Audio-Technica to Release Two New True Wireless Earbuds
Audio-Technica is once again trying its hand at true wireless earbuds. The Japanese company actually revealed two new pairs yesterday, the $149 ATH-CKS5TW and a more budget-friendly version, the $99 ATH-CK3TW. Both pairs have an Auto Power On/Off feature that allows them to automatically pair with a smartphone, digital audio player, or other compatible device upon removal from the charging case. They also boast an IPX2 water resistance rating and Qualcomm cVc Clear Voice Capture for enhanced audio during phone calls. The earbuds will automatically turn off when placed back in their cases that are charged using the included USB-C connection. While the ATH-C KS5TW and ATH-CK3TW have many of the same baseline feature, differences in battery life, design, drivers, and more establish their difference in price.
Audio-Technica ATH-C KS5TW
The ATH-CKS5TW features a 10mm driver with a dual-layer diaphragm that employs a strategic combination of hard and soft materials for clear, full-range audio with rich, accurate bass from any music source. ATH-C KS5TW earbuds are compatible with aptX, SBC and AAC codecs for the supreme wireless audio quality.
On a full charge, listeners can enjoy up to 15 hours of playback on the ATH-C KS5TW. And with a fully charged case, they can add an additional 30 hours, for a total of 45 hours of on-the-go listening. To keep up with the extended battery life, a new eartip design offers added comfort and a more stable fit with noise isolation from ambient sounds.
For added convenience, buttons located on each earbud will allow for total control of music, phone calls, and volume without the need to look down at a smartphone. Users can also check the Audio Technica Connect mobile app to see the status of their battery, adjust settings, control playback, and locate missing earbuds.
Audio-Technica ATH-CK3TW (SRP: US$99.00)
The ATH-CK3TW features a 5.8mm driver with just six hours of battery life on a full charge. The charging case will provide another 24 hours for a total of 30 hours of on-the-go listening. Users will also find touch controls on the earbuds as opposed to physical buttons like on the ATH-CKS5TW. The headphones also feature Qualcomm TrueWireless Stereo Plus, a low-latency functions that ensures users can stream audio with no disruption and a stable connection.
Surprisingly, only the lower end version supports voice assistants like Siri and Google Assistant. Audio-Technica says they did this so salvage battery life for the higher end earbuds and prevent any disruption in the sound quality.
Both sets of earbuds will be on display at IFA from Sept. 6-11. The Audio-Technica ATH-CKS5TW will be available in this month while the ATH-CK3TW will be available in November.