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AKG Headphones 2017
Reviews

We have currently reviewed 7 headphones from AKG. They're a well-trusted brand that typically focuses on great audio reproduction and mid-to-high-end open headphones. We have a few AKG headphones reviews planned throughout the year, and we will continue to update you on any new headphones that we test.

Compared to other brands

  • Great Open-Back Models. AKG has a lot of open back models that are ideal for critical listening. They are typically comfortable headphones with a well balanced and spacious sound at a relatively affordable price compared to the competition.
  • Above-Average Sound Quality. Most of the AKG headphones, closed or open-back, tend to score well on our sound tests. They're not the stylish-looking or well-built type of headphones, but they more often than not deliver in the sound department.
  • Mediocre Noise Isolation. AKG does have a few standout headphones that isolate well, but overall, they don't manufacture a lot of noise-canceling headphones, and the cheaper models do not block ambient noise as well as the competition.  
  • Lack of Diversity. AKG has a decent line up for most use cases, but do not have as many varied options as some other brands, especially, for sports-oriented headphones.

Overall, AKG is a well-trusted brand when it comes to delivering high-quality audio in a comfortable design. They're relatively affordable, especially considering the level of audio fidelity they deliver, but they don't offer as many varied options for their headphone selection. While we have yet to test AKG's full line-up, their choices are a little scarce notably for noise canceling and sports headphones.

Best AKG Headphones

AKG is known for making good critical listening headphones. They have a few popular models in their line-up, and most fall under the K series, which covers both open and closed-back headphones. They don't have as many varied options as some of the other brands, but we also haven't tested the full scope of their line-up yet.

  • K = Open or closed headphones, designed to deliver great and balanced audio quality.
  • K-NC = Closed-back headphones that isolate well in loud environments.
  • N = The premium line-up consisting of various types of the high-end headphones.
  • Y = Affordable, mostly closed, in-ear headphones for casual use.

Best for Audio Quality

Usage Ratings - Version 1.1
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Test Benches:

  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2017
  • 0.9: Winter 2016
5.9Mixed Usage
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What it is This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
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8.0Critical Listening
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What it is The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
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5.0Commute/Travel
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What it is How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
5.1Sports/Fitness
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What it is How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
5.3Office
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What it is How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
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The best AKG headphones for audio quality are the K702. They are the best value for audio quality that we've measured from AKG so far. They deliver a comfortable listening experience and an excellent audio reproduction with a spacious soundstage. They sound as good as the K712 Pro but they're a lot cheaper, so if you want the best audio quality from AKG, then get the K702. 

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Best for Mixed Usage

Usage Ratings - Version 0.9
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Test Benches:

  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2017
  • 0.9: Winter 2016
6.6Mixed Usage
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What it is This is the combination of the different use cases to evaluate how versatile the headphones are. Therefore an everyday headphone should be well-rounded enough to adapt to most situations and environments without significant losses in sound quality, design ergonomics or isolation.
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7.3Critical Listening
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What it is The level of audio fidelity a headphone can reproduce. Therefore a balanced and true representation of bass, mids, treble, soundstage and imaging, as well as a comfortable listening experience, is essential for critical listening.
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6.4Commute/Travel
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What it is How well the headphones handle the loud environments involved in commuting or traveling. Therefore your listening experience should be comfortable, hassle-free and as isolated from noise as possible.
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6.2Sports/Fitness
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What it is How well-adapted the headphones are, to use while doing sports or strenuous exercise. Therefore the headphones should not be too cumbersome and deliver a stable and comfortable listening experience.
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6.4Office
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What it is How well the headphones can deliver a comfortable and isolated listening experience in an office-like environment. They should not leak much and should block the noise of a busy office.
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6.9Home Theater
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The best AKG headphones for mixed usage are the K490. They are well-built, noise-cancelling on-ear headphones. If you like the AKG brand and want a more versatile set of cans than their open line-up, then consider the K490. They're compact, decently isolating and don't take as long to charge as the K391. 

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Conclusion

AKG is a well-known brand which offers affordable headphones that deliver in the sound department.  Their iconic open-back models outperform the competition, but they're not as sturdily built. They also don't have the widest variety of headphone options, especially for sports or loud environments, but even their budget models produce a well-balanced sound that will satisfy most listeners.

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