Audio Technica ATH-CKM500 BK | Inner Headphones (Japan Import)
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- Dynamic Inner-ear Headphones with 12.5mm Drivers
- Driver: 12.5mm, Frequency Response: 5-25,000Hz, Impedance: 16ohms
- Max Input: 200mW, Output SPL: 105dB/mW, Weight: 7.4g (w/o Cord)
- Plug: 3.5mm Gold-plated STEREO MINI (Straight), Cord: 0.6m(Y-shape) + 0.6m Extension Cord with (L-shape Plug)
- 1 year Japan warranty
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
I know I'm saying clean a lot, I can not stress how crystal clear the sound on these is. A lot of people praised the Fostex T50RP for their black background, well I think these may even be cleaner sounding.
The comfort isn't the best, the IEMs don't fit too comfortably in my right ear, but they IEMs stay in and form a good seal despite the semi-shallow insertion. The build quality is top notch, you can't ask for better at this price, again Audio Technica sets the bar for IEM quality.
So that's my quick review after 3 days of ownership and about 20 hours of listening. Yes, 20 hours. These IEMs have made me want to re-listen to every song I own over again, which is something next to my Meelectronics A161p and Audio Technica Ad2000. These are the headphone to beat under $100 and I'd be impressed if any company could build a driver as clean as this for their IEMs even at double the price. There's my gushing mini-review, these deserve every bit of praise they get.
The build quality... the build quality is super nice.Read more ›
- 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.
Well howdy, it's been over 3 weeks since my review, and these IEM's are holding their ground.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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... Read morePublished 8 months ago by jordan McKay
Though, admittedly, I've never owned any "high-end" ear buds before.
Outstanding sound (especially after the "burn in" period). Read more
Great sound, fit and build.
Wish it had a button for stopping/volume/skipping tracks but just on sound alone, I highly recommend it. Read more
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. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Terry A Johnston
These are awesome but I received the wrong colour... Minor annoyance, I know, but the actual headphones are fantastic regardless.Published 19 months ago by Caleb
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. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Whizzodog
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... Read morePublished on February 9, 2014 by Anonymous
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... Read morePublished on October 15, 2013 by Phillip Reedy
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... Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by Jeremy Florence