65points

Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC1

92points

Bose QuietComfort 35

50points

Etymotic mc5

89points

Sony MDR-XB950B1

Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC1
Comparison winner
Bose QuietComfort 35
Etymotic mc5
Sony MDR-XB950B1
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34 facts in comparison

Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC1 vs Bose QuietComfort 35 vs Etymotic mc5 vs Sony MDR-XB950B1

Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC1
Bose QuietComfort 35
Etymotic mc5
Sony MDR-XB950B1

Why is Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC1 better than Bose QuietComfort 35 & Etymotic mc5 & Sony MDR-XB950B1?

  • Has an in-line control panel
  • Has an on-ear form

Why is Bose QuietComfort 35 better than Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC1 & Etymotic mc5 & Sony MDR-XB950B1?

  • Has a noise canceling microphone

Why is Etymotic mc5 better than Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC1 & Bose QuietComfort 35 & Sony MDR-XB950B1?

  • Has an in-ear form

Why is Sony MDR-XB950B1 better than Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC1 & Bose QuietComfort 35 & Etymotic mc5?

  • Lowest frequency
    3Hzvs10,10,20Hz

Top specs and features

Design

1.has stereo speakers
Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC1
Bose QuietComfort 35
Etymotic mc5
Sony MDR-XB950B1

Devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.

2.has a detachable cable
Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC1
Bose QuietComfort 35
Etymotic mc5
Sony MDR-XB950B1

With a detachable cable you can use alternative cables, and if the cable is pulled it will pop out instead of breaking.

3.has an over-the-ear form
Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC1
Bose QuietComfort 35
Etymotic mc5
Sony MDR-XB950B1

Comfortable full-size form with earcups that fully enclose your ears. This model is loved for its increased sound isolation and the fact that it won't leak sound to your neighbors. It offers potential for maximum bass and loudness levels.

4.has a tangle free cable
Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC1
Bose QuietComfort 35
Etymotic mc5
Sony MDR-XB950B1

The cable is designed to minimize tangling.

For example

SoundMagic E11C

5.can be folded
Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC1
Bose QuietComfort 35
Etymotic mc5
Sony MDR-XB950B1

Folding devices are good for transporting as they take up less space in your bag.

6.has an in-ear form
Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC1
Bose QuietComfort 35
Etymotic mc5
Sony MDR-XB950B1

The in-ear device is ultracompact and lightweight, with little or no interference with earrings, spectacles, hats, or hairstyles. It is inserted in the ear canal itself and blocks out a lot of environmental noise. It has stronger bass tones and is unlikely to fall out of the ear.

Sound quality

1.lowest frequency

10Hz

10Hz

20Hz

3Hz

The lowest frequency at which the device produces audio. The lower the low-frequency response, the stronger and juicier the bass.

Best

Sony MH1CBLK

1Hz

2.has sound isolation/passive noise reduction
Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC1
Bose QuietComfort 35
Etymotic mc5
Sony MDR-XB950B1

The device sits tightly in place, creating an acoustic seal which reduces background noise and prevents your music from leaking out.

3.sound pressure level

105dB/mW

90dB/mW

100dB/mW

105dB/mW

Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.

Best

AKG K553 Pro

144dB/mW

4.has a neodymium magnet
Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC1
Bose QuietComfort 35
Etymotic mc5
Sony MDR-XB950B1

Devices with neodymium magnets are lighter and more powerful than those which use ferrite magnets. They also have more bass and clear high notes.

5.has active noise cancelling (noise reduction)
Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC1
Bose QuietComfort 35
Etymotic mc5
Sony MDR-XB950B1

This type of device allows you to listen at lower volume levels, causing less ear fatigue as you don't have to crank up the volume to overcome background noise. Ideal for plane rides and morning commutes.

Power

1.has a battery level indicator
Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC1
Bose QuietComfort 35
Etymotic mc5
Sony MDR-XB950B1

An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.

2.has a rechargeable battery
Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC1
Bose QuietComfort 35
Etymotic mc5
Sony MDR-XB950B1

The battery can be recharged and used over again.

3.has a removable battery
Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC1
Bose QuietComfort 35
Etymotic mc5
Sony MDR-XB950B1

The battery is removable and can be replaced by the user if broken.

For example

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i

Connectivity

1.Can be used wirelessly
Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC1
Bose QuietComfort 35
Etymotic mc5
Sony MDR-XB950B1

Wireless devices allow users more freedom of movement.

2.has a 3.5mm male connector
Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC1
Bose QuietComfort 35
Etymotic mc5
Sony MDR-XB950B1

A standard 3.5mm male connector is suitable for use with all MP3 players and computer sound cards.

3.supports Bluetooth pairing using NFC
Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC1
Bose QuietComfort 35
Etymotic mc5
Sony MDR-XB950B1

Device supports fast Bluetooth pairing using NFC so it can communicate with other devices over Bluetooth. You can fastly pair devices without entering a code by simply holding one device next to the device with which it is to be paired.

4.Has WiFi
Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC1
Bose QuietComfort 35
Etymotic mc5
Sony MDR-XB950B1

The device can connect to WiFi.

For example

Meters OV-1 Bluetooth

Features

1.control panel placed on a device
Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC1
Bose QuietComfort 35
Etymotic mc5
Sony MDR-XB950B1

There is a control panel on the device body, so you can easily access the volume control or remote without having to interact with a cable or another device it's connected to.

2.can be used as a headset
Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC1
Bose QuietComfort 35
Etymotic mc5
Sony MDR-XB950B1

A headset is one headphone or pair with a built-in microphone. Headsets can be used for applications which require communication i.e. Skype, games with voice chat, mobile phones etc.

3.has an in-line control panel
Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC1
Bose QuietComfort 35
Etymotic mc5
Sony MDR-XB950B1

There is a control panel on the cable, so you can easily operate the device without having to interact with it.

4.has a noise canceling microphone
Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC1
Bose QuietComfort 35
Etymotic mc5
Sony MDR-XB950B1

These microphones are designed to filter out background noise from the desired sound. Especially useful in noisy environments.

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