The Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7b are decent headphones that perform moderately well in most of our tested categories. They have an above-average sound quality and can block noise fairly well. Unfortunately, they can't handle the level of ambient noise in a train or plane. They leak a lot and will disturb people around you at high volumes.
- Decent audio reproduction.
- Moderate comfortable and stable design.
- Leaks a lot of sound.
- Limited audio controls.
The ATH-ANC7b look very similar to the ATH-ANC7b SVIS. They have a moderately comfortable and stable design that stays in place during casual listening sessions. However, they have an average-at-best build quality, which feels a little too plasticky and cheap. They also don't offer a decent control scheme only having one call/music button for audio control.
The ATH-ANC7b look very similar to the ATH-ANC7b SVIS, with minor differences in color scheme and choice of materials in their build quality. Like the SVIS model, these headphones do not stand out and have a very common style that may work for some. They have a two-tone black and silver color palette. The matching headband is also black, with silver accents on the metal frame.
The ATH-ANC7b deliver a slightly more comfortable fit than the ATH-ANC7b SVIS. The padding used for the ear cups is much softer than the SVIS model and fairly comfortable. They don't feel too rigid once on your head and don't apply too much pressure around your ears. However, the headband does not extend far enough for larger heads. The over-ear cups do not encompass the ear entirely which can get uncomfortable during long listening sessions.
The ANC7b have a limited button layout. The functionalities offered by this control scheme is minimal. Only a noise cancelling switch and a call/music button are provided. It's simple to use but not very efficient, and you don't have any volume or track-skipping control, which is slightly disappointing.
These headphones are moderately stable. They stay in place during casual listing sessions and have a detachable cable that will disconnect if it gets hooked on something. Unfortunately, the ATH-ANC7b are not sports headphones and will quickly fall off your head while running or jumping. The headband is relatively thin and the ear cups large, which makes these headphones sway a lot during any physical activity.
The ATH-ANC7b have an average build quality and are not much different from the ATH-ANC7b SVIS. They have a mostly plastic build with a thin metal frame that reinforces the headband. They're able to handle a couple of drops. However, their build quality does not feel as durable as some other over-ear models. The plastic joints especially, feel susceptible to physical stress and the cable provided is not thick enough and could get damaged easily.
The ATH-ANC7b have a decent audio reproduction and low harmonic distortion. They deliver a good bass range and pack enough of a punch to satisfy fans of bass. Unfortunately, instruments and vocals lack a bit of clarity and are slightly distant. That combined with the emphasis on bass that extends into the mid-range, gives these headphones a boomy sound that doesn't sound very open because of their poor soundstage.
Very good performance. Low-bass is extended down to 20Hz, which is excellent. However, there is a 5dB overemphasis in high-bass which tends to add a bit of boominess to the sound.
Decent performance. The overemphasis in low-mid, which is a continuation of the high-bass overemphasis, adds a little of a boxy quality to the sound. The dip covering high-mid, averaging around -7dB, greatly reduces the clarity and intensity of vocals/leads.
Average performance. The under-emphasis in high-treble negatively affects the clarity and intensity of leads/vocals. The high-treble overemphasis adds excess airiness to the sound, but it won't be audible to most people.
Poor soundstage. The small earcups of these headphones do not activate the HRTF resonances of the outer ear enough to create a good soundstage. Also, due to the closed-back design these headphones don't sound quite open either.
Good distortion results overall. The spike in harmonic distortion around 1KHz, however, may be audible and add harshness to the high mids and treble.
The ATH-ANC7b can block the noise of a moderately busy office efficiently. Their active noise canceling technology and decent passive seal blocks a fair bit of ambient noise. Unfortunately, it's not enough for very loud environments like on train or plane. They also leak a lot and will be distracting to the people around you at high volumes.
Decent performance. In the bass range, there's an average of 10dB of isolation, which extends below 100Hz. The amount of isolation provided in the mid and treble regions are also average, maxing out at around -18dB and -30dB respectively.
Poor performance. The majority of the leakage is happening between 400Hz-5KHz, which is rather broad. The overall level of the leakage is quite high too, making the content of your audio audible to people around you.
The ATH-ANC7b uses 1 AAA battery that lasts about 49.2 hours of continuous audio playback. They can't be used without the battery, and do not have an auto-off timer. But thanks to the great battery life you won't have to change the triple AAA battery throughout the day, which is good for long flights or road trips.
No compatible app.
In the box
- Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7b headphones
- Audio cable
- Airline adapter
- Carrying case
- 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter
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