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Audio Technica ATH-CKM55 review

Despite a truly horrible gold finish, these Audio Technica buds are capable and tight-sounding performers Tested at £55.00

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

Comfortable headphones with impressive sound


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    Clean delivery

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    precise sound

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    taut bass


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    Nothing of note, apart from the Liberace-like colour

Beauty's obviously in the eye of the beholder, but it's hard to imagine anyone finding the gold finish of these Audio-Technicas anything but somewhat tacky.

Thankfully, they're also available in a number of less blinging colours, and in action they're very impressive.

Here you get a clean and precise delivery that might lack true bottom-end extension, but makes up for it with bouncy tautness to basslines.

They're comfortable to wear, too, though not the most secure in the ear – so don't expect them to stay in if you're sprinting for the bus.

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