I find the bass too heavy and lacks treble brightness. This was my impression:
This model has been replaced by ATH-CKS50TW which is just launched in Singapore this month for S$218.
- newly developed large-diameter drivers (9 mm HD TWS drivers with deep bass) deliver deep, powerful bass while ensuring a comfortable fit.
- ducts on the back of the driver control airflow to ensure a detailed acoustic space - Feed-forward active noise cancellation and Hear-through function supported
- Supports low-latency mode enabled via app - Supports Sony 360 Reality Audio
- IPX4 water protection
- Sidetone supported during voice calls - Multipoint pairing supported
- supports aptX Adaptive Audio changes the bit rate of audio according to the radio wave environment and music data transfer status
- EQ presets supported
- Volume step adjustment supported (16-step, 32-step, 64-step)
- Supports Android Fast-Pair
- Supports mono earbud use
The local set sold by Amazon SG even cheaper lor at $98 SGD only.
I don't have this one but I have the two 1st gen Audio Technica TWS CKR7TW and SPORT7TW. The CKR7TW is still my go-to daily TWS, neutral balanced sound with very good amount of details and instrument separation, perfect for classical music and rock, like my beloved Klipsch X10i last time. The SPORTT7TW sounds very similar to the ATH-CKS5TW. It's good for bassy genres but everything else is kind of muddled. These two TWS also have quite lag when watching videos, and the lack of the EQ in the Iphone app is disappointing. But to be fair, maybe AT fix these problems in their newer TWS.
At $100 to $150 the competition is very stiff and even last year models are getting steep discounts to counter newer better models. I've just bought Klipsch T5 ii Sports for jogging from Amazon US for $140 SGD. It is also quite bassy but more details and at least the Iphone app is significantly better and got proper EQ.
I still love the Audio Technica sound though, if AT ANC300TW drops to below $150 I might consider buying it.
Usually when someone likes a brand of headphones, they stick to it until there is a chance to try another brand and then they might change their mind. There is a reason why some brands get so many supporters, because it's a sound that many people like, but not necessarily mean it's the most accurate or most detailed sound. Just like choosing to drink bubble tea with 100% sugar or 0% sugar. Healthy but not flavourful vs. Unhealthy but shiok.
I think it's more to do with the target market. Product models from Japan are mostly code-based instead of giving a "name". Many ATH products are sold in Japan months before making available worldwide. Their tuning is mostly to favour Japan market.
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