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8.5 out of 10

AKG K 490 NC

Great Deal: $219.99

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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
Sound quality 10
10
Comfort 8
8.0
Build quality 8
8.0
Noise reduction 10
10
Coolness factor 8
8.0

Great headphones at a reasonable price

Ken, Crutchfield
14 May 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
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
28 April 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 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
30 August 2012
  • 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 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
13 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 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
10

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 8
8.0
Sound quality 10
10
Comfort 8
8.0
Build quality 10
10
Noise reduction 10
10
Coolness factor 8
8.0

Very Nice Headphones

NJ Hokie, Crutchfield
20 June 2012
  • Summary: These headphones work as advertised very good noise canceling on my flights with excellent sound quality as well. Stored easily with the fold up and seemed sturdy enough for me. I haven't tried any other headphones but these seemed comfortable enough although the cord was a bit cumbersome. I would recommend them for the price as I was considering the Bose ones for over three hundred but I am happy with what I have.
  • Pros: Good sound, easy storage, super noise canceling
  • Cons: little heavier than expected, cord a tad unwieldy
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Overall 8
8.0
Sound quality 10
10
Comfort 8
8.0
Build quality 8
8.0
Noise reduction 8
8.0
Coolness factor 8
8.0

My Second Pair!

JG, Crutchfield
20 June 2012
  • Summary: This is my second pair. I enjoyed the first very much, until they were damaged by a flood in a Costa Rica hotel room. The hotel graciously reimbursed me and I began shopping for a replacement when I returned home. I went through the same research and comparison as I did when I purchased the first pair several years ago. I came to the same conclusion and bought this replacement set. They sound great. They are light weight. They are comfortable.
  • Pros: Good sound quality with or without noise cancelling turned on. Internal battery charged via USB.
  • Cons: Inadequate carrying case that probably contributes to damaged units.
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Overall 8
8.0
Sound quality 10
10
Comfort 10
10
Build quality 8
8.0
Noise reduction 8
8.0
Coolness factor 8
8.0

great small noise canceling headphones

Dean W, Crutchfield
20 June 2012
  • Summary: I got these headphones to replace some Beats Solos that had gotten pretty beat up. The sound quality is so much better on the AKG's. I also like that they are unique. No one has them, and when people ask to try them, they are always impressed. Better balance, enough base to enjoy, but not overwhelming. I looked at several other styles of NC phones, and these are the lightest and easiest to wear. No problem wearing them for hours at a time.
  • Pros: size, sound quality, weight
  • Cons: cost
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Overall 8
8.0
Value for money 10
10
Comfort 8
8.0
Portability 8
8.0

Good Value

MikeOz, Richer Sounds
28 July 2014
  • Summary: These noise cancelling headphones were purchased to replace an ageing pair of chinese manufacture purchased from Maplin some years ago. Although I have not taken a flight since purchasing these I have every reason to believe their noise cancelling capabilities are good. They do produce a very nice sound quality and it is identical in both noise cancelling and switched off modes.
  • Pros: good sound quality , solidly constructed , nice case and accessories , comfortable to wear
  • Cons: nice case and accessories, comfortable to wear
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