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AKG K315 review

These AKG budget buds are cheap enough, but they don't do enough right to make them an obvious upgrade Tested at £20.00

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

Affordable, but the AKGs don’t do enough to make themselves a no-brainer upgrade


  • +

    Cheap enough, comfortable, good tonal balance


  • -

    Pretty much everything else

When it comes to in-ear headphones, not every one likes a little bud burrowing into their ear.

These affordable AKGs simply nestle in your ear. The downside is that you aren't isolated from outside noise as well and bass notes aren't as taut or clear as they could be.

They're also not the final word in terms of dynamics or resolution, although the overall tonal balance is inoffensive enough.

This can't gloss over the fact that the 315s sound very average.

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