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Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7BK SonicPro Over-Ear High-Resolution Audio Headphones Black by Review Summary ,  Sep 13, 2015

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Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7BK SonicPro Over-Ear High-Resolution Audio Headphones, Black
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 67 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.6
Returned or considering to return: 10.4%

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Individual Feature Rating
Design5.0   above average
Comfortable4.8   average
Sound4.6   above average
Music4.5   above average
Audio4.4   above average
Fit4.4   average
Listening4.2   average
Noise4.2   average
Cable4.0   above average
Price3.9   below average
Quality3.9   below average
Range3.5   below average


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Audio

Audio:
"Audio Technica never fail to please and produce quality products."
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"Those are good, but have a few downsides which these Audio Technicas correct quite well."
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"Audio Technica never fail to please and produce quality products."
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"Grade: A+In closing these were an impulse gamble buy because I was very happy with the ATH-M50X and these not only lived up to the Audio Technica standard, but redefined it."
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"Comfort wise, on first try, these headphones were one of the most comfortable (I got my set at a local audio store and tried a bunch of other headphones out at the same time)."
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"Audio Technica, please give us stronger cables!"
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"In an era where how headphones look seems to matter more than how they sound, it's great to restore the focus on audio fidelity."
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Cable

Cable:
"It comes with 3 cables and a crappy bag."
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"For a portable headphone, a fragile cable is almost unacceptable, in my opinion."
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"My only substantive complaint is the cord microphonics, which are distracting when using the headphones in a portable fashion."
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"Grade: A- (Comparable to the ATH-M50X, less tight than the Momentum 1.0, tighter than 598's & Beyerdynamic COP)Durability:These aren't plastic cans, and the cord is detachable and NOT proprietary."
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"Excellent packaging, 3 cables, very nice box., impressive actually."
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"Audio Technica, please give us stronger cables!"
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"The detachable cable is a nice plus that will also add years of life to these."
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"There's no awkward bezel or lock to make using it a drag, and therefore you can use any superior 3.5mm headphone cable of your choice without worrying about it getting stuck in there or breaking the headphones if you accidentally tug on it with a great deal of force."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"The cups do rotate approx 110 degrees (they will turn flat one way only and turn slightly past dead flat the other way)TLDR: Comfortable but does create a tight seal, does not collapse, the cups aren't deep and it's not flashy which dependent on preference isn't a bad thing."
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"However, If comfort is very important to you, I would then recommend buying something else."
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"If you don't mind sacrificing comfort for superior sound quality, then these will be perfect for you."
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"It wasn't comfortable but it wasn't uncomfortable either."
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"As for the band, it occasionally still bothers me, but I scoot it a little front or back every couple of hours and it is perfectly comfortable once more."
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"If you are about to buy these, i'd recommend that you get the Bose Quiet Comfort 25s instead, as they are lighter, have better mids,and the noise cancellation is incredible."
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Design

Design:
"i upgraded from ATH-M50what's amazing: with N6 provides AMAZING detail, clarity, so addictive, so involving, so musical, and so almost perfect (see cons), in my mind, with my experience, it's hard to imagine anything playing much better than this (of course it's the impression i get)the word analytical does not come to mind though, as they seem to produce balanced, but tweaked sound designed to please the ear."
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"Why design such nice headsets with awesome color schemes and not protect them?"
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"Anyway, it's I think Audio-Technica designed these with the best parts where it matters most, and these won't break anytime soon."
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"As for the comfort itself, well, notwithstanding the design flaw I showed you all how to overcome with a simple modification, I find these headphones to be comfortable for at least 10 hours straight without ever taking them off since that's the longest I've ever worn them continuously."
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"Comfort:First of all, the earcups are designed for the average ear dimensions i. e. 4cm wide and 6cm long."
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Fit

Fit:
"Too bad about the poor fit and compromised build quality."
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"The sound was okay (for $300 youd expect a lot more), but the fit was horrible."
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"They fit great for the most part."
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"I've worn them right out of the box for an hr+ and they fit good."
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"On that note, I should mention that the headband sizing on the MSR7's is nowhere close to that of the G930, but I think it will still comfortably fit the largest of heads (up to 26 inches in diameter) especially if you bend them outwards as needed."
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"They fit pretty good and I found them to be comfortable."
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"The perfect fit of the plush ear pieces keeps out unnecessary noise without a distracting noise-cancelling feature."
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Listening

Listening:
"it's almost like a workout, and there's a certain amount of listening fatigue involvedanother neutral-(potentially) negative observation: depending on the pairing the cans can sound harsh in treble"
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"Depending on what kind of music you are listening to with these, this can be a problem."
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"I'm listening to them as I write this and they are amazing."
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"Listening to a new album on these is a great experience."
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"Before I bought it, I read many comments about how it can be tough listening to, and how it can produce good quality, but you might not have as a relaxing experience with it."
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"Its very steady and sits very comfortably and secure on your head without causing any discomfort even with a very prolonged listening."
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"They have excellent detail retrieval -- I could hear well into the music listening to FLAC files via the MicroStreamer and Desktop amps."
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Memory

Memory:
"I suspect they will also settle into a happy place with the memory foam and normal wear."
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"Well the band is offset by the memory foam top band and ear cushions to give them a rather comfortable feel."
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"The memory foam covered with pleather makes for comfortable pads that give decent noise attenuation."
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"Super comfortable thanks to the memory foam, these headphones look great and sound better."
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"The memory foam on the earpieces is comfortable and fits my ears perfectly."
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Music

Music:
"I've never heard such amazing quality music."
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"Depending on what kind of music you are listening to with these, this can be a problem."
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"When music sounds how you want it to and it's so crisp, so clear, so honest you just can't help but smile."
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"That these headphones instead keep the bass well woven into the rest of the music (it doesn't muffle it or anything, just represents it more accurately) means I can listen for a long time without getting tired."
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"Everything from rock, pop, 80s music, movie soundtracks sounds great."
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"These are mostly less warm than the Senns, so there are times when classical music on the MSR7 sounds a little harsh to me, though it really depends...The fun surprise to me is that old music sounds new - I think in stuff that was mastered to CD 20 years ago, bass was done with a lighter touch, and maybe some mixes were a little muddier than we find today."
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"They are fun sounding without being sloppy, particularly for music with a lot of movement or detail going on as they allow the music to sort out rather than mash together."
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Noise

Noise:
"They are not the best at isolating outside noises."
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"Truly hate all things noise cancelling."
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"I read a review of someone complaining about the noise these headphones make when you change the lenght..."
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"If you are about to buy these, i'd recommend that you get the Bose Quiet Comfort 25s instead, as they are lighter, have better mids,and the noise cancellation is incredible."
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"The ANC9 has amazing noise canceling, but I prefer the superior audio and durability (seemingly) of these"
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"There's really no way to describe how much noise something blocks out that isn't specific to the individual trying to explain the amount of noise isolation, so I'd recommend trying on a pair of real closed headphones or wearing earplugs and try to imagine noise isolation that's about 75% as effective as the earplugs or closed headphones."
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"The memory foam covered with pleather makes for comfortable pads that give decent noise attenuation."
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Price

Price:
"Either that or you're in the wrong price range."
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"That is not something easy to come by in sealed circumaural headphones in this price range, but Audio-Technica has managed it here."
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"I've never heard a perfect headphone in this price range that can reproduce all sounds perfectly, so pick your poison."
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"Overall, they are much sturdier than the inexpensive headphones he broke."
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"Its clear just by the initial aesthetics, quality, and price A-T is stumping hard to hit the Goldilocks (i. e., just right) headphone for the current market."
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"I don't know any headphones that sound better than these at their FULL retail price ($250) This is the Best In Class model."
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"There is clearly a reason why these headphones are the 10.0 Best of the Year in their respective price range on headphoneinfo."
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"Reasonable price for reasonable sound."
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"Excellent and attractive headphones that punch way above their price point."
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"I highly recommend it to anyone who appreciates a great sound quality, stylish look, durable solid construction and a very decent price."
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Quality

Quality:
"i would NOT, however call this delivery referencenow, CON #1: you will NOT be able to listen to anything with lesser sound quality ever again!"
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"Audio Technica never fail to please and produce quality products."
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"I was researching through different brands including most notorious and well marketed ones but was very disappointed with the sound quality they offered."
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"It's build quality isn't the best when it comes to its feel but it'll last at least a decade."
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"Mids: Crazy accurateBuild Quality: Doesn't feel the best but will definitely last at least a decade and a half."
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"Too bad about the poor fit and compromised build quality."
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"If you don't mind sacrificing comfort for superior sound quality, then these will be perfect for you."
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"They were FAR superior in sound quality when compared to my previous Bose Ae2 headphones."
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"Sound quality is excellent."
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"Audio Technica never fail to please and produce quality products."
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"Really fantastic, flat, studio quality sound for people that want to hear the music, as it was intended."
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Range

Range:
"Either that or you're in the wrong price range."
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"Half the range was just missing."
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"I've never heard a perfect headphone in this price range that can reproduce all sounds perfectly, so pick your poison."
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"The QC25's are pretty well balanced, with a decent bass (close to MSR7, not as refined) and good mid and treble range, They are still much more relaxing a listen."
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"There is clearly a reason why these headphones are the 10.0 Best of the Year in their respective price range on headphoneinfo."
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"All ranges (even the lows) are reproduced beautifully and clearly on these headphones."
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"I have tested these along side at about 15 headphones (see below for list) in this price range and these were simply the best by far in terms of sound quality."
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"I appreciate the various cord options for short, long range, as well as one with a microphone for phone conversations."
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"To listen to audiobooks and lectures these are perfect, sound reproduction is crisp at all volume ranges."
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Sound

Sound:
"i would NOT, however call this delivery referencenow, CON #1: you will NOT be able to listen to anything with lesser sound quality ever again!"
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"it's almost like a workout, and there's a certain amount of listening fatigue involvedanother neutral-(potentially) negative observation: depending on the pairing the cans can sound harsh in treble"
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"Sound isolation in these aren't great, but they aren't terrible either."
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"Other reviews describe them as having some annoying sizzle at the top end, but this is not the case, they are just very revealing and if yoursource is not very good then their sound is not very good.......= you get out what you put in."
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"I would not enjoy sounds being completely shut off from me while commuting."
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"I was researching through different brands including most notorious and well marketed ones but was very disappointed with the sound quality they offered."
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"If you don't mind sacrificing comfort for superior sound quality, then these will be perfect for you."
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"They were FAR superior in sound quality when compared to my previous Bose Ae2 headphones."
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"Sound quality is excellent."
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"They are very clear sounding headphones with a very responsive low end."
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"i upgraded from ATH-M50what's amazing: with N6 provides AMAZING detail, clarity, so addictive, so involving, so musical, and so almost perfect (see cons), in my mind, with my experience, it's hard to imagine anything playing much better than this (of course it's the impression i get)the word analytical does not come to mind though, as they seem to produce balanced, but tweaked sound designed to please the ear."
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Treble

Treble:
"If you do audiobooks, lectures, and movies and don't mind some tinniness in the treble and a weak bass, these are for you."
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"The QC25's are pretty well balanced, with a decent bass (close to MSR7, not as refined) and good mid and treble range, They are still much more relaxing a listen."
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"Treble and detail in general are spectacular."
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"Outstanding soundstage, great treble performance."
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"Much music also falls in this range too, so most of the time you will be very happy.3 Stars - Treble and bass: In the treble (high pitched) range, these get really tinny."
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"Bottom line: I, personally, like speakers and phones that have accurate bass with revealing treble making these phones my new favorites."
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