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AKG K550 High-Performance Closed-Back Reference Class Headphones - Black

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  • High-performance headphones for use at home and on the go
  • Closed-back design with open sound
  • 50mm driver for outstanding sound from any source
  • Real Image Engineering for accurate sensation of width, distance and depth
  • Lightweight, comfortable fit for hours of continuous listening
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 24 x 25 cm ; 608 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.2 Kg
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  • Item model number: K550
  • ASIN: B005CNR7B0
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 21 July 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (301 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Product Description

Closed-Back Reference Class Headphones

With the K 550s, AKG engineers have struck a masterful balance between the noise-isolating qualities of closed-back headphones and the spacious, dimensional sound of an open-back design – creating reference-class headphones ideal for private listening both at home and on the go. 50mm drivers, the largest in our product line, deliver great AKG sound from your hi-fi system or virtually any portable device. The large ear cups and new headband design ensure an amazingly comfortable fit, and the 2D axis mechanism folds flat to stow or go.

Features:

- Lightweight, comfortable and stylish: perfect at home and on-the-go
- Real Image Engineering for accurate definition and impression of width, distance and depth
- Closed-back design for a fully personal listening experience
- 50mm drivers for outstanding sound from any device
- Available in Matte black with black metal accents

Highlights:

- High -performance headphones for use at home and on the go
- Closed-back design with open sound
- 50mm driver for outstanding sound from any source
- Real Image Engineering for accurate sensation of width, distance and depth
- Lightweight, comfortable fit for hours of continuous listening
- Outstanding passive noise reduction
- Very low sound leakage levels
- 2D axis fold-flat mechanism for easy storage and transportation
- 3.5 to 6.3mm adapter (screw-on)

Manufacturer's Description

  • Closed-Back Reference Class Headphones

    With the K 550s, AKG engineers have struck a masterful balance between the noise-isolating qualities of closed-back headphones and the spacious, dimensional sound of an open-back design – creating reference-class headphones ideal for private listening both at home and on the go. 50mm drivers, the largest in our product line, deliver great AKG sound from your hi-fi system or virtually any portable device. The large ear cups and new headband design ensure an amazingly comfortable fit, and the 2D axis mechanism folds flat to stow or go.

    Features:

    - Lightweight, comfortable and stylish: perfect at home and on-the-go
    - Real Image Engineering for accurate definition and impression of width, distance and depth
    - Closed-back design for a fully personal listening experience
    - 50mm drivers for outstanding sound from any device
    - Available in Matte black with black metal accents

    Highlights:

    - High -performance headphones for use at home and on the go
    - Closed-back design with open sound
    - 50mm driver for outstanding sound from any source
    - Real Image Engineering for accurate sensation of width, distance and depth
    - Lightweight, comfortable fit for hours of continuous listening
    - Outstanding passive noise reduction
    - Very low sound leakage levels
    - 2D axis fold-flat mechanism for easy storage and transportation
    - 3.5 to 6.3mm adapter (screw-on)


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    4.6 out of 5 stars

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    55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By JC on 22 Sept. 2014
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    I bought these in spite of - rather than because of - the reviews by other buyers. I admit that What Hi-Fi's award swayed me a lot more - I've found over the years that they have a good idea of what they're talking about.
    On first listen, I thought I'd made a mistake. Where was the bass? I should have listened to those reviewers who grumped openly about the lack of bass.
    I soon realised, however, that the bass was... exactly where it was meant to be. In the Chemical Brothers, it dropped in where they wanted it - and not where they didn't. Whether it was with Supergrass, Oasis or ELO, the AKG550's were resoundingly faithful to what the bass was supposed to be doing. It makes me realise that so many headphones mask a poor overall performance with thumping bass - and we fall for the superficial impression of quality.
    Where these 'phones excel is in spreading the music out into a soundscape you can really feel and hear all around you. Which is how they end up exposing some of the production values on records I thought I knew quite well - too dense in places on Oasis, too plasticky in places on ELO.
    I regularly find myself singing songs I've listened to through these headphones, the day after I've listened to them. Because what they really do is involve and engage you in the music. As it was meant to be heard. And that's rewarding.
    You need to give these headphones time. Or rather, you need to give yourself time to adjust to these headphones. Because they're modestly much, much better than many rivals. You can get good headphones for half this price. But you can also get a sound that's not noticeably better than this, for four times this price. They're awesome.
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    142 of 146 people found the following review helpful By Rich on 26 Dec. 2012
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    I received these, by request, as a gift this Christmas, bought from Amazon as they are probably the most competitive price on these headphones in the UK. Over the moon at getting what I asked for I immediately opened the classy box to try them on. Greeted by a fowl stench of artificial leather, please note there is no way the ear pads are real leather after that smell! The headphones feel heavy in a solid way to pick up, they look stunning and feel well built, and I am convinced they are. The whole design is a work of art.

    First impressions plugged directly into my laptop playing apple lossless files, with the EQ disabled (flat). They sounded so good that I almost started to well up at rehearing my old favourites in all their well deserved detail, they really blew me away that much!

    After having 3 days of use out of them I felt I was ready to give my full opinion. I guess they have had less than 10 hours use so far, so are not fully 'broken in' or 'burnt in', regardless of whether you believe in that. However my ears have had time to adjust and get used to them, and I have noticed their traits, and what they are good at / what they are not so good at. So, onto how they sound...

    Bass:
    The sound is INCREDIBLY balanced, as in there is very little volume difference between different frequencies, with one slight exception in the high end. Starting at the bottom, the bass is the most well controlled bass I have ever heard! On a frequency sweep from 100Hz - 20Hz there is very little volume change at all, apart from the natural roll off towards the sub bass frequencies. However these headphones do reproduce with ease frequencies right down to 10Hz. This gives an amazingly tight bass that is never out of control and never boomy.
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    114 of 121 people found the following review helpful By Patrick James on 17 July 2012
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    I think AKG are onto a winner with these headphones. The sound quality is excellent and the isolation is first class. I use public transport a lot as I don't have a car and for this the K550s are very well suited. I listen to classical music, often quite quiet music and so the isolation is very important.

    I have two other pairs of AKG headphones, my much loved AKG K702s and my K271 MkIIs. I use the K271s mostly for monitoring sound when I am recording video. I used to use them on public transport as they are closed back. The K550s are the preferred choice for this now.

    The K550s do not sound like my other AKG headphones. They have a forward and full midband and the treble is softer. The treble is not as detailed as my K702s. I think that the K550s will have a wider appeal that the K702s because they will, probably, sound better with pop/rock. However they do sound excellent with classical. I've been listening a lot to Debussy: Preludes (2CD), Claude Debussy, Alexei Lubimov. I bought this at Amazon actually. The piano sounds really beautiful with the K550s, the notes are full and with lots of expression.

    Although these are closed back headphones it is remarkable how open sounding they are. They will present orchestral works with a surprisingly large soundstage.

    I do use them with a small portable amplifier plugged into my iPod Touch. However they will play absolutely fine plugged straight into the iPod Touch. These are very sensitive headphones. I use my small amp because it produces a better sound quality than the amp in the iPod Touch. I think that for quality purposes it is a good idea to get a good portable amplifier to add to your portable source.
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