Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7b Cans Kill The Noise

Done with Bose? Looking for something new to strap on your cranium? Audio-Technica has just the thing. The company--which is known for designing cutting-edge, high-end cans--has just issued its ATH-ANC7b QuietPoint active noise-canceling over-ear headphones. Sure, they're just improvements upon an earlier model, but aside from providing 85% noise-cancelation, listeners will find better sound quality, comfort and convenience.

According to A-T, these new headphones provide a smoother, more natural tonal balance, and the earcups have been redesigned for greater comfort. In addition, the ATH-ANC7b is supplied with 1.6 m (5.2') and 1.0 m (3.3') detachable cables, and offers easier battery access. Speaking of noise, these employ QuietPoint active noise-cancelation technology that eliminates up to 85% of outside noise, as a miniature microphone in each earcup detects environmental noise, and a corresponding sound-canceling signal is applied. You'll also find large-aperture 40 mm drivers for a wide 10 to 25,000Hz frequency response along with a high 109 dB sensitivity.The headphones fold for storage and come with two detachable cables, a 1/4-inch adapter, an airline adapter and a hard, durable carrying case.

They'll be available in August for $219.95--start saving!