Audio Technica ATH-ANC7B Active Noise-Cancelling Closed-Back Headphones

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1,500 $

Bose QC15 vs. Sennheiser PXC 450 vs. Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7b

Disclosure:
I have tried all these on an airplane. I am not an audiophile. Noise
Cancelation is the most important attribute to me.

The Carrying Case: All three are quite durable and stiff.
1.) Bose- the smallest, a low profile, room for an Ipod, accessories too.
2.) Sennheiser- Square shape, low profile, however not a lot of room for anything else in case.
3.) Audio Technica- Nice big case if you want to carry extra stuff (Nintendo DS, ipod, etc).

Build Quality:
1.)
Sennheiser- you can tell this is built VERY well. Strong plastics,
good components, thick cord. Top notch. You feel like you are getting
something really high quality.
2.) Audio Technica- Nice solid construction, appears durable.
3.)
Bose- If this had a Sanyo logo on the side, I would not have flinched.
How can something $300 be so incredibly cheaply made.

Size:
1.) Bose- as far as over the ears go, these are pretty small.
2.) Audio-Technica- mid-sized.
3.) Sennheiser- These are big. No question, but they store flat.

Comfort:
1.) Sennheiser- Very comfortable, will fit almost any size ears. Keep on for hours.
2.) Bose- Also comfortable. I did not experience "highs" discomfort.
3.) Audio-Technica- Perfectly satisfactory. Larger opening than previous AT model.

Sound:
1.)
Sennheiser- I actually wore these at home too, simply to hear parts of
songs I had never heard before. Astounding. My 10yr old music
collection sounded totally NEW.
2.) Audio-Technica- Well balanced, good sound.
3.)
Bose- Great sound, but very heavy on the bass. I listen to a lot of
rap and pop, so it was mildly annoying. I ultimately had to turn my
treble settings up on my ipod to balance the sound.

Features:
1.) Sennheiser- nice cord, push to talk button (temporarily mutes NC and sound which is great for interruptions on airplanes).
2.) Bose/Audio Technica- just the basics. Bose simply an on/off switch.

Price:
1.) Audio Technica- $150 to $225 depending on how you shop.
2.) Sennheiser- $200 to $275
3.) Bose- Hard to find below $300+.

Noise Cancelation:
1.) Bose- No question here, far surpassed the other two. Best Noise Cancelation.
2.) Audio-Technica- Good Noise Cancelation.
3.) Sennheiser- Not sure what happened here. Incredible sound, satisfactory noise cancelation.

Summary:

I
ultimately kept the Bose because I was only using these for flying and
the Sennheiser's (as much as I loved them) let me down in the Noise
Cancelation department. The Sennheiser's had by far the most superior
sound, but the Bose Noise Cancelation was night and day. The Bose are
made very poorly for a $300+ product, it was disappointing.

Final assessment:

Audio-Technica- best balance of value for money
Sennheiser- Best sound and comfort
Bose- Best Noise Cancelation


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