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Overview of Bluetooth-headset Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT with aptX

Overview of Bluetooth-headset Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT with aptX

Hi-Fi players and expensive “audiophile” headphones are less popular gadgets. Because most of the time, users are quite satisfied with a good smartphone as a source of sound. But in case, you want to get rid of confusing wires, it’s quite possible to look at Bluetooth headphones. It also allows you to get the controls of the player directly on the headphones, and you don’t need to access to your pocket every time you want switching to the next composition. Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT is one of the fairly new Bluetooth-headsets of the Japanese company with interesting features. Let’s see how things are going on.

What is interesting about the headset?

Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT is a Bluetooth headset with exclusive acoustic design, has 45-mm dynamic drivers and support for codec aptX, AAC. Using a cable and a discharged battery, you can get it connected with a smartphone. It stores up to 8 devices and the battery life is also amazing, which is up to 38 hours.

What is in the box?

Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT comes in a box with a cover made of white soft cardboard with a picture of the headset and basic technical characteristics. Inside it, you’ll get a black box made out of dense cardboard that contains the headset and the rest:

Included are Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT, a detachable cable with a microphone for a wired connection, a USB charging cable, an artificial leather carrying bag and instructions:

How does it look and what is managed?

I have not yet come across Audio-Technica headphones, which were made of poor-quality materials or poorly assembled. With Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT, the same reputation continues. We have a white-silver version on the review, there is still a “quiet” black for sale. The cups of headphones and the base of the headband are constructed out of metal. The design has a lot of plastic parts, and fortunately, the manufacturers have used high quality plastic.

The ear pads are filled with a soft foam filler with a memory effect. The headband and ear cushions are stuffed with leatherette of light gray color. NFC is located near the left earpiece of the headband that assists in quick pairing with smartphones:

Cups can be rotated in one direction by 90 degrees. This feature makes the headset more comfortable to wear around the neck until it is used. Though its design does not imply the possibility of folding, it’s highly portable. The cable is connected to the left earpiece from the bottom. On the cable itself, there is a remote control with one button and a microphone. The connector between this device and the source is L-shaped.

All controls are located on the bottom of the headphones cups. The left cup comprises: LED indicator for connection / charging, connector for cable connection, MicroUSB for charging and three-position switch-joystick. It is responsible for playing / pausing, answering a call, adjusting the volume and switching tracks:

On the right earpiece, there’s only the slider for turning on the headset.

This headset is well assembled and quality materials are utilized, which were expected. In general, the appearance is recognizable: the model visually resembles a smaller version of the more expensive full-size Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7 headphones (see the review).

How convenient is Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT?

All controls are arranged logically and conveniently, the adjustment takes place very quickly, the navigation switch is large enough and it will not be difficult to find it. To receive a call, you need to press the switch (similar to Play / Pause), volume control is done by short forward / backward movements, long-switching between tracks.

The headset is light and barely felt on the head. Headphones are relatively small, but the ear cups completely cover the ears. The foam filler is comfortable and soft, the headphones fit well. In winter, the ears do not sweat, but we suspect that in the summer the situation may change, because the ear cushions are made of artificial leather.

What about sound, autonomy and signal quality?

The sound quality pleasantly surprised me. I expected to hear something similar that other manufacturers provide – low frequencies and weak detail. But surprisingly, Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT sound relatively balanced. The bass is, in sufficient quantity and quite detailed, but for fans of any music full of sub-bass it may seem a little small. The mid-frequencies are worked out very well and with the separation of tools, everything is in order. The headset is more suitable for diverse instrumental music, although in some compositions the RF seems a bit too much and there are sibilants. Though we can’t expect miracle from Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT, it draws quite a good audience. When connected via wire, the difference is felt: subjective sensations, the bass has increased, it has become denser, more dynamic and more driven, and the middle seems more detail. Of course, for the “purity of the experiment” the same sources of sound were used. Overall, I liked the sound, it is fairly balanced and neutral, without any significant accents. Basshedam is likely to miss the density of LF.

The built-in microphone is enough for communication in a relatively quiet environment. On the street or in public transport, the interlocutor hears all the surrounding noises together with the voice. With the cable connected, the situation is much better. The battery life is more than good. During the test, once fully charged, the headset has worked for about 1.5 days. Its volume was not at maximum though. And practically, you don’t need it too, because Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT has a large volume margin. The connection is very strong. No problem arose even when we examined it through the wall at a distance of about 5 m.

Final words

Audio-Technica managed to make the headset ATH-SR5BT extremely successful and interesting for those who want to get rid of the wires, but does not overdo the bass models (that cover the majority of the market). This headset sounds balanced and interesting, while it has a presentable appearance, good materials and is well assembled. Its long battery life is pleasantly overwhelming. Even after very intensive use, we almost forget about charging it for at least a week. Needless to say, the important advantage is the support for the codec aptX, but it’s worth remembering that the source should be appropriate. We also can’t ignore the unpleasant moments we experienced during phone calls. External noises catch no worse than a voice and in a noisy environment it is difficult to talk with it.

4 Reasons to Buy Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT:

Quality, balanced sound;

long battery life;

attractive appearance and superbly assembled;

support aptX.

1 reason not to buy Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT:

a mediocre microphone (on the headset cup).

Technical specifications Audio-Technica ATH-SR5BT


dynamic, 45 mm

frequency range

5-40 000 Hz

Frequency range (microphone)

5-4 000 Hz


50 Ohm

Bluetooth Version

4.1 with support for HSP / HFP / A2DP / AVRCP profiles and codecs aptX, SBC, AAC


102 dB / mW

Bluetooth working time

up to 38 hours

Charging time

5 o’clock

The weight

185 grams