Review of the ATH-ANC9 QuietPoint Active Noise-cancelling Headphones
The ATH-ANC9 QuietPoint from the Japanese company Audio-Technica is a high-end set of noise-cancelling headphones. It features both active (battery-powered) and passive (not powered) noise cancelling, as well as Tri-Level Cancellation modes that provide low frequency, midrange, and milder noise cancellation.
What is in the box?
The box includes a hard case, one AAA battery, adapters, and two cables, one of which has an inline control and microphone.
The ATH-ANC9 QuietPoint is well built and feels durable. It has a 7-inch headband, which is big enough to fit most people. The headband and ear cups are padded with memory foam. The ear cups have thicker padding than most other noise-cancelling headphones. The left headphone has a power switch, a button for selecting noise-cancelling level, and an LED indicator light. The LED turns blue, red, or green based on the noise-cancelling mode selected. The stereo audio jack input is located at the bottom of left ear cup.
The battery compartment is in the bottom of the right ear cup. You need to pinch plastic tabs and pull them outward to reveal the battery compartment. The battery compartment has a sturdy design that gives you the feeling that it will last years without any trouble.
The ATH-ANC9 QuietPoint can be folded flat for better portability. Overall, if you are expecting anything fancy in the design of ATH-ANC9 QuietPoint, you might be disappointed. These headphones have a surprisingly simple design, considering their $300 price tag.
The ATH-ANC9 QuietPoint comes with two adapters: a gold-plated adapter for using on airplanes, and a stereo adapter for use with larger jacks. The included audio cables have gold-plated jacks. Rubber coating makes the cables more durable and less vulnerable to pressure and accidental fissures that are a common problem with expensive headphones. One of the cables features a mic and a switch for receiving phone calls.
The carrying case is sturdy enough to keep the ATH-ANC9 QuietPoint safe from damage, but it is not as fashionable as the case of its rival, the Bose QuietComfort 15.