AKG Q460 Quincy Jones Signature Headphones Review

By on July 12, 2011
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One of the best on-ear portable headphones out there.

Good: Brilliant sound; Great bass; Two different length detachable cables are great for people with different needs; In-line remote is close to head and effective
Bad: Nothing, really
Price: AED 579
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

I often approach celebrity endorsed products very cautiously since they’re usually overpriced and not always of the best quality. When I received the AKG (by Harman Kardon) Q460 Quincy Jones Signature Line headphones, I was skeptical as to the worth of these headphones.

On-ear headphones, or supra-aural headphones, aren’t exactly my preferred type of headphones because as someone who wears glasses, long usage of such headphones inadvertently results in paining  my ears as the headphones push against my glasses on the ears. However these being AKG headphones, I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt, and not write it off completely. Secondly, there’s Quincy Jones; I wouldn’t be surprised if some of our younger readers haven’t heard of him, he is 78 after all. However, being someone who has been nominated for 79 Grammys and won 27 of them, who also happens to be the producer of one the biggest selling albums of all time – Michael Jackson’s Thriller, the man clearly has an ear for music.

The Q460 are designed as portable headphones, which means the headpieces fold in, which is a simple enough procedure. The supplied pouch is also big enough to fit the headphones comfortably. Also provided with the Q460 are two detachable cables to attach to your smartphone or mp3 player; I preferred the smaller cable as it was good enough from my head to my iPhone 4 in the pocket. The single-sided cable that attaches to the left earpiece also has an in-line remote control (and built-in mic) which works perfectly with my iPhone 4.

The earpieces and the underside of the headband have padded leather for increased comfort. The fit on the Q460 is neither too tight, nor too loose, making for a remarkably comfortable wear for all the hours I wore them.  The padded cushions on the earpieces provide a surprisingly effective sound isolation effect, which further helps in delivering the brilliant sound.

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