Reviewed on Aug 29, 2016

AKG K44 HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3.1
5.4
Mixed Usage
6.9
Neutral Sound
4.8
Commute/Travel
5.4
Sports/Fitness
5.7
Office
4.3
Wireless Gaming
6.1
Wired Gaming
1.7
Phone Call
Type : Over-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : No
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : No
Transducer : Dynamic

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.

Test Results
Design 5.9
Isolation 4.3
Microphone 0
Active Features 0
Connectivity 3.6
Pros
  • Lightweight design.
  • Low leakage.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Weak, plasticky build quality.
  • Subpar audio reproduction.
  1. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  2. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  3. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  4. Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.

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5.9

Design

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.

Style

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.

7.5 Comfort
Weight : 0.42 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0.56 lbs

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.

0 Controls
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Ease of use : N/A
Feedback : N/A
Call/Music Control : No
Volume Control : No
Microphone Control : N/A
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through
:
N/A
Additional Buttons : N/A
7.4 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 3.2 C
5.4 Portability
L : 8.63 "
W : 6.88 "
H : 3.38 "
Volume : 200.7 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

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.

0 Case
Type : No case
L : N/A
W : N/A
H : N/A
Volume : N/A
5.5 Build Quality

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.

6.5 Stability

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.

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Sound

They have a good and well-extended Bass which is a bit boomy, a mediocre Mid Range which is forward and boxy sounding, and a poor Treble that lacks presence and brightness. Additionally, they are prone to inconsistencies in their performance from person to person, and don't have a good Soundstage because of their closed-back design.

Sound Profile
Bass Amount
:
-2.32 db
Treble Amount
:
-4.99 db
7.2 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.56 dB
8.5 Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
:
2.05 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
25.94 Hz
Low-Bass
:
-1.09 dB
Mid-Bass
:
1.47 dB
High-Bass
:
3.09 dB
6.9 Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
:
4.12 dB
Low-Mid
:
4.53 dB
Mid-Mid
:
4.08 dB
High-Mid
:
2.38 dB
4.4 Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
:
6.57 dB
Low-Treble
:
-7.22 dB
Mid-Treble
:
-3.01 dB
High-Treble
:
-1.3 dB
6.0 Peaks/Dips
Peaks
:
2.58 db
Dips
:
2.64 db
8.5 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.32
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.79
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
1.89
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
4.35
7.0 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
5.2 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
4.64 dB
PRTF Distance
:
15.46 dB
Openness
:
9.0
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
2.6
7.2 Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
:
0.351
WHD @ 100
:
0.250
4.3

Isolation

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.

2.6 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-7.21 dB
Bass
:
0.57 dB
Mid
:
0.05 dB
Treble
:
-21.96 dB

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.

7.7 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
35.34 dB

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.

0

Microphone

Integrated
:
N/A
In-line
:
N/A
Boom
:
N/A
Detachable Boom
:
N/A
0 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
N/A
LFE
:
N/A
FR Std. Dev.
:
N/A
HFE
:
N/A
Weighted THD
:
N/A
Gain
:
N/A
0 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise : N/A
Speech + Subway Noise : N/A
SpNR
:
N/A
0

Active Features

No active features.

N/A Battery
Battery Type
:
N/A
Continuous Battery Life
:
N/A
Additional Charges
:
N/A
Total Battery Life
:
N/A
Charge Time
:
N/A
Power Saving Feature
:
N/A
Audio while charging
:
N/A
Passive Playback
:
N/A
Charging Port : N/A
0 App Support
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
:
N/A
ANC control
:
N/A
Mic Control : N/A
Room effects
:
N/A
Playback control
:
N/A
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

No compatible app.

3.6

Connectivity

0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
:
N/A
NFC Pairing
:
N/A
Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
Default Latency
:
N/A
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A
0 Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
Non-BT Latency
:
N/A
9.0 Wired
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
Detachable : No
Length : 7.88 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRRS
Wired Latency
:
0 ms
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
:
Audio Only
PC / PS4 Wired USB
:
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
:
No
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox Analog
:
Audio Only
Xbox Wired USB
:
No
Xbox Wireless
:
No
0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A

In the box

  • AKG K44 Headphones
  • 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter

Compared to other Headphones

5.4 Mixed Usage

The AKG K44 are more geared towards critical listening and studio recording. Their design and poor isolation limits their versatility and mixed usage. Unfortunately, audio reproduction is also unimpressive.

6.9 Neutral Sound

Average for neutral listening. They have a decent soundstage considering their closed back design. Unfortunately, audio reproduction is uneven and honky and not ideal for neutral listening.

4.8 Commute/Travel

Not suitable for commuting. They have no audio controls and poorly block ambient noise from seeping into your audio. So if you have a particularly loud commute, these headphones are not for you.

5.4 Sports/Fitness

Not made for sports. They're lightweight but a bit too bulky to comfortably use while training or exercising. They're also not the most stable and have no audio controls so you will have to change your audio directly on your mobile device.

5.7 Office

Subpar for office use. They don't leak much, but they also don't isolate much either. You will still hear the ambient noise and chatter of a busy office.

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