"Great. 5/5"on by bbrettt
Pros *Lows are 5/5
*Mids are 5/5
*noise cancelling 5/5 (best I've heard so far)
*music plays while noise cancelling is off (or without bettery)
Cons *as per all earphones, they fall out regularly when doing any form of exercise
*the highs are a little too accentuated and can be painful if the volume is too high
Summary So as stated above, the low's and mids are fantastic for a set of earphones but the highs are that bit to ear breaking when the volume is up, at mid volume it makes any acoustic soundtracks sound amazing though. The noise cancelling is about four times better than Bose's QC2's (which I also own) and is still the best noise cancelling I've heard so far. Obviously in terms of convenience, all earphones are more practical than headphones as they are smaller, and the anc3's are no different, they also sound just as good when the noise cancelling is off or when you've forgotten to buy batteries (or charge rechargeable ones), unlike the whole Bose QC series. Personally I almost never have any problems with interference when connected to my iPhone (which I do frequently) but if you're unlucky enough to have that problem switch to airplane mode and the noise should go away. Just on a last note if you're worried about distortion at high levels, the highs will blow your drums before you hear any distortion, well worth the money if you have a thing for quality audio.
Pros The audio-technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC3 is a nice kit: case, extension cable, airplane plug; good small carry setup; does effective noise canceling: once I put the large buds on the ear piece to seal the canal, it worked great; reasonable price.
Cons not as comfortable as over the ear type: I also have JVC and Sony noise canceling sets used on train and plane but ear buds are less obvious to wear and need good fit.
Summary Used on an iPod Touch 1G and Asus 901 computer.I've discovered that the iPod Touch fits into the AT case perfectly. I put it in with the screen toward the outside of the case so the earphones press against the back of the Touch. No need to carry the airplane plug or the off size cups not being used. This makes a simple carry setup easy to access and store during the day.
Eva Cassidy I Know You By Heart guitar strings clear, her voice like in a cafe, very pure; How Can I Keep From Singing drums crisp, cymbals tinkle, violin perfect in highs, you can hear her breathing, amazing power; KODO taiko at fuller volume sounds just like outside the train station in performance, full bass, good mid-range; Hymns full and rich and penetrating sound, rich strings.
High performance when off (non-noise canceling) but spectacular clarity and range when on.
The cables are two part. The in-ear buds are kind of long for me while the part beyond the control/clip is too short. I added the extension and it worked for me.
The monitor button turns off the power but it's just as easy to pull a bud from your ear to hear announcements or questions from someone.
I thought the shape of the ear piece was a little too big so it puts pressure on my pinna (external ear just outside the canal).
I keep the Touch in a case with dock cable, wall plug, extra battery and regular ear buds. The AT buds are in a separate case so I need to find a way to combine it for easy unwrap and wrap up when I get on and off trains.
Make sure the clip is secure. You really don't want it to drop off and tug on your ears if it falls.
Not as comfortable as over the ear type but surprisingly effective if a little uncomfortable. Smaller travel size is good for full time carry with a personal music device.
Updated on Oct 18, 2009
Pros The noise canceling on these headphones is strong and works nicely on either a plane or a subway. It's can really be quite relaxing to flip it on and drown out the surrounding sound, and it lets you listen at a lower volume.
Cons Poor construction of the AAA battery case - the slide for the case is just held on with a piece of tape, so you are bound to lose it within a couple months when the tape-glue wears off. For $150 headphones, not very good sound quality.
Summary I gave extra credit to these headphones for a solid attempt at active noise canceling, which is rare for earbuds. Otherwise I would have given less than 3.5/5 because the sound quality is not what you would expect from $150 headphones, and because the construction of the case for the AAA battery is just not very well thought out. If you often wrap up your headphones and put them in your pocket, you are probably going to lose the slider within the first couple of months and have to hold the AAA battery in with tape, which will take your $150 headphones and make them look pretty poor quality, not to mention being a hassle if you can't get a good fit with Scotch tape.
Overall though, I could still recommend these to somebody who rides the subway or airplanes a lot and doesn't want to go for full headphones, because they do a great job of noise canceling and are a lot more portable than something that you can't put in your pocket or purse.
Pros OK noise cancellation, nice carry-on pouch, decent sound
Cons Cheap plastic feel of the earbuds, horrible noise from cell phones interference -- the noise cancellation circuit picks all the cell phone-to-tower transmission bursts (the buzz sound you hear when you place your cell phone close to a speakerphone)
Summary Works OK with iPods and other sources. If you don't use your phone as music device you may be OK with these headphones. But if you do, save yourself the trouble and don't buy these - go with a Bose or a Sony, that as far as I can tell, don't have this problem.
works without battery if needed
sound with nc on is very nice
maybe possible to match with tailor made silicone earplugs
Nice wallet, and accesoiries
Cons Sticks out of your ears (especially with my tailor made earplugs
does not completely match with my laptop... I hear strange noises when i touch the screen
I have small ears and they are small but not that small a bit on the limit
Summary great value for money
that monitor switch thank you!
sound super in this field