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Reviewed on Apr 19, 2016

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC27x
HEADPHONES REVIEW

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.

Test Results
Design 5.7
Sound 5.0
Isolation 6.5
Active Features 5.7
Pros
  • No noticeable harmonic distortion.
  • Minimal leakage.
Cons
  • Poor isolation.
  • Too bass-heavy.
  • Oddly sized, unstable ear cups.

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5.7

Design

The ATH-ANC27x do not feel very durable. The oddly sized ear cups are too large for an on-ear design and too small for over-ear, which makes them uncomfortable after long listening sessions. They feel plasticky and will not last as long as some other better-built headphones. They also have no control options for your audio which is disappointing.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 3.2 C

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.

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5.0

Sound

The ANC-27x is a poor sounding pair of closed-back on-ear headphones. They have an overly bass-heavy sound profile, and tend to sound muddy in the Bass and Mid Ranges. Also their Treble lacks presence and brightness, and due to their closed-back design, they don't have an open sounding Soundstage either.

5.0 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 Mid
Std. Err.
:
5.15 dB
Low-Mid
:
1.8 dB
Mid
:
-1.88 dB
High-Mid
:
-8.29 dB

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

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

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

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

6.5

Isolation

The ATH-ANC27x do not leak much but poorly isolate listeners. The on-ear cups do not block low-frequency noise from seeping into your listening experience. Sadly, the active noise cancelling is not efficient either and does not cancel this ambient noise, which is unideal if you plan to use these headphones in the metro or on a plane.

5.7 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 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.

5.7

Active Features

The ANC27x only have noise canceling as an active feature. They won't be the most versatile headphones, but they have a pretty good battery life that lasts an incredible 82 hours of continuous playback. This makes them great travel headphones as you won't need to change the AAA cell as often, but the lack of power saving features also means that if you leave them on they will continue to drain the battery.

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

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

8.5 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 App Support

No compatible app.

In the box

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

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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.
5.6 Commute/Travel
Not suitable for commuting. The noise canceling is weak and struggles in loud environments.
5.3 Sports/Fitness
Below-average for sports. They're lightweight but too unstable for any physical activity.
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.
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.

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