ATH-ANC23BK

QuietPoint® Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones

MSRP* US$79.95
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.


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  • Downloads

    ATH-ANC23 Manual (pdf 858.55 KB)
  • Reviews

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    Audio-TechnicaATH-ANC23BK QuietPoint® Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones
     
    4.7

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

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    5.0

    Awesome headset!

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    from Los Angeles, CA, USA

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    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.

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      • Over a year
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      5.0

      Great sound!

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      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

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      from San Juan, Puerto Rico

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      • Sound quality

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        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
           
          4.0

          Excellent with a single exception

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          from SLC, UT

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          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...

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            • Other
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            • Intermediate
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            • Up to a year
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            4.0

            Outstanding value, Great performance, Excellent purchase

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            from Central IL

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            Pros

            • Block Noise
            • Casual Listening
            • Travel

            Cons

            • wires tangle easily

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              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
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              • Audiophile
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              • Up to a year
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              5.0

              Great sound; great noise suppression

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              from New York, NY, USA

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              Pros

              • Block Noise
              • Casual Listening
              • Travel

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                  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
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                  • Intermediate
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                  • Up to a year
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                  5.0

                  Amazing Sound Quality!

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                  from Dallas, TX, USA

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                  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
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                    • Audiophile
                    • How long have you used this product?:
                    • Less than a month
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                    4.0

                    Effective product for surrounding noise reduction

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                    from Miami, FL, USA

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                    Pros

                    • Casual Listening
                    • Travel

                    Cons

                    • in-ear plugs comfort

                    Best Uses

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

                      The in ear canal pieces could be softer and more comfortable with more sizes of foam adapters.

                      • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                      • Travel
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                      • Intermediate
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                      • Up to a year
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                      5.0

                      Exceptional ear buds

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                      from Boston, MA, USA

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                      Pros

                      • Block Noise
                      • Casual Listening
                      • Office
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                          Comments about Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23BK QuietPoint® Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones:

                          I am very impressed by the quality given in this product. It is very lightweight, exceptional bass and sound and quietpoint tech really does cancel background noise out. They give many different sizes of ear plugs and even a foam pair that conforms to the shape of your ear (these are the ones that I use the most). I like the small pouch and airplane plugs (BIG PLUS FOR ME!!!!!!!!). I am more than happy with these ear buds I will definately look to Audio Technica in the future for all my listening needs.

                          • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                          • Travel
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                          • Intermediate
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                          • Up to a year
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                          5.0

                          Great sound with noise cancelling on overseas flight.

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                          Pros

                          • Block Noise
                          • Casual Listening
                          • Office
                          • Travel

                          Cons

                          • plastic battery cover seems to be the weak point

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

                            Bought these ear buds for an overseas trip theydid a great job at blocking the constant hum of the engines on the 777. This product came with the adapter needed to plug and play on the flight. Just drop in the AAA battery turn on the noise cancelling and you will hear the difference immediately. You don't have to use the noise cancelling to listen, just plug and play it still has good sound quality.

                            • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                            • Travel
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                            • Casual Listener
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                            • Less than a month
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                            • Q:

                              If I want to use without noise cancelling feature, can I leave the noise cancelling part off and not carry with me? Sometimes I want noise cancelling and sometimes I don't need it. I understand the box can be heavy and tug on your ears. Thanks!
                              Asked on 8/17/2015 by Rob from Honolulu, HI

                              1 answer

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                                A:

                                Thank you for your inquiry about your ATH-ANC23BK earbuds. The control box is permanently attached and should not be removed.

                                Answered on 8/18/2015 by Audio Solutions Specialist 4
                            • Q:

                              I lost one small rubber tip. Can I purchase replacements?
                              I'm traveling to baltimore and DC.
                              Asked on 8/17/2015 by Jerry from costa Mesa, ca

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                              • 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 8/18/2015 by Anonymous
                            • Q:

                              Where can I found new foam for the earbuds
                              Asked on 8/16/2015 by adrian from san antonio

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                              • Staff Reviewer

                                A:

                                Thank you for your inquiry.

                                Please contact our Parts Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5002 or at Parts@atus.com for assistance with this.

                                Answered on 8/17/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpecialist3
                            • Q:

                              Can control box reach pants pockets or belt?

                              whats the length between control box and ear buds?
                              Asked on 3/28/2015 by amiru2

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                              • A:

                                Thank you for your inquiry. The cable is around 31 inches between the earbuds and the control box.

                                Answered on 3/31/2015 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                            • Q:

                              Response time?

                              I'm trying to use these headphones in a room with lots of hvac noise. In addition to an elevated noise level (between 60-70dB), the noise modulates in pitch and volume over very short timescales, ~1-2s, as best as I can tell. This means that even with the headphones in and on, I can hear the modulation. I guess my questions are 1) should this be happening, and 2) what is the approximate response time of the internal electronics once the mic picks up the sound has changed? Maybe if I know how fast the cancelation is supposed to respond, I can have some information to give the hvac technicians to narrow down what the problem is so they can fix it.
                              Asked on 3/2/2015 by Ana2

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                              • A:

                                By response time, do you mean the time it takes the noise-cancelling to be processed? If so, the answer is immediately.

                                As a general recommendation, it is best to use the larger ear-tips as to create a better seal around the ear canal. DO NOT insert the tips inside your ear canal; rather, they should be resting just outside the ear canal, enough to create a seal around the outside of your ear canal.

                                It’s also important to note that ANY set of noise-cancelling headphones will not simulate deafness (as to cancel out all [background] noise/sound); they cancel out frequencies commonly associated with being “noisy”, which is more-so the lower-end/bass frequencies. Listing to music while noise-cancelling is enabled will also help to mask-out most other outside sounds. So much so, that you will not be able to hear most outside sounds, even with music played at lower levels. Therefore, it is possible to notice some background sounds (including some higher-frequency content of the human voice), but the noise related to those sounds will be greatly reduced.

                                Over-The-Ear Noise-Cancelling headphones (such as the ATH-ANC9 or ATH-ANC7b) might be more beneficial, because they provide better active noise-cancelling through it’s internal circuitry, as well as greater passive noise reduction (the physical ear-cups blocking sounds from entering).

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                                If you have any further questions or for any future correspondence, please send your original question and this response, and contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                                audio-solutions@atus.com

                                Thanks!

                                Answered on 3/3/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpec2 from Stow, OH
                            • Q:

                              How do I remove the old battery from an ANC23?
                              Asked on 2/28/2015 by JamesV from Royal Oak, MI, USA

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                              • A:

                                Thank you for your inquiry. To install a battery, the ATH-ANC23 requires one AAA battery for operation (included). Use only disposable AAA alkaline batteries. Do not use rechargeable batteries.

                                1. Move power switch to the “OFF” position.
                                2. Turn control box over to access battery compartment.
                                3. Open battery cover by sliding the cover in the direction of the arrow on the cover.
                                4. Insert AAA battery, observing correct polarity as marked.
                                5. Close battery compartment cover.

                                Answered on 3/11/2015 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                            • Q:

                              Can I use this headphone during phone call?
                              Asked on 12/17/2014 by mamin89 from Bridgewater, NJ, USA

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                              • A:

                                No you would not. There is a smartphone version of these, the ATN-ANC33iS, which has both an inline microphone and a controller for handling some phone and music player functions.

                                Answered on 12/22/2014 by AudioSolutionsSpec1 from Stow,OH
                            • Q:

                              What are specs on noise cancellation for different frequencies in decibels?

                              I do not notice much if any noise cancellation for motor noises like automobiles, lawnmowers, and wind noise. Unlike other noise isolating earbuds I've use none of the included rubber pieces seem to seal to keeps noises out.
                              Asked on 12/17/2014 by kq4ym from LaBelle, FL 33935, USA

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                              • A:

                                Thank you for your inquiry. Noise cancelation is most effective at and below 500 Hz.

                                Answered on 1/6/2015 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                            • Q:

                              Noise Cancellation... what am I doing wrong?

                              I recently purchased the noise cancelling ear buds but I must be doing something wrong because they don't cancel anything out, unless I blast the volume.
                              When I up the volume control on the box, there is more static and distortion of the sound
                              Asked on 6/9/2014 by pmgreen from VA

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                              • A:

                                Thank you for your inquiry. Please contact our Audio Solutions Team at 330-686-2600 ext. 5000. They can help you with this.

                                Answered on 6/10/2014 by AudioSolutionsManager from Stow, OH
                            • Q:

                              Will these fit small ears

                              I have very small ear canals, and many if not most in-ear ear phones will not fit, even with the smallest foam. These sound like they are great, but would like to know about fitting smaller ears. Thanks.
                              Asked on 5/7/2014 by JWC1

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                              • A:

                                Audio-Technica In-Ear Headphones (including the ATH-ANC23) are NOT meant to be pushed beyond the ear canal opening. Rather, there are multiple ear-tip sizes included with A-T headphones of this nature, that are meant to create a seal around the outside of the ear canal.

                                Proper use of the ear-tips are listed below:

                                To use the Rubber Tips:
                                The Medium sized rubber tips are attached to the headphones at shipment. If these do not fit your ears, replace them with the Small or the Large rubber tips or with the Comply™ Foam Tips. It is important to have the correct and comfortable fit; an incorrect fit will degrade both the noise-cancelling and audio performance of your headphones.
                                - Proper use includes using tips that will create a good seal around the outside of your ear canal. Do NOT insert the tips into the ear canal!

                                To use the Comply Foam Tips:
                                After installing them on your headphones, compress the tips by rolling them between your fingers. The tip will expand to fit when inserted into your ear canal opening.

                                Thanks!

                                Answered on 5/8/2014 by AudioSolutionsSpec2 from Stow, OH
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