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AKG K550 Closed-Back Reference Class Headphones

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  • Highly accurate AKG sound
  • Closed-back design for a fully personal listening experience
  • 50mm driver size for high output and detailed low frequencies
  • Lightweight and comfortable for hours of continuous listening
  • 2D-axis folding flat mechanism for easy storage and transportation
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  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 9.4 x 9.8 inches ; 1.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B005CNR7B0
  • Item model number: K550
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 5, 2011

Product Description

The K 550s deliver excellent sound quality, with a 50mm driver, the largest AKG offers in its headphone line. Thanks to their closed-back design, true AKG sound can be enjoyed without disturbing others. The K 550s' large ear cups and newly designed headband offer an amazingly comfortable fit. 2D-axis folding mechanism for easy storage at home. A reference class headphone at an attractive price.

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Customer Reviews

Great sound, extremely comfortable, no sound leaks, good build quality.
Manu Cornet
Bass, mids, treble are all very good sounding without being massively colored (boomy, harsh, or sibilant.
Nomad Soul
The 570's sound like you are listening through a wall in comparison to the AKG 550's.
Lawrence A. Weiss

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

119 of 131 people found the following review helpful By S. Lee VINE VOICE on August 23, 2012
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These headphones are VERY difficult to review. All headphone preferences are specific to the listener, but these take that concept to the Nth degree. So be very mindful that this is just one man's perspective.

Appearance: Gorgeous. 'nuff said. I consider these the best looking cans in the business. But meh, I'd take a great sounding ugly pair than a horrible sounding attractive pair. I'm still talking about headphones of course, but I jest.

Sealed vs Closed: these terms are too often used interchangeably, but we all know that not all closed headphones seal. To me, sealing means that you don't hear the outside environs and others around you don't hear what you are listening to. When you are in public, you don't want your cans to leak out. Let's admit it, we all have our guilty pleasure songs that we don't want to admit we keep on our portable music players, beyond the fact that it is just plain rude to your neighbors. And when you are on a plane, you don't want to hear the crying baby over your cans(isolation). So if you are looking for a high-quality set of cans that can travel with you, you want "sealed". For example, the denons are closed cans, but leak sound like crazy with very little isolation from your external environs. So they are FAR from sealed. These AKGs I safely report are closed and sealed. They are great for isolation and limited leakage when you are not alone.

32Ohms: Low impedance cans are often times associated with low-end. But that is far from the truth. Low-Impedance determines how easy it is to power the music. If you plug in a high impedance set of cans directly into an iphone for example, the volume with be really low and the sound quality will be horrible.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Buyer51 on December 30, 2012
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I have worked as a professional location sound engineer in my past. I have used a lot of headphones over the years. When recording on location you need closed headphones that provide maximum isolation. For years my preference was the Sony V7's or the Bayer Dynamic DT100. These headphones provided good isolation and flat response... But the overall fidelity and imaging was nowhere near the quality of an open back headphone.

Now you can have the isolation of a closed back headphone with the imaging and fidelity of a open back headphone. To my ears they sound pretty darn fantastic. They do need some time to break in. The bass improved after about 250 hours of use.

No they are not in the same league as a $2,700 pair of Ultrasone EDITION 10's... But Ultrasone's are completely worthless for recording a live concert.

These AKG-550's are really a new breed. They have the open sound of an open back headphone with the isolation that you need for live recording. They are pretty flat sounding. A little bump in the high mid range. The low end is clean, tight and honest. (If you are a bass freak you might want to look at a pair of Beats.) These cans have almost no "character"... They are just what a recording engineer is looking for.

The other thing I like about them is that they are comfortable. If you have a small head they might not seal real well. But on the average person they fit well and they leave plenty of room for your ears. They don't fold like a pair of V6's... But I am willing to live with the bulk. They are also built pretty well. I think they will stand up to professional use. The look and feel like a workhorse. These are my new favorite 1st choice. And they just happen to cost under $300... which makes them a practical choice for location work. (You are not going to cry when someone drops a road case on them.)
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful By iXlad66 on January 8, 2012
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Bought the K550s to replace my AKG K702s, which still I love but my wife complained about sound leakage during late night listening, since they are an open design.

Virtually no sound leakage (in or out) with the K550s. Very private listening.

While the K550s are not self-adjusting, they are definitely more comfortable than the K702s, which have those little bumps in the headband that dig into you head after a while.

Build quality seems excellent; certainly no flimsiness, especially for a folding design.

Fairly lightweight for headphones with a framework that contains a lot of metal.

While these are not as open sounding as the K702s, they do seem to have been carefully tuned to avoid the "closed-in" sometimes "boomy" sound that many sealed headphones offer.

In terms of general sound quality, I did not find them lacking or weak in any particular area.

Maybe a little too sensitive, but they are intended for home and portable use.

You would definitely have to spend a lot more to get better-sounding sealed headphones.

Just wish they had a detachable cord.
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful By John Steidl on June 20, 2012
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A number of early reviews of the K550 have pointed out that (1) a good seal is critical to great sound quality, and (2) these do tend to run large. So how big a head do you really need to wear these?? It will take more data to answer that conclusively, but I'll make a start here. If you have numbers, please post...

The vast majority of adult heads run 50 to 63 cm in circumference. (If you're not sure how to measure, stop by your local bike shop and ask them to give you a hand.) I'm on the large side, at 60 cm, and did not have any problem. I don't need to fiddle with them to get a good seal and have not experienced any problem with the phones moving around on my head; the clamping force is fine for a head my size, although certainly not what I would call tight. (They're quite comfortable, even after a couple of hours.)

There is another important dimension to sizing though, and that is the distance over the top of your head from one ear to the other. This is, of course, why headphones have expandable headbands and, unfortunately, the 550s are poorly sized in this dimension. There are 13 "click stop" expansion positions on the headband, with 12 of them conveniently numbered. The problem is that I'm on the lowest (tightest) setting with my large head. They fit me just right this way, but if I expand the headband more than one notch, the fit is too loose - i.e. they start to ride too low on the ears. By way of comparison, I have never worn headphones that I did not have to expand at least 1/4" on both sides of the headband, and I have to expand my HD598s just over 1/2" to get a good fit.

Based on my experience, if your head is 60 cm or larger I think you'll be fine.
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