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Originally Posted by z50 Jumper View Post

 

AKG K550

AUDEZE LCD-2 pads (new soft ones)

FiiO e07k: Bass +6db, Treble -8db

 

This setup actually now makes rock music sound better and more enjoyable than the Panasonics and Electro still sounds amazing! I can honestly say I am not sure how it gets any better than this (for under $400).

Welcome to Head-Fi! Nice write-up, and you should continue to enjoy the K550. They are great sounding headphones. If and when you do itch for something with a little different flavor (sorry about your wallet and all that...) you might look into the HE-400 as it's currently sitting at ~$250, especially if you really like electronic music. The FiiO would drive it fairly well.

I do recall the K550 sounding especially good with rock and elecronic. Nice choice! :beerchug:

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Originally Posted by dxanex View Post

Welcome to Head-Fi! Nice write-up, and you should continue to enjoy the K550. They are great sounding headphones. If and when you do itch for something with a little different flavor (sorry about your wallet and all that...) you might look into the HE-400 as it's currently sitting at ~$250, especially if you really like electronic music. The FiiO would drive it fairly well.
I do recall the K550 sounding especially good with rock and elecronic. Nice choice! beerchug.gif

+1

I recently got the HE-400, and I do think it a good step up from the K550 for electronic music--good bit better bass, better soundstage, and better detail & clarity. But I still need the K550 for when a closed can is a better choice. Can't seem to find anything that will replace it for that smily_headphones1.gif
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

But I still need the K550 for when a closed can is a better choice. Can't seem to find anything that will replace it for that smily_headphones1.gif

There's not much competition in the closed headphone space at this level. Lots of stuff in the open headphone arena but once you're looking past about $400 for open headphones I figure you're better off just going all-out with an entry-level STAX kit.

Does anyone have a side by side comparison of the new type LCD-2 pads vs. Alpha Dog pads w/ K55x? My search-fu is failing.
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The HE-400 is on my radar for sure, however with my first purchase I did lean towards the closed can side which is where these came in, To anyone reading these posts and still on the fence about the k550, please know they aren't that fun without some EQ settings, the inner techie in me was actually intrigued by this as I can maximize my listening pleasure per genre and volume (i like to EQ the treble down a bit and blow my ear drums out occasionally).

 

I would love to hear a more seasoned opinion of these with other pads, I noticed a HUGE difference with the LDC-2 pads, esp with sound stage but like I said the mids and bass dropped off making them even worse sounding by them self (without EQ) almost like they did when fresh out of the box.

 

Every friend that have tried mine on, I always make sure they are aware of the FiiO and that the K550 are not exactly a plug and play headphone for music enjoyment.


Edited by z50 Jumper - 4/9/14 at 2:48pm
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Just to reply to my own post regarding the K550 and FiiO e07k (and AUDEZE pads).

 

I do mess with the EQ settings quite a bit per genre and even per song (I am my own personal DJ!), so on the FiiO EQ I range the Bass from +4 to +8, and the Treble from -2 down to -8.

 

With that being said none of my other headphones respond to EQ even remotely close to how the K550 does, I guess that's one difference between reference headphones and listening headphones.

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So, here are my 550s :)

Got them 4 months ago for about $90 new, just could not stand the deal. And oh my god they do worth every penny. Before then I almost exclusively used IEMs, only a couple years ago bought PX200-II, but those Senns are definitely not good for our siberian winter :)

K550 is a HUGE leap in listening experience compared to all my previous IEMs and PX200-II both. Comfort is great, sound is even greater, and OH GOD THEY ARE GORGEOUS :biggrin:

The only thing I would like to change is that 3 meters long cable. Not very convenient for portable use, but I do love how it's sturdy and soft at the same time.

 

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Originally Posted by natrixx View Post
 

So, here are my 550s :)

Got them 4 months ago for about $90 new, just could not stand the deal.

 

Haha...probably some of the best $90 you will spend in audio.  Great price.

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Originally Posted by natrixx View Post

So, here are my 550s smily_headphones1.gif
Got them 4 months ago for about $90 new, just could not stand the deal. And oh my god they do worth every penny. Before then I almost exclusively used IEMs, only a couple years ago bought PX200-II, but those Senns are definitely not good for our siberian winter smily_headphones1.gif
K550 is a HUGE leap in listening experience compared to all my previous IEMs and PX200-II both. Comfort is great, sound is even greater, and OH GOD THEY ARE GORGEOUS biggrin.gif
The only thing I would like to change is that 3 meters long cable. Not very convenient for portable use, but I do love how it's sturdy and soft at the same time.


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For portable use, I agree that the cable is way too long. I find it to be the perfect length for home use though. When I use them on the move, I need one pocket for my player and another for the remaining 2 metres of cable! I do wish that the cable was detachable so that you then could buy one the right length for what you need.
In the picture in your post, your headphones look very wet. I once was using them outside when it started to rain and I was not sure if it would damage them or not. They have now got damp a few times and they seem to be fine.
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For $90 I would absolutely buy them again!

 

Kind of miss them now...

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For $90, I would buy just to have a spare.
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For $90, I would buy just to have a spare.

No doubt!

LOL
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I cant post pics yet, anyone wanna post my setup for me?

 

http://distilleryimage8.ak.instagram.com/b533f710c0dc11e382b90002c9e149a8_8.jpg

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I got a K551 from Amazon warehouse deals. They sound awesome, I was worried they'd be low on bass but they're not at all, they extend VERY nicely. My biggest concern was that they would look ridiculous on my head, but they actually don't look too horrible because they're thin and don't stick out very much. It is kind of weird being able to see them in my peripheral vision though, I don't recall that ever happening with any other headphone I've owned.

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Originally Posted by alexm23 View Post

I got a K551 from Amazon warehouse deals. They sound awesome, I was worried they'd be low on bass but they're not at all, they extend VERY nicely. My biggest concern was that they would look ridiculous on my head, but they actually don't look too horrible because they're thin and don't stick out very much. It is kind of weird being able to see them in my peripheral vision though, I don't recall that ever happening with any other headphone I've owned.

Well, and as soon as you realize the big cups on the big drivers are the reason for the big soundstage, it's a lot easier to get used to them, too smily_headphones1.gif
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For portable use, I agree that the cable is way too long. I find it to be the perfect length for home use though. When I use them on the move, I need one pocket for my player and another for the remaining 2 metres of cable! I do wish that the cable was detachable so that you then could buy one the right length for what you need.
In the picture in your post, your headphones look very wet. I once was using them outside when it started to rain and I was not sure if it would damage them or not. They have now got damp a few times and they seem to be fine.

I sent mine to BTG and had them modded like the right picture in second row and right picture in fourth row:

 

http://btg-audio.com/webstore.htm#!/~/product/category=2609209&id=11484962

 

Also had cables made with different size plugs

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