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AKG N200 Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Mar 01, 2019 at 09:56 am
AKG N200 Wireless Picture
Test Methodology v1.4
6.9
Mixed Usage
7.5
Neutral Sound
7.0
Commute/Travel
8.0
Sports/Fitness
6.4
Office
5.4
Wireless Gaming
5.3
Wired Gaming
6.1
Phone Calls
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The AKG N200 Wireless are above-average sounding wireless in-ears. They have a neutral and flat audio reproduction which is versatile for most music genres. They are decently comfortable, as they don’t enter your ear canal deeply and are well-built. Unfortunately, they don't isolate as much ambient noise as other in-ears, which won’t be ideal for commuting or use at the office. However, they don’t leak too much, so you’ll be able to block more noise when playing audio content at higher volumes without bothering people surrounding you. Most users should be satisfied with these headphones.

Our Verdict

6.9 Mixed Usage

Decent for mixed usage. The AKG N200 Wireless have good audio reproduction for critical listeners and are well-built headphones, but unfortunately, they don't isolate ambient noise as well as other in-ears, which won’t be the best for commuting or use at the office. On the upside, they are very stable and breathable which is good for sports. Like most Bluetooth headphones, their latency may be too high for watching TV and gaming, and their microphone is sub-par for online games with friends.

7.5 Neutral Sound

Above-average for neutral listening. They are one of the best neutral sounding in-ears we’ve measured so far. They have a powerful, consistent, and extended bass and an excellent and flat mid-range. Their treble is also well-balanced. However, their mid-range is ever so slightly recessed, nudging the vocals to the back of the mix, and higher-frequencies S and T sounds are a bit uneven. They are versatile for a wide variety of music genres, but unfortunately, don’t have an app to customize their sound to your liking.

See our Neutral Sound recommendations
7.0 Commute/Travel

Decent for commuting. Their noise isolation isn’t the best and barely block out any low-frequency noises like bus engines. However, they don’t leak much so you’ll be able to block more noise by raising your volume without disturbing people around you. They will also be easy to carry around and come with a nice carrying hard case. However, the in-ear fit might not be the most comfortable for long bus rides or flights.

See our Commute/Travel recommendations
8.0 Sports/Fitness

Good for sports. The AKG N200 Wireless are breathable headphones that won’t make you sweat more than usual, and they stay in place inside your ears during physical activity due to their stability fins. Unfortunately, they don’t come with different fin sizes. On the upside, they are very easy to carry around, and their in-line remote offers good and easy-to-use controls.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
6.4 Office

Decent for the office. The AKG N200 Wireless don’t isolate too much noise but do a decent job against ambient chatter. Unfortunately, their 6-hour battery life might feel a bit short for a full workday and will probably need daily charging. They also can’t be connected to two devices simultaneously. They are fairly comfortable, but some may need to take a few breaks because of their in-ear design.

See our Office recommendations
5.4 Wireless Gaming

Poor for gaming. While their latency might be fine for video content, it is too high for gaming. Their microphone is also sub-par for online gaming with friends. They also can’t be customized like gaming headsets.

See our Wireless Gaming recommendations
5.3 Wired Gaming
6.1 Phone Calls
  • 6.9 Mixed Usage
  • 7.5 Neutral Sound
  • 7.0 Commute/Travel
  • 8.0 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.4 Office
  • 5.4 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.3 Wired Gaming
  • 6.1 Phone Calls
Pros
  • Good audio reproduction.
  • Breathable and stable for sports.
  • Durable and fairly comfortable build.
Cons
  • Disappointing noise isolation performance.
  • Sub-par microphone.
  1. Update 2/19/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  2. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  3. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The AKG N200 Wireless are low-profile in-ears that have a very small bud design. They have small stability fins, which gives them sort of a sporty look but without being too flashy. Their cable is braided, but the in-line remote seems a bit more plasticky than the rest of their build.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.03 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

These headphones are decently comfortable. They don’t enter your ear canal too deeply, and they come with a few tip options. The tips are also color-coded, so it’s easy to find the same size tips. The earbuds are small and fit nicely inside most ears, but unfortunately, you don’t get different fin size options.

6.8
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls No

The in-line remote of the AKG N200 is pretty straightforward. You get common functionalities like call/music management, volume control, and track skipping. You can also access your device’s voice assistant by double tapping the middle multi-function button. The remote is easy to use, and the feedback from physical buttons is good and clicky. You also get audio cues for maximum volume and when you trigger your voice assistant.

9.2
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 0.8 C

Like most in-ears, the N200 don’t trap too much heat inside the ears and allow airflow. You shouldn’t feel too much of a difference when wearing these, even after long listening sessions. They are a good option for sports, as you shouldn’t sweat more than usual when using these.

9.1
Design
Portability
L 2.2 "
W 1.5 "
H 1.0 "
Volume 3.3 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

Like most in-ears, they are very portable and will fit in most pockets and bags. They are easy to carry around your neck as their buds are magnetic and clip together. You can also fit them inside the included case, which is fairly small and will also fit in pockets.

7.5
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 3.9 "
W 2.6 "
H 1.4 "
Volume 14 Cu. Inches

The AKG N200 Wireless case is good. It’s a small case that protects the headphones well against scratches, minor water exposure, and impacts. It is compact and will fit in most pockets and bags.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The AKG N200 are well-built wireless in-ears. The small earbuds feel dense enough to survive a few drops without too much damage, and the braided cable seems solid too. The in-line remote feels a bit plasticky, but nothing to worry about if you’re careful with them. There’s also a cable cinch that makes cable management a bit easier. Additionally, the buds are magnetic, which makes them feel more high-end.

7.5
Design
Stability

The AKG N200 Wireless are stable headphones, and you should be able to run with these without a problem. The fins help for added stability, but unfortunately, you don’t get any size options. On the upside, their wireless design gets rid of a cable being in your way, which is good.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • AKG N200 headphones
  • 4 tip sizes
  • Cleaning tool
  • Micro-USB charging cable
  • Carrying case
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
1.1 db
Treble Amount
-0.91 db
9.6
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.08 dB

The AKG N200 Wireless, like most other in-ears, have excellent frequency response consistency. If the user can achieve a proper seal using the assortment of tips, then they should be able to get a very consistent bass and treble delivery every time they use the headphones.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
9.0
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.4 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
14.77 Hz
Low-Bass
0.31 dB
Mid-Bass
2.2 dB
High-Bass
0.31 dB

The AKG N200 have excellent bass. Their low-frequency extension (LFE) is at 10Hz, which is great. Their entire bass range is flat and follows our neutral target curve very tightly. Overall, their bass is deep and thumpy without sounding heavy or boomy. Some people may find them a little bit bass-light, especially fans of very bass-heavy music.

8.9
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.53 dB
Low-Mid
0.02 dB
Mid-Mid
-2.04 dB
High-Mid
-1.21 dB

Excellent mid-range performance for the N200. The response is flat throughout the range which will result in an accurate reproduction of vocals and lead instruments. However, there is a small 2dB dip in mid-mid, which will slightly nudge the vocals to the back of the mix.

8.0
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.73 dB
Low-Treble
-1.42 dB
Mid-Treble
-2.27 dB
High-Treble
-2.47 dB

The N200’s treble performance is great. The response is flat and even before 5KHz but gets a bit uneven after. Some sibilances (S and T sounds) around 8KHz could feel a bit lacking in detail and brightness while those around 10KHz could feel harsh and piercing. However, not everyone will hear these frequencies the same way, so they may not be as sibilant.

8.8
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
0.75 db
Dips
0.88 db
8.9
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.21
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
1.07
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
0.92
Weighted Phase Mismatch
1.41

These headphones have very good imaging. Their weighted group delay value is 0.21, which is among the lowest we have measured so far. This results in a tight and fast bass, and clear trebles. The L/R drivers of our test unit also showed very good matching, which helps with proper placement and localization of instruments and sound effects (like footsteps) in the stereo image. However, these results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.

1.5
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
4.5
Acoustic Space Excitation
2.0

The soundstage performance is poor, like most other in-ears and earbuds. Since activating the resonances of the pinna is a big factor in creating a large and in-front soundstage, the AKG N200, due to their lack of interaction with the pinna, will have a soundstage that is perceived and small and located inside the head. However, unlike open earbuds like the AirPods and the Pixel Buds, these earbuds have a closed design which further reduces the spaciousness and sense of openness of their soundstage.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No App
7.9
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.241
WHD @ 100
0.105
Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
On
Connection
Unknown
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
In-line
Isolation
5.4
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-12.74 dB
Bass
-1.64 dB
Mid
-13.3 dB
Treble
-24.44 dB

They have mediocre isolation performance. In the bass range, where the rumble of bus and airplane engines sit, they achieve about 2dB of isolation, which is barely noticeable. In the mid-range, important for cutting out speech, they isolate by 13dB, which is above-average. In the treble range, occupied by sharp S and T sounds and A/C systems, they isolate by about 24dB, which is also above-average.

8.2
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
32.05 dB

The leakage performance of the N200 is great. Like most other closed-back in-ears, these headphones don't leak in the bass and mid-ranges. The significant portion of their leakage is in the treble range and between 3KHz and 8KHz, which is a relatively narrow range. The overall level of the leakage is not loud, either. With music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages at 32dB SPL and peaks at around 57dB SPL, which is just above the noise floor of an average office.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
Yes
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
5.6
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
276.97 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
3.91 dB
HFE
2152.7 Hz
Weighted THD
2.609
Gain
21.37 dB

The recording quality of N200's microphone is sub-par. Speech recorded with the microphone will sound thin, muffled and lacking in detail. This is due to LFE being at 276Hz and HFE being at 2.1KHz. The HFE is lower than most Bluetooth microphones, which usually average around 3KHz. This will have a negative effect on the intelligibility of speech.

6.1
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
13.32 dB

The noise handling capabilities of the in-line microphone is mediocre. They AKG N200 achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 13dB, meaning they will have a hard time transmitting clean and noise-free speech even in environments that are moderately loud.

Active Features
5.1
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
6.4 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
Total Battery Life
6.4 hrs
Charge Time
1.5 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port micro-USB

They offer just above 6 hours of continuous playback, which is a bit lower than the 8 hours that were advertised. This should still be enough for most people for a full workday, but they might need daily charging. Unfortunately, they don’t have any power saving features. AKG also advertises a 1-hour playback time for a quick 10 minutes of charging, which can be useful for last minute commutes or workouts, but we don't test for this yet.

0
Active Features
App Support
App Name No App
iOS No
Android No
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

They are not compatible with an app with customization options to enhance your listening experience.

Connectivity
6.6
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
4.1
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
143 ft
PC Latency (SBC)
138 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
112 ms
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
566 ms
Android Latency
105 ms

These headphones are Bluetooth compatible, but they can’t be paired with NFC, which would have been easier and quicker. They also can’t connect to multiple devices simultaneously, which is useful when you want to switch between your phone and work PC.

The latency of the N200 is low for Bluetooth headphones, which usually average around 200-220ms of delay. They also support the aptX and AAC codecs, but we couldn’t test AAC as our dongle doesn’t support it in our current test bench. This means you shouldn’t notice the delay as much as on other headphones. Also, some devices and apps may offer some sort of compensation, so you might not even notice it at all for videos. However, 112ms is still too high for gaming.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

These Bluetooth-only headphones can’t be used wired.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
No
PC/PS4 Wired USB
No
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No
0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
No Base/Dock
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
No Base/Dock

The AKG N200 Wireless don’t have a dock. If you're looking for headphones with a dock for customization options, look at the Arctis Pro Wireless. If you want a charging dock, look at the Astro A50, and if you're looking for wireless headphones for watching TV, look at the Sennheiser RS 185.

Compared to other headphones

Comparison picture

The AKG N200 are decent, mixed usage, wireless in-ears that set themselves apart by their great audio reproduction. However, their fit doesn’t isolate much ambient noise and won’t be ideal for commuting. If you’re concerned about blocking out ambient noise during your commute, but also care about portability, look at our recommendations for the best noise-canceling earbuds and in-ears. See also our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds under $100 and the best earbuds for bass.

Bose SoundSport Wireless
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B&H

The Bose SoundSport Wireless and the AKG N200 Wireless are two similar headphones that have good audio quality, but the Boses have a small edge over the AKGs. Their semi-open design makes them more open-sounding, but this also means they barely isolate any noise. Also, the Boses have a slightly more comfortable earbud-like design. However, their cable feels thin and flimsy, and controls are hard to register, while the AKG feel well-built due to their braided cable and dense magnetic earbuds.

Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless
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B&H

The Jaybird Tarah Pro are more versatile headphones than the AKG N200. While the AKG have a slightly better sound quality, the Tarah Pro have a better isolating fit, which makes them better for commuting and at the office. The Jaybird also have unique rotating earbuds that let you wear the cable normally or over your ear. They are also compatible with the Jaybird MySound app which offers a good EQ. They also have longer battery life and a proper IPX7 rating, which is great for sports.

JBL Endurance Sprint Wireless
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B&H

The JBL Endurance Sprint are more versatile headphones than the AKG N200 Wireless. They have better isolation performance, which is useful in your daily commute or at the office. Their ear-hook design is great for sports, and you also have a touch-sensitive control scheme, though it seems to be overly sensitive. The JBLs also have better battery life. However, the AKG N200 have physical buttons that offer better feedback and are easier-to-use. They also feel better-built even if they don’t have an IP rating like the Sprint, and they feel more comfortable for most since they don’t enter your ear canal as deeply. Their wireless range is significantly better, and they also have less latency.

Sony WI-SP600N Wireless
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B&H

If neutral sound is your most important criteria, then the AKG N200 Wireless are the better option against the Sony WI-SP600N. They also have better wireless range and noticeably lower latency. On the other hand, the Sonys are noise-canceling and will be a better choice for commuting if you need to block out ambient noise. They also have a companion app with a 5-band EQ to customize their sound to your liking.

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