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Audio Technica ATH-CKM500 BK | Inner Headphones (Japan Import)

4.5 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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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)
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  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B007S6U14E
  • Item model number: ATH-CKM500 BK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 30, 2012

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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.

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.
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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. I actually picked up a Beetles Greatest Hits album just to add to the variety of music to really get a good idea of how good these headphones are, and they do not disappoint. I've gone back and listened to maybe twenty different albums from when I was a teenager and they sound like brand new albums to me. Slipknot, I would say, was the easiest band to really see the range of quality in these headphones because they use soooo many different drums, symbols, guitars and even vocals. I could clearly differentiate the different instruments. The base wasn't extreme, but I use an equalizer so for me the base was right where it needed to be. I noticed a little white noise in them at first, but after nearly 40+ hours of listening to music on them, that white noise seemed to dissipate. Not sure if it had anything to do with burning them in. I know a few people have stated that they require a little burning in, so that may have been it, not too familiar with high end headphones like these, so I'm fairly new to what to expect when listening to them for the first time.

The build quality... the build quality is super nice.
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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.


Well howdy, it's been over 3 weeks since my review, and these IEM's are holding their ground.
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