ATH-ANC1 (DISCONTINUED)

QuietPoint® Active Noise-cancelling On-Ear Headphones

MSRP* US$129.95
One-Year Limited End-User Warranty

*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Actual selling price may vary; please check with an authorized Audio-Technica dealer.

  • quietpoint headphones


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  • Overview

    The ATH-ANC1 QuietPoint® headphones deliver natural sound and luxurious silence in a highly compact on-ear design. The fold-flat headphones incorporate Audio-Technica’s acclaimed active noise-cancelling technology to block out up to 85% of outside noise, while delivering clear, detailed and natural sound. The active noise-cancelling circuitry is located in a handy external module attached to its connecting cord, for extremely lightweight on-ear wear. Although compact, the headphones deliver powerful, immersive sound, thanks to their precision high-efficiency full-range drivers and premium internal components. They’re ideal for use with the Apple® iPod®, iPhone™ and iPod touch®, portable music players, computers, in-flight entertainment systems and many other devices. The headphones also work when the noise-cancelling function is turned off, and operate in passive mode without batteries.
  • Features


    • Eliminates up to 85% of ambient noise

    • ANC circuitry in external in-line module

    • Lightweight fold-up design is ideal for travel

    • Remarkably natural acoustic performance

    • Soft ear pads for long-wearing comfort

    • Audio continues to work without battery

    • Includes travel pouch, 1.6-foot extension cord, airline adapter and AAA battery

  • Specifications

    TypeActive noise-cancelling
    Driver Diameter36 mm
    Frequency Response10 - 20,000 Hz
    Quietpoint® Active Noise ReductionUp to 18 dB
    Maximum Input Power500 mW
    Sensitivity105 dB
    Impedance130 ohms
    BatteryAAA (alkaline)
    Battery LifeUp to 40 hours, typical (alkaline)
    Weight100 g (3.5 oz), without battery
    Cable1.2 m (3.9') with 3.5 mm (1/8") stereo mini-plug
    Connector3.5 mm (1/8")
    Accessories IncludedDetachable 0.5 m (1.6') extension cable with gold-plated 3.5 mm (1/8") stereo mini-plug and jack; airline adapter; AAA battery; protective pouch



    Specifications measured with headphones in active mode.


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  • Downloads

    ATH-ANC1 Manual (pdf 2.21 M)
  • Reviews

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    2.9

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    • Travel (7)
    • Block noise (5)
    • OFFICE (3)

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    2.0

    Cord will not last

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    from Northern NJ

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    Pros

    • Travel

    Cons

    • cord breaks far too easily

    Best Uses

      These are great for the price, however I've gone through two pairs due to the audio cable failing. I treat this very carefully but the cord just doesn't last. So now I get a channel dropping out, or clicks/static. Unfortunately I don't think the cable is user-replaceable, so this is the last pair.

      • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
      • Travel
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      • Intermediate
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      • Over a year
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      2.0

      Awkward design

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      • Casual Listening
      • Travel

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        Best Uses

          I was very satisfied both with the noise cancelling ability and the sound quality of these headsets. As comfortable a fit as they may be, they protrude in a ridiculous arc out from the ears arising from where the arms join the ear piece and the angle of which this is set. I looked at other headphones in their range after purchasing and this issue seems to be only in their noise cancelling products. I would strongly suggest trying on a pair and taking a look for yourself before purchasing. I will be replacing with an alternate brand simply because of how foolish they look.

          • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
          • Travel
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          • Casual Listener
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          • Less than a month
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          3.0

          Great form factor and sound, substandard build quality

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          from Chicago, IL

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          Pros

          • block noise
          • Casual Listening
          • OFFICE
          • Travel

          Cons

          • Poor build quality

          Best Uses

            These are my favorite headphones I've ever owned. Great noise cancellation for the size (I don't like huge cans).

            However I had to have them replaced three times within the year that I bought them because of the sound cutting out in one channel after normal wear and tear on the cable. Now the year's up and they've conked out again so I'm going to have to shop for a new model, cause I simply can't do this anymore.

            If you can get these for a good price, do so, but either be really gentle with them or just know that you're going to only have them for a little more than a year.

            • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
            • Travel
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            • Intermediate
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            • Over a year
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            1.0

            Don't waste your money!

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            from Toronto, ON, Canada

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            Pros

            • block noise
            • Casual Listening
            • Comfortable
            • Good sound quality

            Cons

            • Breaks easily
            • customer service is terrible

            Best Uses

              I bought this headphones around 6 months ago through Amazon and while the quality of sound was great, the durability was nowhere close.

              Now, after 6 months, the cord is broken from the inside and I have to either send it back for repair and pay for the shipment out of my pocket (they don't pay for the shipment back, even when the warranty is still on!!!), or throw the headphone out.

              Such a disappointment

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              • Casual listening
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              • Intermediate
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              • Up to a year
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              2.0

              Unbelievably poor design.

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                    These headphones sounds great! But how is that a company spends the time and effort to make great sounding headphones, and then makes the cord too short to reach from my hands to my headphones when I'm walking? (I'm 5'9"). Also, the battery pack is pretty much right at the end, making it so that I have to hold 2 things when walking with my iPhone. (Both the iPhone and the battery pack). Couldn't there be some extra slack so I could keep it in my pocket? I bought these online and unfortunately did not think it necessary to ensure that a headphones company would ensure that their cords are not too short to go for a walk while holding the phone and battery pack in your hand. Extremely disappointed.

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                    1.0

                    Sounds great if they would stay on...

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                    from Charlotte, NC, USA

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                    Pros

                    • Casual Listening
                    • Travel

                    Cons

                    • Doesn't work properly

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                      Bought these for X-mas 2011 and they worked great for the first couple of hours. After about an hour and a half of use they shut off. I replaced the battery but they still would not come back on immediately. They would only power back up after being off for about two hours.

                      Unfortunately, I was on a 10 week trip and couldn't return them to Amazon. I'm back home now and am trying to figure out how to send them back to Audio Technica. Very disappointed!

                      • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                      • Travel
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                      • Intermediate
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                      • Less than a month
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                      5.0

                      Better than Sony for sure!

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                      from Houston, TX, USA

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                      Pros

                      • block noise
                      • Casual Listening
                      • OFFICE
                      • Travel

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                          I bought these for my wife as a Christmas gift. Ear buds are uncomfortable for her and she is a petite woman so the over the ear headphones didn't feel comfortable for her. So after a bit of research, I decided to try out the ANC1's. I am happy to say that I am not disappointed. They not only fit her well and are very comfortable, but they sound great to. They out perform my Sony's all day long. The sound quality is clear without distortion. The noise cancelling is very good. They are nicely constructed and seem to be very durable. They dont have a great low end, but the bass is solid and clear. Nice job guys!

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                          • Casual listening
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                          • Audiophile
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                          • Up to a year
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                          5.0

                          Amazing quality for a good price

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                          Pros

                          • block noise
                          • Casual Listening
                          • Film/Video Production
                          • gaming
                          • OFFICE
                          • Travel

                          Cons

                          • sports or exercise

                          Best Uses

                            They may not have the logo of Bose but audio technica headphones can definitely be compared to Bose headphones. The audio sound fantastic and flawless while the noise canceling works professionally to cancel all unwanted noise. I highly recommend these headphones to all who want a spectacular audio expirece while still being agforadable and comfortable.

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                            5.0

                            Easy and comfortable

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                            from Columbus, Oh and Abu Dhabi, UAE

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                            Pros

                            • block noise
                            • Casual Listening
                            • Sports/Exercise
                            • Travel

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                              Best Uses

                                I was hospitalized last summer after surgery. Every night on every single unit I was on, the staff sounded like they were having a party complete with strippers and adult beverages! I even called customer service one night at 11 pm from my room to complain. Realizing that there's no changing the system anytime soon, I bought a pair of the ATH-ANC1 QuietPoint� Active Noise-cancelling On-Ear Headphones. They are amazing. I haven't tested them in the hospital yet but will get the opportunity in less than a week when I return for a follow up surgery. But I have used them at the gym and they completely cancel the noise from the clanging free weights and the moronic conversations about how one must exercise that much harder after eating a cookie or friends with benefits! I plan to travel back to Abu Dhabi in Feb and there are always a surprising number of screaming infants on board making it impossible to sleep even with the audio headphones provided. The review I read on the internet said that these were top rated by frequent fliers for comfort, size, and effectiveness. And the price point is astonishing! I started my search with Bose which range from $250-$350. Amazon carries these for just under $80 with free shipping.
                                Great value for an excellent product.

                                • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                                • Other
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                                • Casual Listener
                                • How long have you used this product?:
                                • Less than a month

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                                • Q:

                                  ATH-ANC1 QuietPoint will work on computer but not i devices

                                  My ATH-ANC1 QuietPoint are distorted or give no audio when plugged into my iPod, iPhone or iPad 2 but when connected to my Ultrabook they work with no issue.
                                  They worked on all my devices for two years and now I have this issue.
                                  What can I do to fix this audio issue.
                                  Thanks.
                                  Asked on 12/23/2014 by PeteyRamone from Arizona, USA

                                  1 answer

                                  • A:

                                    Thank you for your inquiry. Please contact our service department at 330-686-2600 option 4. They can help with this.

                                    Answered on 1/6/2015 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                                • Q:

                                  Ear Pad cushion replacement?

                                  I am from Malaysia. I brought my headphone last year while I am traveling in USA.

                                  Currently I feel my ear pad cushion becoming less useful it cause pain to my ear. I wondering how to replace my ear pad?

                                  Is there such replacement?
                                  Asked on 12/18/2012 by panda from Malaysia

                                  1 answer

                                  • A:

                                    Thank you for your inquiry. Please check with our office in Singapore. They should be able to help.

                                    Audio-Technica (S.E.A.) Pte. Ltd
                                    Singapore
                                    Tel: +65-67495686
                                    Fax: +65-67495689
                                    E-mail: sales@audio-technica.com.sg
                                    Web site: www.audio-technica.com.sg

                                    Answered on 1/10/2013 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                                • Q:

                                  Sound damping not working correctly

                                  I turned on the damping while I was away to save my battery. When I returned and turn them back on only the right had music, when I turn them off both had music.
                                  Asked on 12/13/2012 by Tracy

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                                  • A:

                                    Thank you for your inquiry. Please contact our service department at 330-686-2600 option 4 and they will help with this.

                                    Answered on 12/14/2012 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                                • Q:

                                  I purchased the ath-anc1 headphones and have used them for less than 2 hours. All of a sudden I began getting loud crackling through the left ear.

                                  This only happens with the noise canceling turned on. I changed the battery but it did not fix the problem.
                                  Asked on 5/25/2012 by Donald from Mars, PA 16046, USA

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                                  • A:

                                    Thank you for your inquiry. This sounds like interference from a digital device. Try your headphones with another audio device and / or increase the distance between the headphones and the sound source. If this does not resovle the issue you may need to contact our service department at 330-686-2600 option 4 and they will be happy to help with this.

                                    Answered on 6/1/2012 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                                • Q:

                                  Where can I buy the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC1 headphones in Canada?
                                  Asked on 3/9/2012 by GuyW from Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada

                                  1 answer

                                  • A:

                                    Thank you for your inquiry. Please contact our distributer in Canada. They can provide that inforamtion.

                                    For consumer audio products contact:
                                    Erikson Consumer
                                    Head Office
                                    21000 Transcanada
                                    Baie D’Urfé, Québec
                                    Tel: 514-457-2555 Toll Free: 800-567-3275
                                    Fax: 514-457-0055 Toll Free: 866-450-5507
                                    E-mail: info@eriksonconsumer.com
                                    Web site: www.eriksonconsumer.com

                                    Answered on 3/22/2012 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                                • Q:

                                  The jack on my ATH ANC1 is malfunctioning.

                                  Performance of my ATH ANC1 ranges from silence to very erratic shifting from left to right. I think the problem is in the jack. I tried cleaning the jack with an alcohol pad, but that did not work. I bought these earphones less than six months ago.
                                  Asked on 3/3/2012 by giorgioso from San Diego, CA 92122, USA

                                  1 answer

                                  • A:

                                    Thank you for your inquiry. Please contact our Service department at 330-686-2600, option 4 and they will be happy to help you trouble shoot this issue.

                                    Answered on 3/5/2012 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                                • Q:

                                  Why are rechargeable batteries not recommended for use in the ATH-ANC1 Quietpoint headphones?

                                  Will damage occur if NIMH batteries are used?
                                  Asked on 11/24/2011 by bozumaster

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                                  • A:

                                    The ATH-ANC1 will continue to work well after the battery is almost completely drain. Do this do NIMH and they may leak.

                                    Answered on 12/29/2011 by snowy93535 from Palmdale, CA, USA
                                  • A:

                                    Thank you for your inquiry. We have always recommended alkaline batteries for our products primarily because of battery life and expense. Rechargeable batteries have come a long way and offer much longer life than those of the past, although you may have to spend a good deal of money for a good rechargeable system. We have many customers that use rechargeable batteries with success. Please note that we have a lot of information on our FAQ page on our web site about batteries and I highly recommend reading this information before investing in a rechargeable system. (Link below). Also, please note that rechargeable batteries can very in size and battery post length, so you must be careful to select a battery that is the same size as their alkaline counterpart or else they may not fit or work.

                                    http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/site/4ffc7039c199613a/index.html

                                    Answered on 11/28/2011 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                                • Q:

                                  How to cushion the headband?

                                  We have owned these for nearly 1 year and we are going to buy 1 more pair of noise cancelling headphones but what keeps us from buying these again is the headband on these headphones. the plastic is hard and not comfortable at all. I was wondering if anyone has done anything to make the headband more comfortable that doesnt make the headphones look silly?
                                  Asked on 11/6/2011 by brandon99 from Wisconsin, USA

                                  2 answers

                                  • A:

                                    The ear pad and vinvl is a big problem with current Audio-Technica phones. I have A/T phones that retail at $299 and the pads and vinvl came off. A/T has replacement vinvl and form pad for many of their phones. They will send you the replacements for free.

                                    Good Luck

                                    Answered on 12/29/2011 by snowy93535 from Palmdale, CA, USA
                                  • A:

                                    Thank you for your inquiry. I am note aware of such a product.

                                    Answered on 11/10/2011 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                                • Q:

                                  Broken mini-plug

                                  Is there a replacement mini-plug available that I can use to replace the broken one on my headphones?
                                  Asked on 10/20/2011 by prodenver from Littleton, CO, USA

                                  1 answer

                                  • A:

                                    Thank you for your inquiry. Please contact our service department at (330) 686-2600, option 4 for service and parts.

                                    Answered on 10/21/2011 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                                • Q:

                                  I have a small head and was wondering how adjustable is the headset?
                                  Asked on 9/2/2011 by ALBANY

                                  1 answer

                                  • A:

                                    Thank you for your inquiry. Each ear cup adjusts up and down and the headband has a good deal of "spring" to hold it firmly to the head. It fits quite comfortably on my petite, 10 year old daughter.

                                    Answered on 9/2/2011 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
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