Audio-Technica ATH-ANC40BT review

The ATH-ANC40BT earbuds have active noise cancelling  and although it still includes a wire which links the left and right buds, its wireless function comes into play by means of an in-house rechargeable battery and provides a good 8 hours of playback.





Audio Quality


The model promises excellent audio quality and has a harmonious interplay between bass, mids and treble. It is designed to provide decent musical playback for users who are always on the move.

The great audio experience can be attributed to the product’s active noise cancelling technology as well.

The unit guarantees that chilling with your choice sounds won’t get interruptions from outside noise.

It has a Quiet Point Active Noise Cancellation system which can counter and ward off around 90 % of external noise.

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The earbuds give off decent sound isolation but the Quiet Point feature takes noise cancellation a step further by keeping those excessive sounds away.

You can’t get this from your standard, run of the mill headphones.

The circuitry in the device’s earbuds make a noise canceling surge that wards off ambient noise.

The surge that happens functions in the same way an eraser works to a pencil illustration: it repels any sort of excessive sound that encloses you without weakening the audio that you want to listen.


Design and Comfort

It features a highly-innovative neckband design; the neckband contains all of the good things the model is known for like its noise cancelling hardware, playback controls, integrated microphone and batteries.

The playback controls are situated in the left part of the neckband near the collar which makes for a convenient setting.

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The device also features aptX and Bluetooth 3.0 technology for a sound that rings true.

The wireless functions operate by transmitting excellent, low compression tunes and other varieties of audio from 2 sources all at the same time.

Smartphone users can make use of the built-in mic and controls to take calls, adjust the volume of the sound and manage audio and video playback.

The model can also remember up to 8 devices which lets easy and simple pairing with whatever audio sources the user prefers.

Battery Life

The model’s active noise cancellation and Bluetooth functions are generated by an internal rechargeable USB battery which gives off 8 hours of uninterrupted wireless, noise-free audio playback.

If you want longer play, you can simply switch off the Bluetooth function and make use of the wired connection to get 13 hours of wireless Bluetooth playback or 24 hours of noise cancellation.

What’s In the Box


The box contains the following goodies:

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  • Suitable fit earpieces in sizes ranging from XS, S, M and L
  • 1-meter USB cable for charging
  • 2-meter connection cable
  • Airplane adapter
  • Leatherette carrying pouch
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty


Main Product Features


  • Quiet Point Active Noise Cancelling
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • 8-hour battery life (continuous playback)
  • 100 hours of battery life on standby
  • 16 ohms of impedance
  • 20-24000-Hz frequency range
  • 100 dB SPL
  • 25-grams weight


What Users Say


Users have noted the advantages of the ATH-ANC40BT and it mostly centered on how good its noise cancellation feature was. When it comes to the sound quality though, many have found it effective and decent.

One noted that terrible sound is a deal breaker no matter how hard the noise cancellation feature works or how light and compact the product was.

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The product gave great sound even with only a single driver, one reviewer said. It has excellent range, was easy on the bass and worked well with all kinds of musical genres.

Even on greater volumes, the bass, mids and trebles did a great job and the high volume did not distort the sound at all.

Many have praised the sound quality which also benefited from the product’s noise cancelling properties.

The noise cancellation was well-balanced; it can tone down up to 90 % of outside sounds which is perfect if you are traveling by plane.

The integrated mic was also good. It was able to cancel ambient noise efficiently.

As for the design, comfort can be had by using the product. Users have commented that it was light and discreet, very beneficial for travel.

One can wear them the entire day since they seat comfortably on the back of the wearer’s neck and you can hardly notice them.

One user complained that the playback controls’ design was a bit troublesome because most of the buttons were situated near each other; it can be problematic switching one button without hitting another by chance.

Battery life is amazing, one user said. It can run for hours and one can enjoy extended playback within a day and it will still leave you with 3/4 of battery life in the evening.

However, if you want longer audio playback, you will have to disable the device’s active noise cancelling system to get more juice out of the battery.

The product was an excellent pair with a decent selection of features for a worthy price.

It is actually one of the first to get into the whole in-ear, wireless ANC market and so far, the responses regarding the product were good.

However, some users recommended that the company should make additional goodies in the Audio Technica range like memory foam tips and ear fins to further enhance the ATH-ANC40BT listening experience.

One also commented that the cable needs improvement; flatter or triangular ones last longer.

The model overall, gathered praise because of its features so if you are an avid traveler who trek by way of planes and cars, then you will benefit from this device greatly.

Its noise cancelling features are on point, perfect for any frequent traveler or active folk who wants no disturbance from outside noise. The Bluetooth connectivity and aptX features are great bonuses too.




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