Audio-Technica Debuts Noise-Cancelling Headphones
May 11, 2012
Audio-Technica has introduced its ATH-ANC9 QuietPoint active noise-cancelling over-ear headphones, the company's new top-of-the-line active noise-cancelling (ANC) model.
The ATH-ANC9 offers new features including exclusive Tri-Level Cancellation selectable noise-cancellation settings, an inline microphone and controller for answering calls and controlling music, and additional enhancements. The ATH-ANC9 blocks up to 95 percent of outside noise.
Audio-Technica's new Tri-Level Cancellation provides three preset filters for noise reduction of up to 30 dB over a wide range of environmental noise conditions that are experienced in everyday life. Mode 1 is ideal for use on airplanes, trains and buses and applies maximum noise-cancellation to low frequencies. Mode 2 is designed especially for use in noisy offices and crowded places, and targets midrange frequencies. Mode 3 is best for already-quiet locations like libraries.
The ATH-ANC9 is the first over-ear QuietPoint model to feature a cable with an inline microphone and controller for answering calls and controlling music. The mic and controller support select products including the iPhone, iPad and many iPod models. The microphone has an omnidirectional pickup pattern (it picks up sound from all directions) and is designed for high-quality, intelligible response, enabling the wearer's voice to be clearly transmitted without having to speak directly into the mic. The controller enables the user to play or pause music, answer and end calls, and go to the next or previous track.
The ATH-ANC9 has replaceable memory foam earpads. The headphones offer an input sensitivity of 100 dB that will provide an ample listening level from portable music sources. The ATH-ANC9 also works when the noise-cancelling function is turned off, and operates in passive mode without batteries.
The headphones fold flat for storage and come with two detachable cables (with and without inline controller), a 1/4-inch adapter, an airline adapter, a hard carrying case and an AAA battery.