AKG K430 review

Closed-back so you sacrifice a little spaciousness but you'll get loads of detail and a deep bass. Tested at £50

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

Neat, attractive and comfortable closed-back design. Music sounds exciting and you'll get a deep bass


  • +

    Comfortable, loads of detail and very deep bass


  • -

    Bass overpowers the mid and treble a touch

Why you can trust What Hi-Fi? Our expert team reviews products in dedicated test rooms, to help you make the best choice for your budget. Find out more about how we test.

These AKGs have been doing the rounds for a couple of years, yet they still manage to make an impact.

For starters, they're a neat, attractive and comfortable closed-back design. It's hard not to like their cute appearance, whether they're in gloss white or gloss black guise.

Music sounds entertaining and exciting through the K430s. Bass notes have a warm, weighty prescence and go surprisingly deep, although this emphasis on low frequencies does tend to overshadow midrange and treble elements.

Still, a mighty fine effort, particularly at this price.

See all our headphone Best Buys

Follow whathifi.com on Twitter

What Hi-Fi?

What Hi-Fi?, founded in 1976, is the world's leading independent guide to buying and owning hi-fi and home entertainment products. Our comprehensive tests help you buy the very best for your money, with our advice sections giving you step-by-step information on how to get even more from your music and movies. Everything is tested by our dedicated team of in-house reviewers in our custom-built test rooms in London, Reading and Bath. Our coveted five-star rating and Awards are recognised all over the world as the ultimate seal of approval, so you can buy with absolute confidence.

Read more about how we test