Audio-Technica ATH-CK100 Headset Review

World's Lightest Earphones

  • Loads of sound quality pumped into a tiny package
  • Boasts the lightest weight on the market
  • Great distinction between highs and mids

  • Hefty price tag
  • Once you get past the light weight, there isn't much else to brag about


Though these earphones are said to be the lightest ever made, they are certainly not the cheapest. The performance and audio quality of the Audio-Technica ATH-CK100 earphones are definitely impressive but their price range makes it so that you can get just as much quality (or better) with just a slight increase in weight.

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Audio-Technica ATH-CK100 Triple Balanced Armature In-Ear

World's Lightest Earphones

Audio-Technica has been one of the fastest growing Japanese audio companies in recent years, and much of their new found fame is thanks to their ability to always push the envelope. On that note, may we introduce you to the company's most ambitious product yet: The ATH-CK100. These earphones offer some of the most revolutionary technology in the industry yet. For one, they are crafted with a titanium housing that makes them ultra light. They're so light, in fact (they weight only four grams), that they are widely considered to be the lightest earphones ever made.

But it doesn't end there. The in-Ear monitor, or IEM, within the ATH-CK100 is also the smallest that has ever been created. Also, the incredibly impressive triple-driver system in the earphones is the first such system ever to be featured on an Audio-Technica product. But don't for a second think that all these small aspects rein in the sound: On the contrary, you will probably be astonished at the audio performance of the ATH-CK100. Not only can you ramp up the volume to dizzying heights, but the difference between the highs and mids remains constant and clear throughout. The audio is crisp, warm, and clean thanks to the balanced armature contained inside.

Yes, there are plenty of exciting innovations in the ATH-CK100. Nobody is denying that. The price tag, though, is a bit easier to deny. You can expect to pay over five hundred dollars for these little babies, which comes out to about $125 per gram. When you look at it that way, you start to wonder if having the lightest earphones in the world is really worth it. Sure, the performance is fantastic, but you could get performance that is equal or better for the same price. All that would be different between these earphones and a competitors' would be the weight. If this is enough to make you plunk down the cash, more power to you. For some people, though, it may be a bit too steep.

Technical Info
MSRP: $499.00
•    Triple-driver Technology
•    Comes With a 1 Year Warranty
•    1.2 meter cord
•    20-18,000 Hz Frequency Response

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