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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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Special Features Microphone Dj-Style Noise-Cancelling-Feature Noise-Cancelling-Feature
Fit In-Ear In-Ear In-Ear In-Ear
Dimensions x x 12.5 inches x 17 inches x 4.6 inches 2 inches x 3 inches x 7 inches 0.79 inches x 47.24 inches x 0.39 inches
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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 30, 2012

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The bass and treble are great, the soundstage range is fantastic, and everything sounds wonderful.
Phu Nguyen
The "burn in," be it psychologically or with actual work on the drivers, has really made the ATH CKM500's sound fantastic.
FIlAmPinoy
A lot of people praised the Fostex T50RP for their black background, well I think these may even be cleaner sounding.
Mark Midura

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mark Midura on July 28, 2012
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Florence on August 29, 2013
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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 Brainwavz M3s which are around the same price.

As someone else mentioned the shortness of the cable is kind of annoying even though they do provide and extension, I've never been a believer of the effects of burning in headphones but perhaps with time those effects will show with these IEMs or more likely my ears will just get used to them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elliott Kearns on March 12, 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on February 9, 2014
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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 I have heard. Now that I have had them for a bit the sound is suprisingly good with most types of music and I would find it pretty hard to beat at this price point. The previous review claimed these were anemic and everyone is entitled to an opinion but they are far from anemic even with a flat eq and a good source. Good quality headphones shouldn't need enhancements to sound right and so far all my listening has been with no enhancements. I have listened to a lot of various types of music and these seem to perform very well. Hans Zimmer's music for instance sounds amazing with great detail, warm sounding strings, and very defined bass. I have tried some trance,drums and bass,jazz,frequency sweeps, and a lot more. Overall these are great headphones and when properly worn produce great sound all the way down to an eardrum shaking 20hz.
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