The Audio Technica ATH-CK400i are In-Ear Headphones that sport an inline microphone and audio control for iPhone, iPods, and iPad. The headphones are comfortable and good looking. They come with four sizes of ear tips and a plastic cord wrap/clip convenient for pocketing the ATH-CK400i’s. They come in black, black/green, blue, pink, red, and white.
The headphone cable is Y-shaped and the inline control is 6 inches below the right earbud. The control button has a microphone, volume up/down, and the universal play/pause/answer/hangup/seek button. Unlike most headphones with an inline mic/control, this one only seems to work for iOS products; it didn’t work on Android. Even so, the button and microphone worked and sounded perfect on the iPhone, my callers agreed. The volume control buttons are convenient to have and the universal button is grooved in so it’s easy to feel and press. The headphone cable is average thickness for inexpensive headphones.
While we like the in-line control/mic, we were not impressed with the audio quality of the ATH-CK400i’s. The audio is treble-heavy with next to no bass, which can make listening uncomfortable. If you’re in a loud environment like a bus or train, you have to raise the volume to a level that can pierce your ears. This is why the inline volume control buttons are convenient. In a quiet environment, the mid-range audio sounds pretty good and generally clear, it’s just missing the low-range audio that gives your music a full sound. As always, the perfect ear tip is essential for the optimal listening experience; in this case it only helped a bit.
The Audio-Technica ATH-CK400i In-Ear Headphones retail for $59.95, but can be purchased on Amazon for just under $50. Even at $50 the headphones are overpriced. For the same price we would recommend a better balanced pair of earbuds like the Boqari Q1Ms.
The Good: Includes Mic and Controls for iOS devices, Comfortable with plenty of eartips included, nice selection of color choices
The Bad: Subpar Audio Quality, Poor Build Quality, Missing Android Support