The Audio-Technica SonicSport In-ear Headphones

ath_ckp500_rd_2_sqOkay, I am going to conclude headphone day with another one from Audio-Technica, the SonicSport In-Ear Headphones, or ATH-CKP500. I’m going to begin by saying that it looks more like these were designed for the athletic in mind.

These particular “athletic” types of headphones usually have some way to stay within the ear. It is similar to the QuietPoint that I already discussed today, but there is some C-shaped eartips that keep it within the ear canal. In case you are worried about ear junk, you can wash these off, as they are IPX5 Waterproof Certified.

Now, at first I thought these things were defective as the left side cord didn’t seem too long. It is actually angled housings to direct the cord behind the neck, so it is out of the way. I can testify that the cord does stay out of the way, too.

If this is something that you want, then I will recommend them. Feel free to head over to the Audio-Technica site and lay down about $59.95. They come in several different colors including black, red, white, and blue.

Audio-Technica QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones

ath_anc33is_3_sqToday is headphone day, because we are going to be reviewing not one, not two, but three different pairs of headphones. We’ll start with Audio-Technica, a brand that I love, and the last time I reviewed something was the Solid Bass Headphones. This one is the QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones, or ATH-ANC33iS.

They are called QuietPoint because they have the ability to cancel out 90 percent of distracting background noise. As someone who is working from home, I can testify to that. Right now, my kids are doing their usual evening activities before bedtime things, and I can barely hear them.

The noise cancellation might have something to do with their shape, and they really pad the empty space of the ear. According to the official site, it creates “a noise-cancelling wave that is 180° out of phase with the ambient noise”. This acts like a “noise eraser”, which is again a quote from the site.

In addition to the noise-cancellation feature, the QuietPoint also has an interesting inline microphone and controller that can help for answering calls for smartphones and other devices. The microphone is omnidirectional, so it should be able to pick you up.

All in all, they are quite good, and so I’m going to recommend them, especially as a good gift for the holiday season. You can get them on the Audio-Technica site for about $79.95.

Audio-Technica ATH-WS77 Solid Bass Headphones

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI know I just finished reviewing the Audio-Technica SonicSport earbuds, and I just got finished with the ATH-WS77 Solid Bass Over-Ear Headphones. Remember how I said that I liked those earbuds? I also like these Headphones, and I think it is pointless to say which I like more.

I am listening to them now while watching an episode of The Office, and it feels like I am watching The Office: The Movie. I can only assume that these are because of the 40 mm drivers, and I have heard that there are “undesired vibrations” that are “eliminated by direct-mounting the high-rigidity aluminum housing to the driver”.

As for the construction of the headphones, they are made so they are light. The cups are flat and remind me of handle-less frying pans, but I don’t feel weight on my ears.

In short, I will recommend them. You can purchase them on the Audio-Technica site for about $149.95.

Audio-Technica’s ATH-CP700 SonicSport Headphones

ath_cp700_1_sqI love doing headphone reviews, because I am one of those audiophiles that don’t know anything about the specs of headphones or earbuds. I have reviewed Audio-Technica products before, and I am pleased with the ATH-CP700, or SonicSport.

One thing that I love about the SonicSport is how it goes on the back as a single cord and then loops over the ears for a comfortable fit. It also makes you very aware of outside sounds.

I also like how the cord comes with all kinds of ways of set up, including the addition of a single-button remote and microphone for talk and music control. Then there are the other bonuses like a pouch. Oh, I forgot to tell you that these are IPX5 certified, which means that they can be washed under running water.

You should be able to get this for an MSRP of $99, and you can find out more information on the Audio-Technica site.