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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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. And secondly somewhat counteract the weight of the earpiece making it feel lighter than it really is, which brings me to the weight of these things. For earphones they're definitely massive, the bulk of the earpiece is the relatively massive 13.5mm driver which sits outside your ear-canal with a little protrusion that goes in you ear. They're not the most comfortable pair of headphones but they don't cause any sort of soreness or anything like that after long use. There is also a plethora of ear-tips and c-tips to make sure they fit perfectly. The in-line remote has a single play/pause/next button which works fine with both android and iPhone which is great and there is also a hardware volume rocker on the remote which actually changes the gain on the earpieces so it would work with literally anything which is great because of the huge compatibility issues with most earphones [Basically you set your volume to max on your device and then just use the remote to set the gain on your earphones]. Noise isolation is as good as it gets without active noise cancelling, and It is improved by using the provided Comply foam ear-tips.
This is truly where these earphones shine, everything else is good but the sound quality on these things is excellent, Surely they're no on-ear studio headphones but the sound is surprising clear and sharp and true to the track. Bass is nice and deep but not overpowered (like beats) and the highs are crisp and clear without being tinny, and the mids are left mostly unchanged which provides a nice detailed sound. and for the 70£ price tag I can honestly say they sound better than anything else in that price bracket. Ever for a 100£ more you would not get that noticeable of a change in quality (you'll just hear more artifacts). I'd say they're just barely behind the new Bose SoundTrue which are currently 129£.
In conclusion these are a great pair of earphones for the price, really recommend to anyone on a modest budget looking for an upgrade.
Great sound quality on the AT's probably just as good if not better than the Sennheiser M2 In-ear phones.
The wire feels cheap it tangles easily and the in-line controls also feel cheap. I don't use the in-line volume control as I've had problems with these volume sliders before.
Cable noise is also pretty bad with these ear phones. The plastic/rubber housing surrounding the cables below the ear tips is not snug around the cable. So the cable can move around and collide with the housing causing a tapping sound in your ear. This is not a problem if you are sitting still.
Sound isolation is not as good as the Sennheiser M2 probably because the M2's went further into my ears than the Audio Technicas.
(Each earphone has used for more than 6 months myself.)
Although the price level for those models are various, I think Sennheiser CX5.00g one is close to Audio-Technica CKX9IS.
Therefore, I will base on these 2 models to elaborate my experience.
My audio output is Samsung Note 4, Android 6.0.1, and nothing more (no EQ, disable ALL audio effect offered by phone or player app, no external amplifier/DAC, no rooted to apply phone DAC, either.).
The bass sound of CKX9IS gets bit overwhelmed than vocal and instruments sound in pop music playback, and it may meet certain user's taste if they like the bass and pop musics as a folk-oriented earphone model.
CX5.00g has better balance of bass sound and other sound when playing pop musics, and the bass will not be so overwhelmed.
It can deliver a more moderate sound playback for various types of music.
For the design, the mic of CKX9IS is far away from your mouth, and it causes the difficulty to take and talk in phone call without using one of your hand to hold the mic. It will lose some convenience for an earphone model that especially design for smartphone use.
(But CX5.00g mic position is much more closer to user's mouth.)
As conclusion, CKX9IS has a not-bad playback quality as an earphone and no need to worry about the bass playback performance, and it contains a hard case to let you bring and pack it easily.
But, when it comes to comparison with other models, it is not a very outstanding or competitive one versus other brands, or the other models that released by Audio-Technica itself.
amazing sound, worth every penny
does not fall of during run
large ear pieces, can hurt in the ear if too small
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