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Audio-Technica ATH-CKS5TW

Audio-Technica ATH-CKS5TW

from  $149+
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75 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
75

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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For well under $200, you’ll get excellent battery life and decent sound on the ATH-CKS5TW. Unfortunately, there are a lot of handy features that are missing, and some of them are pretty basic. The price and 15 hours of playback on the buds themselves is attractive on paper, but you have to be willing to overlook a few faults.

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Pros
  • 15-hour battery life
  • Reasonably priced
  • Decent sound quality
Cons
  • Buds are huge
  • Update process is cumbersome
  • Limited on-board controls
  • No EQ/audio presets in the app
  • Lacks features like automatic pausing
75 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
75

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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80
Average Critic Score
 
80
TechRadar
The Audio-Technica ATH-CKS5TW ups the bass compared to the brand’s usual neutral sound, for a mix well suited to true-wireless earbuds. However, the fit may take some getting used to.
 
80
Headphone Dungeon
Bass-heads will definitely enjoy the juicy lows that the CKS5TW provide. And the sound isolation is great, making them a much better option for commuters that the AirPods, at least in this respect. Furthermore, the 45 hours of battery life is fantastic, considering that the $300 Sennheiser Momentum TW only offers 12.
 
80
Stuff
Excellent audio and long-lasting battery life make up for a slightly awkward design.
 
80
Forbes
These ATH-CKS5TW earbuds from Audio-Technica feel incredibly well made and their clever charging position means users can fit OEM ear-tips and still manage to close the lid of the charging case. The sound is big – incredibly big – but the midrange lacks a little finesse so it may not be ideal for all genres of music. If you like your music big and bold, these are the true wireless earbuds for you.
 
80
Good Housekeeping
These are an excellent pair of wireless headphones that provide plenty of listening time (45 hours) and they sound great. The bass to treble balance was ideal.
 
80
TrustedReviews
The ATH-CKS5TW's spec sheet puts them in the same area as the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1, which are cheaper and offer better balanced sound tonally. But, if you want a big sound with plenty of bass then the ATH-CKS5TW have it in spades – and at £149, they’re not hugely expensive. They just lack a killer feature to mark themselves out from their rivals

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