Reviewed on Feb 26, 2016

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
6.2
Mixed Usage
7.0
Neutral Listening
6.2
Commute/Travel
5.8
Sports/Fitness
6.3
Office
5.4
Wireless Gaming
7.0
Wired Gaming
6.5
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Type : Over-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : No
Noise-Cancelling : Yes
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC70 are decent sounding headphones. They do a good job with audio reproduction but lack a little bass. Unfortunately, noise Isolation is very weak and leaves much to be desired. On the upside, they barely leak, so they won't be distracting in quieter environments.

Test Results
Design 6.5
Isolation 6.2
Microphone 6.9
Active Features 7.0
Connectivity 3.8
Pros
  • Lightweight.
  • Good button placement.
  • Good leakage performance.
Cons
  • Weak build and creaky joints.
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Weak Bass and tapered Highs.
  1. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  2. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  3. Update 10/2/2017: The microphone has been tested with our new methodology, as explained here
  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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6.5

Design

The ATH-ANC70 are a mixed bag of good and poor design choices. The lightweight cushioned ear cups, and the convenient placement of the buttons are definite pluses. Unfortunately, this is offset by the weak, creaky headband and the thin basic cable that doesn't seem durable at all.

Style

Simple, slim headband design with light padding. Large lightweight ear cups. Thes headphones have an all-black color scheme with silver accents. They look very average and have no remarkable design style.

7.0 Comfort
Weight : 0.55 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0.84 lbs

Lightweight, comfortable headphones. Certain areas of the headband feel a tiny bit stiff, but not terribly.

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

The placement and feel of the buttons are clear enough to avoid any confusion. The volume slider, however, doesn't give enough tactile feedback.

7.1 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 3.9 C
6.1 Portability
L : 4.72 "
W : 6.1 "
H : 3.35 "
Volume : 96.41 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

The ATH-ANC70 are decently portable headphones. They have larger ear cups than typical over ear models but have a much thinner headband. The earcups also lay flat or fold up into a more compact format, which makes the relatively big headphones take up less space in a bag. However, they are still too cumbersome to carry on your person and will not fit into large jacket pockets or smaller handbags.

7.5 Case
Type : Hard case
L : 7.87 "
W : 7.09 "
H : 1.97 "
Volume : 109.9 Cu. Inches

Comes with a stylish hard case that will protect the headphones from scratches and falls. It also doesn't add too much bulk to the headphones and will shield them from minor water damage.

6.5 Build Quality

The ear cups and their buttons are of a decent quality, but the headband feels a little weak and has a few points which could be prone to breaking. The headband adjustment doesn't produce the clearest click, but it's not too bad.

5.5 Stability

The ATH-ANC70 are not stable headphones. The thin headband and large earcups make these headphones sway a lot during moderate physical activity. They will fall off your head while running and are unideal for use while doing sports. On the upside, they have a detachable cable that should disconnect when hooked by something but because of the weak tension of these headphones, they may fall off before the cable can detach.

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Sound

They have a good and relatively extended Bass and are able to deliver it consistently across multiple users. However, their Mid Range could sound a bit tinny, and their Treble lacks a bit of presence. Additionally, they have a mediocre Soundstage, which is typical of most closed-back headphones.

Sound Profile
Neutral
:
7.4
Bass-Heavy
:
3.0
Warm
:
5.7
Bright
:
7.1
6.8 Peaks/Dips
Peaks
:
1.89 db
Dips
:
2.28 db
8.0 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.39 dB
8.0 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.35
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
1.83
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
1.62
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
4.52
5.7 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
1.81 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
8.5 dB
PRTF Distance
:
10.82 dB
Openness
:
4.4
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
2.9
7.0 Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
:
0.263
WHD @ 100
:
0.516
6.2

Isolation

The ATH-ANC70 do not deliver good isolation. The active noise cancellation is barely noticeable and does not provide robust enough isolation to be used on daily commutes or traveling. Leakage performance, however, is pretty good and will not disturb others at higher volumes.

5.6 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-13.49 dB
Bass
:
-3.04 dB
Mid
:
-11.69 dB
Treble
:
-26.49 dB

The ANC (Active Noise Cancelling) doesn't do very much. It does best at around 200 Hz, offering about 12dB of reduction, which isn't much. At other frequencies, it offers even less noise reduction.

7.5 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
36.65 dB

Very good leakage performance. There is minimum leakage up to 500Hz, but noticeable leakage from 1KHz to 4KHz. Practically, this will make vocals and cymbals sound thinned-out.

6.9

Microphone

Integrated
:
No
In-line
:
Yes
Boom
:
No
Detachable Boom
:
N/A
7.7 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
20 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
4.61 dB
HFE
:
7896.12 Hz
Weighted THD
:
1.073
Gain
:
17.18 dB
6.0 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
11.93 dB
7.0

Active Features

The ATH-ANC 70 only have noise canceling as an active feature. This makes them less versatile for other use cases than noise canceling headphones, as they lack both wireless or an app, to enhance and customize the sound. On the upside, they have a very long battery life that will easily last a weekend's worth of audio playback.

7.8 Battery
Battery Type
:
AAA
Continuous Battery Life
:
47 hrs
Additional Charges
:
N/A
Total Battery Life
:
47 hrs
Charge Time
:
N/A
Power Saving Feature
:
No
Audio while charging
:
N/A
Passive Playback
:
No
Charging Port : N/A

The ANC-70 use standard AAA batteries that give them up to 47 hours of battery life. They do not have additional features like an auto off timer and cannot be used without the batteries. Luckily the two-day continuous battery life means you do not have to swap out the AAA as often especially if you're on a trip or a particularly long flight.

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.

3.8

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
9.5 Wired
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
Detachable : Yes
Length : 4 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRRS
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-ANC70 Headphones
  • Flight adapter
  • Audio cable
  • Carrying case
  • Carrying pouch
  • Manual
  • 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter
  • AAA Battery

Compared to other Headphones

6.2 Mixed Usage

The ATH-ANC70 do not shine in any particular category or use case. This makes them average-at-best as everyday headphones with a few flaws in design and sound.

7.0 Neutral Listening

Average for neutral listening. They reproduce track sufficiently well and will sound good enough for most casual listeners. However, they lack a bit of the ambiance necessary for pure neutral listening due to their closed-back design and slightly inconsistent treble range.

6.2 Commute/Travel

Mediocre for commuting. They're moderately comfortable but have a weak noise isolation which is not ideal for the loud environments of a busy commute

5.8 Sports/Fitness

Mediocre-at-best for sports use. These headphones are cumbersome and far too unstable to use while exercising or running.

6.3 Office

Decent for office use. They don't leak too much but the weak isolation won't block the chatter of a busy office.

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