Adding to the rather sudden influx of noise reducing headphones is the AKG K480NC. These “mini” headphones feature active noise reduction technology and are specifically iPhone compatible (all versions). They run on a single AAA battery, and come with an adapter for connecting to in-flight entertainment systems, apart from the regular 6-millimeter adapter.
The active noise cancelling features of these headphones, as is heavily publicized by AKG, is very good, especially taking into consideration the fact that these headphones do not entirely cover your ear. The active noise cancelling technology is extremely effective and lives up to the promised 80% of external environmental noise reduction. The passive noise cancellation is enhanced by the extra padding that is present in the ear cups. The ear pads are extremely soft, and the headband is padded as well. This makes them very comfortable, and suitable for both everyday use as well as extended hours of listening. Being a music lover myself, I often listen to music for hours at a stretch, and have found these to be one of the most comfortable headphones that I have used. They do not weigh much, which adds to the comfort and does not put much pressure on the ears. Since they are foldable and fairly flexible, they cater to personal needs for the right fit. The cable that comes along with a pair of these headphones comes in two lengths, adding to the comfort and versatility of these headphones. They also look stylish, with a characteristic espresso finish. Since these are on the ear headphones, they are slimmer. The build is excellent, both sturdy and solid. For me, personally, they have proven to be quite durable. They are very conveniently foldable, and come with a slim carrying case, making them very travel friendly. They are also smaller in comparison to other headphones in the market that are in the same league as these.
The sound quality is excellent. The songs I listened to were much clearer and the sound was much crisper, in comparison to other headphones that I had used. The bass, mids and highs are given the appropriate amount of importance. When noise cancellation is switched on, however, the bass seems to get a little on the heavier side. They also require a lot less volume for good sound, unlike many of its counterparts in the market.
There are not any drawbacks as such for these pair of headphones. The noise cancellation, for the amount you pay for these headphones, is very good, but is probably less effective in comparison to higher end headphones. For being less than $300, however, they produce excellent sound quality and noise cancellation. Definitely worth the price, if you want to skip spending $400 on higher end models from Bose and Sennheiser.
- Very good noise cancellation
- Good sound quality
- Bass gets a little heavy with noise cancellation
- A little on the expensive side