CES 2017: Audio Technica New Low-Cost and Mid-Priced Sealed Headphones
First up, a couple new mid-priced cans, the ATH-SR5, a $149 over-ear, sealed headphone that I thought was well worth another listen in the comfort of my lab here in Montana. Right along side it was it's wireless sibling, the ATH-SR5BT ($199) a Bluetooth version of the same headphone. Very happy to see them trying to put a dent at these very competitive price points; this is just what they should be doing.
Also at the show was a new headphone a step above the ATH-SR7 I reviewed favorably, the ATH-SR9 ($449). The headphone features 45mm drivers with a "diamond-like carbon" coating to increase diaphragm stiffness, OFC voice coils, and what AT calls "Midpoint Mount Technology, which ensures uniform space in front of and behind the diaphragm, and an acoustic resistor in each driver that helps control airflow around the diaphragm for smooth, natural audio reproduction across the entire frequency range." Could be a bunch of marketing babble, but they did sound well worth a second extended listen and measure.