Audio Technica ATH-CKS50TW Earbud Review

Audio Technica ATH-CKS50TW

Audio Technica ATH-CKS50TW earbud places an emphasis on sound quality, not just convenience. It come with an 9mm drivers to deliver clear, full-range audio with the punch of enhanced bass, and up to 20 hours of continuous playback on a full charge. In addition, the earbud includes Bluetooth multi-point connectivity, Low latency mode, Hear-through function, Active noise cancellation, Google fast pair, IPX4 water proof, Sony’s 360 reality audio, audio codec and more.

Pros
  • Sound Good
  • Customization options
  • Battery Life
  • Solid Construction
  • Comfortable
Cons
  • 3D Spatial Audio is underwhelming
  • Highs could use more detail
  • IPX4 Ratings is not so good

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Price and availability

Audio Technica ATH-CKS50TW Wireless Earbud comes with Black color only. However, with just $149, it fills up a lot of the advanced features. You can buy these earbuds from the company’s official website audio-technica.com.

Who should have to Buy this headphone?

  • This earbud is great for sports individuals who like to carry earbuds while swimming, running or in the rain.
  • Also, good for those who want to connect the earbud with two devices at same time with Bluetooth Multi connectivity.

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Box Content

  • Audio-Technica ATH-CKS50TW True Wireless Earbuds
  • Charging Case
  • USB Charging Cable
  • 3 Additional Pairs of Silicon Eartips
  • User Manuals

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What is the design of Audio Technica ATH-CKS50TW?

Audio Technica ATH-CKS50TW

Audio Technica ATH-CKS50TW earbud comes with light weight (8 g) and most comfortable design. The ergonomic shape of the earbuds resembles that of Beats Studio Buds. For better comfort, Audio Technica offers three different sizes of ATH-CKS50TW earbuds silicone ear tips. All you have to do is choose the air tips that are right for your ears. In addition, these ear tips are designed to obtain tight seals without sound leakage. Which create a good amount of passive sound isolation.

The case is sleek, feels strong when opening and closing, and has indicator lights for the rest of the battery. Which is a nice touch. The earbuds seem safe in the case but are easy to remove nonetheless. The ear bud magnetically attached to the charging case. Which means you don’t have to push too hard to put back the earbud into the case. Moreover, the charging case feels more like a premium quality with stunning design work. There’s USB Type-C charging slot available on the back & four LED flash light on the front indicate the battery status.

Furthermore, the CKS50TW wireless earbuds have an IPX4 equivalent JIS security rating. The splash-proof design means you don’t have to worry about keeping earbuds dry in the rain or while exercising. Also, it weighs less and stays in a very comfortable position without having to worry about falling out while running or even during intense workouts. However, one disadvantage is that this rating does not guarantee protection in hot and humid places such as baths and showers. The product is not completely waterproof. The company also claims that only earbuds have the advantage of IPX4 rating not the charging case.

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How touch control works of Audio Technica ATH-CKS50TW?

Audio Technica ATH-CKS50TW earbud’s touch controls are quite unique and comfortable to use. The earbuds are designed for reliable, stress-free operation for a more enjoyable truly wireless listening experience. The left button adjusts the volume and switches between hear-through and noise-cancelling functions. While the right button lets you easily start/stop playback, skip between songs, or enable quick hear-through.

FunctionLeft EarbudRight Earbud
One TapIncrease VolumePlay/Pause
Two TapDecrease VolumeNext track
Three TapPrevious track
Press and hold 1 second (Button)Quick Hear-Through mode
Press and Hold for 1 second and releaseSwitch between Hear through mode and ANC

How good is the A-T Connect app of Audio Technica ATH-CKS50TW?

The A-T connect app is very simple to use. You just need to download the app to obtains greater controls of your headphones. With the help of this app, you can easily activate low latency mode, locate misplaced headphones and increase / decrease volumes. Furthermore, you can adjust firmware updates, EQ settings, change Bluetooth codecs and select Google/Voice assistance more securely.

Moreover, you can customize the operation of your Audio Technica earbuds through Audio-technica’s connect app. Which is available from both Apple and Google Play. As a result, you take full control of your sound, switching between codecs, experimenting with equalizer pre-sets or adjusting your volume levels. Additionally, you can even use the app to help locate your earbuds. Thus, you always have a stunning soundscape to accompany your day to day.

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What is the sound quality of Audio Technica ATH-CKS50TW?

Audio Technica ATH-CKS50TW

ATH-CKS50TW earphones are no exception. Featuring specially developed large-diameter 9mm drivers. These earbuds deliver clear, full-range audio with deep, powerful bass – low frequency through an acoustic duct in the driver’s rear. Moreover, with Low latency mode, you can immerse minimal sound delay while playing games or watching videos on your smartphone or tablet.

Additionally, you can immerse yourself in sound all around you. As real as if you are there at a live concert or with the artist recording in a studio. With 360 Reality Audio, music has never been so immersive and so real. The ATH-CKS50TW earbud have a consumer-friendly frequency response that closely follows our house curve.

Does Audio Technica ATH-CKS50TW have good Noise cancellation capabilities?

The Audio Technica ATH-CKS50TW earbud is designed to use its built-in microphone to pick up noise from the surrounding environment (noise from vehicles, noise from air conditioners, etc.) and to cancel out that noise by producing sounds in negative phase. This results in a reduction in the sounds in your environment.

  • The earbud’s noise-cancelling function is mainly effective against noises in the lower frequency range, but not all noises are cancelled.
  • Depending on the type of noise (or in quiet locations), you may not notice the noise-cancelling effect.
  • The noise-cancelling effect may vary or a bleep (howling) may occur depending on how you wear the earbud. In these cases, take off the earbud and put the earbud in your ears again correctly.
  • To maximize the noise-cancelling effect, select the eartips that offer the best sound insulation for each side to block surrounding sound, and insert the headphones into the ears correctly.
  • When you use the earbud in a train or a vehicle such as bus or truck, noise may be heard depending on rail/street conditions.

Can you use Audio Technica ATH-CKS50TW for phone calls?

The earbud come with a Qualcomm® cVc™ Generation 8.0 technology MEMS microphone. The Qualcomm® cVc™ Generation 8.0  technology help to improve microphone performance in calls. Whether in the office, working from home or in an online class. The sidetone function of the CKS50TW also allows you to hear your own voice during calls for more natural-sounding conversations, feeling almost as if you weren’t wearing headphones at all. However, to maximize the noise-cancelling effect, select the eartips that offer the best sound insulation for each side to block surrounding sound for crystal clear voice calls.

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How good is the connectivity option of Audio Technica ATH-CKS50TW?

Audio Technica ATH-CKS50TW

The Audio Technica ATH-CKS50TW earbud come with a Bluetooth 5.2 wireless connectivity with a range of 10 meters. The Google Fast Pair lets you quickly pair headphones with Android smartphones on other compatible devices. Furthermore, the headphones come with advanced Qualcomm® aptX™ Adaptive audio, Qualcomm® aptX™ audio, AAC, SBC audio codec support. Thus, Qualcomm® aptX™ audio and SBC are used to connect headphones to Android smartphones. While the AAC codec is used to connect iOS devices.

In addition, the earbuds also offer a Bluetooth multi-point connectivity. Which help you to connect two devices at same time simultaneously.

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How long does the battery last of Audio Technica ATH-CKS50TW?

The Audio Technica ATH-CKS50TW wireless earbud sport 20 hours of playback time with earbuds and Additional 30 hours of playback time with the charging case. Means, the earbuds got the total massive 50 hours of playtime. However, during my testing it give me only 45 hours of playtime on onetime charge. Plus, the company claim that the battery gain 90 minutes of power with just 10 minutes of charging time.

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Conclusion

Overall, the earbud is very good with the feature provided with the $ 149 price segment. The ATH-CKS50TW wireless earbud come with a best in-class Qualcomm® aptX™ audio with latest Bluetooth 5.2 wireless connectivity. It also offers a Bluetooth multi connectivity, which does not offer by most of the other earbud with this price tag. The IPX4 water and dust resistance is also quite good with Qualcomm® cVc™ Generation 8.0 technology microphone for crystal clear voice calls. With premium built quality and simple touch control, the earbud is one of the best product to buy.

What are some alternatives to Audio Technica ATH-CKS50TW?

Sennheiser SPORT TW is a good choice against the ATH-CKS50TW wireless earbud. It come with a Sennheiser signature sound, Adaptable acoustics, Secure customized fit, IP54: Dust, splash & sweat resistance and Up to 27 hours play time. In addition, the SPORT TW offers 7mm true response transducer, 2 mic beam forming arrays, 400 mAh charging case battery, Bluetooth 5.2 wireless connection, advance Bluetooth audio codec SBC/AAC/aptX and more.

Cleer ALLY PLUS II is another best alternative to the ATH-CKS50TW wireless earbud. The earbuds deliver industry leading noise cancellation, and battery life for up to 11 hours of playback with just the earbuds. It’s strong wireless connectivity, enhanced call quality with dual-microphones and Qualcomm cVc 8th generation noise reduction technology make these a perfect companion for on-the-go lifestyles. Complemented by the Cleer+ app, users can customize both the noise cancelling and sound performance of the Ally Plus II.

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