Audio-Technica knows sound, but even more important is that they know when sound isn’t wanted — surface noises bombarding a person who is just trying to listen while wearing headphones. So for those trying to listen when stuck in a noisy environments — which is pretty much everyone, anywhere, anytime once you leave the quiet of your home — there’s the $129.00 retail QuietPoint ATH-ANC40BT Active Noise-Canceling Wireless In-Ear Headphones.
The ATH-ANC40BT features a convenient neck band design that loops the cable from ear to ear around the back of your neck so you don’t have to deal with any dangling cords. Then the Bluetooth kicks in to deliver the audio. However, the headphones also come with a detachable cable with a stereo mini-plug that can be used to create a standard wired connection. This is not just helpful in areas where using Bluetooth isn’t allowed but also when the power from the internal DC3.7 lithium polymer battery gets too low to function efficiently. Also included are silicone ear tips (XS/S/M/L), a USB charging cable, an airplane adapter, and a protective pouch. So it’s simple enough to take everything with you when traveling, or keep it all together in the pouch at home so nothing gets lost/misplaced.
Now to get those sounds into the ear wirelessly there’s Bluetooth connectivity with apxT sound quality driving the 13.5mm audio drivers (i.e. speakers popped into the ears)). And since the ATH-ANC40BT can pair with up to 8 devices and up to 2 simultaneously, having varied devices all clamoring for use becomes a simplified matter. Of course there’s a microphone in-line for taking/making calls, and controls to handle remote controlling music.
But pretty much the best thing about using the ATH-ANC40BT is that it has active noise-cancelling built in. How this works is through a microphone being inside each earbud which “listens” to the ambient noise and then puts out a counter-sound that cancels it out. A simplified explanation to be sure, but the point of it all is not about the tech’s mechanics but about its usefulness: canceling out surface noise (up to 90%) that inhibit the enjoyment, clarity and quality of the audio going into the ear. Because it’s not just about hearing what you want when you want, but having it sound really, really good. And that’s what these in-ear headphones are all about.