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Samsung reveals noise cancelling AKG headphones built to tackle noisy city life

With Samsung's introduction of the AKG N700NC, Y500, and Y100, there are a few more audio products to add to your wishlist.
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September 14, 2018
Samsung product image of the AKG N700NC over-ear.
 
Samsung product image of the AKG N700NC over-ear.
The AKG N700NC announced by Samsung feature adaptive noise cancelling and Talk Thru technology.
TL;DR
  • Samsung has introduced three new pairs of AKG headphones.
  • The most intriguing of the bunch are the on-ear N700NC headphones which feature noise cancelling and “premium, innovative features.”
  • The AKG Y500 and Y100 are currently available for $149.95 and $99.95, respectively. The N700NC will be available later this year for .

Today, Samsung announced three new AKG headphones, the N700NC, Y500, and Y100. This isn’t AKG’s first foray into Samsung domain. Back in 2017, the phone manufacturer provided wired AKG earbuds with each Samsung Galaxy S8. While there’s no indication that any of these models are to be included in upcoming Samsung phones, they’re exciting nonetheless.

N700NC

It seems somewhat curious that the announcement of the premium N700NC on-ear noise-cancelling headphones clicks at the heels of the Sony WH-1000XM3 reveal; however, unlike the Sony headphones, these lack anything beyond an inkling of a release date.

More: Best Noise Cancelling Headphones

We do know that the N700NC feature a 20-hour battery life and were designed with sound quality in mind. Samsung boasts that “premium, innovative features” contribute to the posited exceptional audio quality, although there’s no word on aptX or if the headphones will support aptX Adaptive.

What’s more, the N700NC allow listeners to adjust the ingress and egress of ambient noise thanks to adaptive noise cancelling technology. Now, you can walk through city streets while being aware of your environment. And if you happen to take a call, Talk Thru functionality mitigates echoes and improves voice clarity.

N700NCY500Y100
Form factor
N700NC
Over-ear
Y500
On-ear
Y100
In-ear
Adaptive noise cancelling
N700NC
Yes
Y500
No
Y100
No
Ambient Aware
N700NC
No
Y500
Yes
Y100
No
Auto-play and pause
N700NC
No
Y500
Yes
Y100
No
Charging time
N700NC
2 hours
Y500
2.5 hours
Y100
2 hours
Playback time
N700NC
Up to 20 hours
Y500
Up to 33 hours
Y100
Up to 8 hours
Color
N700NC
Silver
Y500
Black, blue, green, pink
Y100
Black, blue, green, pink
Weight
N700NC
270g
Y500
230g
Y100
24g

Y500 and Y100

While the N700NC are compact, the Y500 and Y100 prioritize portability. The on-ear Y500 afford up to 33 hours of playback and include multipoint connectivity, meaning you can pair two devices simultaneously. If you find yourself in an unexpected conversation, removing the headphones automatically pauses your media. Playback automatically resumes when they’re placed back on.

The Y100 on the other hand are wireless earbuds intended for those of us who are always on the move. Although they’re more compact than their on-ear counterpart, they share a few features in common such as speed charging and Ambient Aware. The latter of which lets you hear your surroundings if need be.

The AKG Y500 and Y100 are currently available for $149.95 and $99.95, respectively. The N700NC will be available later this year for $349.95.