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I've lived with the irritating, incessant hum of the air ducts above my desk for a long time. To me, it often resembles the roars of jet engines on a crowded tarmac. But when I slipped the extra-light AKG N60 NC headphones on my ears and turned on the active noise cancellation, all the gnashing and grinding sounds seemed to fade away.

Exceptional noise-cancellation in a travel-size package

The AKG N60 NC headphones in airport

The AKG N60 NC headphones fit comfortably and have active noise cancellation that's tuned to block out travel sounds.

I've lived with the irritating, incessant hum of the air ducts above my desk for a long time. To me, it often resembles the roars of jet engines on a crowded tarmac. But when I slipped the extra-light AKG N60 NC headphones on my ears and turned on the active noise cancellation, all the gnashing and grinding sounds seemed to fade away.

AKG's noise-canceling circuitry is fine-tuned to suppress the din and racket of travel, but it worked well in the office, too. Of course, headphones also need to sound good. Fortunately, AKG leaned on their music studio roots and these ultra-portable 'phones delivered.

AKG's studio-mastered sound

As the office sounds vaporized, the appropriately-titled track "Dissolve" by the LA-based band Private Island replaced the workplace hustle and bustle with chill-yet-powerful vibes. AKG headphones are standard equipment in many modern recording studios, so I wasn't surprised that the N60 NC 'phones produced detailed sound across all frequencies.

They were especially pleasant and memorable in the midrange. A tight drumbeat established a toe-tapping groove, allowing the guitar-driven melody to wash over me. The potent vocals pierced through the building riff and rhythm, with all the instruments sounding spread out around my head.

On-the-go design with inline remote and mic

The N60 NC's built-in rechargeable battery provides up to 30 hours of noise-canceling operation per charge. That's plenty of time for most plane or train trips while you watch movies, binge shows, listen to tunes — or just zone out in silence. You can also extend battery life with passive mode listening when you don't need noise-cancellation.

A one-button in-line remote lets you quickly answer phone calls. You can talk right through the headphones thanks to the built-in mic. When you get where you're going, these 'phones fold down to an incredibly compact bundle that fits into the included crescent-shaped carrying pouch.

Product Highlights:

  • lightweight, on-ear design with active noise canceling
  • compact and portable with 3D-Axis folding mechanism for easy storage and portability
  • built-in rechargeable battery provides up to 30 hours of noise cancellation on a full charge
  • 51" detachable single-sided headphone cord with stereo mini plug
    • one-button in-line remote and microphone for taking calls on a smartphone
  • music playback with or without noise canceling
  • USB charging cable included
  • airline adapter and carrying case included
  • frequency range: 10-22,000 Hz
  • impedance: 32 ohms
  • sensitivity: 123 dB
  • weight: 6.3 oz. (without cable)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • On-ear noise-canceling headphones
  • 22" USB charging cable (Type A USB on one end and 2.5mm sub-mini plug on other end)
  • 51" Audio cable with in-line remote/microphone (2.5mm sub-mini plug on one end and right angled 3.5mm plug on other end)
  • Airline adapter (3.5mm female jack-to-dual male 3.5mm plugs)
  • Soft padded storage pouch
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Card
  • Attention booklet

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AKG N60 NC Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(14 Reviews)

Almost great

Benjamin from Westfield, NJ on 9/25/2017

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Nice sound, decent noise cancellation, great battery life, and very portable. After an hour though, they are quite uncomfortable and I have to take them off. That might be a problem with all on-ear headphones though. Besides the comfort issue, my only other complaint is that the sub bass is quite weak. Switching between these and my Audio-Technica M-50s makes this abundantly clear. If you listen to electronic music or hip hop, you will be disappointed.

Pros: Great battery life, very portable, sleek design, good sound quality

Cons: Uncomfortable, weak bass

Good sound quality and OK noise cancelling.

mrdoubleb from Europe on 3/7/2017

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It's hard to pick anything reasonably priced among NC headphones - Bose is miles ahead when it comes to NC, but I would never pay $300-400 for headphones, that's just absurd. Cheaper (>$100) NC headphones I tested are not worth a dime... so I ended up biting the bullet and going about $50 above my original limit for this and got it for $200. About the NC effectiveness. At my hotel room it made the car noise coming in from the nearby highway still audible, but as if you had another thick door between you and the window shut. The airport business lounge was a weird experience. Most of the ambient noise got filtered out, but some of the people's voices, especially higher pitched women's laughs were amplified and almost disturbing in the relative silence the headphones created otherwise. On the plane (transatlantic trip) you could still hear the engine noise, but like with the cars, 80%+ of it was filtered out and the whole "environment" was a lot less stressful with most of the surrounding noise gone. I have tested the Bose QC 25 and 35 in a store a few days before I got these and that's a different universe - it's like someone turned off the world around you. But, again, the prices of those things is stupid high. Summary: If you don't want to spend a fortune and are willing to compromise a bit, you will be happy with the AKG.

Pros: Reasonable price Good audio Reasonable NC

Cons: Still a bit pricey, realistically should be $150 NC is good but far from perfect Passive mode sounds weak and dull.

AKG N60NC on-ear noise cancelling headphones

Anonymous from New York, NY on 12/22/2016

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great head phones. the noise cancelling is superb.



Excellent sound and noise cancellation.

Phil from Huntingdon, PA on 12/13/2016

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These are my first pair of noise-cancelling headphones. I was drawn to them because they seemed small enough to travel comfortably with and the reviews said they had great sound with or without NC on. All true. These sounds absolutely fabulous. The instruments sound distinct and you can easily pick out each instrument. They don't have the bass boost that many modern headphones do. I find the Sony bass boost just obnoxious as I end up fighting the headphones with the EQ to get a balanced sound. That said, I'm a bass player and I really like to be able to pick out the bass lines and these phones deliver clear tight bass. There is a slight bass boost when NC is turned on but very little sound difference otherwise. I did my first travel trip with them recently and spent 8 hours on a train and these were just awesome. Taking out the background hum made the ride so peaceful. They don't take out the sound of people talking that much. The NC seems to really turn down the constant background droning that, without NC headphones, requires you to listen at much louder volumes. Also, compared to my Audio Technica m-50 phones, I can wear these longer because my ears don't heat up. I find around ear phones with good isolation just too hot over long periods. Overall, these are fabulous sounding and I'm very happy with them. My biggest gripe is that they came with a travel "bag" that offers no real protection. I purchased a good case separately to protect them during travel.

Pros: Great sound with or without NC on. Portable. Excellent noise cancellation for background droning.

Cons: non-standard USB charging plug. Travel "bag" that offers no real protection.


Mike from Brighton, MI on 12/10/2016

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Great sound -really nice for travel




Anonymous from E. Clfs, NJ on 12/4/2016

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It's a folding and compact to carry wherever you go. The sound is so spatial. High quality product.



Nice sound, good NC

paul from Redwood City, CA on 9/5/2016

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Amazing! Had the Bose NC and these are so much nicer. Sound quailty with and without NC is superior. Fit is lighter and less warm than the bose. And, as usual the Crutchfield people are the best. The "hiss" that is reported by some when just engaging the NC is non existent to my ears

Pros: sound quality light fit style stores easily

Cons: the charger is so unique that if lost it will be a pain to replace


Richard from Howell, MI on 7/25/2016

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Nice headsets, compact but full rich sound. Great for air travel. Not Bluetooth, but who cares on a plane. Still need to plug in to airlines sound system for most activities anyways.

Pros: Compact, great sound. Great noise cancellation on a plane

Cons: Does not cover full ear, but I would hate to give up the compact size.

Excellent Alternative Choice to Bose

peterjson from Anaheim, CA on 5/16/2016

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After doing some extensive research, i decided to go with the AKG N60 headphones vs the Bose QC25 and I'm glad I did. Sound quality is much better on these headphones vs Bose where the sound stage is much wider and overall sound is much more dynamic. I've used the PSB M4U 2, AKG N465, and several other headphones, but this is my go to travel headphone. Only wish the headphones has a micro usb charge plug and better carrying case (does not offer any protection in your bag).

Pros: - Great Sound Quality - Very Portable - Great Design

Cons: - Proprietary charging plug - soft carrying case

great gift

Don from south milwaukee, WI on 2/24/2016

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Girlfriend wanted noise cancelling headphones. Bose does t work with iPhone 6; these do. They are smaller and easier to pack. She was quite happy and really enjoys them.



Great NC on ear headphones

Tracey from Ft Collins, CO on 1/29/2016

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I think these are on par with Bose as far as noise cancellation. I had bought these AKG's once, then returned them, ( I didn't think they were cancelling well.) Crutchfield immediately replaced them. The second pair I got were a little tighter on my ears. I think they needed a break in period. They do work as expected. I had tried the Bose over the ear and also the in ear earbuds. I couldn't stand the battery department on the earbuds. It just drove me a bit crazy dealing with it. The over the ears Bose were Not comfortable on the top of the head. (the headband). They hurt my head. The AKG's are by far superior in comfort on the headband. I decided I needed the on ear type of headseat because of wearing glasses. They fit just fine without interfering with the glasses, where as the over the ear ones don't get a good seal because of the "temple" of the glasses. (the arm part that goes to and over your ear). Sound on the AKG's are beautiful! Ease of packing them for travel is fabulous. Small and lightweight. Fits in a purse or bag or pack without much added bulk. Great carrying case as well. Noise reduction on an airplane is not 100% but doable.

Pros: Price, quality, comfort, lightweight, sylish Charge time!!

Cons: none

Very nice headphones

AS from Massachusetts on 1/12/2016

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Outstanding headphones

Pros: Excellent noise cancellation. Very compact. Well built. Nice design. Very good sound quality.

Cons: Expensive. Connector cables could have been longer.

Great Headphone, Noise Cancelling Not as Good as Bose QC20 or QC25s

RyanD from San Francisco, CA on 1/7/2016

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I really wanted to keep these headphones over the Bose QC20, but ended up returning them because the Noise Reduction is significantly better with the QC20s. Working in a busy office and travelling, I need a low profile, good sounding headphone that takes me away from the noise. The Bose do a better job of doing that despite offering 8 hours of charge time vs the N60s 30+ hours! The AKGs will work well in the office when outside noise is low to mid. When it gets loud, you'll hear conversations. The N60's sound is crisp both in treble and bass. There is good power in the headphone as well. You can hear more in songs than the Bose QCs. They look great and have a nice non-tangle chord. I appreciate the thought that went into the build. Perhaps I'll pick these up in a couple years when the noise cancellation improves!

Pros: 30 Hour Noise Cancellation Charge (no AAA's) Non tangle chord Small, collapsible headphone Great sound Comfortable and stylish

Cons: Noise reduction does not compare to Bose

sounds great

Jessie from Indiana on 12/13/2015

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it is much better than my expectation and really deserves the price! it's a product that you should not miss!




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 2.366" x 2.366"
Noise-canceling Yes
Bluetooth No
Mic For Taking Calls Yes
iPhone Control Yes
Lightning Connector No
Android Control Yes
Frequency Response 10-22k Hz
Sensitivity 123 dB
Impedance 32 Ohms
Weight 6.3 ounces
Cord Length 51"
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Volume Control No
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research


Overview: The AKG N60 NC noise-canceling headphones are designed for travelers who want to hear their music, and only their music. With Active Noise Canceling technology, the distracting noise you encounter, from other travelers talking to the drone of airline engines, simply disappears. The headphones come with an audio cable with in-line remote, a USB charging cable, and an airline adapter for plugging into on-board entertainment. The N60 NCs feature a unique folding design for storage in the included compact padded pouch.

Active Noise Canceling: The N60 NC features high-performance, active noise-canceling technology to reduce ambient noise and create a quiet environment inside the headphones. This active circuit picks up ambient noise, reverses its polarity, and re-introduces the noise into the headphones to cancel out the external distractions. You can turn the ANC circuit on or off as needed, using the slide switch on the back of the left ear cup.

Rechargeable Battery: The Active Noise Cancellation circuit is powered by a built-in Lithium-Polymer rechargeable battery (3.7V, 320mAh) in the left ear cup. An LED inside the switch glows green to indicate the circuit is turned on, blinks green to let you know the battery needs charging, and glows red during charging. The battery charges in less than 3 hours, using the included USB charging cable. A fully charged battery provides approximately 30 hours of ANC use. You can listen to the headphones in passive mode using the audio cable at any time, even if the battery is exhausted.

Construction: The headphones are made of premium materials, such as aluminum, memory foam, and leather. The padded ear cups rest comfortably on your ears, while the closed back design keeps out much of the external noise.

Cable: The N60 NCs come with a 51" detachable straight audio cable for connecting to your music source. The cable terminates into a narrow, right angled 3.5mm stereo mini-plug. The cable has a universal, in-line 1-button remote/microphone that is compatible with most smartphones. The button allows you to answer/hang up your phone calls, as well as play/pause your music, and skip to the next track. The remote does not have volume control.

Folding Design: The headphones' unique 3D Axis folding mechanism allows you to fold them flat for storage or to pack in a suitcase or briefcase. The N60 NCs come with a padded neoprene storage pouch with a zippered closure.


  • Frequency Range: 10 Hz - 22 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 123 dB SPL/V @ 1kHz
  • Input Impedance: 32 ohms
  • Maximum Input Power: 30 mW
  • Weight: 6.3 ounces (w/cord)

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Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

It was what I wanted at a good price. [ Gale K.  Jun 18, 2018 ]
I purchased before and unfortunately lost them. Excellent sound with or without noise cancellation. Also very compact which is important to me when traveling. Also excellent for my business calls. [ Thomas  Mar 17, 2017 ]
Ratings& price [ Michael  Nov 27, 2016 ]
Good reviews [ Steven  Nov 10, 2016 ]
Reviews were solid [ KENNETH L  Jun 15, 2016 ]
high ratings and good price [ Lisa  Jun 14, 2016 ]
Affordable for the quality. [ Pauline Janse  Apr 09, 2016 ]
It fits my criteria for travel. [ Marsha  Mar 15, 2016 ]
was What Hifi choice for best noise canceling headphones [ Khai  Dec 22, 2015 ]
Wanted some on ear headphones with noise reduction. I wear glasses a lot and can't do the total over the ear headphones. I wanted something other than earbuds. These are completely on par with the Bose as far as ANC (over the ear), but much more comfortable for me!!! [ TRACEY  Dec 04, 2015 ]

2 questions already asked

I've had these for a year now and use them primarily for travel but also around the house. I was torn on buying these given I've had a Bose head set before. They have held up really well. Great set of headphones. [ Michael  Mar 21, 2017 ]
Ive owned these headphones for almost 2 years with less moderate use and they still look and function like new. Love these headphones for travel. [ Jangjin  Mar 20, 2017 ]
I charge this N60NC using a 5VDC/3.1A USB charger built into a power adapter that is plugged into a wall outlet. The USB contacts of the AKG charging cord should face the contacts in the USB charging port. Now, the power-switch channel on the left ear can has two LED indicators. One LED is located at the top of the channel (right below the "NC" mark). With the power switch in OFF position, this LED shines red during charging, and goes off when the battery is fully charged. The other LED is located at the bottom of channel. With the power switch in ON position, this LED will shine green as long as you still have battery power. Footnote: if you left the power switch in the ON position during charging, both the green and the red LEDs will shine, but the red light will be partially covered by the power switch. Hope this helps. [ Moshe  Jan 08, 2017 ]
You can charge the headphones by a wall outlet or even your computer. The lights for charging are actually behind the o/off switch. [ Michael  Dec 19, 2016 ]