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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