ATH-ANC23BK

QuietPoint® Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones

MSRP* US$69.95
One-Year Limited End-User Warranty

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

  • in ear headphones


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  • Overview

    Scoring 9 out of a possible 10, the ATH-ANC23 has won Digital Trends ‘Editor’s Choice’ award. Click to see the review.

    ATH-ANC23 QuietPoint® Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones reduce distracting background noise by up to 90% while offering the superior sound that makes Audio-Technica a world-leading pro audio company.

    Engineered to create a comfortable listening environment in areas with high ambient noise, these in-ear headphones feature a miniature microphone in each earpiece that picks up ambient noise (such as traffic, air-handling systems, etc.). Electronics in the control box create a noise-cancelling wave that is 180° out of phase with the ambient noise. This wave acts like a noise eraser: it cancels out the annoying sounds that surround you without diminishing the audio you want to hear. The result…a peaceful enclave to enjoy the music or movies of your choice.

    Read how Active Noise-cancelling Headphones work.
  • Features

    • Ultra-compact in-ear design is ideal for travel

    • Advanced electronics cancel up to 90% of background noise

    • Innovative ANC circuitry delivers an exceptionally pure audio signal in noise-cancelling mode

    • Ideal for use with all audio sources, including MP3 & other portable players

    • Soft interchangeable ear pieces (small, medium & large) provide a custom fit

    • Included Comply™ Foam Tips comfortably seal the ear canal for outstanding noise isolation and retention

    • Audio functions (in passive mode) even without battery

    • Sleek control box offers on/off switch, volume control and clothing clip

    • Two-pin airline adapter connects to in-flight entertainment

    • Soft protective pouch for headphones & accessories

    • A single AAA battery powers noise-cancelling electronics

    • Gold-plated mini-plug provides exceptional corrosion resistance, superb conductivity and low noise


  • Specifications

    TypeActive noise-cancelling
    Driver Diameter13 mm
    Frequency Response20 - 20,000 Hz
    Quietpoint® Active Noise ReductionUp to 20 dB
    Sensitivity105 dB
    Impedance32 ohms
    BatteryAAA (alkaline)
    Battery LifeUp to 60 hours, typical (alkaline)
    Weight26 g (0.9 oz) without battery
    Cable1.3 m (4.3') Y-cable with 3.5 mm stereo mini-plug
    Accessories IncludedAirline adapter; AAA battery; protective pouch; Comply™ Foam Tips (1 pair); ear pieces (rubber tips) (S/M/L size)



    Specifications measured with headphones in active mode.


    Conditions
  • Downloads

    ATH-ANC23 Manual (pdf 858.55 KB)
  • Reviews

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    Audio-TechnicaATH-ANC23BK QuietPoint® Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones
     
    4.4

    (based on 13 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

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    • 3 Stars

       

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      (1)

    33%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Casual listening (7)
    • Travel (7)
    • Block noise (6)
    • Office (4)

    Cons

    No Cons

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Excellent with a single exception

    I've had the extremely expensive active cancelling ear phones that were great for flying and had decent enough sound, unfortunately I left my set on a cruise never to see them again. Later that...Read complete review

    I've had the extremely expensive active cancelling ear phones that were great for flying and had decent enough sound, unfortunately I left my set on a cruise never to see them again. Later that year I had a 20 hour flight to the Middle East and really missed the active cancelling. So I searched the ginormous universe we call the Internet and after countless hours of reviews I settled on this set. At the price point the risk of a less-than-optimal set of headphones was an acceptable risk.

    In summary, I am very happy with these ear phones. The active noise cancelling rivals the Bose QC-15 without the ridiculous price and the sound quality is really good.

    Comfort:
    Very comfortable, I can have these in my ears all day without my ear canals hurting, sleeping with these in is so-so but that's to be expected.

    Sound Quality:
    Reproduces a nice wide range of sounds with excellent clarity, though some might complain they are a little "bass-y", I'm okay with that because too much treble tend to hurt my ears. That said, great for Techno and other music tracks that emphasis bass.

    Durability:
    Going on 8 months with regular use, but the thing I love about these is they just don't tangle like other ear buds I've used. I've used these running on treadmills, while flying, in the car, at work --just roll up and throw 'em in my bag. Ear tips are wonderful! I love the tips so much I swap 'em on to my phone ear headphone when I need to talk on the cell phone. Also keeps the ear phones in place when running, something silicon just can't do because they are slick.

    These headphones deserve a 5-star rating with a single exception..the active cancelling "control box" was put just short of the center of the cord, ~21" to the jack and ~30" to the headphones..what a pain-in-the-butt. There is simply no good way of wearing these headphones without the awkwardness.

    Plugged into my laptop the control box tends to slip off the desk or just gets in the way. I like ~8" of space between the edge of the desk to the laptop(keyboard); puts the keys at a comfortable distance. this give about ~13" of slack and you know where the end of that slack is? The control box ... so it falls off the desk, the headphones pop out the ear or are always tugging at it. A great example is trying to watch a movie on the laptop, you can't really lean back and stretch out to watch --always have to be within arms reach of the laptop otherwise the control box falls off the table/desk/airplane table. I can push the laptop further back on the desk but now I'm sitting really sitting up to my chest under the desk. I'm 5'9" and often there's not enough room behind the desk to stretch out, right because desks are against a wall. Can't clip it to yourself because the wire from box to computer is too short, no place on a desk to clip it.

    The same thing applies to walking running standing but opposite in annoyances. The control box is situated about belt level. There just isn't a great place to clip it. Can't really clip to the bottom of a shirt, because clip opening is toward device --so now headphone is leading to the "bottom" and the device attaches to the "top" of the control box. Too short from the headphones to put in pants pocket and too short from device to put in shirt pocket.

    TL:DR -bad control box placement, need to figure something out that works. Either put the box closer to the headphones or closer to the plug. I think 8"-10" from the plug would be better and would free up the headphones a little more.

    Really considering a modification to move the control box...

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    The product did not work at all

    Product did not work. It is not worth the money and time to send this unit back for repairs.

    Product did not work. It is not worth the money and time to send this unit back for repairs.

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    1.0

    The product did not work at all

    By 

    from Ionia, MI

    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor Sound

      Best Uses

        Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23BK QuietPoint® Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones:

        Product did not work. It is not worth the money and time to send this unit back for repairs.

        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
        • Home
        • How long have you used this product?:
        • Less than a month
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        4.0

        Good Headphones. Break Easily

        By 

        from Kennesaw, Ga.

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Great Sound

        Cons

        • Falls Off/Out Of Ear
        • Flimsy Construction
        • Stops Working

        Best Uses

          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23BK QuietPoint® Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones:

          Had these for a few years (3 years) and the quietpoint has quit working. They are now out of warranty. I love Audio Technica products, but I would not get these headphones again as I did not even use the headphones that much

          • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
          • Traveling
          • How long have you used this product?:
          • Over a year
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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent for Road Warriors

          By 

          from Chicago

          Pros

          • Comes with Carrying Case
          • Comfortable
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Excellent battery life
          • Good Bass
          • Good Value
          • Great Sound
          • Lightweight
          • Replaceable AAA Battery

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23BK QuietPoint® Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones:

              I travel 44 weeks a year and have owned these for 4 years. These travel with me every week. They are nice and small, unlike the large over the ear you see people wearing. Having a replaceable AAA battery means it never dies as I carry an extra battery in the provided travel case. Before I put my music on my smart phone, I had plenty of room in the carrying case for my iPod. The only visible wear is the model number printing is wearing off.

              • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
              • Traveling
              • How long have you used this product?:
              • Over a year
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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Awesome headset!

              By 

              from Los Angeles, CA, USA

              Site Member

              Pros

              • NOISE REDUCTION
              • Sound

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

                Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23BK QuietPoint® Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones:

                I am so happy with this headset. Great sound quality and good noise reduction on the airplane.

                • How long have you used this product?:
                • Over a year
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                5.0

                Great sound!

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                from Undisclosed

                Site Member

                Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23BK QuietPoint® Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones:

                These earbud headphones have amazing sound and the noise canceling is very impressive!

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                5.0

                Highly recommended

                By 

                from San Juan, Puerto Rico

                Site Member

                Pros

                • Sound quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23BK QuietPoint® Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones:

                    Had previously used the noise-excluding ear buds (they fit into your ear really tight). Got these between flights at JFK and have been extremely pleased with sound quality (and when you don't have background noise, no need to turn on the noise-cancelling feature, which has no impact on sound quality). Noise cancelling battery pack (1-AAA) can be clipped to shirt or belt, and kit comes with 2-prong adapter for airline use (GREAT), and fits comfortably in-ear with several buds for different ear sizes. Caution - my wife is upset because I didn't get her a set.

                    • How long have you used this product?:
                    • Less than a month

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Excellent with a single exception

                    By 

                    from SLC, UT

                    Site Member

                    Pros

                    • Block Noise
                    • Casual Listening
                    • Gaming
                    • Office
                    • sound quality!
                    • Sports/Exercise
                    • Travel

                    Cons

                    • control box location

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23BK QuietPoint® Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones:

                      I've had the extremely expensive active cancelling ear phones that were great for flying and had decent enough sound, unfortunately I left my set on a cruise never to see them again. Later that year I had a 20 hour flight to the Middle East and really missed the active cancelling. So I searched the ginormous universe we call the Internet and after countless hours of reviews I settled on this set. At the price point the risk of a less-than-optimal set of headphones was an acceptable risk.

                      In summary, I am very happy with these ear phones. The active noise cancelling rivals the Bose QC-15 without the ridiculous price and the sound quality is really good.

                      Comfort:
                      Very comfortable, I can have these in my ears all day without my ear canals hurting, sleeping with these in is so-so but that's to be expected.

                      Sound Quality:
                      Reproduces a nice wide range of sounds with excellent clarity, though some might complain they are a little "bass-y", I'm okay with that because too much treble tend to hurt my ears. That said, great for Techno and other music tracks that emphasis bass.

                      Durability:
                      Going on 8 months with regular use, but the thing I love about these is they just don't tangle like other ear buds I've used. I've used these running on treadmills, while flying, in the car, at work --just roll up and throw 'em in my bag. Ear tips are wonderful! I love the tips so much I swap 'em on to my phone ear headphone when I need to talk on the cell phone. Also keeps the ear phones in place when running, something silicon just can't do because they are slick.

                      These headphones deserve a 5-star rating with a single exception..the active cancelling "control box" was put just short of the center of the cord, ~21" to the jack and ~30" to the headphones..what a pain-in-the-butt. There is simply no good way of wearing these headphones without the awkwardness.

                      Plugged into my laptop the control box tends to slip off the desk or just gets in the way. I like ~8" of space between the edge of the desk to the laptop(keyboard); puts the keys at a comfortable distance. this give about ~13" of slack and you know where the end of that slack is? The control box ... so it falls off the desk, the headphones pop out the ear or are always tugging at it. A great example is trying to watch a movie on the laptop, you can't really lean back and stretch out to watch --always have to be within arms reach of the laptop otherwise the control box falls off the table/desk/airplane table. I can push the laptop further back on the desk but now I'm sitting really sitting up to my chest under the desk. I'm 5'9" and often there's not enough room behind the desk to stretch out, right because desks are against a wall. Can't clip it to yourself because the wire from box to computer is too short, no place on a desk to clip it.

                      The same thing applies to walking running standing but opposite in annoyances. The control box is situated about belt level. There just isn't a great place to clip it. Can't really clip to the bottom of a shirt, because clip opening is toward device --so now headphone is leading to the "bottom" and the device attaches to the "top" of the control box. Too short from the headphones to put in pants pocket and too short from device to put in shirt pocket.

                      TL:DR -bad control box placement, need to figure something out that works. Either put the box closer to the headphones or closer to the plug. I think 8"-10" from the plug would be better and would free up the headphones a little more.

                      Really considering a modification to move the control box...

                      • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                      • Other
                      • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                      • Intermediate
                      • How long have you used this product?:
                      • Up to a year
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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Outstanding value, Great performance, Excellent purchase

                      By 

                      from Central IL

                      Site Member

                      Pros

                      • Block Noise
                      • Casual Listening
                      • Travel

                      Cons

                      • wires tangle easily

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23BK QuietPoint® Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones:

                        I purchased these headphones to reduce the audible clutter in my office. The active noise cancelling (not isolating), which is fairly uncommon in ear buds, functions very well. The headphones really do out perform their price tag.

                        My only complaint with this product is the wire sheathing. The cords frequently become tangled. This is a small complaint, but as it is something I deal with every time I use the product, it's worth mentioning.

                        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                        • Office
                        • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                        • Audiophile
                        • How long have you used this product?:
                        • Up to a year
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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great sound; great noise suppression

                        By 

                        from New York, NY, USA

                        Site Member

                        Pros

                        • Block Noise
                        • Casual Listening
                        • Travel

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23BK QuietPoint® Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones:

                            Compared to a different manufacturer's active noise-cancelling in-ear monitors that I have used for about 2 years, the Audio Technica ATH-ANC23 in-ear monitors are so much better. (I use the earphones with music and internet radio apps on my Android phone.) The sound is crystal clear, with excellent undistorted bass. (Of course, using a good software app with tone and equalization controls helps improve the listening experience with any headphones.) The noise suppression is excellent, eliminating most background noise on my daily commute on the NYC subway system. The small battery compartment with spring-loaded clip is perfectly placed to clip to my belt or shirt. The variously sized rubber cushions allow perfect fitting to the ear. I like the fact that you can still use the earphones -- albeit without noise cancellation -- even if the switch is off or if the battery dies, unlike other similar products. Great product at a good price.

                            • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                            • Travel
                            • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                            • Intermediate
                            • How long have you used this product?:
                            • Up to a year
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                            5.0

                            Amazing Sound Quality!

                            By 

                            from Dallas, TX, USA

                            Site Member

                            Pros

                            • Block Noise
                            • Casual Listening
                            • Film/Video Production
                            • Office
                            • Travel

                            Cons

                            • clip in the wrong place for ease of use
                            • cord easily tangled.
                            • cord seems very flimsy

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23BK QuietPoint® Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones:

                              i got these on amazon for really cheap ($43) first plus when i got them they seemed kinda flimsy and the cord was not what i was expecting but i went ahead and started using them. i was Blown Away!!!!! i had never heard such quality sound in an ear bud! they had a much better range and not as much bass emphasis as my old beats! the only reason durability and ease of use are not 5 star is because of the cord and the fact the clip on the noise reduction box is facing down the cord,the cord is easily tangled, and i want to clip to the bottom of a shirt or jacket.

                              • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                              • Casual listening
                              • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                              • Audiophile
                              • How long have you used this product?:
                              • Less than a month
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                              43 Questions | 47 Answers
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                              • Q:

                                I have the QuietPoint ATH-ANC23.
                                How do I open the compartment to insert the battery?

                                Please reply to tbeynon@mgbwlaw.com

                                I do not have time to search in public forums.

                                I was travelling, didn't have room for the box, I just grabbed the little black bag, I didn't think it would be this difficult.
                                Asked on 8/1/2016 by Tom from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

                                1 answer

                              • Q:

                                Hi, do i need to charge the Quiet Point piece of the ATH-ANC23 in-ear buds?
                                Asked on 7/29/2016 by Cheryl

                                1 answer

                                • Staff Reviewer

                                  A:

                                  You may use a standard Alkaline battery with the ATH-ANC23BK.

                                  Answered on 8/3/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                              • Q:

                                United Airlines consoles have a 3.5mm jack and a smaller one. The supplied airline adapter has two 3.5 mm pins. How can I use the headphones with United consoles and still get stereo?
                                Asked on 6/26/2016 by Bob from United States

                                1 answer

                                • Staff Reviewer

                                  A:

                                  Thank you for your inquiry. I found the below information on the internet and should help you.

                                  This is not the same plug as the two-prongs you see on other airlines. The first port is a standard stereo mini; the second is to power the noise canceling headphones that UA uses. Any set of headphones works when plugged into the stereo mini jack.

                                  Answered on 6/30/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                              • Q:

                                Can the ATH-ANC23BK be sued with a cell phone (is there a microphone in the product)?
                                Asked on 6/3/2016 by Jay from United States

                                1 answer

                                • CUSTOMER CARE

                                  A:

                                  The ATH-ANC23 can be used with a cell phone. However, it does not have a built-in microphone. The ATH-ANC33iS are the same headphones but feature an in-line microphone, and can also be used with a cell phone.

                                  If you have any further questions, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                                  audio-solutions@atus.com

                                  Thanks!

                                  Answered on 6/9/2016 by ATUS_Specialist2 from Stow, OH
                              • Q:

                                The noise cancelling works wonderfully, but I can't hear my music or movies thru them at all. Tried with battery in and without. Help!
                                Asked on 4/29/2016 by Jane from United States

                                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 5/3/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                              • Q:

                                Where can I get replacement ear tips for Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23? And how much are they?
                                Asked on 4/27/2016 by Ellen from United States

                                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 5/3/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                              • Q:

                                Do you sell replacement ear tips for these heaadphones? I'd love to buy a few extra.
                                Asked on 4/21/2016 by T from United States

                                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 4/27/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                              • Q:

                                The cable on the headphones got damaged by stretching , I am hearing impaired and the head phones have been of great use to me , can you help they are over warranty. Thank you Steve. Sfkpony@gmail.com
                                Asked on 4/11/2016 by Steve from Dover nh

                                1 answer

                                • Staff Reviewer

                                  A:

                                  Please contact our Service Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5003 or at Service@atus.com for assistance with this.

                                  Answered on 4/12/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                              • Q:

                                Does it have microphonics?
                                Asked on 3/28/2016 by Praveen from United States

                                1 answer

                                • Staff Reviewer

                                  A:

                                  Thank you for your inquiry. No, it does not include a microphone.

                                  Answered on 4/7/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                              • Q:

                                What color is the light supposed to be once I turn the noise canceling box on?
                                Asked on 3/22/2016 by J

                                1 answer

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