Pros: Sound for the price, Bass, Quite balanced, Design
Cons: Cable too short, a little uncomfortable, very ear tip sensitive
I have been listening on AKG Q350 for quite a while now, and I have to say these are actually pretty decent in ear headphones, particularly in terms of its balanced sound and the design, for the price, at least in my opinion. Actually, this earphone was actually an impulsive purchase for me as I was under a lot of stress with work at that time, so I need to splurge my hard earned money on something. And I have to say my impulsive decision was not bad at all.
In terms of sound, I would say that these earphones are quite balanced with emphasis on bass, GRANTED, you are using the right ear tips. At first, I though these earphones sounded awful and was very disappointed that it was a Quincy Jones line, although it was the lowest level among the three headphones. So I started experimenting with the ear tips they provided first, and found that the large ones actually were perfect for me. The tips provided very good seal and sound isolation from the surrounding, and I started to truly appreciate the sound of Q350. Most of the time, I just throw these on my phone, and with some EQ adjustments these provided very very satisfying, balanced sound with a good amount of bass for the type of music I listen to. The bass is not too overwhelming because the mids and highs are still relatively clear, and I personally really like the balance. The bass is not as punchy and controlled as some other headphones I have, like Sony XB90, but it's that balance that makes me keep coming back to Q350. I used to toggle a lot between Q350 and Klipsch Image S4 too, and I have to say I still liked Q350 better.
Cons, these earphones hurt a little bit if I wear them for a couple hours. But as soon as I feel discomfort, I wiggle them around a little bit and reposition them, then I can go on for another couple hours. The construction as other reviewers have mentioned doesn't seem to be very good, but for me I am satisfied with the build. However, I do feel that a hard accidental pull might break the cable off of the body of the earphones, but it hasn't happened to me yet. With normal everyday usage, I don't think these earphones aren't going to break on their own. Lastly, I feel the cable is a little too short, especially when I use the earphones on my laptop. Sometimes I sit low on the chair and the cable is kind of hangs in the air, but this is not a deal breaker for me.
I have seen people say that these earphones are pricey, and I agree. But if you see them on sale, I suggest you get them because I think the pros significantly outweigh the cons. Actually I thought about selling the earphones a couple times because I have too many headphones at the moment, but I just keep coming back to Q350. This one in my opinion is definitely a keeper.