Samsung has unveiled its latest over-ear headphones to do battle with the hugely-popular Bose 700 series and Sony WH-1000XM3. Packing most of the same features, these new premium cans – sold under the AKG brand that Samsung bought back in 2016 – seriously undercut its rivals.
While the Bose 700 Series will set you back a hefty £349.95 and the Sony WH-1000XM3s carry a £329 price tag, the AKG Y600 NC seem a comparative bargain at £199. Available in three glossy colour finishes, including Black, Silver and Gold, the AKG Y600 NC headphones boast 25-hours of battery life when used wirelessly with active noise-cancellation switched on.
If you’re running short on time, Samsung has added its fast-charging solution from its smartphones. After just 10-minutes plugged in, you’ll be able to listen wirelessly on your new headphones for four hours before the red light starts flashing again. Nifty, eh?
If you want to fully charge the AKG Y600 NCs, you will need to leave them charging for two hours. Charging is handled via USB-C, so you’ll be able to use the same cable that charges your laptop, Nintendo Switch, iPad Pro, or smartphone… unless you own an iPhone, that is.
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As well as active noise cancellation to strip-out any background noises – essential if you want to enjoy an in-flight movie without cranking the volume to deafening levels, the AKG Y600 NCs also have TalkThru mode so you can have a conversation without taking the headphones off your head. There’s also the option to adjust how much external sound can filter through the noise-cancellation. This is a handy way to ensure you never miss an important tannoy announcement at the airport or on your morning train.
Just like its pricier competitors, music will automatically pause whenever you take the headphones off, and resume automatically when you replace them.
Twisting the earcup will dial-up the volume, while there’s a physical button to summon whichever voice assistant resides on your smartphone – either Google Assistant on Android, Bixby on Samsung-branded smartphones, or Siri on iPhone and iPad devices.
We’ll have to get our hands ears on the latest from the Samsung-owned brand to find out how well they stack up against the latest and greatest from Bose and Sony. But the feature list looks mightily impressive and the price is seriously competitive.
Whether you use a Samsung-branded smartphone or not, the South Korean firm’s latest headphones might have to be your go-to headphone upgrade.