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post #1771 of 1782
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Originally Posted by rwpritchett View Post

Just wait until you get some hours on them. I don't want to debate whether burn-in is real or imaginary, but I definitely noticed a difference in my K550's after I put a few miles on them. It might be the pads forming to my head, or maybe it really is break in of the drivers, but it definitely wasn't my brain getting "used to" the sound.

I also put the headband on my arm and squeezed it so that the band is more round and fits my head better. Out of the box the headband was П shaped and now it is more ∩ shaped. biggrin.gif

If they sound this good now, can't wait until there's some hours on them, for me that'll take but a few days, as for the headbands shape, can't say I've any issues with it, but maybe that's because I have a relatively flat head...lol
post #1772 of 1782

any pics on the alpha pads yet? I'm really interested in switching cause my ears touch the driver bit.

post #1773 of 1782
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Originally Posted by gl07pp View Post
 

any pics on the alpha pads yet? I'm really interested in switching cause my ears touch the driver bit.


Try putting a loop of thick cable under the ear pads. Tie each end together with duct tape. That worked very well with my AD700s and I assume it will work the same way with the K550s.

 

You can do a much neater job of wrapping the duct tape round but it doesn't affect the sound much at all and you don't see it much when it is under the pad.

 

 

 

My ears touch the drivers a little bit but that doesn't bother me enough to make me put the cable under them. The ear pads on the AD700s did so i put this cable loop under them.

 

If you have some spare cable, it may be worth trying.

post #1774 of 1782

Just wanted to make my first headfi post and give  a nice review of these headphones. First off the K550's sound great. To my ears there is so much detail and a nice wide soundstage its fun to get lost in them. I have to verify that a proper fit or seal is crucial to get good sound out of these. I found slightly bending the headband to be the best option. I had tried stuffing the pads in various ways (cutting out foam, adding cardboard, etc) but I felt the sound always changed (became muffled oh so slightly if i recall). In my opinion based on trying various things I don't see how stuffing the pads could work (but good luck to those that succeed) but oh so slightly bending the medal headband is a very easy solution. I found they provided great isolation as well. Others have commented on the bass. I will say that these have a  lot of bass. The bass is not punchy but it is very all encompassing, like when you see THX movie at the cinema, perhaps one might say it is sort of slow in some way (a speculation) in regards to bass, or maybe that is psychological effect of the ultra lows being emphasized. That sad, the headphones worked well with all sorts of music. I have heard that some people get annoyed by certain higher frequencies. I did not notice any problems in the higher frequency range. 

 

The only downside to these headphones is that they are so damn big and heavy. The cord is too heavy and long (put a detachable cable in yo!) and the headphones themselves are bulky and even when they fold flat are too just gigantic. Its really awkward to use these portably because of these things. I mean even just for sitting on a plane or train they are too big. I am not a big fan of the design, i mean its okay, but i prefer something slimmer and more functional. That said, the build quality on these is very good. 

 

 

I was lucky to get a chance to compare these to many things at the store. In terms of soundstage these are one of the best closed cans out there. I have personally not tried a pair of closed back cans with as nice detailed overall sound and soundstage. I will try to comment on some individual comparisons because it helps people ground themselves in physical experiences they already know. Please keep in mind this is from my first impressions after spending some time listening to these headphones at a store (except for the Grado's which I owned). Also, I am not a long term headphone enthusiast and not a self-described audiophile so please take this as an enthusiastic amateur's best effort at describing headphones.

 

AKG K551 vs AKG K550 = same to my ears

AKG K545 vs AKG K550 = The K550 has bigger soundstage and more detail. The K545 has tighter punchier bass. Similar in many ways but the K545 just doesnt have that "world of sound" enjoyment factor which I got out of the K550s. 

Grado Sr60 / Sr80 vs AKG k550 - Grado's are more fun, more musical, i don't if they are more detailed ...the closed back designs make me feel that i can hear more detail but I think the Grados have plenty of that.We all know closed back and open are apples and oranges pretty much. If the Grados were closed back I would choose them every time. 

B&O h6 vs AKG K550 - H6 has stronger bass, if i remember, a nice build as well. The sound is just more "normal". They certianly sound great but they don't have that amazing detail to me. They are like deepfried whitefish where the K550s are raw salmon. But I prefer the K550s except for the h6 comfort. 

ath-m50 , sennheiser hd6, harman kardon - Good sounding phones but no soundstage compared to the k550s, if i didn't want nice sweet detail floating in my head i might go for the sennheisers.

 

Thanks for reading guys, if I do more reviews I will try to be more detailed in talking about different frequencies and other aspects. 

post #1775 of 1782

Front from top

 

Front

 

Back

 

Inside

 

So you can see they are quite angled and the cup is really deep which is nice cause my ear was touching the driver with the standard pads. The pads are also really comfy so that's a big plus. I think I used like size 1 or 2 with the normal pads but now I have to use 5 on both sides.

If you want more photos I can take some more but it is just samsung 3 quality so don't expect too much! :)

post #1776 of 1782

Those earpads are looking great @goswser !  How to purchase them internationally? Any velour varieties of this earpad?

 

Can you please share a link for the seller?  can you please talk some more about the changes this earpads did to the sound?

 

Thanks!


Edited by Baycode - 9/27/14 at 10:43am
post #1777 of 1782
They look a lot like the guy that out audeze pads on his k550s. They look kind of strange. They are super comfy, although my ears also touch the drivers they're comfortable enough for me.
post #1778 of 1782
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Originally Posted by goswser View Post
 

 

 

So you can see they are quite angled and the cup is really deep which is nice cause my ear was touching the driver with the standard pads. The pads are also really comfy so that's a big plus. I think I used like size 1 or 2 with the normal pads but now I have to use 5 on both sides.

If you want more photos I can take some more but it is just samsung 3 quality so don't expect too much! :)

 

Wow these look extremely comfy, I'll order one!

post #1779 of 1782
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Originally Posted by Baycode View Post
 

Those earpads are looking great @goswser !  How to purchase them internationally? Any velour varieties of this earpad?

 

Can you please share a link for the seller?  can you please talk some more about the changes this earpads did to the sound?

 

Thanks!

You can just place a normal order from MrSpeakers, check under accessories. I'm from Sweden and I got them without trouble when I ordered mine. I don't have any idea if someone else got velour pads, you could check around, just make sure the dimensions are roughly the same.

 

I spoke about the changes in some earlier post, it's just a few posts up.

 

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Originally Posted by linglingjr View Post

They look a lot like the guy that out audeze pads on his k550s. They look kind of strange. They are super comfy, although my ears also touch the drivers they're comfortable enough for me.
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Originally Posted by gl07pp View Post
 

 

Wow these look extremely comfy, I'll order one!

I think you will be happy when you get them! Maybe you can give some additional feedback on sound changes as I'm not able to so well. 

post #1780 of 1782
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Originally Posted by goswser View Post
 

Front from top

 

Front

 

Back

 

Inside

 

So you can see they are quite angled and the cup is really deep which is nice cause my ear was touching the driver with the standard pads. The pads are also really comfy so that's a big plus. I think I used like size 1 or 2 with the normal pads but now I have to use 5 on both sides.

If you want more photos I can take some more but it is just samsung 3 quality so don't expect too much! :)


I am happy with the normal K550 pads. I can see that you have braided the cable like I have though:biggrin:. I use the K550s with my Fiio X3 while on the go.

 

post #1781 of 1782
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Originally Posted by TheGiantHogweed View Post
 


Try putting a loop of thick cable under the ear pads. Tie each end together with duct tape. That worked very well with my AD700s and I assume it will work the same way with the K550s.

 

 

You can do a much neater job of wrapping the duct tape round but it doesn't affect the sound much at all and you don't see it much when it is under the pad.

 

 

 

 

My ears touch the drivers a little bit but that doesn't bother me enough to make me put the cable under them. The ear pads on the AD700s did so i put this cable loop under them.

 

If you have some spare cable, it may be worth trying.

 

Used nylon rope and hot glue to do this- It doesn't change the sound too much, and the cups do move further away, which is good, but the pads do clamp a bit harder making it uncomfortable for long listening sessions. I'll end up replacing the pads, probably.

post #1782 of 1782

For the cable I folded it up a few times in the centre of the cable length then slid heat-shrink tubing over it. It worked very well.

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