Audio-Technica ANC70 Review

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No music can calm you down if you are distracted by the noise in your environment. Noise-cancelling headphones were invented for the very purpose their name suggests. Like white noise, they cancel noise in your environment, such as traffic or the hum of a fan, so that you can listen to your music distraction-free. Audio-Technica is a company that makes high-end electro-acoustic devices at a lower cost than top brands – they have come a long way since 1962, when they started off by making phonograph cartridges.

In this review, we look at ATH-ANC70 QuietPoint® Active Noise-cancelling Headphones by Audio-Technica are a lightweight, high-quality pair of noise-cancelling headphones.

Features

  • Active noise-cancelling technology: the ANC70 uses electronics in the earpiece to generate a noise-eraser instead of just physically blocking out the noise
  • Built-in mic and volume control
  • Compatible with computers, laptops, smartphones, tablets and in-flight entertainment systems
  • Memory foam on earpieces and headbands for added comfort
  • Logo on left earpiece that also functions as a button
  • High-quality sound
  • Included with the package are a ¼-inch (6.3 mm) adapter, airline adapter and one AAA battery
  • Priced at $199.95

Pros

  • Active noise-cancelling lives up to its promise – even on airplanes
  • Great sound range
  • Logo button can pick up calls when connected to a smartphone
  • Tap the button once to pause, twice to skip a song forward and thrice to skip a song backward
  • Built-in microphone that picks up your voice uniformly
  • Sturdy packaging, sleek design overall (the blue light around the logo is especially attractive)
  • Swiveling earpieces and light weight make carrying it an easy task
  • Battery life of up to 40 hours
  • Passive functions remain even when battery is lost
  • …but you may not have to use them – there’s a power/low battery indicator
  • Reasonable price for a high-quality product

Cons

  • Audio quality can drop while active noise-cancelling is activated
  • Weaker audio quality when battery is low
  • Bass sounds light when noise-cancelling is turned off
  • Awkward positioning of the noise-cancelling button and volume control – might take some fumbling to adjust these
  • Problems with fitting
  • Noise can still get through under certain circumstances, especially on trains (as these reviews point out)

Conclusion

For a price of $199.95, the ANC70 delivers on most of the promises it makes, leaving little to complain about. It is a perfect purchase for a shopper on a budget looking for noise-cancelling technology. You can’t expect a pair of headphones to temporarily make you deaf, but the ANC70 does a beautiful job of removing distractions so that you can listen in peace.

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