Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B Headphones Review

Updated May 18, 2016 at 11:32 am
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Usage Ratings - Version 1.3.1
6.2
Mixed Usage
6.5
Neutral Sound
6.5
Commute/Travel
6.0
Sports/Fitness
6.3
Office
5.1
Wireless Gaming
6.7
Wired Gaming
6.4
Phone Call
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless No
Noise Cancelling Yes
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7b are decent headphones that perform moderately well in most of our tested categories. They have an above-average sound quality and can block noise fairly well. Unfortunately, they can't handle the level of ambient noise in a train or plane. They leak a lot and will disturb people around you at high volumes.

Our Verdict

6.2 Mixed Usage

These headphones would do reasonably well as everyday casual headphones, but their leakage could be a concern for some listeners.

6.5 Neutral Sound

They have an average audio reproduction, but their closed design is not ideal for neutral listening. They also poorly reproduce soundstage.

See our Neutral Sound recommendations
6.5 Commute/Travel

Decent for commuting. The noise canceling reduces a fair amount of ambient noise they're moderately comfortable.

See our Commute/Travel recommendations
6.0 Sports/Fitness

Mediocre for sports. They're relatively lightweight. However, They're a bit cumbersome and unstable for strenuous exercises.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
6.3 Office

Average for office use. They will block the chatter of a busy office, but they leak and will be audible at moderate volumes.

See our Office recommendations
6.7 Wired Gaming
6.4 Phone Call
  • 6.2 Mixed Usage
  • 6.5 Neutral Sound
  • 6.5 Commute/Travel
  • 6.0 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.3 Office
  • 5.1 Wireless Gaming
  • 6.7 Wired Gaming
  • 6.4 Phone Call
Pros
  • Decent audio reproduction.
  • Moderate comfortable and stable design.
Cons
  • Leaks a lot of sound.
  • Limited audio controls.
  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 9/28/2017: The microphone has been tested with our new methodology, as explained here
  5. Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.

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Test Results

Design
Design
Style

The ATH-ANC7b look very similar to the ATH-ANC7b SVIS, with minor differences in color scheme and choice of materials in their build quality. Like the SVIS model, these headphones do not stand out and have a very common style that may work for some. They have a two-tone black and silver color palette. The matching headband is also black, with silver accents on the metal frame.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.49 lbs
Clamping Force
0.9 lbs

The ATH-ANC7b deliver a slightly more comfortable fit than the ATH-ANC7b SVIS. The padding used for the ear cups is much softer than the SVIS model and fairly comfortable. They don't feel too rigid once on your head and don't apply too much pressure around your ears. However, the headband does not extend far enough for larger heads. The over-ear cups do not encompass the ear entirely which can get uncomfortable during long listening sessions.

4.4
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Okay
Feedback Okay
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control No
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
N/A
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Buttons No

The ANC7b have a limited button layout. The functionalities offered by this control scheme is minimal. Only a noise cancelling switch and a call/music button are provided. It's simple to use but not very efficient, and you don't have any volume or track-skipping control, which is slightly disappointing.

7.7
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 2.6 C
6.1
Design
Portability
L 7.48 "
W 7.09 "
H 1.77 "
Volume 93.93 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required N/A

These headphones are decently portable. They do not fold into a more compact format but have swiveling ear cups that lay flat to take up less space. They're medium sized headphones that will fit in your bag but may be too big for a purse.

7.5
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 8.27 "
W 7.87 "
H 2.17 "
Volume 140.9 Cu. Inches

The ANC7b come with a durable hardshell case that will protect your headphones from damage. The case is only slightly larger than the headphones. It's easy to use and stores all the provided headphone gear.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

The ATH-ANC7b have an average build quality and are not much different from the ATH-ANC7b SVIS. They have a mostly plastic build with a thin metal frame that reinforces the headband. They're able to handle a couple of drops. However, their build quality does not feel as durable as some other over-ear models. The plastic joints especially, feel susceptible to physical stress and the cable provided is not thick enough and could get damaged easily.

6.5
Design
Stability

These headphones are moderately stable. They stay in place during casual listing sessions and have a detachable cable that will disconnect if it gets hooked on something. Unfortunately, the ATH-ANC7b are not sports headphones and will quickly fall off your head while running or jumping. The headband is relatively thin and the ear cups large, which makes these headphones sway a lot during any physical activity.

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In The Box

  • Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7b headphones
  • Audio cable
  • Airline adapter
  • Carrying case
  • 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-0.5 db
Treble Amount
-5.62 db
7.7
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.45 dB
Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.6
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.33 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
20.89 Hz
Low-Bass
0.19 dB
Mid-Bass
3.31 dB
High-Bass
5.06 dB
7.1
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.86 dB
Low-Mid
4.63 dB
Mid-Mid
3.61 dB
High-Mid
-1.52 dB
5.6
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
5.42 dB
Low-Treble
-5.01 dB
Mid-Treble
-6.28 dB
High-Treble
-2.64 dB
7.6
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.41 db
Dips
1.52 db
7.8
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.36
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.8
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.97
Weighted Phase Mismatch
8.61
3.5
Sound
Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
3.45 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
-2.02 dB
PRTF Distance
4.25 dB
Openness
2.7
Acoustic Space Excitation
5.6
7.2
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.257
WHD @ 100
0.392
Isolation
7.3
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-19.69 dB
Bass
-10.22 dB
Mid
-16.92 dB
Treble
-32.44 dB

Decent performance. In the bass range, there's an average of 10dB of isolation, which extends below 100Hz. The amount of isolation provided in the mid and treble regions are also average, maxing out at around -18dB and -30dB respectively.

5.5
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
47.65 dB

Poor performance. The majority of the leakage is happening between 400Hz-5KHz, which is rather broad. The overall level of the leakage is quite high too, making the content of your audio audible to people around you.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-line
Yes
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
N/A
6.6
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
500.69 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
1.81 dB
HFE
3726.47 Hz
Weighted THD
0.327
Gain
24.79 dB
6.4
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
16.71 dB
Active Features
8.4
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
AAA
Continuous Battery Life
49.2 hrs
Additional Charges
N/A
Total Battery Life
49.2 hrs
Charge Time
N/A
Power Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
N/A
Passive Playback
Yes
Charging Port N/A

The ATH-ANC7b uses 1 AAA battery that lasts about 49.2 hours of continuous audio playback. They can't be used without the battery, and do not have an auto-off timer. But thanks to the great battery life you won't have to change the triple AAA battery throughout the day, which is good for long flights or road trips.

0
Active Features
App Support
App Name N/A
iOS N/A
Android N/A
macOS 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.

Connectivity
0
Connectivity
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
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
9.5
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable Yes
Length 5.1 ft
Connection 1/8" TRRS
Wired Latency
0 ms
Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
Audio Only
PC / PS4 Wired USB
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio Only
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No
0
Connectivity
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

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