Reviewed on Mar 21, 2016

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23 HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3.1
6.3
Mixed Usage
6.7
Neutral Sound
6.4
Commute/Travel
6.8
Sports/Fitness
6.3
Office
4.5
Wireless Gaming
6.0
Wired Gaming
2.3
Phone Call
Type : In-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : No
Noise-Cancelling : Yes
Mic : No
Transducer : Dynamic

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.

Test Results
Design 6.9
Isolation 6.1
Microphone 0
Active Features 7.9
Connectivity 3.6
Pros
  • Great audio reproduction.
  • Very little leakage.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Lacking control options.
  • In-Ear design may not be for everyone.
  1. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  2. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  3. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  4. Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.

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6.9

Design

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.

Style

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.

6.5 Comfort
Weight : 0.09 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0 lbs

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.

4.4 Controls
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Ease of use : Mediocre
Feedback : Mediocre
Call/Music Control : No
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : No
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : No
Talk-Through
:
N/A
Additional Buttons : No

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.

9.3 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 0.7 C
8.2 Portability
L : 3.94 "
W : 1.57 "
H : 1.57 "
Volume : 9.76 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

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.

5.5 Case
Type : Pouch
L : N/A
W : N/A
H : N/A
Volume : N/A

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.

6.5 Build Quality

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.

7.0 Stability

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.

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Sound

Sound Profile
Bass Amount
:
-4.39 db
Treble Amount
:
-2.48 db
8.1 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.38 dB
7.0 Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
:
3.8 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
74.43 Hz
Low-Bass
:
-5.88 dB
Mid-Bass
:
-1.47 dB
High-Bass
:
4.15 dB
7.3 Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
:
3.64 dB
Low-Mid
:
5.66 dB
Mid-Mid
:
1.52 dB
High-Mid
:
0.88 dB
8.3 Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
:
3.09 dB
Low-Treble
:
0.67 dB
Mid-Treble
:
3.35 dB
High-Treble
:
-5.74 dB
7.1 Peaks/Dips
Peaks
:
1.88 db
Dips
:
1.44 db
8.5 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.12
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
1.54
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
1.87
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
1.67
1.5 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
N/A
PRTF Distance
:
N/A
Openness
:
4.4
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
3.2
8.2 Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
:
0.146
WHD @ 100
:
0.100
6.1

Isolation

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.

5.6 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-12.54 dB
Bass
:
-5.56 dB
Mid
:
-14.11 dB
Treble
:
-18.87 dB

Sub-par performance. Although these headphones isolate sound throughout the spectrum, their performance is below average in all three of the frequency bands.

7.2 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
38.42 dB

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).

0

Microphone

Integrated
:
N/A
In-line
:
N/A
Boom
:
N/A
Detachable Boom
:
N/A
0 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
N/A
LFE
:
N/A
FR Std. Dev.
:
N/A
HFE
:
N/A
Weighted THD
:
N/A
Gain
:
N/A
0 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise : N/A
Speech + Subway Noise : N/A
SpNR
:
N/A
7.9

Active Features

No active features.

8.8 Battery
Battery Type
:
AAA
Continuous Battery Life
:
102 hrs
Additional Charges
:
N/A
Total Battery Life
:
102 hrs
Charge Time
:
N/A
Power Saving Feature
:
No
Audio while charging
:
N/A
Passive Playback
:
Yes
Charging Port : N/A
0 App Support
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
:
N/A
ANC control
:
N/A
Mic Control : N/A
Room effects
:
N/A
Playback control
:
N/A
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

No compatible app.

3.6

Connectivity

0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
:
N/A
NFC Pairing
:
N/A
Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
Default Latency
:
N/A
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A
0 Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
Non-BT Latency
:
N/A
9.0 Wired
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
Detachable : No
Length : 4.59 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRS
Wired Latency
:
0 ms
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
:
Audio Only
PC / PS4 Wired USB
:
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
:
No
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox Analog
:
Audio Only
Xbox Wired USB
:
No
Xbox Wireless
:
No
0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A

In the box

  • Audio Technica ATH-ANC23 Heaphones
  • Airline adapter
  • Extra Earbud tips (x3 sizes)
  • AAA Battery
  • Carrying Pouch
  • Manual

Compared to other Headphones

6.3 Mixed Usage

They perform moderately well in most use cases and make for decent everyday headphones.

6.7 Neutral Sound

Average for neutral listening. These headphones have a decent audio reproduction but the closed back in-ear design lacks a little openness for neutral listening.

6.4 Commute/Travel

The small portable build and the typical in-ear fit is adequate for commuting, but the active isolation is a little weak.

6.8 Sports/Fitness

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.

6.3 Office

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.

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