• Tonal balance: 8.5
• Clarity: 8.5
• Dynamics: 8.5
• Comfort/Fit: 9
• Noise isolation/cancellation: 10
• Ease of Use: 9.5
• Value: 9
In terms both of sound quality and noise-cancellation effectiveness, the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9 represents a significant step forward from one of our old favorites, Audio-Technica’s ATH-ANC7b (which remains in the product line). For a product of its sophistication the ANC9 is well priced and what is more, smart shoppers will discover that street prices can be substantially lower than advertised “MSRP” pricing—making this new model an even better value.
While the ATH-ANC9’s sound quality is not quite as high as that of today’s best passive headphones at this price, it is thoroughly competitive with (and in many respects better than) models from Bose and others.
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9 Noise-Cancelling Headphone
Type: Circumaural (over-the-ear) headphone with active noise-cancelling capabilities.
Accessories: As listed under “FEATURES”, above.
Driver complement: 40mm dynamic drivers.
Frequency response: 10Hz – 25kHz
Impedance: 100 Ohms
• Mode 1: Up to 30dB
• Mode 2: Up to 30dB
• Mode 3: Up to 20dB
Weight: 220 grams
Warranty: One year, parts and labor.
Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.