've ever heard from an IEM. At reasonable listening levels the overall result with these tips is well balanced, detailed and highly enjoyable. Everyone hears differently but this is truly how they are for me.


Alright, thanks. I reckon I'll just buy the SHE3590 then just to try out the tips. Do you have the 3590?
 
May 24, 2013 at 8:52 AM Post #194 of 294

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Alright, thanks. I reckon I'll just buy the SHE3590 then just to try out the tips. Do you have the 3590?

Yes, the Philips SHE3590. I think you'll be very pleased.
 
I listened to them quite awhile last night and love the rich, full sound sig. The highs have a smooth brilliance instead of the former harsh piercing quality.
 

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