One of the best on-ear portable headphones out there.
Since these are on-ear headphones, and portable, I won’t be making any comparisons with over-the-ear (circumaural) headphones as they have the ability to provide a wider spectrum of sound simply because of the size advantage. That said, the AKG Q460 did sound better than some of the bigger headphones I have tested in the past, and are, I can say confidently, one of the best sounding on-ear headphones I have heard. Maybe even the best.
To start things off, the sound isolation plays a big role in the closed design of the Q460. The 11Hz to 29.5KHz provides a wide band of frequency which is effectively delivered by the Q460. From trance to jazz to the occasional hip-hop, every song I heard (192kbps or above) was played back with the kind of clarity I usually notice on high-end audio equipment. Sure, the price tag is nothing to be taken lightly, but given the kind of quality audio experience you get from the Q460, it’s actually a steal!
While mid-range and high notes are usually great in this category of headphones, what surprised me was how pitch-perfect the bass was on the Q460. It wasn’t overly warm like the Sennheiser PX100-IIi, nor was the bass overbearing like those in almost the entire Beats by Dre line-up. The bass was thumping and had an impact when required; not once did I feel that it was underwhelming or too much. This, coupled with the rest of the impeccable sounding spectrum of sounds makes the AKG Q460 the top on-ear, sub AED 600 ($150) headphones I have heard.
“I visit more than a dozen countries every year, and these are the headphones I want with me.” – Quincy Jones. While I don’t travel as much as Quincy Jones, the AKG Q460 are indeed the headphones I want with me whenever I’m travelling. The entry level price may seem slightly high for portable headphones, but know that the sound experience is one of the best you will have heard in this category.