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In Pictures: Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9 unboxing

A closer look at these Audio-Technica noise cancelling headphones

  • Audio-Technica's latest noise cancelling headphones are the ATH-ANC9, promising up to 95 per cent noise cancelling at better value than Bose's popular QuietComfort series. We've got hold of a pair to give you a closer look at them; this is the retail box for the ATH-ANC9.

  • The rear of the retail box; the most important thing to read here is the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9's touted 'tri-level cancellation'. You can select one of three active noise cancelling modes: one for airplane, one for office, and one for study use.

  • The headphones come securely packaged in a hard fabric carry case, which itself is packaged in plastic to keep it pristine.

  • The case holds the ATH-ANC9 headphones and all accessories.

  • The case also has a carabiner, although we don't know if this serves any purpose other than being a free extra.

  • The headphones inside the case sit comfortably, although you can't place them in the case with the headband extended.

  • The ATH-ANC9 headphones are well built; they're finished in a mix of faux-leather and rubberised plastic.

  • The faux-leather ear-pads are comfortable and seal securely against the wearer's head. The headphones have enough clamping force to push the headphones tight and stop any outside noise from creeping in.

  • The headband of the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9 extends for larger heads. We generally used the ATH-ANC9 at about half of its maximum extension.

  • A closer look at the ATH-ANC9's headband extension.

  • The left ear-cup of the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9 has the all-important noise cancelling switches: one to activate or deactivate the noise cancelling, and the other to swap between the three noise cancelling modes.

  • The right ear-cup of the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9. Each ear-cup has microphones hidden behind grills that pick up outside noise; internal circuitry cancels this out for the wearer.

  • The 3.5mm headphone jack of the ATH-ANC9.

  • The AAA battery compartment of the headphones. A lithium battery gets 35 hours of noise cancelling from the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9, while a normal alkaline gets 30 and a rechargeable 25 hours.

  • The ATH-ANC9 with the battery removed.

  • The accessories that ship with the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9. There's two 3.5mm cables, one of which has an iPhone button (but no volume control), an airplane adapter and a 1/4in stereo plug adapter.

  • The Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9 with all its accessories.

  • When the switch is turned on, an LED at the top of the left headphone ear-cup displays green for power, and red for low power.

  • The ear-cups of the ATH-ANC9 swivel around 100 degrees horizontally each.

  • The packaging for the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9 also comes with a short multilanguage manual.

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