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AKG N60NC Wireless headphones review
Posted on 2-May-2018 09:57 by M Freitas | Tags Filed under: Reviews

AKG N60NC Wireless headphones review

AKG Acoustics has an interesting story and while looking more into the company for this review I found out it's actually part of Harman International Industries, renowed by its audio, connected car systems and enterprise automation. What surprised me more what that Harman is an American subsidiary of Samsung Group since around March 2017. Things you learn...

 

The company is mainly known for microphones, headphones and wireless audio systems, with a history of developing new audio technologies including high-end and award winning headphones.

 

Obviously I was really interested in trying their AKG N60NC, an on-ear wireless (Bluetooth) noise cancelling headphone. Comparing to the Bose QC35 these AKG N60NC are just a bit (40g) lighter - and it feels smaller too, folding into a very manageable small size (it fits in your coat's pocket or you can use the little pouch it comes with).

 

You can use the AKG N60NC both wirelessly or connected using the included audio cable. The noise cancellation function is always on when using Bluetooth and it can be on or off when using the audio cable. The 3.7V, 610mAh battery lasts to up to 15 hours of wireless (noise cancellation) but can reach almost double as that if using noise cancellation only (with audio cable).

 

The AKG N60NC uses Bluetooth 4.0 and supports a few different services including A2DP V1.2, AVRCP V1.4, HFP V1.6, HSP V1.2 - meaning you can control your playback from the headphones using the control switches while getting great sound thanks to its support to aptX and AAC codecs. I've used the AKG N60NC and the aptX logo instantly shows up in notifications when the headphones are connected via Bluetooth.

 

With this headphone you can also answer calls - the quality is really good and the incoming call will pause any content playing in the background, resuming after the call ends.

 

In terms of wear, the cup size is just about right - providing you don't have very large ears you will be fine and it will be comfortable. Just by the virtue of being an on-ear cup some external noise is already blocked. The material (a non-animal leather) will not heat too much and will not be uncomfortable.

 

In practice the sound quality will depend a lot on the source but all things being equal I can say the AKG N60NC provides a brilliant, clear soud with effective noise cancellation - tested on commute buses and flights around the country.

 

Usage is pretty simple, although I did miss the voice cues you get from the Bose QC35. Reading the manual it seems you can have multiple paired Bluetooth devices and switch between then by sliding the on-off switch. In reality I had it paired with my Amazon Fire TV, Microsoft Surface and OnePlus 5T smartphone and while I could manually connect from each device individually, the sliding button did not actually swith devices. For comparison the Bose QC35 will connect to the last two devices and automatically use the last one sending content as the current source.

 

Another thing I didn't see on the AKG website is firmware updates - seeing the headphone didn't switch correctly as mentioned I was really looking forward to finding a way to update its firmware but this doesn't seem to exist - at least yet.

 

It is really hard to beat the AKG N60NC in terms of cost versus quality though and having to manually connect from one device or another if you need to switch sources is not a big deal in the big scheme of things. The quality of materials, craftmanship and the experience you get from this pair of headphones can easily justify the price you pay - high end quality with a mid-range price.

 



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