Even at a budget price point, they have true noise cancellation electronic circuitry.
Now of course it’s not as sophisticated as higher end earphones but they do manage an extremely respectable 90% noise reduction of ambient sounds.
Like all noise cancellation earbuds they produce a 180 degree out of phase sound to ambient noises reaching its microphone which then cancels it out. Here is a more in depth article if your interested in knowing more about noise cancellation.
Features of the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC23 Earbuds:
- Large 12 mm drivers deliver good audio quality
- Precision noise canceling, reduces up to 90% of ambient noise
- 16 hours of battery life on single AAA battery
- Various foam adapters to give a comfortable fit
- Airline plug adapter
- Ideal for iPhone, iPod and iPad
Audio-Technica QuietPoint EarbudsThe noise reduction circuitry of the Audio Technica Quietpoint is not as effective at reducing “sudden” noises like a car horn, they work best for continuous droning noises, like airplane engines, or an air conditioner.
The electronics just are not “quick enough” to erase those sudden noises but are very effective reducing the continuous sounds.
Remember that, any noise cancelling earbud is only as good as the seal against you ear. The Audio Technica Quietpoints do come with various size foam adapters that fit over the earbud to give a decent seal to help reduce ambient sound.
They are not as good as good in getting a tight seal in your ear that the Sony and Bose models provide. But keep in mind the price point and to have realistic expectations.
Are They Worth it?
With a street price of well under $100 they seem like a steal when compared with more expensive models like Bose’s QuietComfort series. And if you are just looking for occasional noise cancellation and respectable sound quality then they are.
If sound quality is important to you when choosing a noise cancelling earphones, the Audio-Technica Quietpoint then you are going to be better off with the Sony or Bose Noise Cancelling earphones.
The Bottom Line
If you are looking for BUDGET noise cancellation earphones, the Audio-Technica earbuds for less than $50 or less than 25% the price of the Sony’s and about one-sixth the cost of the Bose Quietcomfort 2oi’s there is no other noise cancelling earphone that comes close.