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IKKO CTU01/Arc SPCOCC Material HiFi Audiophile in-Ear Monitor Cable/Earphone Cable for OH1,OH10,OH2,OH1S,OH7
High purity wire cores
127um high purity single crystal copper silver-plated core, providing better resolution
Clear high frequency sound
Thicker silver-plated layer, more transparent ultra-high frequency presentation.
1.2m cable length,ultra-low cable impedance to maximize the transient performance of IEM
Comes with silicone ear tips
Including: CTU01 HiFi Audiophile IEM Cable 1 PCS,Double Layer Tips 1 pair, Short silicone Tips 3 pair, Balance Tips 3 pair (color depends on the color inside the package)
I bought this the IKKO CTU01 replacement cable to try with IMR R2 Aten that was recently acquired from Drop. All my previously IEMs featured MMCX connections so this was my first experience with a 2-Pin (0.78mm) connection.I am happy with the build quality, clarity of sound (I guess good cable is cable you don't hear), and the custom look (multi-colored strains inside semi-transparent sleeve look pretty cool). In addition, I found the extra eartips that came in the packaging very useful - as a matter of fact, I replaced the stock eartip on IMR R2 Aten with one of the "short silicone tips."This cable is not without its shortcomings, however. I found the material to be a bit too stiff; especially on the part where the cable loops around the ear. Also, the sleeve material is not very smooth but rather sticky. All this results in the cable being a bit hard to roll up and tuck away for transport.All in all, though, I am quite satisfied with the purchase and would recommend it for someone looking to explore different cables for their IEMs.
i really like this cable, which is a good item for a good listening experience, definitely a good try.
This review is for the Ikko ARC CTU-01 SPCOCC audio upgrade cable. .78mm pin to 3.5mm jack.This is actually my second review of this cable, as I wasn't aware that I had to choose the product in my account specifically in order to write a review for it. Same cable; different review; same opinion.This is a cable that may have appeal to people looking for different things from an audio cable.If your priority is a cable that doesn't get tangled easily and is free from microphonics, this might be the best choice. Why? The housing/insulation on this cable is a clear, glossy silicone. It is very supple and flexible. I have had no problems with tangles or microphonics with it at all.If your priority is a cable that looks good, then I can recommend it for that as well.This cable practically screams 'premium', with a very classy, elegant, minimalistic look. It is almost jewell-like in fit and finish. It even sports a chin slider that blends in with the barrel where the cable splits, for those who like such things.There are rubber strain reliefs at appropriate places. The jack is not bulky and ponderous, as so many others; instead being only slightly larger than the rest of the cable, as is the barrel at the split, and the .78mm pin connectors. These parts are metal with the same black chrome finish as the Ikko OH10 IEM's. They are pictured here with a pair of BLON BL-03 IEM's, which have the "gun" coloring. This is also the black chrome finish.If your priority in an audio upgrade cable is actually the audio quality, then I can recommend this cable wholeheartedly!I am using the BL-03's temporarily, while Ikko repairs a defect in my OH10's. Therefore, I was using the stock cable and tips from the OH10's with the BL-03's, as their stock cable was recommended against by many reviewers; and none of the tips that came with the BL-03's were to my liking.Going from the stock cable of the OH10's to the ARC CTU-01 was a big step up! It brought the sound of the BL-03's much closer to what I was used to from the OH10's. A dramatic improvement!As with all things audio, however, YMMV. There are multiple reasons for this which do not belong in a short review.Finally, Ikko has provided a variety of extra silicone tips with this cable.There is one pair of "double layer" tips, which are flanged, oddly 'squared off' at the top, and have a large bore.There are three pairs of "short silicone tips", which have a small bore and a short shaft.There are also three pairs of "balance tips", which are provided in a random color (mine are blue). These have a medium bore and a long shaft, which fit the BL-03's well.This cable is expensive, especially when compared to the many, many cheap cables with great claims to be found on Amazon.I have tried one of those cheap, braided cables which claimed to be made of the same SPCOCC material as this. It looked gaudy, with a huge jack that looked out of place, and an oversized bead for a chin slider. It was extremely supple, almost 'soft' to the touch. However, it actually diminished the sound quality of the BL-03's. Therefore, it languishes in its pouch, to be used for emergencies only.This Ikko ARC cable is the real deal, and worth the investment, in my opinion.UPDATE: After using this cable for some months, I noticed that the 'silicone' jacket has stiffened considerably. AFAIK, this is not a normal property of silicone, so I must have been wrong about the material.The cable is not so stiff that it can't be coiled up and stored, but it doesn't want to straighten out again, either.Also, the outer jacket broke off at the split where the chin slider sits, exposing the wire inside.Moreover, while the cable let the BLON BL-3's open up and sound fuller and with more detail, I found that I preferred the sound of the stock cable for the OH10's.I would still recommend the cable, especially for upgrading the BLON BL-3, but it may be advisable to apply something like Armor All or a vinyl conditioner about once a month to maintain suppleness.
This cable doesn't pickup any additional noise from microphonics.
Removed the stock cable from my SIMGOT MT3 which was pretty good in the first place. I did not like the colour so I went for the IKKO. It has sturdier more'industrial' build and design. Of course this is not inexpensive at $80 CAN, so you are getting a premium product. I purchased the 2.5mm balanced variant with 2 pin connection. Immediately the sound was enhanced coming from my FiiO M9. With the original 3.5mm 0.78mm 2 pin cable and connection I could push the volume up to 100-110. With the IKKO I can't push more than 90. The bass just kicks ass and they sound superb. Hope to see more choice in terms of colours and material.
Coming from the audio mixing world I'm used to cans. I have the lovely Neumann NDH 30s and they're top notch $800 headphones, I wasn't expecting these OH10s' to so closely match the sound but these are fantastic IEMS, great bass, beautiful highs and clear mids. I discovered my old LG V30 is actually a good DAP and now I have the ability to make any place a concert in my head. Bravo!
I tried my best to temper my expectations before receiving this pair, in fear of it not meeting them. It took less then 3 seconds for me on the first track to realize how much potential this iem had. It had already exceeded my expectations of sub-bass and smoothed highs by a mile. I love to EQ a solid bass shelf on most iem/headphones, but dear god, this is the first time I've ever thought of pulling it down a few DB (in a good way). The bass is the star, but still very well balanced and clairty on tracks that you need it. Certainly the most exciting and fun pair of hifi equipment I now own.
Further, I received some of the best customer support from an non-american based company. Competitive pricing and still offer such quick responses and great solutions. I can not recommend this iem and company enough! Long time customer here, has been won.
ive never bought iems before, but i like to think i do my research before buying things and i definitely think this pair was well worth it, they come in the best packaging of any product i’ve ever recieved, making it feel 100$ more valuable. The sound is amazing even with only an apple branded audio jack, they are very heavy in the hands and feel very high quality, but in the ears they feel incredibly light and unnoticed. the looks of these iems is amazing and i love it very much, overall an incredibly good purchase and i would reccomend from a non-experienced audiophile
This is a great entry IEM. I was relieved that this IEM sounded very good and not spectacular because I spent much more on my beloved OH10s. The photochromatic feature is not as dramatic as I had envisioned but at this price its not really an issue. In this price range I prefer these over the project reds that I bought to compare.
Though my interface and iPad at home sound lovely but very sensitive, if i plug into my work laptop or office dock, it picks up a background hiss.
Have not heard original OH10, but this is a wonderfully fun set. V shaped tuning with great bass and great details. Recessed and slightly distant mids. Recommended for fans of r&b and rock.
Build is exceptional, but is quite heavy due to the metal used in its construction.
Niche product. Audiophiles chasing neutral or harman look elsewhere. Anyone else, feel free to give this a shot. I think the price is a little high given how competitive the current market is, but this is still worth the cost of entry if you're chasing a warm, crunchy tuning.
Not recommended for: female vocals
I have been using the oh10 for over a year with the stock cable but when I changed it to the CTU02 it made a positive difference straight away. Love the clarity is instruments and crisp highs. The bass got a slight boost too and the vocals were more clear and pronounced. Great purchase.
These provide some of the best sound I've ever heard in an IEM. The soundstage is very wide. They're very comfortable during long listening sessions as well. From the packaging to the accessories included, the OH5 is hard to beat.
Sometimes you get what you pay for and sometimes you don't. The presentation and performance with the OH5 are a home run. Well done, iKKO! 👏🏻
I am not a expert on this field, but I think the human sound is outstanding. Nevertheless, the background music like musical instrument sometimes are covered by other sound. But I would consider it as your company trait range.
The Aroma Diffuser is working like a charm.
So i'm very satisfied.
IKKO OH10 Obsidian
Really great with FLAC material using foobar2000 and RetroArch upsampler, and also my own electronic music in Ableton Live, going through RME Fireface UCX II at 192kHz (96kHz in Ableton Live), the original cable, and some cheap 3.5mm to 1/4" adapter. Also very good with Moondrop Dawn 4.4mm over phone and CTU-01 cable, although I didn't get it to work in higher bitrates on my phone yet. I'm not sure, but I think I need to get some app for that. It seems like it has less bass compared to listening from the RME interface. Which seems reasonable considering that RME has an external power supply.
This is my first pair of IEMs. But I've used Behringer Truth B2030A and AKG K 271 MKII.
Having two types of drivers seems very basic, at least in modern terms, but it's part of a world of miniaturized Hi-Fi sound systems which fit into your ear.
Yes, my initial assumptions were confirmed. This is the closest thing we have to a virtual reality device like some of the devices described in novels of ... ah, help... the guy who wrote Neuromancer, yes, William Gibson.
Balanced armature - who cares what it means. It screams cyberpunk.
The best dac for iphone11 or my old samsung phone wit sd card full hd music. Perfect play dsd, sacd rips etc, I prefer sound AK chips, power is Ok , measured 2x25mW looot for my planar iem. I love it with my ikko OH10 earphones. I very satisfy with combination Samsung j5 w OLED +SD card+this dac… cheapest combination with BIG sound. Bravo ikko.
You see where it got that name from. Asgard is the home of the Norse gods, comparable to Mount Olympus in Greece. Ikko Asgard Oh5's live-action performances are superb. The Pawnshop's timbre is dark and boxy, as it should be (it's a jazz pub in the 1970s, man), but Driving in Live in Prague isn't a stadium-sized nighttime concert in my hearing field. I'll listen to it again with the dx300 and 4.4 and compare. However, the cohesion of the entire mid segment is extremely fluid. It can reflect even a tiny change in any instrument. These are heartwarming.