Audio-Technica ATH-SR6BT Wireless Review
Wireless headphones are getting better and cheaper. Audio Technica has been flooding the market with reasonably priced headphones, and is quickly becoming one of the leading wireless headphone brands. But can Audio Technica offer a superb headphone for $150? Let’s explore the question in this Audio-Technica ATH-SR6BT Wireless Review.
IN the BOX – Audio-Technica ATH-SR6BT Wireless Review
USB charging cable
DESIGN and FEATURES – Audio-Technica ATH-SR6BT Wireless Review
The ATH-SR6BT’s aluminium design feels sturdy and more high quality than other headphones in this price range. They’re a tad heavy, but I like how solid they feel. These cans also have a comfortable fit. They’re snug but not too tight. The leather, memory foam earpads are soft and the headband has a cushioned leather cover. They’re also foldable. Pairing them with your phone is very easy; once they’re on, you’ll find them in your Bluetooth settings. The Bluetooth technology also allows for touch pairing with NFC (Near Field Communication) compatible devices. This means you can pair it with any Bluetooth enabled device. One button provides all the necessary functions: play/pause, skip backwards/forwards, and call answering. The ATH-SR6BT allows for 30 hours of continuous use, which is a good amount of time for headphones in this price range. It also gives you the option for a wired connection, which is important if you want to experience a louder, more detailed sound. Or if your battery has run out. The wire also comes with a mic and remote.
SOUND – Audio-Technica ATH-SR6BT Wireless Review
In general, wireless headphones don’t produce enough power for loud listening. But some wireless brands provide more volume than others. At this price, Audio Technica does a pretty good job in the volume department. If you enjoy Audio Technica’s sound signature, you might like the sound on these. They’re bright, airy and fun in certain genres. But they’re not extremely well balanced, and I didn’t feel satiated by the listening experience.
The low end is not mind-blowing. But Audio Technica is not known for their thumping bass. Pop is still fun to listen to, as long as you don’t expect deep and rich lows. If you’re listening to hip-hop or EDM, you should probably look for another pair.
The mid range isn’t very impressive either. The headphones feel a little hollow, especially in the lower mid range. Listening to rock is disappointing. That fullness just isn’t there, and as a result, choruses really suffer.
Audio technica does a really good job in the high end. I noticed a lot of detail in this range, and nice separation between instruments. There’s a lightness and transparency that lends itself well to bright strings and woodwinds. Classical music is pleasure to listen to. Percussion feels dynamic and really pops. Synthesizers and guitars also shine in this range.
I sometimes feel silly talking about the sound stage on wireless headphones because there usually isn’t much of a sound stage. The ATH-SR6BT don’t have a lot width, but the imaging isn’t bad; they do a good job of conveying instrument placement, and live recordings still sound, well…Live.
SUMMARY – Audio-Technica ATH-SR6BT Wireless Review
There’s no question that the physical design on ATH-SR6BT is really top notch. I think it’s definitely worth the money because the quality is there. But eh…I don’t love how they sound. There’s too much emphasis on the highs, while the lower ranges are ignored. But if you’re an Audio Technica fan, you might disagree. At some level, it’s all a matter of taste. If you like jazz and classical music, you’ll find these headphones will work. But if you love rock or enjoy listening to genres that require a good low range, like hip-hop or pop, you’re probably not going to fall in love. And you’ll also have to spend a little more.
SPECIFICATIONS – Audio-Technica ATH-SR6BT Wireless Review
Frequency Response: 5 – 40,000 Hz
Maximum Input Power: 1,500 mW (for wired connection)
Sensitivity: 100 dB/mW
Impedance: 39 ohms
Battery: DC 3.7V lithium polymer battery
Battery Life: Approx. 30 hours continuous use
Charging Time: 5 hours
Weight: 242 g (8.5 oz), without cable
Cable: Detachable 1.2 m with in-line microphone
Connector 3.5 mm stereo mini-plug, L-shaped