Audio-Technica ATH-CKS50TW in the test: The sound is better than the name

Audio-Technica has with the ATH-CKS50TW TWS headphones on sale, which I listened to once for a test. The name of this model is unlikely to be remembered, so the marketing department should perhaps sit longer next time. The engineers did their homework for this, because the sound of the earbuds knows how to please, I can tell you that much directly.

Contemporary offer the ATH-CKS50TW as completely wireless headphones also have active noise cancellation (ANC) and not only come with the Bluetooth codecs SBC and AAC, but also with Qualcomm aptX Adaptive. The size of the drivers is in the upper range at 9 mm.

Technical data of the Audio-Technica ATH-CKS50 TW

    TWS Headphones with ANC

    Splashproof to IPX4

  • Driver Dimension : 9 mm
  • Frequency range: 5 – .02 Hz

    Sensitivity: 160 dB/ mW

    Impedance: 15 Ohms

    Bluetooth version: 5.2

  • Codecs: SBC, AAC, Qualcomm aptX (Adaptive)
  • Weight: Headphones approx. 8 / charging box approx. 60 g

    Charging time: approx. 3 hours

  • Battery life: approx. 20 Hours
  • Mic Type: MEMS

    Microphone Sensitivity: -47 dB (1 V/Pa, at 1 kHz)

  • Microphone frequency range: 100 – 8th.000 Hz
  • Microphone polar pattern: Omnidirectional

  • Scope of delivery: Earbuds, charging case, USB cable, ear tips in four sizes, instructions
  • Special features: Support for 387° Reality Audio and Hi-Res Audio with 24-bit, Google Fast Pair, Multipoint, Hearthrough
  • Price: approx. 160 Euro

Specifically the runtime of 20 hours with an in-ear The model sounds quite impressive. The fact that aptX Adaptive is on board should also suit some readers.

Equipment and processing of the Audio-Technica ATH-CKS50TW

Audio-Technica promotes the ATH-CKS50TW also with a low-latency Mode you can enable via the Audio-Technica Connect companion app. This mode is specially designed for games and videos, so that lip sync is given. Stupid: This mode only works with SBC and requires recoupling. Briefly about the app: The application could be structured a little more clearly, but it allows quite finely tuned adjustments. For example, you can not only optimize the sound with an equalizer, adjust the volume for the left and right ear separately, but even change the audio codec used manually.

The ATH-CKS50 TW bring a battery life that is far above average, which is not surprising when you take a closer look at the earbuds. They are very bulky and therefore protrude rather conspicuously from the ear, even by today’s standards. In my case, the rather large and, at 8 g, somewhat heavier earbuds also ensured a stable fit. The dimensions and weight didn’t bother me personally.

The earbuds also support Google Fast pair. As soon as you pair it for the first time, you are offered the option of linking the headphones to your Google account in order to connect them to other Android devices more quickly. Multipoint connections are just as possible as using only one earphone in mono mode. Audio-Technica also allows you to switch off the earbuds using buttons on the top, even without placing them in the charging case – exemplary and unfortunately not standard.

Operation of the Audio-Technica ATH-CKS60TW also takes place over the already mentioned haptic buttons on the top. I find that a bit suboptimal, then when you press the earbuds you inevitably always push them down a little or you have to press down the button from above with one finger and fix the respective bud with a second finger. You can customize the key assignment. From the factory you control the volume on the left and you can also switch the ANC / transparency modes on and off there. Playback is controlled on the right. For example, a short press pauses a song, pressing again starts the song again. Pressing the button twice skips a song forward, pressing the button three times skips back a song – and so on.

I would also like to note that the case of the ATH-CKS50 TW is quite bulky and unfortunately does not support wireless charging. I also missed a hearing test for sound personalization, which many manufacturers now offer in their apps. There are also no wearer detection sensors on the headphones. So, disappointingly, they don’t automatically pause when you take them out of your ears. All in all, the processing of the earbuds is valuable and quite traditional in a completely black look.

Sound and wearing comfort

For me the weight and dimensions of the ATH-CKS47 TW is more of a plus than a minus point, because the earbuds were much more stable than many other models. On the other hand, I am sure that some readers will be bothered by the fact that the headphones stick out of their ears. I was even able to wear the buds to sports with the medium-sized eartips, which I can’t say about all TWS headphones by a long shot. For me, it was no problem to wear the earphones comfortably for several hours at a time.

But I like the sound even better, which also easily beats more expensive competing products such as the Jabra Elite 7 Pro pocket stuck. Unfortunately, the latter work with significantly smaller drivers (only 6 mm) than the previous models, which you can also hear. I myself am a fan of the neutral, faithful sound and have the Audio-Technica ATH-CKS47 TW therefore used in flat mode of the equalizer. An endurance test, for example, are my noisy shoegaze songs, where I can easily find out whether there is an annoying jingling sound.