Excerpt: If there’s one thing that Bose does well, besides marketing, it’s noise cancelling headphones. They just work, even if they scream “I live for middle-management”. And despite efforts from some of our favorite brands, most of the offerings have been pretty lackluster. AKG aims to remedy that, including their former noise-cancelling headphones, with the all-new AKG K495NC Noise Cancelling Headphones ($349) .
Excerpt: Here’s the kicker — they’re only $350. Yes, I know, “ ONLY $350? ” But that’s actually a very good price for noise-canceling travel headphones this nice. It’s the same price as the mega-popular Bose QuietComfort 3s , but these sound better and have a sturdier build.
Pros: Handsome design. Strong noise canceling with only a dribble of audio artifacts. Two lengths of detachable braided cable, one with an in-line remote. Fantastic sound in passive mode, too.
Cons: On-ear design leads to fatigue after a couple of hours, and plastic parts inside the earcups can dig into your ears. Metal headband is sharp and snaggy. They don’t stay on your head as well as over-the-ears.
Excerpt: Toting headphones back and forth across the country (or the city) is one of the best ways to expose their design flaws. Can the new AKG K495 NC noise-cancelling headphones, with their burly build and audiophile pedigree, stand up to that kind of punishment while delivering dulcet tones? Is this finally the ideal traveller’s kit?
Excerpt: Når man sidder i sit lune hjem, er man ikke forstyrret af meget støj. Men er man på farten, bliver man omringet af støjkilder. Det være sig i bussen på vej til job, i kontorlandskabet eller i toget eller på flyrejser. Da kan det være ganske håbløst at nyde musik. Heldigvis findes der gode løsninger.