So I chose the ANC-G5, a wired earphones with active noise cancelling. Besides satisfying my curiosity on the ANC quality, I reckon this should interest my readers.
The ANC-G5 exudes old-school retro charm with labels printed on each function, and even the brand and model number appearing on the ANC module. The silver on-off switch gives a firm and muted click and a small blue LED indicating the power. The blue-grey colour scheme completes the classic look. There is no volume or track controls.
The internal battery can be charged using the provided cable, and the charging port uses an uncommon 8-pin Type B mini USB port. Each full charge can last for 8 hours.
If you can see from the photo, the audio cables create an adjustable loop which doubles as a stabilizer fin.
The ANC-G5 came at the right time as I was going for a vacation. Although I have reviewed a handful of ANC headphones, I have never owned one long enough to try it on the plane, one of the primary reasons for the existence of ANC.
To cut the story short, the ANC works well on the plane. It eliminates the plane engine noise sufficient enough for me to enjoy my music at moderate levels without having to turn up the volume to drown the plane noise. Even at outdoor eateries, the ANC eliminates the humming noises from vehicular traffic and machinery. But like all ANC, the higher frequency noises like cutlery and infant noises do not get suppressed. In fact, with ANC, it makes the high frequency ambient noises stand out.
While the ANC works great, the audio tuning is not that ideal for my critical enjoyment. The bass is heavy but does not sound tight. The treble lacks control on the sibilance and at the same time fell flat on clarity. It does not sound veiled, but “blunt” is probably a better word to describe. Saxophone solos are almost unbearable at high volumes.
The Mixcder ANC-G5 should work for listeners who like their music with fuller lows, rounded highs, and listening at moderate levels without resorting to turning up the volume to drown the ambient or commuting noises, thanks to the active noise cancelling feature. If you are interested, head on to the Mixcder website for the purchase link.
Official Product Page: http://www.mixcder.com/mixcder-anc-g5.html
Official YouTube Site: https://www.youtube.com/c/MixcderElectronics