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8.3 out of 10

AKG K 490 NC

Great Deal: $179.95

Reviews and Problems with AKG K 490 NC

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Overall 6
6.0
Sound quality 8
8.0
Comfort 6
6.0
Build quality 2
2.0
Noise reduction 6
6.0
Coolness factor 6
6.0

Poor quality

Bryan, Crutchfield
20 June 2012
  • Summary: Terrible build quality by AKG. Had the upper version of these the 495nc...twice. The headband is very easily broken. Just sent my second pair back to Crutchfield. Sound quality is good and noise canceling is ok, nothing great. Very good idea with the rechargeable battery however not worth the cheap quality of the head band. Broken twice just taking them off my head. Definitely not worth the money.
  • Pros: USB charging, comfort, sound quality
  • Cons: Cheaply made, break easily, price
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Overall 6
6.0

Great sound, will break too soon, bad in wind & near electrical fields (train line cables). AKG = terrible customer service.

martin clark, Amazon
7 May 2014
  • Summary: + Fantastic sound & really good quality noise cancelling. - Cable & band broke in 10 months. Wind & electricity cause interference.
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Overall 6
6.0

Semi-ok for £150

Pete Kinross, Amazon
13 March 2014
  • Summary: The sound when playing music is excellent. Totally excellent. I am an audiophile and trained classical musician. It's also great with house, tecno, Hip Hop as the bass is excellent. They are comfortable too. It's great that they work when the battery's empty, or without a cable. The noise cancelling is better when music is playing (no... it's not just music drowning the noise). Noise cancelling is not as brilliant as either of the big Bose.
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Overall 6
6.0
Value for money 6
6.0
Comfort 6
6.0
Portability 8
8.0

Good, but not that good

Macker, Richer Sounds
27 February 2014
  • Summary: I read numerous reviews before buying, and now I've owned the K490 for several months, I wonder if the 'expert' reviewers actually tested this kit in all 'noisy' scenarios. As a regular traveller I needed good noise cancelling headphones, and initially the AKG K490 did the job. But soon after, the right speaker on my first set developed a fault with a clicking noise which I believe was related to a loose acoustic driver.
  • Pros: usb charging , function when not charged , integrated battery in headphones , nc is good when it works
  • Cons: hear external noise when nc is activated , headphones can get uncomfortable , not the most durable kit , maybe a design fault in headphone drivers?
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Overall 6
6.0

Great sound, construction could be tougher

Mr. D. Fernandes, Amazon
13 February 2014
  • Summary: I truly love the sound of these, I used them for my daily commute. The noise cancellation works well but I felt it could be further improved, they let in more external noises (like train doors shutting noise) more than i would have anticipated. The main setbacks are: - construction quality could be better: my right ear stopped working altogether even though I was very careful with them, it's not a cable issue, they are still under warranty so I expect them to be repaired...
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Overall 6
6.0
Value for money 6
6.0
Comfort 10
10
Portability 10
10

Poor build quality

BB02, Richer Sounds
4 January 2014
  • Summary: The noise canceling is impressive. The sound quality average,better quality sound can be had by cheaper headphones, but not noise canceling ones. On closer inspection I noticed that the joint where the headphone attaches to the headband, making it able to swivel 90 degrees, looks quite weak and will always be a concern when traveling. It comes with a cable to recharge the battery, this is a USB at one end and a 2.5mm jack at the other.
  • Pros: noise cancelling , portability , comfortable
  • Cons: bad build quality , average sound , charging cable , travel case cheap
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Overall 6
6.0

Nice -ish

JHad "jhad", Amazon
30 December 2013
  • Summary: I really miss an in-line microphone option, so no calls with these; a big omission. If you think noise cancellation is like the Bose in store demo, think again. I bought years ago some Sony in ear NC headphones and hoped the tech had moved on, the white noise has gone but the dynamic cancellation of noise is still hyperbole, it's ambient noise reduction not cancelling.
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Overall 6
6.0

Some noise coming through!

Per.E, Amazon
30 November 2013
  • Summary: The headphones are extremely nice to have, but more noise is coming through than expected. I think the package with USB charging and the way the fold away are a nice bonus, but I would expect there are far better NC head phones out there..
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Overall 6
6.0

Very good headphone but...

Richard Adeolu, Amazon
3 November 2013
  • Summary: Was happy with this purchase, but the Noise cancellation does not work perfectly as I would want it. But excellent quality in workmanship and sound. Am very happy with this purchase!
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Overall 6
6.0
Value for money 6
6.0
Comfort 6
6.0
Portability 4
4.0

Be careful

MLockstone, Richer Sounds
29 September 2013
  • Summary: Got a pair in March and for three weeks which didn't get used as much as would've liked due to work commitments. They sound incredible and the noise cancelling is beyond belief. BUT . . .they broke whilst sat in a hotel eating dinner ( about three weeks old). Richer replaced them ( thank you guys) but I am left scared to use them incase they break again and have reverted to using my £10 aircoustics (best bargain ever) . Haven't used them for at least sixteen weeks!
  • Pros: sound quality
  • Cons: they are very fragile
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