ATH-ANC33iS

QuietPoint® Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones

MSRP* US$79.00
One-Year Limited End-User Warranty

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

  • in ear headphones


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  • Overview

    ATH-ANC33iS 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.

    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 QuietPoint control module 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.

    The ATH-ANC33iS in-ear headphones also feature an inline microphone and controller for answering calls and controlling music. The mic and controller support smartphones, iPhones, iPads, many iPods & other compatible devices. The microphone has an omnidirectional pickup pattern and it is designed for crisp intelligibility, so your voice will be clearly transmitted without having to speak directly into the mic.

    Read how Active Noise-cancelling Headphones work.
  • Features

    • Ultra-compact in-ear design is ideal for travel

    • Advanced electronics cancel up to 90% of background noise

    • Innovative ANC circuitry delivers an exceptionally pure audio signal in noise-cancelling mode

    • Inline microphone and controller for answering calls and controlling music

    • QuietPoint control module offers on/off switch, volume control and clothing clip

    • Soft interchangeable ear pieces (small, medium & large) provide a custom fit

    • Included Comply™ Foam Tips comfortably seal the ear canal for outstanding noise isolation and retention

    • Audio functions (in passive mode) even without battery

    • Soft pouch, 2-pin airline adapter and single AAA battery included

  • Specifications

    TypeActive noise-cancelling
    Driver Diameter13 mm
    Frequency Response20 - 20,000 Hz
    Quietpoint® Active Noise ReductionUp to 20 dB
    Sensitivity105 dB
    Impedance32 ohms
    BatteryAAA (alkaline)
    Battery LifeUp to 60 hours, typical (alkaline)
    Weight26 g (0.9 oz) without battery
    Cable1.3 m (4.3') with 3.5 mm stereo mini-plug
    Accessories IncludedAirline adapter; AAA battery; protective pouch; Comply™ Foam Tips (1 pair); ear pieces (rubber tips) (S/M/L size)



    Specifications measured with headphones in active mode.


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  • Downloads

    ATH-ANC33iS Manual (pdf 868.73 KB)
  • Reviews

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Audio-TechnicaATH-ANC33iS QuietPoint® Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones
     
    3.4

    (based on 12 reviews)

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    50%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great sound (5)
    • Good value (3)

    Cons

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great value, great product

    The reviews I read about the ANC33 before I bought it made me quite confused. From "not working at all" to "nearly as good as 4 times more expensive...Read complete review

    The reviews I read about the ANC33 before I bought it made me quite confused. From "not working at all" to "nearly as good as 4 times more expensive products". The truth might be in between but closer to very good.
    The ANC works very well from the point to reduce the lower frequency noise in airplanes or trains. Low to lower midrange frequencies are reduced very well.
    E.g. currently I am sitting in the living room with open door to the garden and stormy weather (wind gusts up to 70km/h). With ANC switched on the wind disappears completely.
    From TV sound with ANC on the higher frequencies remain which means you still can understand the talking. With some low noise music the TV is nonexistent.
    The sound quality is much better than everything I know delivered with mobile phones or other mobile players.
    The used material is plastic but from the good kind. The cable is long enough to clip the control box to your trousers pocket (I am 1.83 m/6 ft tall).

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Audio quality is great

    Audio quality is there, however, after only two months of use, the headset started malfunctioning and causing iPod to start/stop music and jumping from song to song while in use. I tried...Read complete review

    Audio quality is there, however, after only two months of use, the headset started malfunctioning and causing iPod to start/stop music and jumping from song to song while in use. I tried them on another iPod and it did the same. Replaced batteries in noise canceling compartment, still malfunctioning. I had expected better quality from audio-technica and was very disappointed with this problem. They fit and feel great, sound quality is great ,but those features are a moot point when they don't work!

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    5.0

    Great value, great product

    By 

    from Dusseldorf, Germany

    Pros

    • Good Bass
    • Good Value
    • Great Sound
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC33iS QuietPoint® Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones:

        The reviews I read about the ANC33 before I bought it made me quite confused. From "not working at all" to "nearly as good as 4 times more expensive products". The truth might be in between but closer to very good.
        The ANC works very well from the point to reduce the lower frequency noise in airplanes or trains. Low to lower midrange frequencies are reduced very well.
        E.g. currently I am sitting in the living room with open door to the garden and stormy weather (wind gusts up to 70km/h). With ANC switched on the wind disappears completely.
        From TV sound with ANC on the higher frequencies remain which means you still can understand the talking. With some low noise music the TV is nonexistent.
        The sound quality is much better than everything I know delivered with mobile phones or other mobile players.
        The used material is plastic but from the good kind. The cable is long enough to clip the control box to your trousers pocket (I am 1.83 m/6 ft tall).

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

        Great value

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        from Los Angeles

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Good Value
        • Great Sound
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Falls Off/Out Of Ear
        • Flimsy Construction

        Best Uses

          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC33iS QuietPoint® Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones:

          I replaced the supplied ear tips with a set of Comply T-400s, large. I didn't knock off any stars for this because I have hard-to-fit ears. They are great for air travel, train travel, noisy coffee shops, arenas with painfully loud sound systems and anywhere else I want to block out sound. They do feel delicate, and all the problems mentioned in other reviews are possibly traceable to damage at the mic switch, so I bought a case and have had no problems in a year of use.

          • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
          • Traveling
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          • Up to a year
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          3.0

          Good price but Mic/Button not working with iPhone

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          from Italy

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Great Sound

          Cons

          • not working with iphone 6
          • Poor Value

          Best Uses

            Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC33iS QuietPoint® Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones:

            I purchased the first pair at Heathrow T3 airport and was defective, left ear was not working; ok it may happen; I got a replace, I was happy about sound quality and noise suppression immediately tested on a long flight 10+Hr. when off the airplane I used them for first call and discovered that Mic and the Button doesn't work with iphone 6. are they still another defective or just not compatible with iphone? who knows but when I'll be back from trip I'll get it back and buy a different brand.

            • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
            • Traveling
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            • Less than a month
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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Problem interfacing with iPhone 6

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            from New York, NY

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Compact
            • Good Bass
            • Good Value
            • Great Sound

            Cons

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                Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC33iS QuietPoint® Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones:

                For the price, sound cancellation is very good. I wear these on the train and it cancels a lot of the ambient noise while voices remain largely audible. That said, there's something wrong with the way the headphones interact with my iPhone 6. When they are plugged in, they randomly activate Siri. Annoying. Not happening without the headphones plugged in, and not happening with other headphones are plugged in, so I've isolated the problem to these audio-technicas. Additionally the in-line button does not work--at least not consistently--with the phone. I've seen others with the same problem on this review page, so wondering if this is an acknowledged defect and whether it's correctable?

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                • Traveling
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                • Less than a month
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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Audio quality is great

                By 

                from Maine, USA

                Site Member

                Pros

                • good sound and fit

                Cons

                • failure after two months of light usage

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC33iS QuietPoint® Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones:

                  Audio quality is there, however, after only two months of use, the headset started malfunctioning and causing iPod to start/stop music and jumping from song to song while in use. I tried them on another iPod and it did the same. Replaced batteries in noise canceling compartment, still malfunctioning. I had expected better quality from audio-technica and was very disappointed with this problem. They fit and feel great, sound quality is great ,but those features are a moot point when they don't work!

                  • How long have you used this product?:
                  • Less than a month

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Great, but malfunctioned after 6 months

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                  from New York, NY

                  Site Member

                  Pros

                  • Good noise cancellation
                  • Great Sound

                  Cons

                  • could use volume controls
                  • Poor reliability

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC33iS QuietPoint® Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones:

                    I compared these with some over-the-ear Audio Technica (ATH-ANC9) headphones and found the noise cancellation to be nearly as good—maybe 75-80%, so I kept these. The sound quality was rich as well.

                    Unfortunately, within about 6 months, I started having issues with the headphones hanging up on phone calls, starting/stopping music, etc. This would happen even when the button was not being moved, nor any wires or the jack—just sitting quietly, and something about the wiring of the headphones would trigger the button function.

                    This unfortunately makes my investment pretty much unusable.

                    • How long have you used this product?:
                    • Over a year

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Drops calls if wire moves

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                    from Atlanta, GA

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                    Pros

                    • NOISE REDUCTION
                    • Sound quality

                    Cons

                    • drops calls
                    • realiabiliy

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                      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC33iS QuietPoint® Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones:

                      I bought these at an airport after a flight where I had to cup my hands over my ears to hear through my iPhone headphones. The sound quality and noise reudction are very good.

                      HOWEVER (and this is a deal--breaker) there is a bad connection between the plug and my iPhone 6. This connection issue causes the following problems:
                      1. if the plug moves during a call, annoying staticis heard on the line
                      2. The it will ultimately and without fail cause the call to hang up.
                      3. If plugged in when not on a call, it mysteriously activates Siri

                      Thus, if I'm using the headphones on a call, I have to place the phone on a table and isolate all movement of the plug, lest I get disconnected.

                      All-in-all, though the NR, sound quality, form factor, and price all fit the bill, the quality issues are show stopper. I will have to return when I next go through the airport.

                      Very bummed.

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                      • Less than a month
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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      buyer;s remorse

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                      from Chicago, IL, USA

                      Site Member

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable fit
                      • Good sound
                      • nice selection of tips

                      Cons

                      • housing clip not very strong
                      • housing not very convenient

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC33iS QuietPoint® Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones:

                        bought these as fit was comfortble and sound was good. enjoy listening to music but find that noice cancelling housing is not very practical as clip that holds it does not keep it in place causing it to fall and pull ear phones out of ears. Given the choice again I would not purchase these.

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                        • Less than a month
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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Good purchase, very comfortable earbuds

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                        from New Jersey

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                        Pros

                        • decent noise cancelleing for price

                        Cons

                        • not the most durable broke within 5 months

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                          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC33iS QuietPoint® Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones:

                          I bought these to replace Brand K 4si which were okay but not anywhere near as good as the Brand B noise cancelling headphones. (They are great but too cumbersome for travel anymore). So I checked several audio mag reviews and thought these Audio Technica might fit the bill without the cost of the crazy expensive competitor earbuds.

                          I am very impressed and with the compressable foam covers find them both comfortable and decent at mitigating a lot of the noise on the plane.

                          Sadly, the battery pack is rather heavy, with on AAA battery and keeping it clipped on to a sweater or jacket is difficult. So difficult in fact that the clip broke off exposing a sharp medal spring.

                          I hope that can be fixed as I do like these and save this problem would recommend them - especially at this price point.

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                          • Up to a year
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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          2.0

                          Malfunction after 2 weeks of use

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                          from Undisclosed

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                          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC33iS QuietPoint® Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones:

                          I use this product to listen to music while I exercise on the threadmill. After using it for 2 weeks I noticed that the music started to sound muted. After changing the batteries, the problem persisted. I then compared the sound level with that provided by a regular headphone and, indeed, the sound became very muted. The noise cancelling feature still seems to work, although also at lower efficiency.

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                          • Q:

                            Is this earphone(ATH ANC 33is) supports/compatible with android mobile?
                            Asked on 11/7/2016 by Anjan

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              Yes, you may use these headphones with any standard 3.5mm headphone output connection. The controls are dependent on the application. Stock music and phone applications use the standard coding and third party apps, if they have the same coding will work.

                              Answered on 11/7/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                          • Q:

                            Does this work with an iPhone 6?
                            Asked on 9/2/2016 by H

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                              A:

                              Thank you for your inquiry. Yes these will work with an iPhone 6.

                              Answered on 9/6/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                          • Q:

                            Does this work with an iPhone 6?
                            Asked on 9/2/2016 by H

                            1 answer

                            • CUSTOMER CARE

                              A:

                              Thank you for your inquiry. Yes these will work with an iPhone 6.

                              Answered on 9/6/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                          • Q:

                            Where I can I find replacement foam earpieces
                            Asked on 6/22/2016 by CNote from Avondale, AZ

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              You can purchase those through our Parts department by contacting them at Parts@atus.com

                              Answered on 6/23/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4
                          • Q:

                            will the volume and call control work with Android phones? You state it works with Apple and Android but these are two seperate types of controls that are not interchangeable as far as I know.
                            In fact most headphones with controls have different versions for Apple and Android devices. How come yours works for both?
                            Asked on 5/28/2016 by Frank from London

                            1 answer

                          • Q:

                            Is the inline microphone noise cancelling type?
                            Asked on 5/9/2016 by Sush from Pune, India

                            1 answer

                          • Q:

                            I love my noise cancelling headphones and have been using them several times a week since I bought them last November. Last week, the clip that attaches the device to my clothing broke off. I tried to glue it back on, but it broke again. Is there anyway it can be repaired? Thanks.
                            Asked on 4/19/2016 by Tim from Rockville, MD

                            1 answer

                            • CUSTOMER CARE

                              A:

                              To have your product repaired, please visit www.audio-technica.com/service.

                              Thanks!

                              Answered on 4/22/2016 by ATUS_Specialist2 from Stow, OH
                          • Q:

                            I bought these for a 7 year old. Are there smaller ear tips for children? The small size does not work. We even tried holding them on with a hair band. We will be using them for plane trips and movies.
                            Asked on 4/11/2016 by DancinDi from Lansing, MI

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              The smallest size (small) ear tips are included with the 3 package of ear tips.

                              Answered on 4/12/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                          • Q:

                            Can I replace a broken ear piece as ione was crushed.
                            Asked on 2/10/2016 by Care from Longmont, CO

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              Please contact our Service Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5003 or at Services@atus.com for assistance with this.

                              Answered on 2/12/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                          • Q:

                            Are these headphones able to operate with rechargeable AAA batteries?
                            Asked on 1/29/2016 by RC

                            1 answer

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