If it’s a good day, and I’ve forgotten to take my mood stabilizer, I can listen to music for 60 hours straight. And I’ll still feel fresh as a daisy by the time I get committed. This is why I was so pleasantly surprised to discover that Audio-Technica has released a wireless headphone with a whopping 70 hour battery life. That’s unheard of in the world of Bluetooth headphones. But do these cans sound any good? Let’s find out in this Audio-Technica ATH-SR30BT Review.
Audio-Technica ATH-SR30BT Headphone Review
Although the earcups are not huge and luxurious, they felt comfortable on my little ears, and they’re super light. So, I forgot I was wearing them after a while. Sound isolation is no bad either, though it won’t cut out as much outside crap as a noise cancelling headphone.
The SR30BT’s defining talent is its battery life. I’ve seen no other headphone on the market that comes close to 70 hours. The only thing you want to be aware of is the fact that there’s no cable input. So, if you run out of power or you want to use your headphones on an airplane, you might need to keep looking.
The other feature that makes these reasonably priced headphones stand out from the rest is the Bluetooth 5 compatibility. This latest version of Bluetooth really brings sound to the next level and will offer a clarity that the older Bluetooth 4.2 can’t match.
The functions are simple in their design and are very easy to use. The left earpiece has 3 buttons that you can use to play/pause, skip back and forth between tracks and control volume. You can also activate your voice assistant to make hands free calls. Pairing is super easy. After you pair it with your device for the first time, it will automatically connect to your phone as soon as you turn them on.
Overall Impressions: Well-balanced, clean and works for all genres of music.
We’ve got clean and beautifully balanced lows. Not too heavy, not too light. It’s like drinking a kale smoothie that’s as satisfying as a cheese burrito. The bass is also super tight and impressively transparent for a wireless headphone in this price range. And because the bass has such serious grip, pop sounds great. Furthermore, since the clarity and resolve is there, this frequency range also lends itself well to acoustic instruments like doubles basses and cellos.
Besides Valium, nothing makes me happier than a present and evenly balanced midrange. When you listen to big rock songs, you’ll get a full-bodied feel that covers the entire scope of sound in this range. At the same time, Audio-Technica produces a light, floating quality that makes pianos sound light and brilliant. And again, with the Bluetooth 5, you can expect a super clean sound. Acoustic guitars, for example, have great separation and color. So, these cans will work well for folk and classical music as well.
Listening to strings, there was a ton of clarity. Violins had texture and realistic timbre. And moving back to pop, percussion in this range was so crisp and shiny that it really made Bruno Mars snap. And even listening to high-pitched instruments, the was minimal piercing and sizzle. So, though the high frequencies have a nice extension, it’s still easy on the ears after long periods of listening.
Again, I’m impressed. The stage has height, depth and instrument placement is very accurate for a wireless headphone.
I dig it. Ridiculous battery life, clean sound, and a signature that’s versatile enough to handle any genre of music. For 99 bucks, it’s a great bang for your buck.
5 skulls means nothing to complain about.
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Audio 46: Audio-Technica ATH-SR30BT