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? I thought that the active noise cancelling module and the sound quality would make up for the comfort in the long run. I was wrong, I find these headphones extremely uncomfortable. I have very perky ears and on ear headphones just crush 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. It seems to me that AKG wanted to give great quality sound with noise cancellation and that's what they pretty much achieved.
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.
These are BEAUTIFUL headphones. The design is sturdy and svelte at the same time. Leather wraps the headband and covers the exterier of the cups.
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
Summary: These are some of the best headphones i have owned. The build quality is very good as is the sound and noise cancellation. Having owned them for 6 months i can say that they are comfy to wear and the case makes for easy transportation. The plug for use in airplanes is also really helpful. However there is a downside and that is the cable which is not your normal aux to aux cable and if you were to lose both the ones that come with the headphones you would be in trouble.
Amazing sound quality and materials seem good quality to me despite some of the reviews
Manu Matute, Amazon
10 February 2015
Summary: I was a bit skeptical when first bought them as some of the reviews were not too god, but in my opinion they've done the job. Been using them for almost a year now, and the noise cancellation is great, love the quality of the materials, they haven't broke anywhere but I guess you do have to take good care of them, I always carry them on their case which is also really nicely finished.
Summary: The sound is brilliant and crispy, the structure is very good. The finish is beautiful and they look very good. My only, but regrettably not negligible, problem is that they are not very comfortable. I've had several on-ear headphones, these in general are obviously not as comfortable as over-ear headphones, but with the AKG I cannot listen music more than 1 hour. By contrast with Bose on-ear, the situation is very different (2-3 hours without problems).
convenience when wearing for a long time and the noise cancelling is by far better. Can only recommend them
Attila Nemeth, Amazon
25 October 2014
Summary: Wow these clearly beat the Bose Silent Comforts in sound quality, material quality, convenience when wearing for a long time and the noise cancelling is by far better. Can only recommend them.