Audio-Technica Announces Ultraportable On-Ear Headphones With Active Noise-Cancelling Technology

Audio-Technica added to its lineup of QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones with the new ATH-ANC1. These compact, on-ear headphones use Audio-Technica’s active noise-cancelling (ANC) technology to block up to 85% of outside noise. In addition, the headphones are compact and fold for easy storage and travel in the included carrying pouch. These headphones are expected to be available next month for a suggested retail price of $129.95.

Audio-Technica Expands Its QuietPoint® Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones Lineup with Introduction of Ultraportable ATH-ANC1 on-Ear Model

STOW, Ohio--Audio-Technica today announced the introduction of its ATH-ANC1 QuietPoint® active noise-cancelling on-ear headphones, a compact on-ear model that provides outstanding performance, comfort and value. The ATH-ANC1 incorporates Audio-Technica’s acclaimed active noise-cancelling (ANC) technology to block out up to 85% of outside noise, while delivering clear and natural sound.

The new ATH-ANC1 is designed for unmatched convenience. It folds for easy storage and travel in its included carrying pouch. Its active noise-cancelling circuitry is located in an external module attached to its connecting cord, for extremely lightweight on-ear wear. The ATH-ANC1 features soft, long wearing ear pads for complete comfort, even on long trips or extended listening sessions.

Like all Audio-Technica QuietPoint headphones, including the recently introduced ATH-ANC7b, winner of a CEA Innovations 2010 Design and Engineering Award, the ATH-ANC1 detects environmental noise using miniature built-in microphones, and applies a corresponding sound-cancelling signal. Although compact, the headphones deliver powerful, immersive sound, thanks to their precision high-efficiency full-range drivers and premium internal components. They’re ideal for traveling, jogging or any other private listening, and for use with the Apple® iPod®, iPhone™ and iPod touch®, portable music players, computers, in-flight entertainment systems and other devices.

Unlike some other noise-cancelling headphones, the ATH-ANC1 (and all Audio-Technica noise-cancelling headphones) work even without batteries or when the noise-cancelling feature is turned off. In addition to its travel pouch, the ATH-ANC1 comes with a 1.6-foot extension cord, an airline adapter and an AAA battery.

The Audio-Technica ATH-ANC1 active noise-cancelling on-ear headphones will be available January 2009 online or at Audio-Technica authorized retailers at a suggested retail price of $129.95.



Active noise-cancelling

Driver Diameter

36 mm

Frequency Response

10 - 20,000 Hz

Quietpoint® Active Noise Reduction

Up to 18 dB

Maximum Input Power

500 mW


105 dB


130 ohms


AAA (alkaline)

Battery Life

Up to 40 hours, typical (alkaline)


100 g (3.5 oz), without battery


1.2 m (3.9') with 3.5 mm (1/8") stereo mini-plug


3.5 mm (1/8")

Accessories Included

Detachable 0.5 m (1.6') extension cable with gold-plated 3.5 mm (1/8") stereo mini-plug and jack; airline adapter; AAA battery; protective pouch