Conclusion: This is definitely my favorite. The sound is fairly balanced across a wide MHz spectrum. The mid-range is clear and the bass ample. I much preferred the 40mm driver AKG Q460 over the 50mm driver AKG K550 and over another 50 mm headphone I'm familiar with, the Sony MDR XB-800. It is fairly light and very comfortable to wear. They did not need a lot of power at source (i.e. battery) to sound good. I highly recommend them.
Summary: These headphones can be had for under $100ish new on Amazon. Can be found for far less, I paid $60 new.
I really like these headphones. I am not the best judge on sound quality though since the best headphones I have had are M50's. The other reviews I have read say they are a little bass heavy (which I can hear) but overall I like the sound since I enjoy bass.
Pros: Looks good, sounds good, comfortable, good deal.
Cons: SHORT CABLE IS STRAIGHT GARBAGE, umm ya the cable is really short.
Excerpt: I have owned the previous version of these head phones and for the size and portability they bring phenomenal sound to the table. Something I noticed when I first bought these headphones is that the cable coming out of the head phone might be a little short for some people. It is short enough that is doesn't dangle and get in the way but much taller people may have a problem especially if they wear there pants lower. Other than that they are great headphones.
Excerpt: My job is to listen to music while being mobile. The features here are unmatched. The sound quality is really good, out of the package the low mids are a bit colored, but barely at all in comparison to the other options out there, ive tried them all, and over time that rounds out (on pair #2 - only because i lost the first) the detachable cord is a plus along with the ability to take a phone call are key.
Excerpt: I have the "big" version the Q701s for pro audio and my son was looking for Beats. I convinced him to give the 460s a try and he loves them. For casual listening these phones are way more than adequate. I'm probably going to get a pair myself. B&H customer service is also top notch.
Pros: Comfortable, Compact, Good Bass, Good Value, Great Sound, Lightweight, Stylish
Excerpt: I use the Q460 for everyday use with my laptop and MP3. I used to have the K450, but it broke down. I loved the sound quality and decided to get the closest thing to the K450, which was the Q460. Indeed in terms sound quality, the Q460 stands in close comparison to the K450, which has excellent sound quality. Note though, I'm not an expert nor am I an audiophile. The design is pretty cool and the padding is quite comfortable.
Excerpt: I found these headphones very useful when shooting on DSLR. They are lightweight and compact. Clear sound and blocks external noise quite well. I like that the cable isn't heavy so that lessens the strain on the plug. I would recommend these for this purpose, thats why i brought them.
Conclusion: I recently left my pair of Q460s on a plane and have been sorely missing them. I own many sets of pro headphones in my recording studio and am quite spoiled by them - so when I needed a pair of portable 'phones my standards were already very high. These headphones delivered on all counts; price, quality and clarity w/out sacrificing full-range sound. They are not overly bass emphasized (like the Monster Beats line) but they do have a solid low end.