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Reviewed on Mar 10, 2016

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B SVIS
HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 0.9
6.3
Mixed Usage
6.7
Critical Listening
6.3
Commute/Travel
6.0
Sports/Fitness
6.0
Office
6.8
Home Theater
Type : Over-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : No
Noise-Cancelling : Yes
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B SVIS Noise-Cancelling are average headphones with decent audio reproduction. They deliver good bass but struggle with higher tones and isolation. The poor noise cancellation and seal lets sound enter and escape the ear cups relatively easily, which is not ideal for commuting or office environments.

Test Results
Design 6.7
Sound 6.6
Isolation 6.4
Active Features 5.5
Pros
  • Decent audio reproduction.
  • Decently stable design.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Leaks a lot of sound.
  • Limited audio controls.

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ATH-ANC7B SVIS
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6.7

Design

The ANC-7b SVIS are very average in their design. They are lightweight, the headband is sturdy and flexible and the simple button layout is easy to use. Unfortunately, the ear cups feel cheap and plasticky and the padding is stiff and uncomfortable.

Style

The ANC7b SVIS look good but offer nothing out of the ordinary with their style. The oval ear cups have a simple, two-tone silver and black color scheme. The matching headband is also black, with silver accents from the metal frame.

7.0 Comfort
Weight : 0.49 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0.88 lbs

The SVIS provide moderate comfort. They are fairly lightweight and the ear cups swivel, which makes them more adjustable. However, the headband does not extend far enough for larger heads, the over-ear cups do not encompass the entire ear and the padding is stiff and uncomfortable.

5.0 Controls
Ease of use : Above-average
Feedback : Mediocre
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : No
Noise Canceling Control : No
Talk-Through : No
Additional Buttons : No

Button layout and functionality is simple and basic. There's only one easy-to-use noise cancelling switch on the ear cup. The remaining control option is the call/music button relegated to the inline control of the cable. It's functional but the lack of volume control is slightly disappointing.

6.5 Stability

These headphones are decently stable but will fall off your head while running. The ATH-ANC 7b sivs do not apply enough pressure to your head, which causes the slightly large ear cups to sway when doing any high-intensity activity. They're able to maintain a stable fit during casual listening sessions but are not designed for sports. On the upside, they have a detachable cable that will not pull the headphones off your head if it gets hooked on something.

6.0 Portability
L : 7.48 "
W : 6.89 "
H : 1.97 "
Volume : 101.52 Cu. Inches
Stand required : N/A

The ATH-ANC 7b SIVS are mid-sized over ear headphones. Their earcups swivel and lay flat to take up less space, and they're smaller than some other over-ear models, which makes them somewhat portable. Sadly, they do not fold up into a more compact format. They will fit in a bag but are too large and cumbersome to fit into pocket or purse.

7.5 Case
Type : Hard case
L : 7.87 "
W : 8.27 "
H : 1.97 "
Volume : 128.18 Cu. Inches

Comes with a sturdy hard case that's covered in fabric and will protect the headphones from scratches and falls. The case does add a little bit of bulk to the headphones, though, which means you may need a bag to carry them in. On the upside, the case is large enough to carry all the provided accessories for these headphones.

6.5 Build Quality

The ANC7b SVIS' build quality is mediocre. The headband is lightly padded and reinforced with a thin metal frame. It's flexible and feels solid enough to handle a few drops, however, the ear cups feel cheap and plastic. The material used for the padding is stiff and the plastic joints are potential weak points. The cables provided are also quite thin and do not feel durable.

7.7 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 2.6 C

Cable
Detachable : Yes
Length : 4.27 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRRS

Comes with three cables; a 1/8" TRRS-TRRS with call/music but no volume control. Two 1/8" TRS-TRS with no in-line controls

Front
Angled
Side
Rear
Top
6.6

Sound

The ANC7B SVIS is an average sounding pair of closed-back over-headphones. They have a full and extended Bass, and they perform consistently across multiple users. However, their Mid Range sound muddy and recessed, and the Treble sounds dark and lacking. Additionally, they don't have an open and spacious Soundstage either.

7.9 Bass
Std. Err.
:
3.16 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
20.89 Hz
Low-Bass
:
0.08 dB
Bass
:
3.21 dB
High-Bass
:
4.8 dB

5.9 Mid
Std. Err.
:
5.5 dB
Low-Mid
:
3.9 dB
Mid
:
1.93 dB
High-Mid
:
-7.94 dB

4.6 Treble
Std. Err.
:
6.27 dB
Low-Treble
:
-7.94 dB
Treble
:
-1.98 dB
High-Treble
:
2.97 dB

9.4 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
0.089
Weighted THD @ 100
:
0.144

6.4

Isolation

Poor Isolation performance overall. The ATH-ANC7b SVIS fail at actively cancelling ambient noise and the poor seal caused by the stiff padding lets a lot of sound escape. They won't handle loud environments well, as they allow a lot of sound to seep in and out of the ear cups. This may distract you from your listening experience and disturb the people around you.

6.9 Noise Isolation
Overall Attenuation
:
-16.05 dB
Bass
:
-4.04 dB
Mid
:
-13.77 dB
Treble
:
-33.06 dB
Self-Noise
:
11.19 dB

Poor performance, especially in the bass region, where there's virtually no isolation below 100Hz. The mid and treble performances are also below average, maxing out at around -20dB and -30dB respectively.

5.6 Leakage
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
46.82 dB

Poor performance. The leakage is both loud and broadband, extending from 400Hz-5KHz, which covers the major components of vocals/lead instruments. This is most likely due to the poor seal of the pads.

5.5

Active Features

The ANC7B SVIS only have noise canceling as an active feature. They won't be the most versatile headphones, but on the upside, they have a pretty good battery life that lasts about 52 hours of continuous playback. This makes them decent 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

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

The ATH-ANC7B SVIS has a great battery life of about 52 hours. This makes them decent headphones to use on a long flight or road trip as you're not forced to change the triple AAA battery throughout the day. 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-ANC7b-SVIS headphones
  • Audio cables(x3)
  • Airline adapter
  • Carrying case
  • AAA batteries
  • 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter

Conclusion
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6.3 Mixed Usage
These headphones do not excel in any use case. They struggle with subpar noise isolation and leakage. They also have a dull sound quality.
6.7 Critical Listening
Below-average for critical listening. They have a lackluster sound and their closed back design limits their soundstage.
6.3 Commute/Travel
Mediocre at best for commuting. The noise canceling is weak and struggles in loud environments, which is not ideal for the level of noise involved in commuting.
6.0 Sports/Fitness
Mediocre for sports. They're relatively lightweight. However, they're a bit cumbersome and unstable for strenuous exercises.
6.0 Office
Subpar for office use. They leak quite a bit and do not isolate much. You will still be able to hear the chatter of a busy office.
6.8 Home Theater
Average for home theater use. They have a somewhat decent sound for listening to music and 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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