There are many audiophiles out there that shun the existence of wireless headsets because wired performance is typically better, especially when listening to Hi-Res Audio, but perhaps the Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT might be able to change their mind about the idea of wireless headsets being bad for quality audio, even just for a tiny bit. When looking at the hardware specs and feature offerings on paper, this particular headset is definitely an impressive wireless unit. It has a frequency response of 5 to 40,000 Hz, which means that you would pretty much get no note unheard in practically any track. Furthermore, it also has a very decent battery life of 38-hours.
The Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT Makes a Good Impression, Wired or Wireless
For the design of the Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT, it goes for the understated approach as it is coated in an all-black finish. The only things that break away from the otherwise all-black design are some silver accents. For those that do not want this design choice, there is also a white-on-silver variant available. The headphones do feature metal earcups that are coated with soft leather earpads. The headband is also has the same amount of comfort as with its earcups, and needless to say they are what you want them to be – incredibly comfortable. However, do take note that the headset is an over-ear design, which means they are able to do a pretty good job in passively blocking out outside noise.
All the controls on the ATH-SR5BT are found on the back of each earcup. For the right earcup, it has the toggle switch for power, and the left earcup has the playback controls, the 3.5-millimeter jack for when you want to go for wired mode, and the microUSB charging port.
This particular headset features NFC, which means that pairing with your smartphone or other NFC-capable devices is no problem at al. Just one tap on the back of your NFC-enabled phone towards the left headband (which is where the element is located) and it will quickly pair with your device, hassle-free.
But what does it sound like? If there was one word to describe it, that word would have to be “amazing.” The sound is well-balanced across the entire frequency board, but there is just a smidgen of mid-bass boost and the treble. But this is not enough to be a deal-breaker for those who want neutral sounding tunes.
Ultimately, the Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT promotes an amazing balance between serious listening and portability. Even when you’re opting for wireless mode, sound coming from the Bluetooth connection is still great.
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