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Korg NC-Q1 Smart Noise Cancelling DJ Headphones in White

Great for DJ's, Front of House & Drummers

Written by

Will Brook-Jones

With the NC-Q1 headphones, KORG set out to produce a pair that would allow DJ’s to monitor their music at an entirely new level of performance. They undertook years of intense research and development, speaking to professionals and spending time in the venues where DJ’s are in their absolute element. The result is a set of cans that blend an impressive feature set together with safety and consideration for the user. If you’re often in the booth, you might just have found your next piece of gear.

Proving Ground

Each of the features incorporated into these headphones were chosen after consulting the reams of information gathered on KORG’s various field trips. Innovative Bluetooth technology was developed to offer both excellent sound quality and noiseless monitoring, alongside enough protection for your ears in extremely loud spaces.

The industry-standard advanced noise cancelling and attenuation at play here is built to thrive under intense levels of sound. You won’t find any distortion, even under the most powerful audio scrutiny. It works via the microphones found on either side of the ear cups, which minimise incoming frequencies and adjust automatically to the level of sound in the environment you’re in.

Comfort & Efficiency

An incredibly comfortable, accurate fit is all thanks to the memory-foam-like adaptable ear cushions. This is not only pleasant; it also helps to reinforce the noise isolation further. A cleverly constructed frame operates in such a way that the sound generated from our own body (which is then usually filtered towards our ears) doesn’t penetrate through. Its an unrivalled noise cancelling operation, that’s for sure!

Enhanced Audio

Two functions take the listening experience to a whole new height: Sound Enhancement and Smart Monitoring.  When boiled down, these let you alter the way external sound is heard via an EQ preset. Its also possible to tweak the volume balance and select which ear you’d prefer to monitor from. Want to listen from the right? Sorted. The left? That works too. You can even choose to hear from both if you want. This will no doubt benefit your performance as a whole, as you won’t have to remove any part of the NC-Q1 to monitor and cue your sounds!

High fidelity sound partners the state-of-the-art efficiency. Audio of astounding clarity is delivered through the 41mm custom PEEK high-grade film diaphragm, with great harmonic response, a wide frequency range and excellent balance. Using the two audio in physical inputs, you’ll be able to connect to your mixer, audio player or interface – resulting in the same top of the line sound!

Connectivity Conundrum?

If for any reason you need to take your headphones off, an intuitive transport control function stops the audio automatically, restarting it again once you’ve put them back on. You won’t miss anything that you’re listening to! Physical switches ensure you can deactivate and activate monitoring at the press of a button too. The NC-Q1 is also compatible with the majority of Bluetooth codecs out there, letting you access Siri/Google Assistant and take hands-free calls with an ultra-clear voice signal.


  • Outstanding noise cancelling and sound filtering.
  • Attenuation function built for extremely noisy environments.
  • Smart monitoring with sound enhancing (Volume/EQ control).
  • Clear, precise high-resolution audio with a wide frequency response.
  • Controls are easy to access, intuitive and flexible.
  • Bluetooth, Siri/Google assistant. Supports popular CODECs.
  • Hands-free calling with clear audio and beamforming for clear voice pickup.
  • Rechargeable battery; 36 hours of use is available on just a single charge!


  • Dimensions: 158.5 x 204.0 x 84.0
  • Weight: approx 321g (without cable) TBD
  • Type of headphone: Dynamic / Closed headphones
  • Diaphragm materials: 5 layers of PEEK&PU
  • Frequency response: 10 Hz-25000 Hz
  • Compatible Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC, aptX, APTx-HD

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