THINK­ING OUT­SIDE THE CANS

ATH-CKS55XBT AU­DIO-TECH­NICA

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Th­ese head­phones from Au­dioTech­nica find a prob­lem in the de­sign of some Blue­tooth head­phones and of­fer an al­ter­na­tive.

Putting the Blue­tooth link and bat­tery into the ear­pieces means some wire­less ear­phones can be a bit bulky in your ears.

This de­sign takes the bulk and moves it to a small box that sits be­hind your head while an added air cham­ber is de­signed to boost the bass. The re­sult is that the ear buds are lighter in the ear but the pay-off means you have a some­what bulky box sit­ting on the back of your head, with the wire hang­ing down the side of your face con­nect­ing to the rigid neck­lace-like shape of the frame on your neck.

Th­ese wire­less head­phones will suit many ac­tiv­i­ties but not all — run­ners and gym junkies could find the dan­gling cords near their face and rear bracket an­noy­ing.

They have a bat­tery life of five hours, which is ad­e­quate but not out­stand­ing, and take three hours to recharge.

On the plus side, the re­mote con­trol and mi­cro­phone is well placed to en­sure bet­ter sound qual­ity than wire­less de­signs that have the mi­cro­phone close to an ear.

$149 / AU­DIO-TECH­NICA.COM.AU

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