AKG K495 NC On-Ear Noise Canceling Headphones Review – Hear the Quiet, Even When It Is Noisy
13 August 2013
Excerpt: The AKG K495 on-ear headphones offer good sound and excellent noise cancellation in a refined package that looks great and is as comfortable as any pair of on-ear headphones I have used. At $349.95 the USB rechargeable headphones are, however, a bit pricey. Then again, quality doesn’t come cheap.
Pros: Excellent noise cancellation; Striking looks and good build-quality; Case is luxurious; Up to 40 hours of noise cancellation; Work when NC is off or battery depleted; Comfortable and great sounding
Cons: Don’t fold up as small as I expected; No inline or on-ear controls or microphone; Sound when NC is off is just okay; No user-replaceable battery; Smaller than 3.5mm jack connects to the headphones
Summary: These headphones are extremely expensive! I bought these before I really understood the most important part of headphones, comfort. If I can't wear my headphones, why should I have ever bought them?
Summary: These are MSRPed at $399 and sometimes sold at $349. I got it at amazon for $299. I got lucky.
I am really happy with these cans. The first thing I noticed was its beautiful finish and neat design. It's highly portable, designed with the a person who is constant on move in mind.
Pros: Most neutral sound, great design built to last, rugged cables, comfortable cushions, ANC that works pretty well, Great quality even with ANC off
Cons: Heavy, On ear, not over ear, ANC on/off switch is painful, ANC not as good as Bose QC15 (IDK, according to reviews), Costly
Summary: This isn't going to be an extremely detailed review because I'm fairly inexperienced. I'm no Audiophile but I do appreciate good sound and clarity in my headphones. The K495's definitely offer outstanding clairty and SQ, especially in comparison to direct competitors such as Bose, HK, PSB.
Pros: Build Quality and Aesthetics, Sound Quality - Very natural and robust, Noise Cancellation on par or better than Competitors while keeping audio clean
Cons: Some discomfort from pressure on upper ear after extended listening (4+ hours), NC can make lows overpowering at times, soundstage could be better
Excerpt: I’ll be honest, I don’t have all that much experience with headphones that come with active noise cancellation. I tend to favor in-ear phones and whatever passive noise reduction they provide.
Pros: Well built, good looking set of headphones, Full, robust sound, Comes with airline headphone adapter, Active noise cancellation is not a gimmick, it really does work
Cons: Active Noise Cancellation comes at a price, A little tricky to switch the noise reduction on and off
Summary: The AKG K495 NCs aren't as comfortable and don't sound quite as good as the Bose QC 15s, but they're built better, offer very good noise-cancellation, and recharge via USB.
Pros: The AKG K495 NCs are stylish, well-built headphones with excellent fit and finish. They sound good, offer effective noise cancellation, and are rechargeable via USB. They also fold flat and come with a nice carrying case and can play without the noise cancellation engaged.
Cons: At $350, they're pricey--and should sound even more refined; a little light on the bass.
Excerpt: Over this inky background AKG’s sensitive monitor-quality audio delights with every tune, from Beatles to Armin van Buuren. Neat, comfy, desirable, they’re super swivelly and simply silky from their outer shell covering to their sensational sound quality.
Summary: Hvis man vil se elegant ud på flyet, udstråler AKG K495 NC kvalitet med deres metaldetaljer. De kan foldes meget sammen, så det luksuriøse etui ikke fylder så meget i tasken. Derimod skal man huske at få ladekablet med, for de har ikke standardstik. Heldigvis kan man lytte videre med tomt batteri.
Pros: Virker også, selv om batteriet løber tør. Støjreduktionen fjerner de mest forstyrrende frekvenser. Fyldig lyd med balanceret lydbillede.
Cons: Ingen kontrol/mikrofon på ledningen. Ikke standardstik på USB-ladekablet.
Conclusion: Vill man se elegant ut på flyget är det AKG:s lurar som andas mest kvalitet med sina metalldetaljer. De kan fällas ihop rejält så det lyxiga fodralet tar inte mycket plats i väskan. Däremot får man komma ihåg att stoppa i laddkabeln för den är inte standard.