It’s been sometime since we’ve heard from the likes of Harman Kardon. They own a variety of brands and one of them is AKG, who just released two new noise canceling headphones, the K490 and K495. It’s not entirely clearly what separates the two, but the K495 cost more and weigh a fair bit more, so it stands to reason that they have larger drivers and more refined materials.
What is clear is that both models offer active noise cancelation powered by a USB rechargeable battery. That’s right, no batteries are included, which could be a boon to those that don’t like to deal with battery swapping or a major caveat to those that travel and burn through 40 hours of juice and don’t often find themselves close to a USB port. Fortunately, both models work with out power, though sound quality will be some what diminished and noise cancellation won’t be present. Also, don’t expect to find an inline mic or iPod controls, though we can gladly live without that feature, provided of course the noise cancellation of these headcans are all they are promised to be.
The K490s will cost $249.95 while the higher end K495s will sell for $349.95.