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
     
    3.4

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    • Travel (17)
    • Block noise (16)
    • Office (10)
    • Gaming (3)

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    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.
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    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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    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

    Best Uses

      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
       
      1.0

      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

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            Pros

            • Comfort
            • Sound quality

            Cons

            • on/off switch

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              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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              5.0

              love it

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              from Los Angeles, CA, USA

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                    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

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                    Pros

                    • Block Noise
                    • Confortable
                    • Office

                    Cons

                    • Poor material

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                      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
                      • How long have you used this product?:
                      • Up to a year
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                      2.0

                      Good Sound, Horrible Construction

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                      Pros

                      • Office
                      • Travel

                      Cons

                      • Cheap Plastic
                      • Durability

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

                        Like many on here, I have had my headphones fall apart from minimal use. They are made of some of the cheapest plastic they could get their hands on, which lasts just about as long as their warranty. I would not recommend them because of this fact alone. Plastic was chipping off constantly, until one day the headphone just broke off the headband, in normal office use. I carried these things in the case and everything and they still fell apart.

                        The sound was good while they lasted though.

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

                        DOESN'T MATCH THE PRICE PAID

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                        from Benicia, CA, USA

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

                            These are some cheap headphones. Very deceptive looking. They look like really nice headphones but are made from some cheap materials and/ or are poorly constructed. Plastic has cracked and broken off. The switch is very sensitive, I have to wiggle it to get it into just the right position for the sound to come out in stereo. The only bright spot is the sound is good. Other than that wouldn't buy or recommend.

                            • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                            • Office
                            • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                            • Intermediate
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                            • Up to a year
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                            3.0

                            Good sounds, poor materials

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                            Pros

                            • Block Noise
                            • Casual Listening
                            • Office
                            • Travel

                            Cons

                            • bad materials

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

                              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.

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                              • Casual Listener
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                              1.0

                              Lasted long enough for the warranty to exspire.

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                              from DeBary, FL, USA

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                              • Block Noise

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

                                  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.

                                  • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                                  • Computer
                                  • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                                  • Intermediate
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                                  • Over a year
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                                  5.0

                                  Great Product

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                                  from New York, NY, USA

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                                  Pros

                                  • Block Noise
                                  • Casual Listening
                                  • dvd movies
                                  • Office
                                  • Other

                                  Cons

                                  • Bulky Weight
                                  • uncomfortable headband

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

                                    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 don�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.

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

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                                        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

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                                      • 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

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                                      • 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
                                    • Q:

                                      Is it possible to get a replacement plastic headband for the headphones?

                                      Someone with a large head put the headphones on, and when they stretched the headphones to fit on their head, the plastic casing cracked. The headphones themselves still work, but the plastic casing is now broken. Is it possible to replace just the plastic headband part?
                                      Asked on 6/16/2015 by Rahan from Haifa, Israel

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                                      • A:

                                        You may send the headphones into the Service Department for repair and may find all of the information for doing so at www.audio-technica.com/service.

                                        Answered on 6/16/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec3
                                    • Q:

                                      Headphones not working properly

                                      I brought my headphones through amazon about 11 months ago. They were really fantastic during the first 10 months of using it. I used them 2 - 3 times per week when I am studying on my desk, these headphones never left my room (I took extremely good care of it). About a month ago, I started noticing that the sound didn't sound right; one side (sometimes both sides) would sound muffled and static-like. The sound would return once I move the headphones around or give it a slight touch. At random times, the sound would muffle again, and a slight touch would return it to normal. Also, the headphones no longer work without the activation of the noise-canceling on. Please let me know what this problem is, and if there's any way to fix it.

                                      Thank you
                                      Asked on 5/8/2015 by TomFromCA from California, 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 5/27/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec3
                                    • Q:

                                      2 sides sound different

                                      the two sides sound different. the right side sounds like the music is coming from it more or my right has bass and left has treble. what do i do?
                                      Asked on 11/18/2014 by peter76gr8 from garden grove

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                                      • A:

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

                                        Answered on 11/26/2014 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                                    • Q:

                                      Feedback in noise cancelling headphones

                                      feedback noise in right speaker when in noise cancelling mode.
                                      Asked on 11/8/2014 by z34jcm from New Castle, PA, USA

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                                      • A:

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

                                        Answered on 11/11/2014 by AudioSolutionsSpec3
                                    • Q:

                                      cable length?

                                      How long is the cable/cord on these headphones?
                                      Asked on 11/7/2014 by April

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                                      • A:

                                        Two different length detachable cords are provided with the ATH-ANC7b Headphones. One is 1.0 m (3.3') in length, the other is 1.6 m (5.2') in length.

                                        Answered on 11/10/2014 by AudioSolutionsSpec1 from Stow,OH
                                    • Q:

                                      Would these neadphones benefit from being used with a headphone amp or does the noise canceling electronics act as an amp?
                                      Asked on 5/23/2014 by greatLakes from Michigan

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                                      • A:

                                        Thank you for your inquiry. Most headphones could benefit form using a headphone amp, although most find it not necessary for casual listening.

                                        Answered on 6/2/2014 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                                    • Q:

                                      ATH-ANC7b vs -SViS

                                      Is the difference between these two models basically just the inclusion of the inline control widget? Or what else?
                                      Asked on 5/13/2014 by Auros from San Mateo, CA

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                                      • A:

                                        The only differences between the ATH-ANC7b and ATH-ANC7b-SViS are the following:

                                        - ATH-ANC7b-SViS have grey/silver ear pieces.
                                        - ATH-ANC7b have black ear pieces.

                                        - ATH-ANC7b-SViS feature a cable with an inline control/microphone, allowing you to play & pause music, answer & end calls, and go to the next track. The mic and controller support select smartphone models and touchpad devices. The microphone has an omnidirectional pickup pattern and is designed for crisp intelligibility, so your voice will be clearly transmitted without having to speak directly into the mic.
                                        - ATH-ANC7b do not feature a cable with an in-line microphone or controls.

                                        For any additional correspondence, please include your original question and this response, and contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                                        audio-solutions@atus.com

                                        Thanks!

                                        Answered on 5/14/2014 by AudioSolutionsSpec2 from Stow, OH
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