ATH-MSR7BK

Over-Ear High-Resolution Audio Headphones

MSRP* US$249.00
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 audio headphones
  • Over-ear headphones
  • High-resolution audio headphones pouch and cables
  • Hi-res audio headphones


  • Overview
  • Features
  • Specifications
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

  • Overview

    2015 Best Headphones of the Year Award Winner from Reviewed.com and USA Today
    "Audio-Technica’s new flagship consumer headphones, the ATH-MSR7, have hit this balance of form and function right on the head." - Reviewed.com*

    Springing from Audio-Technica’s rich heritage in professional audio, the ATH-MSR7 Over-Ear High-Resolution Audio Headphones are designed to reproduce Hi-Res Audio, allowing users to hear music the way it was intended. The over-ear headphones are outfitted with exclusive 45 mm True Motion Drivers, which utilize lightweight voice coils, a custom-mounted printed circuit board and specially designed diaphragm to improve transient response and minimize sound distortion for rich, detailed audio reproduction.



    The ATH-MSR7 headphones also feature multi-layered air damping technology for extended mid-to-low frequency response. The housings, designed to “mirror” the full shape of the ear, are constructed of an aluminum/magnesium mix, layered to provide a lightweight, rigid structure that reduces unwanted resonance. Three precisely placed vents within these layers work to control air flow and improve dynamics.

    The over-ear headphones’ highly flexible swivel design, with soft, memory foam earpads and headband ensure lasting comfort even during the longest listening sessions. And with three detachable cables (standard 1.2 m (3.9') and 3.0 m (9.8') cables, plus a 1.2 m (3.9') cable with in-line controls and microphone for compatible smartphones and other devices) the ATH-MSR7 can provide Hi-Res Audio anywhere you go.

    The ATH-MSR7 is available in black (ATH-MSR7BK) and gun-metal grey (ATH-MSR7GM).

    Find out what the reviews are saying about the ATH-MSR7
    Reviewed.com Winner of the 2015 Best Headphones of the Year from Reviewed.com and USA Today*
    Sound and Vision Magazine Audio Technica ATH MSR7 Headphones Review: "Hi-Res" Moderate Price
    InnerFidelity The Incisive Audio Technica ATH-MSR7
    Head-fi.org user twister6 High Resolution audio in Style!!!
    Trusted Reviews Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7 review

    *Reprinted with permission. Copyright 2015, Reviewed.com a division of USA Today. All Rights Reserved.

    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

    • Newly designed 45 mm True Motion Drivers deliver Hi-Res Audio reproduction

    • Multi-layer Air Damping Technology comprised of a layered aluminum/magnesium housing and triple-vent system reduces unwanted vibration and controls air stream for high audio clarity

    • Ultra-comfortable, soft, memory foam earpads and headband

    • Three detachable cables: standard 1.2 m (3.9') and 3.0 m (9.8') cables, plus 1.2 m (3.9') smartphone-compatible cable with in-line controls & mic

    • Stainless steel acoustic mesh resistor provides improved high-frequency response, while bass acoustic resistor delivers accurate low-frequency response

    • Includes carrying case

    • Available in black (ATH-MSR7BK) and gun-metal grey (ATH-MSR7GM)
  • Specifications

    TypeDynamic
    Driver Diameter45 mm
    Frequency Response5-40,000 Hz
    Maximum Input Power2,000 mW
    Sensitivity100 dB/mW
    Impedance35 ohms
    Weight290 g
    CableDetachable 1.2 m (3.9') standard cable, detachable 3.0 m (9.8') standard cable, detachable 1.2 m (3.9') cable with in-line controls and microphone for smartphones
    Connector3.5 mm gold-plated stereo mini plug, L-shaped
    Accessories IncludedProtective pouch
    Type (Microphone)Condenser
    Frequency Response (Microphone)50 - 4,000 Hz
    Polar Pattern (Microphone)Omnidirectional



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  • Reviews

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    Audio-TechnicaATH-MSR7BK SonicPro® Over-Ear High-Resolution Audio Headphones
     
    4.0

    (based on 1 review)

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    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    No Buyer's Remorse

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    from Orange County, CA

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Good Value
    • Great Sound
    • Lightweight
    • Stylish

    Cons

    • No case

    Best Uses

      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7BK SonicPro® Over-Ear High-Resolution Audio Headphones:

      I'm listening to them as I write this and they are amazing. They've handled every music genre I have thrown at them with grace. Like others have said, they are not for bass lovers. That being said though, the bass comes through naturally and it sounds so good.

      Once they are on, noise isolation is OK. With music off, they are so-so. Funny, I laughed at the other reviewer that said he felt that the noise was amplified with these headphones. But, he's not far off. Not saying they amplify the noise. But the muffled sounds feel more present. To me anyway. And apparently to the other reviewer.

      I have a big head and I don't feel the clamping pressure others have mentioned. I've worn them right out of the box for an hr+ and they fit good. Ear cups could be a little deeper, but nothing some aftermarket parts can't fix.

      I have the black set and they look as good as they sound. Solid construction. Great trim coloring. Just overall A+ attention to designing these headphones.

      It comes with 3 cables and a lame bag. And that's where the 4 star review comes in. At this price point and considering they are labeled as portable, Audio-Technica needs to mean it and include a case. No excuse around it. It's just annoying to have that bag. It serves its purpose at home. But that's about it. Out and about, the superb headphones will definitely get beaten up. And why Audio-Technica, why?! Why design such nice headsets with awesome color schemes and not protect them?!

      Other than my annoyance Haha, great purchase. Wait for a sale as they sometimes drop 20$-30$. You'll need that to buy a case for these darn things (OK I'm done talking about the case. *think happy thoughts*). The sound is amazing. They look amazing. You won't regret the purchase.

      ... Except no case. :P

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      • Q:

        NSR7 and NSR7BK. What is the difference?
        Asked on 8/19/2016 by Alex_Miku from Ingolstadt, DE

        1 answer

        • Staff Reviewer

          A:

          Thank you for your inquiry. At this time there is no ATH-MSR7. There is the Black version (BK) and the Gun Metal (GM).

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

        Would this type of headphone be recommended for studio use? I am trying to decide between these and the popular m50x's, and I cant seem to find sound frequency charts for the likes. If possible, could you perhaps clarify which has a better frequency/EQ for studios? Thanks, Joshua
        Asked on 8/12/2016 by Joshua

        1 answer

        • Staff Reviewer

          A:

          Thank you for your inquiry. That is an interesting question. They certainly could be used in the studio, although the frequency curve is more designed for casual listening. I personally use the ATH-M50x in the studio.

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

        What are the controls on the third cable (Volume +/-, Play/Pause)? And are they compatible with iPhone?
        Asked on 8/11/2016 by Rev from United States

        1 answer

        • Staff Reviewer

          A:

          Thank you for your inquiry. These are compatible with and iPhone. the controls are:

          Volume +/-, Play/Pause, answer/ end call

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

        Are the headband and earpads made of synthetic leather?
        Asked on 8/4/2016 by CG

        1 answer

        • Staff Reviewer

          A:

          The Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7 Headphones are not made with any animal byproducts; the earpads are not leather. The earpads we use are made with a vinyl-based or polyurethane-based material that we refer to as leatherette.

          Answered on 8/5/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
      • Q:

        Why is the bit/sampling rate not listed anywhere for these headphones? True hi res is 24/96.
        Asked on 7/12/2016 by Johnson

        1 answer

        • Staff Reviewer

          A:

          Thank you for your inquiry. The bit/ sampling rate does not apply to headphones. The High Definition certification refers to headphones that can reach or exceed 40K Hz frequency response.

          Answered on 7/26/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
      • Q:

        I currently own the m50x and like them a lot. I listen using a boombox. I listen to artist such as The Beatles, The Alan Parsons Project, Boz Scaggs, Supertramp, Steely Dan, Chris Rea and Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. My question is will I like these even better than the m50s
        Asked on 6/22/2016 by no nickname

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        • Staff Reviewer

          A:

          Whether you will like the ATH-MSR7BK's more than your ATH-M50x's is subjective. Both are amazing-sounding headphones and you can't go wrong with either choice. The MSR's have bigger ear pads and might be more comfortable for you. The frequency range on the MSR's are different than the ATH-M50x's. You might notice that the MSR's don't extend the low-end quite as much as the ATH-M50x's. Like I said, you can't go wrong with either pair!

          Answered on 6/23/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4
      • Q:

        Is their a switch for active noise canceling
        Asked on 6/15/2016 by Nathan from Bozeman, MT

        1 answer

        • Staff Reviewer

          A:

          On this particular model, there is not. However, we offer the same headphone, but with noise-cancelling capabilities. You are looking for the ATH-MSR7NC.

          Answered on 6/16/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4
      • Q:

        Is the microphone cable wired according to OMTP or CTIA standard? I need a splitter to connect the mic/headphone to my PC and this information is needed to obtain the correct one.
        Asked on 5/28/2016 by Highfield from Netherlands

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        • Staff Reviewer

          A:

          Thank you for your inquiry. It is wired to the CTIA standard.

          Answered on 5/31/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
      • Q:

        are these wireless?
        Asked on 5/24/2016 by Kate from chicago

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          A:

          The MSR7 Series headphones, the ATH-MSR7BK, ATH-MSRGM and ATH-MSR7NC, are not wireless. Similar to the MSR7 however is the smaller ATH-SR5BTWH and ATH-SR5BTBK wireless (Bluetooth) headphones.

          Answered on 5/25/2016 by ATUS_Specialist1 from Stow, OH
      • Q:

        Are these headphones prewired for balanced operation? Do you make a balanced 4-pin XLR cable? Thanks.
        Asked on 3/27/2016 by Stereo Steve from Chicago

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        • Staff Reviewer

          A:

          The ATH-MSR7 headphones offer a standard TRS 3.5mm connection.

          Answered on 3/28/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
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