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AKG K 480 NC

Noise-canceling on-ear headphones

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by Kristen Schaub
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Peace and quiet anywhere you travel
AKG's K 480 NC headphones are a life-saver for busy professionals on the go. They use active circuitry to reduce external background noise, for a quieter, more relaxing listening experience wherever you roam. Plus, the cushioned earpads and headband stay comfortable for hours at a stretch. AKG has 60 years of experience designing headphones, so you'll enjoy accurate, uncolored sound whether you turn the noise-canceling function on or off.

Compatible with a wide range of devices
AKG's patented folding mechanism allows these 'phones to collapse down to a super-compact size for easy carrying. You can connect them to virtually any portable audio device with a mini headphone jack, plus you get a 1/4" adapter for compatible home audio equipment and a 2.5mm adapter for select cell phones. And of course they also come with an airline adapter, so you can plug into in-flight entertainment systems and block out engine roar. A handy travel case stores the headphones along with all the included accessories.

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Highlights:

  • lightweight, on-ear design with padded headband
  • noise cancellation module has an on/off switch and shirt clip
  • compact, 3D-Axis2 folding design
  • frequency response: 11-30,500 Hz
  • impedance: 32 ohms
  • detachable 60", 44", and 24" single-sided cables with stereo mini plugs
  • comes with full-sized 1/4" adapter, 2.5mm cell phone adapter, and airline adapter
  • cables use 99.99% oxygen-free copper for clean signal transmission
  • leatherette carrying case included
  • powered by one "AAA" battery (not included)
  • weight: 4.4 oz. (without cable)
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Fit Style
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On-ear
Earcup Type
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Noise-canceling
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No
Bluetooth
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No
Frequency Response
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11-30,500 Hz
Sensitivity
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127 dB
Impedance
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32 Ohms
Weight
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4.4 ounces
Cord Length
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60"
Airline Adapter Included
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Yes
iPod Control
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No
Volume Control
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No
Built-in Microphone
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No
Parts Warranty
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2 Years
Labor Warranty
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2 Years
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  • Black noise-cancelling mini-on-ear headphones
  • Detachable 5' headphone cable with in-line noise-canceler (terminated by a 2.5mm connector on one end and a 3.5mm connector on other end)
  • 44" detachable headphone cable (terminated by a 2.5mm connector on one end and a 3.5mm connector on other end)
  • 24" detachable headphone cable (terminated by a 2.5mm connector on one end and a 3.5mm connector on other end)
  • 4.5" 3.5mm-to-2.5mm adapter (with a female 3.5mm connector on one end and a male 2.5mm connector on other end)
  • 1/8"-to-1/4" adapter
  • Airplane adapter
  • Storage case
  • User Instructions
  • Warranty Card
  • Attention! note

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Features

Overview: The AKG K 480 NC (Noise Cancelling) mini-on-ear headphones deliver highly accurate, high-output sound from your portable audio player; while also providing active noise reduction. The AKG K 480 NC (Noise Cancelling) mini-on-ear headphones are lightweight and provide a comfortable fit due to its super-soft ear-cups and soft-padded headband. The AKG K 480 NC (Noise Cancelling) mini-on-ear headphones are foldable and include a carrying pouch for added convenience.

Comfortable Fit: The AKG K 480 NC (Noise Cancelling) mini-on-ear headphones feature a lightweight design, super-soft ear-cups, and adjustable soft-padded headband to provide a comfortable fit.

Headphone Design: The AKG K 480 NC (Noise Cancelling) mini-on-ear headphones feature closed-back, dynamic drivers for ultra-linear audio and wide-spectrum sound even at high listening levels.

Active Noise Reduction: The AKG K 480 NC (Noise Cancelling) mini-on-ear headphones feature effective active noise reduction to attenuate ambient noise; keeping even quiet passages clearly audible. The noise cancellation feature requires a single "AAA" battery (not included).

Note: The headphones can also be used in passive mode, without noise cancellation.

Headphone Cable: The AKG K 480 NC (Noise Cancelling) mini-on-ear headphones utilize a single-sided 99.99% oxygen-free cable (OFC) terminated by a gold-plated 3.5mm connector for maximum signal transfer and sound quality. The cable is detachable.

Note: There a three cable lengths included - 60" (with noise canceller), 44", and 24".

Connector Adapters: The AKG K 480 NC (Noise Cancelling) mini-on-ear headphones feature a gold-plated 3.5mm connector. Also included is a 3.5mm-to-2.5mm adapter, a 1/8"-to-1/4" adapter, and an airplane adapter.

3D-Axis Folding Design: The AKG K 480 NC (Noise Cancelling) mini-on-ear headphones feature a unique 3D-Axis folding mechanism for ease of handling, storing, and transporting.

Storage Case: The AKG K 480 NC (Noise Cancelling) mini-on-ear headphones comes supplied with a carrying case that features a leatherette exterior, a felt-padded interior, and a zippered closure to protect the headphones, your portable audio player, and accessories during transport or storage.

 
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2 out of 5

Not great

Written By Jason, San Diego, CA on Thursday, June 09, 2011
 
There are an ever increasing number of compact noise reducing travel headphones on the market, and I didn't find these to stack up all that well.

I found these on-the-ear models to be too tight (and it didn't seem like it would be possible to stretch the headband out over time). I had ear fatigue/pain after just a few minutes of wearing them.

The battery case/noise reduction module on the headphone line is also inconvenient.

The noise cancelling/noise isolating capabilities are only average. These headphones do not insulate your ears from outside noise that well - likely owing to the on-the-ear design. The noise cancelling capability was average and leaves a lot of white noise.

On the positive side, the hard case is compact and good for travel, as the headphones fold up pretty small.

I returned these to Crutchfield and will probably shell out the extra dough for the Bose QC3 instead.
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5 out of 5

Bravo AKG

Written By Jim G, Long Island, NY on Tuesday, March 01, 2011
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Great sound and very comfortable. They are very light and fold down very small so they take up very little room in my breifcase. I ride the train more than fly and the noise cancellation works great on Amtrak and commuter rail. I listen to a wide variety of music including rock, country, classical, etc. and these do an amazing job at producing clean, clear sound; tight base full mid-range and crisp highs. I particularly like the feature that the noise cancellation is contained in a small external module that you can clip to your pocket but the NC can be completely removed and you can use these as regular headphones.
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3 out of 5

Good but not great

Written By MBG, Dover, NH on Wednesday, September 01, 2010
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Expected more from a Harman product. The packaging was very with it but the product disappoints. Sound is good but not as good as my old Bose. What was very disappointing was all the plastic, lack of instructions or any literature on how to best employ/enjoy the phones. The band clip appears to be the product of a cost reduction project and does not give one confidence that it will go the distance. The head band is very stiff and difficult to adjust. I am sure it will become easier as I use them. I wear them 5-7 hours a week. The comfort is OK but not great. Don't see myself sitting down to read and using the phones for background music. At full price spend the extra cash for Bose.
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