Hey gang, Valkor here. So I’ve run into a few PC issues here at the Val-Cave, and thankfully all systems are as well as they can be. This means we can get back to our regularly scheduled program of all things TOV. And to kick things off Audio-Technica has returned, giving us a look at their latest wireless headphones – the ATH-SR6BT.
The ATH-SR6BT are on-ear Bluetooth enabled headphones with an option to go wired with the included cable. On the outset, the right earcup has your power/pairing button, while the left has your microUSB port for charging, a switch that toggles volume, talk, play, pause, and switching tracks, and then there's a port for when you’re ready to go wired. To finish things off there's an indicator light to let you know when the battery is low or when the device is paired. The earcups are retractable and along with the headband, it features a soft leather material lined with what feels like memory foam. Included with the SR6BTs you get a 3.5mm cable, microUSB cable for charging, and a travel bag.
The ATH-SR6BT also has a couple of nifty features; what stands out the most is that it touts a 30-hour battery life. Off the bat, that's pretty impressive since I'm used to bt headphones lasting 6 to 8 hours top. Next, the headphones also use NFC to connect with your device. It’s not often I get to play with NFC devices, so it’s always a treat when given the opportunity to do so.
To test drive the ATH-SR6BT headphones, I went with the Samsung Galaxy S8+ for music, light gaming and other applications, as well as the PlayStation Vita, which has been getting a lot of play these past few days. And after taking the headphones through the wringer, I’m ready to give my verdict.
Since I had some serious downtime, I got the chance to spend a lot of quality time with Audio-Technica’s ATH-SR6BT headphones. So much so that it felt that they were becoming a part of me. This takes me right into my first positive - comfort; the headphones fit well over the ears and they’re light enough that they don’t feel weighty after wearing them for long hours. Plus, I love the feel of the foam cups against my face. Now sound quality is where it’s at, and the SR6BT does a fine job standing alongside some of AT’s greats. With music and gaming, the headphones performed well in how it separates vocals from the background beats. Plus everything comes through crystal clear. Bass isn’t as rich as I’d like, but I’m not complaining since it thumps at just the right levels that I can get into whatever I’m doing or taking me to wherever I’m going. They also offer up a decent level of passive noise cancellation, blocking out a huge chunk of outside noises and wrapping me tightly in my own bubble of blissful beats. Finally, battery life is on point as promised, though I will admit I didn’t wear the headphones for 30 hours straight; but I did go the distance in the 7 – 8-hour timeframe. And since they held up for that long of a time, I’d say they passed the test. In the end, Audio-Technica scores another Val-Cave win as their ATH-SR6BT wireless headphones not only look great but sound amazing and they’re ready to fulfill your wireless needs.
So I ran into one issue with the SR6BT headphones in that it uses one button for everything but power; this was a tad bit confusing since I try to use new tech without reading the instructions. So when faced with attempting to raise the volume, I ended up switching tracks. Turns out, to raise the volume you have to give it a quick flick and hold it a bit longer to change tracks.to pause or go to voice you have to press the button inwards and again to return to the beats. Personally, I’d rather have independent switches as trying to fumble with the toggle button of the SR6BT can get confusing at times.
Though I stumbled with the toggle button, I eventually got a feel for Audio-Technica’s ATH-SR6BT wireless headphones, to the point where I can really appreciate how well it holds up in the comfort and sound department. This makes them perfect for when you’re relaxing at home or trekking about. I highly recommend it. And out of TOV 5 stars, I’m giving Audio-Technica’s ATH-SR6BT headphones a solid 4.