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post #691 of 1782

nope, this can is still v clear...nothing muddy or muffled, giv it a try.

post #692 of 1782

Hey there K550'ers!

 

I currently own a Grado SR80 (for home) and V-moda m80 (for portability).  

 

The AKG K550 sounds like the perfect blend of the two.

 

I found myself not using the Grado's much because of the comfort issue, plus it starts to feel too warm on my ears.

 

Plus it'd simplify my life to just have one headphone.

 

So would it be worth it for me to get rid of the Grado and V-moda and get the K550?  I'm assuming it's got all the low-end of the V-moda, but all the open-ness and detail of the Grado.

post #693 of 1782
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Originally Posted by CanCrazed View Post

Hey there K550'ers!

 

I currently own a Grado SR80 (for home) and V-moda m80 (for portability).  

 

The AKG K550 sounds like the perfect blend of the two.

 

I found myself not using the Grado's much because of the comfort issue, plus it starts to feel too warm on my ears.

 

Plus it'd simplify my life to just have one headphone.

 

So would it be worth it for me to get rid of the Grado and V-moda and get the K550?  I'm assuming it's got all the low-end of the V-moda, but all the open-ness and detail of the Grado.

 

 

Some of the low end Grados actually sound incredible for the price. Too bad they are not built for portability.

They have to seriously re-design the whole thing. All American branded headphones seem to follow

Grado in terms of physical design: Hifiman & Audeze. Curious?

post #694 of 1782
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Originally Posted by CanCrazed View Post

So would it be worth it for me to get rid of the Grado and V-moda and get the K550?  I'm assuming it's got all the low-end of the V-moda, but all the open-ness and detail of the Grado.

While they do have good detail resolution, I wouldn't describe them as just as "open" as the Grados. Although they do have a bigger soundstage than other closed headphones.
post #695 of 1782
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Originally Posted by CanCrazed View Post

Hey there K550'ers!

 

I currently own a Grado SR80 (for home) and V-moda m80 (for portability).  

 

The AKG K550 sounds like the perfect blend of the two.

 

I found myself not using the Grado's much because of the comfort issue, plus it starts to feel too warm on my ears.

 

Plus it'd simplify my life to just have one headphone.

 

So would it be worth it for me to get rid of the Grado and V-moda and get the K550?  I'm assuming it's got all the low-end of the V-moda, but all the open-ness and detail of the Grado.

 

I've never owned the M80 (or the K550, for that matter, but disregard that), but I understand that it is a very rugged and portable headphone. The K550 is very well built, so durability shouldn't be an issue, but I don't think it was designed to be portable in the same way as the M80. Likewise, cel4145 is correct in his comment regarding the SR80.

So, I think you could consolidate and just buy the K550, but understand that it will be a sort of "jack of all trades, master of none" situation. If possible, I would try out a K550 to see if it adequately suits your needs before selling off your other headphones. You might even be able to find someone on the forum willing to loan you a pair.


Edited by shadowox8 - 6/26/13 at 8:17am
post #696 of 1782
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Originally Posted by shadowox8 View Post


So, I think you could consolidate and just buy the K550, but understand that it will be a sort of "jack of all trades, master of none" situation. If possible, I would try out a K550 to see if it adequately suits your needs before selling off your other headphones. You might even be able to find someone on the forum willing to loan you a pair.

 

Thanks!  I'll probably wait then for the SF Audio Meet in August to try one (if they have one).  I called a local high-end audio store and they said they know no one who stocks AKG's in the SF.  What a bummer! triportsad.gif

 

 

PS -- Yeah, I don't want a "master of none" situation.  I guess I'll make do with my current arrangement.  Until...some new and extraordinary headphone comes on the horizon.   smily_headphones1.gif

post #697 of 1782
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Originally Posted by CanCrazed View Post

 

Thanks!  I'll probably wait then for the SF Audio Meet in August to try one (if they have one).  I called a local high-end audio store and they said they know no one who stocks AKG's in the SF.  What a bummer! triportsad.gif

 

 

PS -- Yeah, I don't want a "master of none" situation.  I guess I'll make do with my current arrangement.  Until...some new and extraordinary headphone comes on the horizon.   smily_headphones1.gif

 

Sure thing. Just to clarify: The K550 is a very good headphone, IMO. In this case, I referred to the "master of none" situation only in regard to it's "openness" vs. the Grado, and it's portability vs. the V-Moda. So far as I know, there will be no headphone ever that can excel at both of those qualities simultaneously; the two are kind of mutually exclusive.  ;)

post #698 of 1782

....somehow i still think this k550 has ALOT of potential to be tweaked to your liking.

the 50mm bass, if u get it right..it carries some slam...

the highs are there, u can tame it if u need to..

the pads can be upgraded..to v comfy lambskinsss.

the soundstage is huge..

its easy to power..

u can change the cable if u are a DIYer..

u can paint it if u are a painter...

u can throw it around..built like a tank

u can throw in a tube amp :P

180-200buckstongue.gif

 

my point is ...u have a good basic can to work with;

vs some other closedcans...with floppybass...small soundstage...small cups...etc

 

if u are not prepared to mod it a little, then its a hit n miss situation.

beerchug.gif

post #699 of 1782
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Originally Posted by Lorspeaker View Post

....somehow i still think this k550 has ALOT of potential to be tweaked to your liking.

the 50mm bass, if u get it right..it carries some slam...

the highs are there, u can tame it if u need to..

the pads can be upgraded..to v comfy lambskinsss.

the soundstage is huge..

its easy to power..

u can change the cable if u are a DIYer..

u can paint it if u are a painter...

u can throw it around..built like a tank

u can throw in a tube amp :P

180-200buckstongue.gif

 

my point is ...u have a good basic can to work with;

vs some other closedcans...with floppybass...small soundstage...small cups...etc

 

if u are not prepared to mod it a little, then its a hit n miss situation.

beerchug.gif

Perfect timing! I got the K550 a few days ago to replace the Pro 900 as my portable can and I love them! However, a pad upgrade would be really beneficial. I love something that would be able to seal better as I've noticed it is somewhat difficult with the stock pads. What are my options? I'd like something that won't render them useless as portable headphones. Would LCD-2 pads work? The angled pads might have an interesting effect on the soundstage. Anyways, let me know and thanks for any help!

post #700 of 1782
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Originally Posted by JmanOfIsrael View Post

Perfect timing! I got the K550 a few days ago to replace the Pro 900 as my portable can and I love them! However, a pad upgrade would be really beneficial. I love something that would be able to seal better as I've noticed it is somewhat difficult with the stock pads. What are my options? I'd like something that won't render them useless as portable headphones. Would LCD-2 pads work? The angled pads might have an interesting effect on the soundstage. Anyways, let me know and thanks for any help!

 

Before you go out and buy new pads, have you tried the mods in the OP (esp. dxanex's)?

post #701 of 1782
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Originally Posted by shadowox8 View Post

 

Before you go out and buy new pads, have you tried the mods in the OP (esp. dxanex's)?

Immediately after I posted that I did a google search and found the original mod by Curly. I am in the process of putting the pads back on, they look great! I dxanex had a great idea but it isn't ideal (practically and aesthetically) for me to put rubber bands around the pads--I know, I care about looks.

post #702 of 1782

Wow, the difference that made was day and night! The seal is sooo much better. I can't believe how bassy these phones are now! The soundstage is also more airy, I suppose that is attributed to the increased distance in the driver from the outer ear.

post #703 of 1782
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Originally Posted by JmanOfIsrael View Post

Wow, the difference that made was day and night! The seal is sooo much better. I can't believe how bassy these phones are now! The soundstage is also more airy, I suppose that is attributed to the increased distance in the driver from the outer ear.

 

Glad it worked out for you.  :D

post #704 of 1782
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Originally Posted by JmanOfIsrael View Post

Wow, the difference that made was day and night! The seal is sooo much better. I can't believe how bassy these phones are now! The soundstage is also more airy, I suppose that is attributed to the increased distance in the driver from the outer ear.

 

so u used the LCD2pads?  k701smile.gif

post #705 of 1782
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Originally Posted by Lorspeaker View Post

 

so u used the LCD2pads?  k701smile.gif

Nah, I used the cotton pad-stuffing technique and it worked very well! I am astounded how much it opened the soundstage up. Sounds unbelievable for closed HPs! The seal is still a little finicky but all in all it is much better. It translates to hearing the full sonic potential of the K550s without constant adjustment.

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