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Audio Technica ATH-ANC9 QuietPoint Noise-Cancelling Headphones
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 212 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.1
Returned or considering to return: 13.2%

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Individual Feature Rating
Listening5.0   above average
Comfortable4.8   above average
Fit4.7   above average
Music4.4   average
Audio4.2   average
Quality4.2   average
Sound4.2   average
Noise4.0   average
Price3.7   below average
Battery3.6   below average
Cable3.3   average
Size2.9   below average


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Audio

Audio:
"I compared them to a pair of Beats headphones I have (which as far as headphones go, aren't the best in sound quality) and the Audio Tech headphones sounded weak and thin in sound quality by comparison."
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"So these are good for consistently loud audio scenes, but get a bit annoying if there are moments of silence - sound like an tape recorded and played without Dolby B or C noise reduction...Original review from May 8, 2015 below."
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"The cord on the Audio Technica is also very thin and somewhat flimsy feeling, and also fairly short - but it is standard 3.5mm stereo jack on both ends, so a longer and inexpensive cable is easy to obtain."
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"As a result, I'm thinking my negative was equally the result of Amazon not thoroughly testing a return, as the quality control of Audio Technica."
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"I am very disappointed and would NEVER purchase another audio product from them."
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"I purchased the Audio Technica ATH-Anc9, which was a little more than the ATH-ANC7's because I have broken my ear drums 5 times, so my ears need a little more attention ."
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"The Audio Technica are just as a good if not better in sound quality."
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"You can here everything in an audio track which is great for anything ."
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"HOWEVER when you consider the price difference between these and Bose, I guess that's the trade-off, I did like the fact that the replacement cords are not proprietary also the build quality seems to be superior on the Audio Technica as compared to the Bose."
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"Good audio, but barely fits my son's noggin."
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"I have tried MANY headphones before I settled on the ANC9 , here is my story:I was looking for noise cancelling headphones and I didn't care much about the sound quality compared to the noise cancelling ability, I tried many but the finalist were 1: Bose QC 25 2: Audio Technica ATH-ANC7 3: Audio Technica ATH-ANC9Best Noise Cancelling , 1:The Bose 10 10 2:Audio Technica ATH-ANC9 9.5 10 almost as good as the Bose 3:Audio Technica ATH-ANC7 8 10Best Sound Quality 1 : Audio Technica ATH-ANC9 9 10 2 :Bose 8.5 10 3 :Audio Technica ATH-ANC7 6 10 reason is when you turn NC off, it sounds like CRAP..Comfort 1: Audio Technica ATH-ANC9 , 9 10 nice memory foam, light weight but still hold on to your ears with comfort , I wouldn't run in these , sweat will be an issuw because of the leather 2: Bose 9 10 very comfortable but very light and feels flimsy on your head !"
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Battery

Battery:
"I was actually very disappointed with this as 1 AAA battery lasts about 4 to 5 days if you use it all day at work."
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"The problem with the battery housing is it is noticeably more difficult to replace a battery compared with the ATH-ANC7B."
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"Love the fact that the audio stays on even with dead batteries, can't say the same for BOSE QC2's."
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"What I love about the ANC9 is you can still listen to music if your battery runs dead."
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"There is a hiss, especially when being in a realtively quiet space,but it shouldn't be bothering you more than the outside noise in any situation;if you can really hear it loudly, it probably means you don't need noise cancellationbecause there isn't too much noise (for what these headphones can handle).It's a tad annoying to be on the road with no extra battery if it dies, but I now carry a set of Eneloops always with me."
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"Nothing I hate more than replacing batteries."
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"The box is a bit big, but the headphones fit well within it, plus a spare battery."
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"Battery life has been good and in line with the specs - I use good quality rechargeable NiMh batteries (Enelope)."
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"Sound quality without being powered by the battery is pretty unimpressive for a $150-200 street priced headphones - it sounds like only a small step above cheap $10 no-name headphones."
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"The battery life for the noise cancelling is outstanding."
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Cable

Cable:
"My only complaint is that the cable is not as heavy as I thought it should have been."
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"My only wish is that the cable were longer and less flimsy looking, something similar to the M50x would be amazing."
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"The short headphone cord is a drawback for me because when I'm working off of my laptop and have it docked, the cord is in the way and can't be routed around my keyboard."
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"I hate proprietary cables and standards like this."
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"If you lose or damage this cable, you're screwed."
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"It's comfortable to wear, the cable is a bit thin, I suspect the cable will last long enough."
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"The only thing that would be nice is for a volume control unit inline on the cable, but since the cables are compatible with any replacement, this can be solved easily if needed."
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"The cord on the Audio Technica is also very thin and somewhat flimsy feeling, and also fairly short - but it is standard 3.5mm stereo jack on both ends, so a longer and inexpensive cable is easy to obtain."
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"Pros:- Good noise canceling quality and different ranges- Comfortable for the average size headCons:- Audio cord too short and tricky to plug unplug- Case is bulky and large compared to others- No volume control on inline remote or headphones"
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"I have tried MANY headphones before I settled on the ANC9 , here is my story:I was looking for noise cancelling headphones and I didn't care much about the sound quality compared to the noise cancelling ability, I tried many but the finalist were 1: Bose QC 25 2: Audio Technica ATH-ANC7 3: Audio Technica ATH-ANC9Best Noise Cancelling , 1:The Bose 10 10 2:Audio Technica ATH-ANC9 9.5 10 almost as good as the Bose 3:Audio Technica ATH-ANC7 8 10Best Sound Quality 1 : Audio Technica ATH-ANC9 9 10 2 :Bose 8.5 10 3 :Audio Technica ATH-ANC7 6 10 reason is when you turn NC off, it sounds like CRAP..Comfort 1: Audio Technica ATH-ANC9 , 9 10 nice memory foam, light weight but still hold on to your ears with comfort , I wouldn't run in these , sweat will be an issuw because of the leather 2: Bose 9 10 very comfortable but very light and feels flimsy on your head !"
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"It feels pretty comfortable though because the pads on it are very soft, thick, and memory-foam like."
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"comfortable and excellent sound."
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"Comfort wise they were nice and noise cancellation seemed decent, but not on par with Bose headphones."
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"That are very comfortable, and the case is also great."
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"Worked perfectly for 1.5 years, great sound, great comfort, everything perfect."
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Fit

Fit:
"You have to close it all the way for them to fit in the case and the slide mech is not easy to push."
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"Good audio, but barely fits my son's noggin."
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"Fit is comfortable and the quality travel case is a great feature."
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"The box is a bit big, but the headphones fit well within it, plus a spare battery."
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"And a full size USB wired mouse plus a couple of spare batteries and a set of in-ear headphones all fit inside the case comfortably."
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"It takes a few days but the ear cups mold to fit you perfectly."
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Listening

Listening:
"The sound quality is absolutely fabulous listening to music and movies on the plane."
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"Listening back to back with a good pair of headphones, the Audio Technica sound is noticeably over-processed, comparable to the sensation you get by pressing all the boost buttons on a budget sound system."
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"On the other hand, just listening to music I thought was OK and I'd be happy with these in a noisy environment."
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"The noise isolation of the ear cups (without listening to music and with power off) is pretty good."
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"These are *not* high resolution headphones but still OK for casual listening and pretty good in noisy environments."
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Music

Music:
"What I love about the ANC9 is you can still listen to music if your battery runs dead."
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"I use these headphones with my iPhone to listen to music, and when ambient noise becomes a problem, I activate the noise-cancelling circuitry by turning on the slide switch on the left ear cup."
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"I like audio-technica quite a bit so I decided to stick with the brand even though the bose gets better reviews for noise canceling (but not for music quality).These headphones are disappointing though."
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"If there wasn't a noticeable pause in the music between mode switches, I would not have been able to tell that I switched modes."
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"It was enough so that I only had to turn up the volume about 10% for the music to sound as loud and clear as it would in a quiet place."
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"* The music sound is very good."
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"I'm a classically trained musician and think it reproduces classical music quite well."
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"I had the ATH-ANC7 for a few years and enjoyed thousands of hours of music and noise cancellation, but they eventually snapped apart."
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"I like that these headphones offer fairly good passive isolation and the music sounds good when ANC is switched-off."
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Noise

Noise:
"--Sound Quality: 4 5--Noise Cancelling headphones typically don't have the best sound quality, as in similar priced normal headphones consistently sound better."
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"Although mode 3 doesn't cancel noise as aggressively as mode 1 and won't work as well in an airplane."
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"The noise cancelation is not quite as good as the Bose, but close enough, but they're also not $300."
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"* You don't get perfect noise rejection - they are noise cancelling."
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"The 2nd set worked without the extra noises, but I found the sound to be not as crisp and clear and seemed a bit muted compared to my wife's Bose QC25."
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"The noise canceling is good, but the sound fidelity and quality of these are superb."
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"Sound with noise cancelling on is very good and very true to source -so much so I had to go into settings on IPhone and laptop and turn off all EQ settings that I used for listening with BEATS STUDIO."
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"The sound quality is amazing, and the noise cancelling does a really good job."
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"v=qOSaFikDrqI (not sponsored by anyone)--Noise Cancelling: 5 5--Very good, I test the noise cancelling in environments ranging from an airplane to a relatively quiet office."
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Price

Price:
"For an headphone in that price range this is unacceptable."
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"Better than on cheap headphones, but not great."
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"Not perfect sound reproduction as I have heard in other cans, but for the price and how amazing the noise canceling is, they are by far the best I have heard."
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"While not a lot of money it irks me a lot when a product is faulty that they don't acknowledge it."
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"Price was absurd."
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"I think they are pretty hard to beat on a value for money scale."
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"If you're looking for a good pair of noise canceling headphones at a reasonable price with great sound quality, these are the headphones for you."
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"3: Audio Technica ATH-ANC7 6 10 I would not wear them for more then 45 minuets, they started giving me headacheBest Value money 1: Audio Technica ATH-ANC9, Great noise cancelling , Great audio quality , Good price , Good built quality 2: Bose QC25 , Great noise cancelling , Great audio quality , High price , So So built quality 3: Audio Technica ATH-ANC7 Good noise cancelling , Good audio quality , Great price, Good built qualityI decided on the ANC 9 because i got Great noise cancelling and audio quality for 150$ less then the Bose !"
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Quality

Quality:
"The build quality is decent and my only complaint is that the ear pads seem jagged about the edges and aren't consistent on both sides."
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"--Sound Quality: 4 5--Noise Cancelling headphones typically don't have the best sound quality, as in similar priced normal headphones consistently sound better."
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"I compared them to a pair of Beats headphones I have (which as far as headphones go, aren't the best in sound quality) and the Audio Tech headphones sounded weak and thin in sound quality by comparison."
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"The sound quality is disappointing though, the sound is very clear, but not full at all."
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"The sound quality wasn't very good with a lot of static."
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"The build quality is decent and my only complaint is that the ear pads seem jagged about the edges and aren't consistent on both sides."
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"The noise canceling is good, but the sound fidelity and quality of these are superb."
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"The sound quality is amazing, and the noise cancelling does a really good job."
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"This is still true for these but the sound quality is still quite good."
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"The Audio Technica are just as a good if not better in sound quality."
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Setting

Setting:
"This is probably unique to me, but as a 6' 6 man who wears a size 8 hat, I have to put them on the largest setting and even then they're not the most comfortable."
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"Sound with noise cancelling on is very good and very true to source -so much so I had to go into settings on IPhone and laptop and turn off all EQ settings that I used for listening with BEATS STUDIO."
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"I like setting 1 the best."
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"Love it, sound is amazing, and the 3 settings of noise cancelling are great."
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"It has 3 settings and all of them do a functiin and dies it very well."
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"a simple push of the button found the best setting for each plane."
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Size

Size:
"I think you would only have trouble if your ears were super large, then the headphones might feel entirely on-ear, or too small and it could get uncomfortable."
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"I'm a little disappointed by the size of the case that it comes in."
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"Small downside is they are a little bulky."
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"These are better than the Bose QC-15, but unless your ears are very small they will not be comfortable."
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"If you are inclined to upgrade, you may want to wait until the next model when hopefully the above problems are solved and the case slimmed down to its former size."
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"There is one small problem with them, and other non-airline headphones I've used, they are so sensitive that using them for the in-flight entertainment, the volume has to be turned down to one and even then is a bit too loud for me."
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"Not terrible, and people with small ears might actually have them fit inside the cups."
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"Pros:- Good noise canceling quality and different ranges- Comfortable for the average size headCons:- Audio cord too short and tricky to plug unplug- Case is bulky and large compared to others- No volume control on inline remote or headphones"
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"Pros:-Detachable, replaceable cord seems like a small thing, but it is very nice not to have to worry about getting tangled up in the cord while napping on a plane, and if the cord gets damaged it is easy to find a replacement."
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"The fact that the Sennheiser's all fold easily into a small case won me over."
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"These favor smaller size, and offer a good listening experience."
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Sound

Sound:
"--Sound Quality: 4 5--Noise Cancelling headphones typically don't have the best sound quality, as in similar priced normal headphones consistently sound better."
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"I compared them to a pair of Beats headphones I have (which as far as headphones go, aren't the best in sound quality) and the Audio Tech headphones sounded weak and thin in sound quality by comparison."
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"The sound quality is disappointing though, the sound is very clear, but not full at all."
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"The 2nd set worked without the extra noises, but I found the sound to be not as crisp and clear and seemed a bit muted compared to my wife's Bose QC25."
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"Fantastic sound"
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"The noise canceling is good, but the sound fidelity and quality of these are superb."
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"Sound with noise cancelling on is very good and very true to source -so much so I had to go into settings on IPhone and laptop and turn off all EQ settings that I used for listening with BEATS STUDIO."
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"The sound quality is amazing, and the noise cancelling does a really good job."
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"It's not completely silent, but when the airplane is at its loudest, you will only hear something equivalent to the sound of a quiet shower running, or the sound of driving on an empty highway in a pretty quiet car."
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Value

Value:
"I think they are pretty hard to beat on a value for money scale."
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"SONY 1RNC- Terrible value for money."
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"My previous ANC7 headphone was an excellent value and I literally wore them out."
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"3: Audio Technica ATH-ANC7 6 10 I would not wear them for more then 45 minuets, they started giving me headacheBest Value money 1: Audio Technica ATH-ANC9, Great noise cancelling , Great audio quality , Good price , Good built quality 2: Bose QC25 , Great noise cancelling , Great audio quality , High price , So So built quality 3: Audio Technica ATH-ANC7 Good noise cancelling , Good audio quality , Great price, Good built qualityI decided on the ANC 9 because i got Great noise cancelling and audio quality for 150$ less then the Bose !"
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"Very comfortable and good performance, a great value when traveling."
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"Are they a good value?"
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"For the price, Audio Technica's ATH ANC9 headphones are a GREAT value, sound excellent, and really do a great job with the noise cancelling."
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