Are these the best noise cancelling headphones for radio broadcasters? Today we’re reviewing the ANX-10 active noise cancelling headphones by Editors Keys that are designed to reduce most external noises.
Out of the box, the headphones come with:
- 2 sets of headphone cables
- Charging cable
- Carry case and strap
- Rechargeable battery
It even has a flight adapter which comes in handy for when you’re travelling.
The headphones feel nicely made. The earcups rotate and the size can be adjusted to fit perfectly. The leather cups rest over the ear and are very comfortable to wear, even after hours of use. Plus, they’re lightweight, relatively small, and look pretty cool.
Active Noise Cancellation Mode
There are two audio settings on the ANX-10 headphones: normal and noise cancelling. The active noise cancelling mode provides a flat response, which is important for mixing sound for music production. The bass sounds natural whilst not being too overpowering.
However, this can be a problem if you need low-bass sounds. Reason for this is the bass response is controlled, so you get a decent level without it being too heavy. Because of this, the ANX-10 headphones are best suited for spoken words like talk radio or podcasts.
In order for the noise reduction to work, they need a triple-A battery with a higher voltage than most standard batteries. Luckily, they come with a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 40 hours with the noise cancelling setting switched on. To charge the headphones use the jack to USB that comes as part of the package.
Switching between the noise cancelling setting is quite noticeable. It doesn’t reduce the noise quality but enhances it. Editors Keys claims the noise cancelling setting blocks over 89% of external noise. However, when we tested we could still hear a noise that was close by, like people talking in the same room, but it does a good job at getting rid of most external noises from far away.
For the most part, the noise cancelling setting gets rid of ambient noises. Everything outside sounds muffled like you’re wearing pillows over your ears!
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Personally, the noise reduction could be better. It reduces background noises, but you can still hear what’s going on.
Overall, the ANX-10 are a good pair of headphones, even without the noise cancelling feature. They’re not perfect for everybody, but do offer brilliant audio quality with some much-needed accessories. If you’re monitoring audio in a studio or just need to reduce distractions from outside, then these are right for you.
What do you think of the ANX-10 noise cancelling headphones? Let us know in the comments. For more reviews like this then check out Best Radio Headphones for Your Station. Keep updated with everything radio related by joining the Radio.co Newsletter.