Design & Build Quality
The ATH-CKS30TW earphones feature a lightweight and ergonomic body, which weighs barely 4.5 grams for each earbud. Even the charging case has been designed with flat, defined edges that have been smoothened to create an unobtrusive pocket profile. Both feature the same durable plastic material as well as a unique shiny coat that highlights the grain of the material. Both also include a simple white Audio Technica on them to make it easy to spot the maker.
They come with multiple replaceable clear tips that feature the same colour as the body. You can pick the one that delivers the snuggest fit for the passive noise reduction and clear call benefits. The ear tips have been designed to retain this fit even under active movement and exposure to elements, thanks to an IP55 rating for dust and waterproofing. This way, you can easily take these earphones with you on your workouts or long treks outdoors.
On the inside, the earphones feature a pair of solid 9mm SOLID BASS-HD TWS high-definition drivers, delivering a loud and clear sound that balances power and efficiency nicely. The drivers have a special dynamic coil design, making for a better playback soundstage. This helps it deliver crisp and noticeable bass while maintaining the clarity of the vocals.
For users, who want a faster, low-latency experience, there is a dedicated game-enhancement mode, which cuts down on any delays and ensures proper spatial awareness in all sorts of gaming applications. Since the earbuds come with support for multi-port pairing, you can even connect multiple Bluetooth inputs to listen to your favourite music as you game.
Everything is powered by an in-built battery that can deliver up to 7.5 hours of sound output on a single charge. This goes up to 20 hours with the included case. As usual, the earphones automatically start charging wirelessly as soon as you put them into the case, with a full charge taking a few hours.
Price & Availability
The Audio Technica ATH-CKS30TW earphones are available for sale in a variety of colours, ranging from white to black, blue and even pink. You can get them in both China and Japan for as starting price of $124. The company is planning to expand this market in the coming months with a full international launch.