IFA 07: Audio-Technica unveils ATH-ANC7 QuietPoint noise-cancelling headphones

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Japanese company Audio-Technica is quick off the mark at IFA, launching its ATH-ANC7 QuietPoint headphones.

The headphones are noise-cancelling, claiming to reduce background noise by 85 per cent. At work is a miniature microphone in each earpiece, which actively monitors what you are hearing, including the unwanted environmental noise. The onboard electronics identify the difference between this and the ‘undisturbed’ signal from your listening source. This is used to create an anti-noise signal. By mixing this with the intended signal source the unwanted noise is cancelled out.

Other features include a closed-back design, large-aperture drivers, a wide extended frequency response and deep bass frequencies. No news on a shelf date or price, although the company says these will be ‘almost half the price of any comparable headphones’.

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