Audio-Technica Announces In-Ear Headphones with Active Noise Cancelling

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Audio-Technica Announces In-Ear Headphones with Active Noise Cancelling

Many listeners assume that all noise-cancelling headphones have large and comparatively bulky ear cups designed to be worn over the wearer’s ears, but not anymore. According to a company release, Audio-Technica is introducing its QuietPoint ATH-ANC3—a tiny, in-ear headphone with active noise cancellation circuitry.  This means that the ATH-ANC3, unlike most other in-ear headphones, “detects environmental noise via miniature microphones incorporated into each earpiece, and applies a corresponding sound-cancelling signal.”

According to the release, the ATH-ANC3 comes with an inline control module that incorporates a monitor switch that mutes all headphone functions, allowing users to “hear important outside announcements and conversations.” The headphones will include a helpful set of accessories, including:

•    Three sizes of rubber ear tips,
•    An adjustable cord,
•    An extension cord,
•    One AAA battery,
•    An airline adapter, and
•    A hardshell carrying case.

The ATH-ANC3 is said to deliver “clear, high-resolution sound, with outstanding bass response, midrange detail and high-frequency extension,” while eliminating up to 85% of background noise.

Audio-Technica will exhibit the ATH-ANC3, along with its award-winning over-the-ear ATH-ANC7 companion model (as reviewed in Playback Issue 14), at the CES 2009 event next week. MSRP for the ATH-ANC3 is set at $169.95.

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