Reviewed on Apr 08, 2016

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC29 HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.0
5.8
Mixed Usage
6.5
Critical Listening
5.7
Commute/Travel
5.5
Sports/Fitness
5.7
Office
6.5
Home Theater
Type : On-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : No
Noise-Cancelling : Yes
Mic : No
Transducer : Dynamic

The Audio-Technica ATH-ANC29 QuietPoint have great bass that adds excitement to the tracks they reproduce. Unfortunately, they have a bland design that's slightly uncomfortable and offers no control options. Noise cancellation is also pretty weak, so moderate ambient noise may ruin your listening experience.

Test Results
Design 5.6
Sound 6.5
Isolation 5.8
Active Features 5.6
Pros
  • Lightweight design.
  • Great bass reproduction.
Cons
  • Odd ear cup size is not comfortable for everyone.
  • Poor noise isolation.
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5.6

Design

The ATH-ANC29 have a simple, understated design that may work for some but offers nothing out of the ordinary. They have a poor control scheme and the oddly sized ear cups make them slightly uncomfortable for most ears. They're able to withstand a few drops without damage but the mostly plastic build means they will not be as durable as some other headphones.

Style

The ATH-ANC29 have an all-black, understated esthetic that may work for some but offers nothing remarkable in their design. The oval ear cups are noticeably thick and may stick out a little when on the head.

6.0 Comfort
Weight : 0.45 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0.92 lbs

The ATH-ANC29 are moderately comfortable. They are decently padded and lightweight but the oddly shaped ear cups may not fit everyone, especially those with larger ears. This makes the headphones uncomfortable for some people, especially over long listening sessions.

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

The only control option is the noise cancelling switch, which is cheaply made and difficult to use. You will have no direct control over your audio, which is disappointing.

5.5 Stability

These headphones do not feel stable, once on your head. They are lightweight and apply enough pressure on your ears, to not easily fall off during casual listening sessions. Unfortunately, they are not designed for sports and quickly fall off your head when jumping, running or doing other high-intensity activities and sports. On the upside, the cable will detach if its hooked by something, which could prevent the headphones from being pulled off your head.

6.2 Portability
L : 7.09 "
W : 6.50 "
H : 1.77 "
Volume : 81.53 Cu. Inches
Stand required : N/A

The ATH-ANC 29 are on the larger side for on-ear headphones. They are somewhat portable compared to some bigger over-ear models and the ear cups fold flat to reduce the amount of space they would take up in a bag. Sadly they will not be the most travel-friendly as they do not fold up into a more compact format and won't fit in a pocket, even larger jacket pockets.

0 Case
Type : No case

6.0 Build Quality

The ATH ANC29's build quality is decent but does not feel very durable. The joints are made of dense plastic and the headband is reinforced by a thin metal frame. This adds a little more robustness to the design but these headphones still feel weak and susceptible to breaking under moderate physical stress. The ear cups feel cheap, plasticky and hollow and may crack over time with regular wear and tear.

7.7 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 2.7 C

Cable
Detachable : Yes
Length : 4'2" ft
Connection : 1/8" TRS

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

Front
Angled
Side
Rear
Top
6.5

Sound

The Audio Technica ANC29 is a mediocre sounding pair of closed-back on-ear headphones. They have a balanced and extended Bass and deliver it consistently across multiple users. However, their Mid Range is too prominent which tends to sound boxy, and their Treble is poorly balanced. Additionally, like most other closed-back on-ear headphones, they lack an open and spacious Soundstage.

9.0 Bass
Std. Err.
:
1.53 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
10.91 Hz
Low-Bass
:
-0.5 dB
Bass
:
0.21 dB
High-Bass
:
2.65 dB

6.4 Mid
Std. Err.
:
4.75 dB
Low-Mid
:
3.71 dB
Mid
:
4.46 dB
High-Mid
:
4.19 dB

5.0 Treble
Std. Err.
:
5.93 dB
Low-Treble
:
-5.64 dB
Treble
:
0.34 dB
High-Treble
:
-7.36 dB

8.4 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.32 dB

5.1 Soundstage
PRTF Error
:
7.5 dB
Openness
:
5.7
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
3.4
Correlated Crosstalk
:
0.0 dB

6.0 Imaging
Phase Error
:
59.54 °
Driver Mismatch (Amplitude)
:
0.75 dB
Driver Mismatch (Frequency)
:
3.06 dB
Driver Mismatch (Phase)
:
138.51 °

6.3 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
10.756
Weighted THD @ 100
:
19.827

5.8

Isolation

The ATH-ANC29 QuietPoint have poor isolation. The awkward size of the ear cups creates a poor seal that doesn't block much sound and leaks quite a bit. Their active noise cancellation is also subpar and not efficient enough to cancel the level of ambient noise of international travel or the rumble of a train.

5.4 Noise Isolation
Overall Attenuation
:
-11.77 dB
Bass
:
-3.82 dB
Mid
:
-9.66 dB
Treble
:
-23.66 dB
Self-Noise
:
16.48 dB

Poor overall isolation. The passive isolation provided by the ear cups is below average, but not too bad considering the on-ear design of these headphones. The active noise cancellation provides some isolation from 100Hz to around 400Hz, but not much below or above those frequencies.

6.6 Leakage
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
41.76 dB

Average leakage. Although the majority of the leakage happens in a narrow band in the mid-range (700Hz-1KHz) and little treble leaks out, the volume of what does leak out is high relative to listening volume.

5.6

Active Features

The ANC 29 like the rest of the similarly designed ATH-ANC series only have noise canceling as an active feature. This makes them less versatile than other wireless headphones with customizable sound profiles. However, because of their lack of features, their battery life last surprisingly long, up to 58 hours of continuous play time. This well above-average and should be sufficient for a weekend's worth of casual listening without needing to replace the AAA battery as often.

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

8.3 Battery
Battery Type
:
AAA
Battery Life
:
58.2 hrs
Charge Time
:
N/A
Auto-off
:
No
Audio while charging
:
N/A
Passive Playback
:
Yes

The ATH-ANC29 has an excellent battery life of about 59 hours. You won't have to change the triple AAA battery throughout the day which is good for long flights or road trips. Unfortunately, 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-ANC29 Headphones
  • Flight adapter
  • Audio cable
  • Carrying pouch
  • Manual
  • 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter
  • AAA Battery

5.8 Mixed Usage

These headphones do not excel in any use case. They don't isolate well enough for commute or office use. They don't have a good enough sound for critical listening or recording. They're also too unstable for sports.

6.5 Critical Listening

Average at best for critical listening. They have an uneven sound quality and their closed back design limits their soundstage.

5.7 Commute/Travel

Subpar for commuting. The noise canceling is weak and struggles in loud environments.

5.5 Sports/Fitness

Below-average for sports. They're lightweight but too cumbersome and unstable for strenuous exercises.

5.7 Office

Below-average for office use. They leak a bit and do not isolate much. You will still be able to hear the noise of a busy office.

6.5 Home Theater

Average for home theater use. They have a decent sound for watching movies. They also 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.

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