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Audio Technica ATH-CKN50

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #291 in Universal Fit

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Pros: Balanced sound, Rich mids & Smooth highs..!

Cons: Adequate bass - Not a bass head Iem, Burn in is compulsory & uncomfortble wearing them initially (due to special ring design)

I'm not much of a audiophile nor a reviewer just a regular audio enthusiast.. Apologies & correct me if I'm wrong..

Absolutely "StUnNeD" by these gems thought of sharing my experience..

 

Firstly I'm from India & CKN - 50's are priced Rs.1600 roughly 24 USD.

Few options at this price point were

TDK EB-900

JVC FX101

SONY XB30

 

After searching for reviews narrowed on to CKN50 as I own TDK EB900

 

 

DESIGN:

             - Good build

             - cable is not good as it gets tangled very often

             - Found it very uncomfortable in initially to get a good seal due to ring which supports the earphone's body

 

Performance :

 

Bass : It has good presence but is not to the extent of bass head iems. It does'nt extends very low  but really blends with other frequencies. Its tight & adequate, Unlike EB 900 which has enormous amounts of bass. Initially bass does nt sound good but after 80+ hours of burn in it starts to sound & extend really well but the quantity of bass remains unchanged to most part

 

Mids : This is the part which absolutely love abt them, vocals sound so good, rich, detailed & crisp. very Lively presented  without any harshness combined with a wide soundstage its a delight to listen vocals especially female voices. Instruments like guitar, flute, Piano & tabla never sounded sounded so rich, precise & so detailed, but Burn in/Break in is very much required prior to burn in it sounds a bit harsh & raw

 

Treble : This is the interesting part, Out of box it sounds harsh & very dominated. After 80+ hours of intense burn in. Then  the magic starts, they calm down, smoothens out, sounds so rich Yet so balanced & detailed at the same time, slower decays than the Eb-900's absolutely love them. A.R Rahman songs & Instrumentals come alive with these gems.

 

Details :

Its a "Detail Digger" as said earlier, brings in a lot of detail never heard in Eb-900s

Audio Technica ATH-CKN50
Description:

On November 19, Audio-Technica announced the first product in their new PREMIUM COMPACT line, the ATH-CKN50. What's notable about the CKN50 is that it is the first Audio-Technica product to utilize a 5.7mm driver, the smallest the company has ever produced. It also utilizes the a new circular version of the loop support system, dubbed "Next Loop-support Structure" or N.L.S. for short. This, combined with the small size of the housing, is said to improve fit. Curiously, the 1.2 meter cable is an asymmetric design, a rarity for Audio-Technica.

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