Hello / Greetings To Everyone, So Today I am going to put my true views on AKG N700NC review.
AKG (currently owned by Samsung) has a long history of making some of the finest audio products in the world. Therefore, no one doubts that the new AKG N700NC headphones can become the best in their class.
With great looks, comfortable earcups and crisp sound, the new N700NC competes with headsets like Sony’s WH-1000xM3 and Bose’s Quiet Comfort 35 II. However, some drawbacks keep them from reaching the top of the list of the best wireless noise canceling headphones.
Equipments With AKG N700NC
In one of my past reviews, I praised AKG boxes:
They did not disappoint this time either: the goods should be beautifully packed in a box. And AKG can do it.
The box contains a case for the headphones. He’s big and fat. On a trip, I would definitely not take this with me. From this point of view, the Sony case looks much better. Colleagues say the Bose QC35 has a similar one, but nobody could show it.
The object of this survey is right there. Besides it, the box contains a 2.5 mm – 3.5 mm jack-to-jack cable. The smaller side is inserted into the headphones, the larger side is inserted into the player or smartphone. You need this thing if the headphone battery suddenly runs out.
Also included is an air adapter and a charging cable. And it’s micro-USB. Yes, now is the 2019 century, and recently introduced products are still using micro-USB. And these are headphones worth 150$.
The headphones themselves look very nice: not leatherette, but leather, tactilely pleasant plastic. They look stylish and rich, in the best sense of the word. I like the appearance of these AKG N700NC many times more than the Bose QC35 II, which, frankly, have an outdated design and not the most pleasant appearance. But Bose NC 700 and Sony WH-1000XM3 do not evoke almost any emotions in me – headphones are like headphones, nothing more. But this is a matter of taste.
Design : AKG N700NC
By tradition, I keeping design, because, whatever one may say, I am greeted by the cover. So, the style is discreet, but tenacious on closer inspection. Here, of course, the most classic shades are used. Metallic gray and black – they can be called whatever you like: strict, not easily soiled, serious, brutal, practical. But beautiful, in the end – beautiful.
As for the shapes, they are very elegant, and of course, the design fully works to ensure comfort – not only while wearing the headphones, but also during transport. If you are a restless tourist (in the good sense of the word “tourist”) or spend a good part of your life on business trips and without music, well, just nowhere – N700NC can become your ideal travel companion. It is appropriate to say here that the model weighs a little – 270g.
For safe and compact transportation, manufacturers have created a special tight case, where you can and should fold the headphones while you are not using them. Of course, the design presupposes the magical transformation of the device into a miniature and ergonomic “creature” – the cups are wrapped inside, additionally protecting themselves with a headband.
By the way, the cups themselves also rotate. As for the case, it is made in the color of the headphones and is completely rounded in shape, which is great, because dirt will not be visible on it even after long use. The surface is pleasant to the touch and, most importantly, is strong enough to protect the headphones in case of, for example, a fall. The case closes with a zipper and has an additional mesh pocket inside where you can fold the cable.
The ear cups are closed and have pleasant soft ear cushions that, despite the extreme comfort, fit snugly to the head, helping the active noise canceling system to work perfectly. You can wear the N700NC all day long and don’t complain about excessive pressure – it’s not.
The headband itself is universal in width, rather wide, so it fits well on any hairstyle – users from all over the world appreciate this, because some of us have truly outstanding hair that can sometimes interfere with the comfortable wearing of on-ear headphones. A stepped latch is installed as a latch, which is just great in terms of customizing the size.
Comfort : AKG N700NC
Any pair of headphones designed for long trips should be comfortable first and foremost. AKG N700NC fully comply with this requirement. The memory foam pads are narrower than similar models from Bose or Sony. But, in general, the ears sit a little deeper here, while ensuring sufficient audibility of the surrounding sounds.
In addition, the headband provides a comfortable fit for the N700NC on the head, I have no problem wearing these headphones throughout the day, even over a variety of baseball caps and winter hats when commuting.
Each AKG N700NC has controls: three buttons on the left for volume and play / pause music, two on the right, one for power on / pairing, and a Smart Ambient button for ambient mixing.
The latter is assigned in the AKG app for Android and iOS, allowing you to choose between Ambient Aware mode, which broadcasts ambient sounds while listening to music, or TalkThru mode, when pressed, the sound is temporarily muted. It is ideal for a quick conversation, for example, with a flight attendant, without removing the headset.
The only real downside to the AKG N700NC is that the buttons are very small and awkwardly located. You get used to it over time, but on most of the headphones I tested, the controls were located in more comfortable places.
AKG N700NC nice impressive range bass lines, which becomes possible due to a large dynamic emitters – the diameter is 5 cm Operating frequencies -. From 10 Hz to 20 to Hz . Users note the enviable width of the reproduced spectrum, however, I have heard that some are lacking in finer detail. Perhaps this is a matter of taste (hearing), but still a fact: the music is transformed and becomes very realistic – you can even forget that you are listening to it with headphones. Moreover, the model provides the same high sound quality for any type of music playback – wired or wireless. By the way, the device works with NFC function so that you can set up a fast connection with other devices suitable for the Bluetooth variation.
Headphones are intended primarily for those who make frequent movements – it doesn’t matter whether between metro stations or cities. It’s great to be with music everywhere. And so that extraneous noise does not spoil the idyll, the manufacturer took care of an active noise cancellation system, which is launched by pressing one button: that’s it – after that, only the sounds of a given composition exist for your hearing, and the whole world around you is a silent video sequence. Like in the movies!
But this, by the way, is not all. For some reason, there are moments when you want to let in a little city hum, the laughter of passers-by … in a word, external life. Just do it tastefully. Mode Ambient Awareness so able! You will still be immersed in music, but you will hear, for example, a dog barking or a car honking. This is just fine for urban spaces or places with busy traffic. It can also be useful when you need to hear station announcements, for example, but you don’t want to take off your headphones, as well as press pause.
How does this happen? After all, the point is not that AKG N700NC let noise through, it has its own technology. Special high-sensitivity microphones capture sounds and redirect them, as if reflecting them inward – so that you hear these sounds along with the music, in laconic proportion and high quality.
Finally, there is a third mode – called TalkThru , or Smart Ambient – that boosts external sounds. Surely, there are situations when this may be needed, but in most cases the first two modes are used, since they usually meet the needs of the listener. In addition, the increased noise can get tired very quickly.
All manipulations to change modes can be done using the buttons located on the headphones themselves. There you can also switch the track, adjust the volume, pause playback, and stuff like that. Also, by downloading the AKG application , you can change the settings right in it – here it is already more convenient for anyone.
At a volume of 75dBSPL, the AKG N700NC headphones worked for 22 hours and 45 minutes. This corresponds to the value declared by the manufacturer. If you turn it down and disable active noise canceling, you can get an additional couple of hours of music playback.
A full charge cycle is completed in 2 hours 15 minutes. Connecting via Micro USB, why AKG did not choose a modern and more convenient USB-C is a mystery.
The N700NC is equipped with a Bluetooth 4.2 module, which provides a stable connection with the phone at a distance of up to 12 meters, if you move further away, short-term interference will begin. The signal completely disappears at a distance of about 21 meters.
Only 2 codecs are supported: SBC and AAC . It’s a shame that there is no aptX support.
Additionally, headphones can be connected using a standard 3.5 mm jack to a phone or laptop; the package contains 2 cables: one with a microphone, the other without.
The headphones use noise cancellation for the microphone, i.e. they try to isolate your voice from the somn of other sounds and convey only it, and not the noise around you. Algorithms manage to do this, but at the cost of the clarity and depth of your voice.
Although the microphone that picks up speech has a fairly flat sensitivity graph, noise cancellation degrades the output. This does not mean that the headphones are not suitable for telephone conversations, on the contrary, in them you will be able to talk even when you are in a noisy place and the interlocutor will understand what you are talking about, but you can forget about the naturalness of your voice.
Active noise canceling
Even though the N700NC does not support high-quality audio transmission codecs, cannot boast of a record operating time, and there are complaints about ergonomics, all the shortcomings are more than compensated for by the active noise reduction system.
AKG N700NC fights noise better than the Sony WH-1000XM3 and Bose QuietComfort 35 II – a phenomenal result. If you are looking for headphones that should suppress loud sounds, such as airplane turbines or noise from operating equipment, there is no better option.
It is very minimalistic. In it, you can find out the battery charge level, as well as customize the headphones a little for yourself.
Equalizer built into the application only changes the volume of frequencies. This may sound strange to you, but some EQs do a lot more. For example, this thing in Deezer for some reason still activates a very hard limiter.
Also in the application, you can reassign the noise reduction button. There are two modes to choose from: Ambient Aware and TalkThru. The first activates the noise reduction directly, and the second stops the music and increases the volume of the environment so that you can hear what, for example, a person standing next to you is saying to you. There are no settings for the noise level, as is the case with Sony or Bose.
The third function is auto power off if the music does not play in the headphones for ten minutes.
AKG doesn’t have the most minimalistic app. Only Bose has fewer features. However, the settings for the level of the noise reduction are very much lacking.
Who is the AKG N700NC made for?
- For everyone who loves silence. Noise cancellation works great, copes with any noise, from the roar of jet engines of an airplane to the careful rustling of neighbors in the library. The soft sound with moderately boosted low frequencies will appeal to most potential listeners.
- For those who often use public transport. Based on our testing results, the AKG N700NC is more effective at damping sounds at frequencies of 30-100 Hz than the previous champions Sony WH-1000XM3 .
So lastly, AKG N700NC is an excellent headphone for those who want a combination of musical capabilities and good noise reduction. If you want to get a model that supports high quality aptX or LDAC codecs and has touch control, check out the Sony WH-1000XM3.
AKG engineers did an excellent job creating the N700NC, if they were a little more user-friendly and supported the aptX codec, I would no doubt call them one of the best in their class.
- Active noise cancellation
- Compact size
- Ambient Aware function
- Firmware upgradeable
- Micro USB instead of USB-C
- No aptX support