AKG Y20U / Y20 – Review


 AKG Y20U / Y20

| 8 mm Dynamic Driver |


? AKG Y20U / AKG Y20, the most affordable headphone from AKG. With the AKG Y20U, the brand is clearly aiming for the general public that is not searching for premium headphones no premium prices.

As you can see, we are referring to this model as AKG Y20U / AKG Y20, to avoid confusion we will explain their double naming. AKG Y20 is the baseline model with no microphone nor remote and AKG Y20U refers to the model that includes an inline mic/remote; besides this difference they are the same exact headphone.

The AKG Y20U features a single dynamic driver configuration with a diameter of 8 mm, a full response of 20-20000 Hz, 111dB of sensitivity and 38 ohms of input impedance.

The housings of the AKG Y20U have a peculiar form factor that Remax has copied with the Remax RM-502. Their finish has a rubberized coating, that AKG says to protect them from scratches and a very small footprint.

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AKG Y20U / Y20 Review

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Accessories & Packaging

The AKG Y20U / Y20 unboxing results in 3 pair of eartips and a nice designed soft carrying pouch. Everything comes inside a transparent plastic packaging.


AKG Y20U - Accessories
AKG Y20U – Accessories


Bass & Sub Bass

The AKG Y20U / Y20 lower end has little sub-bass depth, mid-bass provides some punch but something sounds off in their bass response. They do not have a conservative sound but neither a fun style, a sort of anemic but bit-punch… very strange. Nonetheless, they provide some warmth and body to the sound signature.

Their loose seal and fit does not help to enhance their bass and show their true potential, the curve below show their true personality with a better seal, and you will see that beneath their anemic sound they are actually a mid-bass boosted earphone with strong punch.

Applying an EQ, there was no mid-bass improvement but much deeper sound – yet not very deep.


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Mids & Vocals

The AKG Y20U / Y20 mids present no strong mid-bass bleed, clear but distant lower vocals and crisp higher mids, yet no harsh peaks show up.

With an EQ, male vocals sound less recessed but still somewhat laid back and distant, higher mids gain crispness.



Highs & Treble

The AKG Y20U / Y20 highs have good enough brightness for normal listening sessions and resolve a marginal amount of detail. Overall there is a darkish tint in their highs and no piercing peaks but sibilance is present and can get fairly strong at times.

An EQ opens up their highs and make them gain brightness but expect much stronger sibilance too.




Sound Leak

The sound leaking out of the AKG Y20 is substantially less than on most average earphones. You will able to crank up the volume before their sound becomes hearable by nearby people.


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Sound Isolation

Noise isolation is moderate with a performance slightly better than many average earphones. Isolation will be always partial unless you plan to dial up the volume knob all the way up.


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The angled design, tiny footprint and super light weight makes the AKG Y20 a true pleasure to wear with no single discomfort or pain issues. You can wear them for endless listening sessions and no in-ear pain will be felt.


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Response to Equalization

The response to EQ of the AKG Y20U was passable, with barely any effect on mid-bass punch, a less recessed vocals profile but still distant sounding and brighter but more sibilant highs.


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Scores Scores

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Frequency Response (raw)

AKG Y20U / Y20 Frequency Response Curve

AKG Y20U - Frequency Response Curve
AKG Y20U – Frequency Response Curve

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AKG Y20U / Y20 Technical Specifications

Driver Unit8mm DD
Power Capacity10mW
Impedance38 ohms
Frequency Response20-20,000Hz
CordY-type, round cord
Cord Length1.2m
PlugStereo mini plug
WeightApprox. 12.85g
Supplied Accessories3x Earphone tips; soft pouch

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AKG Y20U / Y20 FAQ

How many drivers does the AKG Y20U / Y20 have?

The AKG Y20U / Y20 is a single driver headphone. Which means that the AKG Y20U / Y20 has 1 driver per side.

What type of headphone is the AKG Y20U / Y20?

The AKG Y20U / Y20 is an in-ear headphone.

Does the AKG Y20U / Y20 have a microphone?

The AKG Y20U have a microphone and a remote.

Which AKG Y20U / Y20 colors are available?

The colors available for the AKG Y20U are: Black, White, Grey, Teal, Yellow.

What is the price of the AKG Y20U / Y20?

You can check the most up-to-date price of the AKG Y20U / Y20 by following THIS LINK.

Where can I buy the AKG Y20U / Y20?

You can buy the AKG Y20U / Y20 at: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00XPY43T2/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=thephonogra0a-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00XPY43T2&linkId=e0428d76a2ecade066d66b28edc596e4

How many eartips does the AKG Y20U / Y20 include?

The AKG Y20U / Y20 includes 3 pair of eartips.

What cable do the AKG Y20U / Y20 have?

The AKG Y20U / Y20 have Y-type, rounded cable.

What cable connection does the AKG Y20U / Y20 have?

The AKG Y20U / Y20 cable connection has a 3.5mm mini stereo plug.

Are there replacement cables for the AKG Y20U / Y20 ?

The AKG Y20U / Y20 cables cannot be replaced.

Are there upgrade cables for the AKG Y20U / Y20 ?

The AKG Y20U / Y20 uses fixed cables.

Does the AKG Y20U / Y20 have Bluetooth / The AKG Y20U / Y20 is a wireless headphone?

The AKG Y20U / Y20 is not a Bluetooth wireless headphone.

Is the AKG Y20U / Y20 compatible with Apple devices?

The AKG Y20U / Y20 is fully compatible with Apple devices.

Is the AKG Y20U / Y20 compatible with Android devices?

The AKG Y20U / Y20 is fully compatible with Android devices.


AKG Y20U / Y20 Photos

We highly discourage anyone from trying to apply our testings to your own earphones, the risk of damaging or permanently breaking your iems is absolutely probable to happen. With our standardized equalization and amplification tests we push the limits of the earphones to the extreme. If anyway you decide to do so, we cannot be held responsible of the damage done to your equipment. Do it at your own risk.