Audio Technica ATH-ANC7B
The Audio Technica ATH-ANC7B is a premium noise cancelling pair of headphones that runs on two AAA batteries. It weighs only 1.6 pounds, and is a great travel companion for those of you who are frequent flyers. The effective environmental noise cancellation is said to be up to 90%. As an added bonus to frequent travellers, these headphones come with airline specific adapter, apart from the 1/4 inch one, to connect to the entertainment systems on the flight.
One of the reasons why you might want to consider buying these pair of headphones is its noise cancellation feature. It is very effective, especially during flight travels. Its noise-cancelling circuitry does a good job of reducing external environmental noise. However, there is a significant amount of sound leakage because of which these headphones cannot be used when there are a lot of people around you, such as in a coffee shop or in an office. The sound leakage, however, might prove to be a major issue if you are very particular it. It has been a problem that has been experienced by almost all users. The headphone construction however, is excellent. The padding around the ear cups not only adds to the passive noise cancellation, it also makes the headphones very comfortable. The design is good, and for over the ear headphones, these are very light. Also, many of the parts are replaceable and easily obtainable in the market. The headphones can also be folded, and are durable. They come with a nice carrying case, that is large enough to fit in a number of other accessories like your mp3 or iPod, but not so large that they’re inconvenient to carry around while travelling.
One of the few problems I had with these headphones was the sound quality. Without the noise cancelling feature switched on, there is a small amount of muddled noise being heard. With the noise cancellation on, however, the sound is much clearer, and the sound quality is much better. The treble, however, seems to have been given more importance than the bass. The sound leakage also proved to be a problem for me, as I couldn’t listen to music in a coffee shop without people around me knowing what I was listening to.
If you are looking for a pair of headphones that you are going to use only during flight journeys, then you can most definitely give these a try. But if you’re looking to use it in a number of other places, then you might want to look at other options as there are other headphones within the same price range which would satisfy your varied needs.
- Excellent noise cancellation
- Very comfortable
- Portable (comes with a nice carrying case) and durable
- Average sound quality
- Sound leakage problems
- A bit on the expensive side