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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The AKG N200 are above-average sounding, closed-back, in-ear headphones. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The THD performance of the AKG N200 is average. THD is within good limits in the bass range but gets elevated in mid and treble ranges. There are also a few THD peaks around 1KHz, 5KHz, and 7.5KHz, which will make these frequencies sound harsh and impure, possibly resulting in listener fatigue after a while.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
They are not compatible with an app with customization options to enhance your listening experience.
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.
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.
These Bluetooth-only headphones can’t be used wired.
Their wireless range is very good. With 52ft of range when the source was obstructed by walls, you will be able to walk around a small office or go to the next-door room without getting too many audio cuts. You shouldn’t have any problem if you keep your audio source on or even near you. However, the wireless range is very dependent on your device’s signal strength, so your experience may vary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.