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ATH-CKS550iS

Solid Bass® In-Ear Headphones with In-line Mic & Control


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  • Overview

    With newly designed drivers and in-line mic and control, the ATH-CKS550iS Solid Bass in-ear headphones give you portable, smartphone-compatible headphones with superb bass reproduction. The powerful 9.8 mm Dual Magnetic-Field Drivers feature an extra magnet in front of the driver to create a concentrated magnetic field that helps produce full, textured bass. Audio-Technica’s specially designed Multiple-Transition Diaphragms add to the expansive bass response, as does the new Bass Venting System, which provides excellent air damping.

    The 1.2 m (3. 9') flat cable includes an in-line mic and control that lets you answer calls and control music on your smartphone or other portable device. The ATH-CKS550iS also comes with four sizes of silicone eartips (XS/S/M/L) that fit onto the headphones’ two-position posts, supplying a custom fit with outstanding sound isolation. A convenient carrying pouch is also included.

    Available in black (ATH-CKS550iSBK), blue (ATH-CKS550iSBL), white (ATH-CKS550iSWH), and red (ATH-CKS550iSRD).
  • Features

    • 9.8 mm Dual Magnetic-Field Drivers with Multiple-Transition Diaphragms deliver superb bass

    • Bass Venting System provides excellent air damping

    • In-line control with mic for answering/ending calls and controlling music & video playback on smartphones and other portable devices

    • Two-position post maximizes sound isolation while providing a better fit

    • Includes silicone eartips (XS/S/M/L) and carrying pouch

    • Available in black (ATH-CKS550iSBK), blue (ATH-CKS550iSBL), white (ATH-CKS550iSWH), and red (ATH-CKS550iSRD)

  • Specifications

    TypeDynamic
    Driver Diameter9.8 mm
    Frequency Response5 - 24,000 Hz
    Sensitivity104 dB/mW
    Impedance40 ohms
    Weight7.5 g (0.3 oz)
    Cable1.2 m (3. 9') with mic & control, Y-type
    Connector3.5 mm (1/8") stereo mini-plug
    Accessories Includedsilicone eartips (XS/S/M/L), pouch
    Type (Microphone)Condenser
    Sensitivity (Microphone)-44dB (0dB = 1V/Pa, 1kHz)
    Frequency Response (Microphone)100 - 10,000 Hz
    Polar Pattern (Microphone)Omnidirectional



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  • Reviews

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    Audio-TechnicaATH-CKS550iS Solid Bass® In-Ear Headphones with In-line Mic & Control
     
    3.3

    (based on 3 reviews)

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    3.0

    Medium quality, bare minimum sound

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    from Charlotte, NC

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Durable

    Cons

    • Poor Sound
    • Too Much Ambient Noise

    Best Uses

      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-CKS550iS Solid Bass® In-Ear Headphones with In-line Mic & Control:

      Got these to replace a pair of Samsung earbuds with very low quality sound. While these earbuds were an upgrade from that, they aren't the best headphones I've ever used. Solid bass isn't an accurate description of the sound. It's a lot closer to moderate bass. You can tell there is low end present, but it has no significant impact. These headphones should've been marketed as having an overall balanced spectrum, because that's what they are. If you really want bass, just go with Apple earbuds.

      There's also lots of noise that comes from the cord simply moving freely as you walk, so these are not very pleasant to use unless you're sitting still for long periods of time. And I swear ever since I've gotten these, there's been subtle white noise in the background on my phone whenever audio is playing. It's not there when my phone is silent, only when audio plays, no matter the song or the volume. If there's a short moment of silence in a song, the noise stops. But if anything starts playing again, it's back.

      I don't mind using these earbuds, but they're not what I expected, and I wouldn't have bought them if I knew they were like this. You can get much better headphones for the same value elsewhere.

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      • Traveling
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      • Less than a month
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      2.0

      Poor Bass quality

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      from Singapore

      Pros

      • Stylish

      Cons

      • Poor Sound
      • Poor Value

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        Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-CKS550iS Solid Bass® In-Ear Headphones with In-line Mic & Control:

        The bass feels empty as compared to other products in the market (e.g. Sony's earpiece)

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        • Home
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        5.0

        Great pair of earphones for listening to rock/alt. music

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        from Wichita, KS

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Great Sound
        • Lightweight
        • Stylish

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            Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-CKS550iS Solid Bass® In-Ear Headphones with In-line Mic & Control:

            I was studying in a library while listening to Spotify. I didn't realize Vamos by the Pixies was playing and at first thought someone was playing it out loud on their laptop's speaker. Great pair of earphones for a non-basshead.

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          • Q & A

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            • Q:

              Do i need an amp to drive these pair of earbuds properly? I've tested them with various smartphones and none of them seem to do the job.
              Asked on 1/11/2018 by David from Mexico

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              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Thank you for your inquiry. An amp should not necessary.

                Answered on 1/19/2018 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
            • Q:

              Compatible with both Android and iOS devices?
              Asked on 10/25/2017 by AW84 from undisclosed

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            • Q:

              I just bought these earphones, and I would like to know if they are sweatproof.
              Asked on 11/22/2016 by AdaWong

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                A:

                No, they are no IEC rating "IPX5" "Washable"

                Answered on 11/22/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
            • Q:

              I have a iPod 6th gen and I'm wondering if it can power it enough so would it be able to clearly hit 20 Hz or would I need an external amp? I'm a bass head and I'm considering buying them.
              Asked on 8/26/2016 by cephyr

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                A:

                Thank you for your inquiry. Your iPhone should drive these just fine.

                Answered on 9/1/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
            • Q:

              Can I use it on my pc ?
              or is it just for smartphone ?
              thank you in advance
              Asked on 8/6/2016 by croix007

              1 answer

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, they should. Please note that you will not be able to control the music, but for listening they are fine.

                Answered on 8/17/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
            • Q:

              Why is the ATH-CKS550i (The one that was specially designed for apple devices with inline volume control and siri functionality) not releasing in USA?
              I can only find ATH-CKS550is and not ATH-CKS550i, Can i expect it to be released anytime soon?
              Asked on 4/8/2016 by Jaswanth from San Jose, CA

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                A:

                Thank you for your inquiry. That would be a marketing decision based on many factors.

                Answered on 4/11/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
            • Q:

              Volume Controls such as Volume up and down buttons included?
              Asked on 2/4/2016 by amogh

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                There is no inline volume control but rather inline control with mic for answering/ending calls and controlling music & video playback on smartphones and other portable devices

                Answered on 2/12/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
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