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Audio-Technica - ATH-DSR7BT Wireless Over-the-Ear Headphones - Black

Enjoy optimal sound clarity from the Pure Digital Drive system of these Audio-Technica wireless over-ear headphones. You can easily answer calls or control the volume with the built-in microphone and tap controls. These Audio-Technica wireless over-ear headphones hold a charge for up to 15 hours to get you through long playlists.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Audio-Technica ATH-DSR7BT
    • Carrying pouch

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    84% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (55 out of 66)

    Features


    Over-the-ear design

    For a secure fit.

    Bluetooth 4.2 interface

    Enables simple wireless pairing with your Bluetooth-enabled device. Supports HFP, HSP, A2DP and AVRCP Bluetooth profiles.

    Rechargeable battery

    Offers up to 15 hours of use and lasts up to 1000 hours on standby mode.

    Built-in microphone

    Enables simple hands-free chatting via a compatible device.

    45mm drivers

    Deliver powerful sound.

    5Hz - 40kHz headphones frequency response

    Along with a 50Hz - 4kHz microphone frequency response ensures faithful sound reproduction.

    35 ohms impedance

    To efficiently conduct power.

    100dB/mW sensitivity

    Provides powerful audio.

    Stereo design

    Delivers crisp tones.

    Folding design

    Along with an included carrying pouch enables easy portability.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 66 reviews

    84%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Nice Sound, But Gets the Basics Wrong

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      ryanmcv
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      I’m fairly discerning when it comes to my headphones. I wear them at the office, during workouts, on airplanes, and other places where I just need to be in my own world. The new technology advertised with these Audio-Technica headphones (Pure Digital Drive) intrigued me, so I was excited to give them a try. For headphones in this price range, they deliver good audio quality, but they fall short in terms of usability and basic features. PROS: - Good - but not incredible - sound quality. Songs are clear and crisp with a decent amount of bass. Audiobooks likewise are very crisp, with the narrator’s voice sounding like he’s in the room with me. I even paired these to my Bluetooth-enabled Blu-ray player and watched a movie and the headphones provided a very natural-sounding experience. I do wish the volume sounded louder. Even at the highest volume, these headphones don’t seem to get painfully loud (not that they need to, but compared to other headphones, it’s a bit surprising). Also, I can’t help but think they sound just a bit on the “tinny” side. A little more bass would go a long way. - Comfort. I left them on through a full day of work and hardly noticed them. The headband and ear pads are very plush and don’t cause me any discomfort. There are 10 levels of length adjustment atop each earpiece. - Build quality. These feel very sturdy and don’t seem to be entirely made of plastic like some cheaper models. - Battery life. Audio-Technica claims 15 hours on a full charge, and that seems accurate to me. After a full day (9+ hours) of use, my iPhone indicated that the headphones still had about a third of the battery remaining. The 15 hour rating is a bit lower than competing models, but I think it’s plenty for most users. - Ability to connect to a computer via USB for a wired connection. I plugged them into my Windows 10 laptop and they were instantly recognized, giving me the ability to fine-tune the headphones’ audio quality even further. CONS: - The touch-sensitive button (used to control forward, backward, pause, play, etc.) is just plain awkward. I find myself moving my thumb all around the left ear can just to find it. There is no physical or audio response when you finally tap the button. The volume control switch is directly next to this button, so I’m constantly pausing or fast-forwarding my music when all I really wanted to do is adjust the volume. If you want to quickly take the headphones off but leave your music playing, that’s going to be a problem: there’s a 95% chance you’ll accidentally put your finger on the button and pause your music. Very poor design choice, in my opinion. - The charging/micro-USB port is recessed quite deeply behind the cover, so you’re essentially forced to use the included charging cable, even if you have a ton of other micro-USB cables laying around the house. What’s worse is that the cover over the port is quite challenging to remove. Make sure your fingernails are up for the challenge. - The three lights on the left ear cup are overly confusing. I understand that they serve a purpose, but you’ll have to study the user manual for a few hours if you want to memorize what all of the different flashing patterns mean. - Instead of a hard, protective carrying case, Audio-Technica gives you a not-so-protective leather sleeve to store the headphones in. Not a deal breaker, but it makes me less likely to want to throw them in my carry-on when traveling. OVERALL: I can’t help but think that Audio-Technica neglected some basic functionalities in favor of finalizing its new all-digital technologies. These headphones sound good, but that comes with the cost of some less-than-ideal design choices in terms of usability. Regardless, at this price point, these still represent a great value. Recommended!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Better Sound with major flaws in design

      Posted
      Selva
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      Setup is very easy and connected using Bluetooth as well as NFC. The including cable for charging and higher-quality listening is a USB-A to micro USB. I connected this headset wirelessly to my iPad Air & my android phone and they worked flawlessly. Setup is quick and easy with Bluetooth or NFC. I was streaming audio from Spotify, Plex, and even watched several movies wearing these. The sound quality is not that great compare to other high end headphones. I used these headphones wired or wireless, which means I get the versatility of wireless. I had issues with this headset especially using with wireless option. The signal is very week and if i leave the room the signal breaks continuously and cut off. Sometimes it gives excessive static sound if the phone is inside the pocket. Also, when you listen the songs, the person next to you can hear the songs as well which is not the case in other high end headphones. I really want privacy when listening songs and watching movies especially while travelling. Pros The first headphone to employ Audio Technica's Pure Digital Drive system, which keeps the audio signal circuit completely digital, from listening device to driver, where the analog conversion takes place. The pulsed controlled digital signal is transferred directly to the driver’s voice calls, resulting in precise diaphragm movement for exceptionally accurate sound reproduction. Unique housing architecture keeps the electric circuitry separate from the acoustic space, achieving precise airflow control and superb audio clarity. Internal battery provides up to 15 hours of continuous use on a full charge. Headphones reproduce high-resolution digital sources up to 96 kHz/24-bit via wired USB connection, and up to 48 kHz/24-bit wirelessly. Cons The touch-sensitive button (used to control forward, backward, pause, play, etc.) is slightly confusing. The volume control switch is directly next to this button, either i am pausing or fast-forwarding my music when all I really wanted to do adjust the volume. It is really poor design. No USB C cable for charging / listening. if you have new laptop with USB C port only, you may not be able to use this headset with laptop. No hard, protective carrying case. I wanted to use this headset due to Pure Digital Drive system. However, i will stick to my SONY MDR-1000X noise cancelling headset due to solid build and sound quality.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      A Good, Versatile Headset, but not Top Tier

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      Phjilek36
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      Overall: I really do like these headphones. They are not shockingly awesome, but a great set of headphones. I do wish they had some more bass to them, to complete the entire level of sound, but do an adequate job to enjoy the music. I feel like they are great for the higher tones, and crystal clear, for being Bluetooth. Charging via standard microUSB is great. Battery life is awesome. I used these headphones for 7 work days, and the battery finally died. The good thing, is that they charge quickly. The nitty gritty: Initially I was a little surprised at the fact that they can’t get any louder than they are at, when at the max on my Bluetooth sound from my phone, but then I realized the volume button on the headset does not control the volume on my phone, as they are completely separate. I guess that is a good thing, but I would have liked to read about it in the manual. I wanted to turn it up all the way, so I held the volumn toggle up, and it plays the next sound track, and not the volume up, like I would have assumed it was. The headphones don’t show an icon or wording saying this, but it does mention it in the manual. I only listen to these headphones at the office, so I don’t need others to hear my music if I crank them up to the loudest volume. At the peak volume, it seems as though only the treble is getting louder, and not the bass. They have a 5Hz - 40kHz frequency. The buttons are not quite as intuitive as Audio Technica may have hoped them to be. The touch controller (tapping square) on them is a little difficult to get used to. I tried to tap it once, hoping to pause my sound, but it didn’t do it instantly, so I tapped it again, and then it paused then played, because of the slight delay. It is not the headphone’s issue, but more of a headphone to Bluetooth to phone to app delay. The USB plug cover is difficult to get the cord in, because the way the rubber cover folds out, it must be bent backwards to stay out of the way, and requires a 3rd hand to easily keep it out of the way to plug it in. I resorted to setting the headset down while trying to plug it in. The 3 white LED lights mean different things, when certain ones are lit, but the only way to know is reading the manual, and no labels on the headphones. The manual says it takes about 4 hours to charge completely. I figured I got about a 40-45 hour use out of it, which is really good. I was able to connect to my computer and phone, but not both at the same time. When I had them connected to my computer, and Bluetooth on my phone, it would not allow me to switch back and forth, unless I disconnected from my computer (1st source) then select he headphones in the Bluetooth of my android Phone. I suppose that was done by design, but I wish it would have the ability to connect to things quicker, or have a way to toggle ‘connected’ devices. It is paired, but that just means it is allowed to connect, not actually syncing at the moment. I also was able to answer the phone call (when connected to my phone) by pressing the Tap Controller. I am not sure of the sound quality on the other end, but they could hear me. I tried to use my ‘Google Assistant’ by doing 1 long press for 4 seconds on the Tap Controller (tapping square), and it actually worked on my Android device (Nexus 6). It brought up the Google assistant chat message, not the ‘OK Google’ option. The weight of the headphones are about as I would expect. There is padding on the top of the set, but after it is on my head for a long time, I start to feel it pressing on the top of my head.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Very comfortable headphones with good quality!

      Posted
      TagMstr
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      These headphones have been primarily used by my Samsung Galaxy S7, so my results may be different to other users. I deal with sounds all day, whether work (paying attention to harmonics) or home, I enjoy clarity and pure sounds. I can say that these headphones can perform to my expectations. They can handle the hi. mid and lows decently. For those who are looking for major bass, this wont perform to your expectations. It's hard to explain, the low is a rich but not overpowering. Everything is so clear (laughs, I'm listening to Bassnectar while writing this). To expound upon the clarity, I am able to hear different notes or instruments that before were muddled. The battery life on these are amazing, I fell asleep with these on, and the following morning, they are still playing music with just half of the battery used. I was able to finish the day with the same charge. I must say these headphones are REALLY COMFORTABLE. If you didn't pick up that I fell asleep with these on. I also wear glasses for distance and I do not get side pressure by wearing my glasses with these headphones. That is a big PLUS for me. Also they are quite light, I don't get fatigued like I had at times by other headphones by either the pressure or shear weight of them. I only had a few issues with these. The touch control is quite temperamental with me. It may be due to me using android, but there is a delay when I try to use it or does not do what I wanted it to do. This does not affect the performance of the headphones but adjusting or moving the headphones has a lot of creaking noises but, while I am wearing it, its fine. Pairing with the NFC was really fast. I was able to start listening to music within a moment. Overall, very solid performance. Despite the minor nuisances, I give these 5 stars and far and few between I give them out. What won me over is the battery life, the rich sounds, and how COMFORTABLE they are.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Great Cans Plagued by Lackluster Design

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      Xephyroth
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      I'm an Audiophile who owns an absurd amount of over-ear headphones, and these aren't my first Bluetooth headphones, so I've had several experiences of good/bad design as well as sound signature. Unfortunately, the ATH-DSR7BT falls short in some key categories. The DSR7BT comes with a long, thick Micro USB cable as well as a nice carrying pouch. However, compared to other Bluetooth headphones I have, Audio Technica made no effort to incorporate a folding design, so they aren't very portable. The earcups do rotate 90 degrees towards you, so you can lay them flat, but that's about all you get. So how do they fit? Well, here's the catcher...these headphones are not good for large size heads. I don't have a large head by any means (I'd consider my skull to be average size), but the extending headband simply does not extend enough. My other 2 over-ear bluetooth headphones extend significantly more than these, and they are from brands that are better known by the general populous compared to Audio Technica. Goes to show, Audio Technica still has a bit to learn to reach the top. I literally have the DSR7BT extended all the way, and it is only then that I feel that the earcups are properly centered over my ears. So if you have a larger head or just different anatomy than me, well you're kind of out of luck because these will disappoint you. Comfort? Well, if you're like me, the apex of your head experiences discomfort pretty quickly if there's too much weight, too little padding, or excessive clamping. For me, these definitely rank under my other two headphones which I've taken on domestic and international flights without experiencing issues. Now, these DSR7BT's are not noise-cancelling, so I wouldn't take them traveling, but I would have considered using them at the office. That being said, I definitely have to take these off and give my ears and head a rest because the clamping force is a bit strong, despite the padding on the headband and padding being quite good! So your mileage may vary! Usability? I wish this is where it got better, but it really doesn't. To figure out how the DSR7BT works, you pretty much HAVE TO consult the user manual. The volume is controlled by a slider which feels crickety. I don't understand why they wouldn't use tactile buttons, but this is probably the worst volume control I have on any of my 4 Bluetooth headphones. If you want to skip a track, you can shift and hold the volume slider up/down for 2 seconds. If you want to pause or play, however, you have an even worse control—a touch-sensor. So you have absolutely no tactile button for play/pause, and it's also a bit slow to respond compared to my other headphones. But if you hold your finger down on the touch sensor long enough, you'll spawn Siri / Google Assistant. Overall, these controls are very odd and can be frustrating when you accidentally hit the touch sensor while trying to push the volume slider. Pairing can be done via NFC, but if you don't like pairing that way, you can just do it from your device's Bluetooth menu. However, there doesn't seem to be any way to put the DSR7BT into pairing mode once you've already paired a device, aside from using a tiny paperclip to press in the tiny reset button on the left earcup. The only way that I have found is by disconnecting from your phone's Bluetooth device menu. Once you've done that, you can connect a different device. This is much more of a hassle compared to any other Bluetooth device I have where I can usually hold a button to set the device to pairing mode. Additionally, the LED indicators on the left earcup indicate with audio Codec is being used, but you will have to consult the manual to figure out which LED corresponds to which codec. So how does it sound? Regardless of Bluetooth or wired use over USB, I'd say it's balanced with punchy (but not booming) bass, clear mids and treble response that doesn't overwhelm with sibilance. Sound stage is decent, but not incredibly wide. Stereo imagine is also good. After having used them for many hours on end, I'd say that these have a very pleasant sound signature, and I'd be happy with the sound signature if these were my primary cans. As for battery performance, they claim to last 15 hours, and so far, I'd say they stand up to that claim, but that number is definitely less compared to other Bluetooth headphones I own by at least 5 hours. Certainly a usable number of hours, but definitely lower than industry standard at this price point. Overall, I don't think these can take the position as my primary cans due to their lackluster design and the discomfort I experience in comparison to other premium over-ear Bluetooth headphones I own. From my experience (which may differ from your own), I can't recommend these given that I've had a much better overall experience from other cans that cost only $50-$100 more.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Almost Great

      Posted
      SamG
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      I really really wanted to love these headphones. I'd heard so many great things about Audio-Technica (about the ATH-M50X in particular) and was really excited to try these headphones out. Unfortunately I came away disappointed. There are just a few flaws that, while minor on their own, added up to something I don't see myself consistently using. I'll start off with the good stuff: These are super light and comfortable. They feel pretty durable and I've been carrying them in my bag for the past few days and haven't had any concerns stuffing them in with everything else. I wouldn't want to put them through a lot of abuse, but it seems like they hold up well to everyday use. They look great too. I loved the brushed metal look (even though they're plastic). The sound is also great. Very detailed and clear. It doesn't have the bass-y or warmer sounds of some other headphones, which you may prefer, but I like this better. I don't have any devices that support aptX or aptX HD, but the Bluetooth connection over my iPhone 7 sounded good and music through Apple Music sounds just like it would over wired headphones. You can also use the included USB cable as a wired connection to a PC and listen to high resolution audio that way. I was able to get that work without any issues, but you should note that you do need to go into your sound settings and change the audio output to 96kHz/24-bit; otherwise you get normal CD-quality sound. Okay, now the not so good stuff: While the sound is great, I could never get these to get quite as loud as I wanted them to be. I tried this over Bluetooth and the wired USB connection. With both the headphone and device volumes turned up to the max it was still maybe a hair or two below the loudest I would want to listen to my music. Not only does it not get loud enough, but the sound isn't sealed in very well. Anyone sitting next to you can easily hear what you are listening to and the manual even states that you should lower the volume when on public transportation so you don't disturb other people. The volume controls on the headphone are separate from the volume controls on the device you're listening on, which means you basically have to decide which place you'd rather control your volume at and turn the other one up to the max. I don't know why it is this way. I have several recent Bluetooth devices and their volume controls all sync up to my iPhone. Battery life is stated at 4 hours. I haven't used these long enough to wear them all the way down, but that seems really short compared to other options out there. I wish I could have liked these better. I really do. I love the way they look and sound, but the low volume is just a huge deal-breaker for me. Maybe that is something that could be fixed via some kind of firmware update, but for now this isn't something I can recommend.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Great sound but small design flaw

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      TechMatcher
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      Last week I received a set of Audio-Technica ATH-DSR7BT Wireless Over-the-Ear headphones for review. It was a perfect time to get them as I took them to the cabin for Memorial Day weekend and let many people try them as well as an option. The quick summary by all that tried them: Comfortable fit, a bit heavy but good sound if you are in a quiet environment. To be more specific, this headphone was built with a well-padded earcup and headband – so comfort is not a problem. I could see these being all-day wear if you wanted. Pairing the headphones with Bluetooth and the Near-Field communications was a breeze. Both work flawlessly. I plugged the headphones into my PC using a microUSB cable and Windows 10 recognized it immediately and set it as the default audio device and started playing music to it. No problems there either! When listening to the headset – I used the volume slider and play/pause button. This is where the problems begin. As I tried to adjust the volume or even the headset fit, I kept activating the touch-sensitive play-pause button – and it would interrupt my music. Having that button near the volume was a design mistake in my opinion (see picture of pen pointing to touch area). It’s quite annoying to keep interrupting your music or phone call (it would hang up on your caller if you accidentally hit it during a phone call). Be aware. Speaking of phone calls – these headphones also functions as a voice headset. I had my brother-in-law call me as he is the one I test my voice quality with on all my headsets, and he stated the voice quality was marginal at best. The microphone picked up all ambient room sounds such as people talking, the TV, etc. There is no noise-cancelling built in to the microphone at all so I likely won’t be using these to take any voice/conference calls. The Pure Digital sound from the 45mm drivers in the headphones is great. Music was clear and crisp at all volumes. The problem here is that you must listen to your music in a completely quiet environment as again, there is no noise-cancelling in the earcups allowing you to hear all the noises around you – people talking, the TV, etc. So, unless you’re sitting in a room all by yourself or are in another quiet area – you’ll be annoyed by the background noise. Size wise – these are large headphones. Not something you’d pack for the airplane or cruise ship. However, I could see putting them in the included carrying pouch and taking them to the cabin for a bit of alone time in the hammock though! Overall – great sound, comfortable fit but without noise cancelling in both the microphone or earcups, all background noises will likely bother you or your call partner.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Excellent choice for most

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      ferrari
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      I"ve spent a few days putting this headset through its paces, and have reached my own conclusions; however, before writing I wanted to read some of the other reviews to see if others are in the same vein as me. As another reviewer stated, headphones are a highly subjective area - what's good for me might not appeal to you. You buy them for a myriad of purposes, and what works well for one application is not so good for another. I would place these in the "relaxing home in your lounger listening to your home theater or stereo" category. The unboxing of this set is an experience - the box within a box opening into a jewelry style display on soft cloth is impressive. While it doesn't come with a carry case, the leatherette style storage bag is nicely done. The unit itself is nice to the touch with glove soft leather for the earpieces and headband; and feels well constructed in spite of the use of plastic enclosures as opposed to using an aluminum or other metal body. Very comfortable and adjustable, they cover the ear plushly and the headband is soft to the head. While not noise cancelling, the excellent fit knocks out a lot of ambient noise. I'm not one to delve into the specs, there are plenty of resources out there if you want them - the point is... how do they work? My first goal was to check them for latency - I recently had a chance to try out a new Bose Soundsport Revolve portable speaker. First thing I did was to pull up a youtube music video on my phone. I was very disappointed to see quite a delay causing a bad case of lip sync. So I figured that was a good place to start. My phone is a 6 month old Google Pixel, so pretty recent technology. I was happy to see the Audio Technica passed the first test - no discernible lip sync - yea! That means I can use these not only for music, but can enjoy them with my tv & home theater. Now on to why I really wanted a quality set of headphones - my extensive vinyl record collection which I wanted to enjoy in peace without disturbing the rest of the family - including the dogs! My equipment is vintage McIntosh - so no built in bluetooth. I picked up a TaoTronics bluetooth transmitter, plugged into the Mac's outputs, and voila - instant bluetooth. I was pleased with the result - crisp, clean sound, no interruptions, overall excellent quality. A little bit of acceptable tape hiss during quiet passages. If you don't know, there are various levels & codecs to bluetooth transmission, the led's on the AT's are able to tell you which codec you are currently connected with, which is a nice feature. The better your transmission is, the better the quality of sound you will receive. One issue that kept coming up in other reviews is a low bass level. I tend to agree with the other reviewers in that I would have liked to see a bit more bass response. It's good, but definitely not in your face. If you're listening at home, you can use your tone controls/equalizer to compensate, but if you're looking for boom box or high power car stereo type of bass, maybe this is not for you. The other issue that caused me to downgrade from a 5 star review is the volume control & tap feature. It just didn't seem intuitive to me, I seemed to fumble every time i reached for it. That and the fact that the volume switch appeared a little cheap for an otherwise well done piece. Another concern for the long term is the lack of a replaceable battery. I'd like to know that after a couple of years of use I could pop in a new battery, but this seems to be an industry wide issue rather than a product specific one - your phone's battery goes dead, throw it out, or go for a big repair bill. It's the sign of the times - everything's disposable.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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