Published on March 2nd, 2017 | by Greg0
Audio-Technica ATH-SR5 Headphones: Hi-Res On-Ears
In the world of headphones, closed isn’t a bad thing- it’s a way to describe a type of construction that is aimed at sealing in your music, and preventing outside sounds from distracting you. The alternative, open models, can sound a bit more spacious but also leak- folks around you will hear what you’re listening to and you’ll be able to hear all of the noises in your environment. For travel, it can be nice to have some isolation, but if you are commuting you might want to hear traffic around you.
The Audio-Technica ATH-SR5 are closed, and we’ve been using them around the city and during longer trips, as well as at home and in the office. As is usual, we burned them in for a bit before putting them through their paces, listening to a wide array of different music and checking out some movies and audiobooks as well. This is an award-winning set, available in a wired or wireless version, but the main component are the same either way- 45mm high-resolution audio drivers (with a stated 5Hz-40KHz frequency range, broader than the 20Hz-20K that is more typical). Capable of handling audio at 96 kHz/24-bit, per the high-res spec, these feature the label and certification. We’ve seen plenty of A-T gear in the past, from gaming headsets to vinyl turntables and Bluetooth sets but these are the first wired pair we’ve checked out in a bit.
Build quality is high, up to the normal Audio-Technica standards, with soft memory foam earcups and some solid metal for stability and durability. These aren’t fully foldable, but do lay flat for portability, and come with both a carrying pouch and a fairly standard detachable cable with a microphone and controls for use with smartphones and other portable devices. They aren’t noise canceling or waterproof, and they probably aren’t the best option for exercising, but for most other purposes you’ll be in great hands and they weigh in at under six ounces. The SR5s offer a really deep soundstage, lush instrumentation, good detail on the highs and mids, and were perhaps just a little boosted on the low end. They are pretty crisp, but not quite neutral monitors.
A two year warranty offers plenty of time to feel secure about these, and they come in a black, white, or navy/brown color combination. Available now, expect to spend around $149 online and in stores for the ATH-SR5.