AKG Acoustics is one of the oldest brands in the headphone business and was founded in Vienna in the 1940s. While the company has maintained this character to this day, AKG has seen some major changes through the takeover of the parent company Harman International Industries by Samsung. Today, the AKG brand under Samsung has adopted a more modern, contemporary identity and launched various new products, including the AKG Y500 presented here.
Priced at Rs. 9,999, the AKG Y500 wireless headphones promise high quality in all areas, from physical construction to sound performance. Does this headphone have what it takes to be the most popular wireless headset under $ 1? 10,000? We have had the opportunity to use it and here is our report.
AKG Y500 design and specifications
Not many brands attach great importance to styling headphones. That is why AKG products stand out in this department. The company's Y-series headphones are usually leaders with excellent build quality and a modern, eye-catching appearance. The AKG Y500 is definitely one of the company's better looking options and is also impressively built.
The headphones have an ear fit and the ear pads on the outside are flat rather than ring-shaped. We don't usually like how on-ear headphones feel when they're worn, but the AKG Y500 felt quite comfortable thanks to this flat foam padding, although we needed a break every few hours. There is also additional cushioning on the underside of the headband, which itself is a bit flexible to ensure firm clamping when the headphones are worn. However, the fit on the ear and the size of the ear cups do not provide very good noise insulation.
While most of the headband is made of matt plastic, the outer parts of the ear cups are made of solid metal, which gives the AKG Y500 a modern, industrial look. The headset has a folding mechanism that makes it easy to store when not in use. The ear cups can also be rotated to a sufficient extent to ensure a comfortable fit.
On the right side, the AKG Y500 has a slide switch that doubles for the Bluetooth coupling. an environmental sound switch; and a micro USB port, which we found a little disappointing at this price. Pressing the ambient noise switch once will decrease the volume of the playback so you can hear noise outside. A long press will mute the headset until you press the button again. This functionality seemed useful at first, but we didn't really find ourselves using it. We found it easier to just stop our music or slide the headphones out of our ears when we needed to listen to someone or be aware of our surroundings.
On the left is a slider that allows you to quickly adjust the volume and move to the next or previous track by sliding and holding for two seconds. There's also a button to play or pause music, and you can trigger the voice assistant on your smartphone by double-tapping. Finally, there is a 2.5mm jack for connecting the included 2.5mm to 3.5mm cable, through which you can use the headphones with a non-Bluetooth source device or after the battery is discharged can.
An interesting feature of the AKG Y500 is the ability to automatically pause the music when the headphones are removed and resume when they are turned upside down. This didn't work all the time, and we found that the headset has to be removed and reset with a spring force to trigger the sensor that controls this function. it came across as playful and cumbersome.
The AKG Y500 headphones support simultaneous pairing with two devices. We had simultaneous connections with a smartphone and a laptop, but we couldn't switch seamlessly between the two. When swapping sources, each audio track we played on the second device worked less than a second before both devices were forced to stop. The only way to fix this was to disconnect one of the devices.
The AKG Y500 has 40mm dynamic drivers on each side, a frequency range from 16 to 22,000 Hz and Bluetooth 4.2 for connectivity. Only the SBC Bluetooth codec is supported, which is a little disappointing considering that we've seen many options that are well below Rs in price. 10,000 with support for the AAC and / or aptX Bluetooth codecs.
During our test, the 900 mAh battery of the AKG Y500 headphones ran for about 28 hours when fully charged, which corresponds to the specified time of 33 hours. This is great for headphones in this price range and with this form factor. This device makes sense for everyone if battery life is a priority.
AKG Y500 performance
We used the AKG Y500 headphones with a OnePlus 7T Pro (review) for much of this review and listened to music with streaming services like Spotify and YouTube Music. Although we didn't like what we heard with the AKG Y500, the overall experience was underwhelming given the price and offerings on the market.
We have heard some pretty impressive AKG headphones in the past, including the absolutely fantastic AKG K52, which wonderfully captured the essence of the company's signature sound. While the Y500 is a completely different product from a different area with a different approach, we missed that typical AKG sound. What we got was a very typical acoustic signature that sounded like we are used to from most products in this price range.
When listening to Basement Jaxx & # 39; Summer Dem, the sound was powerful, bass-heavy and pleasantly reverberating, with a lot of details being heard. The mids were a bit boring compared to the lows and highs, but we were able to develop a good feeling for the vocals despite the strong bass. However, poor noise isolation meant that a lot of outside noise had crept in, so the headphones weren't particularly impressive. Noise loss also occurred at high volume levels, but this was nothing more than what we heard from other on-ear headphones.
When we switched to Queen's catchy Another One Bites The Dust, we enjoyed the sound stage and imaging of the AKG Y500, which provided a strong sense of direction. The bass and treble-favoring Sonic signature didn't do justice to Mercury's strong vocals, but was in line with the essence of John Deacon's legendary bass guitar riff. The headphones are therefore best suited for instrumental and synthesizer elements. We enjoyed how they sounded with most electronic tracks, but rock music and other more traditional genres didn't sound that good.
Finally, we used the headphones for voice calls. The performance was average at best, which was acceptable most of the time, but not exceptional. Increasing the volume, whether for voice calls or music, improved the level of detail and audibility, but also made the sound a bit shrill and tiring.
The AKG Y500 headphones are certainly not bad, but we will stop calling them very good. We like how they feel for the most part and how they look, and the sound is decent if you like your bass punchy. However, we did not find anything unusual about these headphones. This is an average couple that we don't quite do justice to the AKG brand name.
Battery life is reasonable and there are some nice features, but they only look good on paper and don't help us beat the price. At Rs. 9,999, the AKG Y500 is too expensive for what is on offer and we felt overwhelmed after our time with this pair of headphones. Options like the Marshall Major III Wireless or the LSTN Troubadour may be worth a look over the AKG Y500.
Price: Rs. 9,999
- Good looks, comfortable
- Outstanding battery life
- Powerful, reverberant bass
- Poor noise isolation
- Outstanding overall sound
- Only the SBC Bluetooth codec is supported
Reviews (of 5)
- Design / comfort: 4
- Audio quality: 3
- Battery life: 4.5
- Value for money: 2.5
- Overall: 3.5