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Audio-Technica ATH-ANC900BT headphones review

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Quick verdict: Clear audio, exceptional battery life and three different levels of noise cancellation, but the touch controls are disappointing.

  • Excellent audio quality
  • Three noise cancellation levels
  • Exceptional battery life
  • Can be used wirelessly or wired
  • Touch and swipe controls hard to use
  • High price tag
  • Fit not comfortable for small heads
  • Uses Micro USB charging

Audio-Technica's newest active noise cancelling (ANC) headphones launched last year. The Japanese brand was the Finder Retail Awards winner for the best headphone brand as chosen by actual customers, so it's no surprise that the ATH-ANC900BT headphones are impressive.

An update on the ATH-ANC700BT, the new headphones offer a longer battery life, better noise cancellation and better sound quality, but they also have a higher price tag.


Design

  • Can be used wirelessly or wired
  • Touch controls are difficult to use
  • Zippered carry case
  • Includes an aeroplane adapter
  • Not as comfortable for smaller heads
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC900BT headphones

Performance

  • Clear and well-balanced audio
  • Has three levels of active noise cancellation
  • The Connect app is easy to use
  • Omnidirectional microphone for phone calls
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC900BT headphones

Battery

  • Exceptional battery life
  • Micro USB charging
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC900BT headphones

Verdict

  • Excellent audio quality
  • Long-lasting battery life
  • High price tag
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC900BT headphones

When it comes to audio and battery life, the ATH-ANC900BT headphones deliver the quality we expect from Audio-Technica.

Unfortunately, the headphones fall short when it comes to the touch controls. Being able to access volume, noise-cancelling and playback settings on a single earpad is a big selling point, but Audio-Technica doesn't deliver on this promise. The controls, especially the swipe controls, are more frustrating than helpful.

Another thing to consider before buying is comfort. For some people, the ATH-ANC900BT headphones will be the perfect fit. However, if you have a smaller head and are sensitive to pressure, make sure you can try them on for at least 10-20 minutes before you buy them.


Pricing and availability

Price: SRP $499
Where to buy them: Amazon


Specifications

Audio Technica ATH-ANC900BT Over-Ear Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

Build

Category
Over-ear Headphones
Colours
Black
Driver Diameter
40mm
Frequency Response
5Hz - 40kHz
Sensitivity
103dB
Impedance
35 ohms

Connectivity

Wired/Wireless
Wireless
Bluetooth
Yes
Bluetooth Version
TRUE

Features

Noise Cancelling
Yes
Detachable Cable
Yes
Battery Life
Up to 35 hours
Battery Charging Time
5.5 hours
Battery Type
Lithium Polymer

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