Editors' Choice Award Winner 2012 - PCMag.com
"Like a Great Mini-Speaker"
With the AKG K490 NC headphones, you can take full advantage of the company's active noise-cancelling technology at an affordable price. And you don't sacrifice sound quality for noise cancellation. These headphones perform superbly whether you're listening to them in active noise cancelling or passive mode.
"The AKG K 490 NC is the least expensive headphone pair with this level of audio performance and noise cancellation we have ever tested, period," reports PCMag.com for February 15, 2012. The magazine awarded the AKG its Editors' Choice Award with an overall rating of "Excellent."
"Like a great mini-speaker, it's light on the bass, ultra-clear in the mids and treble, and wonderfully spacious-sounding," notes Brent Butterworth in his march 9, 2012 review for Sound&Vision magazine. "Finding this level of sound quality in such a small form factor will be a relief for those who want great sound."
Easy USB Charging
Durable and easy to charge through a USB connection, these top-of-the-line headphones create a nearly perfect audio world; you get all of the sound that you want, but without the sound that you don't want.
Although a charged battery is needed if you're using the noise canceling circuitry, don't worry if walk out of the house with your AKGs and you forgot to recharge. You can still use the K490 NC in 'passive mode' without the noise canceling circuitry, and they'll still sound superb. They're very comfortable, too, thanks to their light weight.
Headphones By and For the Experts
AKG headphones are designed by acoustical experts and used by experts, too. Since 1947, AKG Acoustics has produced technology for recording studios, touring musicians, radio stations, and TV stations. AKG engineers have accumulated more than 1,500 patents. They invented the condenser microphone, perfected high-quality digital transducers, and developed the Mir space station's sound-processing board.
AKG equipment has toured with artists such as Frank Sinatra, Eric Clapton, Peter Gabriel, Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones and Kanye West, and recorded studio albums with countless others. In 2010, AKG Acoustics received a GRAMMY® award for technological innovations and contributions to the music industry.
Easy Storage and Portability
The K490 NC has a unique 3D-Axis2 folding mechanism for easy storage and portability. They also saving space in a backpack or briefcase when you're on the road.
Compatibility with iPod, iPhone, iPad, and Android Devices
Wherever you take your music, the K 490 NC headphones can retrieve it. They are fully compatible with iPod, iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. They excel with computers, too, or any audio device that uses a 3.5mm mini-plug output.
"Editors' Choice" Award Winner 2012 - PCMag.com
"The AKG K 490 NC is the least expensive headphone pair with this level of audio performance and noise cancellation we have ever tested, period. As you spend more, you often get more, but you're hereby advised to stop at this price tier for a moment—test the headphones out at a local dealer, if possible—before moving up $50, $100, or even $200, as you easily could. The AKG K 490 NC is quite impressive: One listen will make it challenging to justify spending more on another pair."
- PCMag.com, February 15, 2012
"The K 490 NC is my clear favorite – like a great mini-speaker, it's light on the bass, ultra-clear in the mids and treble, and wonderfully spacious-sounding. Finding this level of sound quality in such a small form factor will be a relief for those who want great sound but don't want to be burdened by traveling with a bulky headphone case."
"Most noise-canceling headphones I've tried that offer a passive mode sound awful with the noise-canceling switched off. Not these. The K 490 sounds almost identical in passive and NC modes, just a little louder in the latter."
- Brent Butterworth, Sound&Vision magazine, March 9, 2012