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AKG K 495 NC (Factory Refurbished)

Noise-canceling headphones

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by David Brown
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folding design

The compact folding design means you'll want to take these headphones with you everywhere.

If the AKG K 495 NC headphones have piqued your interest but not yet spurred a purchase, the time is right to strike. AKG now offers a factory-refurbished version of these popular noise-canceling headphones. They're backed by AKG's one-year warranty, offering performance and peace of mind.

Travel in peace and quiet with these compact, high-quality headphones

AKG's K 495 NC headphones are a life-saver for busy professionals on the go. They use built-in active circuitry to reduce external background noise, for a quieter, more relaxing listening experience. The softly cushioned leather earpads and headband stay comfortable for hours at a stretch. Brushed-metal parts and solid construction lend these 'phones a luxurious and durable feel. AKG has over 60 years of experience designing headphones, so you can count on accurate, uncolored sound.

Enjoy your music wherever you roam

The K 495 NC's built-in rechargeable battery provides up to 40 hours of noise-canceling operation per charge, and comes with its own compact wall charger. You can even charge up using the supplied USB charging cable and one of your computer's USB ports. AKG's patented folding design allows these 'phones to collapse down to a super-compact size for easy travel. They'll connect to virtually any portable audio device with a mini headphone jack, plus you get an airline adapter, so you can plug into in-flight entertainment systems and block out engine roar. A handy carrying case stores the headphones along with all the included accessories.

From our review of the AKG K 495 NC

"Between the padded, easily adjustable headband, the plush and comfortable earpieces, and the balanced, bass-forward yet restrained presentation, you have a recipe for a headphone that's primed for the long haul, no matter where you find yourself."


— Woody, Crutchfield A/V Writer


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Highlights:

  • lightweight, on-ear design with active noise canceling
  • compact and portable with 3D-Axis2 folding mechanism for easy storage and portability
  • built-in rechargeable battery (can be charged via connection to a PC or with included AC charger)
  • music playback with or without noise canceling
  • frequency range: 20-20,000 Hz
  • impedance: 26 ohms
  • 48" and 78" detachable single-sided headphone cords with stereo mini plug
  • USB charging cable included
  • AC charger with multi-country adapter plugs
  • airline adapter and carrying case included
  • weight: 8.3 oz. (without cable)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

Features and Specs
General
Fit Style
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On-ear
Earcup Type
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Closed
Noise-canceling
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No
Bluetooth
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No
Frequency Response
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20-20k Hz
Sensitivity
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121 dB
Impedance
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26 Ohms
Weight
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8.3 ounces
Cord Length
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48", 78"
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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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
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What's in the box?

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  • Refurbished noise-canceling on-ear headphones
  • 48" Headphone cable (terminated by a male 2.5mm connector on one end and a male 3.5mm connector on other end)
  • 80" Headphone cable (terminated by a male 2.5mm connector on one end and a male 3.5mm connector on other end)
  • 5' Charging cable (terminated by a male 2.5mm connector on one end and a male USB type-A connector on other end)
  • AC/USB wall charger (Output: 5V / 1A)
  • 3 AC plug adapters (EU/UK/AU)
  • Airline adapter
  • Vinyl semi-hard carrying case
  • Owner's Manual
  • "Attention!" booklet regarding listening at high levels

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Features

Refurbished: The AKG K495NC-Z is a refurbished version of the K495NC headphones. They do not come in the original packaging, but are packaged in a plain brown box.

Active Noise Cancellation: The AKG K495NC-Z on-ear headphones feature effective active noise cancellation to attenuate ambient noise, keeping even quiet passages clearly audible. The headphones can also be used in passive mode, without noise cancellation.

Battery Powered: The K495NC on-ear headphones utilize a built-in rechargeable battery for active noise cancellation. The battery can be recharged by connecting the headphones to a free USB (type-A) port on your computer, via the included charging cable. An AC wall charger with multiple AC plugs (US/UK/AU/EU) is also included. The charging process usually takes approximately 1.5 to 3 hours. A fully charged battery can last up to 40 hours.

Closed Back, Dynamic Drivers: The AKG on-ear headphones feature closed-back, dynamic drivers for ultra-linear audio and wide-spectrum sound even at high listening levels.

Comfortable Fit: The K495NC on-ear headphones feature a lightweight design, super-soft leatherette ear-cups, and adjustable soft-padded headband to provide a comfortable fit.

Headphone Cable: The AKG 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. Two detachable cables are included; a 4' length and 6.5' length. An airline adapter is also included.

3D-Axis Folding Design: The K495NC headphones feature a unique 3D-Axis folding mechanism for ease of handling, storing, and transporting.

Carrying Case: The AKG on-ear headphones comes supplied with a leatherette carrying case to protect the headphones during storage and transport.

 
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4 out of 5

Great Quality but Can Improve

Written By DonS, Cedarburg, WI on Tuesday, January 29, 2013
 
These headphones do exemplify a qualioty product. they are constructed well, package and travel extremely efficiently, are true to their charge specifications, and are a good buy. They are generally comfortable, but for a long flight (i,e, more than 2+ hours) still require you to shift them to avoid discomfort on the ears. The sound quality, both with and without the noise canceling turned on, is crystal clear and superior quality; although can be slightly light on bass in passive mode. The one item most concerning is that while they are exceptional at filtering out the airplane engine sounds, they are fairly ineffective at filtering out other ambient noises, such as passenger voices, the clinks and clanks that occur on airplanes, the annoying announcements, or the coughs and sneezes. Still, they do muffle enough to provide a good, restful environment allowing sleep or peaceful reading. Overall, a worthy investment.
Pros:
Compactness, sound quality, tangle-free cords, built in rechargeable battery (no fumbling with AA's).
Cons:
Noise canceling above average but not great, and not much else.
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5 out of 5

AKG K 495 NC

Written By DonC, BURBANK, IL on Monday, January 28, 2013
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Well worth the money - excellent quality
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2 out of 5

Stylish but not much else

Written By Searchy, Lawrence, KS on Monday, January 21, 2013
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To date, these headphones are the best looking pair on the market. The slivery metallic hinges combined with authentic leather earphone covers makes a killer fashion statement. The swivel switch and green/red lighting are beautiful. Forget about Bose and Beats, these are what a Fortune 500 executive would wear. The case and accessories are top notch as well. The case is genuine leather that's so soft you'll think about getting a case to protect the case. I can spend all day enjoying the texture of the case, forget about the headphones! As much as I would like to stop my review here and just dwell on the case, I bought headphones and intend on using them. There are so many negatives that I will present them in list form for the purpose of organization. ***Design*** I have no doubt to the quality and longevity of the headphone joints. For record, the build quality is excellent. Attention to detail in the design was pretty thorough. You will appreciate the numbered notches on the adjustable band. However, the AKG K495s fail in functionality. Keeping the cans from bumping into each other, scratching off the paint, is impossible. Whether wearing them DJ style or storing them in the case, the cans will bump into each other and leave scratches. Folding them into the included case is an enigma. They cannot be folded such that they are symmetrical. Instead, the proper way to store them is little better than randomly tossing them in and hoping they fit. The metal joints also scratch
Pros:
the delicate insides, made of slippery nylon, of the case. ***Comfort*** These are one of the least comfortable on-ear headphones I've had the opportunity to try on. The leather on both cans, as previously mentioned, are exceptionally soft. They feel practically weightless upon your head. Unfortunately, the inner edge of the leather, where the leather connects to the mesh that allows sound to pass through, is hard and chaffs against your ear. Wearing them for more than 4 hours is unbearable.
Cons:
I thought they might need breaking in so I bore the pain and wore them for 50 hours. In the end, they were still tough and uncomfortable. ***Sound Quality*** Poor is the kindest word to describe the SQ. These headphones lack depth although clarity was exceptional. The soundstage was very limited, I was constantly reminded that the sound was coming through headphones. The bass in Passive mode was practically nonexistent. Mids were great while highs failed on me. ***NC*** Defective. Loud pop
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5 out of 5

AKG K 495 NC (Factory Refurbished)

Written By Anonymous, Westport Ct on Monday, June 25, 2012
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Better than Bose. Easy to ware although after 4 hours had to move phones so ears were not pinched. On off switch on left side is excellent. Noise cancelation is excellent and battery life is long. Love the cloth covered wires which do not knot up very much at all.
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