Audio-Technica ATHANC7 Noise-cancelling Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- ATH-ANC7 QuietPoint noise-cancelling headphones feature ANC circuitry that effectively reduces environmental noise by up to 85%
- Lightweight, compact design is ideal for travel
- Use for MP3, CD, DVD & in-flight entertainment systems: remove detachable cable for noise-cancelling function without audio
- Closed-back headphones feature large-aperture 40 mm drivers with neodymium magnet systems for deeper bass, extended treble and higher fidelity
- Audio functions (in passive mode) even without the battery
- ATH-ANC7 QuietPoint active noise-cancelling headphones effectively reduces environmental noise by up to 85% with or without audio
- Ideal for travel and use with MP3, CD, DVD and in-flight entertainment systems
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QC 2 - Excellent noise canceling, overall excellent balance in music tone. Good Highs, Good Mid-range but EXCELLENT bass. Downside is 300 dollars and very flimsy (cheaply made)
1.SUPERB Noise canceling: Plane: W/O music - everything is muffled as if you were in a room by yourself but you could hear people outside the door. With Music: I had trouble hearing ANY Noise outside the music, It was almost completely silent...I could turn my Ipod down to around 25% of max volume and could hear every instrument and then some. These are BETTER than Bose as far as Noise canceling.
2. The High and Mid-range on these things are some of the best I've heard, and I am now comparing with the Bose as well as some Grado's. These demolish Bose in that area, you almost can FEEL the snare drums and the breath of the singer...honestly.
3. Bass - This is kind of the downside. The bass is there, but definitely is not as apparent as with the Bose. It has a nice muffled thumping sound, but is kind of back shadowed by the highs, but after adjusting the EQ you could hear it more, and it was fairly decent with no distortion. There was,however, some distortion with the very deep punchy bass on some songs, which is kind of annoying. You can't hear it that much enough to mess with the song, but it is there sometimes, I'm trying to guess whether it is my headphones or it just does this, but all in all the bass is a 5.5/10.
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Last week, one headphone cup broke off, and no amount of tape would any longer keep them together. I've never traveled with these, I used them only at my desk, I've never dropped them.
Even with such care, the plastic slowly crumbled away.
Is this planned obsolescence? For something that cost me $350 dollars, I'm very upset.
So, I ordered a set of these Audio Technica headphones. So far, they cancel noise slightly better than the Bose, and in fact allow me to go to a lower volume on music while I'm working at my desk.
I guess to really compare to the Bose, I'll have to give them a little time and see if they begin crumbling away after just 6 months as the Quietcomfort2 did. So, if that happens, I'll give another review. But for now, I'm happy.
UPDATE 09/05/08: I've fixed a few editorial errors on my review pointed out in comments. Also, I wanted to follow through on my promise to give another review: After more than a year of use, these headphones are still going strong without any of the degradation problems I encountered with the Bose set. I still highly recommend these.
If you're looking for near-audiophile balanced sound (bass, mid and high-frequencies), I think you won't be disappointed. Great design, great noise cancelling, great battery life, detachable cord, very comfortable, and less than half the price of th QC2. They look better in real life than in the picures.
High quality product, reasonable price. Highly recommended.
Once upon a time, my wife bought me a set of Bose Quiet Comfort 2 headphones as a Christmas gift. They were, without a doubt, the finest headphones I've ever owned. They weren't made of the strongest stuff (after about 2 years of very light use, mine broke at the extender bracket, but Bose replaced the entire headset, no questions asked, so, no harm no foul), but in terms of combined sound performance, comfort and noise cancelling, I had never experienced their equal ... and I still have not.
My Bose headphones got stolen from among my luggage at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport rental car pavillion (all you frequent travelers out there know the exact place I'm talking about), while I was standing only a few feet away, looking up at the departing/arriving flights monitors. In a word, I was devastated.
As I could not bring myself to fork out another $300 for a replacement set, I began to search for a less-expensive alternative to the Bose. As it so happened, there was available to me on one of those popular credit card "rewards" programs a set of noise cancelling cans from Sony ... the MDR-NC50 (the current version of this headset is the MDR-NC60). Since I could get the Sonys right away, without having to shell out any more money, I decided to use my rewards points and take a chance on the Sonys. The Sonys had a very spotty reputation among reviewers, but I actually liked them. They weren't as good as the Bose in the sound department, but the sound was OK; they were very well-constructed, and the noise cancelling function was actually a bit better than the Bose. Unfortunately, about a year after I first acquired them, the noise cancelling function inexplicably stopped working. No bumps, no fizz ...Read more ›
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These were SUCH a good investment! I got them for my husband 7 years ago as a Valentine's Day gift. It was our fist Valentine's as a married couple, so I was definitely trying to... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Maurincita
Has these for a few years and they still perform well. I am very impressed with them. They cancel out most noise on a commercial flight. Comfy enough to wear for a long flight.Published 9 months ago by Sprov
Sound quality was good, but noise cancellation was OK. Traded for a Bose.Published 9 months ago by Anon
I've had this for years now, buying these before the larger headphones style became popular again. I use these mostly when traveling to help block out the engine noise on planes.Published 9 months ago by Seth A
excellent efficient and a necessity in noisy environments . we wouldnt get ona plane without the, . screaming children just fade away!Published 11 months ago by Mr. D. Jackson
Saved me on several 14 hour flights. I just flip the switch and sleep. The glue around the foam earcover is coming apart, so I can see the foam now, but it doesn't affect the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by gerbil
Purchased in 2012, and although it's been about three years, the headphones cushioning came unglued, and the electronics have failed. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Client 89121