Audio Technica ATH-ANC23BK

QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling In-Ear Stereo Headphones with Comply Foam Eartips & Carrying Pouch

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Small Package with Big Performance!

Audio Technica is one of those brands that people here and think "quality". Even the United States government agrees. Have you ever heard of "The House of Representatives and Senate"? They too trust Audio Technica, and have even opted to use their equipment. If you had no budget, what would you go for? Is it safe to say ... the BEST? Makes sense, I think most people would agree. Audio Technica has been making all kinds of products from the best of the best, to regular consumer favorites since the very beginning. Established in 1962, Audio Technica was initially known for state-of-the-art phonograph cartridges, but have since evolved just as the music and the way we listen to it has. Audio Technica's QuietPoint ATH-ANC23BK in-ear Noise Cancelling headphones certainly live up to hype, and the pressure that the family name has established. These compact in-ear headphones feature the Audio Technica QuietPoint ANC (Active Noise Cancelling) signature circuitry, with a miniature microphone built into each earbud earpiece. These microphones pick up all of the outside ambient noises, traffic, voices, horns, etc. and internally creates a wave that is 180 degrees out of phase to erase these unwanted noises. The end result is incredible depth, and detailed separation within the distinct highs, mids, and low frequency producing life-like imagery from an ear bud design. The active noise cancelling powered amplifier requires just one "AAA" battery to provide users with up to 60 hours of listening enjoyment, or can be powered off and operate in passive mode to conserve energy. Also equipped with an in-line volume control, the included airline adapter, and a protective travel pouch, the ATH-ANC23BK might just be a travelers dream. An office employees dream. A parents dream, a students dream, a ... you get the idea. Who doesn't want a little more silence in life? Or, the ability to listen to your own stuff without the interruptions of all the noisy surroundings? Don't be fooled by the small package, because the Audio Technica QuietPoint headphones sure do pack a punch full of features and added bonuses.

What's In The Box?
  • 1x Audio Technica ATH-ANC23BK QuietPoint In-Ear Headphones (Earbuds)
  • 1x AAA Energizer Battery (Alkaline)
  • 1x Protective Vinyl Travel Carrying Pouch
  • 1x Pair of Comply Foam Eartips (Ear Tips)
  • 3x Pairs of Replaceable Rubber Tips (Sm/Med/Lg)
  • 1x Multi-Language Product Disposal Guide
  • 1x Instruction Manual & Warranty Guide
Product Features:
  • Premium Wired In-Ear Active Noise Cancelling Headphones Stereo Earbuds with Comply Foam Eartips
  • Innovative ANC circuitry delivers even more pure audio frequency reproduction without the need to overcompensate the outside noises in noise-cancelling mode further increasing the crisp, detailed highs, full, layered mid range, deep, powerful lows
  • Active Noise Cancelling reduces environmental ambient noises up to 90% to users can enjoy their music, movies, books on tape, AM/FM radio, or even their own thoughts whenever they choose
  • Low 32 Ohm Impedance enables these earbuds to easily be driven off any iPod, iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle (Fire), Galaxy S2/S3/S4, Galaxy Note 1/2, BlackBerry, and any other smartphone, MP3/MP4 player, tablet, laptop, AM/FM radio, portable CD & DVD player, and any other media player with standard 3.5mm headphone output
  • Lightweight In-ear design fits with an extremely low profile, with minimal weight, relieving any possible strain the user would normally encounter
  • Large 13 mm Dynamic Speaker driver easily produces amazingly clear sound complemented with the ANC circuitry allowing clarity at even the lowest volume levels
  • Clear & impactful high-resolution audio provided as an added bonus when using the built-in audio amplifier within the ANC circuitry
  • 2-Pin airline adapter connects to in-flight entertainment so owners will enjoy full stereo playback of in-flight movies, tutorials, T.V. shows, and music
  • Passive Audio Playback allows these Quiet Point earbuds to continue to provide the best listening experience even without the use of a battery
  • QuietPoint ANC (Active Noise Cancelling) circuitry reduces noise up to 20 dB, and is ideal for travel usage, even on loud planes
  • Gold-plated, corrosion-resistant stereo jack provides smooth signal transfer minimizing distortion levels
  • Protective Portable Vinyl Travel Pouch, Airline Adapter and AAA Battery Included in the Box)
  • Clothing clip built-in on the bottom of the in-line ANC amplifier for secure storage
  • In-Line volume control puts full control in the listeners hands, literally
  • Various Sized Rubber Eartips allow all users to adjust the earbuds comfortably to their ear size, and add in additional noise isolation with a good seal
  • Included Comply Foam Eartips (Ear Tips, 1 Pair) offer their famous comfort levels, a favorite among millions of happy customers
  • Long 4.3 foot Y-Cable (from ANC console) offers users a comfortable amount of slack to move around without catching on nearby foreign objects
  • LED Indicator light and battery power identifier
  • Primary Color Tone: Black
  • Additional Color Accent(s): Silver
  • Also Found As: Audio Technica Quiet Point ATH-ANC23 Black, ATHANC23BK, ATHANC23 Black, ATH-ANC23 BK
  • 1-year Manufacturer's warranty
Product Specifications:
  • Speaker Type: Dynamic Driver, Stereo Configuration
  • Speaker Diameter: 13 mm
  • Nominal Impedance: 32 Ohms
  • Sensitivity: 105 dB
  • Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • QuietPoint Active Noise Reduction: 20 dB
  • Cord Length: 4.3 Feet (1.3 Meters, from Console)
  • Plug Size: 1/8" (3.5 mm Stereo Audio Mini Jack)
  • Plug Construction: Gold-plated
  • Battery: AAA (Alkaline)
  • Number of Batteries Required: 1 (One)
  • Approximate Battery Playback: Up to 60 Hours (Standard Alkaline)
  • Approximate Product Weight: 0.9 Ounces (26 Grams, Without Battery)
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Value refers to the quality of headphones (how they sound, how they're built, etc.) for the price.

Headphone Design

Headphone Type

This is the design of the earpieces on the headphones. Some headphones go inside the ear, while others rest on the outside of the ear. This helps you know exactly what type of headphones you will be receiving.

In-Ear: The ear buds go into the ear. Most often, the right and left ear buds are two separate pieces.

Enclosed-Ear: Usually are found on the larger headphones. They rest on top of the ear and have padding for comfort, as well as enclosing the ear to the speaker. This type of headphone helps to filter out surrounding noise.

On-Ear: This type of headphone involves the speaker sitting gently on the ear without going in the ear or sealing it off.

Headband Type

Headphone type refers to the construction of the headphones.

Around the Ear means that the headphones wrap around the ear to provide a secure fit. This is most often seen in active and sports headphones.

Around the Neck means that the headphones wrap around the neck. This is also seen in active and sports headphones.

Earbuds means that the right and left sides of the headphones are separated and will fit securely into the ear. These are small, compact, and user friendly.

Over the Head headphones mean that the right and left speakers are connected with a support that goes over the head and rests on top. This is the typical headphone type.

Specifically For
Some headphones can use an IR Transmitter in your vehicle, while some can be plugged into your media device and be used on the go or at home.
Headphone Application

This is the application that the headphones are designed for. Each application has unique features that make it perfect for particular uses.

DJ: These headphones are durable, loud, and will often allow for one ear listening.

Gaming Delivers explosive sound and allows you to communicate with others.

Home Hi-Fi: These audiophile headphones are engineered to produce high fidelity and accurate audio.

Home/Office: These headphones are designed to produce rich, brilliant sounds that the artists would appreciate.

Sports: Designed for active use. These headphones are made to stay in (or on) the ear during workouts.

Kids: Feature noise limiting technology so that your little ones don't damage their ears listening to music too loud.

On-the-Go: On-the-go headphones are lightweight and often fold up for easy storage and portability.

Student: Compact and rugged enough to survive life in a backpack; inexpensive enough to not hurt the wallet of a student.

Studio: Reproduce music perfectly without any coloration. Look here for reference quality studio monitoring headphones.

Traveler/Airplane: These headphones are compact, lightweight, and have a portable design.

Acoustic Principle

The basic design of the headphones. There are 3 different types:

Open: Have ports that allow air through the back of the diaphragms, enabling the headphones to sound like the music is coming from an outside source.

Closed: Completely sealed and have no air passing through the diaphragms. Sounds like you are in a closed off room.

Semi-open: Have slots or ports in the back of the cup and are partially open. This allows for a mixed sound between an open and closed headphone.


General Features

Noise Reduction technology removes unwanted noise from a signal. Background or ambient noise can be removed to produce clearer speech and enhanced hearing. Typically these Active Noise Canceling (ANC) headphones are powered and use batteries to activate the noise canceling technology. Also referred to as Noise Reduction or Noise Cancellation.
Built-In Microphone
This means that the headphones or earbuds have a built-in microphone. This can be a microphone on the cord, built into the headphone, or even a boom microphone. These mics can be used for music devices like iPods, for Smartphones to make and receive calls, or for gaming purposes.
Headphone Connection
This is how the headphones connect to the audio source.

Corded means that the headphones use a cord to transfer the audio signal.

Bluetooth means that the audio signal is transmitted from your device to the headphones via a Bluetooth connection.

Corded or Bluetooth means that the headphones can be used as corded headphones or as Bluetooth headphones. They have an input in one or both earcups for use as a corded headphone while they also have a built-in battery for use as Bluetooth wireless headphones.

Wireless means that the audio signal is transmitted wirelessly to the headphones.

Volume Adjustment
Volume Adjustment means that the headphone (independent of the source) can adjust the playback volume. Many headphones and ear buds have in-line volume control, which allows adjusting the audible volume from a switch on the headphones cord. Other headphones have a volume knob on the headphone can.
Connector Type
The type of connection the headphones use to connect to receive the audio signal from a music source. Traditional headphones use an analog 3.5mm headphone jack. Newer technology has allowed digital signals to be sent directly to the headphone using an Apple Lightning or USB-C cable.

Audio Features

The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
32 ohms
An efficiency or sensitivity rating tells you how effectively a speaker converts power into sound. The higher the number, the more efficient the speaker and the louder it will play with the same input power. An efficient speaker helps you maximize your available power. Most sensitivity ratings measure the speaker's output with 1 watt of input, 1 meter from the speaker. Some speakers' sensitivity is measured with 2.83 volts of input, instead of 1 watt.
Efficiency (1w/1m) is not an accurate indicator of a subwoofer's output capability and should not be used as a comparison to other speakers or subwoofers to determine which one is "louder".
105 dB
Driver Size
This refers to the diameter of the driver (speaker) on each side of the headphone.
13 mm
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
20 - 20000 Hz

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Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
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Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

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