AKG K490 NC (Black) comparison

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Bose Quiet Comfort 15 (Silver)

Bose Quiet Comfort 15 (Silver)
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Harman Kardon NC

Harman Kardon NC
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Bose QuietComfort 3

Bose QuietComfort 3
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Price $249 to $249 at 4 stores $286 to $379 at 3 stores $269 to $299 at 4 stores $299 at 3 stores $314 to $349 at 2 stores
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    Overall score: 7.7 (3.5 stars)
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    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
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    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
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    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 0 stars No reviews, write one! 3.0 stars out of 4 reviews 4.0 stars out of 77 reviews 4.5 stars out of 2 reviews 3.5 stars out of 82 reviews
Release date February 10, 2012 February 10, 2012 August 21, 2009 September 14, 2012 June 15, 2006
The Bottom Line 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. While they're no bargain, the Bose QuietComfort 15s currently offer the best sound and silencing capabilities in a pair of noise-canceling headphones. While they may not be quite as comfortable as Bose's ultrapopular QC 15 headphones, the Harman Kardon NCs offer slightly better sound and have a built-in rechargeable battery to power the active noise-cancellation circuitry. With the QuietComfort 3s, Bose has done a remarkable job of shrinking its popular noise-canceling headphones while achieving similarly impressive sound quality--but that engineering feat doesn't come cheap.

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Packaged Quantity 1
1
1
1
1
Sound Output Mode Stereo
Stereo
Stereo
Stereo
Stereo
Color Black with silver elements
Black leather with brushed metal parts
Silver
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Connectivity Technology Wired
Wired
Wired
Wired
Cable
Active Noise Canceling Yes
Yes
Yes
Info unavailable Yes
Headphones Type Headphones - Stereo
Headphones - Stereo
Headphones - Stereo
Info unavailable Stereo
Headphones
Recommended Use Portable audio system
Portable audio system
Digital player
Cellular phone
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Headphones Form Factor Full size
Full size
Full size
Full size
Full size
Manufacturer Warranty Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable 1 year warranty
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Product Type Headphones - Wired
Headphones - Wired
Headphones - Wired
Headphones - Wired
- Cable
Headphones
Remote Control None
None
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Audio Specifications Frequency Response 20 - 20000 Hz - Sensitivity 117 dB - Impedance 32 Ohm
Frequency Response 20 - 20000 Hz - Sensitivity 121 dB - Impedance 26 Ohm
Info unavailable Frequency Response 16 - 20000 Hz -
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Product Description AKG K 490 nc - Headphones
AKG K 495 NC - Headphones
Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling - Headphones
Harman/kardon NC - Headphones
Bose QuietComfort 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling - Headphones
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