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Audio-Technica ATH-ANC1 QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling On-Ear Headphones

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  • Eliminates up to 85% of ambient noise
  • ANC circuitry in external in-line module
  • Lightweight fold-up design is ideal for travel
  • Remarkably natural acoustic performance
  • Includes travel pouch, 1.6-foot extension cord, airline adapter and AAA battery

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  • foldable
  • lightweight

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Product Description

The ATH-ANC1 QuietPoint headphones from Audio Technica deliver natural sound and luxurious silence in a highly compact on-ear design. These fold-flat headphones incorporate Audio Technica’s acclaimed active noise-cancelling technology to block out up to 85% of outside noise, while delivering clear, detailed and natural sound. The active noise-cancelling circuitry is located in a handy external module attached to its connecting cord, for extremely light weight on-ear wear. The headphones also work when the noise-cancelling function is turned off, and operate in passive mode without batteries. Although compact, the headphones deliver powerful, immersive sound, thanks to their precision high-efficiency full-range drivers and premium internal components. They’re ideal for use with the Apple iPod, iPhone, iPod touch, portable music players, computers and in-flight entertainment systems.

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Audio Technica's ATH-ANC1 QuietPoint Noise-Cancelling Headphones deliver natural sound and luxurious silence in a highly compact on-ear design. The fold-flat headphones incorporate Audio-Technica’s acclaimed active noise-cancelling technology to block out up to 85% of outside noise, while delivering clear, detailed and natural sound.


Enjoy your music in peace with
active noise-cancelling technology
Blocks Outside Sound with Active Noise-Cancelling Technology
These headphones detect environmental noise using miniature built-in microphones, and apply a corresponding sound-cancelling signal. The active noise-cancelling circuitry is located in an external module attached to the headphone cable. This greatly reduces on-ear weight for long-wearing comfort. Although compact, the headphones deliver powerful, immersive sound, thanks to their precision high-efficiency full-range drivers and premium internal components. They’re ideal for use with the Apple iPod, iPhone and iPod touch, as well as other portable music players, computers, in-flight entertainment systems and many other devices. The ATH-ANC1 features super-soft ear pads for complete comfort, even on long trips or extended listening sessions.

Unlike some other noise-cancelling headphones, the ATH-ANC1 headphones work even without batteries or when the noise-cancelling feature is turned off. In addition to its handy travel pouch, it comes with a 1.6-foot extension cord, an airline adapter and a AAA-size battery.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 2.8 x 9.8 inches ; 14.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B0031RG832
  • Item model number: ATH-ANC1
  • Batteries 1 AAA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (298 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 1, 2010

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If you are looking for noise-canceling headphones for an MP3 player that deliver excellent sound reproduction at an affordable price, this product should be on your short list for consideration. I have owned noise-canceling headphones by Sony and Altec Lansing, as well as in-ear buds (which by their nature have a noise canceling effect) by Audio Technica and Etymotic Research, costing $200 and more. The earbuds were uncomfortable, difficult to insert and remove, and produced insufficient low-end sound and an uncomfortably sharp high-end. The noise-canceling headphones by Sony (MDR-NC6's - on ear) and Altec Lansing (over the ear) failed to produce acceptable sound in my opinion. Either they suffered from overall low fidelity (Sony MDR's), or mushy bass and poor sound separation (Altec Lansing). The Altec Lansing's were also too large to store and use easily during air travel (I fly a lot and economy of space is a major consideration). I've also owned the lower end Bose (on ear) headphones, but unfortunately found that they lived up to their snarky reputation among audiophiles (artificial sounding, way over-bassed, and a poor value for the money).

So these Audio Technica Quiet Point headphones, newly released this January, have been an extremely pleasant surprise. The sound reproduction is the best I have come across for portable music players. The overall sound is natural and full, without the juiced-up quality that some headphones substitute for real fidelity and which can quickly produce "ear-fatigue." Sound separation is excellent; bottom end sound is full and remarkably clean and sharp. The phones fit comfortably and securely, and can be worn for hours without ear-fatigue.
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I was looking for comfortable headphones that I could wear at the office with my iPhone. I bought these after hearing on the "This Week in Tech" podcast how much they liked the Audio Technica brand headphones. The ANC1 just came out in January so I had to buy them sight unseen with no reviews but I'm glad I did. I have not used noise cancelling headphones before and while I'm a techy person and appreciate good sound, I am not an audiophile so take that into account when reading this review. I am very pleased with the sound and the design. They are light enough that you don't really notice them and the noise cancelling is very cool and works like a charm. Just flip the noise cancelling switch with no music playing and you hear a big difference if there is noise, AC, talking, etc. With music, it just sounds great and while it doesn't eliminate all sound (which is probably a good thing), it does make a difference.

I got them a couple of weeks ago and I've also used them at the gym on the treadmill and eliptical machine. They worked great there too.

They come with a little pouch that they fit into when you fold the headphones. Since they are light and foldable, I don't think they are super tough but they don't feel flimsy. I like how they are designed.

Overall I am very pleased and would recommend them highly. If $100 is not too much for you, buy them if you want something functional, lightweight, works great with iphone 3GS, noise cancelling and sounds awesome.
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This is my first noise cancelation headphone. I picked it over SONY or JVC models in the same price range after reading online reviews. First of all, this headphone is not good looking and is built with cheap material. It feels like one of those low end headsets you can get from Walmart or Target for less then $20. Second, the noise canceling button is poorly designed and can be defective. In fact, the first order I got had a defective switch. When I turned it on, it generated a loud static noise that hurt my ears, and the button fell off after 1 day of use. I had to return it for an exchange. Fortunately, the second one I got doesn't have the same problem. No noise is generated when I turn on/off the noise canceling switch. I have to say the sound quality of this phone is excellent. I tested the noise canceling on both subway train and airplanes. It was very effective to low frequency background noise reduction. The rides became much more pleasant with this phone. If you don't mind the look, this product is a very good headphone with noise canceling function.
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I had been looking for a pair of noise-cancelling headphones for quite a while, as I travel often, and get tired of all of the ambient(loud) noise on planes and trains. The criteria I used to look for the right pair was small, lightwight, comfortable, good music reproduction, quality brand, and under $150. That appeared to be a tough bill to fill, until I came across these ATH-ANC1's from Audio Technica. I have tried other brands including Bose, and found cons with each pair I tried. After now using these headphones for well over a month in multiple environments, I can say that these headphones offer very little downside for a business traveler. I have worn them in coffee shops, hotel rooms, trains, and airplanes. They offer good noise cancellation of ambient sounds (voices, and distinct/non-repetitive sounds are not blocked out). They are comfortable to wear, as I have had them on for four straight hours with no fatigue. For noise cancelling headphones, they are small when folded, and come with a real nice carrying case that will also accomodate your Ipod. The music reproduction is very good, however do not expect reference quality. Finally, the price is fantastic, as I was lucky enough to even pick them up on a lightning deal - however I would have no problem paying the regular price. Overall, I would say that these are a great pair of noise-cancelling headphones for the frequent traveler.
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