A striking portable headphone for those who like their headphones somewhat with the extra head bounce.
- Bold look
- Fun sound
- Good isolation
- Boosted bass could be subtler
- Review Price: £69.00
- Removable cable
- In-line remote
- 40mm driver
What are the AKG Y50?
The AKGY 50 offers a cheaper alternative to the Beats Solo 2, a low-cost portable headphone.
These are on-the-ear, bold in design and a bit of flute noise that adds that extra bit to your music. However, in a normal AK fashion, they keep a balance on keeping the audio absorbent happy. An office mess they didn’t.
Available for as little as £ 49, but usually seen around the £ 69 mark, the AKG Y50 affordable surprises we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to anyone. We often don’t see that budget headphones get it right.
AKG Y50 – Design
The Ekji Yee has 50 on-ear headphones. These are just a few of the global portable pairs that are generally a bit easier to get away from style-wise than giant full-size sets.
While Ekeji has made some of our favorite on-ear headphones, such as the Bergen-Test AKG K451 in the past, the Y50 company is seeing a crack in the redesign. Teenagers have been switched on with many larger ones. The AKB is going to see a lot of loud-looking headphones.
And boy, are they watching? The shiny aluminum caps on the ear cups feature a huge AKG logo, so large that its parts don’t even fit into the cups.
It should look silly, it should look upwards. But somehow it looks just right to see the Axi Y50. They are confident enough to carefully pull out their type of brush.
If you’re bummed by it, Ekazi also makes an all-black version that is much less like a TV prop designed to deliver impressive products. Those who like the loud look can get the Y50 in yellow, red or teal.
The Ekji Y50 has more than a hint of teenage power, but that doesn’t mean the design hasn’t been carefully considered. Take the headband for example: At the peak of its pressure it flattens instead of continuing the natural curve to stay close to your head. The ear cups attached to the headband look even more sophisticated than the old K-Series AKG sets.
It’s effectively injecting a bit more style into AK’s classic portable headphones. And best of all, they were unable to achieve any value in the conversion. They retail for £ 90, but a crossover search can sell them for $ 49-69. The usual prices are largely aliens to this brand.
The Ekji Y50 Fit is also great. They use large, deep (synthetic) leather-topped pads that instantly give thanks to just about any head for both side-facing cups.
We just need to fully extend our headband to face the possibility. If you have a really huge head, you may have some problems.
Other than that, they are pretty comfortable, especially for on-ear pairs: this type of headphone is the most prone to comfort issues. Mid-farm headband tension means that the AKG Y is tight enough for 50 joggers, but there is a soft enough feel in the pads to avoid the feeling that your head is caught tight. Like an on-ear shoe that uses something other than a light grip, though they aren’t suitable for eyeglasses wearers.
And if you’re wearing a set for more than a few hours at a time, consider a full-size pair instead – they naturally give your ear cartridge some pressure if you feel comfortable.
Noise isolation is remarkably very good. While the AK and Y50 seem non-ported, the only deliberate gap between the driver and the outside world is, well, where your ear goes.
These great headphones (allowed, the new Fangd electric buses are pretty cool anyway) are for the passing of cars and forbidding the sound of roaring bus engines.
The Spirit Easy, for practical inclusion, has a single-button remote from the AKG Y50 with a standard 2.5mm jack on the end that should be easy to replace when something bad happens.
There’s nothing too flashy about the Y50 beyond their provocative looks – no wireless, no noise canceling – and basically no plastic construction is going to wow anyone. But in purely practical terms they are perfect
AKG Y50 – Sound Quality
The AKG Y50 also has a lot of thoughts on its sound. Ekazi can certainly be the best stylish in terms of price when making better headphones. And you know what? We think it probably accomplished this.
Like the Ekji Y50 bit Solo 2 which they come out sounding they didn’t hang too much to sound perfectly accurate, and will happily take on a little extra base as most people have these days. Still, the same was the case with the old AKG K451 and they are a long-term budget favorite.
The bass is muted and fairly tense, avoiding the kind of big bass injection you’re trying to inject but don’t really know how to make a musical. It’s not enough to upset the tonal balance – it’s fun, not fun. Still, if you are part of the Anti-Bus Brigade, emphasizing the bus here would not be your choice: this is expected as an entry-level set, its bus integration is not accurate.
The Tribal is fairly detailed and clearly but smooth, giving a sound that is satisfying to the ear but very easy. On-ear headphones are generally not the best for listening all day, but in the case of the AK-O-Y50, at least, it doesn’t sound low.
The soundstage is also quite different from the portable eczema sets of the past. It’s much wider where the AKG 451 is farther afield, making it sound like the music is closer to your ear.
They are not analytical, but they are enjoyable.
AKG Y50 vs Beats Solo 2
We think these changes are at the bottom of an attempt to create something closer to the very popular Beats Solo.
The AKG Y50 has less aggressive-sounding headphones, with smoother, more natural treble tones and less compressed-sounding mid-ranges. But the Beats Solo 2 sound has a bit more power and provides an unusually large soundstage for a much wider, on-ear headphone.
But is it worth the extra £ 100? Absolutely not. The Axji Y50 destroys the Beats Solo 2 as the price.
Should I buy the AKG Y50
The only thing we can imagine not going with the XG Y50 are those who hate on-ear headphones and who can’t stand the stress of an artificial alloy.
If you want to get a lower price, the AKG K451 is $ 20 cheaper, though we rate the Y50’s sound a bit higher, as well as their comfort. Similarly, the audio integration of the Audio Technica AHT-M50x is a bit more subtle if you can spend more. But the price is one of those unique ear headphones you can get.