Audio-Technica Audio Technica ATH-CKM500 BK | Inner Headphones – Respectable

A couple weeks back i purchased the sony xba-3ip and a couple weeks later one of the buds malfunctioned and i had to return it. I browsed head-fi looking for an alternative option and found these to be highly recommended. I had my doubts that these headphones could match the sound quality of the sony xbas due to the fact that they were less than half the price but i took a chance and ordered them anyway. I paid $76 for these headphones for rush shipping from japan and i think it was worth every penny. The bass and treble are great, the soundstage range is fantastic, and everything sounds wonderful. I would definitely pick these over the sony xbas any day. I think the only downside to these headphones is that they are very short. There is an extension that comes along with them but i don’t really like using extensions. This is just a small complaint though, definitely not a deal breaker. I highly recommend these headphones to anybody.

During the initial break in period, these earbuds sounded a bit tinny and harsh. But now after more than 100 hrs. Oflistening, the edge has worn off and the sound is pristine yet warm. Sound stage and separation are nearly perfect and thebackground is negligible.

These are awesome but i received the wrong colour. Minor annoyance, i know, but the actual headphones are fantastic regardless.

As an owner of audio technica ath-m50s, i suppose i had high expectations for these iems. They sound decent, but not nearly as good as my m50s and the previous iems that broke; the brainwavz m3s which are around the same price. As someone else mentioned the shortness of the cable is kind of annoying even though they do provide and extension, i’ve never been a believer of the effects of burning in headphones but perhaps with time those effects will show with these iems or more likely my ears will just get used to them.

Wish it had a button for stopping/volume/skipping tracks but just on sound alone, i highly recommend it. Great highs and middle that are extremely clear and bright. The bass has depth and isn’t just there for just bass sake. ** update nov 2015 – the headphone bud area that connects to the metal outer portion separated. :(i don’t treat my headphones with the utmost care, but i don’t throw them around either. Sorry i can’t gauge if this is a fluke or a defect. Still, i stand by the sound and would probably purchase again to replace.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Solid and well balanced
  • Amazing sound
  • Great sound, fit and build

I’m not an audiophile err whatever that is. I’m just a normal guy who loves great sounding music. Which is why i bought this pair of headphones. Before these, i was using a pair of sony headphones, similar to the sony mdrex10lp. The sony pair that i have are fairly old and i wanted something new with better quality of sound. I will never regret buying these headphones. I listen to a variety of music ranging from hip hop like mos def, the roots, and aesop rock. Rap like jay-z, eminem, snoop dogg, and brotha lynch hung. . Rock like marilyn manson, deftones, korn, nine inch nails, slipknot, sepultura, and soulfly. And some alternative stuff like the prodigy and daft punk.

These headphones have absolutely incredible build quality. On the whole, i’ve mistreated my pair quite a bit over the last year, sleeping on top of them and jamming them into my pockets. However, they still work perfectly for me and have had no issues, unlike other headphones i’ve owned. These headphones are as close to indestructible as i’ve found after a few years of buying different options.

A quick intro, i’m keanex on head-fi i regularly review headphones and other audio gear. I’m here to give you a quick review on these. Bass: the bass is well extended, very clean with no signs of distortion whether it’s through my ipod, laptop, or o2+odac combo. The bass hits hard and is quick, but the mid-bass is a bit pushy, this may change with burn-in though. Mids: the mids are intimate, clean and smooth. These are the most realistic mids i have come across in my endeavors for an iem. Highs: well extended, no added sibilance, and balanced really well with the overall signature. Instrument separation/soundstage is one of the best i’ve heard in an iem. I feel as if i’m in a small club that is tuned to provide a clean sound. Instruments have room to breath even in the most complex parts of songs i’ve heard that even sound a tad confusing at time on my audio technica ad2000.

Though, admittedly, i’ve never owned any ‘high-end’ ear buds before. Outstanding sound (especially after the ‘burn in’ period). Clear, full, without booming, bass. Clear and wide mid range, very present. Subtle, not tinny, high end. Very expansive and well integrated sound stage. A bit snug, which helps with the sound quality but can make them uncomfortable before too long.

Ordered these from japan import (provided by amazon, prompt shipping, highly recommended), and am currently breaking them in as i write this review. I’m a firm believer in ‘burning in’ headphones, so i’m basing this review based on my first impressions. From the music i’ve played: (smashing pumpkins, slightly stoopid, immortal technique, weezer, miles davis), this is what i’ve noted:- i took note of the presence of bass. It’s there, and satisfies all but the extreme bass heads. – the mids and highs (if that makes sense) seemed didn’t seem to be as clear as others have claimed. – from my perspective, it seemed as though these headphones are settled for darker, punchier music. – instrument separation was surprisingly good, i took note of some percussion and backing vocals that i didn’t catch before on some of my other headsets. Some things to keep in mind, before these headphones, i frequently used the sony mdr-v6 monitor series headphones with ccaw voice coil and grado prestige series sr-60i padded headphones, so it’s possible that my preferences are just accustomed to the mentioned products above. Again, i’m not a an audiophile, but i do enjoy my music being reproduced with respectable quality, and for what these iem’s offer, they are definitely respectable. After burning these in, they’ll only get better, so my advice is to pick these up if your looking to replace or add on to to your headphone situation.

I’ve a number of headphones – beyerdynamic t1 for critical listening, akg 701 for casual listening, akg 240 for use when on the computer and now the ath ckm500 for travel. Not being an in ear (iem) fan due to past problems with fit and performance, i was quite surprised by not only the dynamic range but also the comfort. Tried a number of other iems within this price range and found ckm500’s the most comfortable. The bass is solid but never overbearing, the midrange and high-ends are articulate and musical. Soundstage, for a closed phone, is pleasantly wide enough to accurately produce a credible presentation of classical music (a telling test of breath of image). Obviously results depend upon your source, but even with itunes mp3 or spotify selections the sound is still satisfying. I prefer open-back phones and planar speakers due to their more ‘airy’ presentation but have been happily entertained on long flights with these (caveat, not noise canceling but do provide acceptable isolation and won’t irritate others). As a veteran headphone user i highly recommend these iems within their price range.

To start off there is some sort of burn in period for these headphones. When i first got them they were ok but not stellar however, they were still better sounding than most others i have heard. Now that i have had them for a bit the sound is suprisingly good with most types of music and i would find it pretty hard to beat at this price point. The previous review claimed these were anemic and everyone is entitled to an opinion but they are far from anemic even with a flat eq and a good source. Good quality headphones shouldn’t need enhancements to sound right and so far all my listening has been with no enhancements. I have listened to a lot of various types of music and these seem to perform very well. Hans zimmer’s music for instance sounds amazing with great detail, warm sounding strings, and very defined bass. I have tried some trance,drums and bass,jazz,frequency sweeps, and a lot more. Overall these are great headphones and when properly worn produce great sound all the way down to an eardrum shaking 20hz.

The freq response was unacceptable, the highs were nice but they lacked aby warmth and the lows were recessed to the point my eq could not pull them up enough to give them a reasonably flat response. I bought these thinking they would outperform my thinksound rains, and they were able to reach higher before rolling off but below 2khz the rains mop the floor with them. They did sound better than my ms-01’s but i think the ms=01’s sound terrible (im an audiophile and the ms’s are very anemic and lack highs, imaging is nice but it takes alot of eq to get any warmth) i know this is going to sound sarcastic, but i can eq my 3yo’s syba set to have more lows and be flatter and more fun to listen too than i could these. As a professional in the audio field i am no stranger to the way things should sound, and given if a person was used to generic $5 chain store earbuds they would probably think these were nearly amazing, these do not perform on the price point they are selling for to me. Save some money and try the ts rains.

I had been wanting some japanese import buds for some time, worth the wait. I don`t know if they are different than the ckm500is, but they got better reviews. I really don`t care much for the 2 piece cable i don`t understand why companies do this, but small complaint. I have these plugged into my amp so i can enjoy these even though they are not done burning in. I plugged them in as soon as they got here right into my ipod, the highs were a little harsh, the amp smoothed it right out. The default tips worked just fine, but put some sony hybrids on i like them better. I read some reviews on head-fi comparing them to vsonic gr-07`s they did just fine these, might keep me from buying them. I am really amazed at how good some of these under $100. I also have vsonic vsd1s and they are also very good.

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Audio-Technica ATH-CHX5iSBK SonicFuel Hybrid Earbud Headphones – Five Stars

Did enjoy the sound quality, however putting in these earbuds can be strenuous. A very good set of hybrid earbuds.

The only problem, it last him for about 2 months.

Had them for about 3 months and doing is intact and ear buds are comfortable now. At first they were uncomfortable after a hour of use but now they are fine. Sound is really good for the price and would but again.

Awesome sound quality but the comfort level could be better. The sound is well balanced, no i very the top bass or tinny hihgs, just the right amount of balance as should be expected from a audio technica product. The earbud are slightly on the larger side and do have some discomfort in the bud portion as they don’t fit in the ear hole completely, more rest on the entrance of the hole. The controls are simple and worked with my samsung note 4 well. The call volume and quality was fair. Tested a phone call with my wife and she said it was better sounding than being on speaker phone.

Really awesome sound and quality.

Got these headphones today and i am very excited about their sound quality. It not what that i expected the sound quality to be. These bud hurt my ears a lot. I’ll use these for couple of weeks and update my review.

  • Great balanced sound, flawed design
  • Great Sound!!
  • Five Stars

They didn’t stay in my ears very well. If you’re in the 15% that can’t wear the factory apple headphones.

Use these all the time for hrs. Great fit an the sound clarity is awesome. I use them and work and want to pick up another pair to use at home.

Yes, i did like the sound quality pristine as i expected from a reputable company,although the hybrid earphones tends to be uncomfortable after a while and it does not cancel noise as i would have hoped,but for everyday users who are not around such high noise as i, would enjoy.

My son states that once he ‘burned them in’ they worked great(per my kid – leave on low for 3 days whatever you play music/sound wise, then you can turn up the volume.

Sent as a gift, no complaints from a teenager so it must be okay.

Features of Audio-Technica ATH-CHX5iSBK SonicFuel Hybrid Earbud Headphones for Smartphones with In-Line Mic & Control, Black

  • Unique, innovative hybrid design nestles in the ear without going inside the ear canal; made for those who love the portability, but don’t like the feeling, of conventional in-ear headphones
  • Universal in-line controller allows you to answer/end calls, adjust volume and play/pause/skip music & videos with compatible smartphones and listening devices
  • Large 13.5 mm drivers
  • Flat, tangle-free cord
  • Includes S/M silicone ear tips and carrying pouch

From the manufacturer

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  • Type: Dynamic
  • Driver Ø: 13.5 mm
  • requency Range: 20 Hz – 22 kHz
  • Impedance: 19Ω
  • Weight: 12 g (w/o cord)
  • Cable: 3.9 ft, flat Y-type
  • Connector: 1/8″ gold plated, L-type
  • Mic Type: Condenser
  • Mic Frequency Range: 100 Hz – 10 kHz
  • Polar Pattern: Omnidirectional

Audio Technica ATHCHX5ISBK (Black)

SonicFuel Hybrid Headphones for Smartphones

The epitome of a functional hybrid, our innovative ATH-CHX5iS headphones were uniquely designed to nestle in the ear without actually entering your ear canal – making them the perfect choice for those who love the portability (but don’t love the feeling) of conventional in-ear headphones.

Integrated within the sleek design is a universal volume/mic & controller, allowing you to answer and end calls, pause & play music/videos and adjust the volume on compatible smartphones and listening devices at the touch of a button. Large 13.5-millimeter drivers provide clear sound and powerful bass, while a flat cord effectively eliminates tangles.

  • Unique, innovative hybrid design
  • Universal in-line controller
  • Large 13.5 mm drivers
  • Flat, tangle-free cord
  • Includes S/M silicone eartips and carrying pouch.
  • Available in black, blue, red and white.

Unique, innovative hybrid design nestles in the ear without going inside the ear canal; made for those who love the portability, but don’t like the feeling, of conventional in-ear headphones

These headphones are excellent.

I love the sound quality of it.

The ear buds are really big.

They sound nice and they fit snug in my ears plus its comes with changeable bugs for different size ears.

Universal in-line controller allows you to answer/end calls, adjust volume and play/pause/skip music & videos with compatible smartphones and listening devices

Large 13.5 mm drivers

Flat, tangle-free cord

Includes S/M silicone ear tips and carrying pouch

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Audio-Technica ATH-CK313MBL In-Ear Headphones – Blue : Beats other earphones this price range.

These sound really good – as any mid-priced at earbuds should. Only minor complaint is the cord could be a little longer.

Seemed to take a few hours of listening to break-in, they were harsh at first. Better highs than my previous ink’d earbuds. I wear them for working out. The cord took quite a curled set from packing — it still hasn’t come out and i don’t store them curled up. I’d take a half star off for this if i could, it makes them easy to tangle.

Audio-Technica ATH-CK313MBL In-Ear Headphones – Blue

  • New earphone shape fits snugly in the ear and delivers powerful impact and clear intelligibility
  • Designed to fit the natural curve of the ear for extra comfort
  • 8.8 mm drivers offer high-quality ultra-clear sound
  • Connectivity Technology: Wired

/ loud base this is not for you. Sound quality clarity is great for the money. It is a super deal from a company that makes way more expensive headphones.

The sounds these earphones make are in a different league than of those in the comparable price range. Get these instead of the sonys and panasonics at the same price range. Updated to 5 stars for durability.

Sound pretty good, i like at. Had skullcandy ink’d’s prior and these are far better for the same price. Just needed something for more portability than my ath d40fs.

Audio-Technica ATH-CK313MBL In-Ear Headphones – Blue : These earbuds have been great for the price. The sound is clear, the bass is alright, it’s not anything incredible. But they have lasted for almost two years through hours of yard work and some rounds through the washer, and are still going strong. That’s more than i can say for a lot of the earbuds i’ve owned in the past.

I love the quality of the sound coming out of them. The price was right as well.

Bought this as a birthday gift for my girlfriend, she needed tough and quality earphones. They seem really good in terms of sound quality and all that stuff, but something you have to consider before getting them is: they lack bass. They’re definitely not meant to play any bass music or hip hop, death metal and other genres sound very clear, vocals and everyhing. My gf is a basshead, but she enjoys this earphones a lot, an eq can fix that bass issue if you know how to use it. About the price i think it’s ok.

I mainly use these headphones for watching movies on my kindle or nook. They are very comfortable and cut out enough of the ambient sound so that i can enjoy the movie even while sitting next my 92 year mother-in-law holding her hand while she watches a movie on the tv.

I’ve been spoiled by the braided cable on my other headphones. These ones are great except the wire often gets tangled (partly due to how it is packaged) this however is a minor issue and should not dissuade you from purchasing these great sounding headphones.

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