AKG N200 Wireless HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3.1
7.0
Mixed Usage
7.6
Neutral Sound
7.1
Commute/Travel
8.1
Sports/Fitness
6.5
Office
5.4
Wireless Gaming
5.4
Wired Gaming
6.1
Phone Call
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.

Test Results
Design 7.7
Isolation 6.4
Microphone 5.9
Active Features 4.6
Connectivity 2.8
Pros
  • Good audio reproduction.
  • Breathable and stable for sports.
  • Durable and fairly comfortable build.
Cons
  • Disappointing noise isolation performance.
  • Sub-par microphone.
  1. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  2. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

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7.7

Design

The AKG N200 are well-designed wireless in-ears. Their buds are small and fit well into most ears, and their stability fins help to prevent them from falling out during physical activity. They are decently comfortable as they don’t enter your ear canal too deeply and you shouldn’t break them from normal usage. They also come with a nice hard case and a cleaning tool, which is nice. The backs of the buds are magnetic, for easier cable management when resting around your neck. There’s nothing too fancy about these, but pretty much everything about their design is good.

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 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.

7.5 Controls
OS Compatibility
:
N/A
Ease of use : Good
Feedback : Good
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : No
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through
:
N/A
Additional Buttons : 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 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 Portability
L : 2.2 "
W : 1.5 "
H : 1.0 "
Volume : 3.3 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

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 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 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 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.

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Sound

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-frequency S and T sounds are a bit uneven. Overall, these are versatile headphones that will be suited for a wide variety of genres, from bass-heavy to vocal-centric music.

Sound Profile
Bass Amount
:
0.47 db
Treble Amount
:
0.23 db
9.6 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.

9.5 Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
:
0.71 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
13.54 Hz
Low-Bass
:
0.42 dB
Mid-Bass
:
0.98 dB
High-Bass
:
0.09 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 Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
:
1.49 dB
Low-Mid
:
0.17 dB
Mid-Mid
:
-1.98 dB
High-Mid
:
-0.45 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.

8.1 Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
:
3.31 dB
Low-Treble
:
0.14 dB
Mid-Treble
:
-1.0 dB
High-Treble
:
1.32 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.

7.5 Peaks/Dips
Peaks
:
1.56 db
Dips
:
1.32 db
8.9 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.

1.3 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.

7.9 Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
:
0.241
WHD @ 100
:
0.105
6.4

Isolation

The AKG N200 have mediocre isolation. In the bass range they have almost no noticeable isolation, so the rumbles of a bus or airplane engine will easily seep into your audio. On the upside, they do decently well with higher frequency noise, and they have very good leakage performance, so you can mask some of the ambient noise in your environment by playing your music a little louder without bothering the people around you in an office setting.

5.4 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 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.

5.9

Microphone

Integrated
:
No
In-line
:
Yes
Boom
:
No
Detachable Boom
:
N/A

The overall performance of the N200’s in-line microphone is sub-par. Speech recorded with the mic will sound slightly thin and muffled. In noisy environments, they will struggle to separate speech from noise in even moderately loud environments like a busy street.

5.6 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 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.

4.6

Active Features

The AKG N200 have a 6-hour battery life, which is average for wireless in-ears. You should have enough power to get through a normal workday but might need to charge them daily with that kind of usage. AKG also advertises a quick charge feature that gives 1 hour of playback for only 10 minutes of charging. Unfortunately, they don’t have a companion app with customization options.

5.1 Battery
Battery Type
:
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
:
6.4 hrs
Additional Charges
:
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 App Support
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
macOS : 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

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

2.8

Connectivity

The AKG N200 are pretty straightforward Bluetooth-only in-ears. They don’t support NFC, and can only be connected to one device at a time, but they have great wireless range. Although they have latency issues, they perform better than most Bluetooth headphones, and they support aptX and AAC codecs, which could give you better overall performance with the right device or dongle.

7.1 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
4.1
Multi-Device Pairing
:
No
NFC Pairing
:
No
Line of Sight Range
:
143 ft
Default Latency
:
138 ms
aptX Latency
:
112 ms
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

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 Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
Non-BT Latency
:
N/A
0 Wired
Analog Audio
:
N/A
USB Audio
:
N/A
Detachable : N/A
Length : N/A
Connection : N/A
Wired Latency
:
N/A

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

PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
:
No
PC / PS4 Wired USB
:
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
:
No
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
:
No
Xbox One Wired USB
:
No
Xbox One 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

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.

In the box

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

Compared to other Headphones

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
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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
Unavailable
Amazon.com

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
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

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.

7.0 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.

7.6 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.

7.1 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.

8.1 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.

6.5 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.

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.

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