Conclusion: The light and compact design of these headphones allows them to be carried easily while traveling. The noise canceling feature is very effective, blocking all other noises surrounding the listener. However, when the noise canceling function is off the sound is somewhat distorted.
Pros: The model’s big plus is the noise canceling feature that leads to a clear sound. They have a small weight and can be used passively without batteries as well.
Cons: The size of the ear cups is larger than it should and this can become uncomfortable. Sound leakage levels are quite hard so it can be difficult to listen while in spaces with other people without them hearing all.
Summary: Audio-Technica is one of the most respected names in the audiophile world as it applies to the computer user. Head into any forum anywhere where people are talking about headphones or headsets and you are going to find this company's name.
Summary: I've had these headphones for a few years now and I still love them. They are noise canceling closed back headphones and that does make a difference to the sound. I occasionally swap my usual open backed headphones for these and listen to something rocky and I'm amazed at the extra punch and the...
Pros: good sound; especailly with the noise cancelling on
Cons: noise cancelling circit picks up mobile phone interfearance
Summary: Unlike the rest of the headphones here they do have a secret weapon. Noise Cancellation. If you sit in the tail of the Airplane, there is a lot of noise. These headphones cut the roar down to a loud whisper with noise cancellation engaged. It makes all the difference.
Pros: Noise cancelling, easy to drive even from Phones, good sound
Cons: can sound slightly nasal, somewhat dark tonal balance
Summary: We hoped that the Audio-Technica's QuietPoint ATH-ANC7b noise-canceling headphones would deliver more bang for the buck than Bose's noise-canceling models--but they don't.
Pros: Less expensive than competing models from Bose; effective noise-canceling circuitry; device folds for compact storage in included carrying case; they work (in passive mode) when the noise-canceling function is turned off or the batteries have died.
Cons: Still fairly pricey; they leak more sound than they should (for a closed-cup design); they sound only OK for the money.
Excerpt: published a series of reviews of active noise-cancelling headphones, collectively called the “Sounds of Silence”, and one of our favorite models at the time was Audio-Technica’s “Quiet Point” ATH-ANC7.
Conclusion: True audiophile quality sound and effective noise cancelling don’t usually come in the same box, but Audio-Technica managed to do it here, and kick in some extremely thoughtful features and functionality as well.
Pros: Comfortable, well-designed ear pads; excellent noise cancellation; will play music passively; easy storage; powerful, well-balanced sound
Cons: Slightly large ear-cup size; slight emphasis on mid-bass