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Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23 QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones
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- Connectivity Technology: Wired
- Reduce distracting background noise by up to 90% while offering superior sound
- Engineered to create a comfortable listening environment in areas with high ambient noise
- Feature a miniature microphone in each earpiece that picks up ambient noise
- Electronics in control box create a noise-cancelling wave that is 180 out of phase with ambient noise-wave acts as noise eraser
- Includes airline plug adapter
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ATH-ANC23 QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones reduce distracting background noise by up to 90% while offering the superior sound that makes Audio-Technica a world-leading pro audio company.
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Reasons for the Etymotic:
#1- The "cheep" Etymotic that I own reduce ambient noise better than ATH-ANC23.
#2- The Etymotic that I own are FAR more comfortable than ATH-ANC23. Yes, I tried the other ends that come with ATH-ANC23. Also, the Etymotic need to be put on like earplugs, not earbuds (in that you have to jam them in your ears, they dont just hang on them.)
#3- The Etymotic require no batteries, unlike the ATH-ANC23.
Yes, the ATH-ANC23 do work, but man, I find them uncomfortable. Yes, the ATH-ANC23 are less expensive than the Etymotic... but did I mention that they are uncomfortable? And that the Etymotic reduce ambient noise better. The battery counts against the ATH-ANC23 twice. Once for the annoyance of keeping up with keeping a changed battery in the thing, and dealing with the inevitable battery leak, but it also counts against becuase the weight of the dang battery swinging on the cord gets in the way while moving around.
What I really want: The Etymotic ends, the ATH-ANC23 noise canceling, a Li-po (or better) battery, and bluetooth. Too much? Probably. But if i had to loose one of these, (I am a big nerd, and it hurts me to say:) it would be the noise canceling.
***** update: I fixed my comfort issues by purchasing and installing these: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00P2YLG8O (Earphones Plus Brand EP-BLK-TRI-4B-M Tri level, Triple flange earphone cushions, replacement earbud tips, Medium, Black) They pop right on and are very comfortable by comparison. They do require that I really screw the bud into my ear, and I feel a constant pressure from them... so I might get a smaller version of these (but a tight fit is necessary for function...). This in no way solves the other problems with this product: 1: Picks up wind noise; 2: battery case make use awkward. 3: I dont really want to keep up with having fresh batteries. 4: It still seems more quite with the strait "noise isolating" Etymotic.
That said, I am a tinkerer, and with report back any other improvements.
Experience: I have used the other big expensive brand that starts with "B", ear covering headphones. Those are just excellent, 5-star blow you away, can't hear bad stuff at all great - at $200-300 a pop.
I looked at a few other brands with reviews and settled on this in-ear model due to convenience. The newer model apparently is not as effective in noise cancelling as this one.
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The noise cancelling unit attached to the headphones have a cheap plastic feel and the cord seems a bit stronger than a cheap pair. The headphones feel more solid, but definitely within the price point.
I immediately tested these in a constant low noise environment out of the box.
With no music and no noise cancellation, baseline noise level determined.
With no music and noise cancellation on, approximately 80-90% of noise level reduced. I checked different earphone adjustments to see if I could maximize the noise reduction, but an in-ear model can only do so much.
With music and noise cancellation, still 80-90% of noise removed, and music levels not affected determined.
This does come with a set of foam ear buds you can use instead of the standard hollow rubber buds - I expect those would reduce the noise level further.
As far as the musical quality of the headphones, I would say they are also on par with the price point, but don't expect a heavy bass thumper or a Verdi concerto to sound like a concert hall.
Regarding durability and longevity, I will update my review after a few long trips.
All in all, a good starter set of noise cancelling headphones that won't break your bank.
Overall, I found that I really like these earbuds. They certainly are the best sounding that I have ever had, and they work for my purposes. I can also say that these do a great job of reducing noise outside cause by wind, traffic, construction and they still allow you to hear cars nearby. So you can use these for running, but I would still recommend not having your music too loud or running in the street. I plan on buying some rechargeable AAA batteries so I don't have to keep buying and replacing the one for these every week or so. The package claims the battery will last for up to 60 hours, I'm assuming that is with constant use, and it does come with an industrial Energizer battery(1300mAh).
Pros vs Cons:
While I have mostly praised these earbuds in this review, they aren't without a few cons.
- Noise cancelling
- Great bass response(slightly bloated)
- High clarity
- Comfortable foam ear inserts along with 3 different rubber sizes
- Small, portable and concealable
- Volume dial
- On/off switch to conserve energy
- Comes with a carrying pouch
- Uses 1 AAA battery
- Short cord from switch to output
- Short cord from switch to earbuds
- Clip isn't very strong
- Right angle 1/8" male jack(this is a con for me since my phone has it's jack on it's bottom)
Reasons for buying:
I recently started working in a meat packing facility in an IT/Production position. It sounds weird, but meat packing is actually a really big business, and these days it's largely automated. So most of my day consists of standing in what's effectively a giant freezer staring at a computer screen to monitor the API for the automation software. That's where earplugs come in, the machinery is quite loud. I do not stand right next to the machines like some workers in the facility, but I did measure how loud the ambient noise from the machines was where I am. It sits around 73dB, which is not quite enough to cause significant hearing loss. The main problem I have is the very loud rumbling, droning hum in the room that washes out voices. Part of my job is to take questions and concerns about the software from the workers that use networked scanners and computers to keep track of the meat. I needed something that didn't just reduce all noise in general, something that would reduce the background noise while allowing me to be able to hear people talk. That's where the ATH-ANC23 active noise cancelling earbuds come in.
Digression into how it works:
I'm not an expert on DSP, nor am I a physicist, so I can't explain how noise cancellation works in proper detail. I can give a brief summary of how it works: noise cancellation woks on the principle of destructive interference. This is when waves overlap so that the peak of one wave overlaps with the trough of the other. It "cancels" out the wave. Noise cancelling headphones do this with varying degrees of success. It isn't quite feasible to cancel out most kinds of sounds, such as voices, high pitch whining, beeping, banging, crashes and in general, it doesn't actually "cancel" out noise it just reduces noise. With that in mind, it seems that these only really work on low to mid range "noise". By noise, I don't mean any kind of sound, I mean random noise. Like white, pink, brown or grey noise. Mostly just pink and brown noise, but it does reduce the magnitude of other kinds of noises. This is interesting because random noise like that seems like it would be more difficult to reduce or cancel out, but I guess with the current technology, active noise cancellation just does a good job of approximating those types of noises and they tend to be constant and unchanging.
Review on noise cancelling:
The noise cancellation in these earbuds works really well, especially for my purposes. I am able to hear people talking in a room with a constant 73dB of noise up to about 10 feet(~3.3 meters) away, where I would normally need them to be yelling directly into my ear at about 2 feet(~0.6m). It is unfortunate that not everyone has these, but they do help me with my job and the bonus is being able to listen to my music while I mostly stand around doing nothing.
Quality of audio:
I am not hugely an audiophile, however, I do fancy myself one. I haven't the money to afford higher end headphones like HiFi Man, Audeze or some of the more expensive AT, AKG, Sony and Senheiser products, but I am able to discern what a more flat frequency response curve should sound like on a good set of cans. The ATH-ANC23s have a slightly bloated, boomy low frequency response, somewhat narrow mids, and greatly lacking in highs. I wouldn't say that these earbuds have the best frequency response, but they do have what most earbuds of a cheaper caliber don't have, clarity. Yes, even with a lack of highs, these still have far more clarity than any other earbuds I have ever used and these definitely do a great job for just $50 when compared to some of the $80+ studio headphone monitors.
Be careful with your volume. When you switch on the noise cancelling, it does actually artificially boost the volume of the audio coming through. I'm not sure what the reasoning for this is, but it does boost the volume quite a bit when you switch it on, maybe as much as 4-5dB.