Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC70 Headphones Review
Many years ago, I worked for my parents who own a video production company. Because it is a family business, you inevitably end up wearing many hats and being the czar of many different jobs. I mainly managed projects and worked as a video editor. On production, there were times that I was called on to work as an audio tech and was made to wear headphones on long production days. In those days, having a really good set of headphones that picked up every nuance of sound was essential to making sure the client got what they needed.
It’s safe to say that because of my unique professional experiences, I’ve tested out a lot of headphones. Noise canceling headphones on those types of shoots are wonderful because all of the ambient noises are filtered out and you can simply hear the pure sound of whatever is being fed to the headphones. It’s been a while since I’ve had the pure quiet experience of noise canceling headphones, but I’ve had the pleasure of using QuietPoint ATH-ANC70 headphones from Audio-Technica and enjoying the silence.
Naturally, my first impression of these headphones is based off of the look of them. They have a classic over-the-ear style that is highlighted by a blue LED light that indicates the power for the noise canceling. The padding on the ear pieces seems adequate for extended usage periods.
They are wired headphones, but the 3.5mm stereo mini-plug cable is detachable. Something else I noticed right of the bat was the very nice carrying case that comes with them. It has a hard plastic exterior with a soft cloth interior that helps to protect the surface of the headphones from scratches. I never truly appreciated cases for headphones until I started carrying them from place-to-place. Now I can’t imagine not having a case.
Another very interesting feature of the case is the inside velcro pouch. The headphones come with a 3.5mm stereo mini-plug that I already mentioned as well as a 6.3 mm stereo adapter and an airline adapter. All these accessories fit within the velcro pouch for ease of transportation.
While they are flexible, they seem to be built tough and feel like they will not deteriorate quickly. I believe under the right circumstances, these headphones will last quite a long while.
A Perfect Fit
Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable.
A lot of people I know hesitate to use over-the-ear headphone due to lack of comfort and the tightness that many of them have that cause headaches after extended use. To those people, I would suggest the Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC70 headphones. The headband is complete adjustable and fits perfectly without being tight at all. The ear pieces fits completely over the ear which is essential to the noise canceling function. And, the padding is soft and smooth. The headphones are very lightweight and honestly, I can barely tell they are on my head. In short, they are VERY comfortable.
Now that I had the headphones on my head, I was finally ready to plug and play some music. I plugged the provided cable into the jack on the headphones and then the one on my iPhone 6. Then I called up Pandora. I tend to have a very eclectic music purview and have many stations set up for different moods. From John Williams to Fallout Boy, the sound quality of these headphones was remarkable. There is an amazing depth of sound and incredible highs and lows that make listening to music a truly breathtaking experience.
In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me. I would highly recommend these to any sound mixing specialist.
The science of noise canceling involves a microphone, noise-canceling circuitry and power. The QuietPoint headphones use active noise-canceling technology to help reduce background noise that can distract you from the beauty of the sound you are hearing through the headphones. The microphone within the headphones picks up ambient noise and the electronics in the ear piece then create a noise canceling wave that is 180 degrees out of phase with the ambient noise. The noise-canceling option is powered and Audio-Technica includes one AAA battery to ensure you can start using that option out of the box.
So what does that meant to you, the end user? You get an absolutely distraction-free audio listening experience with the QuietPoint headphones. At one point while I was testing these headphones, I was sitting in a room where my fiancé was on hold with Apple technical support. If you’ve ever sat on hold with them, you know that you are met with some pleasant on-hold music. Well, he had that volume turned up all the way and I could not hear it through the music I was listening to. On another occasion, I was working on my laptop and when I can normally hear myself typing away on the keyboard, all I heard was the pure unadulterated sounds of Cold Play. Now, I could still hear ambient noise when there was a lull in the produced sound on the headphones, but other than that, I didn’t hear anything outside the headphones.
The Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC70 headphones are built to work with smartphones. What this means is that there are built-in controls that work directly with your mobile device’s interface and natural controls. The control button on the side of the left ear piece acts as an all-in-one button. You can tap it to answer calls or play/pause tracks of music or even skips tracks of music. There is also a volume control slider on the left ear piece. This works independently of the volume of your device. I was using Pandora to play music while I was testing these out and found that I could still control its volume independently of the volume control on the headphones. To me, this is fine because it means that I can up the volume even more when I come across a piece of music I really like.
The Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC70 headphones are a wonderful choice for any user. I can see applications with professionals and amateurs alike. They produce an outstanding sound with a comfortable fit. With the addition of the noise-canceling as an option, I don’t see many headphone in the market that can take their place. The only thing I’d love to see is these headphones with a Bluetooth option. Other than that, I really don’t have any complaints about this product. They have an MSRP of $199.99, which I find to be very reasonable for this type/style of headphone with such a superior quality of build and sound production.
For more information on the QuietPoint ATH-ANC70 headphones, visit audio-technica.com/cms/headphones.