Name: AKG K 370| Price: $169.95 [Buy it] | Rating: 4/5
In the past, we have reviewed two other headphone models from AKG, the AKG K 480 NC & the K 518 LE DJ. Both were on-ear headphones and therefore, we thought it was high time that we showed our users what AKG can accomplish with in-ear headphones. AKG were kind enough to send us a pair of their K 370 in-ear headphones for review. Read our thoughts after the break!
The K 370 headphones come in a similar packaging to their K 480 NC model, a nicely laid out package that has that quality feel about them making you feel confident that what you find within the package is going to be of the highest quality. Included inside the box is a soft carrying case, an airplane connector, 3 additional sets of ear-tips and a small extension cord.
The K 370 headphones come with an in-line microphone so you can make calls without taking your phone out of your pocket. Sadly, that is all it is as there are no additional buttons to control your music, only a pick-up and hang-up button.
The K 370 headphones are made almost entirely from plastic. They have both a shiny silver and matte black finish. This along with the fact that they weigh almost nothing, perhaps doesn’t make them feel as if they are $160 headphones. However, I believe AKG had functionality in mind rather than looks as due to their extreme lightness, they feel great in your ear.
AKG did a great job in securing that their cable don’t fray at the places where it bends by adding a lot of plastic insulation around the cable. This also gives the headphones a more futuristic look to them.
The cable from the ear-jack to the splitter is actually two cables stuck together, unlike most headphones companies who decide to have both wires within the one cable. The cables have been insulated sufficiently so that there is nearly no microphonic interference.
As I mentioned, the headphones come with 2 additional ear-tips, to ensure they fit everyone’s ears, both being the classical dome shape. The ear-pieces are comfy and do hold the ear-pieces securely in your ear canals. However, when I read other reviews throughout the interent, it seems there is a trend of people who are having trouble keeping the ear-pieces inside their ears. According to one reviewer on Amazon.com, “I am just sitting at my desk not moving – and they pop right out”. I’m guessing I was lucky as I haven’t been experiencing this problem.
The headphones only weigh 4g and therefore, it really is possible for you to forget they are in your ear. They are probably the lightest headphones I’ve ever played with.
The KG K 480 NC & the K 518 LE DJ headphones that I have reviewed were very impressive in regards to sound quality and these headphones are no different. The bass feels controlled and punchy, the highs clear and sparkly and the mids balanced and potent.
Note: If you do have problems with the ear-tips, and therefore aren’t getting a good seal in the earphones, the bass will sound like it is extremely weak. I didn’t have any problems with the ear-tips and therefore can vouch that these headphones do have great bass. You just need a good seal to hear it.
Onto the first song, “All She Wrote by T.I. feat Eminem”. The bass once against sounds great, not overpowering the vocals but complimenting it beautifully. The highs from the snare drum in the beat sounds clear, but perhaps ever so slightly shrill. The vocals sound clear and seemed to be more pronounced that some other headphones that I have tried.
Moving onto an electronic song “The Time (Zedd Remix) by Black Eyed Peas” and once again was impressed by the sound quality. The bass has a more controlled & tight feel to it then other headphones I’ve tried such as the Denon AH-C560R headphones. The vocals are once again crystal clear and aren’t overpowered in any form by the beat.
I then tried out a more mellow song “Your Song by Ellie Goulding”. The piano sounds clear, as do the vocals. When playing this song, you get a sense of the wide soundstage these headphones emit, a similar soundstage to the Thinksound Rain headphones.
Overall, these headphones are great overall headphones. They don’t shine on one specific genre of music, but rather are great throughout a wide range of genres due to the balanced sound.
These headphones isolate sound very well. I had a friend come into my room and recreate the sound of a plane engine whilst in the air and I couldn’t hear her. The headphones do also leak quite badly.
- Design: 4/5 - The K 370 headphones feel great once in your ear, but when you hold them they don’t feel quite as expensive as the price tag. They do look great and the cable joints are protected to ensure the headphones have a long life.
- Comfort: 4.5/5 - The K 370 headphones are so light that you forget they are in your ear in an instance. However, the fact that a couple of reviews around the internet complain of the headphones “popping out” makes me wonder if the ear-tips are for everyone.
- Sound Quality: 4.5/5 - The headphones are extremely versatile and work great with almost every genre. A very balanced sound.
Overall Rating: 4/5
The AKG K 370 headphones can be bought from Amazon for $169.95 [Buy it].
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