Noise canceling headphones "N60NC" released in August from the Austrian audio brand "AKG". I was paying attention to the middle range item of the "N series" newly proposed by the company, but since I got the actual machine this time, I would like to introduce a review.
◆ Lightweight and smart to carry, fits any ear
The first thing that surprises me when I pick it up is its lightness. The main body weighs only 150g (5.29oz) (excluding cables), and it doesn't matter if you add one to your luggage.
In addition, the arm uses a unique 3D-Axis mechanism that can be folded into a small size for storage. You can carry it smartly by putting it in the attached dedicated pouch. Since the angle can be finely adjusted, it fits gently to any ear shape when combined with a soft ear cup like a luxury sofa.
Leather is used for the headband. The lean and sophisticated design seems to be able to coordinate with a suit without any discomfort.
◆ Best-in-class noise canceling using two microphones
The noise canceling method of this product is a hybrid method with microphones mounted on both sides of the housing. Combined with the feedforward method placed on the outside, the feedback method placed on the eardrum side, and the original cancel signal circuit, it seems that the highest noise reduction rate in the history of the brand has been achieved.
When I tried it at home, as soon as I turned on the switch, the sounds of life such as air conditioning and electric fans disappeared, and I could only hear the voice of the TV faintly. For example, it is close to the muffling experience when you open the window of a car and drive on the highway and close it. Despite its high accuracy, it did not affect the semicircular canals that I had felt with other companies' products.
◆ The range is evenly rich
A 40mm diameter driver is used as the driver. The impression is that the mid-high range is thick, but you can easily hear all the sounds like a live concert, and you can enjoy the rich spread of the sound. By the way, when I was listening to music, I couldn't get enough of it when I was vacuumed behind me, but I didn't feel so uncomfortable during noise canceling.
The point is that it can be used as normal headphones even when the noise canceling function is turned off, and there is no significant change in sound quality.
◆ I tried to commute
I thought that the true value would be exhibited in a noisy environment, so I used it when commuting. I can't hear the sound of air conditioning at all in the train, and the running noise of the train disappears at the platform. But the announcements are heard far away, so the information you need comes in (unless you're too absorbed in the music). It can be used continuously for about 30 hours when fully charged, so it seems that you can easily take it with you when traveling abroad.
◆ Convenient accessories to have
In addition, the code is equipped with a 1-button remote control. You can also make hands-free calls with a smartphone that supports a 4-pole plug.
In addition, a conversion adapter for in-flight use is also included. It's a great item for people who fly a lot for a long time or who are not satisfied with the sound quality of the built-in headphones.
The selling price on the official online shopping site is 29,880 yen (excluding tax). It may be unsatisfactory compared to the over-ear type when you want to listen carefully, but it seems to be useful when you are moving or when you want to concentrate on work silently. Personally, I definitely want to add it to the audio lineup.