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AKG K 490 NC
8.3 out of 10

AKG K 490 NC

Great Deal: $224.98

Reviews and Problems with AKG K 490 NC

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Overall 3
3.0

User Review

MP3guy, head-fi.org
3 August 2014
  • Summary: I got these phones as a gift, and I am quite happy with the sound quality and comfort. The noise cancelling is also quite good, and can completely eliminate certain frequencies of extraneous noise. Fun playing with the on/off switch to appreciate the difference!
  • Pros: Good sound and comfort
  • Cons: Fatal Design Flaw
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Overall 8
8.3
Design 10
10
Value for money 10
10
Features 10
10
Durability 4
4.0
Usability 8
8.0

Fragile

Old lady from Sun valley id, Sonic Electronix
17 September 2013
  • Conclusion: As noise cancelling headphones they are awesome. Unfortunately, the second time I went to use them the right side ear piece was broke. I would recommend buying them.
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Overall 8
8.0

Good value, but can break

PY, Crutchfield
6 August 2013
  • 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.
  • Pros: compact when folded fabric cord solid noise reduction
  • Cons: earpiece connection to headband can break
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Overall 2
2.0

Great headphones, poor execution

Anonymous, Crutchfield
14 May 2013
  • Summary: Great headphones except they break very easily. AKG replaced two pair already and finally sent me the K495NC model which seems to be much sturdier. Hope the K495NC hold up. Would not waste my time buying the K490NC model as the connection from the speaker to the band is made of cheap plastic and...
  • Pros: Sound and NC are very good.
  • Cons: Cheap plastic breaks very easily.
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Overall 4
4.0

Noise canceling weak

KarlL, Crutchfield
14 May 2013
  • 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.
  • 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

Great headphones at a reasonable price

Ken, Crutchfield
28 April 2013
  • 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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Overall 8
8.0

Good cans, small pads

AlexB, Crutchfield
11 February 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.
  • 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 was great but not a durable design

RonA, Crutchfield
5 February 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.
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Overall 10
10

Amazing Quality

AToughCustomer, Crutchfield
5 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...
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Overall 10
10

AKG Noise Cancelling Headphones

TR, Crutchfield
26 November 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.
  • 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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