AKG N60NC Wireless £199
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.