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Old 25-12-2012, 10:25 PM   #31
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i prefer using my IEMs, especially when you are carrying alot of things in your bag, the pouch cant protect the ESW11LTD.
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Old 27-12-2012, 12:36 AM   #32
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@Haonan: Goldlink interconnects! I was looking for them high and low but AT SEA doesn't bring them in at all

Also chiong a couple of AT headphone stands directly from AT office today. Still wondering why Stereo stopped selling them???
Bro sry for replying late. Yeah ATH's Goldlink series interconnects are quite easy to get from JP, so I just asked my friend there to help lor since I usually do import my ATH gears from there. Their street prices there are quite economic friendly actually, this is not Mundorf/ALO so wallet dmg also not very bad, furthermore there's no need to waste shipping buy them from specific online stores since ATH stuffs are easily avail at Yodobashi Camera/BicCamera store outlets there, my friend lives in Tokyo so it's quite easy for him to pick up stuffs for me.

I should be making a trip to Tokyo again come next yr March/April period due to Sakura season, lemme know via PM msg if you are interested in getting any ATH cables/accessories, as long as it's not actual headphones (due to warranty reasons) I should be able to help you to purchase w/o incurring exp shipping charges.

AT headphone stands sounds gd! I actually aim their AT-HPS550 for very long liao, rem they introduced this model during Summer 2011 as an alternative stand to the wooden ver AT-HPS500. Saw the HPS550 before at Stereo, I guess I might just pick 2 pcs up when I'm ready to buy that AD2000X, one for my AD1000prm another for the AD2kx since I don't have own any headphone stands yet.

Was originally lusting after the Sieveking Sound Omega that I saw once from bro Guan22's setup pics that he had shared under post yr rig thread, that one was quite poisonous but after I found out abt the price, my wallet gave me the middle finger so NG I guess...
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Old 27-12-2012, 12:38 AM   #33
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@Randius: Yeah, you are right.

Actually, the CK100pro do very well with vocal, to my ears.
When listening to these singer 南泥, 陳潔麗, 姚斯婷, I will automatically pick up CK100pro to listen.
Hey postfix79. I have to admit except for 姚斯婷 which Guan22 had already introduced earlier on this thread, I'm pretty new to the first 2 female singers u had mentioned in yr original post. I did check out 陳潔麗 on YT and Muzebra (ex Z-music.org, a russian streaming site I shared awhile back) just now, was pleasantly surprised by her vocal power and quite liked the cover she did for Mavis Fan's 眼淚. Although I haven't been following the C-pop scene very closely for the last few yrs, I grew up during my sec sch days listening to alot of chinese songs by popular artists back in those days such as Mavis Fan, Tarcy Su, Gigi Leung etc.

Anyway thks for the nice intro, I will definitely be picking up some 陳潔麗 CD albums very soon as I really like her vocals, even just via streaming quality her songs already left me breathless totally on my CK100PRO/AD1000PRM, I can't imagine what eargasm I will get when I listen to them properly via FLAC lossless with my desktop setup.
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Old 27-12-2012, 01:16 AM   #34
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well not the first person to do but
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Old 27-12-2012, 01:19 AM   #35
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I would really like to try the ESW10JPN. Hard to find a mint one.
Just wondering, do you guys use ur ESW11LTD outside? Cant find a carrying case for it. ATH-HPP5 is already discontinued.
Hey shsh91. Actually for Audio-technica accessories model names, they only have the AT hyphen infront, not ATH as that naming convention only applies to their headphones/IEMs. I did a check via a few popular japanese shopping websites such as Yodobashi and Amazon.co.jp, it's indeed alrdy discontinued. But I think you can try some other sites like Lelong or Audiocubes, it seems to be possible to order them still. Not sure if it's any help but I guess it's worth a try if you're interested in getting their original carrying case? I do have one with me right now that's not in use atm ever since I purchased my ESW9, but I may be putting my headphones up for sale next mth so most likely will be bundling it together for easier sales.

I really wanted to try CK-100. Too bad it was EOL then, and its not widely available outside of Japan.
Hi JGXENX. Wah you still that bothered by those CK100's owner impressions ah, since I rem awhile back from those K-pop threads in edmw u really wanted these pretty badly. Unfortunately they have alrdy been discontinued in JP as of Feb-March period this yr, they don't turn up that often for 2nd-hand sales even on japanese auction sites, and the last I saw them on sale 2nd-hand was on Head-fi's buy/sell bazaar back in Sept.

I do want to share with you that from this thread discussion post by AwakenedBeing on Head-fi, it's true that in terms of main signature traits the closest to CK100 would prolly be either AD1000PRM/AD2k in my own words too. Of course there are still some slight differences here and there, headphones being headphones they do have slightly more bass reverb/impact to yr ears than those CK100's, and in terms of soundstaging/imaging properties the AD1000PRM/AD2k definitely do much better than CK100's. But for their midrange character, having listened to my pair of AD1000PRM's for more than half a yr and also tried the AD1k/AD2k before myself, I would say they indeed do share alot of similarities in terms of the mids and vocal presentation.

So if really searching for a pair of CK100 doesn't turn up well for you, IMO you can always try aim for desktop/home setup and try acquire either a pair of AD1000PRM or AD2k next time, also not a bad idea. ATH's Air Dynamic series up to AD2k are not hard to drive at all unlike those Sennheisers/AKG's, most of them are quite low impedance with high sensitivity but of course they do benefit from higher power current outputs, so they will of course scale accordingly with higher-end DAC source/amps once you go up the chain. But even via my Sony NW-Z1070's headphone out, I can already unlock abt 70-80% of the AD1000PRM's sound quality w/o any external amping help, so yes investing in the AD series is not such a bad idea IMHO.

Just some genuine opinion from me, cheers mate!
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Old 27-12-2012, 01:21 AM   #36
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Thanks for sharing nekatrall, very nice!
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Old 27-12-2012, 01:23 AM   #37
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well not the first person to do but
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ATH's Goldlink series interconnects
Just a question, the ATH cables vs normal cables no diff rite???
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Old 27-12-2012, 01:33 AM   #38
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haha nth much to show actually
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haha nth much to show actually
nono... i mean everyone (=

I'll post some if I can find a proper camera
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Old 27-12-2012, 02:31 AM   #41
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Just a question, the ATH cables vs normal cables no diff rite???
Hey LBBEF. Uh that is a very hypothetical question directed at me haha, in all honesty I can't say I'm really into all these cables hype/snake oil thingy, cos I have never spent alot of money on high-end cables or power supply connectivity, however I do acknowledge and know they do mean something for audiophiles, and I have also personally encounter some discernable differences when I changed and used better made/more exp interconnects for my portable stuffs.

For Audio-technica wise, afaik their interconnects family are typically split into 3 groups, Goldlink Basic, Goldlink Fine and Artlink series. Goldlink Basic/Goldlink Fine generally covers their main consumer line-up for audio/video cables accessories, then their Artlink stuffs are usually catered for those high-end audio enthusiasts. When I say their cable prices are usually quite economic wallet-friendly, I'm only referring to their Goldlink series. But if you were to take a look at their high-end Artlink stuffs such as this digital coaxial cable, I would say their retail prices do come very close to most Oyaide/Acoustic Revive stuffs, which are also quite prominent japanese makers when it comes to high-end cable interconnects made for audio.

From what I can make out from their japanese description for the above AT-RD5000 as an example, they have built-in Hanenite damping for the cables. Hanenite is a rubber-based damping material with superlative anti-resonance properties, but I don't think Hanenite is a Audio-technica trademark owned by them, prolly they were made by some well-known japanese factories as Google came out with some results for Hanenite made by some well-known japanese rubber factories.

The conductor wires inside their Artlink series is also pure silver OFC, with Brass + Rhodium plating on the plugs themselves and according to my basic understanding of the metals industry last time, usually metal alloys like copper/brass are always usually much more expensive than stuffs like aluminium, copper and brass material also usually acts as very good electrical insulators so I guess the streets prices for these Artlink interconnects reflects pretty much its qualities.

So if you want a direct answer from me, nope I don't think ATH cables are just like any other tom, dick or harry cables. They know their stuffs well and if you prefer typical mainstream stuffs, you go for their cheaper Goldlink series cables, if you are loaded and don't mind splurging on higher-quality made cables (interconnect cables for your audio setup are usually meant to last quite long anyways, doubt anyone will change that often) then you may invest in their Artlink series.

I'm just a peasant myself, so far I have only bought their Goldlink Fine series interconnects for my desktop audio/PS3 stuffs. While I do yearn for higher-end quality audio like many others, like what they usually say one must live within one's limits.
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@haonan: Thanks for your views on 陳潔麗. When I first heard it, I also surprise too. Now, looks like I wanna find some chance to try the AD1000
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But if you were to take a look at their high-end Artlink stuffs such as this digital coaxial cable....
got english? can link to the goldlink series? catch no ball leh
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Old 27-12-2012, 12:18 PM   #44
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got english? can link to the goldlink series? catch no ball leh
Google translate is your best friend

Unfortunately, most of these cables are not available outside of Japan.
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@postfix79: No problem. Thks for spreading female vocal poison on me, now need to save up more money for quality CDs liao. I believe Stereo do carry the AD1000/AD2000 series, just kindly take note there's still some slight differences in them in regards to comfort fit/treble signature, Headfonia has a pretty descriptive summary of most AD series released so far so can just google yrself.

I have to also mention that anything below AD1000PRM (meaning only the AD1k PRM/AD2k and their newest AD2000X flagship) typically their AD series do not come with Permendur used for the magnetic circuitry for its drivers. If you do not understand what is Permendur, feel free to take a look at AudioUltima or Feastrex websites as they have quite a brief description regarding these materials usually used in ATH's higher-end headphone line-up. (iirc Permendur was also used in the 50th's Anni W3000ANV and their wood flagship W5000, but not in other W series so far)

These materials are usually not cheap and are considered highly permeable magnetic materials and more efficient than low-carbon steel used in some consumer-based speaker voicecoils, as mentioned by AudioUltima there's not much companies using Permendur in their drivers, even in JP I seem to only find companies like Sumitomo Metal Industries/Tohoku Steel mainly manufacturing Permendur, so I guess due to high cost/high manufacturing demands that's why TOTL ATH headphones that uses Permendur are quite expensive.

@weng: For yr this kind loaded one, you can just go walk ard Adelphi, buy those expensive cable interconnects they usually sell can liao. I believe ATH's Goldlink/Artlink series are really considered peanuts to you, so since I don't see you have much love for their gears, don't see why you would be interested in their cables mainly. Like what Randius mentioned, local availability is also pretty scarce usually ard here so it's hard to purchase them yrself even if u're interested.
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