Samsung AKG Type-C Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Dec 03, 2020 at 06:52 am
Samsung AKG Type-C Picture
6.1
Mixed Usage
7.3
Neutral Sound
5.6
Commute/Travel
6.2
Sports/Fitness
5.8
Office
5.1
Wireless Gaming
7.2
Wired Gaming
6.5
Phone Calls
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless No
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Samsung AKG Type-C are wired-only headphones with a comfortable fit. Their non-detachable, braided USB-C cable makes it easy to connect to newer smartphones with USB-C ports, and their low latency makes them suitable for watching videos and movies. Their sound profile is quite neutral, though there's a little extra boom in the bass range that can please fans of genres like hip-hop and EDM. However, these straightforward headphones don't offer a lot of extra features, and you can't customize their sound. That said, they offer a decently neutral sound profile at a cheap price.

Our Verdict

6.1 Mixed Usage

The Samsung AKG Type-C are acceptable for mixed usage. These comfortable, well-built headphones have a fairly neutral yet bass-heavy sound profile that's suitable for lots of different audio content. Their USB-C connection has low latency, making them ideal for watching videos. However, they struggle to block out background noises, especially in the bass range, so they may not be ideal for use in a crowded office or during your commute. They also might fall out of your ears if you wear them to the gym.

Pros
  • Comfortable and portable.
  • Low latency on PCs and mobile devices.
Cons
  • Mediocre noise isolation.
  • Not stable enough for exercise.
7.3 Neutral Sound

The Samsung AKG Type-C are satisfactory for neutral sound. Their bass range is slightly overemphasized, which adds an extra boom and punch to the mix that may be overwhelming for fans of neutral sound. However, the rest of their range is quite neutral and balanced, resulting in clear and present vocals and lead instruments. Unfortunately, you can't customize their sound.

Pros
  • Outstanding frequency response consistency.
Cons
  • No sound enhancement features.
5.6 Commute/Travel

The Samsung AKG Type-C are sub-par for commute and travel. They have a portable design and a comfortable fit, so you can wear them for long flights without a lot of fatigue. However, they struggle to isolate against background noises, so you can still hear bus and plane engines while wearing them.

Pros
  • Comfortable and portable.
Cons
  • Mediocre noise isolation.
  • Can't use wirelessly.
6.2 Sports/Fitness

The Samsung AKG Type-C are mediocre for sports and fitness. While they're stable enough for casual listening sessions, they aren't designed to be used while working out, and they may fall out of your ears during more intense exercises. Also, their non-detachable cable can snag on something. That said, they're very comfortable and portable headphones.

Pros
  • Comfortable and portable.
Cons
  • Not stable enough for exercise.
5.8 Office

The Samsung AKG Type-C are middling for office use. These comfortable headphones don't leak a lot of noise, so you can enjoy your favorite tunes without bothering nearby coworkers. However, they have mediocre noise isolation, so you may hear background noises like the sound of bus engines.

Pros
  • Comfortable and portable.
Cons
  • Mediocre noise isolation.
  • Can't use wirelessly.
5.1 Wireless Gaming

The Samsung AKG Type-C are wired-only headphones, so they aren't suitable for wireless gaming.

7.2 Wired Gaming

The Samsung AKG Type-C are decent for wired gaming. Thanks to their wired connection, they have low latency on PCs. You can comfortably wear them for long gaming sessions, and their somewhat bass-heavy sound adds an extra boom and punch to action-packed scenes. Unfortunately, you can't use them with your PS4 or Xbox One consoles.

Pros
  • Comfortable and portable.
  • Low latency on PCs and mobile devices.
Cons
  • No sound enhancement features.
  • Not compatible with Xbox One or PS4.
6.5 Phone Calls

The Samsung AKG Type-C are fair for phone calls. Their in-line microphone has a good recording quality, but it can struggle to separate your voice from background noises, so it's best-suited for making calls from quiet environments. They have mediocre noise isolation, so some bass-heavy background noises may distract you from your call.

Pros
  • Good recording quality.
Cons
  • Mediocre noise isolation.
  • 6.1 Mixed Usage
  • 7.3 Neutral Sound
  • 5.6 Commute/Travel
  • 6.2 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.8 Office
  • 5.1 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.2 Wired Gaming
  • 6.5 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Dec 11, 2020: We've updated the USB Audio test results.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Samsung AKG Type-C are very straightforward wired in-ears. They have a braided, non-detachable USB-C cable with in-line controls. They're available in all-black or all-white variants.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.04 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

The Samsung AKG Type-C are very comfortable. They're lightweight, and they sit comfortably within your ears, so you can wear them for long listening sessions without experiencing a lot of fatigue.

6.8
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Android
Ease Of Use Great
Feedback Decent
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

These headphones have fair in-line controls. You can adjust the volume or use the middle button to play/pause your music, answer/end a call, or activate the voice assistant. The buttons are very clicky and responsive, but unfortunately, there isn't any audio feedback when you input a command. You also can't use them to skip tracks forward or backward.

8.4
Design
Portability
L 3.6 "
W 1.7 "
H 1.2 "
Volume 7.3 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

These headphones are impressively portable. Like most in-ears, they're small and lightweight, so you can easily fit them inside pockets or a bag. Unfortunately, they don't come with a case.

0
Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A

These headphones don't have a case.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Samsung AKG Type-C have a good build quality. The earbuds are mostly made of silicone and plastic, which feel solid and durable. The braided cable also feels quite solid. However, they don't feel quite as premium as some of the other wired in-ears we've tested, like the TIN Audio T3.

6.0
Design
Stability

These headphones are passably stable. They should stay in your ears during casual listening sessions, but they aren't designed to be used while working out. Low-intensity movements can make them fall out of your ears, and their non-detachable cable could get snagged on something.

Design
Headshots 1
Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Samsung AKG Type-C headphones
  • 3x eartips (S/M/L)
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
1.51 db
Treble Amount
-0.25 db

The Samsung AKG Type-C have a fairly neutral yet bass-heavy sound profile. There's a bit of extra boom in the bass range that can please fans of hip-hop and EDM. However, the rest of the range is quite neutral, so they're suitable for lots of different audio content.

9.6
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.08 dB

The Samsung AKG Type-C have outstanding frequency response consistency. You should be able to get a consistent audio delivery each time you use them, regardless of their fit, seal, or positioning on your head.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.9
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.94 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
1.28 dB
Mid-Bass
3.37 dB
High-Bass
4.08 dB

These headphones have very good bass accuracy. The entire range is slightly overemphasized, resulting in an extra boom, punch, and thump in some mixes. However, the range is quite even, and it shouldn't be too overwhelming.

8.5
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.96 dB
Low-Mid
1.36 dB
Mid-Mid
-2.6 dB
High-Mid
-0.01 dB

These headphones have excellent mid accuracy. The range is quite neutral and balanced, but the slight dip in the mid-mids can push vocals and lead instruments slightly towards the back of the mix.

8.5
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.99 dB
Low-Treble
0.8 dB
Mid-Treble
0.38 dB
High-Treble
0.04 dB

These headphones have amazing treble accuracy. The entire range is balanced and even, so vocals and sibilants are bright and airy.

8.1
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.11 db
Dips
1.23 db

The Samsung AKG Type-C have impressive peaks and dips performance. The peak in the high-bass adds warmth and boom to the mix, while the dip in the mid-mids pushes vocals and lead instruments towards the back of the mix. The mid-treble is uneven, so sibilants like cymbals can sound alternatively piercing or dull.

8.2
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.13
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
1.89
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.23
Weighted Phase Mismatch
1.08

These headphones have impressive stereo imaging. Their weighted group delay falls below the audibility threshold, resulting in a tight bass and transparent treble. The L/R drivers of our unit are well-matched in phase response, but there's a bit of mismatch in amplitude and frequency response. As a result, some objects in the stereo image may not seem accurately placed or localized. However, these results are only valid for our unit, and your experience may vary.

1.4
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
3.9
Acoustic Space Excitation
2.2

These headphones have a terrible passive soundstage. Interaction with the outer ear is one of the key factors in creating a speaker-like soundstage, but by design, these headphones bypass the outer ear. As a result, sound seems like it's coming from inside your head, rather than from speakers placed all around you. Also, due to their closed-back enclosure, their soundstage doesn't seem as open as that of open-back headphones.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No App

These headphones don't have any virtual soundstage features.

7.6
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.139
WHD @ 100
0.298

These headphones have a good weighted harmonic distortion performance. Aside from a peak in the mid-range at max volume, all frequencies fall within good limits, resulting in clean and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
No Firmware
Power
Passive
Connection
USB
Codec
PCM, 24-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
In-line

These are the settings we used to test these headphones. Our results are only valid when using these settings.

Isolation
6.0
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-14.44 dB
Bass
-3.85 dB
Mid
-15.81 dB
Treble
-24.9 dB

The Samsung AKG Type-C have passable noise isolation. They struggle to block out bass-heavy noises like bus or plane engines. However, they can isolate against higher-frequency sounds typically found in an office setting, like voices or the hum of a nearby AC unit.

8.1
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
33.04 dB

The Samsung AKG Type-C have impressive leakage. Most escaping audio is in the treble range, so it may sound thin. Those around you may be able to hear it, but it shouldn't be too noticeable beneath the noise floor of an average office.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
Yes
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No

The Samsung AKG Type-C have an in-line microphone.

7.6
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
320.0 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
1.92 dB
HFE
6358.31 Hz
Weighted THD
0.234
Gain
8.2 dB

The microphone has a good recording quality. Your voice sounds a bit thin, but also neutral and natural.

6.2
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
14.28 dB

The microphone has acceptable noise handling. It can struggle to separate your voice from background noises, even in moderately noisy environments.

Active Features
0
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
No Battery
Continuous Battery Life
N/A
Additional Charges
N/A
Total Battery Life
N/A
Charge Time
N/A
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
Passive Headphone
Charging Port None

These wired-only headphones don't have a battery.

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

These headphones don't have a companion app.

Connectivity
0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
No Bluetooth
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
N/A
PC Latency (SBC)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
N/A
Android Latency
N/A

These wired-only headphones aren't Bluetooth-compatible.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A

These headphones are wired-only.

8.8
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
USB-C
Detachable No
Length 4 ft
Connection USB-C
Analog/USB Audio Latency
7 ms

Update 12/11/2020: We've updated the USB Audio results from 'Yes' to 'USB Type-C' to improve clarity. These headphones can receive audio when connected to a PC or mobile device with a USB Type-C port. The scoring of this test hasn't changed.

The Samsung AKG Type-C have a non-detachable USB-C cable. They have very low latency with PCs, and their latency is reduced to 0ms when using a USB-C Android phone. As a result, they're a solid choice for watching videos or movies.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
No
PC/PS4 Wired USB
Audio + Microphone (PC Only)
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No

These headphones offer full audio and microphone compatibility with PCs that have a USB-C port but aren't compatible with PS4 consoles.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No

These headphones aren't compatible with Xbox One consoles.

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

These headphones don't have a base.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Samsung AKG Type-C come in 'White' and 'Black' variants. We tested the 'Black' one, and we expect the other color variants to perform similarly. Samsung also sells wired in-ears with a USB-C connection and an ANC feature, but we haven't tested them.

If you come across another version, let us know in the discussions.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Samsung AKG Type-C are cheap wired-only headphones with a USB-C cable that's suitable for connecting with devices with a USB-C port. They have a very neutral, balanced sound profile, with a touch of extra boom in the bass range. They're well-built and comfortable, but their fit isn't as stable in your ear as some of the other headphones we've tested. See our recommendations for the best USB-C headphones, the best cheap wireless earbuds, and the best wired headphones.

Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless

The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Truly Wireless are better than the Samsung AKG Type-C. The Buds+ are wireless, and they have a more stable fit. Their sound profile is more neutral, they leak less noise, and they have more sound customization features. However, the wired AKG Type-C can be connected to devices with a USB-C port.

Google Pixel USB-C Earbuds

The Samsung AKG Type-C are better headphones than the Google Pixel USB-C Earbuds. The Samsung are better-built and more comfortable. They have a better-balanced sound profile, and they isolate against more background noise. However, the Google have a more stable fit.

1More Triple Driver

The 1More Triple Driver and the Samsung AKG Type-C are wired headphones with similar overall performances. The Samsung are more comfortable and better-built, and they're compatible with devices that have a USB-C port. The 1More have a 1/8" TRRS connection, and they're more stable.

Razer Hammerhead USB-C ANC

The Samsung AKG Type-C are better headphones than the Razer Hammerhead USB-C ANC. The Samsung have a more comfortable fit, and they have a better-balanced sound profile that's suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content. However, the Razer are more stable, and they come with a portable case, unlike the Samsung.

TIN Audio T2

The Samsung AKG Type-C are better headphones than the TIN Audio T2. The Samsung are more comfortable, and they have in-line controls and a microphone, unlike the TIN. Also, they have a better-balanced sound profile. However, the TIN are better-built, more stable, and they leak less noise.

TIN Audio T3

The Samsung AKG Type-C are better headphones than the TIN Audio T3. The Samsung are more comfortable, and they have in-line controls and a microphone, unlike the TIN. Both headphones have a little extra boom in the bass range, but the Samsung have a more neutral sound than the TIN. However, the TIN are better-built, more stable, and leak less noise.

Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2017

The Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2017 and the Samsung AKG Type-C are very different headphones, so depending on your listening habits, you may prefer one over the other. The Astro are gaming-oriented over-ears that are more comfortable and better-built. They're compatible with the Astro Command Center that lets you customize their sound. The Samsung are in-ears with a USB-C connection, and they're more portable. They have a more consistent audio delivery, better noise isolation, and they leak less sound.

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