52points

AKG K518

45points

Grado RS1i

99points

Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE

100points

Sony WH-1000XM3

AKG K518
Grado RS1i
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
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Sony WH-1000XM3
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AKG K518 vs Grado RS1i vs Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE vs Sony WH-1000XM3

AKG K518
Grado RS1i
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sony WH-1000XM3
AKG K518
Grado RS1i
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sony WH-1000XM3

Why is AKG K518 better than Grado RS1i & Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE & Sony WH-1000XM3?

  • Weight
    150gvs255,289,255g
  • Impedance
    32 Ohmsvs32,32,47 Ohms

Why is Grado RS1i better than AKG K518 & Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE & Sony WH-1000XM3?

  • Has removable speakers
  • Has an open-back design

Why is Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE better than AKG K518 & Grado RS1i & Sony WH-1000XM3?

  • Has a mute function

Why is Sony WH-1000XM3 better than AKG K518 & Grado RS1i & Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE?

  • Highest frequency
    40000Hzvs24000,30000,20000Hz
  • Lowest frequency
    4Hzvs16,12,20Hz
  • Has an in-line control panel
  • Has voice prompts
  • Has voice commands
  • Has USB Type-C

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Design

1.weight

150g

255g

289g

255g

Best

Sony MDR-EX150AP

3g

2.has a detachable cable
AKG K518
Grado RS1i
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sony WH-1000XM3

With a detachable cable you can use alternative cables, and if the cable is pulled it will pop out instead of breaking.

3.has stereo speakers
AKG K518
Grado RS1i
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sony WH-1000XM3

Devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.

4.can be folded
AKG K518
Grado RS1i
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sony WH-1000XM3

Folding devices are good for transporting as they take up less space in your bag.

5.has an over-the-ear form
AKG K518
Grado RS1i
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sony WH-1000XM3

Comfortable full-size form with earcups that fully enclose your ears. This model is loved for its increased sound isolation and the fact that it won't leak sound to your neighbors. It offers potential for maximum bass and loudness levels.

6.travel bag is included
AKG K518
Grado RS1i
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sony WH-1000XM3

The device comes with its own special case or pouch, which is useful for safe transportation.

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Sound quality

1.highest frequency

24000Hz

30000Hz

20000Hz

40000Hz

The highest frequency at which device produces audio. The higher the high-frequency response, the clearer and crispier the treble.

Best

Sony MDR-Z1R

120000Hz

2.lowest frequency

16Hz

12Hz

20Hz

4Hz

The lowest frequency at which the device produces audio. The lower the low-frequency response, the stronger and juicier the bass.

Best

Sony MH1CBLK

1Hz

3.has sound isolation/passive noise reduction
AKG K518
Grado RS1i
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sony WH-1000XM3

The device sits tightly in place, creating an acoustic seal which reduces background noise and prevents your music from leaking out.

4.impedance

32 Ohms

32 Ohms

32 Ohms

47 Ohms

Impedance is the device’s electrical resistance to the current being pushed through it. The lower the impedance, the easier it is to get higher volume and requires less power.

Best

Flips Solo 2 Social

4 Ohms

5.has a neodymium magnet
AKG K518
Grado RS1i
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sony WH-1000XM3

Devices with neodymium magnets are lighter and more powerful than those which use ferrite magnets. They also have more bass and clear high notes.

6.sound pressure level

115dB/mW

98dB/mW

93dB/mW

104.5dB/mW

Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.

Best

AKG K553 Pro

144dB/mW

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Power

1.has a battery level indicator
AKG K518
Grado RS1i
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sony WH-1000XM3

An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.

2.has a rechargeable battery
AKG K518
Grado RS1i
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sony WH-1000XM3

The battery can be recharged and used over again.

3.has a removable battery
AKG K518
Grado RS1i
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sony WH-1000XM3

The battery is removable and can be replaced by the user if broken.

For example

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9i

4.Has USB Type-C
AKG K518
Grado RS1i
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sony WH-1000XM3

The USB Type-C features reversible plug orientation and cable direction.

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Connectivity

1.Can be used wirelessly
AKG K518
Grado RS1i
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sony WH-1000XM3

Wireless devices allow users more freedom of movement.

2.has a 3.5mm male connector
AKG K518
Grado RS1i
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sony WH-1000XM3

A standard 3.5mm male connector is suitable for use with all MP3 players and computer sound cards.

3.supports Bluetooth pairing using NFC
AKG K518
Grado RS1i
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sony WH-1000XM3

Device supports fast Bluetooth pairing using NFC so it can communicate with other devices over Bluetooth. You can fastly pair devices without entering a code by simply holding one device next to the device with which it is to be paired.

4.Has WiFi
AKG K518
Grado RS1i
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sony WH-1000XM3

The device can connect to WiFi.

For example

Meters OV-1 Bluetooth

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Features

1.can be used as a headset
AKG K518
Grado RS1i
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sony WH-1000XM3

A headset is one headphone or pair with a built-in microphone. Headsets can be used for applications which require communication i.e. Skype, games with voice chat, mobile phones etc.

2.has an in-line control panel
AKG K518
Grado RS1i
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sony WH-1000XM3

There is a control panel on the cable, so you can easily operate the device without having to interact with it.

3.control panel placed on a device
AKG K518
Grado RS1i
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sony WH-1000XM3

There is a control panel on the device body, so you can easily access the volume control or remote without having to interact with a cable or another device it's connected to.

4.has a noise canceling microphone
AKG K518
Grado RS1i
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sony WH-1000XM3

These microphones are designed to filter out background noise from the desired sound. Especially useful in noisy environments.

For example

Microsoft Surface Headphones

5.has voice prompts
AKG K518
Grado RS1i
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sony WH-1000XM3

This feature allows the device to inform you of important information through its audio function.

6.has a mute function
AKG K518
Grado RS1i
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sony WH-1000XM3

The device has an option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device.

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Miscellaneous

1.wireless charging
AKG K518
Grado RS1i
Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 SE
Sony WH-1000XM3

The manufacturer offers a branded wireless charging kit. To charge the device, you simply put it down on its charging base.

For example

Audio-Technica ATH-CKR7TW

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