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Published on March 2nd, 2017 | by Greg


Audio-Technica ATH-SR5 Headphones: Hi-Res On-Ears

In the world of headphones, closed isn’t a bad thing- it’s a way to describe a type of construction that is aimed at sealing in your music, and preventing outside sounds from distracting you. The alternative, open models, can sound a bit more spacious but also leak- folks around you will hear what you’re listening to and you’ll be able to hear all of the noises in your environment. For travel, it can be nice to have some isolation, but if you are commuting you might want to hear traffic around you.

The Audio-Technica ATH-SR5 are closed, and we’ve been using them around the city and during longer trips, as well as at home and in the office. As is usual, we burned them in for a bit before putting them through their paces, listening to a wide array of different music and checking out some movies and audiobooks as well. This is an award-winning set, available in a wired or wireless version, but the main component are the same either way- 45mm high-resolution audio drivers (with a stated 5Hz-40KHz frequency range, broader than the 20Hz-20K that is more typical). Capable of handling audio at 96 kHz/24-bit, per the high-res spec, these feature the label and certification. We’ve seen plenty of A-T gear in the past, from gaming headsets to vinyl turntables and Bluetooth sets but these are the first wired pair we’ve checked out in a bit.

Build quality is high, up to the normal Audio-Technica standards, with soft memory foam earcups and some solid metal for stability and durability. These aren’t fully foldable, but do lay flat for portability, and come with both a carrying pouch and a fairly standard detachable cable with a microphone and controls for use with smartphones and other portable devices. They aren’t noise canceling or waterproof, and they probably aren’t the best option for exercising, but for most other purposes you’ll be in great hands and they weigh in at under six ounces. The SR5s offer a really deep soundstage, lush instrumentation, good detail on the highs and mids, and were perhaps just a little boosted on the low end. They are pretty crisp, but not quite neutral monitors.

A two year warranty offers plenty of time to feel secure about these, and they come in a black, white, or navy/brown color combination. Available now, expect to spend around $149 online and in stores for the ATH-SR5.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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