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Audio-Technica headphones promise hi-res 'hi-fi on the go' for under £100

The new on-ear headphones take their design cue from the ATH-MSR7 cans but come in at a new, more affordable price-point for Audio-Technica's hi-fi headphone range.

The £99 ATH-SR5 feature 45mm drivers, boast solid noise-isolation despite their compact form and come with a detachable 1.2m cable with mic and remote.

Their wireless counterparts, the ATH-SR5BT, use aptX Bluetooth, NFC for easy pairing and have play/pause, volume and skip track controls on the earphone.

Audio-Technica claims a battery life of up to 38 hours from a five-hour charge (via USB). The ATH-SR5BT will cost £149.

Both new models are due in March.

Also new and sporting the hi-res audio badge are the ATH-MSR7NC, the noise-cancelling version of the aforementioned ATH-MSR7 headphones.

The over-ear design headphones sport new '360-degree omnidirectional' noise-cancelling technology that claims not to affect the sound quality when activated. A change to the mic position means "minimal difference" in audio performance in noise-cancelling mode, says Audio-Technica.

The ATH-MSR7NC cans use a mixture of layered aluminium and magnesium materials in an effort to deliver a lightweight but durable design. They have a 30-hour claimed battery life and come supplied with two detachable cables, one of which has an in-line mic.

The Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7NC headphones are due out February/March and are priced at £249.

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Joe Cox

Joe is Content Director for Specialist Tech at Future and was previously the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across print and online for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung, reported from CES, the Bristol Show and Munich High End for many years, and provided comment for sites such as the BBC and the Guardian. In his spare time he enjoys mixing vinyl and cycling.