The Audio-Technica ATH-ANC29 QuietPoint have great bass that adds excitement to the tracks they reproduce. Unfortunately, they have a bland design that's slightly uncomfortable and offers no control options. Noise cancellation is also pretty weak, so moderate ambient noise may ruin your listening experience.
- Lightweight design.
- Great bass reproduction.
- Odd ear cup size is not comfortable for everyone.
- Poor noise isolation.
The ATH-ANC29 have a simple, understated design that may work for some but offers nothing out of the ordinary. They have a poor control scheme and the oddly sized ear cups make them slightly uncomfortable for most ears. They're able to withstand a few drops without damage but the mostly plastic build means they will not be as durable as some other headphones.
The ATH-ANC29 are moderately comfortable, They are decently padded and relatively lightweight but the oddly shaped ear cups may not fit everyone especially those with larger ears.This make the headphones uncomfortable for some people especially over long listening sessions.
There are virtually no control option offered by this headphone the only exception being the noise cancelling switch. This means you will have no indirect control over your audio and the one button is cheaply made and difficult to enable.
These headphones do not feel stable, once on your head. They are lightweight and apply enough pressure on your ears, to not easily fall off during casual listening sessions. Unfortunately, they are not designed for sports and quickly fall off your head when jumping, running or doing other high-intensity activities and sports. On the upside, the cable will detach if its hooked by something, which could prevent the headphones from being pulled off your head.
The ATH-ANC 29 are on the larger side for on-ear headphones. They are somewhat portable compared to some bigger over-ear models and the ear cups fold flat to reduce the amount of space they would take up in a bag. Sadly they will not be the most travel-friendly as they do not fold up into a more compact format and won't fit in a pocket, even larger jacket pockets.
The ATH ANC29's build quality is decent but does not feel very durable. The joints are made of dense plastic and the headband is reinforced by a thin metal frame. This adds a little more robustness to the design but they still feel weak and susceptible to breaking under moderate physical stress. The ear cups feel cheap, plasticky and hollow which may crack over time with regular wear and tear.
The ATH-ANC29 have fantastic bass reproduction. They are able to push the low rumbles of deep bass and the lower harmonics of instruments and vocals are well reproduced. However, they overemphasize the mid-range and struggle with high tones. They lack clarity for lead instruments - like guitars - and sound a little too sharp with sibilant sounds.
Very good and virtually flat response. The low-bass bump won't be noticeable to most, and the elevation of high-bass is quite subtle too.
Average performance. The overemphasis in low-mid and mid means that these headphones will sound a little mid-rangy, boxy, and honky. The dip in high-mid, which continues into low-treble, pushes the vocals/leads to the back of the mix.
Poor performance. The dip in low-treble noticeably dulls and muffles vocals/leads. The peak around 7KHz could potentially make these headphones slightly sibilant, but shouldn't be an issue for most.
Good overall distortion results. At 90dB SPL, the harmonic distortion at higher frequencies is rather elevated, but at the same time the rise at 100dB SPL seems to be limited mostly to the lower frequencies. This means that harmonic distortion at higher frequencies remains relatively constant at higher volumes.
The ATH-ANC29 QuietPoint have poor isolation. The awkward size of the ear cups creates a poor seal that doesn't block much sound and leaks quite a bit. Their active noise cancellation is also subpar and not efficient enough to cancel the level of ambient noise of international travel or the rumble of a train.
Poor overall isolation. The passive isolation provided by the ear cups is below average, but not too bad considering the on-ear design of these headphones. The active noise cancellation provides some isolation from 100Hz to around 400Hz, but not much below or above those frequencies.
Average leakage. Although the majority of the leakage happens in a narrow band in the mid-range (700Hz-1KHz) and little treble leaks out, the volume of what does leak out is high relative to listening volume.
The ANC 29 like the rest of the similarly designed ATH-ANC series only have noise canceling as an active feature. This makes them less versatile than other wireless headphones with customizable sound profiles. However, because of their lack of features, their battery life last surprisingly long, up to 58 hours of continuous play time. This well above-average and should be sufficient for a weekend's worth of casual listening without needing to replace the AAA battery as often.
The ATH-ANC29 has an excellent battery life of about 59 hours. You won't have to change the triple AAA battery throughout the day which is good for long flights or road trips. Unfortunately, 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-ANC29 Headphones
- Flight adapter
- Audio cable
- Carrying pouch
- 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter
- AAA Battery