AKG Acoustics (originally Akustische und Kino-Geräte Gesellschaft m.b.H., which means Acoustic and Cinema Equipment in English) is a company for acoustic engineering and manufacturing. It was founded in 1947 by Dr. Rudolf Görike and Ernest Plass in Vienna, Austria. It is a subsidiary of Harman International Industries, a division of Samsung Electronics.

Originally, their main business was the provision of technical equipment to cinemas: loudspeakers, film projectors, and light meters. The business expanded slowly and AKG started selling car horns, door intercoms, carbon microphone capsules for phones, headsets, and pillow speakers.

Today, AKG is synonymous with good sound, stands for passion in music providing the highest quality and constant innovation in the world of music.

The products currently marketed under the AKG brand mainly consist of microphones, headphones, wireless audio systems, and corresponding accessories for professional and consumer markets.

With these and many other activities, AKG hopes to continue to be world best in the professional audio world for its high-quality microphones and headphones.

A quick look at the 7 best AKG in-ear earbuds we’ll be discussing in today’s post:

Top 7 AKG in-Ear Earbuds

AKG N40

 

AKG N40 Canal Type Earphone high Resolution corresponding 2WAY (Dynamic/BA) Hybrid Cable Detachable Black Chrome N40SIL [Domestic Regular Goods]
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  • [Genuine guaranteed peace of mind] AKG is high-quality sound in a natural sound balance with no exaggerated sense of sharp resolution. AKG products in the domestic regular goods, a period of one year from the purchase, manufacturer's warranty with a peace of mind to sell of Amazon.co.jp.
  • [Hi-Res support] corresponds to the high-resolution standard AKG which is well-established in the high-quality sound is further ahead as foreign brands. Further delicacy, to realize the rich power of expression, can experience the high-quality sound close to the original sound.
  • [Hybrid draw the canal of Features] 1 groups are balanced-armature drivers for the mid-high range, adopted 2WAY hybrid of 8mm diameter dynamic driver is 1 groups mounted for the low frequency range. Spacious achieve a spatial representation.
  • By means of a cable adoption of [removable & ear-hook type cable] removable, long available that also disconnected to replace the cable. It can be comfortable wearing touch noise is reduced further by the ear-hook type.

AKG decided to confuse the equation and use both a balanced armature and dynamic driver for their latest IEM, the N40. With headphones that contain two drivers, this makes sense due to the way the technology works.

Balanced armatures have a naturally better signal response for higher frequencies, while larger dynamic drivers have a better frequency response in the lower range.

Design

The N40s are elegant looking headphones; they’re mostly made of plastic but are lightweight look even fancier with their shiny silver surface. They’re also convenient because the fitted over-ear hooks keep the buds safe and perfectly positioned to create an essential seal without any discomfort.

Those hooks, which run over your ear, also act as dampeners to prevent vibrations from interfering with the sound. This is great for those, who use these AKG earphones in public transportation or other noisy environments.

The N40 is a fairly standard IEM, the connectors are MMCX cables, which make them compatible with a plethora of branded accessories, such as Westone’s Bluetooth cable.

Features

  • High-Resolution audio playback
  • Removable cable construction
  • 3 interchangeable sound filters
  • 10 Hz – 40 kHz frequency range
  • 2-way hybrid drivers: dynamic and balanced armature
  • 4 Pairs of ear cups (XS, S, M, L)
  • Universal 3-button remote control
  • Built-in microphone

On the left cable there is a remote with an Apple/Android switch, and a microphone on the front. The entire back is a rocker switch with up and down controls on the ends for volume control or forward/backward tasks.

In the middle, there’s a push-button for play/pause operations. Allows for modulation of bass, mid or high frequencies directly into the ear, as desired.

The N40 has a hybrid driver system that includes a Knowles fitting with leveling anchor and a dynamic driver.  This carefully selected combination of both drivers allows you to enjoy high definition audio from your music devices.

It’s made of stainless steel for durability, soft rubber for the maximum comfort, and equipped with 2 tangle-free removable cables for easy comfort.

Pros

  • Light
  • Comfortable
  • Interchangeable cable
  • Confident and perfect sound
  • Excellent build

Cons

  • Interchangeable filters seem unnecessary

Why Buy?

The AKG N40 uses a lightweight plastic construction, looks, and feels luxurious, and that sounds great.


AKG N20

AKG N20 Premium Reference Class In-ear Aluminum Enclosure Earbud Headphones, Includes Flight Adaptor, Cleaning Tool and Semi-Hard Case, Gold
  • Legendary AKG sound with word-class acoustic signature and warm bass response
  • Built with premium materials like aluminums, soft silicones and durable fabrics
  • 3 pairs of ear tips (S, M, L)
  • Includes a flight adaptor, cleaning tool and semi-hard case to jump-start the audio action right out of the box.
  • Sensitivity 115dB SPL/V @1kHz / Input Impedance 24 ohms / Frequency Response 12-20kHz

Regarding sound quality, soft, comfortable earplugs, and a fabric cord that prevents tangling, the carefully crafted AKG N20 sets a new standard for exceptional sound.

Discerning listeners will appreciate the generous enjoyment of first-class materials and a semi-closed back design, which enables excellent acoustics and improved bass reproduction

Design

These are small, unobtrusive earphones. These earpieces are made of aluminum, black, but with a shiny beveled edge for a striking contour. The back of the remote is a beveled plate of aluminum, but the front part where the buttons are is simple black plastic.

Features

  • Sensitivity: 115dB SPL/V @1kHz
  • Impedance: 24 ohms
  • ​Frequency response: 12-24 kHz
  • ​Maximum input power: 10mW
  • ​Weight: 18g
  • ​Cable length: 1.2m
  • Connection: 3.5mm jack
  • Dynamic driver: 6.8mm
  • 3 Pairs of ear sleeves (S, M, L)
  • Stainless steel housing
  • Universal 3-button remote/microphone

The four-feet-long cord is covered with fabric and ends with a gold-plated 3.5mm socket with an aluminum housing. The AKG N20 cable is not removable but feels robust. A dense weave below the cable slot helps avoid tangle.

The cable also has a 3-button remote unit with control buttons on one side and a switch for Android or Apple phones and a microphone on the other side.

The AKG N20 uses dynamic 7mm drivers, which are tiny. The AKG N20s have large bass openings on each earpiece to compensate for the tiny diameter of the drivers.

It contains 3 pairs of earplugs (S, M, L) and a flight adaptor, cleaning tool and a semi-hard case to start the audio action immediately after unpacking.

Pros

  • Excellent details in the mid and treble
  • High construction quality
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • Very sharp sub-bass
  • Would thrive with greater airiness
  • No double driver

Why Buy?

AKG N20 has a very detailed, subtle, and relaxing sound across the entire frequency band.


AKG N5005

The AKG N5005 is an in-ear earphone and the flagship of the AKG in-ear range.

The AKG N5005 is a five-way hybrid design that combines a single 9.2-mm dynamic driver (for bass) with four symmetrical armature drivers (two for mid-range, and two for high frequencies) in each earpiece.

Design

The foam-padded-interior, which contains the many accessories included, appeals to the kind of high-end experience that AKG would like to offer you. The numbered steel engraved tile shows how exclusive a club you’re joining by purchasing it.

There’s only one color to buy, a high-gloss black, but they’re made from a durable, fine ceramics.

The buds sit on a pleasantly large housing, which sits comfortably in the inner ear, with rubberized corners, which prevent excessive chafing when inserting and removing them.

Features

  • Powerful Bluetooth
  • Customizable earplugs
  • 2 detachable cables
  • Interchangeable sound filter
  • 2 sets of tips

The N5005 comes with two detachable cables for critical hearing (a 3.5-mm unbalanced and a 2.5-mm balanced), but also includes a replaceable Bluetooth dongle for convenient wireless listening on the go

Interchangeable cables can be pulled out of the AKG N5005 buds with a clip, while the supplied cables (except for the wireless Bluetooth option) are braided, copper-colored and of a high-quality

The set also includes a cleaning tool and travel adapter, as well as 2 sets of different types of tips: 4 sets of standard tips (XS, S, M, L) and a set of 3 Spinfit tips in S, M, and L.

It takes approximately 2 hours to fully charge the Bluetooth cable and offers approximately 8 hours of playing time. With four interchangeable unique filters, that allows you to adjust the bass, mid, mid-high, or high frequencies to suit both listening preferences and to the constantly changing atmosphere of mobile listening.

These filters are called Bass Boost, Reference Sound, Semi-High Boost, and High Boost. AKG N5005 has a frequency response of 10Hz – 40 kHz and an impedance of 18 ohms

Pros

  • Incredible build quality
  • Sound wonderful
  • Many customization options
  • Hair-raising performance

Cons

  • Far from being cheap
  • No active noise cancellation

Why Buy?

From the first-class packaging to the high-quality sound, the AKG N5005 offers excellent quality and so many adjustments and wiring options that it’s almost as if you had several headphones in one box.


AKG N25

The AKG headphones N25 offers an amazing Hi-Res sound right between your ears, with two flawlessly tuned dynamic drivers that offer a warm bass response, rich mids and crystal-clear highs.

But while they’re designed for award-winning sound, they’re also designed for comfort. The sound tube is inclined to adapt to the shape of your ear, and super-soft silicon earplugs (in 4 different sizes) ensure that the headphones fit well.

Design

The AKG N25 headphones have an elegant, but also very trendy design. The teal green models have a peppy pastel look, which is emphasized by the polished silver bezel and the laser engraved AKG logo.

These earbud headphones style, like most, go straight into your ear, but the distinctive positioning of the driver allows them to better direct the sound into your ear canals.

The size of the earbuds is slightly larger than most others, but the shape of the earbuds allows them to fit comfortably in your ear anyway. They sit flush and remain firmly in place even during high activity.

Features

  • Certified high-resolution audio
  • 10 Hz – 40 kHz frequency range
  • Two dynamic drivers: 5.8mm & 9.2mm
  • Stainless steel housing
  • Universal 3-button remote/microphone
  • Quality materials and accessories, including tangle-free fabric cable, carrying cases and flight adapters

AKG includes also four pairs of soft tips, it’s easier to find those that work for you. These in-ear headphones can also get a little dirty at times, so a well-made cleaning tool is also included.

The sound tube is tilted to take the shape of your ear, and super-soft silicon earplugs (in 4 different sizes) ensure that the headphones fit well. Attached to it is a tangle-free fabric cable with a universal remote control/ microphone, which brings the playback and call controls directly to your fingertips and keeps you in touch with all your music.

An airplane adapter is the last accessory supplied. This is mainly used on older planes, where two 3.5mm jacks sockets are used instead of one for stereo sound.

3.5 mm mini-plug (straight type) / Cable: 1.2 m (4 pole plug compatible smartphone with a microphone with universal 3 buttons remote control installed)

Pros

  • Several soft tips options
  • Comfortable ear-buds
  • High audio quality

Cons

  • No customization option

Why Buy?

AKG N25 ear-buds are ultra-compact and are designed to bring the studio to the consumer. This makes the N25 one of the best AKG in-ear earbuds.


AKG Y100 Wireless

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AKG Y100 Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds - Black (US Version)
  • Comfortable, durable design : An ergonomic neckband crafted from soft, flexible materials adapts to the shape of your neck, so you can wear it all day
  • Multi Point Connectivity : Pair two Bluetooth devices at once and your headphones will intuitively switch between devices
  • Long lasting battery/speed charge : Get up to eight hours of playback on a single charge so you can listen all day at work
  • Speed charge : 15 minute recharge will add another hour of music to get you through your commute

AKG’s fast-charging wireless in-ears Y100 universal headphones are equipped with an Ambient Aware function, which allows you to hear ambient sounds at the push of a button while listening to music.

Design

A soft, flexible neckband (that adapts to the shape of your neck) and magnetic buds (that ensure your headphones stay tangle-free) offer high-quality comfort for the whole day. The Y100 comes with a sturdy metal body and a choice of colors for every style.

Features

  • Comfortable, durable design
  • Ambient Aware technology
  • Multi-Point Connectivity
  • Wireless Bluetooth Technology with AAC
  • Built-in microphone for hands-free calls
  • Up to 8-hour of battery life
  • Speed charge

The energy supply is provided by a lithium polymer battery with a capacity of 120 mAh, which has proven to be durable and reaches a runtime of more than eight hours when fully charged.

When the battery is empty, charging via the provided USB charging cable takes about two hours, and the quick charge function enables spontaneous use.

After a power supply of only 15 minutes, the headphones could be used for more than an hour and a half, which is a good result.

Y100 supports simultaneous connection with two devices, which can be seamlessly switched between when you’re listening to music on one device and receiving a call on the other device. Your headphones intuitively switch to the call and back to the music as soon as you hang up with the 3-button universal remote control and microphone.

Eliminates echo to improve your phone calls. Thanks to the AKG app, you can also adjust the performance of your headphones and get full control over them.

With built-in ambient aware tech, you can decide how much of your environment you want to let in or keep away. Whether for a short chat or to hear an announcement — you don’t have to remove your headphones.

The Y100 supports Bluetooth standard 4.2 and, in combination with various Android and iOS devices, offers a range of around ten meters with above-average stability.

Pairing is done by holding down the central remote button, turning on the system, and then switching to pairing mode. When a radio connection is established, the button is used to control the start/stop function and to answer and end phone calls.

The corresponding voice assistant can also be triggered by double-clicking, while separate plus and minus buttons are available for volume control. These can also be used for title navigation by jumping forward and backward without delay by pressing and holding the plus button.

The in-ears have a clear, bright sound with a well-defined bass basis that extends into the deep bass range and sounds delightfully strong.

The adjustable neckband gives the in-ears good stability so that there is plenty of freedom of movement in daily use; a short intermediate sprint is also possible in sporty use.

Pros

  • Stereo speakers
  • Supports Bluetooth
  • Excellent ambient aware mode

Cons

  • Has no sweat resistant
  • The resistance of the key when pressed

Why Buy?

AKG Y100 Wireless is designed for streaming high-quality audio using the AAC codec and Bluetooth technology.


AKG N30

The N30 headphones are nothing if they aren’t elegant. They’re a little larger than most others, which is why they handle the over-the-ear design so well. They have got the latest technology inside such as adjustable audio filters, two dynamic drivers, and special cables.

Design

The oval shape is provided with a matte front plate. The AKG logo is engraved into the black frame. This is a subtle, yet powerful effect. To emphasize the headphones, the sides were provided with a polished metal surface.

The earplugs are attached so that they can hold four different sleeves size and are angled so that they point directly into your ear canal. This makes them fit a little deeper so that the drivers have a direct route to your eardrums.

The earplugs themselves can be removed from the detachable cord, which also serves as the “hooks” that go around your ears and hold them in place.

Features

  • Universal 3-button remote
  • Built-in microphone
  • Certified Hi-Res audio
  • 10 Hz – 40 kHz frequency range
  • 2-way Hybrid driver: dynamic and balanced armature
  • Two interchangeable sound filters
  • 4 Pairs of ear cups (XS, S, M, L)
  • Comfort controlled design

There is an inline remote control that allows you to control music playback or answer calls. A microphone is built into the in-line controller. It’s very clear and strong, so your callers can hear your voice even if the cable hangs by your side.

This controller has three additional buttons on the top. The first two are used to increase or decrease the volume. If you hold these buttons either up or down, they’ll jump to the next track after a second.

The materials used in these earplugs increase both the comfort and the durability far beyond the performance of your standard headphones. The cables are covered with a piece of fabric, a tangle-free cord that is much thicker than an average cable.

They’re very durable and can resist much more abuse than your average cables, and won’t get tangled up in your pocket.

These cables have a permanent yet soft curve that runs around your ear. It gently supports the earbud without exerting too much pressure.

You get ear tips in four different sizes to ensure a good fit. The N30 comes with a detachable cable, so you can replace the cable if you prefer a different one.

Finally, the soft tip earplugs are much smoother and more malleable than your standard ear tips, offering greater comfort and longer durability.

Pros

  • Music is made up of a variety of frequencies
  • Built-in microphone
  • Features sound filter

Cons

  • Expensive

Why Buy?

The AKG N30 in-ear earbuds offer incredible performance in a compact body. The N30s offer comparable sound, in a package that has been slightly modified to work well with cell phones, iPods, or popular audio devices.


AKG N20 NC

One of the best AKG in-ear earbuds, the N20NC headphones deliver an amazing audio performance while maintaining the Grammy award-winning audio experience AKG has provided for years. With the Active Noise Cancelling hybrid technology, which cancels the noises especially in the lower frequency range, the sound signature of the N20NC is clear, with warm bass response.

Features

  • 20 hours of battery life
  • 3-button remote
  • Compatible with Android and iOS
  • Airline adapter
  • 12 Hz to 22 kHz Frequency Response
  • Built-In Microphone
  • Universal Three-Button Remote
  • Battery Life up to 20 Hours
  • 3 different ear tips size

The integrated universal 3-button remote control has an iOS/Android compatibility switch and a built-in microphone. The 3.5mm stereo plug allows you to use the headphones with most laptops and portable music players.

The frequency response extends from 22 kHz down to 12 Hz. Three sets of ear tips in different sizes ensure the comfort of the listener. Cable knots are minimized by the tangle-free fabric cable.

And best of all: thanks to the well-thought-out accessories – airline adapter, carrying case, cleaning tool, three earplugs of different size – these headphones are ready to take any musical journey to first class.

Active noise cancellation, which is tailored to travel, reduces ambient noise, and creates a perfect quiet area. Enjoy a battery life of 20 hours that can be easily charged via the micro USB. The earbud can also be used in passive mode to save the battery.

Pros

  • Active noise-canceling technology
  • Tangle-free fabric cable

Cons

  • Larger than most

Why Buy?

The N20NC headphones are made for an extremely comfortable fit and specially designed for travel. It offers amazing audio performance.


Wrapping up

Overall, if you want a headphone that is focused on vocals, these 7 best AKG in-ear earbuds with their mids and high will suit your taste. The sound quality of these earbuds is indeed better than their predecessor.

They offer high-quality audio sound and with the in-line remote control to be able to adjust the earplugs to your preference. They also come with a tangle-free cable for those that like to put their cell phone or audio devices in their pockets.

Additional characteristics like a microphone for excellent call making and adjustable headbands are included.

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