The Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23 QuietPoint are great-sounding in-ear headphones. They have balanced audio reproduction that works well with most music genres but a very ordinary in-ear design that may not be comfortable for some. The poor active noise cancellation is also not ideal for blocking noise in even moderately loud environments.
The ATH-ANC23 are typical in-ear earbuds. The control module is lightweight and relatively portable and the angled ear buds offer a variety of tips to help achieve a comfortable, stable fit. However, the in-ear design may not be for everyone, the all-plastic body feels cheap and the lack of any inline controls is disappointing.
The ATH-ANC23 look average and a little cheap in their design. The black ear buds are angled and have a dark grey finish, with a subtle Audio Technica logo branded on the back. The control module is also black and relatively small, with a slight silver accent for the 'on/off' switch.
The ATH-ANC23 QuietPoint offer nothing out of the ordinary for a more comfortable or stable fit. The comfort level is therefore about the same as that of any other in-ear design, which means it varies from listener to listener, depending on the fit.
Button layout and functionality is underwhelming. The control module has only two controls: A volume dial and an on/off switch for noise cancelling. There are no other controls, which means no call/music button or dedicated inline controls to skip tracks, which is disappointing.
The ATH-ANC 23 are very portable in-ear headphones. They don't take too much space and will comfortably fit in a pocket, bag or purse. However, these are noise cancelling headphones, so they have a control module that makes the headphones a little bulkier when folded than regular passive in-ear headphones.
Comes with soft, drawstring pouch that will protect the headphones from scratches and minor falls. It doesn't add much bulk, and it's small enough to fit into a jacket pocket or purse. However, the soft pouch will not protect the headphones from physical stress, hard falls, and water damage.
Build quality is average. The control module is relatively small and lightweight and has an easy to reach battery compartment. However, the plastic design of both the control module and the earbuds feels a little cheap and susceptible to wear and tear. The cabling is also thin and could have been more rubberized to increase durability.
The ATH-ANC23 have a very similar fit to the ATH-ANC33iS. They're stable enough for casual listening sessions and moderate physical activity but not enough for high-intensity exercises. Also, the long cable and control module can easily get hooked on something and pull the headphones out of your ears.
The Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23 have unreliable and weak active noise cancellation. The in-ear design provides decent passive isolation and its seal does not let too much sound escape. Dissapointingly, the terrible active cancellation does do not successfully isolate the listener and barely cancels the noise of an office-like environment, let alone that of city commutes or international travel.
Sub-par performance. Although these headphones isolate sound throughout the spectrum, their performance is below average in all three of the frequency bands.
Good performance. The leakage profile is rather high-frequency and narrow (from 3KHz-8KHz). At high volumes the leakage will be quite audible, but will mostly consist of sibilant sounds (S and T).
No compatible app.
They perform moderately well in most use cases and make for decent everyday headphones.
Average for critical listening. These headphones have a decent audio reproduction but the closed back in-ear design lacks a little openness for critical listening.
The small portable build and the typical in-ear fit is adequate for commuting, but the active isolation is a little weak.
Decent for sports use. They have an above average stable fit and are also small enough to carry around on your person everywhere you go.
Mediocre for office use. They won't block the chatter of a busy office, and the in-ear fit isn't always comfortable for long listening sessions.
Above-average for home theater use. They have no latency but they also have a short audio cable. They have the range to watch TV from your couch unless you have an extension cord for the audio cable.