Audio-Technica ATH-DSR7BT Review
Pros: Good sound quality, comfortable
Cons: Expensive in relation to its performance
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|Cons||Expensive in relation to its performance||Expensive||Expensive||Expensive||Expensive, both sound quality and noise cancellation fall just short of being the best in the field|
|Bottom Line||Not bad, but also no salient great points to make them particularly great for any specific use||An excellent choice for both audiophiles and those looking to enhance their concentration by drowning out distractions||The clear choice for those that place a premium on sound quality and noise isolation||Perfect for audiophiles that want the best possible sound and good noise cancellation||Though not the absolute best noise cancelling phones on the market, these puppies come close|
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|Noise Isolation (25%)|
|User Friendliness (10%)|
|Specs||Audio-Technica...||Sony WH-1000XM4||Bose Noise...||Bose QuietComfort...||Jabra Elite 85h|
|Manufacturer Reported Battery Life (hours)||15||30||20||40 wired, 20 BT||36|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Audio-Technica ATH-DSR7BT is a good set of headphones, but fails to carve out enough of a niche to be a great choice for anyone. No matter your preference or budget, there is generally a better pair of headphones available.
The Audio-Technica ATH-DSR7BT was right around average in our overall scoring, which you can see in the table above. Below we discuss all the different tests we use to determine those overall scores, and how the Audio-Technica ATH-DSR7BT performed in each.
The Audio-Technica ATH-DSR7BT sounds relatively good and earned an above average score of 7 out of 10 in our sound quality testing. Its clarity is a clear step up from a standard set of earbuds, making both podcasts and music sound noticeably clearer. The bass is also noticeably more powerful than that of standard earbuds. These two things combine to create a relatively rich, full sound.
Overall this sound quality is very similar to that of the TaoTronics TT-BH060 which is just as clear and maybe just slightly weaker in the bass department. However, these headphones cost only $70 and add active noise cancellation into the mix, which can greatly elevate the listening experience. The Bose SoundLink Wireless II, which costs about the same as the Audio-Technica ATH-DSR7BT, has exceptional clarity which creates a much more nuanced sound. Either way, you can get a better listening experience than what is offered by the Audio-Technica ATH-DSR7BT for the same price or less.
The Audio-Technica ATH-DSR7BT lacks active noise cancellation, which earned it a mediocre score of 5 out of 10 in this metric. Wearing these headphones feels a bit like wearing a standard pair of earmuffs. All sounds are muffled a bit, but most of them do, to some extent, make it to your ears. In comparison, the TaoTronics TT-BH060's active noise cancellation is able to almost completely drown out low and medium volume sounds, with only louder noise really making their way into your ears. The Bose SoundLink Wireless II has deeper ear cups than the Audio-Technica that make it maybe just slightly better at blocking out sounds, but not to a particularly noticeable degree.
The Audio-Technica ATH-DSR7BT is one of the most comfortable pairs of headphones we tested, picking up a score of 8 out of 10 in this metric. It has deep ear cups that can accommodate even large ears and some cushy, comfortable padding. This is a significant step up from the TaoTronics TT-BH060, which have shallower ear cups that may annoy those with larger ears. However, these headphones still can't compete with the comfort of the Bose models, which have a 'barely there' kind of feel to them.
The Audio-Technica ATH-DSR7BT is fairly easy to operate, which earned it a relatively high score of 7 out of 10 in this metric. It has a standard play/pause button and a sliding volume control button. Sliding the volume button up or down adjusts the volume accordingly. Holding the button forward or back skips tracks. The play/pause button can also be held down to summon Siri or some other AI assistants. The Audio-Technica ATH-DSR7BT missed out on a top score here because the sliding volume button could be a bit finicky to use at times.
The Audio-Technica ATH-DSR7BT is on the heavy side at 10.5 ounces. You can feel the extra weight when compared to the 7.5 ounce TaoTronics TT-BH060 or the 7 ounce Bose SoundLink Wireless II. The Audio-Technica also comes with only a drawstring pouch for a carrying case, whereas the other two models we mentioned both provide semi-hard cases. This earned the Audio-Technica a score of 6 out of 10 in this metric.
Overall we would consider the Audio-Technica ATH-DSR7BT a poor value. For its list price of $300 you can get better sound from the Bose SoundLink Wireless II. You can also get sound that is just as good from the much less expensive TaoTronics TT-BH060.
The Audio-Technica ATH-DSR7BT is a decent pair of headphones, but it fails to provide any salient advantages that make it a great pick in any category. Most people will find a better overall value elsewhere.
— Max Mutter and Steven Tata