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Audio-Technica and Ableplanet Perfect Noise-Cancelling Technology

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Category: Hardware Published on Sunday, 01 March 2009

New Headphones Deliver Pure, Crisp Sound Without Distractions

Michael L. Berman's Blog
www.scrippsnews.com
May 19
, 2008

To a music lover, pure Nirvana is being able to listen to your favorite melodies in pure, crisp tones wihtout distractions. No rattles. No hums. Just beautiful music, reproduced the way God intended.

New noise-cancelling headsets from Audio-Technica and Ableplanet bring us close to perfection, delivering crisp, clear sound while filtering out all of the annoying background noise. And they do this without adding annoying hums or muffling the sound, like many of their competitors.

Many reviewers have ranked the new Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7 QuietPoint active noise-cancelling headphones ($210.95) above the Bose QC2 in background noise elimination and sheer quality. Unfortunately I'm unable to make the comparison, but after using the QuietPoint, I can see why they're raving about them.

This "around-the-ear" headset filters out up to 85 percent of background noise, which means you don't have to crank up the volume to distortion levels to hear your favorite tunes. Also, they're extremely light so you hardly know you"re wearing them, which is unusual for larger headsets.

Other key features include:

  • It comes with a AAA battery, a detachable cable designed to fit into 3.5 mm stereo miniplugs, a 6.3mm stereo adapter, an airline adapter and a pouch to carry everything.
  • You can use them even without the battery.
  • You don't need any extra accessories. Everything you need comes packed in the box.
  • They can be used without audio to block out distractions, making them great for catching a cat nap.
  • They fold flat for easy portability.

The new Ableplanet Clear Harmony active noise-cancelling headphones ($349.99) use Linx Audio technology to block out noise and other distractions. Also rated by many as superior to the Bose Q2, these headphones eliminate almost all backgound noise and enhance the audio to deliver superior sound.

Their key features include:

  • An in-line volume control that allows you to pump up the volume without having to reach for your iPod or other device.
  • They're light weight and extrememly comfortable.
  • Removeable cord features 1/8" and 1/4" stereo adapters.
  • They can be used with a hearing aid.
  • They can be used to block out noise without audio.
  • They come with everything you need, including a high-impact, zippered case.

Whichever model you choose, you can be assured of a delightful listening experience --- clearly a gift from the gods. You can get more information by visiting the companies' Web sites at www.audio-technica.com or www.ableplanet.com.

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