At CES, Harman just announced a bold-looking new set of AKG headphones designed by Quincy Jones. The involvement of a musician who's won 27 Grammys isn't what's most impressive, though. Harman says the AKG N90Q are "the world's first headphone with personalized sound."
If you're interested in noise-canceling headphones you're probably looking for refuge from the roar of jet engines or the murmurs from the water cooler. Good ones should make you deaf to the world around you. Like earplugs only better—because you're listening to your favorite music in a completely oblivious trance.
Toting headphones back and forth across the country (or the city) is one of the best ways to expose their design flaws. Can the new AKG K495 NC noise-canceling headphones, with their burly build and audiophile pedigree, stand up that kind of punishment while delivering dulcet tones? Is this finally the ideal…
AKG's new K 495 NC noise-canceling headphones don't need batteries at all—you charge them up via USB. Oh, and it doesn't hurt that they look (and, given the source, most likely sound) terrific, too.
It's hard not to appreciate AKG K3003 earbuds, whose casings are milled from single pieces of stainless steel. And there's merit in spending a decent chunk of cash on a quality product. But when you reach the €1000 mark, a cost/benefit analysis may show signs diminishing returns. [Collette via Acquire]
Dr. Dre has his own Beats line of headphones, in which the name means both beats, like in music, and beats, as in the overly heavy bass beats you in the head. Now Quincy Jones does too, from AKG by Harman.