New Audio-Technica SonicPro In-Ear Headphones with Push-Pull Driver System

December 10 2014, 06:00
Audio-Technica announced the introduction of its new SonicPro in-ear consumer headphones with sophisticated audio technologies that deliver the most from high-resolution audio sources. The new SonicPro range includes the ATH-CKR10 and ATH-CKR9 models featuring the world’s first push-pull driver system. The ATH-CKR7, ATH-CKR5iS, and ATH-CKR3iS models feature other innovative technologies, all combined in a contemporary design.

“We created our SonicPro high-resolution in-ear headphones for discerning music lovers who appreciate innovation, detailed audio and intelligent design—whether you’re a working audio professional or just want to listen like one,” says Crystal Griffith, Audio-Technica Consumer Marketing Manager. “With the emergence of high-resolution audio-capable portable music players, smartphones and other devices, our SonicPro headphones are the perfect complement for enjoying a studio-quality sonic experience.”

The ATH-CKR10 and ATH-CKR9 are the world’s first headphones to incorporate a Push-Pull Driver System to deliver extraordinary clarity and accuracy, particularly in the midrange and treble, and performance rivaling that of larger headphones. This innovation is an exclusive Audio-Technica design that utilizes two 13-mm drivers that face each other but are wired out of phase, so that harmonic distortion is reduced and response time is improved while power is doubled and output sensitivity is increased. The result is a spacious, expansive but detailed sound across a wide frequency range, suiting all styles of music.

The ATH-CKR10 ($389.95) is one of Audio-Technica's first headphones to receive the high-resolution audio (HRA) designation. The ATH-CKR10 provides frequency response to 40,000 Hz, enabling listeners to fully appreciate the newly defined high-resolution digital formats with better than CD quality audio source material. In addition to its use of the Push-Pull Driver System, the ATH-CKR10 features metal-coated titanium housings for a rigidity that greatly reduces unwanted vibration. A stainless steel acoustic resistor improves high-frequency response, while a bass acoustic resistor provides accurate low-frequency response. And its star-quad cable eliminates noise and provides superior transfer of the audio signal.

The ATH-CKR9 ($269.95) incorporates Audio-Technica’s Push-Pull Driver System to deliver audiophile sound quality. It utilizes machined aluminum driver housings that reduce unwanted resonance for crisp mid- and high-range audio, while a stainless steel acoustic resistor and bass acoustic resistor provide accurate high-frequency and low-frequency response.

The ATH-CKR7 ($134.95) features large, proprietary 14-mm drivers to deliver expressive, impactful high-resolution audio. Its hybrid stainless steel and aluminum driver housings ensure clear, detailed audio reproduction without unwanted resonances and coloration, and its dual acoustic high-frequency and low-frequency resistors provide extended frequency response and detailed, natural sound.

Audio-Technica’s ATH-CKR5iS and ATH-CKR3iS ($64.95 and $39.95) combine smartphone compatibility with outstanding audio quality and value. Their integrated controller with volume control and microphone lets the wearer answer phone calls and control music/video playback from compatible smartphones and other devices, including Android and iOS devices. Both headphones incorporate newly developed 13-mm and 9.8-mm drivers with machined brass stabilizers for clearer midrange and high frequencies. The ATH-CKR5iS is available in black, white, and red, and the ATH-CKR3iS comes in black, white, red, and blue. 

All SonicPro CKR in-ear models come with four sizes of silicone eartips for a comfortable fit, a carrying case or protective pouch, and have a 4’ cord. All are currently available.
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