Prizefight: Bose QuietComfort 3 vs. Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7

A collection of judges from CNET.com put the Bose QuietComfort 3 and the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7 through their paces, pitting the headphones head-to-head in five bone-shaking rounds. See who comes out on top in this subjective battle.

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Bose has built quite the reputation for its entire audio line, so it's no surprise that the third version of the company's noise-canceling headphones, the QuietComfort 3, has a following. These earpad-style cans are supercomfortable and offer a sleek design that's significantly trimmed down in size from previous models. However, Bose made no move to lower the luxury pricing of the QuietComfort, which is where the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7 QuietPoint headphones come in. These full-size 'phones sound good, can be used with or without noise-cancellation turned on, and include a handy hard-shell carrying case--all at half the price of the QuietComfort 3. Some users have even gone so far as to dub the ATs Bose killers. Well, we'll just see about that. Let the battle begin!

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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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