Review of AKG N60NC Wireless Headphone

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The AKG N60NC Wireless offers a surprisingly competent combination of excellent sound quality and noise cancellation. The headphones are well designed and built, and are much better looking than their competitors. All while sitting at a much cheaper price point. The only issue with these headphones is that they’re an on-ear design, which means that they can start to feel uncomfortable over long listening periods. This may be a problem if you intend to use them on flights.

Review of AKG N60NC Wireless Headphone

1. Design

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The supra-aural (on-ear) N60 NC Wireless headphones look quite similar to the wired model, with plush black leather earpads and a well-cushioned headband. The fit is lightweight and quite secure, despite the headphones exerting very little noticeable tension on the ears or scalp. AKG also makes it possible to get a precise ear-to-ear fit by using the headband adjustor’s detents and numbers to match up both sides.

The right earcup houses the various controls. A central rocker-style button controls playback and calls management when pressed, or track navigation when pushed one way or the other. There are also dedicated volume up/down buttons that work together with your mobile device’s master levels.

AKG N60 NC Wireless inline left earcup houses the micro USB connection for the USB charging cable, as well as a connection for the included audio cable. The cable is cloth-lined and includes an inline mic and single-button remote at roughly chin level. Connecting the cable unpairs the headphones to save some battery life, but it’s still possible to use them in noise-canceling mode or to disable noise cancellation and use the headphones in passive mode. However, you can’t disable noise cancellation while in wired mode—those two features are tied together.

The inline mic on the cable offers excellent, crystal clear intelligibility, while the built-in mic on the headphones is merely average. Using the Voice Memos app on an iPhone 6s, we were able to understand every word recorded with both mics, but the wireless mic introduced several audio artifacts, resulting in a less clear sound.

The headphones fold down at hinges above the earcups and slip into an included neoprene pouch. The pouch lacks a zipper, which is a bit annoying, but it’s still protective. In addition to the charging and audio cables, AKG includes a dual-prong airplane jack adapter.

2. Sound Performance

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The bass performance of the AKG N60NC is very good. The LFE (low-frequency extension) of 14Hz is excellent. Low-bass is flat and follows our target curve well, meaning these headphones will produce the right amount of thump and rumble. Mid-bass, responsible for the body of bass guitars and punch of the kick drums is quite well-balanced but slightly overemphasized by 2dB. Also, high-bass is overemphasized by more than 3dB, which adds a bit of boominess to the sound.

The mid-range performance is very good. The range is fairly even and flat, but there’s a 7dB tilt favoring lower frequencies, making vocals and lead instruments sound slightly thick and cluttered.

The treble performance is very good. The response is rather uneven, but well-balanced across the whole range. On the other hand, the small peaks in the range could make some S and T sounds a bit sharp on already bright tracks.

3. Battery Life

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The battery performance of AKG N60NC headphones is simply amazing. It gives you 15 hours of nonstop music with active noise cancellation and wireless features. If you switch off the noise cancellation mode, it gives you up to 30 hours of backup. Even if the noise reduction feature is on, you can get good battery life.

The battery performance of the headphone excels and that makes this headphone an ideal choice for your traveling needs. The battery can be recharged with a USB cable. The overall performance of the battery is simply amazing and this is actually an added advantage of this budget headphone.

4. Calling Quality

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The microphone isn’t good. I got so many complaints from my usual Overwatch buddies about the sound quality, and that’s saying a lot for a simple client like Discord. You’ve probably not gone to be making a lot of phone calls while you’re in the air, but keep in mind that the mic could use an improvement. At first, I thought it was due to my old wireless/Bluetooth card, but even after I replaced it with a brand new card—the quality was still bad.

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AKG has hit a real home run with the AKG N60NC Wireless headphones. They look good, are quite comfortable, and sound great. On top of that, they perform quite well. Sure, there are some issues — like, for example, the fact that the headphones have a slight Bluetooth buzzing sound and the fact that you can’t switch ANC off — but the pros far outweigh the cons here.

In fact, we would argue that as far as Bluetooth on-ear headphones with ANC go, you can’t do better than these headphones. Sure, they’re not cheap — they come in at $300. If you can afford it, however, we think they’re well worth the price. If you don’t care about the headphones being wireless, you can always opt for the original AKG N60 NC headphones instead.