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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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|Additional Features||universal-phone-control||Active Noise Cancelling / 60H Active Working Time / Unique Bass Enhanced Button, Microphone and Remote Control / In-ear Lock Design Ear Tips / Full Fabric Design Cord||lightweight||lightweight||Cancels 90 Percent Of Interfering Outside Noise||ios-phone-control, lightweight, tangle-free-cord|
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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Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23 QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones
Egghead 1010 - Active Noise Cancelling Earbuds with Travel Pouch
The price difference as of May, 2015 was $14 with Audio-Technica being the more expensive unit.
IN THE BOX
Both products contain:
--Multiple silicone earbud cups
--Airline headset adapter
Audio-Technica contains in addition:
--Pair of foam earbud cups. Not memory foam, just normal foam. I have not tried these.
--Mute button: In addition to the ANC on/off switch, Egghead has a nice mute button that turns off Noise Cancellation while it is pressed down.
I am not an audiophile so the sound from both headsets were good to me but the difference comes when you factor in the fit of the earbuds.
Both sets sit deeply in your ear and from pictures of both products, you will see that beyond the earbud, they have a circular piece before the actual connection to the wires.
--Egghead: The earbuds are attached straight to the circular piece so the fit is actually straight out away from your ears.
--Audio-Technica: The earbuds are angled forward so the circular piece actually serves as an anchor that sits nicely in your ear lobe and further cuts out outside noise. The additional foam earbud cup may make the difference for some people when it comes to a comfortable fit.
--Kids: I purchased these for a trip that the family will take. The kids usually have a hard time with normal earbuds not fitting in very well but they were able to keep the Audio-Technica earbuds in using the smallest earbud cups. The kids are 6 and 9.
Here is the main event. I want to make a few points about Active Noise Cancelling: --Noise cancellation filters are designed to cancel out lower pitched, repeating noises like airplane engine rotors and car tires on a road, but it will not cancel out high or mid-range sounds like human voice. The same engine rotor and road noise also contain components of higher pitched sounds so NC filters will not cut out the noise completely.
--Using Noise Cancellation often feels like being underwater with your ears popping. It is a discomfort that you would have to get used to. The greater the cancellation effect, the greater the discomfort. Be prepared for this if you haven’t used NC before.
--ANC only works IF the inverted noise wave can overpower the noise coming in. If you are using a lawn mower and the noise it makes overpowers the “anti noise” because you’re standing right in back of the motor, you will not hear a big difference in the Noise Reduction effects.
Ok, so on with it. The Audio-Technica claims to reduce 90% of noise. I don’t have anything to confirm the claim but if we assume the Audio-Technica(AT) to be at 90%, my own assessment of the Egghead’s (Egg) noise reduction effects would be around 50-60%.
--Computer Fan Noise: Egg reduces the noise to slightly audible but you’d need to use toggle the mute button on it to really tell. AT completely removes the noise.
--Clothes Dryer: Egg takes the “edge” off the noise produced. You can still hear most of the noise standing about 3 feet away from the dryer. AT takes the bass tones completely out of the noise while leaving the higher pitched metal friction and buttons hitting the tumbler noise. In effect, with the AT, standing only 3 feet away, it sounds like you are actually 20 feet away.
So in conclusion, you have probably guessed that I think the additional cost of the Audio-Technicas are worth it. In addition to the benefits mentioned above, I have recently been able to get a great deal on a pair of Harmon/Kardon SOHO II NC on ebay. The noise reduction effects of the Audio-Technicas equal or maybe even exceeds those of the Harmon/Kardons.
I have a very noisy whole house fan to see how well the noise cancelling worked and was very happy. It cut down the constant rumble by a whole bunch! I am sure it will be equally effective on an airplane. The battery compartment and electronics is as small as it can be for a AAA battery. The unit will pass audio even without a battery. I was also unaware, but there is a volume control on the side of the battery box that works when the unit is running or when it is off. So if you run out of battery, you can still enjoy your music.
The wire from the battery box to your mp3/audio player is a bit too short for my tastes, and may even be an issue on the cramped airplane seating, but I will let you guys know for sure after my first flight. The quality of the audio was not bad, but was a little too much bass for my tastes. I have a user controlled 7band EQ on my mp3 player, so tweaking in a little more midrange and mid bass is not a problem The headphones have low distortion, so the extra 1-2 db in the mid-range didn't make it any worse. The unit does have a little bit of hiss, but certainly not objectionable in a noisy environment like an airplane.
I don't like using the typical silicone earbuds that come with most in-ear headphones. (I think my ear canal shape is out of the statistical average range) I replaced the stock cups with a Christmas tree style version. This helps the unit stay in my ear with a very good seal and excellent bass response. (this is probably why I found the sound to have too much bass in the first place) (http://www.amazon.com/Earphones-Plus-EP-BLK-TRI-4B-S-earphone-replacement/dp/B011W10YTM/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1463338252&sr=8-16&keywords=replacement+earbud+tips)
I am very happy with my purchase. Just a couple of tweaks to the EQ and replacing the silicone earbud with my preferred version has turned this unit into a most enjoyable and ear saving tool in my travel bag. Thanks Audio-Technica! - Definitely a recommended purchase.
Post flight evaluation:
I took these along with me on a 3 hour flight. What a difference! Switching the on and off button for the noise cancellation was incredible! When switched on, the majority of the engine rumble and constant droning went bye, bye! Without it, I could not believe how loud the cabin was! I was watching an old James Bond movie on my Kindle Fire, and it came in loud and clear. I even had the headphones on without any music playing, just to get away from the jet engine noise. These headphones are now on my "must not forget to pack" list any time I have to fly. Definitely a great value and a recommended buy!