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AKG’s N5005 headphones offer high-end in-ear audio for a hefty £1000

AKG has revealed a pair of in-ear headphones aimed squarely at high-end audiophiles, as the earbuds come with a hefty £1000 price tag.

The AKG N5005 headphones justify their wallet-emptying price tag by sporting glossy black ceramic earpieces. These aim to resist all manner of scratches if users decide they don’t want to store the headphones in their rather swanky-looking carry case.

Certified for High-Res Audio by Japan Audio, the N5005 come with four interchangeable sound filters that AKG claims allows wearer to tune the earbuds to their musical preferences.

The earbuds themselves merge AKG’s One Dynamic and Quad BA Drivers to form a “perfectly balanced” five-way in-ear headphone which delivers “ultra-low distortion, accurate mids and crystal-clear highs”. Frankly, for £1000 we’d expect them to deliver – but we’ll need to get our hands on the N5005 to confirm.

For people with an aversion to wires, or carrying phones that eschew the 3.5mm headphone port for audio via USB Type-C, the N5005s have a Bluetooth dongle equipped with a three-button remote and microphone for making phone calls as well as listening to music wire-free. The dongle has a slated eight hours of battery life.

Also included in the box are two interchangeable cables and a set of eartips, which should allow fans of high-end headphones to customise the N5005s to their heart’s desire. The headphones hit the market in spring.

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