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Audio Technica Sonic Fuel ATH-CKX9iS In-ear Headphones with In-line Mic & Control, Black Reviews

BenKatz

THE best sports in ear headphones as far as fit and sound quality goes

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Pros: very secure fit, excellent sound, with wide bass extension without mudding the higher frequencies, solid carrying case, excellent microphone

Cons: can get uncomfortable after a couple of hours, not overly refined sound, cable sticks to itself (not tangle proof), microphone placement too low

Got this earphones for the sole purpose of working out/biking. Tested out multiple sports headsets (similarly priced), from sennheiser and bose. They tend to sound better, especially than the adidas sennheiser which sound pretty bad for the money. Great bass and clear mids and highs (considering it is bass-centric).    It is not neutral by any stretch, but you have to remember they are made for sports and wokring out mostly, so they are perfectly tuned for dyamic songs, like hip hop and electronic music, which is what most people listen to when working out (hence the name, Sonic Fuel). For these genres, they work PERFECTLY.   The in line mic has a analog volume control...
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TheAfterEffect

Large but amazing

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Pros: V shaped sound, isolation, durability

Cons: Large, in-line awkward, fit

Lets start off with the pros. When first out of the box they sounded great, good bass and slightly crushy highs but after a mere 10 hour burn in they sounded great, hard (but not thumping) bass and excellent no distortion highs. I mainly listened to EDM, house and hip hop and those genres sounded great in the ckx9is but vocal tracks from Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith wasn't at all shabby. Also, the ckx9is and great detail and soundstage versus the s4i rugged which i had previously and for the same retail price the ckx9is is by far a better sport iem.   Onto the design and comfort, the only issue i found was finding the right fit as personally i do not like foam tips but was a nice...
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