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High-Resolution Headphones with Active Noise Cancellation

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  • Overview

    **2016 CES Editors' Choice Award Winner from**

    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

    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
    Sensitivity (Microphone)-40 dB (1 V/Pa, at 1 KHz)
    Frequency Response (Microphone)50 - 4,000 Hz
    Polar Pattern (Microphone)Omnidirectional

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

  • Downloads

    ATH-MSR7NC Manual (pdf 13.70 M)
  • Reviews

    Awesome headphones for metal fans


    I will write this review specifically for people who listen to heavy metal and hard rock. I tested literally dozens of famous brand headphones, and the Audio Technica towered above the rest in terms of sound quality (to be honest, there were some others that were great, but they were all open back construction, and because I use these for my commute, I need closed back). I listen to mainly technical death metal, melodic death metal, sludge metal, thrash, black metal and other genres that combine progressive melodic sounds with hard hitting drum and bass. Mot headphones do well on the melodies, but lose out when it comes to the extreme drumming of bands like Gojira, Lamb of God, Satyricon etc. Where others can get too heavy on the bass, the Audio Technica excels. They are in fact in perfect balance, which is easy to hear with bands like Opeth and In Flames, who shift between the melodic and the extreme metal sound. Even the growling vocals are clear and defined. I had to increase the bitrate on my music to accommodate the high resolution of these headphones, but that's a small price to pay. My only complaint has been the quality of the mic cable. It suddenly started faulting on one channel, rendering the cable useless. Highly recommended



    Fantastic headphones! Top notch sound quality and ANC


    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.

    Raleigh, NC


    Terrible product bose way better




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  • Q & A

    Is this headphone bluetooth compatible?


    No they are not.


    Does the sound change when you turn on the noise cancellng feature? On my pair it seems tha audio level increases a bit, which made me wonder if it changes the sound signature as well.


    You may contact Audio-Technica Europe for further assistance.


    I'm very interested in a similar Bluetooth adapter for these, as they make for the ATH-M50X, and i realize that these are intended to be used with a cord (i get the sound quality difference), but i'd love the option to have bluetooth on these headphones (Would allow me to use these exclusively, i'd no longer have to switch to use wireless set), does any one know if anything like this is in the works? or if the adapter will fit these headphones.


    Thank you for your inquiry. Sorry, Not aware of any devices that do this.


    I have lost the smartphone-compatible cable with in-line mic and controls. How can I order a replacement?


    Please contact our Parts Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5002 or at for assistance with this.


    How do the noise cancellation capabilities if these compare with the ATH-ANC9 headphones? Where can I find some specifications on these headphones' noise canceling capabilities? Thank you.


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


    Are these headphones wireless? I am looking for a pair of wireless over ear headphones, and if these are not, what headphones would you recommend? I primarily listen to rap/hip hop music if that influences your answer.


    The cable is detachable but for listening to audio through the headphones, a cable is required.


    Does the ATH-MSR7NC sound same as the regular MSR7s when I turn the NC off?


    Yes, it was important to keep the same sound signature of the ATH-MSR7 headphones.


    Does the ATH-MSR7NC sound same as the regular MSR7 if I turn the NC off?


    Thanks for your inquiry. The MSR7NC does not sound the same as the MSR7 when the noise cancellation is off. Adding the noise cancellation component changes how the headphones resonate.

    Is there any difference in sound from the regular MSR7s and how much better are the MSR9


    Thank you for your inquiry. They do sound different because they spec different. As to which of the two sound better is completely subjective.


    When I turn the NC on the switch ends up in the middle of the slot where it says ANC... It does not go all the way to position where it says on. It seems to work but just want to make sure the switch is normal. I the off position it is pretty much all the way left


    hank you for your inquiry. As long as the NC light comes on you are ok.