If you're in the market for a new set headphones that eliminate most of the noise from the outside environment, Audio-Technica has a new set of headphones called the ATH-ANC9 QuietPoint that use active noise canceling technology. The company promises the headphones will block 95% of outside noise.
That is the best noise blocking performance of any ANC series headphones. The new ANC9 headphones have Tri-Level Cancellation that uses three preset filters for noise reduction of up to 30dB across a wide range of environmental noise. Three levels include Mode 1 for airplanes, trains, and buses with maximum efficiency for low frequencies.
Mode 2 is designed for noisy offices in crowded places with most of its effectiveness in the mid range. Mode 3 is designed to make quite locations like libraries even less noisy. The headphones have a cable that features an in-line microphone and controller for answering calls and controlling music on iOS devices. The ear pads for the headphones are also replaceable and made from memory foam. The drivers in the headphones are 40 mm units. The headphones are available now for $349.95 and require a AAA battery to function.