ATH-CKR10 SonicPro In-Ear Headphones
MSRP $389 U.S. (Internet pricing is lower)
The Audio-Technica ATH-CKR10 are, as claimed by Audio-Technica, the first dual phase push-pull drivers. Push-pull dual drivers are a common used speaker configuration to achieve reduction in harmonic distortion. This reduction in distortion helps provide a more accurate, pure sound as the drivers are “self-correcting” each other. Prior to writing this review I was unaware of push-pull drivers and their intended effect, and now I agree that ATH-CKR10 do achieve this effect very well.
The separation between the left and right channels is outstanding. Realizing this was one of the moments when I realized I have been using subpar equipment for quite some time, being presented with a superior performing piece of hardware. The bass response was strong but not overpowering from the 13mm drivers, and it didnâ€™t sound artificially boosted. Midrange and highs are clear and crisp with no detectable distortion. As I increased volume levels the sound became uncomfortable before any distortion became present.
The ATH-CKR10 are certified “Hi-Res Audio” capable. This is a certification that says the product can reproduce audio that is 96kHz/24-bit or better, typically called lossless audio file formats. I didn’t evaluate any lossless files to see if there was any difference in quality. I did use these to listen to analog signals (LPs), MP3s, and streaming audio. With all of them these premium buds performed admirably.
The housing for the headphones are a metal-coated titanium. The connector is an L-style with a gold-plated 3.5mm plug. The cable is just shy of four feet long with a soft rubber jacket. The sturdy cable did start to remember the winding I did to fit it in the leatherette case that is provided.
These earphones are packagedÂ with four different size of silicone eartips. This is a welcome range for someone like me who has notoriously wonky ears for in-ear headphones. Once placed in the ear they are remarkably comfortable. I was able to wear them for over two hours. As time went on they simply disappeared, minus the occasional cable noise that cropped up fromÂ not very frequently.
I almost wrote the wrong review for these headphones. When I received them I was one week away from a half-marathon race I was running. I was experiencing the maximum of training fatigue and these were a welcome distraction. “I can use these during my training runs and get review time!,â€ I thought to myself.
One thing became quite clear: these are not athletic earphones. This is not a disparaging remark. I have several pair of over-ear headphones that I use for different occasions. I use a pair for DJ work that are low cost, average quality headphones but sturdy workhorses. I have another pair of premium headphones for home listening.
Audio-Technica ATH-CKR10 SonicPro In-Ear Headphones are a high quality pair of premium in-ear headphones that can used for home use as well for great audio listening on the go, although you may want to grab a different pair for your 12 mile run.
MyMac Review Rating is 8 out of 10, with a personal recommendation.
Hi – I understand that a near-$400 earphone isn’t the best bet for sweat-soaked running and so on, but other than moisture, what would be the main reason not to use it in workouts?