If you’re searching for an ultra-compact, modern, and great-sounding on-ear headphone then look no additional than AKG’s Y500 Wireless. While AKG may not be a family title to some, this Harman International subsidiary (and sister firm to Harman Kardon, JBL, Mark Levinson, and Revel) is well-known in audiophile and recording circles. AKG additionally has a wealthy legacy within the recording studio world.

I’ve reviewed a number of AGK headphones through the years, together with the AKG N60 NC Wireless and N700 NC Wireless, and have all the time had an excellent expertise. The AKG Y500 Wireless is not any exception.

Design and first impressions

The AKG Y500 Wireless come superbly packaged. The headphones themselves had been awarded an iF Design Award in 2018. The headphone field proudly shows the iF Design Award brand on its cowl.

The Y500 are available your alternative of blue, inexperienced, pink, and black finishes with chrome accents. My evaluate pair got here in black.

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The Y500 come superbly boxed and sport the iF Design award brand on the quilt.

The Y500 are a street warrior’s greatest good friend. With a 900mAh polymer li-ion battery, you’ll rise up to 33 hours of battery life for discuss and music playback on a single cost. The fast-charging characteristic provides you an hour’s price of play time with a simply five-minute cost. A full cost takes about two and a half hours.

Thanks to multi-point connectivity, you possibly can join two Bluetooth sources on the similar time. It’s excellent for folk who journey with each a cell gadget and a laptop computer, or who take heed to music from a high-res DAP and have to take a name on their smartphone.

The Y500 helps Bluetooth 4.2 and the AAC codec. You gained’t discover aptX, aptX HD, or LDAC codec help right here, and when utilizing the headphones wirelessly, I did discover increased than common hiss.

The Y500 come in your choice of four colors. AKG

The Y500 are available your alternative of 4 colours, together with inexperienced.

Under the hood, the Y500 options 40mm drivers with a rated frequency response of 16Hz – 22kHz. The headphones are very simple to drive with nearly any gadget. Their impedance is 32 ohms and sensitivity measures 117dBSPL/[email protected]

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