ATH-ANC9

QuietPoint® Active Noise-cancelling Headphones

MSRP* US$199.00
One-Year Limited End-User Warranty

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

  • ATH-ANC9 QuietPoint® Active Noise-cancelling Headphones
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  • Overview

    CES Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering Award Recipient

    Audio-Technica’s ATH-ANC9 QuietPoint® on-ear headphones use proprietary active noise-cancelling technology to provide a comfortable listening environment in areas with high ambient noise. Delivering noise cancellation up to a remarkable 95%, the ATH-ANC9 QuietPoint® headphones feature Audio-Technica’s new Tri-Level Cancellation™. Mode 1, ideal for use on airplanes, trains and buses, applies maximum noise cancellation to low frequencies. Mode 2, designed especially for use in noisy offices or crowded places, targets the mid-range frequencies, while Mode 3 creates a pristine, peaceful environment ideal for study.

    The headphones feature four miniature microphones, two in each earpiece, that pick up ambient noise and create a sound-cancelling signal to effectively block the noise. The ATH-ANC9 headphones also offer a cable with an inline microphone and controller for answering calls and controlling music. The mic and controller support select products, including iPhones, iPads, and many iPods. The microphone has an omnidirectional pickup pattern and it is designed for crisp intelligibility, so your voice will be clearly transmitted without having to speak directly into the mic.

    These headphones are designed to offer you crystal-clear sound that makes Audio-Technica the choice of leading artists worldwide. Wherever you happen to find yourself—in the comfort of your living room, in a noisy office, or settling in for a long flight—there is no better way to experience audio or immerse yourself in a peaceful environment.

    Read how Active Noise-cancelling Headphones work.
  • Features

    • QuietPoint® active noise-cancelling technology reduces environmental noise by up to 95%

    • Tri-Level Cancellation™ - 3 noise-cancelling modes customize performance for airplane, office, & study

    • 40 mm drivers for crystal-clear high-fidelity audio reproduction

    • Luxurious memory foam padding on headband and earcups

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

    • Use for MP3, iPhone/smartphone, CD, DVD & in-flight entertainment

    • Fold-flat designed with included hard case, battery, adapters & 2 cables (1 with inline control/mic)

  • Specifications

    TypeActive noise-cancelling
    Driver Diameter40 mm
    Frequency Response10 - 25,000 Hz
    Quietpoint® Active Noise ReductionMode 1: Up to 30 dB
    Mode 2: Up to 30 dB
    Mode 3: Up to 20 dB
    Sensitivity100 dB
    Impedance100 ohms
    BatteryAAA
    Battery LifeUp to 35 Hours (Lithium),
    Up to 25 Hours (Alkaline),
    Up to 20 Hours (Rechargeable)**
    Weight220 g (7.8 oz), without cable and battery
    CableDetachable 1.2 m (3.9') cable with 3.5 mm (1/8") stereo mini-plugs;
    Detachable 1.2 m (3.9') cable with inline control/ microphone and 3.5 mm (1/8") stereo mini-plugs
    Connector3.5 mm (1/8")
    Accessories Included6.3 mm (1/4") stereo adapter; airline adapter; AAA battery;
    carrying case



    Specifications measured with headphones in active mode. Specifications are subject to change without notice.
    **Battery life for a rechargeable battery is based on the condition of the charged battery and will be less than a non-rechargeable battery in most cases.


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  • Downloads

    ATH-ANC9 Manual (pdf 2.42 M)
  • Reviews

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Audio-TechnicaATH-ANC9 QuietPoint® Active Noise-cancelling Headphones
     
    3.5

    (based on 28 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

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    • 4 Stars

       

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    • 3 Stars

       

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    • 2 Stars

       

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    • 1 Stars

       

      (6)

    70%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Comfortable (12)
    • Casual listening (8)
    • Great sound (8)
    • Travel (7)
    • Block noise (6)

    Cons

    • Poor value (3)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great sound, but battery sits too loosely

    I have been using these headphones for more than 2 years and have not experienced any of the problems described here by some users. These headphones are comfortable to wear for long periods and...Read complete review

    I have been using these headphones for more than 2 years and have not experienced any of the problems described here by some users. These headphones are comfortable to wear for long periods and they certainly block out a lot of engine noise. The sound is smooth, detailed and focused, with the tightest bass that I have ever heard.

    However there is one major issue due to poor design of the battery compartment. Most products that use AAA batteries rely on one of the terminals having a small amount of flexibility or springiness so that the battery, once fitted is constantly pressing against both terminals and will not suddenly disconnect if knocked. This is something that has apparently been overlooked by the designers of these headphones, as the battery fits very loosely, with very little pressure against the terminals. I travel on a bus often and whenever the bus hits a bump in the road, the battery disconnects and the sound cuts out. This is extremely annoying.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Great sound quality overshadowed by appalling technical prob

    I bought the ANC9s at an airport as when I tried them on their sound quality was so brilliant. However, after enjoying them for one flight, I was plagued with incessant problems with...Read complete review

    I bought the ANC9s at an airport as when I tried them on their sound quality was so brilliant. However, after enjoying them for one flight, I was plagued with incessant problems with the headphones.

    First, the noise canceling ability basically stopped working. I explained my problem to customer service and they told me to send them to their HQ in OH, which I did. They then, without informing me, sent the headphones back to me informing me there was no problem. I spoke to the head of customer service explaining that the same problem remained, and he told me to send them in again, at my expense both times. This process took a couple of months.

    This time after some pushing, they sent me a new pair. The new pair worked fine for about half a month before the left ear phone (the housing for the battery) began crackling all the time making it near impossible to enjoy listening to any kind of music. I haven't even bothered contacting customer service.

    I would not recommend purchasing ANC9s unless you are looking for a way to make your life significantly worse.

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    2.0

    I'm worried about Audio-Technica's quality

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    from Boston

    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Sound
      • Poor Value

      Best Uses

        Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9 QuietPoint® Active Noise-cancelling Headphones:

        The noise cancelling is effective but over all don't bother. After 2 months the right earcup split, releasing the inner foam. Then the left one split. i paid $40 for another set and they lost my order. They finally sent the replacements and I couldn't put them on. Also these are extremely bassy phones and the mid-range changes depending upon whether or not you have the noise cancellation on. The mid-range is muddy without it on. I finally threw them away. I expected more from Audio-Technica!

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        • Home
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        • Up to a year
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        2.0

        I wouldn't buy this product again

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        from Santa Monica, CA

        Pros

        • Comfortable

        Cons

        • Flimsy Construction
        • Poor Value

        Best Uses

          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9 QuietPoint® Active Noise-cancelling Headphones:

          After less than 50h of use, ear cushions have to be changed / repaired.

          • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
          • Traveling
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          • Over a year
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          4.0

          Buy, Recommend and Gift (but ugly)

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          from New York city

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Compact
          • Good Bass
          • Good Value
          • Great Sound
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Unattractive Design

          Best Uses

            Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9 QuietPoint® Active Noise-cancelling Headphones:

            When searching for great value, need and performance ANC 9s checked all these boxes with an added bonus over Bose which is the ability to change your level of noise cancellation or not use it at all. Sound quality is impeccable, the earphones extremely comfortable, light and fold into a compact style especially if you do not want to carry the carrying case. My only complaint is 1) the design for such a beautiful product technology wise they do not match aesthetically :-( this is a disappointment please revisit the design. 2) I've had these for 3 years but some time lets say a year in because of the "leather" on the headphones is not the greatest quality (or I can be abusive) I feel as if it did not hold up the way I desired.

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            • Traveling
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            • Over a year
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            4.0

            Excellent choice for working, studying etc.

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            from Porto, Portugal

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Good Bass
            • Good Value
            • Great Sound
            • Lightweight

            Cons

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                Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9 QuietPoint® Active Noise-cancelling Headphones:

                Briliant noice cancelling, really comfortable in the head.
                Bass is a bit too much for my taste by overall great sound (my reference is the Sennheiser sound, generally speaking).

                Now please make a version with bluetooth...

                • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                • Working
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                • Less than a month
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                5.0

                Massaging my ear drums with the purring of delightful tunes

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                from Brisbane, Australia

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Good Bass
                • Great Sound
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9 QuietPoint® Active Noise-cancelling Headphones:

                    After being disappointed with the build quality of my previous ANC headphones (company and brand not important), I put in some solid research into a replacement ANC headset and the ATH-ANC9 ticked all the boxes for me in specifications and other reviews. My ATH-ANC9's arrived this morning and I have spent the day extremely happy and being in my own noise cancelled world, listening to a wide variety of music. The packaging was nice, came with all the required accessories, being able to select different levels of ANC is also quite useful. These headphones are exactly what I wanted. The only improvement I can think of is possibly better cables, for the price the cables don't feel all that durable, however no major drama as they are not hard wired so I can simply order more durable replacement cables if needed. Love your work Audio Technica, keep doing what you do best.

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                    • Working
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                    • Less than a month
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                    5.0

                    Best all round headphones.

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                    from Melbourne, Australia

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Durable
                    • good accessories package to suite smart phone
                    • Good Bass
                    • Great Sound
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Cord Too Short

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9 QuietPoint® Active Noise-cancelling Headphones:

                      2 years later using them in the household, between 3 people, also as part of the recording studio collection to use when reviewing music,
                      listening to regular music from smart phone/tablet, gamin on the PC, while gardening, travelling, and where noise cancelling or good quality headphones are required.
                      My only dislike was the short cable included, battery life is great when you use good quality rechargeable batteries, and if you look after them after every use "clean them, and put them away in the provided hard case" then you prolong their life by a so much,
                      cable got caught and came off MANY times from the headphones, and when i plug it back, they work just as good,
                      best part is that when the battery runs out, they can still work "as regular headphones" and therefore they are not useless like some other brands i've had in the past.
                      They do need to be looked after and handled not so rough or thrown around, but that's like anything else , look after them and they will last

                      • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                      • Home
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                      • Over a year
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                      3.0

                      Pretty Good

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                      from Virginia

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable
                      • Durable
                      • Good Bass
                      • Great Sound

                      Cons

                      • Big on head
                      • Difficult with glasses
                      • Rattling/Rumbling noise

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9 QuietPoint® Active Noise-cancelling Headphones:

                        I like the way these headphones work and sound for the majority of the time. I also have the ATH-700Pro headphones and I put these on over those simply because they are more comfortable. I also really like the noise cancelling. After spending a month of travelling including many flights, two of which were 14 hrs. long I could really appreciate the noise cancelling capability. When wearing thicker framed glasses, the memory foam pad does not fit so well around the head, compromising the NC ability. I also noticed that when in turbulent air or in the car there is a rattling/rumbling sound that is pretty disruptive. I am an Audio Technica loyalist with many headphones and a turntable so I have faith in the quality of the product. The rattling/rumbling is a little bit of a disappointment but I will continue to buy their products.

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                        • Traveling
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                        • Up to a year
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                        2.0

                        I do not recommend the ATH-ANCP.

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                        from Hawaii

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable
                        • Great Sound

                        Cons

                        • Poor Value

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                          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9 QuietPoint® Active Noise-cancelling Headphones:

                          There is no doubt that audio-technica makes a fine product but the ANC9 was a disappointment. My previous ANC7 headphone was an excellent value and I literally wore them out. I decided to replace them with the 9. The 9 doesn't offer that much better noise cancelling over the 7 for the money. The 9 eats batteries compared to the 7. The battery compartment was designed by an engineer not considering use and therefore difficult to replace the battery as compared to the method of the 7 which for my old pair was super simple and easy. I would have assumed that audio-technica would understand their customer base and know that anyone over 40 would have real trouble with changing the battery. Very poor design. I have had to sew the entire seam of the foam cover on both ear cups. The splitting of the seam occurred just before and after the warranty period. Oh and when the battery dies while in use you'll get loud pop in your ears...very annoying. As I said audio-technica produces quality products and I will consider another headset from them....but it would be the 7 NOT the 9.

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                          • Home
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                          • Over a year
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                          4.0

                          Pretty Good, Sound was a Bit dissapointing

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                          from Brisbane, Australia

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable
                          • Good Value
                          • Lightweight
                          • Stylish

                          Cons

                          • Poor Sound
                          • Too Much Ambient Noise

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                            Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9 QuietPoint® Active Noise-cancelling Headphones:

                            Nice headphones, comfortable, good construction but the sound falls short, clear, but midrange and bass are lacking

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                            • Traveling
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                            • Less than a month
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                            5.0

                            Amazing sound, excellent build quality!

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                            from State College, PA

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable
                            • Great Sound

                            Cons

                            • Unattractive Design

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                              Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9 QuietPoint® Active Noise-cancelling Headphones:

                              I feel that they are one of the best headphones I would have used till now, I am an avid music listener and haveh probably used more than 15 headphones and 6 high-end earphones till now and this is my personal favorite till now!

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                              • Traveling
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                              • Up to a year
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                              • Q:

                                I lost my chord to connect my wonderful headphones to my audio source. Can I purchase a new chord and what chord should I purchase?
                                Asked on 11/19/2017 by Brooke from Jerome, ID

                                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 11/21/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                              • Q:

                                Can these headphones be used wireless?
                                Asked on 8/27/2017 by Crist from Chennai

                                1 answer

                                • Staff Reviewer

                                  A:

                                  The Active Noise Cancelling feature may be used without a wire connected but for audio playback, you will need to connect the audio cable between your source and headphones.

                                  Answered on 8/29/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                              • Q:

                                Hello,
                                I own a pair of this bad boys,(ATH-ANC9) but unfortunatelly,
                                The ear pads wore out.
                                Do you sell replacement pads?
                                Sincerely,
                                Sergio Giron.
                                Asked on 8/9/2017 by SerGi from Brooklyn, NY

                                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 8/11/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                              • Q:

                                Are these wireless and can also be plugged into headphone jack? I am looking for a good pair of headphones that can be wireless for riding a bike/ bus rides and then be able to be plugged in when studying on a laptop, etc.
                                Asked on 7/26/2017 by Miss Nora from Alabama

                                1 answer

                                • Staff Reviewer

                                  A:

                                  No, the signal from your source device will travel via a cable. The cable is detachable to utilize the noise cancelling technology without a hanging cable.

                                  Answered on 7/28/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                              • Q:

                                Can I use these for computers? Mainly play games and listen to music, but Im looking for something not too bulky and not heavy on the wallet. Any other suggestions of headphones?
                                Asked on 7/11/2017 by Kaption from undisclosed

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                                • Staff Reviewer

                                  A:

                                  Yes, you may plug the ATH-ANC9 headphones into standard 3.5mm stereo headphone output connections.

                                  Answered on 7/14/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                              • Q:

                                Can I purchase replacement earpads for these headphones and if so where?
                                Asked on 6/23/2017 by Chris from TN

                                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 6/26/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                              • Q:

                                What are the exact dimensions of the earpds? I'm trying to determine how well these will fit over my giant ears.
                                Asked on 6/16/2017 by The Karakarn from USA

                                1 answer

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                                  A:

                                  Thanks for your inquiry. The inner side of the earpad is 1.4"x 2.4" and the outer side is 3"x 4".

                                  Answered on 6/22/2017 by Anonymous
                              • Q:

                                I bought these noise-cancelling headphones 6 years ago but have not used them in years. I no longer have the instructions, so I'm not positive that this is the model that I have. It looks like it is ... I see the button on the left ear to turn it on and off. I have a fresh battery installed. I see the button on the left ear for the 3 "modes" but the sound only lasts a couple of seconds and then it goes quiet. What am I doing wrong? I just want to hear white noise to cancel out people talking next to me at work.
                                Asked on 6/7/2017 by Nancy from San Francisco, CA

                                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 6/8/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                              • Q:

                                Does it matter which end of the cable is plugged in to the headphones and the noise producing device (when listening to music). One end of the cable is straight in-line with the cord, and the opposite end is a 90 degree angle from the cable.
                                Asked on 5/21/2017 by TW from Somewhere in Texas

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                                • Staff Reviewer

                                  A:

                                  The 90 degree angle connection end should be plugged into your source (I.E. iPod, smartphone, CD player, etc.) and the straight connection will go into your headphones.

                                  Answered on 5/22/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                              • Q:

                                On the ATH-ANC9:
                                What speaker (left or right) does the headphone cable plug into?
                                Asked on 3/26/2017 by Richard from Daly City, Ca.

                                1 answer

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