ATH-ANC9 QuietPointÂ® Active Noise-cancelling Headphones
I bought these for an upcoming long-haul plane trip, after a friend recommended this brand. I have to say that these headphones are disappointing in all regards.
1) Only one side produces any sound, and that has noticeable static, which is increasing over the time I've been testing them. The other side is dead.
2) Sound cancelling is at best 50%, nowhere near 95% as advertised.
3) The case is ENORMOUS and far too bulky to use for travel.
4) The earpieces are very uncomfortable as they exert a lot of lateral pressure on the ears. YMMV.
These will be promptly returned to the retailer.
July 27, 2015
Works very well in noisy office and on airplanes
I have had these headphones for over a year and I like these headphones a lot.
They work very well and are comfortable on long distance flights and make a huge difference. You would be amazed how much nicer it is in cattle class with these headphones!
The only problem I have had is that somehow the cell-phone type cable broke even though I haven't been using it.
April 28, 2015
Comfortable and great sound quality but...
They are comfortable, sound great and look nice. After a couple of months of use the active cancelling started acting up. Now I have a low rumbling/vibrating driver on the left side of the set. This only happens when the NC switch is on but I use the noise cancelling all the time meaning that it happens often. This is very annoying specially when tilting my head to my right side, this makes the rumbling/vibration even more pronounced. I will be contacting the service center to see if this can be fixed but this shouldn't happen at all. Reading the other reviews I noticed that others are experiencing the same issue.
April 6, 2015
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 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.
January 17, 2015
I was excited about this product and got a fantastic deal of the major online retailer but pair I purchased developed a faint high pitched squeal which I tried to ignore but gave up and returned them, I asked for a replacement pair bc I loved them so much, minus the issue, but of course the second pair not only had that high pitched squeal but also had an additional problem, the noise cancelling was not even in both ears, and I could really feel it, I could notice the difference and couldn't handle it. Please AT fix these issues. My previous pair ant-anc7b was fairly good pair, my cord got damaged and my ear cups leatherette covering the foam came apart at the glue, which I stitched together.
September 15, 2014
noise cancelation stops working
Bought this headphones for noise cancelation. Noise cancelation stopped working after a month of use. Right side always got a annoying rumbling sound. Sound quality is great. Useless headphones though. I would not recommend buying these. One star because it failed at its main purpose. Lot of people having the same issues
April 20, 2014
Just got my ANC9 and enjoying them!
I've had the Bose QC15 and Soul SL300 in the past but I prefer my new ACN9 over them. I like the sound quality over both previous headphones and the noise cancellation is almost as good as the QC15. It does produce stronger bass which I prefer, but overall the sound quality is well defined. The headphones are very comfortable and appear to be well made. Iâ€™ve had them for only a couple of days so reliability is undetermined. I did recommend this same pair to my friend who travels often. He went with me when I purchased mine and he borrowed it over lunch. We went right back to the store and he bought the other pair in stock. I did purchase the extended warranty thru my retailer so I donâ€™t have to deal with some of the issues Iâ€™ve read about on this website.
April 7, 2014
Seems I have the same problem as many other posting their review here... The noise cancelling device stopped working after a year (first the left ear and now the right one)
November 22, 2013