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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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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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Why did you buy this?

Price/Quality [ CARL B  Jul 17, 2018 ]
I test one at my friends house and I love how they reproduce music, very natural sound, uncolored. [ AXEL  Jun 28, 2018 ]
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 ]

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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 ]

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