Headphones live in a competitive space — there’s all types, all sizes, all kinds of features. But the value of what you use to listen to shouldn’t be based on cost or how snazzy they look, but on how well they perform. So for those who prefer the comfort and enveloping sound that comes from over-the-ear headphones (and value performance over all else), does Audio-Technica have you covered with their ATH-SR6BTBK Wireless Over-Ear High-Resolution Headphones.
So start with what you can see before going into what makes the sound so good. The ATH-SR6BTBK is big, those are 45mm drivers in the ear cups doing the job. Constructed to be durable, the headphones fit in well at home but also not at home — they’re as mobile as you are because they actually fold down into a smaller profile for traveling.The greater isolation of sound results from the fact that the ear cups are covering the headphones, but better than that is the memory foam used to provide a comfortable fit so you can keep them on for those long listening sessions (of course the headband can be slid to better accommodate ones head). And for those more concerned with sound than cabling, a detachable corded cable will make the headphones function as “wired” while connected to a phone, complete with an embedded microphone and music controls. This also means that for those more on the side of the audiophile, the ATH-SR6BTBK can be plugged right into a home theater or high-end system for listening without any electronic tech interfering in any way with the sound. This allows those 45mm drivers (closed back dynamic) to reproduce a very wide frequency range of 5-40,000 Hz.
Now obviously the wireless part comes from Bluetooth and connectivity with a mobile device (i.e., a smartphone). And for other-than-iPhone-users, NFC (near field technology) enables faster pairing than having to go the “settings” route. But to get high-quality sound wirelessly requires certain technologies in place — technologies that the ATH-SR6BTBK has got in the form of compatibility with audio codecs AAC, SBC and Qualcomm aptX. The rechargeable battery driving this features an up-to-30 hours of on time and a ridiculous 1,000 hours of standby, with volume controls, music controls and a mic in the left ear cup. There’s also an LED here for indicating battery strength, Bluetooth connection, pairing and charging.
Audio-Technica has been producing high resolution audio headphones since 1972, so don’t take their including Hi-Res Audio in their description of these headphones lightly. It means exactly what it sounds like (yep, terrible pun intended). The ATH-SR6BTBK Wireless Over-Ear High-Resolution Headphones retail for $199.00 and gives you a pouch to take both it and the wired cable along with you. But you’ll mostly be leaving the pouch at home because to have these headphones is to be wearing them. And listening.