AKG N60NC Wire­less £199

What Hi-Fi (UK) - - Awards 2018 -

If your bud­get can’t stretch all the way to the Sony WH-1000XS, these AKGS tick a lot of the same boxes. Blue­tooth, noise-can­celling, im­pres­sive sound qual­ity are all here. They’re also ar­guably more com­pact, just as con­ve­nient and def­i­nitely cheaper.

Able to be slipped into a jacket pocket ready for a long train jour­ney, or kept in a bag for a quick es­cape from the back­ground noise, they are also more in­tu­itive to use than a num­ber of other Blue­tooth head­phones we’ve tested.

Flick the con­nec­tion switch on the right hous­ing to turn the head­phones on, or hold it down to go into pair­ing mode. Below is an­other switch for play­back – it also an­swers calls by push­ing in. Us­ing them is an ab­so­lute dod­dle.

The N60NCS sound clear and strik­ing. Bass sounds solid, tight and tex­tured and their widescreen de­liv­ery comes across loud and clear with plenty of space to sat­isfy. They also bal­ance this bass against midrange and tre­ble very well.

With the noise-can­cel­la­tion block­ing most sounds from get­ting be­tween you and your mu­sic, the amount of de­tail ren­dered by these head­phones is might­ily im­pres­sive. Quiet and loud mo­ments are dy­nam­i­cally con­vinc­ing – these are fun head­phones to lis­ten to.

If you want some­thing smaller and more af­ford­able than the big­ger, premium over-ears on the mar­ket, the AKGS are a great al­ter­na­tive and well worth their sec­ond Best Buy gong in as many years.

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