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AKG K490NC High-Performance Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones by Review Summary ,  Sep 14, 2015

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AKG K490NC High-Performance Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 99 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.2
Returned or considering to return: 10.1%

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Individual Feature Rating
Comfortable4.2   below average
Sound4.2   average
Noise4.0   average
Quality3.7   below average
Price3.5   below average
Plastic1.5   mediocre


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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Good price, but sound and comfort are not quite as good as I would have liked."
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"Comfortable with great noise cancelling ability, but broke after less than 6 months of light usage."
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"In short, fabulous NC, very good, if not excellent sound, very comfortable, compact."
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"Very comfortable and noise reduction that is truly amazing."
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"They both are small, portable and comfortable and sound nice with and without the noice cancelling."
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"While these are nice headphones and pretty comfortable to wear, the earpieces are not big enough to cover your ears so as to make the noise canceling properties work well, nor are they durable."
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"Better NR, far better comfort, a far more robust carry case, and much better audio quality."
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"They look nice and appear to be well built with a good cord and comfortable to wear."
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Music

Music:
"They do not sound well with full music that are heavy on clear, individualized instruments."
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"Really nice to carry around and enjoy music."
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"Music sounded good, but the noise cancellation was lacking."
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"NUMBER 3) I didn't realize this would be such a problem, but I now use my phone exclusively to play music."
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"I hear the music and the instructor clearly without the damage, they filter out the decibel level and frequency level that can damage yet leave whats importent to still enjoy the experience."
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"I liked the quality of the music as well - though of course, once you try to Bose set of noise cancelling, it can be hard to go back to any other model."
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Noise

Noise:
"The noise cancelation may be not as fantastic as Bose, but it is still very noticeable when it's on versus off."
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"The noise cancelling is horrible however compared to my previous Sony MDR NC7 headphones."
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"The Panasonic one is pretty horrible, sounds like an HD280 with worse noise canceling than the Bose or AKG."
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"Does not conceal noise as well as they claim - Not a good construction... don't spend the money not worth the price"
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"I liked the quality of the music as well - though of course, once you try to Bose set of noise cancelling, it can be hard to go back to any other model."
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"I had already found the noise-cancelling capabilities not as good as my previous Audio-Technica noise cancelling headphones, so all in all these were a waste of money."
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"Very comfortable and noise reduction that is truly amazing."
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"While these are nice headphones and pretty comfortable to wear, the earpieces are not big enough to cover your ears so as to make the noise canceling properties work well, nor are they durable."
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"Music sounded good, but the noise cancellation was lacking."
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"Good noise reduction, only wish it had a volume control for whe using for music only.."
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"good noise cancelling."
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Plastic

Plastic:
"Bought these exclusively for travel, used them 4-5 times and the plastic where the speaker attaches to the headpiece broke off."
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"they sounds great but the first swivel part that connects the earpiece to the headpiece is connected by a brittle piece of hard plastic instead of a flexible plastic or strong sold metal piece, so they broke within six months."
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"After about 6 month of use the plastic swivel onnection to ear piece broke."
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"But the part that extends to fit your head is made of ridiculously flimsy, thin plastic and will snap far too easily."
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"The plastic piece that connects the cup to the rest broke right at the hinge on top of the cup."
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"Pros: sound quality, good noise cancelling (about 80-90% reduction of ambient noise), looks nice, battery duration is goodCons: made of plastic (mine broke after 8 months with little use (about 2 times week)), needs to charge with a different cable, cable plug could be smaller (if you're using in a smartphone in your pocket, it's hard to bend the leg up as climbing stairs without forcing the plug)I'd give 4 stars if it wasn't for the cheap plastic that broke so easily (I usually am a very careful person with my stuff)"
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"The reviews are great and the sound even better, but there's a small plastic part that connect the speakers to the headband unit and it will snap and there's nothing you can do to fix it."
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"But the part that extends to fit your head is made of ridiculously flimsy, thin plastic and will snap far too easily."
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"Pros: sound quality, good noise cancelling (about 80-90% reduction of ambient noise), looks nice, battery duration is goodCons: made of plastic (mine broke after 8 months with little use (about 2 times week)), needs to charge with a different cable, cable plug could be smaller (if you're using in a smartphone in your pocket, it's hard to bend the leg up as climbing stairs without forcing the plug)I'd give 4 stars if it wasn't for the cheap plastic that broke so easily (I usually am a very careful person with my stuff)"
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Price

Price:
"Good price, but sound and comfort are not quite as good as I would have liked."
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"However the case is very small and cheap and comfortability after long use is not that good."
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"Does not conceal noise as well as they claim - Not a good construction... don't spend the money not worth the price"
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"Pros: sound quality, good noise cancelling (about 80-90% reduction of ambient noise), looks nice, battery duration is goodCons: made of plastic (mine broke after 8 months with little use (about 2 times week)), needs to charge with a different cable, cable plug could be smaller (if you're using in a smartphone in your pocket, it's hard to bend the leg up as climbing stairs without forcing the plug)I'd give 4 stars if it wasn't for the cheap plastic that broke so easily (I usually am a very careful person with my stuff)"
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"Such a disappointment at the price we paid, it's ridiculous."
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"I bought an open box model for a quarter of the full price... which is probably factoring into how much I love these... but my comments stand."
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"For the price I was expecting the sound NC to work at least as well, if not better, than my less expensive NC headphones."
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"That good value for the price in comparison with current market."
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"Pros: sound quality, good noise cancelling (about 80-90% reduction of ambient noise), looks nice, battery duration is goodCons: made of plastic (mine broke after 8 months with little use (about 2 times week)), needs to charge with a different cable, cable plug could be smaller (if you're using in a smartphone in your pocket, it's hard to bend the leg up as climbing stairs without forcing the plug)I'd give 4 stars if it wasn't for the cheap plastic that broke so easily (I usually am a very careful person with my stuff)"
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"So the question is whether it is worth the price point and a good value for the money."
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Quality

Quality:
"The problem is that the build quality is really bad."
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"Sound quality oddly enough is my no 3 criteria and these easily and I mean easily match what QC3 has to offer."
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"They take up practically no room and are great for high quality sound on the go."
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"As all the other reviewers under a different seller have said - they quality of the sound is good, if not great; the quality of the build is horrible."
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"Audio quality is not audiophile-quality but is pretty good - I found the highs somewhat muffled."
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"Given the small form factor and outstanding sound quality I bring these wherever I go now."
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"excellent sound quality."
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"I travel a fair amount so spending $300 on a pair seemed like a decent investment given the quality of the sound and noise cancelling I experienced in the store."
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"Very satisfied with audio quality and found the noise canceling to be superior."
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"I think what I love most is that there is no difference in sound quality between noise canceling and normal modes."
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Size

Size:
"They both are small, portable and comfortable and sound nice with and without the noice cancelling."
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"Given the small form factor and outstanding sound quality I bring these wherever I go now."
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"The reviews are great and the sound even better, but there's a small plastic part that connect the speakers to the headband unit and it will snap and there's nothing you can do to fix it."
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"The bass is remarkable for such a small size unit too."
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Sound

Sound:
"Good price, but sound and comfort are not quite as good as I would have liked."
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"Of course the 495 suppress noices better as they are a bit bigger but 495 doesn't sound as nice as 490."
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"They take up practically no room and are great for high quality sound on the go."
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"As all the other reviewers under a different seller have said - they quality of the sound is good, if not great; the quality of the build is horrible."
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"It sounds simple, but it's actually really annoying."
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"The Panasonic one is pretty horrible, sounds like an HD280 with worse noise canceling than the Bose or AKG."
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"They both are small, portable and comfortable and sound nice with and without the noice cancelling."
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"Given the small form factor and outstanding sound quality I bring these wherever I go now."
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"they sounds great but the first swivel part that connects the earpiece to the headpiece is connected by a brittle piece of hard plastic instead of a flexible plastic or strong sold metal piece, so they broke within six months."
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"If you wanted a remotely good sound from the Bose you would NEED to have NC on."
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"Where as with the K490NC you can get great sound with no battery, and even better sound with them charged."
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