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AKG K 830 BT Wireless HeadphonesThe AKG K 830 BT headphones offer a simple wireless solution for music lovers sick of tangled headphone cords, but the underwhelming Bluetooth audio fidelity isn't worth the overambitious price.
-Hey, I'm Justin Yu with cnet.com and this is your first look at the AKG K 830 BT wireless headphones. If you're tired of fiddling around with tangled cords, this headphones offer a simple wireless solution using Bluetooth technology. Most laptop and smartphones already have Bluetooth built-in, but make sure to check your player before running out to buy this because older devices might not have it integrated and there's no way to connect these headphones using a cord to listen to a device directly. Taking a quick look at the physical design, the K 830 BT is an on-ear headphones so it's supposed to sit on top of your ears. That also means it'll leak a bit of your music out to the outside world depending on how high you crank the volume. At the bottom of the headband and the inside of the earcups are both lined with the same soft vinyl padding that won't heat up your ears and was actually comfortable enough for us to use them a few hours before we actually had to take a break. The 2 earcups also swivel 90 degrees in so you can fit them inside a travel bag that you'll also get in the package. The outer half of the left earcup houses all the buttons you need to control the calling and music playback features including a pause/play button on top, a forward and backward button on the right and left sides, and a two-directional button on the bottom of the circle for volume adjustments. There's also a big multifunction button in the middle that you can use to make and ignore incoming phone calls and the entire device is pretty light weight thanks to this plastic housing which unfortunately also makes them feel rather cheap and flimsy, not really what we'd expect out of a pair of $250 headphones and the sound quality really isn't up to par either comparatively which is normal for Bluetooth-connected wireless headphones. The output is no where near the same quality you'll hear out of a hardwired headphone since the device has to compress your audio files even further to send them to the headphones. So what you get is a money fidelity that sounds more like a radio than an mp3, which is more of a limitation of Bluetooth technology, not so much the AKG headphones. But the fact that they're marketed as $250 is a little bit too much for us to recommend. That being said, we do recommend checking out alternative wireless headphone technologies specifically the TDK WR700 headphones. Those ones boast much cleaner overall sound and a universal connection to any device with a headphone jack for a fraction of the price. Those using new wireless signal called Clear Technology that boast the signal to what you'd normally hear out of a pair of wired headphones. You can read all the details about those headphones and this in the full review on cnet.com. But that's gonna do it for me. I'm Justin Yu. These are the AKG K 830 BT wireless headphones and that sounds good to me.