Today I am reviewing the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC27 QuietPoint active noise-canceling over-ear headphones. These headphones are Audio-Technica’s first model to feature their 85% active noise-canceling technology.
- Reduces environmental noise up to 85%
- Detachable cable for cordless noise cancellation
- Includes durable hard-shell travel case, ¼-inch plug adapter, airline adapter and AAA battery
The active noise-canceling technology that the ATH-ANC27 headphones use is capable of cutting out 85% of environmental noise.
If you don’t want to listen to music, but you still want the noise canceling, you can remove the cord and just wear the headphones by themselves.
Included with the headphones are an assortment of accessories. These accessories include a hard-shell travel case, ¼-inch plug adapter, airline adapter and a AAA battery.
The headphones are fairly standard in design. These headphones are over-ear so the headphones are designed to wrap around your ear. Each headphone is enclosed in a very soft cushion.
On the outside of the left headphone is the on, off switch. This switch turns the noise-canceling on and off. There is also a small 3.5mm plug for the cord.
The right side headphone has a cover that hides the battery compartment. This battery compartment takes a single AAA battery, which as I mentioned above is included.
The band that goes around your head is also cushioned. This makes the headphones more comfortable to wear.
The headphones also come with a travel case. It is large enough for not only the headphones, but also all the accessories.
Testing headphones and the ability to cancel out noises comes down to just trying them out.
As far as noise canceling and quality of sound I don’t have any complaints. Both the noise canceling and the quality of audio are good in their respective areas. However, those alone do not make a good set of headphones.
The biggest complaint I have about these headphones is that the actual headphones are extremely small. They are possibly the smallest I have ever seen on an over-the-ear headset. This is a problem for me because when I put them on they do not fit all the way over my ears. After about 5 minutes the constant pressure starts to cause pain. Here is a picture of these headphones next to my AblePlanet headphones (AblePlanet on the left), as you can see the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC27 headphones are quite a bit smaller.
Ableplanet vs Audio-Technica
Another complaint is that the cushion that goes around the ear is not very soft. Combined with how small the headphones are this increased the discomfort that I felt while wearing them.
Last but not least is that they don’t have an inline volume on the cord. Nowadays this is a fairly standard feature on higher end headphones. Fortunately, since the cord is removable it would not be hard to add one.
Support and Warranty
From what I found it looks like the ATH-ANC27 comes with a meager one year warranty. With practically no moving parts I would like to see this much longer (like lifetime). Obviously, this would not cover things like normal wear and tear and blowing the speakers by having the volume too loud.
Since headphones don’t have any user serviceable parts, the support you can get comes in the form of returns. As long as your headphones are still covered by warranty Audio-Technica will replace them.
So this is a really tough call for me. The performance of the audio and noise-canceling is good, but they are very uncomfortable to wear. I have a hard time recommending them because no matter how good the sound is, if I can’t wear them then it doesn’t matter.
If you have small ears then you may be a better match for these headphones. As for me and my ears we will be going somewhere else.
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