AKG unveils a trio of Bluetooth headphones: N700NC, Y500 and Y100

Peter, 14 September 2018

Samsung and AKG unveiled a new line of wireless headphones that range from large over the ear models to compact in-ear ones.

AKG N700NC – over the ear

Soft ear cushions with memory foam promise a high level of comfort while the Adaptive Noise Canceling tech can block out outside sounds (you can adjust how much).

The AKG N700NC offer a flat-foldable design for easy portability and up to 20 hours of wireless playback with noise cancellation enabled (or 36 hours for wired playback with NC on).

AKG N700NC AKG N700NC
AKG N700NC

These will be available later this year from AKG.com, Samsung.com and Amazon at $350.

AKG Y500 – on-ear

The AKG Y500 can pair with two devices, allowing you to easily switch between listening to something on your phone to something else on your computer. The headphones can detect when you take them off and will automatically pause playback.

There’s no noise cancellation on this pair, but they have Ambient Aware – a feature that can mix in outside sounds with your audio so you can hear what’s going on around you.

AKG Y500 AKG Y500
AKG Y500

The AKG Y500 will be available later today on AKG.com, Samsung.com and Amazon, as well as carriers Sprint and US Cellular.

AKG Y100 – in-ear

These are a tinier version of the Y500 as they also feature multi-point connectivity (pairing with two devices) and Ambient Aware.

At just 24g they are light on your head and easy to stash away. Their battery is good for 8 hours of playback and needs 2 hours to charge back up.

AKG Y100 AKG Y100
AKG Y100

The AKG Y100 are also launching later today on AKG.com, Samsung.com and Amazon, plus Sprint and US Cellular.

Here’s a table to quickly compare the three headphones:

 N700NCY500Y100
Form FactorOver-earOn-earIn-ear
Adaptive Noise cancellingYes--
Ambient Aware-YesYes
Automatic Play & Pause-Yes-
Charging time2 hours2.5 hours2 hours
Music play time with Bluetooth onUp to 20 hoursUp to 33 hoursUp to 8 hours
ColorSilverBlack, Blue, Green, PinkPink, Green, Blue Black
Weight270g230g24g
Pricing $349.95$149.95$99.95

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  • akg
  • 26 Mar 2019
  • RqR

no aptx=not buying and i also require gesture (mute on take off).. no akgs have both. bye

  • Anonymous
  • 15 Sep 2018
  • XqD

I really hope your right. It's up to Samsung, LG, and Moto now.

Eventually the average smartphone will be less the 5mm thin, that day phones won't have any connectors at all. Until then, I seriously doubt Samsung drops the headphone jack. No one wants to use dongles for music and bluetooth still has issues with b...

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