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||Cancels 90 Percent Of Interfering Outside Noise||lightweight||lightweight||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.
Now my real test was on a flight. I had about 30 hours of time in the air this summer and used these each time. One flight was 15 hours and I knew that would be the real test for them.
First I will say that the battery life is exceptional, one AAA battery lasts over 60 hours. Second I was worried that in having such a long flight my ears would ache from having these inside, but that's not what happened. Simply choose the best fit for your ear and you're set. Make sure it doesn't leave any gaps for outside sounds to come in.
When you flip the switch you immediately notice that sounds around you seem to fade. In fights it seems as if the engines are turned off and you are just gliding. But these do not drown out voices. I quickly noticed that while I heard no engine noise, I could hear people talking behind me, in front of me, and all around. It's like they get rid of all white noise but don't cancel voices and other sounds which was really great for when the flight attendant comes by and you can hear them perfectly. While in a flight and plugged up to a movie or music, then whatever comes through the earbuds is all that you hear and voices are gone too.
Now the sound quality is also very good. I own some Bose earbuds that cost 4x this price and would say that the quality (while the switch is on) is comparable to them.
I still use my Bose often though because these aren't ideal for working out in, or other things where you may move a lot. This is due to the small unit that powers them, and the fact that on someone about 6ft tall the cord is a just a tad too short to stand and move around with. That is my only complaint. If you move up one model this is corrected with a longer cord. But as I said, for the price these can't be beaten! I'm very happy with my purchase!
Sound Reproduction: 5 stars. I compared them to my Apple earbuds. What a difference. The ATs sounded much better in all categories, with richer bass and a more brilliant, well defined sound all around. I can't believe I used the Apple product for so long.
Noise Cancellation: 5 stars. I plugged into my ipod and listened to some tunes after turning on my dryer. I was standing right next to it and it is pretty loud. With the noise cancellation feature turned on, I could barely hear the dryer, and the music was crystal clear. I turned it on and off several times to compare and was amazed at the difference. The noise cancellation really works and works well.
My one complaint is that the velour carrying pouch will not keep the items separated well, nor protect them. I wish they would have provided a hard case.
This comes with several sizes of ear pieces, an airline plugin adapter, and AAA battery in addition to the velour pouch.