Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7NC Review – Ticks Most of the Right Boxes



The Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7NC are noise cancelling headphones, which means that you can listen to your favorite tracks without having to worry about the person beside you in the train who’s loudly chatting it up with their companion who is just beside them. This newer version comes with the same audio quality as the MSR7. But in terms of its active noise cancellation (ANC) feature, although still quite useful, it doesn’t give much of a challenge when comparing it to the likes of the Sony MDR-100ABN or the Bose QuietComfort25.

Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7NC Review - Ticks Most of the Right Boxes

The ANC in the Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7NC is Not as Effective as the Best in the Category

The Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7NC are classified as full-sized headphones, and the company is known for making pretty decent and even above average audio listening devices of this type. Some prime examples are the ATH-MSR7 and the ATH-M50X. Like these examples, the ATH-MSR7NC has a DJ-style look. The company did not opt for something that would easily be recognizable such as a Sony pair or a Beats Audio headphone. However, do not take that previous statement wrong, as there is nothing bad about how conservative it looks. Also, Audio-Technica did use the right materials in the right places. With everything built together, it even has a justifiable price tag.

For the earcups on the Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7NC Headphones, they are made out of aluminum. As for the headband, it is made of steel, and the padding is covered in leather. There are lots of details found on the plastic and the leather is clearly synthetic. However, do note that the synthetic leather is now the norm for a pair of headphones within the price class.

Perhaps the only major difference between the ATH-MSR7NC from the MSR7 is the noise-cancellation feature. There is an exposed micro-USB charging socket found on the left earcup which will, quite obviously, charge the built-in battery. Next to that is an on-off switch. The best part of this feature is it promotes an above average battery life. The company rates its battery life to last up to 30-hours of continuous music playing with the ANC turned on after a full charge. However, and once again, the effectiveness of the ANC feature does not compete well with other, better headphones in this regard.

As for the sound quality, if you’ve tried the MSR7 then there’s nothing worth noting about the audio coming out of the Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7NC. But for those who are curious as to what it sounds like, tracks come out clear and wide-sounding. There is no sign of any hard-sounding upper-mids. Overall, it does have potential, but the ANC functionality still disappoints.


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Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7NC Review – Ticks Most of the Right Boxes
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