This post is not sponsored or endorsed by the vendor.
I’m excited to try out the Audio-Technica ATH-DSR7BT Bluetooth headphones!
I am not a crazy headphone enthusiast, so this is what an “everyday” person thinks. Check out the end of the post for the nerd specs if you are looking for more info!
With a $429 CAD price point, these headphones hit right in the high end market, but does the sound?
Gunmetal housing, padded headband and sexy branding… it’s a good first look! Inside the box you get a carry bag (which is a nice addition) and the charging cable, along with the basic instructions for set up.
They are a good size for an over-ear. I have a small head so headphones usually look silly, but I am happy with the size of these. With ear piercing I end up being limited with what is comfortable sitting on them and I can’t get away with in-ear.
Getting up and running!
Usually there is a button that you have to press and hold, then things beeps and blink but this process was a bit different. All you do is flick them on and you should be able to connect to your device (in this case a Samsung Galaxy S10+). Worked perfect, the second try. They also do not lose a connection and have a good distance you can be away from your device. I MAY have left my phone at the other side of the gym and the music kept playing!
They charge pretty fast and keep their charge for 2 weeks of gym sessions (that’s about 15 hours!). Perfect for those of us (cough, cough) who always forget to charge their headphones.
The buttons are simple and straightforward. A nice change from a lot of headphones where it’s a guessing game for how to actually “work” them.
The only issue I have here is that the play/pause button is a tiny touch screen right next to the volume/skip switch. I keep missing the switch and pausing my music. Little thing but can get annoying.
But, how do they sound?
The sound is clear but not very loud. Personally, I don’t like really loud music, but turning the volume on my phone all the way up plus the headphones at the top volume and it is not that ear drum vibrating sound some people crave. These work for me listening at a comfortable level but my partner thought they were too quiet. They have a good amount of bass and the sound is crystal clear however.
Something to note: There are not any options to fine tune the sounds, which I have had with other headphones though the use of an app. I think that this would really be a good addition, depending on what level of customization you’re looking for, that is. Overall these are a good, out-of-the-box headphone.
Taking and making calls
That little touch screen I always hit by accident? Well my friends, this is also the fast way to answer and end calls! You don’t have to pick up your phone, unless you’re screening calls that is (not a good time, Susan).
Using these for calls provides a great experience overall. The mic gives clear sound to whomever you’re talking to and there is not a ton of background noise impeding the conversation. I have also used these for online meetings/calls and have been told the sound is also quite clear without a lot of background noise.
For the listening side these do cancel out quite a bit of noise so you can hear who you’re talking to. Not perfect, but compared to other headphones I have tried, pretty darn good!
With a higher price tag, what are my feeling on these overall? This is a hard one. While I do think these have fantastic sound, functionality and look good, it will really depend on your budget. If you have the cash to spend and you’re looking for something that will last and give you good sound then these are a great choice. For a budget conscious choice – keep looking.
Here are the features for those who want to know the nitty gritty of it all. Check out the Audio-Technica website for more info.
FYI – this post is NOT sponsored by them and the headphones were not provided by them directly.
- Exclusive Pure Digital Drive system keeps audio signal completely digital from source to driver for exceptionally pure sound
- Dnote chipset controls driver amplitude directly with digital signals – no D/A converter required
- Compatible with Qualcomm aptX HD, aptX, AAC and SBC codecs, enabling wireless transmission with a resolution up to 24-bit/48kHz
- Exclusive 45 mm True Motion Drivers, featuring bobbin-wound voice coil, top-mounted printed circuit board and specially designed diaphragm, provide rich, detailed audio reproduction
- Housing’s dual-layer isolation structure keeps the electric circuitry separate from the acoustic space for optimal phase and transient response
- Acoustic resistor controls airflow inside the diaphragm housing to yield a natural sound
- Mic and volume/control switch are built into the earcup for convenient control of smartphones and other Bluetooth wireless devices
- NFC (Near Field Communication) functionality enables touch pairing with NFC-compatible Bluetooth wireless technology devices
- Remembers the last eight Bluetooth wireless devices paired
- LED indicators in the earcup display pairing and charging status, battery level, and the codec currently in use
- Ultra-comfortable, soft, memory foam earpads and headband
- Internal battery provides approximately 15 hours of continuous use (1000 hours on standby) on a full charge
- Includes a 2.0 m (6.6′) USB cable, for charging and Hi-Res Audio playback, and a carrying pouch