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AKG isn't a well known brand. I was very skeptical when I received them for Christmas but even a quick listen in a small busy shop changed a few perceptions surrounding them. They are not too bad at blocking out background noise in busy surroundings so I thought why not give the heads up for receiving these.
I am pretty impressed by them, the sound quality is very good. Surprisingly so for how cheap they are, but I will say they won't be as good as a set of Beats headphones. The sleek silver design is attractive and timeless and the size also makes it easy to carry them around in a bag. They are not oversized and this is a major bonus if you're using them when commuting or for long journeys. You can also change the volumne on the headphone wire itself which is also a little bonus.
The only thing that niggles me a little is the feel of them. They feel a little cheap (but not as cheap as what Skullcandy can feel like) but to be honest when you're paying under £50 is that really something to worry about? No. They come with a one year warranty anyway so this should really put your mind to rest.
All in all, a good set of cheap headphones that I'd easily recommend to others.
AKG is a make of headphone which I would rank lower than Sennheiser or possibly even JVC. although they come up well in the design stakes, I have always been skeptical of whether the sound quality is on a par. The K 430 model does have quite a lot going for it though.
In the design stakes, the stylish look of the headphone is going to attract a crossbreed of customer, from recording professionals who want the minimal look to those casual buyers who might be drawn to the retro silver glare. The phones do look a lot different from a lot of the Sennheisers that I have used before and from this perspective they are visually interesting.
The comfort levels that the phones offer is impressive thanks to cushioned muffs that sit with ease over the ears. Though not eliminating every external sound like studio monitoring phones might do, they do reduce a lot of background noise which heightens listening pleasure. The phones also have a great swivel action to them meaning you can listen at angles and adjust as need be. This benefits me, who deejays and works with music most of the time.
The headstrap is sturdy enough though could be more robust around the ear section as the joinery looks a tad flimsy and could snap if you whack them about. The rest of the headphone benefits from good workmanship though and ticks the boxes. When it comes to the sound quality they deliver, the dynamic range is better than initially expected. Due to the cupped cushioned muffs, you will get a very crisp and clear sound with surprisingly convincing low end and high attenuation across the range. In this respect I think they would be ideal for home listening on a hi fi or PC, though I would steer clear of them for studio monitoring and still opt for a more professional headphone. Prices for these come in at thirty pounds, making them a decent investment for the mid price buyer.