Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7NC SonicPro High-Resolution Headphones with Active Noise Cancellation is the upgrade version of the previous model called ATH-MSR7NC. It features a brand-new active noise-cancellation technology that ensures comprehensive and a fulfilling audio reproduction. In this Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7NC SonicPro Headphone Review, we will take a look at the new offerings and compare the performance with other several similar headphones out there.
Design and Features
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Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7NC SonicPro
Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7NC is a stylish over-the-ear headphone that features simple and exclusive design. It packs an all-black hardened plastic exterior that screams both quality and durability. At a weight of about 305 grams, we noticed that it was slightly heavier than other similar headphones. As if to make up for the hefty weight, the manufacturer has ensured that the earcups are soft and highly comfortable. It packs a set of padded earcups and a padded foam headband. Inside the pads, there is a newly designed vent-space that provides an acoustic output. After looking at several reviews and critics, we noticed that this space had helped tremendously in producing a soundstage quality audio.
ATH-MSR7NC comes with three detachable cables, and they all serve different purposes. There is a USB charging cable that you can use to charge the unit. Another two cables are for the audios, but one of them is for smartphones as it comes with an in-line control. From the remote, you can adjust the volume of the headphone and the music playback. There is a built-in microphone on the headband as well as on the in-line remote.
On a full charge, ATH-MSRN7NC can provide as long as 30 hours of non-stop music, thanks to the powerful 3.7V rechargeable lithium polymer battery. However, after our assessment, it looks like it depends on the sound usage. If it is between mid to max, you can get such hours but on an all-time maximum volume, you might get less than that promised operating hours. It takes between three to four hours to charge the wired headphone to a full 100% capacity.
- Memory foam earcups and headbands
- 45mm driver
- 360-degree omnidirectional noise cancellation technology
- Sound Output: Hi-Res Stereo Sound
- Battery Life: 30 hours
- Charging Time: 3-4hours
- 3.5mm input
- 1.2m cable length
Comfort and Ease of Use
Overall, Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7NC Headphone is a well-thought audio device that promises comfort and ease of use. The features are excellent, and they are not too complicated to use. The detachable plug is also quite handy as you can easily change the cable according to the device that you are currently using. Regarding the comfort, sure, it does feel heavy, but it rests softly without crushing your head. You can expect to wear it nonstop for about two hours before starting to experience the ear-heating, which is a norm for such over-the-ear headphone.
Now, we are at the most important aspect of a headphone, which is the audio quality. With a high price tag of $299, we bet many users expect premium sound quality with top-notch noise cancellation performance. After checking out the specs and learning more about this product, we can say that the overall music performance is not disappointing at all. Many users have complimented the superb vocal and acoustic production.
It has a balanced treble with a slightly higher punch of bass. Both average users and audiophiles can truly appreciate the fantastic treble and bass output. It is thanks to the big 45mm (1.7 inches) True Motion Drivers. When we compared the driver, it is evident that the driver on MSRN7NC headphone is in general larger than most of the drivers available on other similar brands like Bose and Sennheiser.
- Impedance: 150 ohms
- Sensitivity: 104dB
- Frequency Range: 5Hz-50kHz
Noise-Cancellation Feature – How Good Are They?
One of the biggest marketing points of this premium Audio-Technica headphone is the active noise cancellation feature.
Firstly, we loved how this ANC feature is available for toggling. Meaning, you can turn it on and off as needed. Once turned on, we noticed that the headphone can efficiently mute some noises in your surrounding like the traffic noises, the sounds of the nearby fans and even, airplane sounds. However, it does not have a complete noise cancellation performance. You cannot mute the sounds of your friends talking or chatting nearby or the loud music in the room. Nevertheless, an average user should be able to appreciate the decent audio cancellation performance.
For those who would like to enjoy a total soundproof experience, you might want to choose several other premium options like Parrot or Bose. For example, Bose QC 25 has better cancellation than this MSR7NC model.
At a price tag of about $299 per unit, ATH-MSRN7NC cabled headphone can be quite pricey. However, the premium build quality and excellent audio performance make up for that high price point. You can expect to use it for a very long time. The comfort that you get from this headphone is unbeatable, and it comes with a highly detailed and high-resolution sound. They sound loud and live!
Pros and Cons
If you are still on the fence or have yet to make up a decision on whether to purchase this premium cabled headphone or not, here are a list of pros and cons for you to consider. We hope that it helps you to make that final decision.
- Minimalist design
- High-quality build material
- Detachable cables
- Active Noise Cancellation feature is available
- Premium music performance
- High bass output
- Loud and clear sounds at a maximum of 40kHz frequency
- Long battery life
- Expensive price
- Active noise cancellation is decent. It does not completely mute external noise.
- A slightly heavier weight at about 300 grams
As a conclusion, Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7NC SonicPro Headphone is a strong contender in the high-end headphone department. It has the look, feel, and sound of a premium earphone. The unit feels sturdy and durable in your hands, feels soft and comfortable over your ears, and the produced sound can make you lose yourself in the sound and music. We highly recommend this model to those who would like to enjoy superb comfort and a studio-like music experience. The only thing to keep in mind is just the price. However, in a long run, we believe that it is still an economical choice as it has a long-lasting design!
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