As little as a decade ago, an audiophile’s arsenal consisted of a combination of equipment ranging from specialized recording tape to tube amplifiers and speaker combinations that reproduced sound to their liking. The digital revolution has removed many of those variables. If you look at portable digital music players today like the Apple iPod, the flat and consistent quality of the sound really only leaves you one variable — the earphones you’ll use to listen to your music. With lineups like that of Audio-Technica which Geek Beat LIVE will be featuring from the CEA Line Shows 2011, you’ve actually got a lot of choices. It all depends on your style and needs.Audio-Technica got their start producing phonograph cartridges in the early ’60s. Over the years the company has used its audiophile roots to transform itself into an audio equipment manufacturer that ranges from turntable equipment to earphones that target digital devices. Their earphone lines range from traditional, full-size audio-rich headsets to earbuds with features that range from noise canceling technology to deep, punchy bass reproduction. Here are a few that caught my eye from their lineup.
The ATH-CKS55BK Solid-Bass in-ear headphones feature an innovative design that reproduces rich and punchy bass. They accomplish it by setting up an additional air chamber and inserting an acoustic resistor that aids the Sub Chamber Mechanism.In the active noise canceling category, the ATH-ANC23 QuietPoint Active Noise-Canceling In-Ear Headphones reduce distracting background noise by up to 90%. Though many companies offer noise canceling features, Audio-Technica combines it with the type of sound you’d expect from a world-leading pro audio company.
In the full size audiophile headset category, the ATH-WS55 Solid Bass headphones deliver incredibly full and textured bass, along with the astonishing clarity and fidelity for which Audio-Technica is renowned. The headphones feature 40 mm drivers for powerful sound and efficient signal transfer.
If you are in need of some styling to compliment your digital life style, you can get this with the ATH-CFK300 series where sound & style converge. These earbuds feature vibrant colors that are available in: dark pink, gold, lime green, light pink, pink, purple, white, mint green.
Want to know more about Audio-Technica’s headphones? John and Cali will be giving you the full scoop, live from the from the show floor at 10:15 AM Eastern time today (Thursday). Geek Beat LIVE is streaming during the entire show, so drop in whenever you can to catch profiles of all the latest tech products.