Audio-Technica ATH-CKP500: top-notch sports headphone
Audio-Technica ATH-CKP500: top-notch sports headphone
3:01

Audio-Technica ATH-CKP500: top-notch sports headphone

Headphones
Hi. I'm David Carnoy, Executive Editor for CNET.com and I'm here with the Audio-Technica ATH-CKP500 SonicSport in your headphones. Yes, this is a sports headphone from a company who probably don't associate with sports headphones. While it has an all-plastic design, the ATH-CKP500 seems sturdily built and had certified it as an IPX5 waterproof headphone. That means that it can withstand a good dousing with a sustained spray for 3 minutes but it can't hang out underwater too long. So, sorry, no you can't take it swimming but you can wash it off if you want and it's certainly sweat resistant. What I like about it is it's fit and sound quality. Like with some competing sports headphones, you get a few different sets of wings, Audio-Technica refers to them as C-shaped ear tips. Monster Sports earphones have a similar design but I found these slightly more comfortable. Along with the typical silicone ear tips, you also get three sets of ridged ear tips that allows some sounds to seep in from the outside world. This can be important for runners and bikers who wanna be able to hear cars coming. Without a tight seal, you do lose a little bass but that's something some people can live with an exchange for a bit of extra safety. This is an asymmetrical cord which means one side is longer than the other. The reason for that is so that you can wear the cord behind your neck. It's also worth noting that the base cord is relatively short and is designed for use with arm bands but you can attach the 2-foot long extension cable to add more length if you keep your device in a pan pocket or clipped on to your belt. As far as extra features go, the one big emission is an inline remote/microphone for making cellphone calls, also no-carrying case is included. In terms of performance, these have a more audio files sound profile with clean, well-balanced sound but not a huge amount of bass. I like their sound and so did CNET contributor Steve Guttenberg but we both prefer more natural sounding headphones. These guys aren't incredibly open sounding but they're pleasant to listen to and work well with the variety of music. However, if you're into bigger bass, more aggressive headphones, you should probably check out the Monster Immersion in your sports headphones. I've tested a fair amount of these types of headphones and these ranked up there with my favorites off and comfortable secure fit and very good sound. It's also nice that it's a waterproof headphone, at least the IPX5 variety of waterproof headphone and can be rinsed off after use. This model lists for $74.95 but you can pick it up for less online. That makes it a decent value especially if you can get it for less than $60. I have no problem recommending it for both sports use and everyday use. I'm David Carnoy and that's the Audio-Technica ATH-CKP500. Thanks for watching.

Up Next

Headphone Hype: Are Expensive Ones Worth It? Let's Find Out
240311-site-cheap-vs-premium-headphones-v2

Up Next

Headphone Hype: Are Expensive Ones Worth It? Let's Find Out

AirPods Pro 2 vs. Sony WF-1000XM5 vs. Bose QC Ultra Earbuds: Tech Showdown
240130-site-airpods-pro-2-vs-bose-vs-sony

AirPods Pro 2 vs. Sony WF-1000XM5 vs. Bose QC Ultra Earbuds: Tech Showdown

Earbuds Buying Guide: Everything You Need to Know
240117-site-earbuds-buying-guide-v2

Earbuds Buying Guide: Everything You Need to Know

These Are the Best Wireless Earbuds for 2023
broll-00-02-39-17-still001.png

These Are the Best Wireless Earbuds for 2023

Bose QC Ultra vs. Sony WH-1000XM5: Kings of ANC
qc-ultra-vs-xm5-cnetthumb

Bose QC Ultra vs. Sony WH-1000XM5: Kings of ANC

Bose QC Ultra Headphones Review: Superior to Sony?
qc-ultra-thumb2a

Bose QC Ultra Headphones Review: Superior to Sony?

AirPods Pro's Newest Features Try to Rival Sony's WF-1000XM5
updated-airpods-pro-vs-sony-wf1000xm5-4

AirPods Pro's Newest Features Try to Rival Sony's WF-1000XM5

Bose Debuts QuietComfort Ultra Headphones and Ultra Earbuds (Hands-On)
bosehandson-00-00-21-12-still001

Bose Debuts QuietComfort Ultra Headphones and Ultra Earbuds (Hands-On)

Sony WF-1000XM5 Review: Top Earbuds Get Even Better
230721-site-sony-wf-1000xm5-earbuds-2

Sony WF-1000XM5 Review: Top Earbuds Get Even Better

Beats Studio Pro Look the Same but Feel Very Different
230718-site-beats-studio-pro-headphones-review

Beats Studio Pro Look the Same but Feel Very Different

Tech Shows

The Apple Core
apple-core-w

The Apple Core

Alphabet City
alphabet-city-w

Alphabet City

CNET Top 5
cnet-top-5-w

CNET Top 5

The Daily Charge
dc-site-1color-logo.png

The Daily Charge

What the Future
what-the-future-w

What the Future

Tech Today
tech-today-w

Tech Today

Latest News All latest news

First Drive in the All-Electric 2024 Fiat 500e
240417-site-fiat-500e-ev-drive-program-thumbnail-v3

First Drive in the All-Electric 2024 Fiat 500e

Laptop Buying Guide: What to Look For
laptop-buying-guide-2024-00-02-36-12-still001

Laptop Buying Guide: What to Look For

Boston Dynamics Retires Its HD Atlas Robot
p1022506-00-00-01-20-still001

Boston Dynamics Retires Its HD Atlas Robot

Taste-Testing 6 Apple Cider Vinegar Drinks
applecider-160424-land-00-00-06-18-still001

Taste-Testing 6 Apple Cider Vinegar Drinks

Testing BruMate's Leakproof Tumbler
brumate-160324-land-00-00-47-14-still001

Testing BruMate's Leakproof Tumbler

Tips and Tricks for the AirPods Pro 2
airpods-pro-2

Tips and Tricks for the AirPods Pro 2

Most Popular All most popular

First Look at TSA's Self-Screening Tech (in VR!)
innovation

First Look at TSA's Self-Screening Tech (in VR!)

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Review: More AI at a Higher Cost
240123-site-samsung-galaxy-s24-ultra-review-4

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Review: More AI at a Higher Cost

'Circle to Search' Lets Users Google From Any Screen
circlesearchpic

'Circle to Search' Lets Users Google From Any Screen

Asus Put Two 14-inch OLEDs in a Laptop, Unleashes First OLED ROG Gaming Laptop
asus-preces-00-00-25-11-still003

Asus Put Two 14-inch OLEDs in a Laptop, Unleashes First OLED ROG Gaming Laptop

Samsung Galaxy Ring: First Impressions
samsung-galaxy-ring-clean

Samsung Galaxy Ring: First Impressions

Best of Show: The Coolest Gadgets of CES 2024
240111-site-best-of-ces-2024-1

Best of Show: The Coolest Gadgets of CES 2024

Latest Products All latest products

2025 Audi Q6, SQ6 E-Tron: Audi's Newest EV Is Its Most Compelling
cnet-audiq6

2025 Audi Q6, SQ6 E-Tron: Audi's Newest EV Is Its Most Compelling

Hands-On with Ford's Free Tesla Charging Adapter
pic3

Hands-On with Ford's Free Tesla Charging Adapter

Nuro R3 is an Adorable Self-Driving Snack Bar
240320-site-nuro-r3-first-look-v1

Nuro R3 is an Adorable Self-Driving Snack Bar

First Look: The $349 Nothing Phone 2A Aims to Brighten Your Day
240304-site-nothing-phone-2-first-look-v3

First Look: The $349 Nothing Phone 2A Aims to Brighten Your Day

Best of MWC 2024: Bendable Screens, AI Wearables and More
240229-site-best-of-show-at-mwc

Best of MWC 2024: Bendable Screens, AI Wearables and More

This Concept Laptop from Lenovo Has a Transparent Display
240225-site-lenovo-translucent-laptop-concept-v3

This Concept Laptop from Lenovo Has a Transparent Display

Latest How To All how to videos

Tips and Tricks for the AirPods Pro 2
airpods-pro-2

Tips and Tricks for the AirPods Pro 2

How to Watch the Solar Eclipse Safely From Your Phone
screenshot-2024-04-03-at-15-47-11.png

How to Watch the Solar Eclipse Safely From Your Phone

Windows 11 Tips and Hidden Features
240311-site-windows-11-hidden-tips-and-tricks-v2

Windows 11 Tips and Hidden Features

Vision Pro App Walkthrough -- VisionOS 1.0.3
VisionOS 1.0.3

Vision Pro App Walkthrough -- VisionOS 1.0.3

Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy S24 Ultra
240216-site-galaxy-s24-ultra-tips-and-hidden-features-2

Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy S24 Ultra

TikTok Is Now on the Apple Vision Pro
tiktok-on-vision-pro-clean

TikTok Is Now on the Apple Vision Pro