Audio Technica has a long history in pro audio, but in recent times the company has been catering more to the consumer side of things too. One of the latest examples of this are the new Audio Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC300TW headphones.
The headphones take on the likes of the Apple AirPods Pro, Master & Dynamic MW07 Plus, and more — thanks to their noise cancellation and premium build. But how do they compete? We put the Audio Technica ATH-AND300TW headphones to the test to find out.
Audio Technica headphones aren’t often ultra unique, but they still have a look to them — and these headphones fit that look. They have a sleek black color scheme, along with an Audio Technica logo on each earbud.
Unlike many other true wireless headphones, the Audio Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC300TW headphones offer a single button on the top — instead of under the logo. That’s a good thing, because it means you don’t have to push the buds into your ears to control playback.
The buds are a little large, but they’re not heavy by any means. We’ll get into the comfort a little later.
The charging case is well-designed too. The lid of the charging case flips up to allow the ear buds to magnetically slot into it. It’s easy to use, and the headphones fit in nicely. On the right of the case, there’s a USB-C charging port, while on the front you’ll get three LED lights to indicate the status of the battery.
In the case, apart from the headphones themselves, you’ll get four extra pairs of ear tips, including a pair of memory foam tips, and a charging cable.
As mentioned, the earbuds themselves are relatively large — and the result is that they don’t necessarily fit super well into the ears, without some getting used to. Perhaps the most important thing you’ll do to ensure a good fit is to experiment with the different ear tip sizes. I ended up going for the memory foam tips, but you may have better luck with a different option.
Once you find the right tips, you’ll find that the headphones fit pretty well in the ears — though they’re still probably not the best choice for running or sports. That said, they stayed in my ears relatively well during normal use, and they usually won’t fall out under normal circumstances.
Audio Technica is perhaps best known for its work in pro audio — so you would expect the Audio Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC300TW headphones to sound good. Thankfully, they do.
The bass response, for starters, is solid. Kick drums sound well-rounded and deep, and while bass perhaps isn’t as punchy as some might like, it’s still relatively tight. We would have liked a little more bass though.
The mids are well tuned, with warm low mids, and cutting high mids that help ensure that vocals remain front and center. Some will prefer a slightly more scooped frequency response, but those of us that prefer a natural tone will appreciate what’s on offer.
The high response on the headphones is also good. Cymbals sparkle nicely, and while these aren’t the most detailed headphones out there, there’s still a good amount of clarity for true wireless headphones in this price range.
The noise cancellation tech on these headphones is fine, but not amazing. The headphones are good at cutting down on things like engine noise, but don’t expect the level of noise cancellation of headphones like the Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones.
The headphones connect to your device through Bluetooth 5.0, and we found that they retained a good connection throughout testing.
The battery life on the earbuds sits in at 4.5 hours, which is a little lackluster. While that would have been pretty good for true wireless headphones three or four years ago, these days we’re expecting to see six or seven hours, especially on a pair of headphones in this price range. The charging case also only gets you an additional 13.5 hours, bringing the total to 20 hours.
The Audio Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC300TW true wireless headphones aren’t bad at all. They offer a sleek design, and while they’re a little big, they’re not uncomfortable. And, in classic Audio Technica fashion, the headphones sound pretty good too.
But they’re not necessarily the best option in their price range. If you want noise cancellation, it’s worth considering the Sony WF-1000XM3 headphones, or Sol Amps Air+ headphones, instead.
Still, considering their solid audio quality and sleek design, we’re awarding these headphones the Headphone Review Bronze Medal.
|Frequency response||20Hz – 20kHz||Active noise cancellation||Yes|
|Driver size||5.8||Noise attenuation||Unknown|
|Driver type||Dynamic||On-ear controls||Yes|
|Sensitivity||106dB||Eartip material||Silicon, memory foam|
|Rated impedance||14Ω||Magnet material||Unknown|
|Total harmonic distortion||Unknown||Water resistance||No|
|Rated input power||Unknown||Battery life||4.5 Hours (+13.5 Hours)|
|Maximum input power||Unknown||Wireless distance||10m (33ft)|
|Wireless connection||Bluetooth 5.0||Cable length||N/A|
|Wired connection||No||Case type||Charging case|
|Weight||64g (headphones and charging case)||Colors||Black|