Audio-Technica Debuts its ATH-CKS55i Solid Bass Headphones with iPhone™, iPad® and iPod® Compatibility at CES 2012


Stow, OH 01-10-2012 Audio-Technica is celebrating “50 Years of Passionate Listening” at CES 2012. The company is broadening its Solid Bass headphones lineup with the introduction of its ATH-CKS55i In-ear Headphones, featuring an integrated mic and controls for iPhone™, iPad® and iPod®. The ATH-CKS55i (SRP: $79.95) is designed for listeners who enjoy hip-hop, R&B, hard rock, metal and other bass-driven music, and delivers powerful, impactful bass while providing a smooth frequency response with a detailed, natural midrange and clear treble.

The ATH-CKS55i features an in-line three-button remote that provides the ability to control volume, play, pause, fast forward and rewind music playback functions on compatible Apple devices. The remote also lets iPhone users answer calls over the headphones, or while talking via Skype or VoIP on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch®. The microphone has an omnidirectional pickup pattern (it picks up sound from all directions) and is designed for high-quality, intelligible response, enabling the wearer’s voice to be clearly transmitted without having to speak directly into the mic.

The ATH-CKS55i’s Solid Bass technology utilizes an exclusive Double Air Chamber System. In addition to the main air chamber that houses the driver, the earpieces have an additional chamber that operates in conjunction with a specially shaped housing to control and focus the air flow produced by the driver movement and expand its bass output.

In addition, the ear tips of the ATH-CKS55i are designed for maximum bass response, with a movable two-position post that lets wearers adjust the ear tips for the best fit, sound isolation and low-frequency performance. The ATH-CKS55i features Audio-Technica’s direct-diaphragm driver design that mounts the diaphragm assembly (the moving internal part that produces sound) directly onto the edge of the enclosure for increased fidelity and dynamic impact.

The Audio-Technica headphones come with XS, S, M and L-sized ear pieces. The ATH-CKS55i joins the Solid Bass over-ear ATH-WS70 and ATH-WS55 models (SRP: $149.95 and $99.95) and the in-ear ATH-CKS77 and ATH-CKS55 (SRP: $119.95 and $69.95), which are all currently available.

The ATH-CKS55i Solid Bass headphones will be available in March 2012 at www.shopaudiotechnica.com, retail stores and online retailers.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2012, Audio-Technica is renowned worldwide for a broad range of consumer and professional audio products, including high-performance headphones, microphones, wireless systems, turntables and phono cartridges. Winner of numerous industry awards, Audio-Technica designs and manufactures products that set quality, durability and price/performance standards for major concert tours, broadcast and recording studios, corporate and government facilities, theaters, house-of-worship venues, and consumer applications. Learn more at www.audio-technica.com.

— For more information on the complete range of Audio-Technica products, contact Karen Emerson or Crystal Griffith, Audio-Technica U.S., Inc., 1221 Commerce Drive, Stow, OH 44224. Tel: (330) 686-2600.

— For further information regarding product availability and pricing in the United Kingdom, please contact Harvey Roberts (hroberts@audio-technica.co.uk); in Germany, please contact Anja Groth (a.groth@audio-technica.de); in the rest of Europe, please contact Evangéline Pirot (epirot@audio-technica-europe.com).

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