Best Audio-Technica MSR7 Black Friday Sales 2020

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Wireless headphones are the rage, and once and for all reason. Hearing music wire-free is merely more convenient, as you do not even have to touch your very good music player to change songs. Having said that, there will be a loyal crowd of headphone enthusiasts that won’t snip the cable. Why? Sound quality.

At its present state, wireless technology can’t stream true audiophile-level sound without costing a lot of money. Going wired may be the cheapest way to get anything near that level of music quality, but even that may cost a fortune.

As yet. With the $250 (£199, AU$349) ATH-MSR7, Audio-Technica offers wired listeners with a complete, relatively affordable way to have a dip in Hi-Res audio. These over-ear cans don’t offer much in the form of features, however the set is such a solid performer that it is minor design flaws are simple to overlook.

Design


Audio-Technica’s ATH-MSR7 – I’ll just call them the MSR7 from here on out – are very the flashy undertake your everyday over-ear headphones. The earmuff style continues to be completely effect, but almost every detail that comprises the set is lathered in modern style.

The thick headband is coated on each side with deep tan leatherette. Its insides are filled with sufficient padding to keep you comfortable during long listens.

The leatherette gives way for some sharp, gunmetal-colored plastic pieces that help out with the adjustment of its brushed steel sidearms. The ease where Audio-Technica transitions between build materials is seamless. Fully extended, the sidearms can stretch nine notches to help make the fit a lot more accommodating than its default sizing.

Moving down, another solid little bit of plastic marks the website of the MSR7’s pleasantly flexible earcup hinge. On the outside, two brushed metal pieces with “Right” and “Left” laser-etched onto them show the proper way to put these on your own head.

These hinges offer smooth gliding action for a generous 90 levels of movement, making resting the cups on your own chest during pauses in playback a breeze. However, these headphones don’t fold up to be compact.

Harnessing the earcups to the hinges are two wishbone-shaped bits of plastic, lined on the inside with metallic red detailing. The earcups themselves are pretty big, harnessing 45mm drivers inside, and contain a variety of plastic and anodized aluminum. The Audio-Technica logo is embossed on the outsides and looks fetching. At least, so far as logo placement can be involved.

Design nerds will like the many shapes, colors and angles Audio-Technica experiments with on these earcups. It’s pretty safe to state that they didn’t play it safe here. Flipped over, the plush leatherette ear pads are large and well-stocked with padding.

The MSR7 come stocked in a sizable box that’s filled with goodies. First, you’ll discover a soft leatherette bag to tote them around in. This welcome addition could keep the MSR7 scratch-free for some time.

Next up, a few different 3.5mm cables you can replace. The main one I used most during testing, since it aligns with my listening habits the most, may be the 3.9-foot cable with inline controls. You can also find two others in the box: a 3.9-foot cable sans inline controls and a more substantial 9.8-foot cable, just in case you enjoy listening from a source that can not be devote your pocket.

Performance


The MSR7 certainly look the part, but where these cans really shine has been its immensely satisfying audio tracks performance. The business put its 45mm “True Motion” drivers inside, and these Hi-Res Audio-pushing drivers master everything I throw at them.

I spend a whole lot of my time hearing music on the subway and other areas that are not too quiet, therefore i was just a little worried that my listening experience with the MSR7 will be spoiled. Thankfully, the closed-back design of the cups, in tandem with the dense leatherette in the earpads, created a quiet environment. Once I turned music on, the sound was focused to my ears, free from outside noise – an extraordinary feat for a couple of headphones without active noise cancellation.

However they aren’t the preferred. Comfort is an extremely subjective topic, but I’m confident that listeners who try the MSR7 will agree: these earcups make an extremely tight seal around your ears. The seal creates excellent noise isolation, but two slight problems arise.

First, whether it’s summer, your ears are likely to cook. Next, the headband provides you with horrible headphone-hair. You understand, that headband-shaped line pressed into your hair? It’s confirmed then that the headband really can press hard on your own cranium, but making a sidearm adjustment should fix that problem.

Returning to the sound, listeners will be treated to balanced audio tracks irrespective of genre choice. Driver response is incredibly accurate here, packed with attack when needed, but versatile enough to gently deliver calmer songs with equal care.

The soundstage inside these cans is expansive and enthralling. That’s something I could say about several sets of headphones, but what sets the MSR7 apart here’s that the sound factors don’t step using one another. Each rendered sound layer compliments others, revealing flourishes in songs that I hadn’t heard before.

Final verdict


Serious listeners that still have an eye for value ought to know that the Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7, although expensive, are filled with enough stellar qualities that render the price almost a non-issue. I’ll have a second to knock against Audio-Technica for having less inline volume controls, that is a feature that I really like seeing in headphones.

Also, the amazing sound quality comes at the minor expense of an extremely tight-fitting group of earcups. These gripes aside, I cannot recommend the MSR7 enough for music lovers who would like an upgrade that looks good, offers strong performance and won’t set your wallet burning.

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