Top positive review
Very good sound and build quality, reasonable noise cancelling.
10 February 2018
Sound quality is good, comfortable to wear (although I wouldn't like to wear any headphones for more than say 1-2 hrs. Great for daily 1+ hrs commute on the bus. It doesn't cancel all noises but cancels enough to get a feeling of riding in a premium car while tucked in a seat on Dublin Bus (seriously, even the awful drone of diesel lump in the rump of the bus sounds more like 6 cyl petrol). I can still hear destination announcements (a tad disappointing) and some background noises, but the noise cancelling difference is really nice. While walking the street, the feeling is positive too - you still hear the hiss of the tyres, which reduces all sorts of risks, but it's much quieter. I think overall it's a very good balance between noise cancelling and safety. Build quality - I've owned it for just a couple of days - but it's impressive in my opinion, despite what some reviews and I know what I'm saying, as I'm anti-squeak fanatic in my car, and I know the difference between quality (e.g. plastics, fit and finish) of a premium car vs regular car. AKG N60NC are well put together, much better quality plastics compared to my smaller on-ear Sennheiser which were around £50 (and sound better too), from which the faux leather pad is peeling off after 2-3 years of frequent use (1 hrs a day walking to and back from work). Note, as one of the reviewers rightly noted, the pics on the amazon site (and probably any other site), and edited - the ear pad is indeed crumpled, not smooth as on the pics. But overall, the quality is very good in my opinion, you take it in your hand and you feel it's not a £50 quid cheap headphones. The only fly in the ointment - I think the audio quality is worse in non-noise-cancelling mode. Perhaps it's just an impression, but that's my opinion. Also, when using the microphone while talking on the phone - the persons I called reported that in the noise-cancelling mode the reception was worse - i.e. my voice sounded quieter/more remote (no idea why it could be so). Anyway, it probably makes sense to use it always in noise-cancelling mode - being extra careful when walking the streets - but fortunately, it doesn't cancel all the noises, so you still should be able to hear car tyres and some sounds/voices. Apparently, Bose QC 35 II are much better noise-cancellers, (being over-ear and all), but at twice the price (over £300) not sure they are worth it (and many users reported them falling to pieces after a couple of months of use) - I'll how AKGs fare long term. Overall, pretty pleased with these.