Audio-Technica Earbuds 

Here I am looking at two sets of earbuds from Audio-Technica, both are designed for use for those who move about a lot and dare I say the word RUN. The main difference between is the fitment in or over your ear.

audio technica ATH CKP200
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Inner Ear Headphones ATH-CKP200

Often earbuds come with very long leads which normally get knotted very quickly. Here the basic lead is very short at .6metre however before you think that will never reach the pocket in my shorts or jogging pants there is another .6metre extension lead in the box.

Normally the silicon earbuds are smooth as indeed are the pair fitted but for those who want or need them then ridged ones are in the box.

The clever thing about the over ear fitting is that it is hinged giving up to 2cm of expansion so they fit snugly for all.

The shape of the earbud and the rubber base below it are shaped a bit like a pair of shoes so even though I could not see the marking that the manual says is there to tell you which is which if you fit it over the top from the front of the ear they only fit one way.

Unlike a lot of earbuds that stuff the ear canal these fit in as deeply as you want so people – like me – are sensitive to being over stuffed – technical term – can wear them without the ears complaining after an hour or two.

I mentioned the instructions there are a side of A4 but they have plenty of instructions so fitting and use even the changing of the earbuds are all covered comprehensively.

The sound quality with smooth and ribbed earbuds was fine and while my exercise is limited to the occasional quick walk for a train or bus in the interest of a fair review I shaked my head vigorously for a while they stayed firmly in place.

The ATH-CKP200 is available from the link below for £30

audio technica ATH CKP500
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Inner Ear Headphones ATH-CKP500

Just like the earbuds above the lead comes with a .6metre lead attached and a .6cm extension piece if required, this way the lead is less likely to knot up when the earbuds are removed if you keep the two parts separated.

The earpieces are held in place by a ‘C’ shaped hook that fits inside the ear above the silicon ear piece that fits into the canal. Just as with the other unit there are various sizes. Here they are XS, S, M and L with ribbed buds in the last three sizes.

My exercise habits are mentioned above and I repeated them with these. My own choice would be the former as the ‘C’ shape rubberised hook requires that the buds themselves are further bedded into the ear canal for a fit.

You get a side of A4 as the instructions and these have good illustrations including how to clean the main units.

There is slightly more external noise reduction as the buds themselves are more deeply into the ears, sound was Okay.

As with the unit above they mention that the ‘L’ and ‘R’ are on the units and this time I was able to find them but surely the way they fit is something you cannot really get wrong unless you have very strangely shaped ears.

The ATH-CHP500 is available for £40 from the link below.  

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Comment by Aswin, 9 June 2013 4:16

Just bought the ckp-200. I find the fit is a little loose, so there is a lot of soung leakage which means bass disappears and there is too much treble, which pierces into my ears at times. Bit of a disappointment buy.

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