If you want a pair of noise cancelling headphones, your choice is much more restricted than the hundreds of quality headphones already out there. If you want noise cancelling headphones that sound great, well, that’s even harder. Of the limited range you can choose from, Audio-Technica’s brand new ATH-MSR7NC ($299 U.S.) are the thinking man’s choice — they’re not flashy or blingy or over-the-top, but they block out the outside world and produce incredibly detailed audio at the same time.
More than just ticking the ‘Extreme’ quality option on your Spotify account or actually downloading a couple of albums from Apple Music, you’ll really want a good quality source and some very high-quality tunes to make the most of the ATH-MSR7NC. I’m on a Taylor Swift kick at the moment, and the 24-bit FLAC master of 1989 is one of the most detailed and musically rich albums of the last few years, and it sounds incredible on these headphones. The addition of a slightly lower ambient noise floor with the noise cancelling, and the slight extra oomph given to lower bass and higher treble, means they don’t sound flat or bland like some other noise cancelled cans I’ve tried.
Read more about the ATH-MSr7NC ‘phones on Gizmodo Australia.
For more about these ‘phones from Audio-Technica and where to get them in the U.S., go here.