The Audio-Technica ATH-ANC27x QuietPoint are below-average headphones that poorly isolate listeners from ambient noise. They sound exceedingly bass-heavy and feel a little cheap and flimsy. On the upside, they don't leak much sound and will not disturb the people around you at high volumes.
- No noticeable harmonic distortion.
- Minimal leakage.
- Poor isolation.
- Too bass-heavy.
- Oddly sized, unstable ear cups.
The ATH-ANC27x do not feel very durable. The oddly sized ear cups are too large for an on-ear design and too small for over-ear, which makes them uncomfortable after long listening sessions. They feel plasticky and will not last as long as some other better-built headphones. They also have no control options for your audio which is disappointing.
The ATH-ANC27x QuietPoint's design looks similar to the ATH-ANC29. They have an all-black color scheme with silver accents on the ear cups. Their design does not stand out, but their understated style may be appealing for some.
The ATH-ANC27x do not quite rest well on the ears. The ear cups are not large enough to encompass the ears like an over-ear design. This puts a little pressure on the tip of the ears that can get uncomfortable over long listening sessions. On the upside, they are lightweight and not too tight on the head
There is only the noise cancelling switch on the ATH-ANC27x. This means that you will have no control over your audio, which is disappointing. However, the noise cancelling switch does feel better made than the ATH-ANC29 model which shares the same design.
The ATH-ANC 27x are quite big for on-ear headphones. They're decently portable thanks to their small frame relative to some larger over-ear models. However, they don't fold up into a more compact format, to take less space in a backpack. They won't fit into your pockets, even larger jacket pockets and are too cumbersome to fit comfortably in some bags. On the upside, the ear cups to lay flat, which slightly increases their portability.
The ATH-ANC27x have a below-average audio reproduction. Their bass is too emphasized, which might please certain fans of bass but will make tracks sound dark and heavy for most listeners. Instruments and vocals lack clarity and sound distant compared to the rest of the mix. On the upside, they have no noticeable harmonic distortion.
Average performance. There is a general over-emphasis in the bass region, which increases as the frequency lowers. At 20Hz, the measured response is 15dB over the target response making these headphones quite bass-heavy.
Average performance. There is a little bit of over-emphasis bleeding in from high-bass to the low mids. The main issue, however, is the dip in high-mid negatively affecting the clarity and intensity of vocals/leads.
Poor performance. The dips in low-treble and high-treble negatively affect the clarity and airiness of the sound. The dark treble combined within hyped bass makes these headphones exceedingly bass-heavy.
Poor soundstage. These headphones don't give the impression of a large soundstage, due to the closed on-ear design. Additionally, they seem to be equipped with a built-in crossfeed circuit, working 180° out of phase with the original signal. This has the effect of slightly widening the stereo image, at the expense of weakening the phantom center. It should also be noted that there was a 2dB difference in amplitude between the L/R ear cups of our unit.
Good distortion results. The overall harmonic distortion is quite low, especially at 90dB SPL. There is a general rise in distortion at 100 dB SPL, especially in the low-bass region which may be noticeable. The rest of the harmonic distortion remains within good limits.
The ATH-ANC27x do not leak much but poorly isolate listeners. The on-ear cups do not block low-frequency noise from seeping into your listening experience. Sadly, the active noise cancelling is not efficient either and does not cancel this ambient noise, which is unideal if you plan to use these headphones in the metro or on a plane.
Poor isolation. These headphones perform below average in all categories. The passive isolation provided by the ear cup does a decent job of blocking treble sounds, however, they stop being effective below 800Hz. The active noise cancellation provides around 10dB of reduction from 100Hz-400Hz, but not doing much below or above that range. The self-noise is rather high too.
Good leakage performance. The majority of leakage happens in the mid range, around 600H, and there is little sound leaking above 3KHz.
The ANC27x only have noise canceling as an active feature. They won't be the most versatile headphones, but they have a pretty good battery life that lasts an incredible 82 hours of continuous playback. This makes them great travel headphones as you won't need to change the AAA cell as often, but the lack of power saving features also means that if you leave them on they will continue to drain the battery.
The ATH-ANC27x can last up to 82 hours of continuous play time at average volumes. This means you won't have to change the triple AAA battery throughout the day, which is great for long flights or road trips. Sadly, they can't be used without the battery, and do not have any battery saving features like an auto-off timer.
No compatible app.
In the box
- Audio-Technica ATH-ANC27x Headphones
- Flight adapter
- Audio cable
- Carrying pouch
- 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter
- AAA Battery