AKG K480NC noise cancelling, folding headphones


I have to admit, I’ve never really understood why people spend so much money on headphones…. I have always limited my spend to about approx. £25, give or take a tenner. However on being sent these AKG headphones to review, I have certainly changed my mind on the matter.

They came in their folded form with a hard carrying case presented in a slick black box, making them look pretty special. The assembly was straight-forward, as you would expect, and it’s a case of plug and go.

From the moment you pop them on your ears, it’s an amenable experience. The ear-cups are an incredibly comfortable fit and the band is also padded around the top area for extra comfort.

Sound quality is fantastic and with the active noise-cancelling feature they are perfect for commuting and air travel. They’re also iPhone compatible. The headphones have been beautifully designed and are perfect for their purpose.

The AKG K480NS’s have made me enjoy my music again and I would recommend them to anyone. They generally retail around the £100 mark, give or take £20.

Girls ‘n’ Gadgets award a very well deserved 5/5.


  • Key specifications
  • System: Dynamic
  • Design: Closed-back headphones
  • Color: Espresso
  • Frequency range: 11Hz to 30.5kHz
  • Sensitivity: 127dB SPL/V
  • Input impedance: 32 Ohms
  • Max. input power: 30mW
  • Net weight (without cable): 125g
  • Cable: 99.99% Oxygen-free cable 1m
  • Main connection: Hard gold-plated jack plug and contacts

4 thoughts on “AKG K480NC noise cancelling, folding headphones”

  1. I love the whole folding action – makes it easier to put them into your handbag! However £100 is still a lot for a pair of headphones. (Especially when my iPod was only £170 ish)

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