Audio Technica, a Japanese audio equipment manufacturer, announced ATH-ANC9 QuietPoint headphones with the option of removing external noise in three levels while achieving satisfactory music playback.
The sound from the headphones is good, which was completely expected. Separation of different sound could be clearer. The bass is distinctive, but not too strong, so it does not overtake other tones. High tones are clear, but the midrange could be clearer. Good advice is to turn off the noise-cancelling tech and the midrange opens out a bit to reveal a more natural sound overall.
ATH-ANC9 headphones have Tri-Level cancellation option – three distinctive modes for active noise canceling, with four microphones, two in each cup, which serve to collect and filter the unwanted ambient noise.
Mode 1 – ideal for use while on a plane or in a bus. Shines on low frequencies.
Mode 2 – designed specifically for use in offices or overloaded sites, focuses on medium frequencies.
Mode 3 – most suitable for use in quiet environments such as libraries, perfect for studying.
While a lot of the annoying low-frequency sounds of the average workplace are eliminated, when the music is turned off extraneous noise might still get through. As for the noise-canceling capabilities, there are better headphone solutions than this one, even though it looks tempting with its tri-level cancellation.
For the design, the first thing that catches our eye is their simplicity. But still, the foam padding on headband and earcups is extremely comfortable. The ear pads are designed to follow the shape of the individual’s ear and respond to all users.
The cushions are perfectly attached to the head and are very soft. ANC9 are lightweight and cozy – everything you need if you’re in for a long travel. However, they don’t come with replacement earbuds, which is a big minus, and the users have complained that the ear pads aren’t joined very well.
Inline Microphone and Controller
ATH-ANC9 is the first QuietPoint model with an inline microphone and controller for answering calls and controlling music. The microphone can pick up signals from all directions and is designed for sharp comprehensibility, so your words will be clearly transmitted without the need to directly speak into the microphone.
The thing is that four microphones for noise-cancellation require energy, and unlike some other noise-canceling headphones, ANC9 uses a replacement AAA battery instead of a rechargeable one. The company roughly calculates the battery’s lifespan at 30 hours. But what happens if we have a rough night and forget to switch the power off on these cans? For some scenarios, replaceable batteries serve their purpose, especially if you travel a lot and don’t want to keep remembering to recharge. But we find that most users will think of it as a difficulty rather than a solution.
- Good battery life
- Sturdy build
- Dynamic performance
- Solid sound
- Non-rechargeable battery
- Noise-cancelling could be better
- Bulky to carry
People in India have complained about Audio Technica for poor service, so it would be smart to do some research before buying them. In conclusion, these headphones have no major flaws. They do what they do well – but we think there are more effective and better options out there for this price. You can buy these on Amazon or Flipkart in India.