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On Ear Closed Back Mic Headphones

  • With What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision magazine's over 35 years experience in the industry it's easy to see why a What Hi-Fi? Award is one of the greatest honours that can be bestowed upon a product.
  • What Hi-Fi? magazine is the world's leading independent guide to home entertainment products. Any product they award with a 5 star rating is instantly marked out as one of the best around..
With What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision magazine's over 35 years experience in the industry it's easy to see why a What Hi-Fi? Award is one of the greatest honours that can be bestowed upon a product.
What Hi-Fi? magazine is the world's leading independent guide to home entertainment products. Any product they award with a 5 star rating is instantly marked out as one of the best around..

(For more features refer to the specification table below.)

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"You won't want to take these off - not only do they look good, they're excellent sonically, too." What Hi-Fi Sound & Vision magazine 5-star review at £79.95


Following on from the multi-award winning AKG K450 headphones, the replacement K451 design has already scooped a prestigious What Hi-Fi 5-star award. So good, in fact, are these headphones that What Hi-Fi magazine said there was; "nothing at this price" that could be faulted with them - praise indeed!


High power drive units and a closed-back design give the AKG K451 an intense, powerful sound. Yet, thanks to the innate quality of these headphones, subtle detail is carefully revealed and nuances can clearly be heard. In short, whatever you listen to will be superbly presented and involving.


New to the K451 is a built-in microphone with volume control. Ideal on a pair of mini headphones likely to be used on the move, this enables you to listen to music and take calls on your Apple iPhone effortlessly.


The unique 3D-axis mechanism doesn't just make these headphones easy to fold and carry, it also ensures a perfect fit against your ears. The soft, padded, headband and ear pieces simply add to the long term comfort of these headphones. Although lightweight, the K451s are durable. A detachable cable and folding design helps when transporting the headphones but you'll also discover a solid build quality that's a step or two up from many rivals.

With a spec and sound so complete, the AKG K451 headphones are hard to beat.

2 year limited guarantee included

Print all features

In EarCan the headphones be used in the ear?No
Over EarCan the headphones be used over the ear?Yes
CordlessAre the headphones Cordless? Optional requires a Bluetooth transmitter.No
Noise CancellingDo the headphones feature active noise cancelling technology to block outside noise?No
SensitivityHeadphone sensitivity is measured in dB. The lower the figure, the more powerful the driving amplifier needs to be. Headphones for use on portables need to be of higher sensitivity than home hi-fi ones.126
ImpedanceImpedance is measured in ohms and should be matched carefully to the driving amplifier for the best sound quality and reliability.32
Frequency ResponseFrequency response is measure in Hz and gives an indication of how low and how high the headphones will go.11 - 29,500
Cable LengthLength of cable supplied in metres.1.2
WeightWeight of headphones in grams, without packaging.120
Plug sizeThe size and type of plug fitted and whether an adaptor is supplied. 3.5mm is standard on most portable devices whilst home hi-fi usually accepts 6.35mm (quarter inch) size plugs.3.5mm with 6.35mm adaptor inc.
Open backOpen back headphones offer the most spacious sound but can leak sound, disturbing others. They also block less outside noise than closed back headphonesNo
Closed backClosed back headphones block out more background noise than open back ones. They also leak less soundYes
Rated 4.7 out of 5áby 99 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5áby Great value for good sound I bought this as a present for my Dad, who was previously using the rubbish apple provide. The bass is full and the sound doesn't go funny at high volume. The quality is excellent for the price. Just as the people at what Hi-Fi said. The carry case is a great size for a backpack or work case, as portable as over-ear headphones could be. In addition, the staff in store in Deansgate, Manchester, were just great. 11 July 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Clear, clean sound in a compact package Well-made, robust but compact. Great, well-balanced sound, excellent value at ú49. Only minor negative was that I found the headband a little tight for extended use. 07 July 2015
Rated 4 out of 5áby Really good sound for the price Voted best headphones on HiFi magazine 2013 for the price. Went to Richer Sounds Liverpool who price matched from internet website. Very please with my purchase 02 July 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Great pair of headphones. These headphones have a really good sound quality and are also very comfy. Took them on a flight and was very glad I did as the airline ones were rubbish. 27 June 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Brilliant value for money Brilliant sound with excellent bass for this type of headphones. Great advice from the shop staff - recommended these over the ones I first looked at - cheaper and better sound. 15 June 2015
Rated 4 out of 5áby AKG451 Spent quite a while whittling down my list of on ear headphones to purchase. Finally got to go into Richer Sounds and to try out all 3 AKG on ear headphones. Found the Y40 and Y50 to be of a poorer sound quality in comparison with the 451's. Delighted with my purchase even though only 2 weeks in from purchase. They are comfy and I've not experienced and warm up or discomfort from wearing them for over an hour. Would definitely recommend them, though only issue I could have is if the age of the product. At 2 years old and the 452's being discontinued I feel that knowing my luck they'll bring out an updated version within a month! 14 June 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Best Headphones Out There These are quite simply the best sounding headphones I've ever owned. The sound is spacious and roomy without any distortion, even when played loud. The earpieces fit snug round your ears like a warm hug. I cannot recommend these headphones enough. Put the Dr Dre's Beats and Bose down, unplug your Seinheissers and lose yourself in the sound that AKG deliver. you will not find a better pair 21 May 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Great product I bought these to use on my turbo trainer. Obviously they get pretty messy so didn't want to spend a lot. The sound they produce from my mp3 player is fantastic. They are comfortable on the ear and stay in place fairly well even when I'm wet through. Can't fault them especially @ ú40 17 May 2015
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