Audio Technica ATH MSR7 Review

Audio Technica ATH MSR7 Review

Audio Technica is a well-known audio company. Their headphone offerings from the ATH-MXX series have been among the most recommended headphones. The Audio Technica ATH MSR7 combines pro-grade sonic skills, a premium design, and also boasts new audio technology. They are great headphones designed for listening both at home and on the go. In this review, I cover the Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7GM’s design, comfort and fit, audio quality, and its package and accessories. I also do a comparison of the ATH-MSR7 to the M50xand Sony MDR 1A, among other headphones.

Audio Technica ATH MSR7 Specifications

NameAudio-Technica ATH-MSR7
TypeOver-ear headphones
ConnectionWired, detachable
Weight0.64 pounds (0.290 kg)
Driver size45 mm
Frequency range5 Hz – 40000 Hz
Impedance35 Ohms

Build Quality and Design

The arrangement of the Audio Technica ATH MSR7 strickly resembles the Sony MDR-1A. In any case, the Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7 is more refined, and the structure quality and material assurance are top-notch. The Audio Technica MSR7 is a closed-back over-ear headphone. The ear cups are tremendous, and the padding material has an uncommon tendency to it. The headphone is created from metal and plastic parts.

The form quality is predictable, and when dealt with, the earphone doesn’t feel free or creaky. The headband appears as though it’s sewed neatly and has a real sense of reassurance also. The backs of the earcups are made with aluminum, which gives them a top-of-the-line earphone feel of value at this value range. Aside from the metallic out cups, the vast majority of the earcup includes thick plastic parts, which is difficult to recognize from genuine metal.

It is also worth mentioning that Audio Technica uses the ” Dual-Layer Air-Control Technology” in the Audio Technica MSR7. This means that the earcups have two metal chambers after the driver. This, according to audio Technica, helps reduce unwanted resonance and controls the air stream for better audio clarity.

Like the ATH-50x, the MSR7 accompanies a separable rope. The earphone utilizes the famous 3.5 mm sound system plug on the earphone’s side. The 3.5mm connector is situated on the left earcup. The connector has no locking instrument, yet the link truly does well to remain set up.

The ATH MSR7 Specs is accessible in two tones ie, dark and firearm metal that is important for this review. A third tone, red, which is a restricted version, is additionally accessible however in chosen nations. In general, I see no significant reason to really criticize the plan and assemble nature of the earphone. However nothing from the earphone sticks out, it is difficult to grumble about anything.

Headband & Clamping Pressure

A soft protein leather material fully covers the headband. It is lightly padded on the sides and grows in thickness as you approach where it sits on the head. The padding material does not appear to be memory foam and can get a bit uncomfortable after long sessions sitting on top of your head. The clamping pressure is also too high when the headphone is first used. However, the metal bands seem sturdy enough to be bent to lessen the clamping pressure.


Metallic bands hold together the headband to the earcups. The metal bands also allow the earbuds to be adjusted to fit most head sizes better. Both sides can be adjusted either up or down, and a lock-in mechanism with groves ensures it does not move once set up.


Apart from going up and down, the earcups also rotate sideways. This makes it a great portable option because when not in use, you can just hang them around your neck and let the earcups lie on the chest comfortably.


The ATH MSR7 Specs is an over-ear earphone, and the earpads mean this noticeably. The earcups are huge, and a nice oval opening should fit most ear sizes out there. The profundity, notwithstanding, isn’t unreasonably extraordinary, and I observed my ears contacting round the edges, which gets somewhat awkward inevitably. The earpads are rich and delicate to the touch. They are cushioned with adaptable padding-like material, which further develops the general solace levels of the earphone.


Noise Isolation

The ATH-MSR7 is closed, and the noise isolation is above average. This is due to the quality and size of the earpads, the metal housing, and a firm headband. It is great to keep out outside noise, and the sound leakage is very minimal. It would take a person sitting very close to you to hear what you are listening to. This, of course, applies to a decent volume level.

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Audio Quality

The ATH MSR7 Specs has good attributes in the design and build quality. However, does it live up to its good looks? The MSR7 does not disappoint. Overall, the Audio Technica MSR7 boasts a well-balanced sound signature with a slightly bright treble response.

Low-End (Bass)

The bass is present and very well rendered, but it is slightly low in quantity. This headphone is not for bass heads. However, do not get me wrong, the bass is there, but it does not have the heavy bass thrills you get with bass-heavy headphones like the M50X. For bass-oriented genres, it can get very tight and controlled thumps but don’t expect too much of it.


The midrange remains clear and is undistorted. Female vocals and other instruments like violins, guitars, and trumpets are forward and very natural. This might be attributed to the rising upper-mids section.

High-End (Treble)

The treble response of the ATH MSR7 is slightly bright and the man of the show here. The ATH-MSR7 frequency is slightly boosted from the upper midrange up to the lower treble. Because of this, the headphone sounds a little bright, but overall well controlled. For people who are treble sensitive, this might be too much for them. I would encourage you to audition the headphone first before you decide to buy and keep it.

Imaging and soundstage

For closed-back headphones, the soundstage of the ATH-MSR7 is fine. However, the imaging is what impresses me about the ATH-MSR7. It gives a good and clear sense of the direction the sound is coming from. This makes the ATH-MSR7 not only suitable for music, but gamers will also like it.


The headphone arrived in an excellent big box package. Inside, when you get out the cable and a storage pouch, the headphone sits in a form-fitted plastic mold, which is covered by a loose black nylon cloth. Aside from the storage pouch and the three headphone cables supplied by Audio Technica, there is nothing else that comes with the package. The storage bag is nothing fancy, and unlike the hard shell bags, it will not protect the headphone in case of a fall or an accident. However, it is still suitable for portable use and will protect the headphone from scratches and other minor accidents.



Audio Technica includes three detachable cables with a standard 3.5mm connector that goes into the headphone side. Because the ATH MSR7 is advertised as a portable headphone, one cable comes with an inline remote/microphone for cell-phone use (1.2m), one without (12m), and the third is long (3m). The cables are all made from the same material and insulated in nice soft rubber material. All are gold-plated connectors. However, the quality of the cables is not that great and feels a little cheap, especially on the connector part.


The last thing that bears referencing is convertibility. These are, supposedly, versatile earphones, yet they don’t actually accompany every one of the signs of transportability that have come normal throughout the long term.

The earcups can rotate, which is slick for when you’re conveying them in your sack or even only for putting them all the more safely on a level surface, however, the actual earphones aren’t foldable. Additionally, they accompany a leatherette conveying pouch which, while absolutely not awful all by itself, will not secure them however much a conveying case would – and odds are you will need to ensure your $200+ earphones.

In addition to side, they utilize a separable link, which is constantly valued. The ATH-MSR7 really comes with 3 links: one 3.9′ (1.2 m) link with a cell phone viable in-line button for accepting and finishing calls and controlling playback, one standard 3.9′ link and one 9.8′ (3 m) link.

The way that the volume control is absent from the in-line link’s controls is unquestionably irritating. Albeit the gave links aren’t all that extraordinary in any case, as they are completely made of plastic, they do the work fine and dandy, and the way that they are detachable also implies that you can simply trade them in for a link that is perfect.

What We Like:

  • Excellent refined sound (Details, Imaging, Clarity)
  • Tight bass present but not too much
  • Lot’s Of Cables

What We Don’t:

  • Forward treble and mid can be fatiguing
  • Not great for Bass heads
  • No hard case
  • Shallow Pads
  • Flimsy Cable Connectors

Audio Technica ATH-MSR735 ohms100 dB5 – 40000 Hz290g
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x35 ohms98 dB15 – 28,000 Hz285g
Sony MDR-1A24 ohms105 dB3 – 100,000 Hz225g
Audio-Technica ATH-M40x35 ohms98 dB15 – 24,000 Hz235g
Sennheiser Momentum 2.018 ohms113 dB16 – 22000 Hz260g

The Competition:

Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7 vs. M50x

The build quality of the Audio Technica ATH-M50x is good. However, when compared to the ATH-MSR7, the metal parts, and a feeling of the thick plastic is better. Apart from the build quality, the MSR7 has better earpads, which make it better for long sessions. The clamping force of the ATH-MSR7 is also stronger at first than the M50x. The Audio Technica ATH MSR7 is advertised as outdoor while the ATH-M50x is advertised as studio headphone. Isolation is better on the MSR7. The sound quality of these two headphones is different. ATH-MSR7 lacks the low-end, and the treble is more pronounced. However, for the ATH-M50x, the bass is powerful and lacks the treble extension offered by the MSR7. Overall, if you want fun headphones with more bass, the M50x should be your choice. Otherwise, the MSR7 is more detailed and offers a more reference-quality sound.

Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7 vs. Sony MDR-1A

The Sony MDR-1A is a close rival of the ATH-MSR7, probably due to the looks of both headphones. Starting with the build quality, The MDR-1A is lighter, and the build is made out of plastic. They seem durable, but overall, the MSR7 has done an excellent job on the material and build quality. The comfort of both headphones is good, but better on the MDR-1A. Overall, the Sony MDR-1A looks good, but the build quality goes to the ATH MSR7. Soundwise, the MDR-1A excel in the bass. The mids are present, and despite a boosted bass come out with details but sound a lot more subdued than the MSR7. For treble, it is not upfront like the MSR7 but has a decent level of details like the mids.

Audio Technica ATH MSR7 vs. M40x

First, the price difference between the ATH-M40x and ATH MSR7 is huge. The MSR7 is twice as expensive. However, for the price, the Audio Technica ATH-M40x does a great job both on the build and sound quality, but purely on quality, the MSR7 wins by a lot. The M40x is quite uncomfortable, and I would not recommend them for long sessions unless you get some decent pads. The sound quality of the M40x is more neutral with a good bass response. If you prefer a balanced-sounding headphone, go with the M40x. For a slightly brighter headphone, the MSR7 is your pick.

Audio Technica ATH MSR7 vs. Sennheiser Momentum 2.0

The MSR7 and the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 are legendary in this price range. Both of these headphones have earned a lot of respect and positive reviews from users. The Sennheiser Momentum has a simple yet excellent build quality. The overall build and design of the Momentum 2.0 are just better than the ATH MSR7 — the Momentum 2.0 features real leather pads, unlike the pleather pads on the MSR7. However, if you have big ears, the MSR7 is a better pick. The earpads have smaller openings compared to the MSR7. The sound quality of these two headphones is different. The Momentum has more bass and laid-back treble response.

Who’s It For?

So toward the finish of this review, we’re left with the inquiry: who are these earphones equipped towards?

First thing, we can say that these aren’t intended for studio use and that committed bass heads are in an ideal situation looking somewhere else. Preferably, this would be the finish of that and the earphones genuinely would have the broadest conceivable objective segment, particularly in a market oversaturated with V-signature earphones.

Yet, this is counterbalanced by certain bothers on the client end that, while not straightforwardly a shortcoming with the earphones, are an issue regardless.

To start with, there’s the dubious convenience. This can undoubtedly be neglected, however, the equivalent can’t be said for the cell phone support; or rather, the ‘viable’ cell phone support. What we mean by this is that you basically will not have the option to benefit from them when utilizing a cell phone. Likewise, with matching a very good quality designs card and a spending plan screen or an expert guitar and a modest speaker, the outcome will be chaotic in spite of the great type of one of the parts.

Like we’ve said, the shortcoming here doesn’t actually lie in the earphones, and in the event that you wouldn’t fret utilizing lossless audio records and tuning in on your PC or a DAP, then, at that point, you’re not prone to see as better shut back earphones at this cost. They’re even incredible for gaming because the soundstage gives an extraordinary feeling of profundity. We’ll score them dependent on what they’re able to do, however…

Assuming you truly are a ‘relaxed’ client who generally depends on their cell phone for music, you will not be getting the best worth out of the ATH-MSR7. If so, you’re actually searching for earphones that give a blend of buyer and audiophile components, then, at that point, we recommend looking at the AKG K553.

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