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post #151 of 1757
I got mine used off another head-fier and they work like a charm. No glue issues no adjustment issues.
post #152 of 1757

my headband does have the glue issue you mentioned. I have been pushing it back on the metal if it starts to pop off. It is one area that AKG should improve on for sure. But I will fix it myself if I decide these are keepers for me.

post #153 of 1757

Thank you very much for your replies.

 

The adjustment issue(difference/not so good clicking to positions from the one side) was not a deal breaker for me,but the headband pad worried me because I think that some kind of cable pass through there,and if it got worse (unglued) I may had a problem.

 

The thing is that I paid 200 euro here in Greece for it,and I was not satisfied with these issues so I returned it back.

post #154 of 1757

at that price I would have returned them as well, I paid $199 for my pair so will fix the glue. having said that I may reconsider my score of these for build quality. I think that metal center console must have the cable underneath it as I can not feel a cable under the padding.

 

So just hooked up my little tube amp and wow does it ever pair up with the K550 well. It adds a very nice warmth to the sound.

post #155 of 1757
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Originally Posted by john53 View Post

Dweaver(and other 550 owners too),I had two small issues with build quality of my 550's,the first is that the headband pad was not so nice glued to the metal headband,leaving some kind of small gaps(basically at the two edges of the pad) between the headband and the pad,where you could also notice some glue.The second issue was that the left adjustment didn't click properly on the numbers,compared to the right one (both feeling and "click" sound).So I returned them and got money back,but I'm thinking of buying them again some time due to their great sound.

Did anyone else noticed the headband pad not so good glued to the headband,and with the adjustments to feel different one from the other?

 

I have a K550 and no problem with the headband nor with he adjustement.

post #156 of 1757
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Originally Posted by drivers66 View Post

 

I have a K550 and no problem with the headband nor with he adjustement.

 

Same.  This is the first that I've heard of these issues and consider this headphone rock solid.

post #157 of 1757

Maybe you should return them for a replacement? The K550 is one of the most solidly built pair of cans I've ever owned. Though, they do scratch easily...

post #158 of 1757

I think the seal issues with these cans is kind of making a mountain out of a mole hill IMO. I have a smaller than average head and I dont have issues with the fit. I can wear them with a great amount of comfort and no seal problems on the first two settings. For the sake of comparison, I wear my M50s and my DT990s most comfortably without having to expand the headband at all.

post #159 of 1757

I have a smaller sized head and could never get a good seal with the K550's.  Had to sell them.  If it is a problem, it's a big one.

post #160 of 1757
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I would be particularly interested to hear how your 550's compare to your B&W P5's. I enjoy listening to music on my P5's but for long listening sessions they don't work we'll for me at all (too uncomfortable) and tracks with a lot of brass, trumpets etc. at the forefront I cannot enjoy as they sound harsh to my ears.

 

You find the P5 harsh on brass and trumpets?  confused_face(1).gif The 550 will kill you, then. And not in a good way.

 

Me, I find the P5 a bit soft in the upper mids and treble.

post #161 of 1757
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You find the P5 harsh on brass and trumpets?  confused_face(1).gif The 550 will kill you, then. And not in a good way.

 

Me, I find the P5 a bit soft in the upper mids and treble.

 

I heard the P5 as "what upper-mids and treble?" wink.gif

 

But really, I feel that a perception of "harshness" is caused more by a lack of articulation than an emphasis of a specific frequency range.  Both of the P5 and P3 sounded muddy and slow from top to bottom in my opinion -- far from the K550's clarity.

post #162 of 1757
P5 might be a hair brighter don't you think? I didn't get much time with it.
post #163 of 1757
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I heard the P5 as "what upper-mids and treble?" wink.gif

 

But really, I feel that a perception of "harshness" is caused more by a lack of articulation than an emphasis of a specific frequency range.  Both of the P5 and P3 sounded muddy and slow from top to bottom in my opinion -- far from the K550's clarity.

 

I agree with you. And a lack of HF extension can make upper midrange/lower treble sound cold and bright. 

 

I've only had the K550 for a couple of days. One thing I have noticed is that hi-hats, cymbals and vocal sibilants tend to be emphasised. They really stick out of the mix on most recordings that have them. Hopefully this will tone down as they get run-in.

post #164 of 1757
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P5 might be a hair brighter don't you think? I didn't get much time with it.

 

...could I be confusing it with the P3? (auditioned both back-to-back, liked neither... pretty looking, though)

 

 


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Originally Posted by Beagle View Post

I've only had the K550 for a couple of days. One thing I have noticed is that hi-hats, cymbals and vocal sibilants tend to be emphasised. They really stick out of the mix on most recordings that have them. Hopefully this will tone down as they get run-in.

 

Don't expect a monumental change, but the high frequencies did smooth a bit after accruing some hours.  I still find, however, that some violins can get too close for comfort.

post #165 of 1757

Nice to hear because the bass and midrange are lovely. Open and clear.

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