ATH-ANC7b QuietPointÂ® 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.
May 9, 2014
Good audio, confortable but poor quality of material
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.
April 2, 2014
Good Sound, Horrible Construction
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.
November 22, 2013
DOESN'T MATCH THE PRICE PAID
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.
July 10, 2013
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