ATH-MSR7NCby Audio-Technica

  • ATH-MSR7NC
  • ATH-MSR7NC
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VERDICT
A definite buy! This is among the best in its class.
88%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • These cans sport plush memory foam padding for the ears, which adds up to a super-comfy fit.
  • The ATH-MSR7NC offers active noise cancellation; first--albeit limited--impressions of the ANC feature are positive.
  • The company's 30-hour battery life claim--on a single charge--is impressive.

CONS

  • Bass nutters might be disappointed in the bass performance.
  • If black isn't a color you're after, you're out of luck.
  • The company does not provide an accompanying smartphone app.
Audio-Technica augmented its original ATH-MSR7 headphones to bring you the ATH-MSR7NC. The new over-ear headphones offer omnidirectional active noise cancellation and new 45 mm True Motion drivers to help deliver a distortion-free listening experience. The ATH-MSR7NC sports an adjustable swivel design, along with soft memory foam earpads and headband. The internal battery lasts up to 30 hours, and charge time is roughly four hours. Accessories include a detachable 1.2-meter standard cable, a detachable 1.2-meter cable with in-line mic/controls for calls and music, a 3.5 mm stereo mini-plug, an airline adapter, and carry pouch.
NameATH-MSR7NCEverest Elite 700Chord MS 530Level OverSymphony 1
ManufacturerAudio-TechnicaJBLPhiatonSamsungDefinitive Technology
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We put the MSR7NC’s noise-cancelling feature through its paces, culminating in a true torture test — an hour-long conference call on a long …

We put the MSR7NC’s noise-cancelling feature through its paces, culminating in a true torture test — an hour-long conference call on a long interstate train ride with a crying baby in the next seat. The MSR7NC performed very well, ...

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There's a lot of energy and life to the sound of the ATH-MSR7. It's the sort of sound that gets strong reactions from listeners. There's a l…

There's a lot of energy and life to the sound of the ATH-MSR7. It's the sort of sound that gets strong reactions from listeners. There's a lot of clarity, so you feel a strong connection to the music, but it's also the kind of headphone that's not shy about revealing harshness or distortion in recordings.

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Even my (slightly) oversized ears fit comfortably inside the cups without pressing against the drivers inside.

Even my (slightly) oversized ears fit comfortably inside the cups without pressing against the drivers inside.

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The bass seemed reasonable and not boomy, and the treble seemed smooth.

The bass seemed reasonable and not boomy, and the treble seemed smooth.

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We tested [active noise cancellation] out on the floor, and it did a pretty good job of attenuating the madness, though we did notice that t…

We tested [active noise cancellation] out on the floor, and it did a pretty good job of attenuating the madness, though we did notice that the on-board amplifier raised the volume fairly significantly when ANC was engaged.

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The ATH-MSR7NC’s miniature microphones at the top of each earcup feed signals into the headphones’ sophisticated noise-cancellation circuitr…

The ATH-MSR7NC’s miniature microphones at the top of each earcup feed signals into the headphones’ sophisticated noise-cancellation circuitry, which creates a signal 180-degrees out of phase to effectively cancel ambient noise.

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If you’re someone who can appreciate headphones that aren’t totally bass dominated, then chances are you will enjoy the ATH-MSR7NC. These he…

If you’re someone who can appreciate headphones that aren’t totally bass dominated, then chances are you will enjoy the ATH-MSR7NC. These headphones provide a much more balanced sound, and lend plenty of opportunity for all ranges — mids, lows and highs — to shine

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the combo of good noise cancelling without a hit to battery life, good build quality, and the detail and frequency response of hi-res, makes…

the combo of good noise cancelling without a hit to battery life, good build quality, and the detail and frequency response of hi-res, makes them worth the asking price.

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Gamers may be looking for something with higher performance in terms of 3D sound, however for general use you’ll be more than satisfied with…

Gamers may be looking for something with higher performance in terms of 3D sound, however for general use you’ll be more than satisfied with the exclusive sound stage and integrated features which make tuning sound frequencies easier, resulting in clearer and more detailed sound.

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