Headphones have gone through a lot of changes: over the ears now coexisting with in-ears; wireless Bluetooth coexisting with wired cables; plain vanilla designs coexisting with outrageous signage. But the biggest change to headphones has been the advent of noise cancelation — the concept that exterior noises coming from the street or where one works or hangs out is interfering with the enjoyment of listening. And that such noises — be that humongously loud or just background jabber — needs to be eliminated or at least moderately downplayed. In order to do this there must be technology built into the headphones, and at its most basic consists of the physical and the digital: the physical being a microphone that picks up the exterior sound and then digital processing generates a counter-sound (really dummying this down, you betcha) which cancels the sound out. The result from such an effort allows for the audio that is being listened to to avoid the contamination of that extraneous sound(s). Because such sounds affect the audio that is being listened to in a negative way — muddying and painting over nuances and more. So in other words, noise cancelation is a very good thing. Especially if it’s handled correctly by the technology. And that depends on the company producing those headphones. If this almost sounds like a placard proclaiming that Audio Technica does noise cancelation right, well the fact is that they do. And as an example of over the ear headphones and in-ears, look no further than their Quietpoint Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones ATH-ANC900BT and their Name ATH-ANC300TW
By definition an in-ear must be small enough not to overly protrude out of the ear, but at the time must be large enough to contain the electronics and the all-important drivers. No surprise that AT doesn’t go the “cheap” route with their ATH-ANC300TW QuietPoint in-ear headphones by using 4mm drivers — they’ve got 5.8mm ones (diamond-like carbon coated diaphragms) running the sound. Bigger is certainly better in this scenario. The in-ear curved shape aids in creating a good seal for the ear and allows the ANC (active noise cancellation) feedback mic to be positioned perpendicular to the audio driver for a good sound transmission - mics in front/behind the driver take in the ambient sounds and feed it to the digital noise reducing processor. But sometimes ambient noise reduction is just what is not needed/wanted, so that’s why you can “kill” it for hearing through.
Meanwhile the “talking” mic and multitouch controls are in the in-ears for quick access, with Qualcomm’s Clear Voice Capture enhancing dialog. There’s also some special functionality — provided your device is compatible — and which consists of a low latency stereo audio streaming called Qualcomm TrueWireless. Obviously the in-ears can handle sweat and rain — not hurricane levels but normal and then get the head covered (IPX2 being competent). The expected charger case is included, with the in-ears turning on/off, depending on whether they are in the case or taken out. The 4.5 hours (aprox) of internal battery gets updated with an additional 13.5 (aprox) hours so going dead generally won’t be likely to occur.The ATH-ANC300TW QuietPoint in-ear headphones are compatible with aptX, AAC and SBC codecs so no worries there. There’s an app for accessing the three noise canceling modes (Airplane, On-The-Go and Office/Home) and SCMS-T tech for playing protected content coming from a compatible SCMS-T device (leaving the setting unchecked is the best default to start).
For over the ear headphone choice, one can consider easily the value of the ATH-ANC900BT QuietPoint wireless over-ear headphones, whether going wireless with Bluetooth or using a wired cable for the highest level of audio reproduction (Hi-res audio).
Similar to the in-ears as regards mic placement, you can do a hear-through as regards the ambient noise cancellation — otherwise the three ANC modes are available for use. Touch and swipe controls are embedded into the ear cup and so extremely quickly accessible. Obviously when using Bluetooth 5, the rechargeable battery is supplying the power. Being larger than in-ears, the ear cup can provide a greater space for the battery so a running time of 35 hours is not hyperbole.
To get better sound, start with a good sized driver — in this case the ear cups are holding 40mms with the same quality construction as found in their in-ears. Then you add aptX and AAC codecs.You also get better sound by making the headphones more comfortable to wear — because if you’re not wearing them, you’re not using them. So this is accomplished through the application of memory-foam, which adapts to the ear and places less pressure against the ear than conventional foam-type ear cups. This also ensures a better seal for the ear, which helps to keep outside sounds from “leaking” in.
The ATH-ANC900BT QuietPoint wireless over-ear headphones can be folded for travel, includes a carrying case, airplane adapter and. USB charging cable. For more details about these headphones as well as the line in general, go to https://www.audio-technica.com/en-us/