Audio-Technica’s newly released ATH-SR5BT wireless bluetooth headphones are handsome little on-ear headphones, designed for casual listening and convenience. Having never owned wireless headphones before, I was keen to give these a run and see how they square up against my wired daily battlers.
IN THE BOX
The SR5BT’s operate on a rechargeable battery that lasts a whopping 38 hours with charge coming via an included micro USB cable. Also included is a standard headphones cable with a microphone for calls and a soft carry bag.
The actual headphones have an on/off switch on one side and transport controls/volume controls on the other. Placement is a little awkward and more based around keeping the aesthetic tidy than any practical reason, but I got used to it eventually.
Turning the phones on, they immediately go into pairing mode, indicated with a tiny blinking blue and red light. I had zero problems pairing these with my phone, or computer, and was pleasantly surprised to find upon being turned on they search for the previous paired device.
WIRELESS HEADPHONES ARE PRETTY GOOD HEY GUYS..
How have I not already invested in Bluetooth headphones? Getting the train without a damn cable getting caught on my bag or jacket or anything else is a revelation. Sitting in bed working on writing headphones reviews without cord going everywhere is the bomb. I like this.
OH AND THEY SOUND PRETTY DAMN GOOD..
Yep, equipped with an astonishing frequency range aimed at lossless audio enthusiasts, these babies go from 5hz-40,000khz. Unfortunately that’s only in wired mode - I expect that’s due to limitations in data streaming – but 25hz-22,000khz in wireless mode isn’t too shabby either. In terms of actual ‘sound,’ the low-end might be a bit on the thin side, but overall it’s a clean, well-balanced and transparent sounding set of headphones. You aren’t going to be using to these to mix your tunes anytime soon, but for travel or work there’s plenty to be happy about here.
Admittedly, I was somewhat skeptical of the whole wireless thing but after a week with them I’m pretty sold on the idea. I’m usually not a fan of on-ear headphones but with great sound, a lightweight design, low-pressure but snug fit, and all the pros of wireless life, I’m ready to overlook that.
For more details, head to audio-technica.com.au.
Hits and Misses
Wireless4Life (will probably be my next tattoo)
Super Hi-Res audio if you want it
Extremely long battery life and even if you run out you’ve got wired mode
No wall-wart for charging included