Best AKG Y100 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals 2021. The meteoric rise of true wireless has put a serious brake on the market for Bluetooth headphones, especially necklaces. However, there are some nice surprises in this format, like the Y100, an entry-level model from AKG.
Best AKG Y100 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals & Sales 2021
The AKG Y100 are Bluetooth headphones with a neck strap. They were launched in late 2018; early 2021 at the same time as the N200 and the N700NC and Y500 Bluetooth headsets. It is an entry-level model sold at € 99, which can now be found around € 70, even € 60.
The Y100 are available in black, blue, green or pink finish. They highlight excellent comfort, good sound performance; and offer a listening mode for surrounding noise and multipoint pairing with two devices. Their announced autonomy is 8 hours.
The AKG Y100 opts for a sober and neutral design. The aluminum ring on each earpiece (and the alternative colored versions to our test model) brings a touch of style. The finishes are neat and there is no trace of unsightly assembly; thanks in particular to the design of the control block, molded over the cable. The rubbery neck section is pleasant to the touch and extremely flexible; it can easily be folded down to fit in the small carrying pouch provided.
The shape of the headphones and the material used on the ear tips provide flawless support. Comfort is also at the rendezvous: the 24 g of the headphones are forgotten both at the neck; which distributes the weight pleasantly, as at the headphones themselves. The flat surface of the earphones has a magnetic attachment; practical to prevent them from wandering or slipping when they are no longer in the ears.
Interaction with the Y100 is reduced to a simple universal three-button remote control. It nevertheless allows access to all of the essential functions: management of music listening, calls, listening volume; navigation between tracks and triggering of the smartphone voice assistant. The central button being in relief, it is easy to locate the buttons by touch.
The LED located on one of the two slices of the remote control indicates the status of the Bluetooth connection and flashes red when approaching the autonomy limit. Simple and efficient.
On the other side of the remote control, an additional button is used to activate the listening function for ambient noise (Ambiant Aware); which is accompanied by a reduction in the volume of the music. In use, this function is effective in keeping awareness of external events; but it will be necessary to lower the sound, even more, to fully understand an announcement or a caller. A dedicated LED and an audible announcement clearly indicate the activation of this mode.
The Y100 headphones provide a great listening experience. This pair of Bluetooth headphones delivers a rich, precise and well-balanced sound rendering.
This model opts for a fairly classic V signature, which is nevertheless distinguished by very good control and consistency. First of all, the Y100s offer an extremely wide frequency response with a remarkable extension in the lowest; and, above all, in the highest frequencies of the audible spectrum. The low extremes are slightly reinforced, they do not encroach at all on the higher frequencies. The highlighting is perfectly controlled, which allows you to obtain defined and punchy bass while enjoying a solid sound base.
The medium register also enjoys beautiful restitution: the precision is there; the timbres are very well respected, the voices are perfectly intelligible. The Y100s still show a certain affection for the high mids resulting in highlighting the feeling of presence; of clarity and a more marked “sharp” aspect. The treble on their side is full, well present, and detailed.
Stereophonic reproduction is far from perfect, however. We certainly have a very wide soundstage, but one that lacks significant depth. The sources located in the center are placed on the foreground; while the lateral ones tend to clump on the ends, like a magnifying glass effect.
- Rich and generally well balanced sound rendering.
- Very good distortion management.
- Ease of use, complete controls and multipoint connection.
- Nice feelings of comfort, good support.
- Sound scene crushed in depth.
- Hands-free kit unusable in noisy environments.
- Bluetooth communication latency a little too high.
Mission accomplished for AKG Y100. These Bluetooth headphones in choker format master their subject by offering comfort; ease of use, and beautiful sound performance with a rich and well-balanced rendering. Despite a disappointing hands-free kit and a perfectible rendering of the stereo scene; the Y100 offer a very good price/quality ratio. Functional lovers can take a look at Plantronics BackBeat Go 410, which is more complete, but also more expensive.
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