The CKN50 is Audio Technica’s take on the micro-driver. The CKN50 is the first headset to feature a 5.7mm driver, which is the smallest driver Audio Technica has come out with. It has been designed to provide the same quality as headsets with larger drivers. Also new is NLS (next loop support structure), which enables a more snug fit.
The in-ear headset comes with an asymmetrical designed 1.2 metre cable and 4 additional ear tips. The design as well as the quality of the CKN50 is in line with what we’ve seen with Audio Technica so far. The headset feels quite sturdy, and the 3.5 mm audio jack has an L-fit, so there shouldn’t be any durability issues. The ear buds fit quite snugly and there isn’t any issue when using them for hours on end.
I did try out different environments and music styles to get a better feel of the head-set. The CKN50 needs to be burnt-in, so if you do not know what that is, check this guide. The set I got were burnt-in, so I started off with some classic rock (Rush), and then onto some heavy metal (Mudvayne, Anthrax and Killswitch Engage). Most of the music was lossless (FLAC), although I did listen to a few tunes on Spotify to make sure that audio quality wasn’t a factor. What I noticed that when it comes to music that features heavy usage of guitars, the CKN50 delivered, both in terms of the warmth of the sound as well as the clarity.
The CKN50 follows along from the CKN500, and there are a few things on the CKN50 that are actually better. The bass is understated but is fuller, and the mid and highs are very clear and vibrant. The only issue I faced was with an unusually high-sounding treble. Otherwise the CKN50 was very comfortable to listen to music with. Also, the CKN50 comes in four different colour variations (black, white, blue, and brown), which should attract the younger audience.
The CKN50 is very well attuned, and comes with a frequency response which lies between 10 Hz to 25,000 Hz. The sensitivity is at 103 dB/mW, which is fairly normal. To test out how the headset handles different kinds of music, I turned to Dance and Electronica to see how it churns out bass-heavy tunes. After hours of Daft Punk, David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia and Tiesto, I can confidently say that the CKN50 does a great job. I did feel at times that the bass was too feeble, but it wasn’t a major concern.
I wanted to see how good this headset will be when watching video content, so I watched Tron Legacy while wearing the CKN50. At times, I was let down by how low the sound was, but this did not occur too often for it to be a nuisance. The sound quality was great and I enjoyed listening to the synthesizer-oriented music on the head-set. Overall, Audio Technica has done a great job with the construction and the design of the CKN50, as I did not feel at all uncomfortable throughout the time I was using it. For Rs.2,699, this headset is a good buy.
Pros: Great fit, clear highs and good sound clarity across different genres.
Cons: Bass is low at times.
Overall Score: 7.5/10