Audio-Technica ATH-ANC27x Headphones Review

Reviewed Apr 19, 2016 at 06:15 pm
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC27x Picture
Usage Ratings - Version 0.9
5.4
Mixed Usage
5.2
Critical Listening
5.6
Commute/Travel
5.3
Sports/Fitness
5.7
Office
6.3
Home Theater
Type On-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless No
Noise-Cancelling Yes
Mic No
Transducer Dynamic

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.

Our Verdict

5.4 Mixed Usage

The ATH-ANC27x are not good everyday headphones. They don't isolate well. They don't have a good sound for critical listening or recording. They're also too unstable for sports.

5.2 Critical Listening

Subpar critical listening experience. They have a skewed bass heavy sound, and they're not comfortable.

See our Critical Listening recommendations
5.6 Commute/Travel

Not suitable for commuting. The noise canceling is weak and struggles in loud environments.

See our Commute/Travel recommendations
5.3 Sports/Fitness

Below-average for sports. They're lightweight but too unstable for any physical activity.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
5.7 Office

Below-average for office use. They don't leak too much but poorly isolate listeners from the ambient noise of a busy office.

See our Office recommendations
6.3 Home Theater

Average for Home Theater use. They have no latency since they're wired. However, they have a short audio cable so unless you have an extension cord they won't be ideal for comfortably watching movies from your couch. Unfortunately, they also have a poorly balanced sound that may drown a few the voices in movies.

  • 5.4 Mixed Usage
  • 5.2 Critical Listening
  • 5.6 Commute/Travel
  • 5.3 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.7 Office
  • 6.3 Home Theater
Pros
  • No noticeable harmonic distortion.
  • Minimal leakage.
Cons
  • Poor isolation.
  • Too bass-heavy.
  • Oddly sized, unstable ear cups.

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Test Results

Design
Design
Style

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.

6.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.47 lbs
Clamping Force
1.01 lbs

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

0
Design
Controls
Ease of use N/A
Feedback N/A
Call/Music Control No
Volume Control No
Noise Canceling Control No
Talk-Through No
Additional Buttons No

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.

5.0
Design
Stability

The ATH-ANC27x do not provide a stable listening experience. They will easily fall off your head during high-intensity activities like running or jumping. On the upside, they won't slip as much during casual listening, as long as you put them on correctly.

6.4
Design
Portability
L 7.09 "
W 6.3 "
H 1.57 "
Volume 70.37 Cu. Inches
Stand required N/A

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.

5.5
Design
Case
Type Pouch

Comes with a thin pouch that will protect the headphones from scratches and doesn't add additional bulk. However, the pouch will not shield your headphones from water damage or hard falls.

6.0
Design
Build Quality

Build quality is decent but a little plasticky. They have a thin, metal frame that slightly strengthens the headband and the earcups are sufficiently dense to withstand a few drops. However, the plastic hinges are weak points that feel cheaply made.

7.4
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 3.2 C

Design
Cable
Detachable Yes
Length 4.14 ft
Connection 1/8" TRS

Comes with one 1/8" TRRS-TRRS cable with no mic or in-line controls.

Design
Front
Design
Angled
Design
Side
Design
Rear
Design
Top
Sound
5.0
Sound
Bass
Std. Err.
7.43 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10.0 Hz
Low-Bass
10.94 dB
Bass
5.65 dB
High-Bass
4.26 dB

6.1
Sound
Mid
Std. Err.
5.15 dB
Low-Mid
1.8 dB
Mid
-1.88 dB
High-Mid
-8.29 dB

3.1
Sound
Treble
Std. Err.
8.13 dB
Low-Treble
-8.83 dB
Treble
-2.48 dB
High-Treble
-7.32 dB

4.4
Sound
Soundstage
PRTF Error
8.4 dB
Openness
5.4
Acoustic Space Excitation
2.0
Correlated Crosstalk
-0.11 dB

2.9
Sound
Imaging
Driver Mismatch (Amplitude)
2.00 dB
Driver Mismatch (Frequency)
3.02 dB

9.7
Sound
Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
0.029
Weighted THD @ 100
0.085

Isolation
5.7
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Overall Attenuation
-12.53 dB
Bass
-4.8 dB
Mid
-9.3 dB
Treble
-25.34 dB
Self-Noise
15.53 dB

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.

8.0
Isolation
Leakage
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
34.1 dB

Good leakage performance. The majority of leakage happens in the mid range, around 600H, and there is little sound leaking above 3KHz.

Active Features
0
Active Features
Wireless
Type
N/A
Obstructed Range
N/A
Line of Sight Range
N/A
NFC
No

10
Active Features
Latency
Base Latency
0 ms
aptX Latency
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
N/A

8.5
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
AAA
Battery Life
82 hrs
Charge Time
N/A
Auto-off
No
Audio while charging
N/A
Passive Playback
Yes

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.

0
Active Features
App Support

No compatible app.

In the box
In the box

  • Audio-Technica ATH-ANC27x Headphones
  • Flight adapter
  • Audio cable
  • Carrying pouch
  • 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter
  • AAA Battery

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC27x Price

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