Feeds
85%
Audio Technica ATH ANC7b

Audio Technica ANC7b noise-cancelling headphones

Journey into sound

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

Geek Treat of the Week You don’t have to be a geek to have a fondness for a gadget that just ‘works’. Perhaps a mobile phone that does bugger all than manage calls but gets a signal wherever you are. How about a simple pair of headphones? From a technical standpoint, perhaps not so simple in the case of Audio Technica’s ATH-ANC7b cans. However, just one switch activates the QuietPoint noise-cancelling signal processing, and the roaring silence is upon you. Yup, that’s it.

Audio Technica ATH ANC7b

Silent partner: Audio Technica's ATH-ANC7b

Designed with the traveller in mind, a hardened zipper pouch is provided – moulded to fit the headphones snugly – plus a pocket inside for the various gold plated connectors. You get two leads of 1m and 1.6m with 3.5mm jacks at each end that plug into the side of left earpiece. Also included are a double jack airline adapter and a 1/4in stereo jack converter.

The closed cup padded earpieces are hinged to allow good isolating contact against the side of the head. The cup pressure from the covered sprung steel adjustable headband is just enough without being uncomfortable. Another joint on this arrangement enables each earpiece to twist perpendicular to the headband to fit into the case.

Not having a rechargeable battery pack is one of the major plus points of the Audio Technica ATH-ANC7b headphones. All you need is one AAA battery and you’re good to go for about 40hours. I’m sure I’ve used them for getting on that long now and they’re still going strong. Still, when the battery does die, just twist the outer case of the right cup and drop another one in – worrying about packing a charger is not an issue. Also, if they do die, you can still use them in passive mode.

A blue light above the only switch on the headphones lets you know they’re on, but it’s immediately apparent when you’re wearing them. When active, the somewhat lacklustre and bass heavy passive mode, gives way to a well-defined soundstage with excellent stereo separation. Everything seems to know its place, with a firm bass response, punchy middle and a crisp top-end delivering top notch sound reproduction in the most challenging of environments.

Audio Technica ATH ANC7b

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

Next page: In-flight groovy

More from The Register

next story
Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins
More USB ports than your laptop? You'd better believe it...
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?
Tip: Put the shades on and you'll look less of a spanner
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER
Analyst predicts fanbois will have to wait until next year
Super Cali signs a kill-switch, campaigners say it's atrocious
Remote-death button bad news for crooks, protesters – and great news for hackers?
prev story

Whitepapers

Best practices for enterprise data
Discussing how technology providers have innovated in order to solve new challenges, creating a new framework for enterprise data.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?