AKG Q460 Quincy Jones
World's most famous producer/arranger Quincy Jones and Austrian audio kings AKG join to offer a stellar series of headphones with the 'on-ear' AKG Q460 leading the Apple iPhone/iPad-ready portable headphone sweepstakes. Ergonomic slim-profile fit and detachable cord makes life sweet for jamming on the fly immersed within your music. The looks are smooth and solid; Quincy wouldn't have it any other way. Completely iPhone / iPad compatible with 3-button player control + mic. Choose black or white.
- In-line remote control & microphone for Apple player sources
- Unique '3-D Axis' collapsible feature folds totally flat
- Durable gold-plated connectors and plug contacts
- Locking detachable cables included in two different lengths
- Closed-back 'on-ear' supra-aural earcups
- Free 2-year AKG manufacturer's warranty
What's In The Box:
- Hard-sided AKG carrying case
- Full-size 1/4" stereo plug adapter
- 'Mini' smartphone 2.5mm plug adapter
- (1) 1.6ft detachable cable
- (1) 3.6ft detachable cable
- Owner's manual / product guide
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Engineered for years of comfortable portable use, the AKG Quincy Jones Q460 'headset' headphones connect you directly to your favorite music from any mobile audio or video player with all the dynamics and clarity you'd expect (and Quincy must have!) regardless of genre or style. The AKG Q460 are light, comfortable, and look dang amazing while also blocking a bit of ambient noise, thus freeing up well-balanced sound without having to crank the volume. With built-in mic + Apple player control, the Q460 are a perfect partner for your Apple device, allowing listeners to make/receive calls as well as control full music playback functions for iPhone, iTouch or iPad; the mic & audio portion will also work from most modern smartphones. As with all top AKG audiophile headphones, the primary emphasis remains on clear sound quality and the Q460 high-excursion drivers produce a remarkably full tone in the lower frequencies (read: bass, plenty of it). With an impresssive linear frequency response and 99.99% oxygen-free cabling, the Q460 correctly reproduces recordings as intended by producers and artists. Extremely sensitive and highly efficient, a headphone amp is not needed for clean volume from most audio sources. Quincy Jones Q460 by AKG: studio-quality sound wherever your free-roaming desires and the music decide to take you.
The AKG Q460 on-ear headset headphones have soft supra-aural earpads combined with a closed-back, lightweight construction ideal for controlling ambient noise and minimizing audio 'leakage' to the outside. However, particularly loud jammers might not have total isolation in very quiet environs like offices and libraries due to the smaller 'on-ear' dimensions of the Q460 earcups. Employing a patented '3D-Axis' dual-folding construction design, the cans fold flat into the provided AKG carrying case for easy transit. Detachable single-sided cord design resists tangles and every Q460 comes standard with a normal cord plus a shorter, 4-foot telecommunication cable (compatible with recent Apple iPhones) containing telephony features and in-line player controls. AKG also handily provides an airline plug adapter for your travels along with 1/4" full-size stereo plug adapter and even an extra-scarce 2.5mm adapter required by some smartphones and 1st-Gen iPhone. The 2-year AKG manufacturer's warranty stays free ONLY with your HeadRoom 'authorized AKG dealer' purchase receipt.
- Sensitivity: 126 dB
- Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years
- Connector Type: 1/8
- Headphone Type: Earpad
- Weight: 120 grams w/o cord
- Isolation: -10dB ~ -12dB
- Impedance @ 1kHz: 32 Ohms
- Detachable Cable: Yes
- Cord Length: 5ft
- Cord Type: Straight Left-Side
- Ear Coupler Type: Earpad
- Driver Type: Dynamic
- Acoustic Seal: Closed
- Microphone: Yes
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Posted by hurox from nj on 2012-05-04
Recommend Product: Yes
15KHz, 20KHz, 25KHz or the AKG rated 29.5KHz?
That graph doesn't really help!
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Posted by Barney from New Mexico on 2011-05-04
Recommend Product: No
Pros: Foldable, light, plenty of extras in the box
Cons: muddy mid-range, lacking in clarity and treble
To be fair to Headroom, I got a great price on "B-Stock" so I'm not out too much mulla for these but after 200 hours of break in and even when using my Fiio E7 portable dac/amp, they just sound bad to me. They greatly lack high frequency response. No matter how nice the bass is, I can't listen to "over-emphisized" mid-range and totally lacking high-end.
On the positive side, the Q460's have two cables (one with ipod control/mic, and another that is just long enough to reach your pocket so you don't continually snag things with the cable when you are working). I really found these comfortable and practical for working outside.
Thankfully, reading the reviews at Headroom led to me picking up the Audio TechnicaATH-FC700! I love them. They are slightly bigger but still very portable.
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Posted by MDaven from Austria, Europe on 2011-04-28
Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: comfortable to wear, small, easy to transport, a true iPhone product
Cons: doesn't sound
And a strange sound it was indeed the moment I put the Q460s on first time. Even though things in the low and mid frequency sounded pretty honest, the top end is not really well represented. This results in a more or less muffled sound. Just put some fabric over the tweeters of your loudspeakers and you know what I am talking about. Even though I understand that especially with headphones that small, design and voicing are always a trade-off, still I really wonder who actually voices those headphones. By the way, if you take a look at the frequency response chart here you should get the picture.
Anyways, there I sat with my muffled Q460s, ready to return them to the vendor - but hey, both iTunes on my Macbook and the iPod player of my feature an EQ (that I normally never use) - and that really changed my mind. Utilizing the "more treble" EQ setting kinda "makes up" for the voicing of the Q460 and REALLY MAKES those cans SHINE - believe it or not! (the 4 stars for Sound Quality refer to Q460 + "add treble" EQ setting)
So, for the fact that the Q460 are kinda made for portable use with laptop or other mobile devices, they will sound rather defined with a bit of treble boost from 1kHz up, without using that option, I would only recommend those headphones to people who tend to think that most other products have too much treble. I'm a convinced Sony MDR7506 user, and linearity in sound systems matters to me a lot.
In all other points of interest, the Q460 is a remarkable product right out of the box: It folds together easily and fits nicely in the included transport-hardcase, looks and feels great and the supplied cable options (with or without remote/mic, 2.5 / 6.3mm adapters etc.) should also not be taken for granted.
Despite its small size, the closed design blocks out noise from outside quite efficiently. I also want to mention that the remote/mic not only works with iPhones or other tablets/smartphones, but also with my iTunes on my MBP, just in case you didn't know.
In a whole, very good headphones if you have a chance to boost the treble, unfortunately not a reference without front-end equalization.
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