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Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling Closed-Back Headphones - Wired by Review Summary ,  Aug 20, 2015

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Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling Closed-Back Headphones - Wired
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 1725 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.8
Returned or considering to return: 9.2%

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Individual Feature Rating
Accessory5.0   above average
Traveling4.8   above average
Budget4.7   average
Value4.7   average
Base4.6   above average
Travel4.6   average
Treble4.6   above average
iPod4.6   above average
Video4.5   above average
Price4.4   average
Comfortable4.3   below average
Quality4.1   average
Audio4.0   average
Noise4.0   average
Noise-cancellation4.0   average
Music3.9   below average
Sound3.9   below average
Fit3.8   below average
Listening3.7   below average
Amazon3.6   average
Battery3.6   below average
Comfort3.6   below average
Loud3.6   below average
Power3.4   above average
Shipping3.3   below average
Connection3.1   below average
Speaker3.0   below average
Design2.9   mediocre
Connector2.8   average
Size2.6   mediocre
iPhone2.6   mediocre
Plastic2.3   below average
Button2.2   mediocre
Warranty1.6   mediocre


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Accessory

Accessory:
"Pros: very comfortable, appear to be robust, very good supplied accessories and carry case, very good noise cancellation (block out AC noise in my office almost completely)."
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"Good sound quality, good build, not too heavy, wire connects on left side and comes with nice hardcase with accessory pouch."
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"The headphones look good, the travel case is sturdy and all the accessories come in handy."
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"pros:- solid sound quality when used with noise cancellation- effective cancellation of airplane noise- great case and accessory plugs wirescons:- very wide clunky-looking when worn- uncomfortable fit if you have a big head."
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"Audio cord unplugs from the headset when you just want to use the phones for noise reductionPrice and accessories is reasonable."
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Amazon

Amazon:
"However not too happy about the amazon purchase, price got lower after buying them to make it worse was lower before I received my set."
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"The problem is that I cannot exchange or return to Amazon as they have a 30 day return policy."
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"Because I purchased off Amazon I have no warranty from Audio-Technica, and I can already imagine the hassle of dealing with Amazon to source a replacement or refund."
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"Unfortunately, it's too late to return these to Amazon."
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"BTW....the customer service person at Amazon could not have been nicer or more helpful."
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"If you get these, make sure you get them through Amazon, so that you can send them back if they disappoint you."
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"Beside, I got these at a really good price from Amazon! "
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"There are many other great alternatives out there and really wish people on Amazon would review their purchase longer after they bought it."
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"Amazon is very good at fulfilling their customers needs.."
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"I love Amazon reviews."
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"Amazon reviews were pretty good at giving an idea what to expect out of these."
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Aspect

Aspect:
"I got them for my dad for his office job and he loves them but now he is having to glue the seaming of the fabric so that the foam is not exposed which may compromise the sound canceling aspect of the product."
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"Not sure if it is my head or these but a bit disappointed in the comfort aspect."
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"I will briefly describe certain aspects of the headphones instead of making a long, hard to read review:- Weight: I was surprised at how light these are and although I haven't worn them for long periods yet (I will this weekend on an international flight), I feel the sufficient padding on the top and on the earcups will be very comfortable."
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"Though the headphones are still technically working, the aspect is not appealing at all."
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"Not only do these headphones have an extremely annoying sound leakage (that is, someone standing next to you can hear what you are listening to), the noise cancellation aspect of the headphones is not great either."
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"Not sure if it is my head or these but a bit disappointed in the comfort aspect."
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"The comparison aspect has been very well covered by many other reviewers."
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"The noise-cancelling aspect is pretty nice."
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"The remarkable thing with the noise-cancelling aspect, is the volume difference needed to listen to my music."
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"The Audio Techica phones are pretty close to the Bose in all aspects."
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Audio

Audio:
"My wife wants the Boss and gave me the Audio Technica, would not buy them again or recommend them to a friend."
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"Terrible waste of money for the flimsy plastic Audio Technica will send you."
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"It's really nice that the headphones will still pass audio even if the cancellation is switched off, or the battery is dead."
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"While the headphones do knock back ambient sound well and have reasonable audio playback quality, they introduce annoying, interfering sounds which strikes me as a significant failure."
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"The noise reduction alone (without audio) is great for filtering out the low sounds that emanate from a jet engine (which studies have shown contributes to flyer's exhaustion), enabling me to feel relatively refreshed by the end of the flight."
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"Wouldn't be without them on flights ... good value and excellent audio quality ... superior to Bose."
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"I found the ATH-ANC1's to be a good budget buy that provided adequate noise cancellation with acceptable audio quality."
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"(Please note I have nothing against Bose - they make nice audio gear that everything gets compared to!"
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"It's really nice that the headphones will still pass audio even if the cancellation is switched off, or the battery is dead."
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"I really enjoy the audio because it has less bass than similarly priced noise cancelling headphones."
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"My focus was on audio quality first and these deliver great audio quality."
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Base

Base:
"Good, tight base without over emphasis and decent overall frequency response, good for us classical and jazz listeners but maybe not for heavy metal."
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"Sounds and base decent."
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"Good base, Rich clear sound loved these head phones."
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"Clear crisp treble and base as well as mid range."
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"I also tried Beats Executive which in my view really lack clear sound and are too heavy on the base."
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"I have tried the bose Q-15 before and love the fit this just have more base to it."
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Battery

Battery:
"If they're dead, just get a spare battery from a news stand at the airport, and you're good to go."
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"Battery casing and the noise cancelling circuitry of the headphones are in different ear plugs, so even if the battery leaks it is very unlikely to damage circuitry."
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"I also appreciate that the headphones still pass sound, even if the battery is dead (just obviously without the noise cancelling feature).CONCLUSION Overall, I have been quite pleased with the purchase."
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"It's really nice that the headphones will still pass audio even if the cancellation is switched off, or the battery is dead."
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"The noise cancelling is good, but when the battery starts dying you will get an annoying squeak."
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"I loved these headphones, but they only lasted a few days before the noise cancelling feature began making irritating beeping sounds (changing battery made no difference)."
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"While it worked great initially - great sound quality, comfort, and battery life - the active noise canceling causes the sound on the left drive to cut in and out when it's enabled."
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"If they're dead, just get a spare battery from a news stand at the airport, and you're good to go."
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"They are powered by a single AAA battery, which is a plus because these batteries are easy to find in an airport."
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"Noise cancellation would not work without batteries, but it works perfectly fine as a regular headphone even without batteries."
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Budget

Budget:
"The problem is, my usual headphones budget is $30 so if I'm going to go up to $150 (after tax) for these, they better be perfect."
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"I found the ATH-ANC1's to be a good budget buy that provided adequate noise cancellation with acceptable audio quality."
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"Given the stated pro's and con's I would say that for $104, these are absolutely worth it IF you are looking for good sound on a budget."
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"However, I will probably not buy these again when they finally die (which doesn't appear to be any time soon), nor would I recommend them to a friend unless they had an absolute budget."
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"TLDR;As a budget buy, these are good, but in the future I am going to save my money and get something better."
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"These Audio-Technicas were recommended by The Wirecutter as their budget choice, though I thought it was a safer bet."
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Button

Button:
"After 1 year of usage (I use it at the office to suppress the noise) the noise canceling button gets some bits loose and it fails to close the circuit."
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"Not sure if this is related to the input jack or the noise canceling button being broken."
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"Unfortunately the noise canceling feature's on off button also breaks and sound volume becomes uneven on each side."
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"After 7 months and one move the power button is now failing."
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"They do not have a pause volume button, which is actually really annoying now that I've gotten used to Apple headphones."
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"I'm having problems with the stereo because of the noise-cancelling switch button."
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"i really recommend this headphones .the sound blocker button does work perfectly."
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"I hoped the high frequency hum and power button issues would be resolved and I'd be happy."
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"No, it can't erase screaming babies or PA announcements, but the make-music-louder button does a pretty good job for those situations. I dropped the rating as the power switch is causing audio to drop in one ear or the other after only 6 months of light use."
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"I'm sure it's the switch button because I have to sweat untill I can find a good position in the switch where both sides of the headphones are working properly."
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"To Audio-Technica: for future versions, please make this a button instead of such an incredibly hard to move switch which is prone to breaking and causing loss of hearing in one ear cup."
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Cable

Cable:
"Another problem I have had, and one which was immediately noticeable is that the cables that are included are not insulated."
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"This is very annoying but is remedied by keeping my phone and cable separate."
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"The detachable cable also means clumsy motions will pop the cable out of the cans, rather than damaging them."
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"My one complaint is the cable, two of which were supplied with the unit."
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"If it takes loud music to drown out the noise I can do that with regular headphones for half the priceI was also disappointed that they weren't Bluetooth and I had to use a cable to connect to my iPhone but maybe I overlooked that part in the descriptionThe headphones were a lot more bulky than they looked in the picture which would make it hard to sleep on the plane in theseThe music sounded good but that's not the reason I bought theseAs far as the headphones themselves they were comfortable and were not too tight on my head like some other reviewers"
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"Only complaint is that the cord is pretty short, so depending on your space you may want to buy a separate longer cord too."
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"Long cord was great for reaching a distant airplane sound jack."
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"It's handy that it'll easily hold the headphones, both lengths of cable, spare batteries, and the iPhone 4 that I use exclusively as an MP3 player."
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"The removable cable is a nice touch, and the carrying case included is excellent."
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"I like that the cord detaches from the earpiece as well."
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"The sound is boomy and muddled, but once the cancellation is turned on the sound comes to life and is great.2) the audio cables the headphones ship with are incredibly susceptible to electrical interference when the noise reduction is on, leading to intermittent crackling and static in the sound."
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Comfort

Comfort:
"COMFORT: No good."
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"Compared to the Bose QC15, the only downside is the long-term comfort...these headphones are not 100% comfortable, after a couple of hours of use, your head and the area around your ears will get hot and start feeling discomfort."
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"A few of my thoughts to add to the discussion about comparison of the noise-canceling cans in this range:Sennheiser PXC 450:Comfort is not as good as the AT ATH-ANC75B for my taste."
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"I purchased the Audio Technica Quiet Point Headphones after my bose quiet comforts broke as I lifted them off my head."
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"Comfort:This is an important category as if they don't feel good on you, you will be noticing the discomfort before you notice how great they sound.1) Bose - By far is the most comfortable of the lot."
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"Noise was my primary need... and these do an ok job but not outstanding.2) Comfort: Bose Wins... these SUCK."
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"They barely extend far enough to cover my ears comfortably (comfort is fine, BTW) I have a big head, hat size 7 3 4, but not enormous."
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"Comfort: The cups fit nicely over my ears and I was able to easily adjust the headband to fit."
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"Sound: pretty good (you cannot compare to 300USD ones, but really good already).Comfort: Yes, it does hurt my ear after wearing it for long time, the headset press too hard."
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"Comfort:I've worn these for pretty much 8 hours with only a few breaks."
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"Comfort: Both are very comfortable but the Bose has a slight edge here too."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"These headphones are also not all day comfortable which was a bit disappointing."
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"My only initial complaint would have been that they're not very comfortable--they are really tight on my normal-sized head, and I would start to get headaches after wearing them for a couple hours."
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"The AT case is bigger, the build is not as good, the are not that comfortable, and most importantly, the AT noise cancelling is noticeable inferior to the Bose."
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"Though these headphones have excellent sound and noise cancellation (almost rivaling Bose's QC15), and are reasonably comfortable, I cannot recommend them for a couple of reasons."
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"While these headphones are definitely comfortable, and do their job well enough, the design is flimsy and the battery life isn't great."
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"They are very comfortable with one caveat- they mess my hair up terribly!"
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"While it worked great initially - great sound quality, comfort, and battery life - the active noise canceling causes the sound on the left drive to cut in and out when it's enabled."
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"PRO: Sound is good, Earpads were comfortable when they weren't deteriorating."
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"comfort good!"
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"Comfortable, and effective."
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"Although I have nothing to compare them to, I found them to be comfortable and the noise canceling feature was great."
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Compact

Compact:
"If you want something compact, this probably is not so great, but otherwise it is superb."
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"The sound is clear, the compact case is perfect for transportation and I love being able to switch into Noise Canceling when work calls for my undivided attention."
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"If you are looking for compact, light weight, comfortable wearing headphones look no further."
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"First impressions: The headphones come nicely packed in a relatively compact but roomy case with an internal pouch to hold the cables and accessories."
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"All round, a very good buy, the carry bag is sturdy but compact, battery life is very long (still have the original battery after four long distance journeys and some hours of music), it is comfortable but sturdy and the two leads and aircraft adapter is a plus."
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"Initially I really liked them, but wanted a model that was more compact, lighter and less bulkier."
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Connection

Connection:
"My only real complain is that there seems to be a short in the connection where the cable plugs into the headphones themselves."
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"Tapping the right side can bring it back a little, supporting the connection theory, but no idea how to repair such a problem, seems to be poorly built despite the price."
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"However, shortly after I've had these headphones for 1 year, using them approximately every other day, the switch and connections started having problems."
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"I had other noise cancelling haedphones in the past but after some time the connection cable fail and you listen by only one side and you have to replace the equipment."
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"It is very easy to replace the connection cord if presents problems."
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"Good head phones,but for the price I think connection to wireless device should be a little easier ."
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"They are comfortable, have a nice sound, and a well-designed case (2nd connection cable is a nice touch)."
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"When connected to a sound source, I find no fault in the fidelity of the reproduction."
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"The sound and performance are acceptably good but here are some inputs from an ergonomic design perspective: The inlet port should have a short extension outside the body to facilitate easier connection to the music source."
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"It is very easy to replace the connection cord if presents problems."
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Connector

Connector:
"Ultimately, the connector inside broke and fell inside the headphones."
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"Not sure if this is related to the input jack or the noise canceling button being broken."
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"My only reservation is that the jack for the cord does not fit easily into the port."
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"These headphones sort that issue by giving you a pair of audio cables that can be put into the standard 3.5 jack so you'll never have to worry about another damaged audio cable."
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"However, in the first 30 minutes of my 16-hour flight, the connector broke (! )"
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"I love the detachable cords, that was a must have for me as I've had other sets that the cord was either to long or two short, and after a few months start getting tangled, broken connectors you name it."
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"Long cord was great for reaching a distant airplane sound jack."
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"They come with a good travel case and 3 jacks, two of which have wires."
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"PROS+ Good price point+ Takes a standard mini audio cable instead of a proprietary connector+ Noise cancelation is pretty effective at cutting down airplane drone+ Works like regular headphones even if you run out of battery (albeit, with flatter sound)CONS- Tight fit around the head and ears can make them unfortable for hours-at-a time listening- Buzzing interference with cellular data"
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"Even quiet passages in movies and music come through well -- never any need to jack up the volume."
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"The connector appears to be high-quality (it's gold-plated, as noted in the headphone literature), and allows you to connect the headphone's single plug to the two-pronged insert used on many airplanes."
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Cord

Cord:
"One of the cords sent doesn't work as well."
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"It came with two cords, very handy when I broke one during a long flight."
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"The cords provided with the ANC7B are not as thick and robust as the beats version, but detachable cords makes this less of a concern."
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"I love the fact that the cord is detachable, and also love the fact that they come with two cords -- a short one that's perfect for air travel with an iPad or iPod, and a longer one that works great when I'm listening to something that's not in my lap."
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"I was also happy to see that it's easy to order new cords from this company if it happens to wear out (which tends to happen to any headphones I own...), as well as new earpads (ditto)."
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"I love the adapters and cords that come with them."
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"Nice travel case with extra pocket for the cords."
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"Carrying case and cords are great as well."
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Cover

Cover:
"This poor design would also explain the number of complaints about sound leaks, if the cups don't cover the ears fully, sound is going to escape."
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"Recent frustration prompting the review is that the thin leather on both of the ear-pads has split ... it looks stupid, but the larger problem is that the foam now covers part of the inner sound-producing components of the headphones."
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"I have one minor complaint - The battery cover does not stay in the closed position at all times."
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"The earcups are a bit too small so they don't quite cover my ears, which becomes uncomfortable after some time."
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"They barely extend far enough to cover my ears comfortably (comfort is fine, BTW) I have a big head, hat size 7 3 4, but not enormous."
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"These headphones completely cover the ears and do a good job at physically creating a sound barrier, which are further accentuated by the noise cancelling features."
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"The cups are large enough to completely cover my ears which I liked though after a an hour or so they did start to hurt my head and get uncomfortable."
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"I recommend you cover it with tape--you still won't conceal it entirely but with a layer of masking tape your house-mate can watch TV or sleep without wearing sun-glasses."
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"The noise reduction is very good and the music input covers up the rest."
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Design

Design:
"The design is circumaural, but in my case does not fit well."
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"This poor design would also explain the number of complaints about sound leaks, if the cups don't cover the ears fully, sound is going to escape."
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"I think there is a design problem or manufacturing flaw in this model."
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"While these headphones are definitely comfortable, and do their job well enough, the design is flimsy and the battery life isn't great."
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"I don't know if this is by design or not, but it would be nice if they could keep the low end rich with the noise cancelling on."
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"However, the build quality and the design are horrible: ear cups are wrapped in two pieces of vinyl fused together."
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"Outside that problem, the headphone are great, great sounding, great noise-reduction, good design, good case, and great customer service."
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"Very well designed case comes with it, with pocket for storing cord and batteries."
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"Great design, very light and excellent cancelling abilities."
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"The over-the-ear design is so much more comfortable than the on-the-ear design of other audio-technica headphones."
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Durability

Durability:
"I'm displeased with the poor durability."
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"However, the durability of the headset I received is not so great."
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"Bought this headphone solely for my trans Pacific 10 hours plus flight, it performs well in terms of sound quality, the problem is durability."
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"I was worried about durability, but I have had these for well over a year, and travelled all over with them with no issues."
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"The other sets in the middle range had either sound quality or durability problems."
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"I've owned this model for several years and I'm completely happy with the quality and durability."
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"Bought this headphone solely for my trans Pacific 10 hours plus flight, it performs well in terms of sound quality, the problem is durability."
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"I am extremely happy with the quality and durability of the headphones, the storage holder (a little large but can be used to hold other small devices) and the accessories provided."
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"I have been pleasantly surprised with quality of sound, durability, etc."
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"I was worried about durability, but I have had these for well over a year, and travelled all over with them with no issues."
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Fit

Fit:
"Unfortunately the ATH-ANC7B's didn't fit comfortably."
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"The only reason for 4 stars is the ear pads are tight fitting and uncomfortable."
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"The only weakness would be that they don't fit as comfortably on my ears as high end Bose headphones - better bang for buck though."
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"Even if I insisted in using it (trying to push the foam to the corner of the cup so that my ear could fit in), the false contact in the ANC switch was now unbearable: sound was muffled, only one side played music, and I was constantly hearing interference."
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"The design is circumaural, but in my case does not fit well."
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"I received these just a few days ago, unfortunately, they don't fit."
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"Lastly, I found the head band to not be long enough for get a comfortable fit."
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"The sound quality and fit of these headphones are quite good."
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"They fit wonderfully even with glasses on."
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"The battery life lasted the entire trip (manual said 8 hours), the case fit nicely into my carry on and made it easier to deal with these."
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"Pros:These headphones fit great despite me having a large head and awkward earsThey cancel out a great deal of noise to the point where if you are listening music and someone is standing directly in front of you talking they are completely inaudible."
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Loud

Loud:
"The noise is hard to describe, it's like a terrible, loud, digital clicking."
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"So loud and annoying that whatever they are saying gets into my head and I can't concentrate because they just yap all day long."
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"I'm giving these such a low rating because they make a loud and uncomfortable sound when plugged into my cellphone or laptop with the noise-cancellation turned on."
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"People tell me that I have it up too loud and it will damage my ears, well it seems to have speakers on the outside because it is loud and bothers others."
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"The initial listening was very tinny sounding and sound leakage was so bad that people next to me on the train would complain when I would turn the music up loud enough to hear it."
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"Conclusion:I recommend this product if you don't like loud music or if you don't expect a great sound quality."
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"The first comment I heard about it is that the person next to me is able to hear what I'm listening to.. sort of loud open speaker."
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"I plugged them into my i phone 6 and everything was great, but after a few minutes I heard loud intermittent popping and electronic noises over the music."
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"Lots of good reviews so I'll just add what may be newish: I'm using these mainly while riding a big mower on a golf course, pretty loud droning noise environment."
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"I have spent about 40 hours on a plane in the last month and these have made traveling so much better and when someone is to loud in my hotel they also drown out the noise as well."
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"The noise canceling feature worked extremely well, filtering a good 85 to 90 percent of the sometimes very loud music blasting over the gym speakers."
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Music

Music:
"It only was noticeable when the music was off or very quiet but still a bit of a disappointment."
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"The horn noise from trains, when they are approaching an intersection, is very annoying and can make listening to any kind of music or other programs very difficult."
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"If it takes loud music to drown out the noise I can do that with regular headphones for half the priceI was also disappointed that they weren't Bluetooth and I had to use a cable to connect to my iPhone but maybe I overlooked that part in the descriptionThe headphones were a lot more bulky than they looked in the picture which would make it hard to sleep on the plane in theseThe music sounded good but that's not the reason I bought theseAs far as the headphones themselves they were comfortable and were not too tight on my head like some other reviewers"
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"The noise cancellation was marginal, and the sound quality of music was horrible."
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"I even took them on vacation with me and while other family members were driving I was able to watch a movie in the car (while they played music through the car stereo) and I wasn't able to hear anything except what was coming through the headphones."
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"I am not an audiophile, but I do enjoy my music."
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"As for music, well, don't buy them for that."
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"If you are want sound cancelling and great music quality, spend the money on the Bose QC series, over the ear models."
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"I also use them when mowing my lawn and can comfortably listen to music while protecting my ears from the noice of the tractor."
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"Music is crystal clear."
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"Some things that I liked: 1) Music quality was fine given the environment."
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Noise

Noise:
"not that great for noise cancellation, we also have a Bose and it doesn't come close."
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"In March the switch to turn noise cancelling began to give me problems, when turning it on or off I would lose sound to one of the ears and would only come right after wiggling the switch around a little."
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"In the interest of fairness, most noise cancelling phones have this same drawback."
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"The noise cancellation would not work so it was pretty much useless."
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"The noise cancelling is terrible by comparison, whether on a plane or at the gym."
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"I also appreciate that the headphones still pass sound, even if the battery is dead (just obviously without the noise cancelling feature).CONCLUSION Overall, I have been quite pleased with the purchase."
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"Good noise cancelling and amaizing price."
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"I found the ATH-ANC1's to be a good budget buy that provided adequate noise cancellation with acceptable audio quality."
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"I use them when I'm traveling, as they cancel noise on airplanes fairly well."
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"While it worked great initially - great sound quality, comfort, and battery life - the active noise canceling causes the sound on the left drive to cut in and out when it's enabled."
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"These aren't going to be as good as the higher priced competitors, but they offer excellent noise cancellation for their price point."
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Noise-cancellation

Noise-cancellation:
"I'm giving these such a low rating because they make a loud and uncomfortable sound when plugged into my cellphone or laptop with the noise-cancellation turned on."
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"Very good noise-canceling headphones; not quite as good as Bose, but also doesn't cost as much."
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"So if I just want to listen to music or watch a video at home without the noise-cancelling, I can't enjoy it anymore.2) When the noise cancelling is turned on, it seems like the bass is significantly reduced."
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"Now people sometimes get confused that noise-cancelling will make surrounding noise disappear at all... it's not the case, the product says it will diminish 90% of surrounding noise, so keep that in mind."
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"These are a great alternative to the more expensive Bose Noise-Canceling headphone, however, they look ridiculous."
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"I will continue to use the headphones, despite their noise-cancelling abilities having been seriously compromised by my clumsy repairs."
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"I had reviews about noise-cancelling headphones all over the internet and had come to the conclusion that these are the best budget noise-cancelling headphones."
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"I bought these as a replacement for a pair of Bose noise-cancelling headphones, and was remarkably pleased with this slightly cheaper version."
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"The actual noise-cancellation feature can be turned on and off, which was nice, but it did have a strange sound to it (the noise cancellation alone, not the speakers)."
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"However, for the price, and combining the noise-canceling feature, I can say honestly that this is a good bargain."
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Plastic

Plastic:
"After exactly 1 year of very light use (how convenient when you consider their warranty), the left headphone's flimsy plastic arm snapped, leaving only the internal wire in tact."
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"Terrible waste of money for the flimsy plastic Audio Technica will send you."
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"But plastics at the major stress points are brittle flimsy."
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"They worked extremely well for about 3 4 of this distance (lots of movies and music) and still work well now if you can live without the cheap plastic on the stem that broke about a year ago (150,000 miles traveled)."
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"Bose and Sony are a lot better here)Construction: 1 (the plastics get broken soon with just a few uses; the quality here is the worst)Battery: 5 (AAA batteries are the best option, simply buy a couple of Eneloops)Price: 5 (very good price for the features)The issue here it's the quality of the construction."
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"It's a shame, are very good headphones, uses AAA battery, very good sound, detachable cable, BUT the plastics are the worst thing ever."
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"Plastic structure is holding well."
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"These were great while they lasted, but the plastic that connects to the headband on the left snapped after about a year of regular use."
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"They worked extremely well for about 3 4 of this distance (lots of movies and music) and still work well now if you can live without the cheap plastic on the stem that broke about a year ago (150,000 miles traveled)."
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"Great sound but the plastic will crack through normal, everyday use."
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"It's a shame, are very good headphones, uses AAA battery, very good sound, detachable cable, BUT the plastics are the worst thing ever."
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Power

Power:
"But after only 2 months of use, small power switch on the left gradually broke."
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"Plastic is cheap and it scratches and chips easily, the noise cancellation switch is flimsy, and the blue power light is ridiculously bright."
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"After 7 months and one move the power button is now failing."
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"Mediocre sound quality and that is only with the power on."
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"The only thing that is disappointing is that if you turn off the power and use the headphones in normal mode, the sound comes across like there is a thick pillow between you and the phones."
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"Some nearly claimed to be unable to hear just about anything when turning the power on, which was far from my experience."
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"With the power on, and doing noise cancelling, they sound outstanding."
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"Power cord could be a bit more robust."
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"I hoped the high frequency hum and power button issues would be resolved and I'd be happy."
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"I even wore them while using a power washer outside and was pleased with how well they worked."
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"They sound good when the power on the noise canceling circuit is turned off, and they sound great when it is turned on."
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Price

Price:
"Would have been disappointed at a $200 full retail price."
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"Terrible waste of money for the flimsy plastic Audio Technica will send you."
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"However not too happy about the amazon purchase, price got lower after buying them to make it worse was lower before I received my set."
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"Pretty flimsy for the price."
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"I guess I'm on my own and not happy about wasting my money."
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"these headphones despite being very expensive, are very cheap in their quality, i received the headphones already broken inside the packaging, which could be a one instance thing, but my comment it regarding the headphones themselves, even the not-broken parts feels cheap and flimsy and ready to break."
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"Good noise cancelling and amaizing price."
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"Suggest going higher in price to get a good quality headset."
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"After traveling on several flights with these cans, I can definitely say that my money was well spent."
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"These aren't going to be as good as the higher priced competitors, but they offer excellent noise cancellation for their price point."
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"Very good price and shipment."
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Quality

Quality:
"It does not have as good low-end quality as say Bose, but the A-Ts have a good overall balance."
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"Aside from that, I found the sound quality disappointing for +$100 headphones."
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"I am generally disappointed, mainly in the build quality of these headphones."
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"I have headphones ranging from $10 to $1000.By far, Audio Technica ATH-ANC7B headphone ear cushions are the worst quality."
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"Pretty disappointing quality for a pair of ~$120 headphones."
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"I'm disappointed that the quality has apparently taken a turn for the worse...these have been really great headphones in the past (especially the ANC-7 that is no longer available because it just a bit too close to the Bose equivalent :)"
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"I found the ATH-ANC1's to be a good budget buy that provided adequate noise cancellation with acceptable audio quality."
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"Suggest going higher in price to get a good quality headset."
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"While it worked great initially - great sound quality, comfort, and battery life - the active noise canceling causes the sound on the left drive to cut in and out when it's enabled."
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"Sound quality is better than Bose, noise canceling adequate I recently was on a flight with a crying baby and with a little increase in volume I didn't hear a thing."
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"Sound quality is really nice."
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Setting

Setting:
"The one drawback is that the volume must be lowered in library-like settings because it does NOT keep your sound from getting out."
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"Even at its most expanded setting, didn't sit comfortably on my head, which also meant there wasn't a proper seal for the ear cups."
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"Only problem was the sensitivity, the lowest volume settings and the headphones are still very loud."
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"Design:I don't think I have a large head, on the largest setting these do align with my ears perfectly, though these become quite painful on the top of my head where they rest after prolonged wear (beyond an hour)."
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"However even with her volume setting turned all the way up the ATH's were far superior."
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"While it is true that there is a slight roll-off at the very highest frequencies, this was easily fixed with a small tweak of the equalizer settings within the playback software."
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"Basically, the two main problem with these headphones are comfort and the hissing sound when the noise-canceling setting is activated."
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"But for the Audio Technica, I was at the last setting (largest opening) to get comfortable- it is just not that comfortable - but if you have a larger head - I would give these a try at the store first (office max has a working display for these)."
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Shipping

Shipping:
"And for me to pay all the shipping charges for the second broken unit."
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"I am tempted to go with the AT's return policy, but I really don't want to spend a bunch on shipping to be told that I tampered with them or something or just get the same faulty headphones that break in 2 months again."
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"(The headphone box was in an Amazon shipping cardboard box, so the headphone box damage was by whoever purchased and returned the headphones before me."
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"Unfortunately I had to expedite the shipping on the JVCs and now pay the return shipping on the ATs, so out about $20 because I thought the sound leakage couldn't really be that bad."
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"It's no Bose but for $79.99 (Refurb) it works very well on airplane ridesI was also able to expedite the shipping via UPS My Choice in time for my vacation."
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"I paid 114.00 on Amazon including tax and shipping and think I will somewhat enjoy them for quite awhile."
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"Overall, I'm very happy with themAlso, I took the free 5-7 day shipping option and they came in 3 days, pretty quick delivery."
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"As usual, Amazon Customer Service is excellent and sent me a replacement pair (no shipping charge) within a day."
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"First, Ontrac lost the phones, and Amazon was very nice about replacing them, with express shipping free, and giving me the same discounted price that had expired!"
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Size

Size:
"Two things I dislike: headphones little small, my head is not big, but it push head at top after few hours."
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"Another disappointed topic is that the headband is to small."
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"However, the deal breaker for me was the abnormally small size of these headphones."
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"But after only 2 months of use, small power switch on the left gradually broke."
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"My only complaint is that the head band is rather small."
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"These work great, but seem to be sized pretty small."
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"Maybe for a teenager size would be more comfortable."
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"Good quality and a great price, but the ear cups were too small for my ears."
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"But PLEASE TAKE THE WARNINGS ABOUT HEAD SIZE SERIOUSLY."
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"They are not long enough for me and the ear cups are too small so I have to find the perfect spot on my head and then kind of stuff my ears in."
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Sound

Sound:
"In March the switch to turn noise cancelling began to give me problems, when turning it on or off I would lose sound to one of the ears and would only come right after wiggling the switch around a little."
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"Aside from that, I found the sound quality disappointing for +$100 headphones."
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"If the source is a soft or moderate master they will just sound crappy."
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"Also, the sound leakage from these headphones is terrible."
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"great sound but uncomfortable on extended wearing."
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"When you turn it off, the sound isn't quite so nice."
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"They sound nice."
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"The sound coming from the headphones is average at best."
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"While it worked great initially - great sound quality, comfort, and battery life - the active noise canceling causes the sound on the left drive to cut in and out when it's enabled."
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"Okay, now that I've spoiled anyone's Christmas shopping I will explain why:I bought these headphones end of November last year and although the sound was decent I couldn't get over this faint ringing in my ear when the noise cancelling was enabled."
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"Might be great sound but these issues were a deal breaker for me."
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Speaker

Speaker:
"I continue to use them as regular headphones, but the material covering the speaker has broken away on one side."
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"Because out of the blue, the switch broke and audio stopped coming to the left speaker."
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"People tell me that I have it up too loud and it will damage my ears, well it seems to have speakers on the outside because it is loud and bothers others."
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"He said that the right speaker broke."
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"I treated them superbly well, cleaning them and keeping them either on my head or in the case at all times But putting them on this afternoon, I noticed the right speaker is broken."
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"My problem with the Audio Technicas are the left speaker cuts in and out with or without the noise canceling on."
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"I had my wife put them on while I listened and you might as well just had an open speaker playing."
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"I have a pretty good set of speakers on my computer but the earphone's sound quality was far superior."
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"Exactly what I was looking for, these are one of the very few sets of headphones out there that will match (or beat) the sound of a good set of speakers surround sound."
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"People tell me that I have it up too loud and it will damage my ears, well it seems to have speakers on the outside because it is loud and bothers others."
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"These seem to be very good, very comfortable, and have good noise-cancelling (plus suppressing by the over-ear speakers)."
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Travel

Travel:
"I used them for air travel for many years before they broke."
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"Even after taking them off, I still felt the pressure, and since I'd bought them for airplane travel, I knew they were the absolute wrong choice."
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"I use it for airplane travel only and only drawback is that after an hour or so of use, the headphones tend to press too hard against the ears and there is little way to adjust that."
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"But I also hate to travel with ANYTHING that costs over $100-$150 due to concerns about possible loss, theft, or accidental damage."
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"I will not be able to truly evaluate if noise reduction is what I want until I travel but based on some inadequate tests in non-travel mode, they seem to do z good job reducing external noise, so I am hopeful."
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"The only problems I had with the headphones for travel is a) they are large, take up a lot of room, and b) they are large, it's impossible to rest your head sideways (and thus sleep with them on, unless you can sleep facing forward).My main problem with the headphones, however, is that they are simply so big."
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"I got them for air travel and they work wonderfully for reducing the constant engine noise and listening to music or the inflight movie."
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"works great for long over seas travel"
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"Great for airplane travel."
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"Case is nice and neat for travel also."
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"Perfect sound for travel."
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Traveling

Traveling:
"I've been traveling for work consistently for over 5 years, and finally broke down, purchasing a set of Active Noise-Canceling Headphones."
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"I use them when I'm traveling, as they cancel noise on airplanes fairly well."
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"Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling Closed-Back Headphones became my first choice and I would recommend to any individual frequently traveling."
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"Great for traveling! "
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"That said, the sound quality is good and the noise canceling works well on planes when traveling."
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"Great for traveling on planes as it really cuts out the noise."
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Treble

Treble:
"Good bass (not overpowering) and well defined treble."
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"I have not used them for listening to music, but the music from the movies I watch has great bass and treble and sounds great to me."
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"Listening to music on a plane you won't hear a thing but your song; crisp, clear, with balanced amount of bass treble."
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"Clear crisp treble and base as well as mid range."
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"I listen to a lot of electronic music so having decent bass response and not too much treble is important to me."
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"The treble and bass are well represented."
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Value

Value:
"Wouldn't be without them on flights ... good value and excellent audio quality ... superior to Bose."
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"Better value, not as good sound or sound dampening."
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"I've tried other noise canceling headphones in an attempt to find the best value for my $$$ but have been disappointed thus far."
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"- Value: VERY hard to beat."
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"I've gone through a few noise cancellation headphones, and while this isn't the best set I've had, it's definitely the best value."
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"The performance is good and a good value, but unfortunately the sturdiness of the device is poor."
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"Outstanding value for money."
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"A really great product and terrific value."
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"Anyhow, I like these fine and think they're a good value."
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"Awesome noise cancellation feature, great storage carry on box...great value for money overall"
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"Great value."
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Video

Video:
"The great thing about noise cancellation headphones is that you can hear everything in a soundtrack, whether it is music or a an inflight movie, without having to turn the volume up to painful volumes to try to mask background noise."
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"So if I just want to listen to music or watch a video at home without the noise-cancelling, I can't enjoy it anymore.2) When the noise cancelling is turned on, it seems like the bass is significantly reduced."
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"It also allowed me to hear every word of dialog on the movies, which is not always easy for me (as my hearing may not be world-class!"
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"The sound is incredible through my home theater system and iPhone and I have never enjoyed movies, music and sports so much."
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"They keep the unwanted background noises out and provide great sound quality for music and movies."
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"Noise canceling is very effective, I can finally listen to my favorite music or movies from my iPad without raising the volume to cover the background noise of my wife watching TV in the same room."
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"I'm not an audiophile, so the sound is good enough for my use, which is mostly to see movies in my Samsung Note 2014 or hear Spotify."
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"Listening to a movie soundtrack becomes pleasant, and the headset is light enough and the earcups comfortable enough to wear for many hours."
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"Incredible noise reduction on the plane and perfect to listen movies or music."
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Warranty

Warranty:
"After exactly 1 year of very light use (how convenient when you consider their warranty), the left headphone's flimsy plastic arm snapped, leaving only the internal wire in tact."
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"About a year later, I get another from Radioshack, this time opting out of paying for another warranty when I'm pretty sure this problem is common with the ANC7b.3rd pair: I try to be really careful this time not to push the NC switch too hard when I turn it on or off."
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"Disappointing since that was shortly after the warranty expired."
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"Problem - A week after the warranty expired (one year), the left channel went out on these."
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"Because I purchased off Amazon I have no warranty from Audio-Technica, and I can already imagine the hassle of dealing with Amazon to source a replacement or refund."
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"These broke exactly one day after the warranty period was up."
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"About a year later, I get another from Radioshack, this time opting out of paying for another warranty when I'm pretty sure this problem is common with the ANC7b.3rd pair: I try to be really careful this time not to push the NC switch too hard when I turn it on or off."
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"I dealt with it for a couple of months, then got another pair from Radioshack, and paid for another warranty as well."
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"Would have been nice to get a working unit the first time, but I'm happy with the fast warranty service."
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"Great sound quality and very comfortable but the ear pad stuffing burst just out of warranty and they want $25 plus shipping to replace it."
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"When you consider how much you pay for these the should come with a really good warranty."
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Weight

Weight:
"The only drawback is their weight compared to the Bose OE."
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"I read many reviews on these and didn't put much creedence on the negative ones and gave more weight to the positive reviews - especially those comparing Audio Technica to the Bose QC15 and Sennheiser headphones."
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"I will briefly describe certain aspects of the headphones instead of making a long, hard to read review:- Weight: I was surprised at how light these are and although I haven't worn them for long periods yet (I will this weekend on an international flight), I feel the sufficient padding on the top and on the earcups will be very comfortable."
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"They are well made, light weight and the audio quality is acceptable."
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"The plastic feels a little lightweight but the light weight is appreciated after wearing them for a long period of time."
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"light weight and comfortable."
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"If you are looking for compact, light weight, comfortable wearing headphones look no further."
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iPhone

iPhone:
"Wanted them so I could use them with my iPhone at work but the static is terrible."
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"If you put the iPhone in airplane mode, the problem will disappear."
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"If you're buying these headphones to use with an iPhone, you should be aware that there is a potential major static problem that may occur."
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"Point is - if I wanted to listen to music on my iPhone, I wouldn't be able to use any apps that pulled down data."
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"I wanted to give them 4 stars bc I think they're probably a good fit for ppl who have normal sized heads and who dont mind a stiffer earmuff, but I was really disappointed with the cellular signal of the iPhone 5 (LTE) interfering with the noise-cancelling feature."
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"If you use these with a Nano or an iPhone, you may be disappointed."
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"An iPhone can fit inside as well."
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"I tried them on my Iphone 4, my Galaxy S4, and my Lenovo Y480 laptop with great results."
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"Decent quality sound (better than the standard iphone earbuds) and am still on the original batteries."
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"Accessory wise, the Bose is the obvious winner, they provide a headphone splitter, as well as an inline mic audio control for your iphone."
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"Leakage is definitely a concern with these.3) Bose - were a bit too low on volume for my taste (iphone music at 100% was just loud enough - would be nice to have a bit more incase of a low volume track audiobook)."
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iPod

iPod:
"In fact, I recommend everyone buying a pair of these as opposed to those silly, uncomfortable Ipod earbuds."
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"I wear these for 4-5 hours at a time and I'm not bothered at all.6) Easily powered by an Ipod classic.7) Noise canceling works very well."
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"I can say that, when I have my Ipod cranked up full (almost at a painful level) and the ANC turned on, it is pretty easy for someone outside to hear what is playing, particularly when there's not a lot of noise in the area."
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"If you are going to use them with an ipod or computer, they are great."
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"I love the fact that the cord is detachable, and also love the fact that they come with two cords -- a short one that's perfect for air travel with an iPad or iPod, and a longer one that works great when I'm listening to something that's not in my lap."
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"The headphones fold up quite nicely and there's still room to store my iPod inside."
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"I've not been on a plane since buying them but I live on a busy street so I went outside at rush hour when I normally cannot hear my radio or IPod well enough to use with regular earbuds."
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"Since I seldom hear a car horn within 20 feet on a flight I am betting I am going to love these noise-cancelling headphones, and I can buy a new IPod with the money I saved over the Bose phones! "
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