Audio-Technica has announced two new active noise-cancelling headphones, the in-ear ATH-ANC3 ($169.95) and the over-the-ear ATH-ANC7b ($219.95). Both models feature their own battery-powered amplifiers and incorporate Audio-Technica’s signature “QuietPoint” active noise cancellation technology, which is said to reduce background noise by up to 85%.
According to a company press release, the ATH ANC3 is targeted toward “those who prefer an in-ear noise-cancelling design” and is “is ideal for use when students want to listen to the music without distractions.” Audio-Technica notes that, “the ATH-ANC3's audio functions when its noise-cancelling function is turned off, and audio can be heard without batteries in this passive mode.” The headphone can also be used “in noise-cancelling-only mode without audio.” Accessories provided with the ATH-ANC3 include three sizes of eartips, a hard carrying case, an adjustable main cable and extension cable, an airline adapter, a clothing clip, and a AAA battery.
Interestingly, the ATH-ANC7b is a revised version of the original and award-winning ATH-ANC7—a headphone that received recognition as a “Playback Recommended” product from the sister magazine of the AVguide.com Web site. Audio-Technica states that the new ATH-ANC7b version incorporates “a number of improvements from the previous model to offer even better sound quality, comfort and convenience.” Specifically, the new model is said to deliver “a smoother, richer and more natural tonal balance.”
The ATH-AN7b provides earcups redesigned for greater comfort, 40mm drivers with Neodymium magnets, and promises extremely high (109dB) sensitivity. Audio-Technica adds that the ATH-ANC7b “works when the noise-cancelling function is turned off, and operates in passive mode without batteries.” The ATH-ANC7b ships with two lengths of signal cable (one 5.2’ long, the other 3.3’ long), a full-size ¼” headphone jack adapter, and airline adapter, and a “hard, durable carrying case.”
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