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Audio-Technica hailing from Japan is one of the leading headphone manufacturers in the world. They compete along with the 3 big names from Germany – Sennheiser, AKG and Beyerdynamic.
They have a rich tradition in the in-ear monitor (IEM) space in addition to their traditional headphone business. They have recently released a new range of IEMs and headphones called Sonic Fuel. The Sonic Fuel series is designed for people who like to listen to their own music while working out. One of the major complaints many people who work out face is that earphones keep falling out.
To counter this, Audio-Technica has introduced a new design which incorporates a removable rubber C tip which promises to hold the earphones securely even during rigorous movement.
To be honest, I wasn’t too thrilled with the rubber C tips but thankfully they are removable. Even without the tips the IEMS were pretty comfy and stayed in my ears during walks.
There are 3 IEMs in the CKX series – ATH-CKX9iS, ATH-CKX7iS and ATH-CKX5iS. The middle model – ATH-CKX7iS is on review. The ‘iS’ moniker in the name is for a built-in volume control and microphone. All 3 IEMs are available without a mic and volume control also for a lower price.