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If anyone follows my reviews, they will know I buy headphones for fun, two pairs a month easily. Now it's the AKG Y50's turn.
Upon opening the package you can only feel a little bit taken a back by the minimalist build quality of the cans and fear for their long term durability, we shall see on that score. Having said that, there is a strong premium feel to these. With the metal exterior plates and the AKG logo being very cool looking on the black version.
So on to comfort, so far so good, I'm not a big fan of on ear cans but they are good an hour or so in, which is longer than I can stand most of this type, probably because they are so light, with minimal clamping.
On to the sound, now on initial testing i used my ipod with tracks encoded in AAC at 192kbps. The soundscape is fairly wide for closed back cans, I would say if 360 degrees represents the full sphere of spatial sound these rank in at 235 degrees. With regard to sheer quality of sound we are talking best in class. Highs are incredibly tight and precise, almost medically so. Mids are also treated to a precision that is simply not found on headsets at this price, sumptuous detail in melodies can be picked out and I'm not talking about the special separation of instruments although the balance here is impeccable. I mean the granular detail in any given instrument, you can hear the grain of the wood, so to speak. Within bass this clarity becomes all too apparent, when on most cans bass is a mono tonal drone with little flavour to differentiate between various frequencies. Here on the Y50's individual bass grains can be heard clearly even layered bass can be easily picked apart. The balance of all frequencies is simply sublime, and the listening experience as a result is absolutely spellbinding as a result.
I know I sound like a gushing audiophile here, but trust me when i say these are something very special indeed.
Oh yes for you bass heads out there EDM all various dance genres sound incredible, the bass punches you in the throat without any distortion and without affecting the other higher frequencies, as I say balance is the key here.
I spent ages deciding out of a number of headphones, and despite the large pros and cons of these and others, I am reasonably pleased with my choice.
Main pro - price, but also sound quality is quite good (not great) and noise cancellation around you is also good.
Main con - not comfortable at all. I had already read a number of places saying they were not comfortable and quickly heat your ears up, and it’s definitely true. If you listen for more than 15 mins you will get uncomfortable, which kind of defeats the purpose.
So although I don’t completely regret getting them, I wish I had chosen something else. But sound quality at this price can’t really be beaten. Don’t be fooled into looking at ‘bigger’ commercial brands, because the name is just a name, the likes of Beats for example are no way as good as others like AKG and yet cost so much more.
So if you want good quality at a low price, then these are quite good.
These headphones are the b*&$^x! Bin the in-ear rubbish, slow down...yes slow down...stop rushing everywhere as all of us human sheep knobheads have evolved in the last few years...take a deep breath. Pop on your music of choice and ENJOY. ENJOY the only true wonder of the world...music. Take a slow stroll with these on and you will forget anything and everything and be with the music. Slow down and ENJOY
These do not function as a home use headset unless the player they are attached to is in your lap or on your person. I bought these to use in the bedroom so as not to disturb other family members. The cable supplied is too short to reach the TV. I had to purchase an extension cable before I could use them., The ear pads cover the ear so reduce some extraneous noise (not noise cancelling). A very thin headband which can be worn under a hat, gives me the impression these are meant to be worn outside. Beware the loss of external sound if you do. Not very stable on the head as the headband easily slides over the hair. Note : The plug that fits into the headset socket is a 2.5mm fitting. Including a 2 to 3 metre long cable as an included extra would be a good idea.
Compared to my old AKG headphone K-450 (which survived 7 years of regular usage) new one is bigger. Bigger drive gives better bass and quite detailed soundstage. Not quite Hi End experience - but for the fraction if the cost (reasonable mid range price) and portability option should be considered as one of the best foldable headphone on the market (this been noted by some audiophile magazines and I do believe those reviews been honest). Detachable cable is not locked in as in K450 (should be good for survivability of the cable). On the negative side - the headphones comes with neoprene carrying poach, the old K450 had carrying custom case (which is much safe way to carry headphones around).
I usually have problems finding headphones that fit me and sound right because I have a petite head. These headphones seem really good quality and do sound good. However, they fit loosely and I find this makes them sound a bit tinny and I can't enjoy them as I think I'm meant to. I can't hear the depth of the sound. When I push them onto my ears more I can hear that they sound much better but otherwise they just aren't made for me. Anyone else who has issues with a petite head, I wouldn't buy them because you're not going to get the full experience as it was made to sound. For anyone with normal to large heads, you will probably be happy lol. I often have problems like this with headphones and the way around this is to go into the store and try some on. I have found some Bose on-ear headphones which were quite a lot more money but they fit and sound really good for me.
£50-60 is a difficult price range; a fair bit more than 'disposable' ear pods, but will you get good sound and build quality for the money? From experience, these are more than 1\2 as good sound wise as a pair of Philips Fidelio M1s, which cost twice as much. Plus, whilst the Philips felt robust, the earpad glue came undone after a few months, whereas these have been used quite a bit in the past year and are as good as new.
Not going to set the hearts of audiophiles a'flutter, but a signifcant step-up from stock mobile phone headphones and at £50, an excellent purchase.
Bought these after reading many good reviews. I am not dissatisfied at all. I have recently been trying other far more expensive 'phones than these all of which were good, but at a fraction of the cost these really are superb.Sound quality is excellent being full range, well balanced and quite a wide stereo image. They are good with an I-pod but just excell when used on a proper HiFi system.They are perhaps not the most comfortable ones to wear but not that bad. My only other criticism is that the cable is quite short as really these are meant to be used with a portable MP3 player but for use on a hi fi system I need to use an extension cable.Other than that at £49 they are a stunning bargain.
I ordered these in Nov 2017. I did so, based on a previous pair I had, which I loved. Everything started ok, then after a couple of months, the wire started to loosen. Then last week the right earphone came away from the mount. As you can imagine I am very frustrated, I paid quite a lot of money for the headphones and expected them to last a fair while longer. I will say, when the headphones were working it was great, but it's not now after only 3 months
They are ok; Sound good, fit is good, lightweight, volume level is ok, cable is ok (but would be better braided).
What isn't ok is the flakiness of the paint on the metal band - it's chipped off far too easily, and I've been careful with them. I'm ok with the shabby look, but that's not really the point - making paint stick to metal is a problem that's been solved, so I'm not sure why this has come off.
I'm not sure about the microphone either; it seems like it doesn't pick up voices that well but that might just be my impression compared to the previous headset.
Overall, they are ok but I think there are better out there.