ATH-ANC7b QuietPointÂ® Active Noise-cancelling Headphones
Good sounds, poor materials
I only use these headphones about 4 hrs per week on average. After just over a year I noticed bad cracks in the plastic parts connecting the ear pieces to the headband. Both sides have the same cracks. The sound is good, but they need to last a lot longer at this price.
April 30, 2013
Lasted long enough for the warranty to exspire.
Went to put the headset on and the earpiece broke off. Out of warranty so I super glued the plastic back together. Worked for 4 more months, now the power led won't light and I get no sound at all. Definitely paid way too much for this product.
April 14, 2013
I purchased this product with a $70 discount totaling $130. These headphones match my listening needs.
The audio quality is very detailed because I do notice a difference in audio quality as I use it in different devices; from my phone versus my DVD player to watching movies/listening to music. This means the audio quality on my phone is less than 20 KHz but the DVD quality is more or less around the maximum frequency response of the headphones being 25 KHZ.
The noise-cancelation is a great feature when audio is turned on because you can block out most surrounding sound you donâ€™t want to hear. However when audio is turned off, the noise-cancelation feature is not as strong, which means you can hear more outside surround sound. The battery life last great with hours of noise-calculation feature.
The bulky weight and large size of the headphones I am not too positive about. The headband seems to be a little heavy on top of my head. However the ear memory foam snug my hears into the earpiece comfortably. The memory foam will save your head size, which will be customized to your head.
I also like the carrying case because they keep the headphones safe and in place until your next usage. On occasion, I clean my headphones by compressed air for electronics and my wiping them here and there to remove body oil around the earpiece.
January 10, 2013
Fell apart due to cheap materials
Very disappointing that a product this expensive would fall apart shortly after the warranty expired. The plastic bracket that holds the ear piece snapped close to the swivel due to cheap materials and poor engineering. Actually there were several plastic parts that cracked or fell off simply because the plastics is brittle. They only lasted a little longer than a year and they were never abused. By comparison my $20 Sony studio headphones have lasted over a decade.
Overall the headphones worked ok. They are really only effective in canceling white noise and do not help to block nearby conversations. In fact since they block the background noise conversations almost become more prominent. I would recommend them only for light use primarily while flying since they do block aircraft noise somewhat well.
In terms of sound quality there is a significant change in frequency response when the noise canceling is turned on. The bass seems greatly attenuated while the higher frequencies become very crisp and bright.
January 3, 2013
An Excellent Choice
Like a lot of you, I was doing comparison shopping on some noise-cancelling headphones. I read a LOT of reviews and tried them in different stores. I couldn't tell the difference between these and ones costing hundreds more, so I bought them. I use them primarily on flights and they help me fall into my own little world for the duration. Don't even wake up when those annoying Captains come on to tell me we've reached 36,000 ft (like I care). I haven't used them on an int'l flight yet but I suspect they'll help me stay asleep so I can arrive as refreshed as possible.
October 11, 2012
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 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)
September 8, 2012
Good Headphones for the Money
I purchased these headphones after reading a review on top 10 reviews. The headphones work well at reducing background noise. I couldn't hear the flight attendant when she tried to talk with me on my last flight. They also can drown out my two year-old's cries in another room, but I won't be using them for that purpose, but it was a good testament to their noise cancelling ability.
I would say that the audio quality is pretty good when the cancellation is on, but you really need a headphone amp when the cancellation is off. It isn't completely crisp, but I think that is also a function of the audio quality I am putting into it as well. Airplanes are not known for having quality audio tracks.
The headphones seem pretty durable but time will tell.
August 22, 2012
The Audio-Technica Active Noise Cancelling headphones ATH-ANC7B
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!
July 19, 2012