ATH-CKX9iS SonicFuelâ„˘ In-ear Headphones with In-line Mic & Control
Great potential but something not right.
I purchased the ATH-CKX9iS back in January 2014 on the reputation of the M50. Had them for about a week before a static/cracking of the audio began when the jack would move around. Just normal swivelâ€¦That later turn into a consistent audio cracking when adjusting the volume the built-in volume control. I did send them in for a warranty replacement and got a second pair with great response. Three weeks into the second pair and now the left the phoneâ€™s audio has diminished to a faint sound. Very disappointingâ€¦ Prior to buying these I had a competitor pair of headphones that provided me 3 great years of awesome sound and reliability. They eventually gave into the many hours of use and abuse of airport travel, exercise and lawn work. These were to be the replacement.
Canâ€™t say that I hate these headphones as the c-tip design, which I was hesitant on initially, works out great for staying in the ear. That was my only complaint to my previous headphones, they were not great for working out or moving around a lot. However, they did provide the most basic and critical featureâ€¦sound quality with great noise isolation. The CKX9iS do not do as great of a job of isolating outside noise which is OK when you can turn up the volume to compensate. I will attempt to get a third pair but maybe I will opt to get the 9i vs. the 9iS as I think the issue is with built-in Mic and volume control.
April 27, 2014
Received a pair and was blown away by how clear and true the sound is. I own the over the ear beats by dre and these completely blow them out of the water. I listened to the same song on both headphones and by far the ckx9is won without a doubt. I find myself listening to the songs I have listened to before only to hear new things I haven't before.
Comfortability is good. I had these of for 7 hours straight without and discomfort.
The mic worked perfectly and everyone could hear me fine on the other end.
The seal these headphones deliver is great. I had them on riding in a semi and the seal was good enough that I could listen to my Ipod at 60% and not be bothered by the engine. I would assume then they would be good for usage on a plane.
I use these every day about an hour or so and have had used them over 40 hours. In my experience I noticed a slightly better sound after 4 hours of use. Your experience might differ. I was looking for a pair of headphones at $100 and I couldn't be happier. After listening to these I don't think I would ever buy another brand of headphones as the quality, sound, looks, and basically everything exceeded my expectations.
November 13, 2013