AKG Acoustics is an Austrian manufacturer well-known for its line of professional microphones, headphones and other audio systems. AKG’s line of in-ear headphones have always been popular among consumers, and the high-end models often carry extremely high price tags with them, with professional-grade AKG K3003i in-ears, costing a whopping S$1700 for a pair of K3003i. Despite the high pricing, the AKG K3003i is still one of the most popular earphones, with a supreme audio quality that many consumers feel justifies the price.
AKG’s K323i XS in-ears which was released last year, has a pricing that is at the direct opposite of the spectrum, with a price of US$56, or S$70 for a pair of K323is. At such a low price range, most consumers can expect low audio quality from most of the common earphones in the market. However, there exists a budget group of in-ear headphones that have audio quality that punch way above their price range, and the AKG K323i XS is one of them.
The AKG K323i XS we tested is the white ‘A’ version, which has a mic and remote controls specifically for Android smartphones, but there is another model designed specifically for iOS users. A run through of the spec sheet reveals a frequency response range of 20-2000 Hz, impedance of 98 ohm as well as sensitivity of 98 db. These specifications are adequate for a mid-range earphone like the K323i, but consumers would probably understand how good the K323i’s audio quality is after personally listening to it.
The audio quality of the K323i are spectacularly impressive due to how it has very comfortable noise-isolating eartips. The noise isolation is great despite the lack of active noise-cancelling technologies on The highs and mids can be heard clearly on these earphones, and bass which is normally excessively boosted on cheap earphones of this price, is gentle yet adequate enough for bass-lovers. Being a fan of bass-heavy earphones myself, these is subjective and results will differ between users. However, one thing is certain – the K323i has great audio. The overall sound can be described as balanced, with high clarity and warmth.
The design and build quality of the AKG K323i XS is excellent, with small and lightweight earbuds that don’t place a strain on the ears even after long hours of usage, something which the K323i has a advantage over other in-ears, such as the Shure SE112. There remains a standard 3.5mm audio jack and eartips of different sizes packaged with the K323i. Despite the size, the AKG K323i XS’s build is still quite durable. Thus, the AKG K323i XS can be said as one of the best budget in-ear earphones on the market, and is highly recommended to consumers who do not wish to spend a lot on in-ears, but still demand good sound quality.
Photo Courtesy Of : http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Phh4MQRQL._SL1487_.jpg