"Great sound quality / mediocre comfort"4.5 starson by KeithID
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 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