Recently Samsung owned AKG audio company launched new wireless headphones in India called AKG Y500. The headphones come with a price tag of Rs 9,499 in the country and do look stylish and come with over the ears design.
So before heading over to the design and performance part of the review allow us to tell you what you will get inside the box of AKG Y500 wireless headphones. The pair of headphones comes with a user manual, pouch, charging cable and an audio cable inside the box. The box does mention that the wireless headphones have received iF Design Award for the year 2018. And when we unboxed the headphone, we fell in love with them at the very first sight. AKG Y500 absolutely looks stunning as well as stylish. So, let’s start the review.
Starting with the design first, for the review we received the Black colour variant however the company offers three more colour options — Blue, Pink and Green. The first thing comes to our mind when we first think of buying a new headphone is the sound quality and the second most important thing is comfort. AKG Y500 wireless headphones comes with very soft padding. So first we tried them on to know how comfortable they are. These can be obviously used for long hours because of the soft padding on the earcups. There is another padding on the upper inside part of the rim area. The padding is sweat-resistant and can be used while working out.
But in our case, we felt a bit of a pain, as well as pressure on the earlobes after wearing it for 15 minutes however the company, has used soft cushioning material to extra comfort. The rim is made of plastic as well as steel. Initially, we felt a good fit but felt like they will come off even with the slightest movement of the head. While lying on the bed also the headphones kept coming off even with the tightest grip. We think it would fit well for a user with larger head size. You also get an option to extend the rim if they do not fit you well, yet they came off our small head when moving around.
On the right earcup, you get a play and to activate Bluetooth buttons. Another button is available for activating the ambient aware mode and also the charging port. While on the left there is slider button for maintaining the volume of the headphones, a dedicated button for receiving or disconnecting calls and a 3.5 mm audio jack.
Like we mentioned earlier these are wireless earphones so you can connect it to your device via Bluetooth. Over that, you can pair two devices simultaneously, so no more juggling between devices. Other than your Android smartphone you can connect it with a tablet or laptop, too. The headphones connect to your device every time it is turned on almost instantaneously. To test the Bluetooth connectivity, we left our smartphone in one room and went to the other room and we experienced a slight disturbance in the connectivity. The music paused a couple of times when we went to our balcony. However in close quarters, it was absolutely fine, so a clear distance of about 30 feet is what it works best in.
The audio drivers are very loud. Sometimes we felt by the reaction of the fellow passengers in the Metro, they were able to hear the music as it seeps out. Else the sound delivered was very impressive, we absolutely loved the beats. Also, there is an Ambient mode on the headphones which can be activated by pressing the dedicated button placed on the right earcup. This feature allows the environmental sound so that you do not miss out any important announcement or conversations while travelling.
There is an automatic pause function On the AKG headphones, which automatically gets activated and pauses the music when you take them off and the music resumes as you put them on. Quite neat in our opinion.
The company claims that AKG Y500 headphones offers up to 33 hours of music playback. During our review, we used it in intervals so we cannot confirm it can deliver mentioned playback time, however, the headphones charge quickly. One thing we missed was a voice assistant support, probably we will get to see that in the next version.
AKG Y500 wireless headphone is a set we would surely recommend for its sound quality and lots of cool features on it. But at this price point, we were a bit disappointed that the headphones don’t support voice assistant. But the headphones have a fast Bluetooth connectivity, charge quickly, have long playback time and foremost are very stylish. Now that is a good combo.
Good sound quality
Come off at times
No Voice Assistance
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