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Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23 Review
Audio Technica has released new in-ear headphones which promise to cancel out outside noise while being gentle on your pocket. This feature has been used in pricier headphones but now users can enjoy noise-free listening with this pocket-friendly version.
Compared with the regular straight-in ear headphones, the ANC23 has an ear tip which goes further into the ear canal, reducing external noise a great deal. So whether you have your music on or off, using these earphones significantly reduces the amount of external noise you hear. This feature has made this type of earphones to be referred to as the canalphone. The extended ear tip also produces better sound quality. To further enhance the noise isolation and the better quality sound waves, Audio Technica has installed the QuietPoint. This noise-cancelling switch box is about the size of a cigarette lighter making it easy enough to carry around.
A small microphone on the ear-phones captures noise from the user’s surroundings and sends it to the QuietPoint. It also contains the ON/OFF switch which is used to activate the noise-cancellation feature as well as housing the AAA batteries required for this device. It uses one AAA battery at a time and has a LED light indicator, although it can work just as well without a battery. The control box also has a power button and a volume control knob which are easy enough to use. Audio Technica’s ANC23 produces sound with exact clarity. Music with high quality frequency came out with amazing clarity whereas music with lower frequency sounded just as bad. This is however not the ANC23’s fault.
We all know that good quality music will sound good and bad quality music poor whether or not you use the best headphones in the market. Another feature that makes the ANC23 very user-friendly is the two-prong aeroplane adapter which allows for use during flights. The sound cancellation feature proved to be very useful especially when cancelling out the noise from other passengers. A downside to the QuietPoint is that if you let it hang loose, it will tag at your earphones making your experience a tad uncomfortable. This disadvantage has however been taken care of with the clip found at the underside of the box which makes it easier to attach it to your coat, shirt or bag strap.
Another downside with the ANC23 is the cables which have an odd length. Depending on where you choose to clip the earphones they are either too short or too long. E.g. they are too long when clipped to a shirt and too short when clipped to trouser pockets. Considering the price of the ANC23, it is amazing that such sound clarity and external noise cancellation can be found on affordable in-ear headphones. Despite the uncomfortable cable length the fact that you can listen to music or just plug in to separate yourself from the rest of your surroundings, the ANC23 has proved to be a device after every user’s heart.
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- The Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23 is manufactured by Audio-Technica and was added in December 2014 in the Headphones section
- This product has a rating of 4.5 out of 5
- The best price of the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23 in Canada is $69.99 at electronicsforless.ca
- In Canada this product is available in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa-Gatineau
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