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Обзор Bluetooth-гарнитуры Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT

Довольно дорогая гарнитура для Audio-Technica, но тут есть за что платить. Время работы в автономном режиме – 38 (!) часов, устройство подключается по Bluetooth или с помощью кабеля, оснащенного пультом ДУ и микрофоном…

Комплект поставки:

  • Гарнитура
  • Чехол
  • USB-кабель
  • Аудиокабель

Дизайн, конструкция

Сколько лет уже я пишу про гарнитуры Audio-Technica, а ничего не меняется, в компании остаются верны себе – множество кнопок, простая форма, качественные материалы без изысков, надежность, качество, но тут же не могу не сказать, что все это довольно скучно. Скучно! В Sony каждый год пытаются найти что-то новое, в Parrot делают ставку на технологичность и дизайн, в Sennheiser ничего не меняется годами – мир Bluetooth-гарнитур устоявшийся, понятный, простой, прорывы тут случаются редко, и от Audio-Technica не ждешь технологий будущего. Чего же ждешь? Ждешь, что будет хороший продукт.

И это, поверьте, очень хорошо.

Начну с того, как наушники сидят. Чашки небольшие, но закрывают уши целиком, что-то среднее между мониторными и накладными – пассивная шумоизоляция практически отсутствует. Оголовье узкое, но «пухлое», на голову не давит, летом в помещении без кондиционера уши потеют. Материал на оголовье и амбушюрах – эко-кожа, прошито все как следует, пластик матовый, отпечатков нет. Чашки из металла, краска не стирается – активно использовал наушники неделю. Направляющие из металла, перемещаются со щелчком, есть риски, чтобы выбрать везде одинаковое расстояние. Сложить наушники нельзя, регулировка происходит обычным образом. Обозначения каналов еле заметные.

На правой чашке находится кнопка включения, слева – разъем microUSB для зарядки, привычный для компании многофункциональный рычаг – управление воспроизведением, ответ на вызов, перемотка, регулировка громкости. Использовать удобно, привыкаешь очень быстро. Световой индикатор маленький, спрятан с глаз, и это хорошо. Наушники гибридные, то есть могут работать как при подключении по Bluetooth, так и с кабелем, разъем 3,5 мм вполне обычный, в комплект заботливо положили аудиокабель. Чехол из эко-кожи, большой, можно носить наушники и все нужные кабели.

Технические характеристики модели такие:

  • Диапазон частот: 5 Гц - 40000 Гц
  • Чувствительность: 102 дБ/мВт
  • Сопротивление: 50 Ω
  • Диаметр мембраны: 45 мм
  • Вес: 185 г
  • Длина шнура: 120 см
  • Штекер: 3,5 мм
  • Макс. входная мощность: 1500 мВт
  • Чувствительность мик.: -40 дБ
  • Время работы в активном режиме: около 38 часов
  • Время зарядки: около 5 часов

Гарнитура выпускается в белом цвете, может быть, такой вам больше понравится.

Отдельно замечу, что на аудиокабеле есть микрофон и кнопка ответа на вызов, такую заботу о владельце редко встретишь.

Время работы

Заявленное время работы составляет около 38 часов (!), цифра невероятная, ведь речь про работу в режиме воспроизведения при средней громкости. Это очень и очень много. Время зарядки при использовании обычного ноутбучного USB – около 5 часов, долго, но зато использовать гарнитуру можно неделями. За пять дней использования (где-то три часа в день со смартфоном, приставкой, другими устройствами) до сих пор не посадил аккумулятор. Повторюсь, по этому параметру устройство очень порадовало.

Особенности

Гарнитура поддерживает aptX, вообще, в Audio-Technica активно используют этот кодек в продуктах, что очень хорошо – если у вас смартфон с поддержкой aptX, можно проводить эксперименты с треками FLAC, да и в целом качество звука будет интересней. Есть область NFC, датчик встроен в оголовье. В памяти сохраняется информация о восьми подключенных устройствах, с подключением к смартфонам iPhone 6S Plus, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge и Sony Xperia X проблем не возникло. Для активации режима сопряжения нужно зажать многофункциональную кнопку (то есть Play/Pause), после этого сдвинуть кнопку включения. Индикатор замигает красным и синим.

Звук

Уровень громкости при подключении к смартфону настраивается и на гарнитуре, и на аппарате, так что запас есть. Устройство играет иначе, если погонять на полной громкости хотя бы пару-тройку дней, то есть своеобразный «прогрев» помогает раскрыть возможности гаджета. По качеству звука Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT максимально нейтральна, без выпячивания низких частот и без фокуса на вокале, поэтому слушать с комфортом можно любой музыкальный материал. В этом есть и плюсы, и минусы, любители джаза замучаются подбирать эквалайзер, любителям техно в плеере придется выкручивать низкие на максимум.

Суховато, зато честно. В основном слушал с iPhone 6S Plus, с гаджетами, поддерживающими aptX, использовать предпочтительнее, хотя для потоковых музыкальных сервисов особой разницы нет.

Выводы

И вот, щелкнув выключателем Off и повесив гарнитуру на шею, я думаю о том, что сейчас важнее для людей, сенсорные панели, приложения для смартфонов или просто удобный продукт, где продуманы мелочи. К кнопкам быстро привыкаешь, время работы таково, что к зарядному кабелю можно не приближаться неделями, ну а звук вам наверняка понравится – я придрался к сухости, но это и не недостаток, скорее особенность, и только. Стоит гарнитура 15 990 рублей, довольно дорого, но есть за что заплатить.

Из схожих по цене вещей можно обратить внимание на Plantronics BackBeat PRO, Sennheiser MOMENTUM Wireless M2, последнюю очень хочу раздобыть для тестирования.

Обзор Bluetooth-гарнитуры Plantronics BackBeat Pro +

Автор выражает благодарность сайту Audio-technica.ru за предоставленные для тестирования наушники.

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ATH-SR5 - [Discontinued]

Bringing the best in high-resolution audio quality to an on-ear headphone, the SR5 beautifully combines lightweight portability and precision design with Audio-Technica’s unrivalled sound fidelity.

  • Experience High-Resolution sound quality through specially designed 45mm drivers
  • Lightweight and flexible swivel design for increased portability and enhanced fit
  • Soft memory-foam earpads and easily adjustable headband to provide a comfortable on-ear fit
  • 1.2m detachable cable with mic and controls for use with smartphones and other portable devices
  • Includes carrying pouch, ideal for when travelling

Specially tuned 45mm drivers for experiencing outstanding high-resolution audio.

Enhanced Fit

Combining a lightweight on-ear design and soft memory foam earpads and headband to deliver an enhanced fit.

For When You’re On-The-Go

A swivel design and carrying pouch for when you’re on-the-go

The SR5 has been designed to complement the ear’s shape, constructed using exquisite curves and bold lines.

Swivel earcups perfect for portability and improved fit.

Soft memory-foam has been incorporated on the earpads and headband to provide hours of listening comfort.

1.2m detachable smartphone cable with mic and controls.

Headphones
Type Closed-back dynamic
Driver Diameter 45mm
Frequency Response 5 – 40,000Hz
Maximum Input Power 1,500mW
Sensitivity 103dB/mW
Impedance 45 ohms
Weight 165g (without cable)
Cable 1.2m with mic and control for smartphones
Connector 3.5mm gold-plated stereo mini-plug
Accessories Included 1.2m with mic and control for smartphones, carrying pouch
Microphone
Polar Pattern Omnidirectional
Frequency Response -40dB (1V/Pa at 1kHz)
Open Circuit Sensitivity 50 – 4,000Hz

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Whether it’s on the boardroom table, the stage or in the studio, Audio-Technica products are trusted time and again by industry professionals looking for reliable, lovingly developed audio products for all budgets.

It’s Audio-Technica’s commitment to innovation, customer service and meticulous design that ensure professionals turn to us to provide solutions in conferencing, houses of worship, broadcasting, live sound, recording studios and beyond.

For over 50 years Audio-Technica has worked alongside leading figures in sports and music broadcast to develop and hone a range of products that deliver on the highest level.

Audio-Technica have developed and delivered products to power the Grammys, World Cup, Super Bowl, Commonwealth Games as well as every Summer and Winter Games from Atlanta 1996 to Sochi 2014.

Founded in 1962 by Hideo Matsushita, Audio-Technica positioned itself immediately as a leader in the manufacture and design of innovative audio products.

Its expertise in innovation quickly spread to various new fields and led to the development of tone arms, microphones and headphones. Audio-Technica soon became a benchmark in those fields. Making history.

A self-made man and audiophile, Hidéo Matsushita was the former Director of the Tokyo Museum of Modern Art. It all started in his workshop, with the hand crafting of stereo cartridges. 50 years later, Audio-Technica has become a global leader in audio innovation.

Humility, passion, creativity and expertise in sound are the core values behind Audio-Technica’s legacy, greatly inspired by its founder - whose imprint on the company’s philosophy is still felt today.

Audio-Technica’s passion for listening evolved in the 70’s, when it started designing headphones, building upon a legacy in innovation, meticulous engineering and artistic design.

Today, Audio-Technica’s audio products have become globally synonymous with consistently high sonic performance paired with impeccable build construction and artistic design.

All Audio-Technica products come with a two year warranty as standard meaning you can enjoy your product safe in the knowledge that you’re covered.

All Audio-Technica products purchased from Audio-Technica Europe are guaranteed for two years from the date of purchase to be free of defects in materials and workmanship. In the event of such defect, the product will be repaired or replaced without charge*.

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Audio-Technica ATH-SR5 Review

Pros

  • Smart design
  • Fairly comfortable
  • Relatively neutral sound balance

Cons

  • Hard edge to sound
  • Sterile-sounding mids

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £99.99
  • 45mm dynamic driver
  • Removable 3.5mm cable
  • One-button remote
  • Bluetooth (in SR5BT model)

The Audio-Technica SR5 are among the cheaper headphones you’ll find stamped with the Hi-Res Audio logo (on the box only). They cost £99 for the standard set, or £150 with Bluetooth for ATH-SR5BT.

This makes almost all the big-name rivals look over-priced. The Bluetooth version here is cheaper than the non-wireless version of the same sort of headphone from Beats or Sennheiser.

Their look and design are all spot-on, but while there are several strong characteristics to the sound, the hard-edged mids make the Audio-Technica ATH-SR5 a bit of a tiring listen.

Related: Best Headphones

Audio-Technica ATH-SR5 – Design and Comfort

The ATH-SR5 have a classic on-ear headphone design. They have small cups, and lines that are going to look good out on the street.

Black and white versions are available, and the white version actually has a tri-tone look. The earcups have a textured aluminium finish – it’s the real stuff, not a plastic impersonation – while the frame is white, and the padding off-white. I prefer the black version, but plenty of people are tired of boring-looking black headphones at this point.

These headphones are intelligently designed from a more practical perspective too. The headband’s steel spine is springy and there’s plenty of motion to the cups’ hinges. Unlike the Jays u-Jays I reviewed recently, the Audio-Technica ATH-SR5  seem to automatically find a perfect seating on your ears. They also spread their headband pressure very evenly across your ears.

All the padding is fake leather on top of foam, but the pads are comfortable.

It’s intensely difficult to make on-ear headphones that are both comfortable and stay on your head, but what Audio-Technica has made here for under £100 is pretty impressive. They cause some discomfort for glasses-wearers after a few hours, but most on-ear sets do.

Small parts of the finish could be better, like how the anodised-style surface of the cups looks a lot cheaper than what Apple might use. But remember: a lot of headphones at this price are mostly-plastic.

The Audio-Technica ATH-SR5 have a very practical removable 3.5mm headphone cable with an also-sensible one-button remote housing. Using a single button is the easiest way to make a headphone remote work with all the main smartphone platforms. With the Samsung Galaxy J3 I’m using to test the remote, I can control track playback but not volume. This will be the case across iOS and Android devices.

Like the Sennheiser Momentum On-ear, the ATH-SR5 sound isolation is not great. I’ve used them on trains without issue, but if your commute to work involves very noisy transport like the London Underground, you might want to consider something with better isolation. The Beats Solo 2 block out more sound, for example.

Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT – The Bluetooth version

The Audio-Technica ATH-SR5 are simple headphones made for the budget-conscious buyer who still wants something a bit higher-end than a £20-30 pair. Audio-Technica also makes a Bluetooth version for an extra £50, the ATH-SR5BT.

This pair is pretty feature-packed. They support aptX, which offers higher-quality audio streams than standard Bluetooth, and they have NFC. This lets you pair up the phone and headphones without any faffing about in menus if your phone also supports NFC.

There’s no active noise cancellation, which is occasionally bunged-into wireless headphones to make them even more commuter-friendly, but this means the battery life is pretty amazing. Audio-Technica says the SR5BT will last up to 38 hours off a charge. As I’ve been using both wired and wireless sets, one charge has seen me through testing. The battery is a Li-Ion rechargeable cell, with a Micro USB port on one side used for charging.

Instead of using an in-line remote, the Bluetooth version has controls on the underside of the cups. There’s a little switch that flicks back and forth and can be depressed, letting it control volume and track playback with the one mini joystick.

I found the Bluetooth performance to be very good when used with the Samsung Galaxy J3, which is like a much cheaper Galaxy S7. There was only the occasional glitch, which seems to happen when there’s something in your pocket that might interfere with the signal. Sound quality seems much the same as the non-Bluetooth version too, and a mic built into the cups lets you take calls.

Audio-Technica ATH-SR5 – Sound Quality

We only get to see some of Audio-Technica’s products in the west. Head over to a hi-fi-nut den like the Head-fi forums and you’ll get to read about how the company releases all sorts of stuff elsewhere. However, its recent UK-released output points towards quite a distinct house sound.

Audio-Technica likes definition. The bass level varies between sets, but none of the £100-300 pairs I’ve tried over the past couple of years has had a hint of stodginess to it.

The Audio-Technica ATH-SR5 have this definition in treble and mids, while the bass is very impressive for a small headphone. It’s very deep and has real punch in the lowest registers while sounding totally balanced. The reserve is unexpected and unusual in a somewhat affordable street headphone. This pair has better bass control than the Sennheiser Momentum On-ear, although also has lesser bass volume.

It’s no wonder they offer punch without bloat when these headphones use 45mm drivers – pretty large for such a petite set.

If you were to look at the ATH-SR5 sound as a frequency graph, it’d probably look grand. However, there is an issue.

These headphones’ upper-mids are quite hard. What this means is that when a singer starts really going for it, their voice will take on a caustic edge that is quite hard on the ears. There’s also a synthetic edge to the tone of the mid-range that stops them from being quite as involving as a headphone that might otherwise have a less balanced sound.

The ATH-SR5 are clean and clear-sounding, but also a little cold.

Should I buy the Audio-Technica ATH-SR5?

The Audio-Technica ATH-SR5 deserve to sell well on the merits of their good price and smart design. Take in their design and build and you could easily believe these headphones cost £170, particularly the black version. Looks smart, doesn’t it?

Audio-Technica has also pulled off the wireless version well, with decent controls, good wireless performance and great battery life.

However, parts of the ATH-SR5 sound are a bit stiff and hard, leading to a sound that, while nicely balanced, won’t be to all tastes. If you don’t care too much about the size of your headphones, the ATH-M50x are more fun. They get rid of that hard sensibility, and have a lot more bass. They’re less balanced as a result, but some of you will like the extra energy, and the price is only a smidge higher at around £120.

If a small headphone is what you’re after the more expensive Sennheiser Momentum On-ear have an easier-to-appreciate sound.

Verdict

The design is great and the sound balanced, but the Audio-Technica ATH-SR5 can be a bit hard on your ears.

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Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT review

Not so long ago, the mere mention of wireless audio would make hi-fi nerds shudder - and with good reason. But as the technology has improved, premium wireless headphones are now more than a match for their wired counterparts.

That Hi-Res Audio label you might see on your new pair of headphones means they meet certain criteria to be able to play higher than CD-quality music. This means a headphone must be able to decode and playback music that's 24 bit/96 kHz and above. (That's actually a cut above CDs, which are recorded at 16 bit/44.1 kHz.)

The Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT is an impressive wireless headphone with a frequency response of 5-40,000 Hz, meaning you'll hear every note with crystal clear clarity. It also lasts 38 hours on a single charge, which means you can go days, if not weeks, without charging them depending on your listening habits.

We spent some time with the ATH-SR5BT and we can say that the headphones live up to the impressive specs. They offer a great design, balanced sound and revealed details in the tracks we listened to that we didn't think was possible for a headphone that costs $199 (£149, AU$369).

[Update: It's worth keeping an eye out for deals on the ATH-SR5BTs during Black Friday and Cyber Monday - you may be able to find some brilliant reductions, so stick with TechRadar for regular real-time updates.] 

Design

The design of the Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT is understated with an all black finish and some silver accents, though there's a white-on-silver version as well if you're into the clean sci-fi look. The headphones feature metal earcups with soft leather earpads and headband that are the definition of comfortable. That said, they're an over-ear design but they do a good job of passively blocking outside noise.

On the head, the ATH-SR5BT are extremely comfortable, mostly due to their light weight. The earpads are made of soft memory foam and feel excellent, even after long listening sessions. There's very little clamping force, which is great for long listening sessions but they can be a little loose for users who want to exercise with them.

All controls are located on the back of each earcup. The right earcup has a toggle switch for power while the left earcup features playback controls, the microUSB charging port and the 3.5mm jack for using in wired mode.

Inside the earcups are 45mm drivers that are capable of an incredible frequency response of 5-40,000 Hz. The headphones have a 45 ohm impedance, which means you won't need an amp to properly drive them.

Included in the box are a microUSB charging cable, a 3.9 ft (1.2 m) wired headphone cable and a soft carrying case. The wired headphone cable comes with a microphone and a single-button remote for controlling playback and answering calls.

Features

Pairing the ATH-SR5BT with my OnePlus 3 couldn't have been easier with the inclusion of NFC – one tap on the back of your NFC-enabled phone to the left headband quickly pairs the headphone with your device.

While Audio-Technica brags that the headphone can remember up to 8 devices, you'll have to disconnect and connect to devices in your Bluetooth settings as the headphones can't connect to multiple device simultaneously. There are headphones do support multiple devices at once, like the Plantronics Backbeat Pro, and it'd be great to see Audio-Technica include this feature in the future, as it's a pain to hunt around in the settings to switch devices.

There's support for aptX and AAC codecs, which means wireless audio via Bluetooth 4.1 will sound great with either Android or iPhones. Note that using the headphones in Bluetooth mode will only give you frequency response of 20-20,000 Hz while using them in wired mode will get you the full 5-40,000 Hz required for Hi-Res Audio.

Controlling playback with the earcup controls is relatively simple, but will take some getting used to since it's both a toggle and button. Toggling up and down will change the volume, but you can hold up to skip forward and hold down to skip back. Pressing on the toggle will play/pause music or answer/reject a call.

Speaking of phone calls, friends and family reported clear sounding audio on their end during our conversations, and noted that it sounded much better than using the mic on my OnePlus 3.

Performance

Enough about features. How do the ATH-SR5BT sound? In short, phenomenal. Sound is well balanced across the entire frequency range, though there is a slight treble and mid-bass boost. This means highs can sound a little bit fatiguing for those who are treble sensitive. I like my treble a little hot and found them to be right on the edge of being too energetic.

All of that high frequency energy means the ATH-SR5BT have great resolution for well recorded music. You'll hear musicians breathe or tap their feet, something other wireless headphones can't reproduce. Soundstage is well rendered – but could stand to be a bit wider.

Bass is taught with good impact but low-end enthusiasts will likely want headphones that can dig deeper. Bassheads should check out the Marshall Major II Bluetooth to satisfy the urge for EDM and rap, but expect muddier bass and far less resolution.

While most people will use the ATH-SR5BT in wireless mode most of the time, it's worth plugging them in just to experience what Hi-Res Audio is capable of. I plugged in the headphones with the included cable and was blown away by how much better everything sounded: Bass had more impact, especially when used with an amp like my Fiio E18 and WooAudio 3. I was addicted to wired mode for days.

Audio-Technica's claims for 38 hours of playback are spot on. I struggled to drain the battery within the week I spent with the headphone. They have some serious stamina. They take quite a bit of time (around 5 hours) to charge to full from dead, however, so you'll want to leave them on the charger overnight.

We liked

The Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT feature some of the best wired and wireless sound quality for a headphone under $200 (£150). It plays well with all music genres and offer a near-flat response curve. They're extremely comfortable for long listening sessions and are well built. Battery life is equally impressive with nearly 40 hours of playback from a charge.

We disliked

While the ATH-SR5BT do a good job of isolating outside noise, it would have been nice to have active noise cancelling, though it's an understandable omission at this price point. Some listeners may find the headphones a little bright and fatiguing. Lastly, it would have been nice if the headphones could pair to multiple devices simultaneously.

Final verdict

The Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT strike an amazing balance between portability and serious listening. Sound over Bluetooth is great for commuting or when you're less interested in absolute fidelity. Then, once you've safely arrived back home or find yourself in a quiet environment, it's super easy to switch to wired mode to get Hi-Res Audio sound.

At their $199 (£149, AU$369) price point, the ATH-SR5BT offer great value for audiophiles who want the convenience of going wireless. Sure, they lack the features of more expensive wireless headphones like active noise cancelling and multi-device pairing, but these are tradeoffs worth making for phenomenal sound.

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ATH-SR5BT - [Discontinued]

Listen to your music wirelessly with the SR5BT, combining lightweight on-ear portability and precision design with Audio-Technica’s unrivalled sound fidelity. Remember up to 8 devices with integrated Bluetooth® technology and enjoy easy one-touch pairing with NFC (Near Field Communication). With a wired connection, you can also experience the superb clarity of high-resolution audio, delivered through specially designed 45mm drivers.

  • Experience High-Resolution sound quality via wired connection through specially designed 45mm drivers
  • Listen to your music wirelessly with Bluetooth® technology that remembers up to 8 Bluetooth® devices
  • Up to 38 Hours battery life for continuous music playback on one charge
  • Integrated volume and mic control switch in the earcup for simple control of smartphones and other Bluetooth® audio devices
  • NFC (Near Field Communication) enables easy one-touch pairing with NFC-compatible Bluetooth® enabled devices
  • Lightweight and flexible swivel design for increased portability and enhanced fit
  • Soft memory-foam earpads and easily adjustable headband to provide a comfortable on-ear fit
  • Includes 1.2m detachable cable with mic and controls for optional wired connection, USB charging cable, and carrying pouch, ideal for when travelling

Specially tuned 45mm drivers for experiencing outstanding high-resolution audio via a wired connection.

Enhanced Fit

Combining a lightweight on-ear design and soft memory foam earpads and headband to deliver an enhanced fit.

Up To 38 Hours Battery Life

Listen to your music wirelessly for up to 38 hours on a single charge.

NFC (Near Field Communication) allows you to connect to your NFC-compatible Bluetooth® enabled device easily in one-touch.

PLAY/PAUSE, VOLUME, SKIP controls are integrated into the earcup allowing you have complete control of your music.

Soft memory-foam has been incorporated on the earpads and headband to provide hours of listening comfort

Headphones
Type Closed-back dynamic
Driver Diameter 45mm
Frequency Response 5 – 40,000Hz
Maximum Input Power 1,500mW
Sensitivity 103dB/mW
Impedance 45 ohms
Weight 185g (without cable)
Cable 1.2m with mic and control for smartphones
Connector 3.5mm gold-plated stereo mini-plug
Accessories Included 1.2m with mic and control for smartphones, USB charging cable, carrying pouch
Microphone
Polar Pattern Omnidirectional
Frequency Response 50 – 4,000Hz
Open Circuit Sensitivity -40dB (1V/Pa at 1kHz)
Bluetooth®
Bluetooth® Version Bluetooth® version 4.1
Output Power class 2
Compatible Bluetooth® Profiles A2DP / AVRCP / HFP / HSP
Support Codec SBC / aptX / AAC
Transmission Band 20 – 20,000Hz

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Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT review

Not so long ago, the mere mention of wireless audio would make hi-fi nerds shudder - and with good reason. But as the technology has improved, premium wireless headphones are now more than a match for their wired counterparts.

That Hi-Res Audio label you might see on your new pair of headphones means they meet certain criteria to be able to play higher than CD-quality music. This means a headphone must be able to decode and playback music that's 24 bit/96 kHz and above. (That's actually a cut above CDs, which are recorded at 16 bit/44.1 kHz.)

The Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT is an impressive wireless headphone with a frequency response of 5-40,000 Hz, meaning you'll hear every note with crystal clear clarity. It also lasts 38 hours on a single charge, which means you can go days, if not weeks, without charging them depending on your listening habits.

We spent some time with the ATH-SR5BT and we can say that the headphones live up to the impressive specs. They offer a great design, balanced sound and revealed details in the tracks we listened to that we didn't think was possible for a headphone that costs $199 (£149, AU$369).

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Design

The design of the Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT is understated with an all black finish and some silver accents, though there's a white-on-silver version as well if you're into the clean sci-fi look. The headphones feature metal earcups with soft leather earpads and headband that are the definition of comfortable. That said, they're an over-ear design but they do a good job of passively blocking outside noise.

On the head, the ATH-SR5BT are extremely comfortable, mostly due to their light weight. The earpads are made of soft memory foam and feel excellent, even after long listening sessions. There's very little clamping force, which is great for long listening sessions but they can be a little loose for users who want to exercise with them.

All controls are located on the back of each earcup. The right earcup has a toggle switch for power while the left earcup features playback controls, the microUSB charging port and the 3.5mm jack for using in wired mode.

Inside the earcups are 45mm drivers that are capable of an incredible frequency response of 5-40,000 Hz. The headphones have a 45 ohm impedance, which means you won't need an amp to properly drive them.

Included in the box are a microUSB charging cable, a 3.9 ft (1.2 m) wired headphone cable and a soft carrying case. The wired headphone cable comes with a microphone and a single-button remote for controlling playback and answering calls.

Features

Pairing the ATH-SR5BT with my OnePlus 3 couldn't have been easier with the inclusion of NFC – one tap on the back of your NFC-enabled phone to the left headband quickly pairs the headphone with your device.

While Audio-Technica brags that the headphone can remember up to 8 devices, you'll have to disconnect and connect to devices in your Bluetooth settings as the headphones can't connect to multiple device simultaneously. There are headphones do support multiple devices at once, like the Plantronics Backbeat Pro, and it'd be great to see Audio-Technica include this feature in the future, as it's a pain to hunt around in the settings to switch devices.

There's support for aptX and AAC codecs, which means wireless audio via Bluetooth 4.1 will sound great with either Android or iPhones. Note that using the headphones in Bluetooth mode will only give you frequency response of 20-20,000 Hz while using them in wired mode will get you the full 5-40,000 Hz required for Hi-Res Audio.

Controlling playback with the earcup controls is relatively simple, but will take some getting used to since it's both a toggle and button. Toggling up and down will change the volume, but you can hold up to skip forward and hold down to skip back. Pressing on the toggle will play/pause music or answer/reject a call.

Speaking of phone calls, friends and family reported clear sounding audio on their end during our conversations, and noted that it sounded much better than using the mic on my OnePlus 3.

Performance

Enough about features. How do the ATH-SR5BT sound? In short, phenomenal. Sound is well balanced across the entire frequency range, though there is a slight treble and mid-bass boost. This means highs can sound a little bit fatiguing for those who are treble sensitive. I like my treble a little hot and found them to be right on the edge of being too energetic.

All of that high frequency energy means the ATH-SR5BT have great resolution for well recorded music. You'll hear musicians breathe or tap their feet, something other wireless headphones can't reproduce. Soundstage is well rendered – but could stand to be a bit wider.

Bass is taught with good impact but low-end enthusiasts will likely want headphones that can dig deeper. Bassheads should check out the Marshall Major II Bluetooth to satisfy the urge for EDM and rap, but expect muddier bass and far less resolution.

While most people will use the ATH-SR5BT in wireless mode most of the time, it's worth plugging them in just to experience what Hi-Res Audio is capable of. I plugged in the headphones with the included cable and was blown away by how much better everything sounded: Bass had more impact, especially when used with an amp like my Fiio E18 and WooAudio 3. I was addicted to wired mode for days.

Audio-Technica's claims for 38 hours of playback are spot on. I struggled to drain the battery within the week I spent with the headphone. They have some serious stamina. They take quite a bit of time (around 5 hours) to charge to full from dead, however, so you'll want to leave them on the charger overnight.

We liked

The Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT feature some of the best wired and wireless sound quality for a headphone under $200 (£150). It plays well with all music genres and offer a near-flat response curve. They're extremely comfortable for long listening sessions and are well built. Battery life is equally impressive with nearly 40 hours of playback from a charge.

We disliked

While the ATH-SR5BT do a good job of isolating outside noise, it would have been nice to have active noise cancelling, though it's an understandable omission at this price point. Some listeners may find the headphones a little bright and fatiguing. Lastly, it would have been nice if the headphones could pair to multiple devices simultaneously.

Final verdict

The Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT strike an amazing balance between portability and serious listening. Sound over Bluetooth is great for commuting or when you're less interested in absolute fidelity. Then, once you've safely arrived back home or find yourself in a quiet environment, it's super easy to switch to wired mode to get Hi-Res Audio sound.

At their $199 (£149, AU$369) price point, the ATH-SR5BT offer great value for audiophiles who want the convenience of going wireless. Sure, they lack the features of more expensive wireless headphones like active noise cancelling and multi-device pairing, but these are tradeoffs worth making for phenomenal sound.

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