ATH-ANC7b QuietPointÂ® Active Noise-cancelling Headphones
Falling apart after 2 years.
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.
July 28, 2015
Disappointed with build quality
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.
July 14, 2015
Switch is defective, on TWO examples of this model
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.
May 18, 2015
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