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Audio Technica is already a professional audio expert. Still, the company has also made great strides in consumer audio over the past few years – and with a tremendous degree of success. Now we’re going to take a look at the company’s latest model of active noise cancelling headphones, namely the Audio Technica ATH-ANC700BT QuietPoint headphones.
The ATH-ANC700BT headphones, also known as ANC700BT QuietPoint, have noise-canceling technology and work wirelessly; plus, they can be controlled using touch gestures on the left ear cup. We can say that they are quite intuitive and high-tech.
Audio Technica ATH-ANC700BT Headphones Review
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC700BT is available in two colors: black and gray. When you buy any version, the ATH-ANC700BT headphones come inside a white box that reminds us that this model belongs to the family of headphones with high-res audio by displaying the Hi-Res certification. Inside are found: a micro-USB charging cable, a 1.2 meters long audio cable with an L-shaped jack, a leatherette pouch for storage, instructions, and a warranty card.
Design & Ergonomy
The first thing you’ll notice about the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC700BT QuietPoint headphones is their design, which doesn’t look bad at all, but quite modern and minimal. The earcups are matte black and mostly made of plastic, but this is a sturdy plastic that doesn’t seem to break easily, plus it makes the earbuds nice and lightweight.
The headphones are made entirely of matte plastic. It looks simple but has an excessive amount of plastic in the structure. The lack of more robust components render the headset a lightweight constitution, it is lightweight, and therefore the headphones weigh 250 grams. Also, had the manufacturer used more premium materials, the price of ATH-ANC700BT would have increased considerably. I can say that everything is done with high quality and does not look cheap.
One of the key advantages of headphones is ear pads. They are truly comfortable: on the one hand, they have a memory effect. On the other, they are resistant to wear and tear. A well-thought-out design allows for a long time not to take off the headphones, even for people with large ears.
On the right earcup, you won’t see many control keys responsible for the functionality and audio management. You will see a MicroUSB port and an auxiliary port along with a power switch at the bottom. There’s also an LED to indicate that Bluetooth and noise-canceling are activated – although you probably won’t see them.
The left earcup houses the control buttons used for: Play, pause, answer a call, hang up by pressing in the central part; Play next / previous track via up/down gesture; Adjust the volume by pressing the top/bottom keys, and use your digital assistant. You get used to the controls pretty quickly. The management is seamless and did not cause problems.
Bluetooth & Technology
The autonomy of these headphones with ANC is confirmed to be 25 h. However, when you use the headphones at full volume with noise reduction turned on for 22.5 hours. Consequently, lowering the volume will net you the promised battery life. Regarding charging time, the headphones can charge to 100% in about 4.5 hours, which is pretty fast.
The bright side about these Bluetooth headphones is that, although the sound isn’t as spectacular as we wanted it to be, the sound in Bluetooth mode is more impressive than in wired mode, signifying that ATH-ANC700 Bluetooth headphones are not to be used in wired. In the wireless mode, the sound is decent, with noise reduction – it clearly improves, the noise reduction also works quite effectively. The headphones are quite versatile, operating via cable and Bluetooth, which is quite advantageous.
The Audio-Technica ANC700BT connects via Bluetooth 4.1, meaning you get a standard range of 10 meters, and do an excellent job of being a Hands-free headset, allowing you to instantly answer a call without having to take them off and look for a smartphone.
From the name ATH-ANC700BT, it is clear that the headphones feature an active noise cancellation system. The headset is not ideal, but in the office, it is good at silencing talkative colleagues. In the subway, only turning the volume to the maximum will help.
These headphones have a very decent noise reduction compared to the Bose QuietComfort 35 II, Bose 700, or Sony WH-1000XM4. The low-frequency component (most annoying) is removed quite well – slightly worse than Sony, but very slightly worse.
Unlike top-end Sony, they do not have several modes of noise reduction. The ANC simply works, you turn it on, and the noise-canceling algorithm starts emitting inverse soundwaves to the original sounds around you. (Headphones from Sony have an interesting special selective noise control mode, which, for example, allows you to hear announcements at the airport.) But there are no complaints about the noise control as such – it really works effectively.
Compared to Sony’s active noise-canceling models (WH-1000X M3, for example), the wireless sound is slightly worse. Simultaneously, the maximum volume level is lower, but considering that they cost much less, it makes the Audio Technica ATH-ANC700BT a completely reasonable Bluetooth headset.
Responsible for the sound are 40 mm dynamic drivers with a declared frequency range of 5 to 40,000 Hz and Bluetooth 4.1 wireless technology. Most importantly, the headphones support aptX and AAC codecs, and of course, SBC.
Having a sound similar to the likes of classic Audio-Technica models, ATH-ANC700BT is reliable, and one might say analytical. There is no excess of low frequencies or high frequencies. Everything is in moderation and brings pleasure. The only thing that I didn’t like was the average transfer of emotionality; because of its analytical nature, the sound turned out to be constrained with a small amount of distortion.
In a wired connection, the sound is neat and even, similar to the sound of the ATH-M50x headphones, but here, perhaps, less deep bass, whereas the high frequencies would like a little more detail. In this case, in comparison with the ATH-M50x, most would still prefer the ATH-M50x, us included.
When the active noise cancelation is enabled, the sound quality changes very little. However – apparently due to the noise reduction – the sound becomes somehow more transparent, that is, it adds some detail.
With the Bluetooth enabled and ANC turned off, the sound is more interesting than over a wire – I have already encountered this with wireless headphones. The bass is soft, which would be nice to add detail, the mid-range is more confident, but the highs lack detail. The sound is quite decent, but, unfortunately, not striking at all – even, neat, nothing protrudes, but there are more elaborated mids than lower and high ones.
The maximum volume is more or less sufficient for an immersive effect. When everything is activated (Bluetooth and ANC), the sound improves a bit – the basses become richer (just noticeably richer), but the mids remain neat and clear. Improvements are also seen in the higher range of the spectrum.
The Audio Technica ATH-ANC700BT QuietPoint headphones are well designed, comfortable enough, and extremely versatile. Suppose you’re looking for a pair of great headphones with great noise canceling and don’t want to spend a lot of money, then this is perhaps one of the best options on the market. Although overall frequency response was excellent in some situations, they are not perfect, even if, in wired mode, we found they sounded much better.