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AKG’s new $1,000 in-ear headphones promise studio-quality and have interchangeable sound filters

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AKG N5005 in-ear headphones Image: AKG

AKG has announced its new N5005 in-ear headphones at CES, clocking in at just under $1,000. The headphones expand on AKG’s Studio on-the-go Series, offering a variety of cables, ear tips, and filters to suit the preferences of audiophiles and musicians.

The N5005 is beautifully sleek, coming in a scratch-resistant, high-gloss black. Each one comes with a unique serial number, engraved on a tiny puck inside the box. High-res audio support means it can deliver higher than CD quality resolution, and a hybrid of AKG’s One Dynamic and Quad BA drivers give it a five-way design promising “ultra-low distortion, accurate mids and crystal-clear highs.”

AKG N5005 in-ear headphones earbuds Image: AKG

This box comes with an array of accessories, including four sets of ear tips, three sets of SpinFit ear tips, four interchangeable sound filters (bass boost, reference sound, semi-high boost, and high boost), a carrying case, and cleaning tools. On the cable front, there’s both a 3.5mm and 2.5mm cable, and a Bluetooth dongle with a three-button remote and mic with a battery that lasts for eight hours.

The tuning filters are interesting, and not an entirely common feature among in-ear headphones. (The RHA T20is also come with these type of filters, though our resident headphone aficionado Vlad Savov found he preferred listening without them.) They could certainly be useful combined with particular genres of music, or simply to tailor your overall everyday experience if you, say, prefer a little more oomph in your low end.

Are these AKG headphones worth the price tag, and are all its accessories (like those filters) useful enough to regularly use? We’ll have to wait and get our hands on a pair to find out. Sure, there are plenty of headphones at lower price points that deliver comparable quality to some high-end counterparts, but The Verge has endorsed in-ears at this price point before, like the Beyerdynamic Xelento. The AKG N5005 will be available in spring 2018 for $999.95 on AKG.com and at select retailers.