Audio-Technica ATH-ANC33iS QuietPoint Noise Cancelling In-Ear Headphones

ath_anc33is_1_sqIn addition to the turntable that I got a chance to try out this week, I also had a chance to try out the ATH-ANC33iS QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones from Audio-Technica. I have tried out a lot of Audio-Technica products before, and this one is as good as the others that I have reviewed.

The ATH-ANC33iS can reduce distracting background noise by up to 90 percent, and then there is a QuietPoint control module that creates a noise-cancelling wave that is 180 degrees out of phase with the ambient noise. Seriously, with these earbuds, you should be able to pretty much block out the rest of the world.

Also on these earbuds is an inline microphone and controller for controlling music as well as answering calls. It is made to support all kinds of mobile devices like iPads, iPhones, iPods, and smartphones. The microphone has an omnidirectional pickup pattern made so you don’t have to speak directly into the microphone. Oh, by the way, there is a clothing clip, but don’t most microphones come with this?

Other features include Comply Foam Tips for comfortably fitting in the ear canal, and they have audio functions that work without the included AAA battery.

All in all, it is pretty terrific, and you can get the ATH-ANC33iS on the Audio-Technica site for about $79.95.

Audio-Technica QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones

ath_anc33is_3_sqToday is headphone day, because we are going to be reviewing not one, not two, but three different pairs of headphones. We’ll start with Audio-Technica, a brand that I love, and the last time I reviewed something was the Solid Bass Headphones. This one is the QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Headphones, or ATH-ANC33iS.

They are called QuietPoint because they have the ability to cancel out 90 percent of distracting background noise. As someone who is working from home, I can testify to that. Right now, my kids are doing their usual evening activities before bedtime things, and I can barely hear them.

The noise cancellation might have something to do with their shape, and they really pad the empty space of the ear. According to the official site, it creates “a noise-cancelling wave that is 180° out of phase with the ambient noise”. This acts like a “noise eraser”, which is again a quote from the site.

In addition to the noise-cancellation feature, the QuietPoint also has an interesting inline microphone and controller that can help for answering calls for smartphones and other devices. The microphone is omnidirectional, so it should be able to pick you up.

All in all, they are quite good, and so I’m going to recommend them, especially as a good gift for the holiday season. You can get them on the Audio-Technica site for about $79.95.