Audio-Technica ATH-ANC25 Headphones Review

BYO is what restaurants without liquor licenses often suggest. Perhaps airlines should consider it as well for earphones. On a recent trip south, I found Spirit no longer played movies or music. I was alone, without any light reading material, and thoroughly bored. I had brought my computer along and some DVD’s; however, I was sans buds. (Sunny sonny had borrowed them once upon a time.) I didn’t feel right about using the computer speaker as other people shouldn’t have to listen to–hey, that goes for cell phone conversations too.

I have to admit I do not like ear buds. They remind me of hearing aids, uncomfortable and ineffective. I decided after the vacation that I would invest in some headphones. Never got the chance as a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-ANC25 headphones was one of the packages awaiting me on my return.

I like their design–soft ear pads, cushioned headband–and how they easily fold for easy storage.. But looks are simply not enough. Good listening demands clarity, no feedback or interference, and no static. Time for a trial run.

Hubby is away so I keep things simple. Miracles do happen. I know this as I get both the DVD player working and the ATH-ANC25’s connected. However, I forget to install batteries. I find out later they are made to be used both with and without batteries. This is good since the balance between supply and demand evidences itself every time I need one. As I finger the headphones’ detachable cord with its inline volume control, I discover I do not have to max out the volume to hear. Having the volume control there makes adjusting the sound level convenient. I’ve learned the hard way that adjusting earphones while being worn makes for awkward moments.

I check the noise-cancelling feature next. The manufacturer boasts it reduces environmental noise by up to 80%. I hope so since I use headphones frequently when traveling (plane, train, car, whatever). It works for me once I put it on. I thought it didn’t at first because the headphones work with the noise-cancelling function off.

About then trouble. Middle son has entered the room and spotted the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC25’s. He announces, “Thanks, Mom. I need them,” without bothering to read the specs. (See below.)

Specifications
TYPE: Active noise-cancelling
DRIVER DIAMETER: 40 mm
FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 20 – 20,000 Hz
QUIETPOINT ACTIVENOISE REDUCTION: Up to 15 dB
MAXIMUM INPUT POWER: 100 mW
SENSITIVITY: 100 dB
IMPEDANCE 20: ohms
BATTERY: AAA (alkaline)
BATTERY LIFE: Up to 40 hours, typical (alkaline)
WEIGHT: 104 g (3.7 oz), without cable and battery
CABLE: Detachable 1.2 m (3.9′) with 3.5 mm (1/8″) stereo mini-plug and integrated volume control
CONNECTOR: 3.5 mm (1/8″)
ACCESSORIES INCLUDED: Airline adapter; AAA battery; protective pouch

I suppose he does with all his electronics including an Apple iPod, iPhone, his sister’s iTouch, portable music and DVD player, Laptop computer, and other devices that the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC25 is compatible with.

I respond emphatically, “No, their mine, ” and advise him he can buy his own at $99.95 list since he likes them so much. Now where can I hide these Audio-Technica ATH-ANC25’s and not forget….

The product(s) featured in this review was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing and review. This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of my family and/or self. Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

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