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Perfect Pair for the Price
on 23 October 2014
Firstly let me start with my background, I am an amateur music artist and enthusiast. I've had the Audio Technica M50 for years and I still think they're one of the best headphones you can buy and definitely the best for the price so I was coming into this with high expectations. I mainly use my M50s for any serious work but I've been wanting a good pair of earphones for a while now, so I decided to check these out.
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.