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Reviewed on Aug 29, 2016

AKG K44 HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
5.7
Mixed Usage
6.8
Critical Listening
4.7
Commute/Travel
5.6
Sports/Fitness
5.5
Office
5.7
TV
5.5
Gaming
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
Sound 6.9
Isolation 5.0
Microphone 0
Active Features 0
Connectivity 4.8
Pros
  • Lightweight design.
  • Low leakage.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Weak, plasticky build quality.
  • Subpar audio reproduction.
  1. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  2. Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.

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Test Results

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
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
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.

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.

7.4 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 3.2 C
Cable
Detachable : No
Length : 7.88 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRRS
Top
Headshots 1
Headshots 2
8.6 Bass
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
Std. Err.
:
4.12 dB
Low-Mid
:
4.53 dB
Mid-Mid
:
4.08 dB
High-Mid
:
2.38 dB
4.4 Treble
Std. Err.
:
6.57 dB
Low-Treble
:
-7.22 dB
Mid-Treble
:
-3.01 dB
High-Treble
:
-1.3 dB
7.2 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.56 dB
6.6 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
5.2 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
4.64 dB
PRTF Distance
:
15.46 dB
Openness
:
6.4
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
2.6
Correlated Crosstalk
:
-0.25 dB
8.4 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.32
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.79
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
1.89
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
4.35
6.9 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
2.844
Weighted THD @ 100
:
10.365
3.7 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-7.21 dB
Bass
:
0.57 dB
Mid
:
0.05 dB
Treble
:
-21.96 dB
Self-Noise
:
0 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.

7.8 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 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 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
:
N/A
Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
10 Latency
Default Latency
:
0 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A
N/A Battery
Battery Type
:
N/A
Battery Life
:
N/A
Charge Time
:
N/A
Power Saving Feature
:
N/A
Audio while charging
:
N/A
Passive Playback
:
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.

0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
:
N/A
NFC Pairing
:
N/A
7.2 Wired
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
PS4 Compatible
:
Audio Only
Xbox One Compatible
:
Audio Only
PC Compatible
:
Audio Only
0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A
In the box

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

5.7 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.

6.8 Critical Listening

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

4.7 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.

5.6 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.

5.5 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.

5.7 TV

Above-average for home theater use. They have a decent sound and no latency since they're wired. However, they have a short audio cable so unless you have an extension cord they won't be ideal for comfortably watching movies from your couch.

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