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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a genuinely excellent closed-back headphone for sensible money., 24 Dec. 2012
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This review is from: AKG K550 Closed-Back Noise Isolating Reference Class Headphones with Large Earcups Compatible with Apple iOS And Android Devices - Black (Electronics)
Although my first love is my main hi-fi with hefty floor-standing speakers, I've always had a soft-spot and need (late night listening) for decent headphones. I've had several pairs come and go over the years, Sennheiser 600s, AKG 701s and a couple of Beyerdynamic models. I've also tried a few closed-back designs because the open sort still cause social issues due to all the leaked sound.

Until the AKG 550 arrived, the only pair of closed-back phones that I could see myself living with, had been from the Denon AH-D series, either the 5000 or 7000 but they were pretty pricey and really not that isolating anyway.

I'd read mostly positive reviews but to be honest, I approached them half expecting the coloured, 'cuppy', bass-heavy signature that is so often the bane of the closed-back 'phone. Instead I have found them to be commendably even and well balanced, and as many have commented, very open sounding.

They are easy to drive and will work happily from portable sources, but they also have the ability to shine with better quality amplification - the Arcam rPAC being a very good match indeed.

Combining great sound and excellent build quality would be impressive enough at the original £250 asking price, but for the £150-ish that these 'phones are now available for, it's really something of a bargain.
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