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Audio-Technica ATH-CKX9IS Sonic Fuel In Ear Headphones - Silver
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- In-line control with mic for answering/ending calls, controlling music and video playback.
- Large 13.5mm performance enhanced drivers offer a premium listening experience
- C-tip design fits the shape of your ear for reliable, stay in place comfort
- Hard case keeps headphones protected and easy to find every time
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Music is your energy for life - the fuel for your heart and soul. SonicFuel headphones are specifically designed for active, daily use, to power you forward by delivering extraordinary comfort, style and an immersive listening experience that never sounds artificial, processed or filtered. Just pure sonic goodness for the high-octane tempo of your life. The ATH-CKX9iS SonicFuel in-ear headphones feature stay-in-place fit, providing unique comfort in addition to optimal sound. The C-tip configuration nestles within the ear where it locks in place for extra stability. Customize your comfort with a multitude of C-tip & silicone eartip sizes or use the included Comply foam eartips for true sonic immersion Large 13.5 mm performance-enhanced drivers fuel your day with a premium listening experience, deeper bass response and sparkling high frequencies. In-line volume and microphone controls (on compatible smartphones*) allow you to control music & phone calls without missing a beat. A newly designed flat cable eliminates annoying tangles and lasts longer. The included hard carrying case keeps your headphones protected and organized, so they are easy to find and unravel every time.
Includes luxury zippered hard carrying case
comply foam tips
silicone eartips & C-tips
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Top Customer Reviews
I saw these A-T Sonic Fuel on the Vine so I thought I would see how these compare to my Sony MD-EX510's. Same price now (although the Sony is obsolete) but the Sony was originally higher.
In my testing I used the Cowon D20 32GB MP3 Player - Black - dogs dinner interface but outstanding audio. To be fair on the AT's I plugged them into my PC and played music into them all weekend to burn the in a little.
Physically, the AT is quite sizeable thanks the extra bulk of the in-ear 'c' fitting and driver covering. This adds to the weight so when comparing the two, the Sony ear piece comes in at 3g whilst the AT is 7g. Yes, the two are different design in the grip department but the Sony is much more comfortable to wear. The much lighter design means you are much more likely to not know that you are wearing them.
The major plus point for the AT on the physical design is that once they are in, they need to be extracted - they won't be falling out anytime soon! When in the gym, the AT is by far the better option.
Sound quality is tough to review because it's down to personal preference. If they were both brand new out of the box, the AT will impress instantly - the Sony's were shockers! But now, in my opinion, the Sony is the better sounding. I am not saying the AT sounds bad though - just a personal thing.Read more ›
Build Quality & Design
The CKX9iS (that's a mouthful) have a unique, slightly unusual style to them that I rather like, they look sleek and professional, especially the black version but they are not flashy or stand out that much. The build quality is great overall, the earpieces are made mostly of metal and look sturdy. The cable is flat and thick and feels much stronger than regular round cables I can see it lasting much longer and the L-shaped plug works great to ensure you're not bending the cable at the tip (which is how most cables tend to wear out from). A few weird things about the design is firstly the mic & remote placement, The mic & remote is placed at the junction for the y-shaped cables whereas normally it's much higher up along one of the ear cables, this might take a little getting used to but I did not see it effecting call quality on anything like that, I guess even from that far the mic is still pretty good at picking up sound and you can always lift it up and bring it closer if you really need to. There also a nice little compact hard carrying case which looks sleek and professional.
Function & Comfort
The earphones employ a c-tip design which has two main effects, firstly it locks your earphones in place as intended and they are VERY unlikely to fall out no matter what hardcore exercise you might be doing.Read more ›
- Very good sound, all round
- Good fit, they won't fall out and are gym/sport friendly
- Remote is fully Android compatible
- Look good
- The long cable and positioning of the remote in the middle of the cable make it awkward. I may droop and catch something if you bend over, because of the length and the remote pulling it down.
It's so low that you have to hold it up or shout to use the mic.
For sports, or if you wore a layer above it, it's too low to access. At the gym, I end accidentally pressing the remote button when on machines that require you rest you chest on a pad.
First impressions were excellent. The packaging is compact and well designed, making use of stiff cardboard rather than plastic. The headphones and the case for their earbuds are stored in an origami-like construction with two apertures cut out to give a glimpse of what's inside. The 'phones themselves are black aside from the silver Audio-Technica logo. They look unusual and classy.
The earbud case itself is a sturdy little thing, packed with buds in a plethora of sizes and shapes, including foam tips, which many people would have to buy separately with other headphones. I don't typically change out my earbuds on the go, but a case for keeping them organised is definitely a bonus.
Fortunately, the default earbuds that come attached fit me fine, aided by the interesting construction of the earphone itself: it has a rubber extrusion that fits into the fold in your upper ear, thereby keeping everything secure and comfortable without the need for an over-ear band or wire like many other headphones. It works, although it took a little while to get used to. The cable tangles like all headphone cables, but it isn't too bad and doesn't generate much noise when I'm walking around.
So the fit is good, but what about the sound?
It's good. Very good. Clear and loud, even when listening to Spotify on my phone, as it should be. The headphones are versatile enough to deal with badly compressed streams and make them sound OK, and are also able to reproduce higher quality sources, exposing nuances of detail and tonality.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
They are not bad audio quality but I've had to send 2 pairs back because the volume went after a few months. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
Sounds almost identical to the ATH-M50's, comfortable to wear, mic quality is decent, case provided is high quality and general build quality is very good. Highly recommended.Published 16 days ago by Paul Owen
Wasn't impressed with the supposedly superior quality, especially as one was already broken when it arrived.Published 2 months ago by Craig Lumley
This is how music is supposed to sound. Seriously. All those favourite songs you love, you haven't really heard them till you hear them through these. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Oli West
Returned almost immediately unfortunately. For me, the buds, whether the default, foam (which by the way were so difficult to get from their packaging one tore) etc, all of them... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
They produce good sound and great bass, and the ear fitting is great, but I got mine last July and they've just stopped working in one ear. Read morePublished 3 months ago by I Be Me
Good sound but and stays in ear but one ear phone stopped working in under a month. Replaced immediately by Amazon but makes me question the build quality.Published 4 months ago by Graham
Overall good sound quality but not the best. The microphone position is annoying as others have pointed out. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Splender