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Audio-Technica ATH-ANC300TW headphones review

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Quick verdict: Audio-Technica's active noise cancelling true wireless buds have great sound, but they're lacking in some features commonly found in premium headphones.

  • Good tonal range
  • Variety of noise cancellation types
  • Actual selection buttons
  • Expensive
  • Not the best battery life
  • Can’t change noise cancellation type without the app
  • No auto power on or auto pause features

Audio-Technica's ATH-ANC300TW headphones are direct competitors to the likes of the Sony WF-1000MX3 buds. They're designed for folks who want the convenience of true wireless headphones but also crave actual noise cancellation, not just the mediocre isolation that you get from any buds that you stick into your ears.

They're overall very pleasing headphones with great audio quality and a range of noise cancelling settings
that give them a lot of flexibility relative to the rest of the market. However, like much of Audio-Technica's output, you do pay a premium price for these features.


Design

Design

  • Simple black buds
  • Actual buttons rather than touch sensors
  • Medium-sized carry case
Audio Technica ATH-ANC300TW

Performance

Performance

  • You have to pair to the right bud
  • Wide range of codec support
  • Noise cancelling tweaks are done through the app only
  • They don't power on out of the case
Audio Technica ATH-ANC300TW

Battery life

Battery life

  • 4.5 hours claimed charge, but you'll more likely see 3 to 4
Audio Technica ATH-ANC300TW

Verdict

Verdict

  • Good sound, but there's plenty of competition
Audio Technica ATH-ANC300TW

Should you buy it?

The Audio-Technica ATH-ANC300TW headphones present great sound across most genres, and they're flexible with support for multiple codecs, inbuilt IPX2 sweat protection and variable noise cancellation modes which generally work well. They also avoid the common problem of many true wireless buds by using actual buttons rather than touch sensors.

However, they're also just a shade more expensive than their general competitors. The app-driven approach isn't ideal if you want to quickly change up the noise cancelling profiles, and they lack the power on and pause facilities found in many competitors.


Pricing and availability

Price

RRP $399

Where to buy


Specifications

Audio Technica ATH-ANC300TW
Finder score: 3.5

Build

Driver Diameter
5.8mm
Frequency Response
20 – 25,000 Hz
Sensitivity
106dB
Impedance
14 ohms

Connectivity

Wired/Wireless
Wireless
Bluetooth
Yes

Features

Noise Cancelling
Yes
Detachable Cable
No
Rechargeable Battery
Yes
Foldable
No
Water Resistant
Yes
Battery Life
Up to 4.5 hours

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