(Cybertech) – AKG is bringing active noise-cancelling (ANC) to its Y series headphones for the first time – in the Y600NC.
The Y series usually aims at being lightweight and affordable, but the Y600NC bucks that trend somewhat by targeting a more discerning, premium audio market.
The over-ear headphones – which come in black, silver, and gold finishes – bring lots of up-to-date features, from the ANC offering a so-called TalkThru mode to enable varying degrees of ambient noise passthrough.
The earcups – which encase the 40mm drivers, capable of 10Hz-24kHz frequency delivery – are memory foam coated with protein leather for the utmost comfort for long periods of wear.
Unlike older AKG headphones, the Y600NC bring the latest USB-C port for charging – a small but important detail, as it means fast-charging (10 minutes is said to deliver 4 hours playback) and better cable compatibility with the latest Android phones. Battery life is 25 hours per charge when using in wireless mode.
There’s an auto play/pause feature when removing the headphones, while physical buttons and an earcup rotation cater for controls – the latter for volume adjustment.
There’s also voice assistant compatibility, whether you use Bixby (probably nobody) or Google Assistant.
The AKG Y600NC headphones will be available priced at £199.
Writing by Mike Lowe.