These are noise cancelling headphones with nice sounding highs, so music will sound quite detailed. These come with Comply tips for great passive noise isolation, and can complement the active noise cancelling feature.
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Pro Great sounding highs
With the ATH-ANC33is, you’ll be able to get a lot of detail from your music. The sound signature is focused on the highs so cymbal crashes, high pitched strings and female vocals will sound clean and detailed, yet do not get harsh.
Pro Very good noise cancelling performance for budget in-ear headphones
These are great if you want good noise cancelling without spending a lot on your headphones. The noise cancelling feature can filter out a good amount of mid to high frequency noise. Minimal levels of low-pitched noise or sudden bursts of volume like laughter may still mix in with your music though.
Pro Comply foam tips are included
You can get great passive noise isolation with these headphones. You get a pair of Comply foam ear tips which are very comfortable in the ear and passively block noise well. This complements active noise cancelling well, and helps to minimize the noise that you hear.
Con Noise cancelling module is bulky
The noise cancelling can make using these headphones a hassle. The module is bulky and quite heavy, so it can be distracting, especially if you are using the ANC33is while on the move.
Con Bass and mids may sound lean
You won’t be able to get a lot of thump and warmth from these headphones. While the highs sound great, the bass and mids are quite recessed, which can give the sound a thin feel.
Con Feels cheap and flimsy
You may get the impression that these headphones won’t last long. The plastics feel cheap and flimsy, the cable is quite thin, and you’ll hear rattles from the noise cancelling module.