ATH-ANC7b

QuietPoint® Active Noise-cancelling Headphones

MSRP* US$179.95
One-Year Limited End-User Warranty

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

  • over the ear headphones


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  • Overview

    Arrive refreshed after a long flight, avoid distractions in a noisy office, or find peace & quiet in your living room…with ATH-ANC7b QuietPoint® Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones. These lightweight, compact headphones effectively reduce distracting background noise by 90% while offering the superior audio quality that has made Audio-Technica a worldwide leader in electro-acoustic technology.

    Ideal for use with MP3, CD, DVD & in-flight entertainment systems, ATH-ANC7b QuietPoint® closed-back headphones deliver clear, high-resolution sound, with impactful bass, a detailed midrange, extended treble and accurate imaging in an immersive soundfield. Their earcups have been redesigned for greater comfort, with generously cushioned padding and a shape that fits easily over any ear.

    The ATH-ANC7b QuietPoint® headphones feature large-aperture 40 mm drivers with neodymium magnet systems and extremely high 109dB sensitivity to provide generous volume levels from any music source. The headphones also work when the noise-cancelling function is turned off, and operate in passive mode without batteries. Noise-cancelling electronics are fully integrated in each earpiece, with no need for external modules.

    This product is available at Staples, shopaudiotechnica.com, and other online retailers.

    Read how Active Noise-cancelling Headphones work.
  • Features

    • ATH-ANC7b QuietPoint® noise-cancelling headphones feature ANC circuitry that effectively reduces environmental noise by 90%

    • Lightweight, compact, fold-flat design is ideal for travel

    • Ideal for use with Apple® iPod®, iPhone™ and iPod touch® portable music and DVD players, laptop computers, in-flight entertainment systems and other devices

    • Closed-back headphones feature large-aperture 40 mm drivers with neodymium magnet systems for impactful bass, extended treble and higher fidelity

    • Comfortable earcups with generously cushioned padding and a shape that fits easily over any ear

    • Audio functions (in passive mode) even without the battery

    • Fully integrated electronics—no external modules needed

    • Fold-flat design with included 3.5 mm mini-plugs, a full-size ¼” adapter, a specialized airline adapter for connecting to in-flight entertainment systems, and a handy carrying case


  • Specifications

    TypeActive noise-cancelling
    Driver Diameter40 mm
    MagnetNeodymium
    Frequency Response10 - 25,000 Hz
    Quietpoint® Active Noise ReductionUp to 20 dB
    Maximum Input Power500 mW
    Sensitivity109 dB
    Impedance300 ohms
    BatteryAAA (alkaline)
    Battery LifeUp to 40 hours, typical (alkaline)
    Weight210 g (7.4 oz), without cable and battery
    CableDetachable 1.6 m (5.2') with 3.5 mm (1/8") stereo mini-plug;
    Detachable 1.0 m (3.3') with 3.5 mm (1/8") stereo mini-plug
    Connector3.5 mm (1/8")
    Accessories Included6.3 mm (1/4") stereo adapter; airline adapter; AAA battery; carrying case with attached accessory pouch



    Specifications measured with headphones in active mode.


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  • Downloads

    ATH-ANC7b Manual (pdf 2.20 M)
  • Reviews

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    Audio-TechnicaATH-ANC7b QuietPoint® Active Noise-cancelling Headphones
     
    3.2

    (based on 33 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Casual listening (18)
    • Travel (17)
    • Block noise (16)
    • Office (10)
    • Comfortable (3)

    Cons

    • Flimsy construction (5)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    The Audio-Technica Active Noise Cancelling headphones ATH-AN

    The Audio-Technica Active Noise Cancelling headphones ATH-ANC7B
    with specifications consisting of a Frequency Response of 10 - 25,000 Hz meaning treble and bass deliverers, as promised, along with the consummate professional customer...Read complete review

    The Audio-Technica Active Noise Cancelling headphones ATH-ANC7B
    with specifications consisting of a Frequency Response of 10 - 25,000 Hz meaning treble and bass deliverers, as promised, along with the consummate professional customer service we all want and need in this cost effective economy of 2012.To quickly review-Great noise elimination-great audio quality-can be used as regular headphones without a battery, and still sounding great, with a very Chic design that for the current price, cannot be touched by any other corporation, bar none, while designed to last! I am currently on my 10th pair in the last three years, as I like to have a pair for my home Theater system, as well as my PC. and a pair for my i-pod when I go out, in other words the more you purchase, the better off you are as, these last forever. The current model is called the Audio-Technica ANC7bs, and they are even more powerful then the original model that was out in 2008, and amazingly cheaper! The Audio-Technica Corporation are the consummate professionals, who really listen to your problems, and immediately comply with the best of their ability. They have created an unbelievable electronic product that exceeds excellence, for the price!

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    Sounds good, Fabrication quality poor

    The noise canceling feature works great. ALL outside sounds are reduced to a barely noticeable level, including voice. It is great trying to listen to my music in the factory environment.
    The...Read complete review

    The noise canceling feature works great. ALL outside sounds are reduced to a barely noticeable level, including voice. It is great trying to listen to my music in the factory environment.
    The product fabrication leaves much to be desired for the price. After less than a weeks use one earpiece fell off due to cracking of the headband material. A little supper glue and I continued to use.
    After 6 months and several tubes of supper glue I have given up on trying to keep the unit functioning and holding together.
    Perhaps a stronger material for the head band assembly would make the unit a 5* for the price range.
    (up to a year use is selected due to no choices for over 1 month but less than a year)

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    3.0

    yes- but beef it up guys!

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    from Seattle

    Pros

    • Comfortable

    Cons

    • Flimsy Construction

    Best Uses

      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7b QuietPoint® Active Noise-cancelling Headphones:

      I have had this about a year. The chord is a bit thin, but that is replaceable. My issue is that the covering of the foam over the earpieces has split on BOTH headsets. It did not tear, but that the seam came apart- causing the foam to stick out and improperly form around the ear. So the seam failed and I am having to throw this out or stitch it with needle and thread.....which I am doing. Overall I have been happy about this except for the seam (significant issue) and sometimes the plug is a bit sketchy and shorts a bit. So I would give this an overall C-

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

      Stopped work on the L side after 2 months & even worse at 4

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      from Washington DC

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Falls Off/Out Of Ear
      • Flimsy Construction

      Best Uses

        Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7b QuietPoint® Active Noise-cancelling Headphones:

        The over the ear cushion is quite comfortable and you can get away with leaving them on for long stretches. The few times I used it in-flight the noise reduction was sufficient. However after 2 months of use the left side volume was lower than the right side, eventually the left side stopped working, and at 4 months of use the right side is starting to get shoddy too. Didnt expect to spend so much money only to have this work a couple of months. Im hoping this is just a one off. I borrowed my friends older model for a couple weeks and it worked fine, she had had it for years.

        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
        • Traveling
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        • Up to a year
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        2.0

        Swith Problems

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        from MA

        Pros

        • Great Sound
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Flimsy Construction
        • Poor Value

        Best Uses

          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7b QuietPoint® Active Noise-cancelling Headphones:

          I loved these headphones while they worked. The sound has begun to crackle and fade out of the right ear. The switch that turns on noise cancellation is the problem. Sometimes it works to turn the noise cancellation on and off, but usually the sound is far louder/clearer from the left side. I have taken care of these headphones and kept them in their case when not in use. The construction of the switch is poor quality.

          When contacting the help department, it seems that the only recourse is to pay the service department to fix. It appears to be a minimum of $30 to diagnose with no posted fees for fixing. The fee should be published as this seems like a common problem on these headphones. It looks like Bose may have been a cheaper option in the long run.

          • 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

          Build quality not on par with competitors

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          from Phoenix, AZ

          Pros

            Cons

            • Flimsy Construction

            Best Uses

              Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7b QuietPoint® Active Noise-cancelling Headphones:

              Had 2 of them in the past few year and happy with audio quality and noise reduction. However after my 2nd pair in a few years failing on construction quality going to try the Bose this time. With both of my sets the cheap plastic slides fail and break only holding the headphone together with some tape.

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              • Traveling
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              • Over a year
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              2.0

              Good sound and noise cancellation. Bad quality switch.

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              from Singapore

              Pros

              • Great Sound
              • Stylish

              Cons

              • Flimsy Construction
              • Uncomfortable

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                Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7b QuietPoint® Active Noise-cancelling Headphones:

                I wear glasses and the ear piece presses down on the spectacle frame and the pressure becomes uncomfortable after an hour of use. The switch seems to be the part that will fail. Starts working intermittently after less than a year of ownership. When it works, it's great. But when it doesn't, you have to jiggle the switch about until the noise cancelling function works again.

                • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                • Traveling
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                • Up to a year
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                2.0

                Falling apart after 2 years.

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                from New York, NY

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                Pros

                • Good noise cancellation
                • Good sound quality

                Cons

                • right speaker stopped working consistently

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                  Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7b QuietPoint® Active Noise-cancelling Headphones:

                  Sound quality out of the package was very good and improved with burn in. Noise cancelling is moderately good and even improves some songs. Over time, I have become dissatisfied with these headphones: The right ear doesn't play sound immediately when plugged in - I have to jog the cable and bop the ear a few times before the sound kicks in (and even then, it's out of balance with the left ear). Further, foam in right ear cup has become visible.

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

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Disappointed with build quality

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                  from Toronto

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                  Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7b QuietPoint® Active Noise-cancelling Headphones:

                  I was looking for a good quality noise cancelling headphones. Reviews were good for these so I got them. They were not cheap to buy but I was expecting that quality will justify the price. Unfortunately after less than 2 years of very gentle usage, I'm talking maybe few times a week or less, noise cancelling switch started acting up. Eventually it died completely so now I have to jiggle it for a few minutes before I can even hear a sound. Recently cushions started to tear on a seam (see photo), probably because the glue used to assemble them was not strong enough. All this happened with very light usage. After some research I've found many other owners complaining about exactly the same issues.

                  Also, cushions are also relatively small. I have normal size ears and cushions press on my ears slightly on the edges making it painful to wear the headphones for more than 45 minutes.

                  This is probably my first and last Audio-Technica device.

                  • How long have you used this product?:
                  • Over a year
                   
                  1.0

                  Switch is defective, on TWO examples of this model

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                  from Detroit, MI, USA

                  Site Member

                  Pros

                  • Comfort
                  • Sound quality

                  Cons

                  • on/off switch

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7b QuietPoint® Active Noise-cancelling Headphones:

                    I really love everything about these headphones except for one thing; the switch becomes dysfunctional over time. When the headphones are turned on it seems to not make full contact inside and it's nearly impossible to get both L & R headphones on at the same time. I'm not sure if it's poor design or poor quality control. After the first set experienced this issue I contacted customer service, sent the pair in, and received a new pair which was much better...at first. Now the second pair is even worse than the first one was and I am beyond the warranty period. Again everything else about this product I find more than satisfactory, but the switch is a deal breaker as the headphones have become almost too much of a hassle to even bother using. I now wish I had purchased a different brand.

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

                     
                    5.0

                    love it

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                    from Los Angeles, CA, USA

                    Site Member

                    Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7b QuietPoint® Active Noise-cancelling Headphones:

                    Now that airline travel (at least in coach) is an exercise in abuse and discomfort, these headphones are essential. I'm amazed that a tiny iPod Shuffle can sound so good on them. They're comfortable and the noise-cancellation, if it isn't 100%, is close enough. Way recommended.

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

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Good audio, confortable but poor quality of material

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                    from Brazil

                    Site Member

                    Pros

                    • Block Noise
                    • Confortable
                    • Office

                    Cons

                    • Poor material

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7b QuietPoint® Active Noise-cancelling Headphones:

                      I have the headphone for about 9 or 10 months. I use the headphone almost every day, for about 3 hours while I work, so no hardcore use. Overall I'm loving the product, but a few weeks ago the biggest problem happened: the ear cup foam broke through and is now exposed.

                      To be fair, I got in touch with Audio-Technica and they offered to replace it, since it's within the warranty valid dates.

                      • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                      • Office
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                      • Intermediate
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                      • Up to a year
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                      • Q:

                        My blue on/off button light stays on continuously. How do I fix that?
                        Asked on 1/31/2016 by GYAM

                        1 answer

                        • Staff Reviewer

                          A:

                          Please contact our Audio Solutions Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5000 or at audio-solutions@atus.com for assistance with this.

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

                        Just got these from my agency as noise canceling accommodation, Tried today with music and only ONE side (R ear) plays / has music. Tried my other old headphones to be sure it not the computer or the songs - it is this headset.
                        Same no-stereo / only one side regardless of whether the noise cancelling is on or off. Very distracting.
                        Asked on 1/7/2016 by Karla -Hyperhearer from D.C.

                        1 answer

                        • Staff Reviewer

                          A:

                          Ensure that the right angled end of the provided headphone cable is plugged into the headphone, and the straight end of the cable is plugged into your source (computer, phone, etc.). Make certain the cable on both ends is fully seated. If this does not resolve your issue, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                          audio-solutions@atus.com

                          Answered on 1/8/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4
                      • Q:

                        I have had a pair of these headphones for a few years, but the black covering over the foam part of the earpieces is separating at the seams and exposing the foam. Is it possible to order new foam earpieces and install them myself, or is there another recommended fix?
                        Asked on 1/3/2016 by Diana from United States

                        1 answer

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                          A:

                          For assistance with your question, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                          audio-solutions@atus.com

                          Thanks!

                          Answered on 1/5/2016 by ATUS_Specialist2 from Stow, OH
                      • Q:

                        I have these headphones and love them, but the cable that attaches from the headphones to external devices has broken. How do I order or get a replacement? Thanks. - C
                        Asked on 10/31/2015 by Aerlyn02

                        1 answer

                        • Staff Reviewer

                          A:

                          Please contact our Parts Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5002 or at Parts@atus.com for assistance with this.

                          Answered on 11/3/2015 by ATUS_Specialist3
                      • Q:

                        I've had my headphones since 2012 and use them on my frequent flights and love them. Yesterday on my flight home I put them on and when I hit the switch to turn the noise cancelling on there was no sound. Without the noise cancelling I can listen to music, but with the noise cancelling there is nothing. Sometimes you will briefly hear some music, but it quickly fades to silence. What could the problem be? I only use them on planes and keep them in the case with the battery removed between trips.
                        Asked on 10/3/2015 by Tod from Milwaukee, WI

                        1 answer

                        • Staff Reviewer

                          A:

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

                          Answered on 10/6/2015 by ATUS_Specialist3
                      • Q:

                        I've owned the ATH-ANC7b for two years and from the time I took it new from the box the right side cuts out an I keep having to tap the left side to make it come back on. Is there a possible self fix before I send them in for repair? Thanks
                        Asked on 9/30/2015 by Ken from United StatesStates

                        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 10/1/2015 by ATUS_Specialist3
                      • Q:

                        I own an ATH-ANC7 and want to buy the cord with inline mic as sold with the ATH-ANC7b. Is there a part# for this?
                        Where can I buy this in Norway

                        BR
                        Helge
                        Asked on 9/9/2015 by helge

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                      • Q:

                        I just got a brand new ATH-ANC7b yesterday. I was comparing NC feature against Sony Bluetooth NC headphones and clearly this one was better in NC area. The sound is a bit flat with boomy base that I didn't like much compared to Sony's crisp sound. But that is not a deal breaker.

                        Here is the real problem. I am listening to a song, I turn on the NC button and the volume goes up. I turn it off the volume goes significantly down. That doesn't make sense. Why would NC activation turn up the volume? It clearly has nothing to do with the sound being clearer and louder because real noise is being suppressed. Because I tried this in a pin drop quiet environment.

                        Want to know if this is by design or if I have a defective unit.

                        Please response as soon as you can.
                        Asked on 8/18/2015 by Naushad from Seattle

                        1 answer

                        • Staff Reviewer

                          A:

                          Thank you for your inquiry. This is by design. The sound is maximized and meant to be used with NC on. Many competitor headphones lose all audio when the battery dies, but ours continue to provide audio, but in a degraded mode until you can replace the battery.

                          Answered on 8/24/2015 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                      • Q:

                        How to get rid of static?

                        I noticed when using my headphones at work plugged into my phone to listen to music, I get an exceptional amount of static whenever I have the noise-cancelling feature on. This happened the very first time using them and this feature is the reason I bought them. I did some research and saw that there can be some RF feedback from other electrical devices. How far away do those devices need to be in order to stop the static noise?
                        Asked on 7/22/2015 by Kristin from USA

                        1 answer

                        • A:

                          Please contact our Audio Solutions Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5000 or at audio-solutions@atus.com for assistance with this.

                          Answered on 7/31/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec3
                      • Q:

                        WHy the repeated warning against rechargeable batteries?

                        Lots of places it says not to use them. I'm inclined to ignore the warnings unless there is some reason for it... If I had known I probably would have bought a different brand that doesn't oppose the use of rechargeable batteries.
                        Asked on 7/7/2015 by shanen from Japana

                        1 answer

                        • A:

                          Please contact our Audio Solutions Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5000 or at audio-solutions@atus.com for assistance with this.

                          Answered on 7/10/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec3
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