Review: 5 Premium noise-canceling headphones for peace and quiet
22 July 2013
Summary: The ATH-ANC9's multiple noise-cancelation modes and capability to function without battery power make it a versatile performer, and it also sounds very good. Among the noise-canceling headphones we've tested, Bose’s QuietComfort 15 reigns supreme in terms of noise-canceling performance and comfort, and it also offers good sound quality.
Summary: We very much enjoyed the fit and performance of the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9 noise cancelling headphones. The tri-level noise cancellation made these adaptable to nearly any environment or situation in which we would want to use these in. Audio-Technica's competitors may have more fully featured cell phone compatible audio cables, but Audio-Technica has the more comprehensive method of active noise cancellation.
Summary: Noise-cancelling headphones are very popular with frequent travelers and those who live or work in noisy environments. Audio-Technica's new ATH-ANC9 QuietPoint headphones supply you with three modes of operation that have impressed us to say the least. Now you can get on with grinding in peace.
Conclusion: Audio-Technica proves, once again, that its expertise in professional audio lends itself well to excellent headphone design. The ANC9 are wonderfully comfortable, effective at squashing noise, most importantly, sound like a high-end headphone with or without noise cancelling engaged.
Pros: Excellent sound, with or without noise cancelling, Very comfortable, Stylish storage case packed with all the right accessories, Highly effective noise cancellation available in three levels
Cons: AAA battery life is short-lived, Slightly forward upper midrange when noise-cancelling not needed, Headphone cable smaller than we’d like, Single-button control
Excerpt: has long admired Audio-Technica’s ATH-ANC7 and ATH-ANC7b noise-cancelling ‘phones and now the ATH-ANC9 ($349.95) has raised the bar higher still, both in terms of sound quality and flexibility. Before we begin our review of the ATH-ANC9, though, let’s consider the qualities that attracted us to A-T’s noise cancellers in the first place.
Conclusion: If your priorities are noise cancellation first, and audio performance second, the QuietPoint is not for you, and your search should probably begin with the Bose line-up. If you're looking for a great sounding pair of circumaural headphones, however, that happen to include some decent noise cancellation, the QuietPoint is definitely a worthy option.
Pros: Deep bass response with no distortion, Lightweight, comfortable construction, Outputs audio in passive mode
Cons: Slightly overpriced, Noise cancellation isn't perfect, Doesn't ship with a rechargeable battery
These $349 headphones can cancel airplane, office or outside noise
Good Gear Guide.au
27 October 2012
Summary: Audio-Technica’s top noise cancelling headphones do an excellent job of blocking outside noise. They also sound musical and detailed, but this is only true when noise cancelling is activated -- with no battery boost they’re flat and lifeless.
Pros: Excellent noise cancelling, Clear treble and solid bass, Good construction
Cons: Bass and treble suffer when powered off, Strong clamping force may cause fatigue, Thin cable
Excerpt: The Audio Technica ATH-ANC9 s are lightweight and comfortable – everything you could want if you’re travelling long-haul. They’re a no-frills design, however, so don’t go expecting brushed-metal this and Bluetooth-enabled that.
Pros: Dynamic performance, Good energy
Cons: Noise-cancelling could be better, Can get tiring after a while