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post #2011 of 2025
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Originally Posted by maheeinfy View Post

I recently got K550 for USD 190. After reading few posts, i feel like i have paid more than i should.
Darn!
What is a good price for these?

congrats! Thats what they usually cost new. I hope you enjoy them.
post #2012 of 2025

i think that it really depends upon what one is searching for... for me they would cost around 300$ new. I would still consider them. they are worlds better than ath m50..

 

but as far as closed back goes, if you want u shape or v shape you can't beat ultrasone headphones. better soundstage, better bass, better treble, better detail retreival. one can argue about tonality on both k550 or any ultrasone models... in this particular aspect, sennheiser are and will forever be the best...

post #2013 of 2025

I was at one point thinking of getting the M50s over these. In ways, I am pleased that I didn't. At times though, I fell like I wish I had got them instead. I don't actually know how the sound compares really. I use the K550s as portable headphones most of the time. They seem to really lack bass when I am on the move in a bus or similar transport. I like their detail but I feel like the M50s may have suited me better here. They are also more handy by the look of it as they have a coiled audio cable which I would have loved on the K550s.

 

At home though, if I am not wanting to disturb anybody with my open backed AT ATH-AD700s, I use my K550s and the bass is really good in a quiet place. Very deep and clear. The detail is also very good for a closed back pair. I feel like the M50s would be no good at all for me for at home listening as I assume their detail and soundstage is nowhere close to the K550s.

 

I can't be sure, but I somehow think that the M50s could have suited me better when travelling as I have to boost the bass on my FiiO X3 up by quite a lot with my K550s to notice the bass at times.

I think that overall the K550s will have been the better choice if I am after a really wide soundstage in a closed back pair.

post #2014 of 2025
I paid $300 for mine quite a while back. Worth every penny. At today's prices it's a steal.

They can hang with my LCD-XC, of course not as refined but that's expected for their class. Great headphone.
post #2015 of 2025
If anyone's interested, the K553 Pro just launched on Massdrop for an incredibly reasonable $139.99. Perhaps this thread should be merged with the K553 Pro for impressions/comparisons?
Edited by rwpritchett - 3/26/15 at 8:24am
post #2016 of 2025

Does anyone know what's the difference between K553 and K550?

post #2017 of 2025

Just bought mine used for under $100 last week. Lots of minor paint fades but the pads are still in excellent shape. There wasn't enough clamping force so I had to bend them excessively to make a difference. Stuffed the pads with some tissue paper and that helped a little more but lost some low end bass. Ended up taking the tissues out. Press the cups against your ears and you'll hear depth to the bass. You could hear the very lows rumble.

 

I only have the Mikros 90, M50s, and DT770/80 to refer to, but in my opinion, these are way better than the M50s and on par with the DT770 depending on your taste. I enjoy the DT770 more because of its fuller sound. The sound also feels more distant to my ears so it makes things more dramatic. I wouldn't mind mixing with the K550s since I believe they're more accurate and have better seperation. I'm not used to the sparkle these give on certain songs yet. Sounds somewhat too sharp. They're still a bit of an upgrade to the DT770 in the high-mids to highs. I would only buy the M50s if they're under $70 used. In terms of comfort, I'd rate them 8/10, the DT770 9/10, and the M50s 4-5/10. I wished the other two had a coiled cable like the M50s though.

 

I'm waiting for my Shure 1540 to arrive. I'm hoping they would be like fusing the DT770 and K550 into one and if so, I'm selling both. :D

post #2018 of 2025
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Originally Posted by rwpritchett View Post

If anyone's interested, the K553 Pro just launched on Massdrop for an incredibly reasonable $139.99. Perhaps this thread should be merged with the K553 Pro for impressions/comparisons?

Yep. Very good price: https://www.massdrop.com/buy/akg-k553-pro-studio-headphone smily_headphones1.gif

Based on this review, seems like they have improved a bit on the K550 in positive ways: http://www.head-fi.org/t/760386/new-release-the-akg-k553-pro-featuring-a-killer-massdrop-deal
post #2019 of 2025

A commentor in the Massdrop discussion (page 2) wrote "Just a heads up. I have the K550 close to 2 years now and [...] the rubber like coating material on them (on the body of the cans) has deteriorated." Photos are included. Anyone else had this experience?

post #2020 of 2025
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Originally Posted by Captain Howdy View Post

A commentor in the Massdrop discussion (page 2) wrote "Just a heads up. I have the K550 close to 2 years now and [...] the rubber like coating material on them (on the body of the cans) has deteriorated." Photos are included. Anyone else had this experience?
I heard somewhere that the K550s had this issue. I think AKG prevented this from hapening qiute recently with a newer model of the K550s. I think thay are no different other than the paint or whatever it is. I have seen other people say that this happened with the older K550s so I think that is why AKG did somthging about it. I could be wrong though but I feel I have seen this problem mentioned elsewhere.
post #2021 of 2025
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Originally Posted by Captain Howdy View Post
 

A commentor in the Massdrop discussion (page 2) wrote "Just a heads up. I have the K550 close to 2 years now and [...] the rubber like coating material on them (on the body of the cans) has deteriorated." Photos are included. Anyone else had this experience?

Got a link to those pics? massdrop just wants me to sign up. won't bother.

 

i'v had K550 for a long time too and the rubbery plastic coating is just fine on the cans. its the metal coating on the corners of the headband that is gone :P


Edited by Whippler - 3/28/15 at 7:20am
post #2022 of 2025
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Originally Posted by Whippler View Post
 

Got a link to those pics? massdrop just wants me to sign up. won't bother.

 

i'v had K550 for a long time too and the rubbery plastic coating is just fine on the cans. its the metal coating on the corners of the headband that is gone :P

 

Link to the drop was in the post above mine. I don't think it's possible to link to that particular comment, so I've grabbed the pics and inserted them below. Hopefully the OP won't mind.

 

 

post #2023 of 2025

Yeah wondering about the differences between K533 and K550

post #2024 of 2025
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Originally Posted by Whippler View Post

Got a link to those pics? massdrop just wants me to sign up. won't bother.

i'v had K550 for a long time too and the rubbery plastic coating is just fine on the cans. its the metal coating on the corners of the headband that is gone :P

Didn't you guys read my whole post? LOL

This link I posted above is to a review which shows pictures: http://www.head-fi.org/t/760386/new-release-the-akg-k553-pro-featuring-a-killer-massdrop-deal
post #2025 of 2025
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

Didn't you guys read my whole post? LOL

This link I posted above is to a review which shows pictures: http://www.head-fi.org/t/760386/new-release-the-akg-k553-pro-featuring-a-killer-massdrop-deal

The problem with the rubbery coating may depend on where you live. Here in Brazil I have a similar problem with all kinds of equipment that uses this type of plastic or rubber--including my K550s. I believe it is because I live in a hot, humid climate close to the ocean (hence, salt in the air). I've had this problem with everything from remote controls to cameras to computer mice. I have the same headphones in Canada, where I spend part of the year. They do not exhibit this problem. I have participated in many discussions about this problem in technology forums, and the consensus seems to be that in many cases it does have something to do with climate.
Edited by toolio - Yesterday at 4:48 am
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