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AKG K830BT Bluetooth Headset review

Can these wireless headphones finally free your sounds?

Our Verdict

For

  • Lightweight and comfortable
  • Detailed, crisp sound
  • Plenty of volume

Against

  • Mic a little too close to output

Do you like to keep your music private, but don't appreciate trailing cables? Then the AKG K830BT Bluetooth headphones could be just what you need.

Powered by an eight hour rechargeable battery, you can pair your AKG K830BTs with your Mac or iOS device and move around freely, as long as you stay within their 10-metre range. They're very comfortable to wear and lightweight.

Controls on the left earcup let you adjust the volume, skip tracks, pause/resume your music and when paired with an iPhone, take an incoming call. When not in use, they fold flat and fit in the bundled drawstring carry bag.

We've few complaints about the sound quality here. Audio is clear and crisp, with excellent detail reproduction, a superb mid-range and crystal-clear vocals. Bass is well realised, but not very prominent.

They can handle a reasonable amount of volume but distort if you turn up the volume too loud, though the sound isolation is pretty good. They cut out the outside world well, and there's little leakage at reasonable volumes.

But the headphones are less accomplished when used as an iPhone headset. The mic is so close to the earpiece that the person phoning you often hears a delayed echo of his or her own voice during the call; though not disastrous, it can get pretty annoying.

If you're looking for high-quality Bluetooth earphones for listening to your music, you won't go far wrong with these. As a telephony headset, the quality is acceptable enough for you to tolerate interruptions to your musical enjoyment with short calls.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeHeadset
Maximum Battery Run Time8 Hour
Earpiece TypeBinaural
Minimum Frequency Response18 Hz
Maximum Frequency Response20 kHz
ColourBlack
Connectivity TechnologyWireless
Brand NameAKG
Form FactorEar-cup
Wireless TechnologyBluetooth
Sound ModeStereo
Earpiece DesignOver-the-head
Integrated MicrophoneYes
ManufacturerHarman International Industries, Inc
Product ModelK 830 BT
Product NameK 830 BT Headset
Impedance32 Ohm
Manufacturer Part NumberK830BT
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.harman.com
Marketing Information

AKG K 830 BT headphones pair with your iPod, iPhone or other Bluetooth-enabled portable player, streaming your favorite music to your ears without the hassle of wires. All the controls you'll need to raise and lower volume, answer and end phone calls, and play, pause or skip music tracks are right on the ear cup, so you'll be able to leave your phone or music player safely in your pocket, backpack or briefcase much of the time. A directional microphone, also on the ear cup, eliminates the need for a boom mic. With a proprietary 3D-Axis2 folding headband, and up to eight hours of playback time between charges, you'll want to take your K 830 BTs with you wherever you go.

Package Contents
  • K 830 BT Headset
  • USB Charging Cable