AKG K495 NC Acoustics (Black)
Manufacturer: Harman Part number: K495NC
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CNET editors' review
price range: $289.00 - $349.98
- Reviewed by: David Carnoy
- Edited by: John Falcone
- Reviewed on: 02/12/2012
The good: 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.
The bad: At $350, they're pricey--and should sound even more refined; a little light on the bass.
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.
Great sound quality / mediocre comfort
by KeithID on April 11, 2013
Pros: Sound quality is fantastic
Great noise cancelling
Build quality is also fantastic
No Batteries, has USB coord to charge
Cons: Very specific parts, hard to replace (wire, usb charger)
Light pressure over the ear
Summary: I purchased these headphones per a glowing recommendation from Magnolia A/V. The sound quality is fantastic. I compared them side by side to a pair of Bose QuietComfort 15s ...
Summary: I purchased these headphones per a glowing recommendation from Magnolia A/V. The sound quality is fantastic. I compared them side by side to a pair of Bose QuietComfort 15s and my old stalwart, the Sennheiser HD 518s, and overall felt the sound quality was better than both. I don't quite see why people are saying they lack in bass - I thought the bass response was on pair with both of the aforementioned sets, with much clearer highs and less muddled mids. I have no complaints at all about the sound quality with these headphones.
As far as noise cancellation goes, it's pretty good. I'm using these in a noisy office environment, not on a plane or bus, so it's possible it performs differently in those environments. The Bose did a better job of silencing the conversations around me, but when I had music playing, I couldn't hear anyone around me, which is good enough for my needs, even if not best in class. I also love the fact that they work with the noise cancellation turned off - although the sound quality does drop off a little bit. The built-in rechargeable battery is an additional nice touch.
My biggest complaint with the AKGs is regarding comfort. I wear these headphones most of my day at work, every day - so comfort is paramount. On the plus side, their on-ear design means they don't squeeze my glasses like some over-the-ear models do (especially the Sennheiser PXC 450s). However, they definitely squeeze my ears. I barely feel them for the first hour or so, but after that, the pressure starts to build, and eventually I have to take them off for awhile. Hey...maybe that's not a bad thing. Encourage me to get up from my desk and go for a walk or something.
Build quality is also fantastic. They really do feel like a premium product, and durable, too. I really like the detachable cloth cord that it comes with, and that the ear pieces swivel the way they do.
Overall, these are great headphones. Try them out - if they are comfortable enough for your needs, definitely keep them. The sound quality is enough to offset the downsides.
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Thank for reading , enjoy
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Great Sound but Very Poor Build Quality.
by seanibeans on June 11, 2013
Pros: Fairly comfortable, excellent sound quality, range, clarity, and exceptional noise cancellation. Battery charges quickly and last a surprisingly long time.
Cons: I've had 2 pairs of these headphones and they've both cracked and broke where the where the head-band meets the joint for the pivot arm of the ear-piece. The first pair were a gift that lasted 3 1/2 months. The second pair lasted only 2 1/2 months.
Summary: Harmon replaced them, under warrantee, with fairly little hassle, but who wants to go through that every 3 months, and not have the use of the headphones (because they wont ...
Summary: Harmon replaced them, under warrantee, with fairly little hassle, but who wants to go through that every 3 months, and not have the use of the headphones (because they wont stay on your head) in the interim?
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Good sound, they don't last more than a few months...
by federicoba on October 22, 2013
Pros: Nice Sound, good battery life, good noise-cancelling.
Cons: BAD mechanical design = They break every few months and require exchanging them.
Summary: While I have no complaints about the sound quality, noise cancelling or battery life, mine have broken at the same spot twice (= poor mechanical design). The problem is at the ...
Summary: While I have no complaints about the sound quality, noise cancelling or battery life, mine have broken at the same spot twice (= poor mechanical design). The problem is at the point where the head-band meets the ear-piece support at a right angle (which means it's probably due to a poor choice of fillet radius resulting in excessive stress concentration leading to fatigue cracks). I was extremely careful with the second pair but even then they only lasted for 10 months. I would definitely NOT recomend this product (something at this price level should last more than a few months).
Superb sound and comfort
by ehfd437 on July 16, 2012
Pros: Better sound quality than Bose
Cons: Slightly less effective noise reduction
- Manufacturer: Harman
- Part number: K495NC
- Description: Of course 'NC' stands for 'noise canceling', but it could also stand for 'no contest', because when it comes to pure, undisturbed sound, the AKG K495 NC headphones deliver high-quality performance and active noise control that are second to none. Durable and easy to charge through the USB, these top-of-the-line headphones create a perfect audio world: you get all the sound you want, and none of the sound you don't.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Recommended Use The noise canceling feature blocks the din on buses and airplanes. Plus, they are portable for easy transport. Active noise canceling technology makes these ear-cup headphones ideal for commuting and air travel.
- Product Type Headphones
- Weight 8.3 oz
- Color Black leather with brushed metal parts
- Recommended Use Portable audio system
- Additional Features 3D-Axis2 mechanism
- Headphones Form Factor Full size
- Headphones Technology Dynamic
- Connectivity Technology Wired
- Sound Output Mode Stereo
- Active Noise Canceling Yes
- Frequency Response 20 - 20000 Hz
- Sensitivity 121 dB
- Impedance 26 Ohm
- Type None
- Connector Type Headphones ( Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm )
- Cables Included Headphones cable - Detachable - 4.6 ft
- Included Accessories In-flight plug adapter,
- Power Device None
- Battery Headphone battery