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  • Ultra-compact in-ear design is ideal for travel
  • Advanced electronics cancel up to 85% (20 dB) of background noise
  • Innovative ANC circuitry delivers an exceptionally pure audio signal in noise-cancelling mode
  • Ideal for use with all audio sources, including MP3 & other portable players
  • Soft interchangeable ear pieces (small, medium & large) provide a custom fit
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The Audio Technica ATH ANC3 QuietPoint earbuds offer superior sound and reduce distracting background noise by 85% which is why Audio Technica is a world leader in the pro audio industry. Engineered to create a comfortable listening environment in areas with high ambient noise, these in-ear headphones feature a miniature microphone in each earpiece that picks up ambient noise (such as traffic, air-handling systems, etc.). Electronics in the control box create a noise-cancelling wave that is 180° out of phase with the ambient noise. This wave acts like a noise eraser: it cancels out the annoying sounds that surround you without diminishing the audio you want to hear. The result…a peaceful enclave to enjoy the music or movies of your choice.

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Audio-Technica's ATH-ANC3 QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones reduce distracting background noise by 85% while offering the superior sound that makes Audio-Technica a world-leading pro audio company. Engineered to create a comfortable listening environment in areas with high ambient noise, these in-ear headphones feature a miniature microphone in each earpiece that picks up ambient noise (such as traffic, air-handling systems, etc.). Electronics in the control box create a noise-cancelling wave that is 180 degrees out of phase with the ambient noise. This wave acts like a noise eraser: it cancels out the annoying sounds that surround you without diminishing the audio you want to hear. The result is a peaceful enclave to enjoy the music or movies of your choice. Wherever you happen to find yourself--on a busy subway, in a noisy office, or settling in for a long flight--there is no better way to experience audio or immerse yourself a quiet environment.

Cancel out the annoying sounds that surround you without diminishing the audio you want to hear.

Advanced electronics cancel up to 85% (20 dB) of background noise. Click to enlarge.

Includes detachable cable, airline adapter, carrying case, replaceable rubber tips, and battery. Click to enlarge.

ATH-ANC3 Features

  • Ultra-compact in-ear design is ideal for travel
  • Advanced electronics cancel up to 85% (20 dB) of background noise
  • Innovative ANC circuitry delivers an exceptionally pure audio signal in noise-cancelling mode
  • Ideal for use with all audio sources, including MP3 & other portable players
  • Soft interchangeable ear pieces (small, medium & large) provide a custom fit
  • Monitor switch deactivates noise cancellation/audio so you can listen outside when you need to
  • Audio functions (in passive mode) even without battery
  • Sleek control box offers on/off and monitor switches and clothing clip
  • Two-pin airline adapter connects to in-flight entertainment
  • Hard carrying case protects headphones & accessories
  • Y cable includes an adjustable sleeve and extension for secure, comfortable fit
  • A single AAA battery powers noise-cancelling electronics
  • Gold-plated mini-plug provides exceptional corrosion resistance, superb conductivity and low noise

About Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones
Audio-Technica's ATH-ANC3 QuietPoint in-ear headphones use active noise-cancelling technology to reduce distracting background noise by up to 85%, providing an exceptionally comfortable and restful listening environment in areas with high ambient noise. Active noise-cancelling headphones have components not present in ordinary headphones:

  • Microphone--Noise-cancelling headphones feature a miniature microphone in the earpiece that picks up ambient noise (such as traffic, air-handling systems, etc.)
  • Noise-canceling circuitry--Electronics in the ear piece create a noise-cancelling wave that is 180° out of phase with the ambient noise. This wave acts like a noise eraser: it cancels out the annoying sounds that surround you without diminishing the audio you want to hear. The result is a peaceful enclave to enjoy the music or movies of your choice.
  • Battery--The noise-cancelling electronics are battery-powered.

What's in the Box
ATH-ANC3 Headphones (black), Detachable .5 m cable with gold-plated 3.5 mm (1/8-inch) stereo mini plug and jack, Gold-plated airline adapter, Protective carrying case, Replaceable rubber tips, Battery


Product Information

Item Weight 1 pounds
Product Dimensions 7 x 3.8 x 3 inches
Shipping Weight 7.2 ounces
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
ASIN B0015BYKGI
Item model number AUD ATHANC3BK
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3.6 out of 5 stars 292 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #39,708 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#4,006 in Electronics > Headphones > Earbud Headphones
#34,353 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 & MP4 Players & Accessories > MP3 & MP4 Player Accessories
#37,669 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater
Date first available at Amazon.com October 2, 2001

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By Mark F. Bower on October 12, 2008
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Update 29 April 2012 - Still going strong on both ear buds and over ears. Also bought most of my family these - they make excellent gifts and encourage a more pleasant travel experience to come and visit :-) Lastly - the new iPad - excellent audio quality compared to my old iPod. Perfect travel companion to the 'phones.

Update 12/Dec/2010 - Still going strong after about 200K miles of travel :)

I bought these to use with my faithful iPod which is full of music extending from:

* House, Electro, Techno (minus, Trapez, Traum Records etc), requiring a decent and tight bass response and good crisp uppers for all those 808/909 kicks and bass lines and tight hi hats
* Classical to new and old Heavy Metal (Gustav Mahler to Iron Maiden :)
* Indie/rock/acoustic (e.g. The Eels, 1980's Ska bands, Punk)
* Abstract electronics (Venetian Snares, Luke Vibert, AFX, Mr 76 etc - lots of Warp records stuff)

I'm also a DJ and musician, so have experience with a wide variety of listening conditions, studio monitors, studio headphones, and my faithful Sony MDR-V700 cans when mixing vinyl techno/house. I'm also VERY careful with my ears and use custom fitted earpieces for sound management at gigs and shows.

I travel quite extensively so what I wanted was:

1. Earphones that are comfortable
2. Excellent noise suppression - block general noise - people coughing, babies crying, annoying people chatting whilst standing near your seat on the plane etc.
3. Excellent noise cancellation
4. Excellent dynamic range given the spectrum of my listening library
5. Not over the top pricing
6. Good enough to not need extra amplifier to get a decent dynamic range (like some of my Koss Studio Headphones)
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I travel constantly (40+ weeks/year) and have owned Sony over the ear noise canceling headphones for a couple of years. I finally quit carrying them with me due to limited space available in my computer bag, ear fatigue from the noise canceling, and feedback when you tried to lean your head against a pillow on a long flight (which isn't possible to do comfortably with the over the ear design anyway).

For a few weeks I used the ear buds from my Creative Zen and while they were convenient, the didn't fit well, so music quality was poor. I also missed having the active noise canceling and had to have the volume up pretty high to hear the music over everything.

I chose the Audio Technica ATH-ANC3 headphones before there were any reviews on Amazon, but based my decision on the reviews for their active noise canceling headphones and ear buds.

When I first received them, I fitted what I thought would be the proper ear pieces and was less than impressed with the noise canceling. I ended up using the largest ear pieces and seating them all the way into my ears to make a tight seal and the noise canceling was outstanding. Getting a good seal on both ears is the key to music quality as well as noise canceling.

The audio quality is brighter than the Sony's I had been using. They do have less bass than I was used to hearing, but I was able to hear the upper end of music (i.e. cymbals, etc.) at very reasonable listening levels (1/2 volume or so). Compared to the ATH-ANC3's, the old phones sound murky to me.

I don't feel any ear fatigue and haven't had any feed back, even when using a pillow. The case is just about the size of an eye glass case, so there isn't any issue finding a spot for it in my computer bag.
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I recently purchased both the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC3 QuietPoint Noise-Canceling In-Ear Headphones and the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7 QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones. One for me and one for my partner. I used the over the ear one on a recent 8hr flight. Loved them! The sound leak is pretty bad, however, on a plane you could not hear it. At home, others in the room can hear the music just as much at you can. The music tone is great! High, mid and low tones can all be heard. Comfort was good and I did not find them tight. My ears got hot after about 3 hours, no big deal. I just took them off for a sec. The noise cancel was wonderful, not great with out audio. They are big and it makes it difficult to sleep on a plane.
The in ear type was much better. The noice cancelling was amazing, with or without audio. I was completly blown away. My partner had no discomfort after about 7 hrs of wearing. They also have a neat pause button to turn off the devise for a moment, ie. to talk to the flght attendant without having to take them off. GREAT! The draw back was the sound quality with music. Not very good. No mid tones. For someone, like myself, that knows what you should be hearing in a song, missing it can be a problem. For someone, like my partner, who really does not care greatly about all tones in music, these were great. If and when I have to buy another set, I probably will be buying the in ear type. The pluses out weight the minus.
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I bought those headphones 2 weeks ago. I was not expecting too much from the noise canceling system. I first tried them at work where there is a lot of noise coming from the vents and the A/C, and they are doing a great job at reducing this kind of noise.
I then went for a trip to France. I used the headphones and the adaptor in the in-flight entertaining system, and it was AMAZING! For the first time I enjoyed the movies in the plane. I had to set the volume to the minimum since it cancelled almost completely the background noise of the plane. After watching the movie, I kept the headphones on for the rest of the flight, and I slept like a baby.
I then took a train, and was able to enjoy the music from my iPod without being bothered by the babies crying of the noise of the train.
After a total of 20h in the plane and 6h in the train, the batteries are still good...
I will never travel without those guys anymore! Great buy!!!
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