Maximum PC Staff Jun 10, 2010

Audio-Technica ATH-CKM50A

At A Glance

Love you long time

Brilliant design and sexy sound for the price.

Wham, bam, thank you ma'am

No in-line mic.

Love to Love You Baby

Ladies and gentleman we give you the winner of the longest in-ear-monitor cord award!

To be fair, it's a double cord, which is a double bonus. The first cord about two feet long, which is perfect for jogging with an iPod Shuffle or something similar. Audio-Technica throws in a four-foot extension cable so you can plug in to your hi-fi system and kick back in your La-Z-Boy. We dig the flexibility (just don’t lose the extra cord).

We wish more earbud manufacturers though like Audio-Technica and included a cord suitable for both portable devices and a second long enough to reach our hi-fi.

The headphones themselves are an innovative design, with angled buds that fit very comfortably inside our ear canals. More importantly, the ATH-CKM50A’s sound fabulous. The highs never felt invasive and we never felt the need to crank the volume higher than “mom” recommends—a mark of excellence in audio playback.

One feature that’s lacking—at least for iPhone users—is an in-line microphone. Audiophiles on a budget should check these babies out before dropping more cash on a higher-end set: They’re extremely comfortable and capable of taking you close to audio-gasmic heights for a very attractive price.

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