Audio-Technica ATH-CKS5TW True Wireless Review

  • -ATH-CKS5TW
  • Audio-Technica-ATH-CKS5TW-
  • Audio-Technica-ATH-CKS5TW
  • CKS5TW

Quick Points

  • Fit: In Ear
  • Enclosure: Closed Back
  • Connectivity: Wireless
  • Best For: iOS & Android
  • Noise Canceling: No
  • Microphone: Yes

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What Comes Inside The Box

  • ATH-CKS5TW Wireless Earbuds
  • Charging Cable
  • 4 X Silicone Ear Tips, 3D Loop Support
  • Silicone Rings
  • Charging Case
  • ATH-CKS5TW Manual
  • Warranty Card

Our Score

  • 8.0

Reasons Why You Should Buy Them

  • ATH CKS5TW is a truly wireless pair of headphones that offers complete and well-rounded sound profiles with deep and solid bass, detailed mid-range and clear highs
  • Auto Power On/Off automatically switches on/off (and connect) when taking them in and out of the case
  • Audio-Technica Connect app to pair headphones, skip tracks, change the Bluetooth codecs, customize on-board controls, select voice assistant and track your buds in case you lose one or both of them
  • Four different sizes of tips and one extra pair of silicone loop supports to comfortably and securely lock the buds into the ears
  • Ear plugs go far deeper into the ear canal and create a passive noise isolation that blocks external sounds
  • On-board mic and physical controls to answer calls, music play/pause, volume control, skip tracks and connect with phone’s voice assistant (Google Assistant or Siri)
  • Up to 15 hours of long battery life on a single charge and 30 hours of extra power with the charging case
  • With an IPX2 rating, Audio Technica ATH CKS5TW True Wireless can easily handle sweat or splashes from rain when working out
  • The CKS5TW supports superior quality codecs like aptXTM audio, AAC and SBC for better audio quality
  • Louder than any other in-ear true wireless model makes CKS5TW more suitable for noisy environments

Reasons Why You Should Avoid Them

  • Overwhelming bass suppresses high and mid frequencies, make the overall sound muddled and messy
  • Lack of features in the app, such as EQ adjustments or create music profiles like other high-end competitors' headphones
  • Some kind of high-pitched humming noise occurs when the music is not playing and it appears prominently in a quiet room
  • The call quality of Audio Technica ATH CKS5TWBL is below average, feels thin, significantly soft and lacks detail
  • Audio Technica Solid Bass ATH CKS5TW are one of the biggest pair of truly wireless earbuds that protrude from the ears quite a bit
  • This is a slightly heavy pair of in-ear headphones and some users may feel uncomfortable during long listening sessions
  • These high-end truly wireless headphones from Audio-Technica are made entirely of hard plastic, which isn't sleek and looks cheap
  • The unique wing tip design of Audio Technica ATH CKS5TW True Wireless Earphones is not suitable for everyone and some users might find it difficult to get a comfortable fit with a really snug seal
  • The case of Audio Technica CKS5TW is about twice the size of the Apple AirPod's charging case and not ideal to fit in your jean’s pockets
  • The right earbud can be used alone for mono audio and calls, but not the left one

Highlights

  • Truly wireless design with Bluetooth 5.0 for freedom of movement 
  • 10mm dual-layer diaphragm drivers deliver crisp, complete audio with extraordinary bass 
  • Includes thin, flexible silicone earbuds (XS/S/M/L) and 3D loop supports for safe and secure fit 
  • Long-lasting battery with 15 hours of continuous use on a full charge and charging case gives you two additional charges 
  • Auto power function turns on headphones when they are taken out of the charging case and shuts them off and starts charging when returned 
  • The built-in microphone and buttons allow you to control music, calls and volume without touching your smartphone 
  • IPX2 certified to protect headphones from rain and sweat 
  • Qualcomm CVC (Clear Voice Capture) technology ensures natural and clear conversations during calls 

The Specs That Matter

Dimensions

  • Headphone Fit : In Ear
  • Enclosure : Closed Back
  • Weight Gm/Oz : 16 g (0.56 oz)
  • Foldable Design : No

Connectivity

  • Connectivity : Bluetooth
  • Connect Multiple Devices : No
  • On Device Controls : Call, Pair, Volume, Play/Pause, Skip Tracks, Voice Assistant
  • In Line Mic & Controls : No
  • Voice Assistant : Google Assistant + Siri
  • Companion App : Audio-Technica Connect App

Audio

  • Noise Cancelation Type : No
  • Sound Isolation : Yes
  • Echo Reduction : No
  • Sound Mode : Stereo

Features

  • Water/Sweat Resistant : Yes
  • Waterproof : No
  • Heart Rate Monitor : No
  • Step Tracking : No

Battery

  • Battery Life : Up To 15 Hours (Up To 45 Hours With Charging Case)
  • Auto Pause & Play : No
  • Auto Shut-Off : Yes
  • Quick Charge : No

Technical Data

  • Driver Size : 10 mm
  • Driver Unit : Dynamic
  • Magnet : Neodymium
  • Impedance (OHM) : 16 Ohm
  • Frequency Response : 5 Hz - 40000 Hz
  • Sensitivity (dB/mW) : 110 dB/mW
  • Total Harmonic Distortion @ 90 dB : Less than 0.5%
  • Total Harmonic Distortion @ 100 dB : Less than 0.5%
  • Supported Codecs : aptXTM Audio, AAC, SBC

Wireless

  • Bluetooth Version : 5.0
  • Bluetooth Profiles : A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
  • Radio Frequency : 2.4 GHz
  • Wireless Range : Up To 10 m (33 ft)
  • NFC : No

Noise Canceling

  • Noise Canceling Adjustment : No
  • Noise Canceling ON/Off Switch : No
  • Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing : No
  • Ambient Sound Mode : No

Audio Cable

  • Audio Cable Length : N/A

Microphone

  • Microphone Feature : On-board MEMS, Omni Directional Microphone
  • Microphone Frequency Response : 50 Hz - 4000 Hz

Power

  • Battery : Rechargeable Lithium Polymer
  • Charge Time : 3.5 Hours
  • Charging Cable : Type-C Cable
  • Battery Indicator : Yes
  • Operating & Storage Temperature : 41°F - 104°F

iOS

  • Connection : Wireless
  • Audio : Yes
  • Microphone : Yes
  • Controls : Yes

Android

  • Connection : Wireless
  • Audio : Yes
  • Microphone : Yes
  • Controls : Yes

Windows

  • Connection : Wireless
  • Audio : Yes
  • Microphone : Yes
  • Controls : Yes

Xbox

  • Connection : No
  • Audio : No
  • Microphone : No
  • Controls : No

Playstation

  • Connection : No
  • Audio : No
  • Microphone : No
  • Controls : No

TV & Home Theater

  • Connection : No
  • Audio : No
  • Microphone : No
  • Controls : No

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Service & Support Info

  • Manufacturer's Warranty on Parts : 1 Year Limited Warranty
  • Manufacturer's Warranty on Labour : 1 Year Limited Warranty
  • Helpline : 1 (330) 686-2600
  • Contact : Click Here


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