AKG N700NC Review

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Quick Points

  • Fit: Over Ear
  • Enclosure: Closed Back
  • Connectivity: Wireless
  • Best For: iOS & Android
  • Noise Canceling: Yes
  • Microphone: Yes

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What Comes Inside The Box

  • AKG N700NC Wireless
  • Audio Cable
  • Charging Cable
  • Carrying Case
  • Flight Adapter
  • User Manual
  • Warranty Card

Our Score

  • 8.6

Reasons Why You Should Buy Them

  • AKG N700NC are neutral-sounding pair of headphones for audiophile with a rich, deep and consistent bass, a natural mid-range and a very good high-frequency range
  • Decent noise cancellation filters out most low-frequency external sounds, such as airplane engine noise and louder conversations
  • The build quality is solid throughout with a polished plastic exterior, velvet headband cushion, breathable ear pads and a sturdy metal frame that looks and feels premium
  • Built-in controls and microphone to answer calls, adjust volume, skip tracks, music play/pause and activate voice assistant - Siri and Google Assistant
  • Ambient Aware mode is a small but practical feature if you need to keep an ear open for external announcements without taking off your headphones
  • “TalkThru” temporarily silences the music for 5 seconds, which is good for intermittent greetings, but not for conversations
  • Dedicated app to make EQ adjustments, firmware update, Smart Ambient button reprogramming, check battery life and set Auto-Off function for better listening experience
  • AKG N700NC Wireless headphones are rated to last 23 hours in wireless mode and 32 hours using the audio cable with ANC enabled all the time
  • Auto-off timer that you can set at different intervals to preserve battery life
  • The AKG N700NC noise cancelling headphones work passively with the included audio cable and can continue to produce sound even when the battery is empty

Reasons Why You Should Avoid Them

  • These AKG headphones cause some discomfort after an hour and a half of wear thanks to the uneven distribution of weight and clamping force
  • There is no option to disable Active Noise Canceling in wireless mode
  • The bass is less pronounced in wired mode, but refines the middle and high range
  • Sony WH-1000XM3 still has better sound quality and ANC, while Bose QC 35 ii is more comfortable
  • A 2.5mm to 3.5mm cable instead of a standard 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable means finding a replacement isn’t that easy
  • Even though the ear cups rotate and the headphones are folded into a case, the whole package is quite large and bulky
  • When used in wireless mode, AKG N700NC Wireless have significant latency and are not the best option for watching videos or game content
  • No support for superior Bluetooth codec aptX, aptX HD and LDAC (only AAC and SBC codec support) for better audio quality
  • AKG N700NC leak sound quite a bit at high volume, which can bother the people around you
  • Obsolete micro USB charging port instead of new USB Type-C

Highlights

  • Ergonomic design, padded headband, and memory foam and leatherette cushions
  • Award-winning AKG reference sound delivers high-quality sound
  • Adaptive noise cancelling (ANC) technology to block out the distractions of crowded places
  • Ambient Aware technology so you can stay tuned in to your surroundings
  • TalkThru technology provides an optimal balance between noise canceling and ambient awareness
  • Built-in microphone lets you answer hands-free calls
  • Up to 20 hours of listening time in wireless mode or 36 hours when using cable and ANC turned on
  • Flat folding design, airline adapter, carrying case and tangle-free cable make them ideal for travel

The Specs That Matter

Dimensions

  • Headphone Fit : Over Ear
  • Enclosure : Closed Back
  • Size In/Cm : 6.5 in (16 cm)
  • Weight Gm/Oz : 261 g (9.17 oz)
  • Foldable Design : Yes

Connectivity

  • Connectivity : Bluetooth
  • Connect Multiple Devices : No
  • On Device Controls : Call, Volume, Play/Pause, Skip Tracks, ANC, Ambient Mode, Voice Assistant
  • In Line Mic & Controls : Call Answer, End, Reject, Play/Pause, Skip Tracks
  • Voice Assistant : Google Assistant + Siri
  • Companion App : AKG headphones App

Audio

  • Noise Cancelation Type : Adaptive Noise Cancelling
  • Sound Isolation : Yes
  • Echo Reduction : Yes
  • Sound Mode : Stereo

Features

  • Water/Sweat Resistant : No
  • Waterproof : No
  • Heart Rate Monitor : No
  • Step Tracking : No

Battery

  • Battery Life : Up To 23 Hours
  • Auto Pause & Play : Yes
  • Auto Shut-Off : Yes

Technical Data

  • Driver Size : 40 mm
  • Driver Unit : Dynamic
  • Impedance (OHM) : 16 Ohm
  • Frequency Response : 10 Hz -20000 Hz
  • Sensitivity (dB/mW) : 110 dB/mW
  • Total Harmonic Distortion @ 90 dB : Less than 0.3%
  • Total Harmonic Distortion @ 100 dB : Less than 0.3%
  • Supported Codecs : AAC, SBC

Wireless

  • Bluetooth Version : 4.2
  • Bluetooth Profiles : A2DP v1.3, AVRCP v1.5, HFP v1.6
  • Radio Frequency : 2.4 GHz
  • Wireless Range : Up To 10 m (33 ft)
  • NFC : No

Noise Canceling

  • Noise Canceling Adjustment : Automatic
  • Noise Canceling ON/Off Switch : No
  • Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing : No
  • Ambient Sound Mode : Yes

Audio Cable

  • Audio Cable Length : 1.2 m
  • Detachable Audio Cable : Yes

Microphone

  • Microphone Feature : On-board MSME Microphone

Power

  • Battery : Rechargeable Lithium Polymer
  • Charge Time : 2 Hours
  • Charging Cable : Micro-USB Cable
  • Battery Indicator : Yes
  • Operating & Storage Temperature : 32°F - 113°F

iOS

  • Connection : Wireless + Wired
  • Audio : Yes
  • Microphone : Yes
  • Controls : Yes

Android

  • Connection : Wireless + Wired
  • Audio : Yes
  • Microphone : Yes
  • Controls : Yes

Windows

  • Connection : Wireless + Wired
  • Audio : Yes
  • Microphone : Yes
  • Controls : Limited

Xbox

  • Connection : Wired
  • Audio : Yes
  • Microphone : No
  • Controls : No

Playstation

  • Connection : Wired
  • Audio : Yes
  • Microphone : No
  • Controls : No

TV & Home Theater

  • Connection : Wired
  • Audio : Yes
  • Microphone : No
  • Controls : Limited

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Service & Support Info

  • Manufacturer's Warranty on Parts : 1 Year Limited Warranty
  • Manufacturer's Warranty on Labour : 1 Year Limited Warranty
  • Helpline : 1 (888) 452-4254
  • Contact : Click Here


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