CNET First Look
AKG N60 NC: Top active noise-canceling headphonesAKG's $250 on-ear N60 NC model sounds great and is worth considering over Bose's QuietComfort 25 headphones.
[SOUND] This is the AKG N60 NC, one of the best sounding active noise cancelling headphones we've tested. It's an on-ear model and very comfortable for an on-ear headphone with nicely padded ear cuffs and a sleek, sturdy design. The question is why would get this over Bose's QuietComfort 25 headphone? Well for starters, it takes up a little less room in your bag. This is a smaller headphone and folds up to fit in an included neoprene carrying case. Also at $250, it's a little less expensive. But really the main reason is that it sounds better than the Bose. It's a cleaner sounding headphone with more detail and tighter bass. And decent openness, put on your headphone. Battery life is good at 30 hours of active noise cancelling, and if the battery runs out, you can listen in passive mode without the headphone being powered. The noise cancelling isn't quite as effective as Bose's and there's a very faint hiss when it's engaged. That said, I thought it was quite good overall and worked well muffling sound in our office. On a plane, the subway and walking the streets of New York. To be clear, this is a wired headphone. There is no Bluetooth, and it does have a few small downsides. Instead of the standard micro USB charger you'd use to charge your phone, you have to charge the battery via the headphone jack with a 2.5 mm sub-mini plug to USB cable. Lose that charging cord, and you can't charge the headphone anymore. It will have to seek a replacement. It's also worth pointing out that there are no volume controls on the headphone cord, which has a fabric cover to reduce cord noise. It's a one button, universal remote that allows you to pause and play tracks. Answer and end calls. And to skip tracks forward and back. Those minor gripes aside this is a well designed headphone. It's worth considering over to Bose if sound quality is your highest priority in an active noise cancelling headphone. I'm David Carnoy, thanks for watching.