Unparalleled Noise Canceling, hearing protection, and sound control; a new era in headphone monitoring.
We all know that a musician's most important tool is their ears. That’s why KORG has spent years researching the environments where performers monitor their music in order to develop a new concept in headphones that will not only offer a pristine high quality sound, but also protect your ears with state-of-the-art Active Noise Canceling.
KORG’s NC-Q1 is a very new kind of Bluetooth headphone technology, developed to protect your ears even in very loud environments while delivering unsurpassed high definition sound and noise-less monitoring. Combining state-of-the-art Active Noise Cancelling, incoming sound attenuation and an array of smart features, the NC-Q1 headphones provide a flexible, controllable, powerful and great-sounding experience. With this unique blend of Noise cancelling technology and high-quality sound, the NC-Q1 is perfect for DJs, drummers, front of house engineers – anywhere that’s hard to tame sound levels.
As musicians, we are often exposed to extremely dangerous sound levels. Without correct ear protection, even a few minutes of exposure to these dangerous sound levels can lead to permanent ear loss.
NC-Q1 utilizes both Feed-forward and Feedback Active Noise Canceling technology that is tuned to withstand and process the high levels of sound found in many monitoring environments, up to an exceptionally high threshold.
Where other ANC headphones begin to distort, NC-Q1 delivers Noise Canceling in extremely loud environments. Unlike most other Noise Canceling headphones, the NC-Q1 has microphones on both the inside and outside of the ear cup that accurately suppress a wide range of frequencies and auto-adjust according to the external sound environment.
Its powerful attenuation function allows the NC-Q1 to work better than other headphones at minimizing high noise levels, which makes them the ideal choice for noisy environments. You’ll be amazed at how much they can really block out.
With a simple tap or hold of the right ear cup, it is easy to activate or deactivate monitoring functions for one or both ears. What this means is that you can have a conversation, check your surroundings, talk to a bandmate, take a song request, talk to the flight attendant and so on without having to take the headphones off! It’s a unique feature that keeps you completely connected to the outside world. Tap again, and you’re back into full-on Active Noise Canceling mode.
The NC-Q1 features a wide frequency and harmonic response along with a wide dynamic range for a precise, clear and well-balanced sound with a 41mm custom PEEK high-grade film diaphragm for excellent sound. The adaptable ear cushion and over-the-ear cup provide excellent noise isolation with the highest comfort.
Made to the strictest professional standards, these headphones reproduce high resolution audio and with two (left and right) AUDIO IN physical inputs the NC-Q1 headphones can be connected to any audio player device, mixer or audio interface (Stereo minijack cable and 3.5mm→6.35 mm stereo converter plug included).
The adaptable ear cushion (made of viscoelastic memory foam; same as in high-pillows) provides the very best fit around your ear for optimal noise isolation. The NC-Q1 goes one step further than most other headphones: the noises we hear come not only from the outside world, but also our own body, transmitted to our ears through the headband of our headphones. By using a special frame structure, the NC-Q1 minimizes these noises and provides an unparalleled noise canceling experience!
The NC-Q1 has also been awarded the prestigious GOOD DESIGN AWARD for its innovative designs that combine a unique chassis design with the latest technology and usability.
Compatible with a wide variety of Bluetooth codecs (SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX-xLLC, APTx-HD), the NC-Q1 also gives users remote access to both Google Assistant and Siri, and its dedicated beamforming processing assures the clearest voice signal during hands-free calls, so you are always well connected with the world around you! The NC-Q1 combines physical buttons and switches with a tactile responsive earcup, for a fast, precise and intuitive control.
A “Multi-Function switch” makes it easy to activate play / pause / rewind / fast forward / skip music tracks. If you need to remove your headphones, the smart transport control function will automatically stop remotely the audio stream on your playback device and restart it automatically when you put them on again, so you don’t miss a note of your favorite music!
Besides effective noise canceling in extremely noisy environments, the NC-Q1 is ideal for use in a DJ booth. The “Smart Monitoring” and “Sound Enhancing” functions allow users to customize their hearing of external sounds by selecting an EQ preset, adjusting the volume balance, and even choosing the ear from which to monitor (right, left, or both). Cue and monitor external sounds without having to remove any part of the headphones, to maximize your performance while protecting your ears.
The NC-Q1 earpads are easily detachable and replaced with new ones when needed.
Replacement Earpads (NC-EP1 BK / NC-EP1 WH) are sold separately and come in the same black and white colors as the default ones included with the NC-Q1 BK / WH Headphones.
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"They are the first pair of headphones I’ve owned that have noise cancellation. I used to use earphones because you tend to be able to hear your queued track clearer. With that being said, earphones just aren’t as comfortable and tend to get quite claustrophobic. With the NC-Q1’s, those problems are non-existent -- they’re comfortable and you can properly hear your music."
"The Korg NC-Q1 Headphones have become my go to for field recording and when on the run for my live and dj gigs, they are reliable, they sound great, they are soundwise comfortable and not flattering. I really like the noise canceling function, I can work easily in transports, it's precise and doesn't give me phase sickness.
The surround aware mode is really great, I have tested it while preparing a live set, at first it felt weird but then I realized the strong potential it holds. And soon my ears will be thankful when I can go play in a loud environment again."
Ilan Rubin (Songwriter/Multi-Instrumentalist/Producer: Angels & Airwaves, NIN)
"I used the Korg NC-Q1’s on tour and was able to block out the world around me while I worked. The headphones sound great and are also really useful for reference.”
"The Korg NC-Q1 Smart Noise Canceling DJ Headphones protect my ears and the sound quality is great! I use them a lot for DJing, streaming videos on Twitch, and for music production."