ATH-MSR7NC

High-Resolution Headphones with Active Noise Cancellation

MSRP* US$299.00
Two-Year Limited End-User Warranty

*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Actual selling price may vary; please check with an authorized Audio-Technica dealer.

  • Over-ear Headphones
  • Hi-res Over-ear Headphones
  • Hi-Res Headphones
  • headphone accessories


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  • Features
  • Specifications
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  • Q & A

  • Overview



    **2016 CES Editors' Choice Award Winner from Reviewed.com**

    The ATH-MSR7NC headphones combine the Hi-Res Audio technology and design features from the original ATH-MSR7 with newly developed active-noise cancelling technology to bring you the ultimate listening experience.

    These headphones are outfitted with exclusive 45 mm True Motion Drivers to deliver distortion-free audio reproduction with extended frequency response. A miniature microphone is incorporated into the top of each earcup to pick up ambient noise that can then be blocked by an appropriate sound-cancelling signal when the active noise-cancelling function is activated. Having the microphone on the top, instead of on the side, of the housing ensures consistent noise cancellation unaffected by the user’s head movement or by wind noise. Each earcup also has an acoustic vent, ideally positioned on the side of the housing, 90 degrees from mic, to enhance tuning without negatively affecting sound quality. The result is consistent Hi-Res Audio reproduction whether in active or passive noise-cancelling modes.

    The ATH-MSR7NC’s highly flexible swivel design, along with its soft, memory foam earpads and headband, ensure lasting comfort even during the longest listening sessions. The headphones also come with two detachable cables: 1.2 m (3.9') standard cable and a 1.2 m (3.9') cable with in-line controls and microphone for use with smartphones. An internal 3.7V lithium polymer battery powers the active noise-cancelling function and can easily be recharged using the included USB charging cable.

    About High-Resolution Audio
    In Brief: The Move to Hi-Res Audio
    While many listeners may believe that high-resolution audio came along with the introduction of the Compact Disc in 1982, constraints on the disc’s storage space always prevented CD audio (standardized at 44.1 kHz/16-bit) from fully and completely reproducing the original recorded sound. The advent and subsequent popularity of MP3s only made this problem more pronounced – the necessary compression of these files causes audio information to be lost, thus greatly reducing the audio quality. But with lossless audio file formats, faster Internet speeds, and storage space increasingly easy to come by (and in ever-smaller packages), the push is on to create audio equipment capable of capturing and reproducing true Hi-Res Audio, generally considered to be 96 kHz/24-bit or better. The Hi-Res Audio logo certifies that a product meets the Hi-Res Audio standards. Per these standards, headphones must have transducer frequency performance to at least 40 kHz. As a producer of these types of audiophile headphones since 1972, Audio-Technica is well-positioned to provide audio solutions that meet the demands of Hi-Res Audio media formats, allowing for the full reproduction of their extended sonic characteristics.
  • Features

    • Exclusive 45 mm True Motion Drivers, featuring a highly responsive diaphragm and lightweight voice coil, deliver Hi-Res Audio with controlled transients

    • Noise-cancelling and venting technologies work together to maintain the Hi-Res Audio reproduction in both active and passive noise-cancelling modes

    • 360° omnidirectional noise-cancelling technology with high signal-to-noise ratio ensures consistent noise cancellation that is not affected by user’s head movement

    • Precision-tooled flange and crescent-shaped PCB balance and tune the mid/low frequencies for reduced distortion

    • Ultra-comfortable memory foam earpads and headband

    • Internal rechargeable battery provides 30 hours of continuous headphone use when fully charged

    • Two detachable cables: standard 1.2 m (3.9') cable and 1.2 m (3.9') smartphone-compatible cable with in-line mic and controls for answering calls and controlling music

    • Includes airline adapter, USB charging cable and pouch

  • Specifications

    TypeDynamic
    Driver Diameter45 mm
    Frequency Response5-40,000 Hz
    Sensitivity104 dB/mW (active mode)
    Impedance150 ohms (active)
    BatteryInternal Battery: 3.7V rechargeable lithium polymer battery
    Battery Life30 hours (continuous transmission time including music playback time), Depending on environmental conditions
    Battery Charging Time: 4 hours, Depending on environmental conditions
    Weight305 g (10.8 oz.), without cable
    CableDetachable 1.2 m (3.9') standard cable, detachable 1.2 m (3.9') cable with in-line mic and controls
    Connector3.5 mm (1/8") gold-plated stereo mini plug, L-shaped
    Accessories IncludedUSB charging cable, airline adapter, pouch
    Type (Microphone)Condenser
    Frequency Response (Microphone)50 - 4,000 Hz
    Polar Pattern (Microphone)Omnidirectional



    ***Unless otherwise noted, specifications measured with headphones in active mode.


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  • Reviews

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    Audio-TechnicaATH-MSR7NC High-Resolution Headphones with Active Noise Cancellation
     
    3.5

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    5.0

    Fantastic headphones! Top notch sound quality and ANC

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    from Raleigh, NC

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Good Bass
    • Great Sound
    • Stylish

    Cons

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        Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7NC High-Resolution Headphones with Active Noise Cancellation:

        I travel frequently for my job and have come to rely on noise canceling headphones for movies, music, and phone calls throughout the duration of those trips. These headphones are, in my opinion, superior to the Bose offerings in all ways but one - weight. These are slightly heavier and not quite as comfortable as the corresponding Bose offering. However, the noise cancelling is every bit as good, and the sound quality is dramatically better. Bose does a passable job at noise canceling and decent sound, but if you are picky about your music sounding fantastic, the Audio Technica MSR7NC is the way to go. I had a pair of MSR7's prior to picking up the noise canceling version and use them at work almost all day every day. They are some of my absolute favorite headphones, and the noise canceling version is every bit as good.

        The only tiny complaint I have is that the rotating hinges above the earcups can get a little creaky over time. A tiny bit of silicon lubricant fixed the problem though. This is a great product, and I would recommend them to anyone looking for good over ear headphones with fantastic sound quality and solid noise cancellation.

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        • Traveling
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        2.0

        Terrible product bose way better

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        from NYC

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      • Q & A

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        • Q:

          Can you turn on and off the noise cancelling mode or is it always active?
          Asked on 12/4/2016 by Dan from NYC

          1 answer

          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            The Noise Cancelling may be user activated/deactivated.

            Answered on 12/6/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
        • Q:

          How does the headphones differ as far as sound quality from the Ath-M70's even though they have the same frequency Hz
          Asked on 11/16/2016 by J_Man559 from Visalia, CA

          1 answer

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            A:

            Thank you for your inquiry. Yes the M70x's and MSR7NC both have the same frequency response meaning they are capable of producing frequencies within that range, but that frequency response is not the same thing as a "frequency response curve" which is what ultimately determines the tonality of the headphones. The M70x's are from our Professional Monitor Series designed for use in a studio or live setting to monitor audio. These provide deep rich bass with a lot of clarity and detail in the highs and are a great sounding set of headphones. The MSR7NC are from our Sound Reality line of headphones and are known for producing incredibly high quality detailed audio for the listening enthusiast. Because these were designed for consumer use for casual listening they come with an inline cable with mic and controls to control your music on your smartphone, and this model has active noise cancellation. I would say they are similar as far as bass and high frequency attenuation with the M70x's, but the MSR7NC are going to provide you with much more detailed audio and will sound more realistic.

            Answered on 11/17/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
        • Q:

          How does the headphones differ as far as sound quality from the Ath-M70's even though they have the same frequency Hz
          Asked on 11/15/2016 by J_Man559 from Visalia, CA

          2 answers

          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            Thank you for your inquiry. They are of a different design and have different drivers. Although the frequency response and driver size may be the same, the frequency response curves are different. The ATH-M70 are designed for studio use, so their response is designed for that purpose while the ATH-MSR7NC are designed for consumer listening.

            Answered on 11/23/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            Thank you for your inquiry. They are of a different design and have different drivers. Although the frequency response and driver size may be the same, the frequency response curves are different. The ATH-M70 are designed for studio use, so their response is designed for that purpose while the ATH-MSR7NC are designed for consumer listening.

            Answered on 11/23/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
        • Q:

          Your materials state that these headphones can be recharged via a USB cable plugged into my PC.
          Can I plug the USB charging cable into ANY USB power source (i.e., not a PC but a wall-wart USB charger, same as phone charger)?
          Thanks!
          Asked on 11/2/2016 by carl from Minneapolis

          1 answer

        • Q:

          Is there an optional hardshell case similar to the ANC9 case and all previous Audio-Technica noise-cancellation headphones? I'm a road warrior and love A-T headphones but I need to be able to toss them in my backpack with my DSLR and know they're protected. Or, will they at least fit in my current ANC9 case?
          Asked on 8/17/2016 by Peakjunkie from Manhattan Beach, CA

          1 answer

          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            Thank you for your inquiry. We do not manufacture a hardshell case for this headphone.

            Answered on 8/19/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
        • Q:

          How does this model's active noise cancelling compare to your other ANC models?
          Asked on 7/28/2016 by SilenceisGolden from Florida

          1 answer

          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            Please contact our Audio Solutions Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5000 or at audio-solutions@atus.com for assistance with this.

            Answered on 8/3/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
        • Q:

          Hi,
          Is there a protective, hard carrying case available for traveling with the headphones?
          Asked on 7/27/2016 by bretten from United States

          1 answer

          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            We do not manufacture a hard case for the ATH-MSR7NC headphones but you may use a third party case with the same size specifications.

            Answered on 8/3/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
        • Q:

          Do the headphones operate at all if and when the internal battery goes dead? In other words, is the battery just for the noise cancelling feature and will they still function without it?
          Asked on 6/18/2016 by Garry from United States

          1 answer

          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            The battery is for the noise cancelling function, but the headphones will still work with out the noise-cancelling on. In other words, if the batteries die, the headphones will still work!

            Answered on 6/21/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4
        • Q:

          Will the ATH-MSR7NCs come in a Gun Metal Color option like the ATH-MSR7s do? That color is absolutely stunning and really hoping to see these headphones in that color option as well.
          Asked on 6/14/2016 by Yo

          1 answer

          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            Thank you for your inquiry. I'm not sure about future plans for color options, but I will pass this message to the product manager.

            Answered on 6/30/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
        • Q:

          Is this compatible with the macbook pro and iphone 6s, because this model has 150 ohms impedance, and can those device handle this ?
          Asked on 6/4/2016 by maana

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            A:

            The ATH-MSR7NC are indeed compatible with the iPhone 6s.

            If you have any further questions, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
            audio-solutions@atus.com

            Thanks!

            Answered on 6/9/2016 by ATUS_Specialist2 from Stow, OH
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