The N700NC is a worthy contender. For starters it sounds excellent. It’s right up there with the Sony in terms of sound quality, which is saying a lot. With memory foam earcups, it’s comfortable, although not quite as comfortable as the Sony or the Bose. It’s also slightly heavier, weighing in at 9.2 ounces (261 grams; the Bose is the lightest at 235 grams).
Despite the fact that the headphone is mostly plastic, the build quality seems good. There’s a metal hinge and the headphone both folds up and folds flat. I thought the way the headphones folded onto their side made the case a little too bulky.
There’s adequate padding at the top of the headband, with a strip of Ultrasuede material that’s similar to what you’ll find on the Bose headband. The headphones don’t put too much pressure on the crown of your head though they do fit a little snugly.
Some headphones, such as those from Sony and Microsoft, have touch controls. This AKG does not. The track and volume control are on the left earcup. Hold down the volume up to advance a track forward; hold down the volume down button to go back a track. The small pause/play button between the volume buttons also doubles as an answer/end button for calls and enables your voice assistant (Siri or Google Assistant) when you double tap it.
My only complaint would be that that the buttons are a little small and sometimes I had to run my finger over them a couple of times to make sure I was pressing the right button.
On the right earcup is a power button along with the “Smart Ambient” button. Via the AKG app (for Android and iOS) you can assign the button to activate an “Ambient Aware” mode, which turns off noise canceling and lets sound into the headphones, or a “TalkThru” mode. The latter mode mutes whatever you’re listening to, turns on Ambient Aware and lets you talk to someone while wearing the headphones. It would be useful if you were on a plane and wanted to talk to a flight attendant without taking your headphones off.