The AKG K44 are lightweight, moderately comfortable over-ear headphones that don't leak too much. Unfortunately, they're not versatile enough to use in loud environments or while doing physical activity. They're a bit cumbersome, and their sound quality is mediocre-at-best.
- Lightweight design.
- Low leakage.
- Poor noise isolation.
- Weak, plasticky build quality.
- Subpar audio reproduction.
The AKG K44 look decent but a bit bland. They have an understated design and feel moderately comfortable once you have them on. Unfortunately, their build quality is a bit cheap and plasticky. They're also not really designed for outdoors or physical activity . They're a little bulky to carry around on your person and have no case or audio controls, which is disappointing.
The AKG K44 have an understated studio aesthetic, that's a little bland but will work for some. The oval ear cups are not too large or thick and don't protrude once you have them on your head. They're not as bulky to wear in public as some other over-ear headphones with a similar retro style. However, They're not the most eye catching.
The AKG K44 are decently comfortable headphones. They're lightweight, and not too tight. However, the padding feels a little cheap and the ear cups are not wide enough for larger ears. This makes them slightly uncomfortable during long listening sessions. The old school headband, on the other hand, adjusts well to most heads and does not cause any discomfort.
These headphones are not meant for sports or to use while running. They're a bit bulky and although they're lightweight the ear cups will still sway and potentially fall off your head during strenuous exercise. They also have a thick non-detachable cable that will yank the headphones of your head if it gets hooked on something.
The AKG K44 are large over-ear headphones. They're too bulky and cumbersome to carry on your person comfortably, and they don't come with a case or pouch. The large ear cups do not lay flat to take less space nor do they fold up for a more compact format. The K44 will fit into larger bags and backpacks but may be too big to carry around in anything else.
The AKG 44 are a little cheaply built. They should be able to withstand a couple of drops. However, the frame and ear cups are entirely made of a relatively thin and lightweight plastic that doesn't seem very durable. The retro headband is also a bit cheap and has a couple of moving parts that could get damaged through regular wear and tear.
The AKG K44 have a mediocre, bass-lacking sound quality. They create a surprisingly decent soundstage, but their audio reproduction is uneven and lacks excitement. The mid-range is overemphasized making instruments and vocals sound boxy and honky. Also, lead instruments like guitars, are too forward in the mix yet do not sound crisp and clear because of the dip in the high frequencies.
Poor Bass Range performance. Low-bass is lacking by about 10dB, meaning these headphones won't be able to properly produce the thump and rumble that is present in the lowest octave of music. Bass is decently produced, but it is tilted towards higher frequencies. High-bass is overemphasized by about 3dB, adding extra warmth and boom to the sound, although it won't replace the lack in sub-bass.
Poor Mid Range performance. Low-mid and Mid are relatively flat, but consistently overemphasized by about 5dB. This shows that these headphones have an uneven, and mid-range-heavy sound to them. High-mid is decent, but overpowered by the excess low-mid and mid, resulting in weak and distant vocals/leads.
Poor Treble Range performance. Low-treble is uneven and underemphasized by more than 7dB. This will further weaken the presence and detail of vocals/leads which adds to the mid-range and boxy quality of these headphones. Treble is overemphasized above 7KHz, meaning they could sound a bit harsh and piercing in the sibilance range.
Average Soundstage. Although these headphones are closed-back, their relatively poor seal makes them rather open sounding. However, due to their small earcups, they don't activate the outer ear in a way that larger open-back headphones do, and therefore their soundstage may still be perceived as coming from inside the head. We also detected some out-of-phase crosstalk which could be the result of the low-quality audio cable.
Good Imaging. Although the overall amount of phase error is low, most of it is happening in the Bass Range is more noticeable than if it was happening in higher frequencies. On the other hand, the drivers of our test unit were decently matched, which is a factor in reproducing the stereo image.
Decent harmonic distortion performance. The overall amount of harmonic distortion is relatively low, but the Bass and Treble responses are elevated, especially at 100dB SPL where the amount of distortion Bass approaches 10% of the input. In the Treble Range, the distortion at 100dB exceeds 1%, which could make that region rather harsh sounding.
The AKG K44 are passively isolating headphones that only block noise with the quality of the seal they create around your ears. Unfortunately, the padding and ear cup size do not deliver an effective enough barrier against the ambient noise of a busy commute or noisy office. You will still hear the rumbles of a train or bus or the chatter of loud environments but on the upside, they don't leak much and won't be distracting to the people around you except at higher volumes.
Poor isolaton. Although these headphones are closed-back, their relatively poor seal makes them poor for isolation. These headphones don't offer any isolation below 1KHz. There might be even a resonance build-up happening between 500Hz and 1KHz. Above 1KHz, there is a 6dB/Octave roll-off present, which won't be very effective in blocking outside noise.
Decent leakage. The significant portion of the leakage is between 5Hz-7KHz which is rather broad and below average. However, the overall level of leakage is low, making these headphones perform about average in this test.
No active features.
No compatible app.
In the box
- AKG K44 Headphones
- 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter