AKG N60NC Headphones

All headphones offer a level of passive noise reduction by placing the earpeices. Greater background noise decrease is offered by some than others, and kinds that are in ear cut this more significantly by simply inserting earbuds into the ear canal to block out the interference. It is a smart technique, and one that gets more complex with each new generation of noise-cancelling headphones.

The N60NC of AKG (the NC suffix stands for noise cancelling) is the latest addition in the number to hit the high street, and is the more affordable sibling to the impending N90Q flagship of the firm.

The N60 feels unexpectedly well made, despite being among the less expensive noise cancelling models I have seen. The fine mixture of memory foam, aluminium and leather all help to give it a premium feel, but without the substantial price to match. Bose take note.

Weighing in at just 150g it feels light and pleasant, as well as the hinged and twistable earpieces allow it to be neatly folded into the supplied carrying pouch and stowed away without adding significantly to your baggage allowance. The easy matte black with silver emphasized layout has been carried out with lots of finesse. The slender spring-loaded headband doesn't feel like it's clamping my head in a vice like grasp even after wearing the headphones for lengthy intervals on a long haul flight, for example.

There's no reference of driver size or details about its composition, but the earpieces that are clean measure 6cm in diameter and sit comfortably on top of my ears. The foam-filled earpads do cause my ears to get a little bit warm, and though it could scarcely be called uncomfortable, it could be a problem for some wearers.

Noise cancelling is fundamental and the selector switch switches it either off or on. Unlike some rivals the N60 operates in passive mode, which means you can continue even when the built-in rechargeable battery runs out, to pay attention to your own music - AKG reckons maximum is approximately 30 hours. In addition to the aforementioned carrying case, a 1.2m cable fitted with a one button worldwide inline remote and mic, plus a USB charging cable and airline adapter are supplied.

Sound quality

Sound is free and easy from any harsh advantages or nastiness and some light frequency contouring gives the 16/44 record streamed from Tidal a demonstration that is marginally warm. Krall's loaded sung hangs just outside the very front of my forehead, and that i get a real awareness of the care taken with the record, while the soundstage presentation feels intimate and close.

Activate the noise-cancelling way and the DSP circuitry certainly comes into play, instantly reducing the ambient noise level along with any sense of openness to the sound. The truth is it's remarkable just just how much of the airplane's noise is cut out with the circuitry switched in during a long haul flight, and only how my impression changes while sat in this environment. The N60 certainly helps me lose myself and to switch off and a 16/44 version of Hot Chip Make Sense album is interference-free playing out from my Acoustic Research AR-M2 hires portable.

Tunes sound much more fulsome with noise cancelling style selected and richer, and bass amounts do have more drive and vigor.


AKG's N60NC headphone is a neat and lightweight design with noise-cancelling that is effective style that does not majorly give sound quality.

Passive use is a bonus at the cost.

AKG N60NC Headphones photo

Review price £230 / $345