Audio Technica ATH-ANC9 Headphones Review

Our Ratings
  • Audio Quality - 8.8/10
    8.8/10
  • Comfort - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Design - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Value - 9/10
    9/10
  • Portability - 8.5/10
    8.5/10

Summary

The Audio Technica ATH-ANC9 is the kind of noise cancelling headphone that carries out a perfect job for blocking external noise. This is a top noise cancelling headphone that provides a detailed music notes – which might only be true when the noise cancelling feature is turned on.

8.7/10
Among the headphone makers that do not get as much publicity as other leading brands like Sony, Bose, and Sennheiser is the Audio Technica. It is one of those headphone makers that quietly but steadily deliver high quality noise cancelling headphones. Despite not as popular as the other brand of headphone makers, the extremely high quality products produced by this particular manufacturer is all the rage these days. In fact, just from the aesthetic value only, the said headphone is already among the top choice of users. One of the amazing models the Audio Technica can offer to users is the Audio Technica ATH-ANC9 noise cancelling headphone. It is the kind of headphone that blocks out environmental noise – perfect for use when you are traveling or commuting. The ATH-ANC9 model is the most distinguished version among the noise cancelling headphones series of Audio Technica. Here are the reasons why that is the case.

Headphone Design

The Audio Technica ATH-ANC9 may not be as classic-looking as its previous models but it has the black and dark silver finish that aims to achieve a modern and professional appeal. For the ear cups, they are coated in a soft finish plastic. The headbands as well as the ear pads are quite soft, featuring cushy padding and soft black faux leather. The said headphone also have a closed-back design, making it an effective seal against the head with its strong clamping fit. The headphones are really tight. Some people might feel slightly uncomfortable about it after one hour of use and it might require some adjustment. Of course, after longer period of frequent use, the headband will loosen up. The headband telescopes have an extra 1.5-inch distance on both sides, making the ATH-ANC9 headphone easy to adjust for both extra-large and small-medium heads. The smallest size for the headbands fit a 10-year old’s head on average. Pay significant attention to the left ear cup since this is where all significant designs are applied. The headphone jack has a removeable cable, with switches and LEDs for appropriate noise cancelling features. It should have a switch which allows you to transition from three modes for noise cancelling with ease.

Headphone Accessories

The headphone are shipped with a sold hard case made of plastic. There is enough room on the inside which should allow for the headphone’s easy storage. For the headbands, they will become completely extended when placed inside the hard case so there is no need to make adjustment to the headphone when you store them away then. The headphone cables, two of them, are designed to be 1.3 meters long. One of them has the in-line microphone that has one multi-function button. There is also an AAA battery used for operating the noise cancelling technology, a 6.5mm hi-fidelity stereo adapter, and an airplane adapter.

Headphone Sound Quality

The headphones produce a great sound as it showcase enhanced detail and musicality, especially when the noise canceling feature is turned on. The treble detail is quite excellent, irregardless of the volume. There is no harshness or distortion on the audio quality. The treble may not be especially rich but it comes off quite clearly. HQ music recordings are flattered once heard through the headphone. The bass sounds are also well-controlled.

Noise Cancelling

The noise cancelling feature is the best feature that enhances all the other features of this Audio Technica ATH-ANC9 noise cancelling headphone. It is what promotes the great audio quality that you can hear on your speaker. However, once the noise cancelling feature is turned off, all the other features will diminish in quality.

Pros

  • Perfect Noise Cancelling Feature: The ATH-ANC9 headphone boasts of its noise cancelling technology as it perfectly blocks out external noise without harshness.
  • Perfect Travel Accessory: this is one of those headphones that should not be a problem when you are traveling. It has a good hard case for storage and it is very lightweight.
  • Good Sound Quality: It offers solid bass sounds and clear treble sounds.

Cons

  • Lowered Sound Quality When Noise Cancelling Feature is Turned Off: In cases when you cannot use the noise cancelling feature of the said headphone, the sound quality will significantly diminish.
  • Too Tight: The strong clamping force of the headphone might eventually cause fatigue after longer use.

Conclusion

The Audio Technica ATH-ANC9 is the kind of noise cancelling headphone that carries out a perfect job for blocking external noise. This is a top noise cancelling headphone that provides a detailed music notes – which might only be true when the noise cancelling feature is turned on. Otherwise, the sound will become flat and lifeless. If you are after the best noise cancelling feature, then the ATH-ANC9 is the best model for you to purchase. It will take some time before the battery dies out anyway so you still have a long way to go before you have to worry about the flat and lifeless sounds due to the headphone being powered off.