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Akg-k-490-nc.33285253
8.5 out of 10

AKG K 490 NC

Great Deal: $249.95

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Overall 8
8.0
Sound quality 10
10
Comfort 8
8.0
Build quality 10
10
Noise reduction 10
10
Coolness factor 6
6.0

Good cans, small pads

AlexB, Crutchfield
14 May 2013
  • Summary: Exceptional osund quality, virtually no hiss when NC is operating. Generally comfortable, although they're on-ear rather than around the ear, so there can be a bit of sound leakage audible to those around you. The charging cord is proprietary, no a normal USB mini or micro, so you might consider ordering a replacement. Similarly the cord between cans and player isn't a standard patch cord but a 2.5/3.5mm cable.
  • Pros: Great sound, excellent NC, packs small, no batteries
  • Cons: Requires a charge, minor sound leakage, hard-to-replace cords
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Overall 4
4.0
Sound quality 8
8.0
Comfort 8
8.0
Build quality 2
2.0
Noise reduction 8
8.0
Coolness factor 8
8.0

Sound was great but not a durable design

RonA, Crutchfield
28 April 2013
  • Summary: These headphones delivered the sound quality and noise cancelling as advertised. I particularly liked the rechargeable feature but the design of the plastic piece that connects the ear cup to the headband is poor. This plastic piece simply snapped while I was wearing it on a flight. The Crutchfield support team was great and facilitated the return and replacement with another brand. Dissapointed with the product but very satisfied with Crutchfield.
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Overall 10
10
Sound quality 10
10
Comfort 10
10
Build quality 10
10
Noise reduction 10
10
Coolness factor 6
6.0

Amazing Quality

AToughCustomer, Crutchfield
11 February 2013
  • Summary: The noise redcution and sound quality were even better than I had expected. I was replacing a set of Bose headphones and chose these over Beats by Dre and am I SO gald I did. The sound loss through the headpones is very slight (much better than the Beats) and the sleek design is superior to the bulky ear cups on the Bose units. Crutchfield ahs the best price on these headphones and the quality is worth every penny. So Happy I got these.
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Overall 8
8.0
Sound quality 10
10
Comfort 4
4.0
Build quality 10
10
Noise reduction 10
10
Coolness factor 6
6.0

AKG K 490 NC

RonM, Crutchfield
5 February 2013
  • Summary: Purchased these after reading technical reviews. Overall I am satisfied with the product, but a part of me wonders if the Bose headphones would have been as good, with better comfort.
  • Pros: Noise canceling and overall sound quality is very good. I work at home and it cancels out the screaming kids next door! I like the fabric cord and the USB charging instead of batteries.
  • Cons: Too bad these are not over the ear headphones. The on-ear pressure gets uncomfortable after a while. The carry pouch could be better. It is too small for the headphones, cords and charging adapter (not included).
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Overall 10
10
Sound quality 8
8.0
Comfort 10
10
Build quality 10
10
Noise reduction 10
10
Coolness factor 10
10

Great sound and noise cancelling headphones

PGS, Crutchfield
30 August 2012
  • Summary: I'm extremely happy with these headphones! When I was researching headphones, I was looking for both great sound and noise cancelling. I've often found that you have to sacrifice sound quality for the noise cancelling feature, but these headphones have a good balance of both. I recently used them on a 5 hour flight and found them to be more comfortable than over the ear NC headphones like the Bose ones. The AKG's feel good in your hands, not flimsy at all.
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Overall 8
8.0
Sound quality 10
10
Comfort 8
8.0
Build quality 10
10
Noise reduction 10
10
Coolness factor 10
10

Very Satisfied

Chauncey, Crutchfield
23 August 2012
  • Summary: Considered a lot of other options, but these ultimately seem to be best overall value. Very, very happy with the sound. I've had Klipsch on ear headphones and Shure earbuds, and I prefer the sound of the AKGs over both of those. To my ears, they are simply full and natural. The bass does not dominate, but I never feel that it is lacking - at all. Build quality appears to be outstanding. I love how they fold and the size is perfect in my opinion.
  • Pros: Excellent sound, fit, size, USB rechargeable battery, sound, rechargeable battery, sound, rechargeable battery!!!, style, comfort, noise canceling, compact
  • Cons: None that I can tell. If my ears were shaped differently I'd probably never take them off.
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Overall 10
10
Sound quality 8
8.0
Comfort 10
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Build quality 10
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Noise reduction 8
8.0
Coolness factor 8
8.0

AKG Noise Cancelling Headphones

TR, Crutchfield
13 August 2012
  • Summary: Five hour flights with these on my head are absolutely easy. No discomfort, no sweating like with the over-the-ear headsets, and good sound quality to boot. I am a 57 year old who toasted his hearing playing rock and roll in the 70's, so I would not know if they are studio-quality nor do I care. I just needed something for long flights and these are perfect.
  • Pros: More than decent noise suppression/cancelling, comfortable, detachable (easily replaceable) cord, stow in a relatively small space, good build and materials quality, sound great, battery life, recharge options!
  • Cons: I have no idea what a "Coolness Factor" might be, but I can't imagine anyone can look cool with a set of headphones on their head.
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Overall 8
8.0
Sound quality 8
8.0
Comfort 8
8.0
Build quality 4
4.0
Noise reduction 8
8.0
Coolness factor 10
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Good value, but can break

PY, Crutchfield
20 June 2012
  • Summary: I really like these headphones. They fold up very compactly, have a nice fabric cord, charge easily with a USB, and have solid noise cancellation that works well on airplanes. With nearby conversations it helps to have both NC on and music as well. One major caveat- like another reviewer, my set broke where the earpiece attaches to the headband, making them unusable. However, the AKG warranty covered it and Crutchfield was very fast with a replacement.
  • Pros: compact when folded fabric cord solid noise reduction
  • Cons: earpiece connection to headband can break
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Overall 4
4.0
Sound quality 8
8.0
Comfort 10
10
Build quality 8
8.0
Noise reduction 2
2.0
Coolness factor 6
6.0

Noise canceling weak

KarlL, Crutchfield
20 June 2012
  • Summary: Nice enough headphones. But for the money, I would have expected noise canceling beyond reducing backround hiss. There was no noticeable reduction in noise from others' speech or music playing. These were bought after reading many glowing online reviews, but I thought they performed substantially less than the price would have led one to expect. I returned mine after a week trying them in various situations.
  • Pros: Good sound, comfortable, not off-putting appearance.
  • Cons: High price (yes, I think this price is high for headphones even though there are some astronomically priced ones out there), weak noise canceling performance.
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Overall 8
8.0
Sound quality 10
10
Comfort 8
8.0
Build quality 8
8.0
Noise reduction 10
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Coolness factor 8
8.0

Great headphones at a reasonable price

Ken, Crutchfield
20 June 2012
  • Summary: I ordered these headphones for a long airline flight. They really helped block out the ambient noise in the plane, and helped make it a better flight. The sound quality, and noise canceling abilities of this headphone are both very good. I would highly recommend.
  • Pros: Good noise canceling & sound quality. Good comfort for extended use.
  • Cons: I can't think of anything to complain about...
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