Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling Closed-Back Headphones

The Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling Closed-Back Headphones is one of the few competitors in the active noise cancellation enabled headphones niche of today’s market. They attract attention because of their better than expected capabilities at the given price point. The ATH-ANC7B looks decent and come in two variants – one with a microphone and remote control and the other without them.
They discharge their primary function as expected and offer a balanced listening experience out of the contemporary standard 40 mm driver. The bass isn’t thumping but the vocals are good. Some users may find the higher range of frequencies to be a bit harsh and lacking a few details, but for the price this performance is just about acceptable. The audiophiles would not like them but other features do compensate to a large extent for their lackluster performance in this division.

The unique selling point about the ATH-ANC7B is their noise cancellation ability. The manufacturer claims 90% ambient sound reduction. This is impressive and more than enough for travel in a subway or airplane, even if it may fall short of the performance of more expensive headphones. You will find them suitable for everyday use in such situations and more. An AAA battery is used to energize this feature and even if the battery runs out, you can use them without noise cancellation. The comfort level is optimum too since the opening of the ear pads has been increased in size compared to the previous models and hence they sit better on your ears. The cushioning is good and soft enough to avoid troubling your ears although is still firm enough to keep a good grip, so you can use them in physically demanding conditions too.
The ear cup design being on ear, you would expect them to keep their sound within themselves. They do deliver on this premise, even if not to the extent most would imagine. Operating at moderate levels of volume, these would be quiet while travelling or in busy places. However, they can still be heard in silent environments like the library. So they are not appropriate in such places but still are suited for most of the conditions one may find themselves in.
The weight has been kept surprisingly low and this translates into increased comfort for the wearer. The fold flat design makes them very compact and the ATH-ANC7B can be folded in to a rather tiny space for travelling purposes. Adding to the features is an optional remote that has buttons to control playback parameters like the track, volume etc. A microphone is embedded here that can be used for voice calling purposes, so you can pair these headphones with any phone or tablet that supports the 3.5 mm jack, which all of them do these days.
The ATH-ANC7B is a good choice for those looking for noise free commutes or silence in other environments at a low price. They may not be the best at it but do an acceptable job. Combine that with the fine audio and a couple of useful features and it all taken together justifies the around $200 price tag.

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