Audio-Technica's ATH-ANC3 QuietPoint earbuds cancel noise

Unlike many noise-canceling headphones that only succeed in blocking out low frequency sound, the ATH-ANC3 cancels out 85 percent of environmental noise.

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For some, the passive sound isolation provided by many sets of in-ear headphones just doesn't cut it. But active noise cancellation is a bit difficult to find in an ultracompact package, such as that offered by earbuds. In fact, I can only think of two sets off the top of my head: the JVC HA-NCX77 and the Sony MDR-NC22. Now, I can add one more to my memory bank, Audio-Technica's new ATH-ANC3 QuietPoint earbuds. Unlike many noise-canceling headphones that only succeed in blocking out low frequency sound, the ATH-ANC3 uses a patented technology that matches environmental noise with a corresponding cancelling signal. This allows the 'buds to block about 85 percent of outside noise.

The ATH-ANC3 aren't quite as compact as standard earbuds, due to a module attached midway down the cable. This necessary addition takes the single AAA battery that is required for powering the noise-cancellation feature. The module also features a monitor switch that allows the listener to mute playback and hear outside sound. In addition to the headphones, Audio-Technica includes a hard-shell carrying case, an adjustable cable and additional extension cable, an airline adapter for connection to in-flight entertainment systems, a clothing clip, and the AAA battery. The ATH-ANC3 is expected to hit shelves this spring and carries a suggested price of $169.99.

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    Since 2003, Jasmine France has worked at CNET covering everything from scanners to keyboards to GPS devices to MP3 players. She currently cohosts the Crave podcast and spends the majority of her time testing headphones, music software, and mobile apps.

     

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