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post #2041 of 2051

I just bought a used set of K550s to compare to my ATH-M50s. I have been listening for the past few hours and reading through other people opinions and I won't say mine are very different.  The K550s are more detailed with a wider soundstage than the M50s. However even the bass boost on my Fiio E18 can't make the bass as full and fun as I find the M50s.  I have owned AKG K702s as well and the K550s  loose some width due to the closed back but they gain a noticeable amount of bass which makes me prefer then 550s over the 702s. I did prefer the coiled (and removable) cable of the 702s but I mostly sit at my desk to listen so the cable is less critical to me. I think if I could find a headphone that was closed, had the low end of the M50s and the detail and soundstage of the K550, and as portable as the M50s, I might never put them down.

post #2042 of 2051

I spent the last couple of days agonising over whether to buy these or the UE 6000. Fortunately one of my friends has the 550s, so I spent a couple of hours yesterday putting them through their paces with a variety of genres, and I was really impressed. The bass certainly is less pronounced than in the M50s, which is what I was using as a comparison set. I already own a couple of phones with bass humps, and my main criteria with my next pair was a flat and even response; I want a go to pair of phones for faithful and detailed reproduction. I can understand why people might find the 550s  tad 'unexciting' if they're being highly critical - there are definitely more fun sounding headphones around. That having been said I personally did not find them boring, and they hit the nail on the head for the reference kind of sound I was looking for.

 

I'd heard that the UE6000s are a little warmer than the AKGs... That combined with the fact that I really don't want a set of headphones with a plastic battery door in the cup and noise cancelling switches and circuitry (more stuff to break over the years), I decided to order a set of the 550s for £86 + free postage (a really decent price for this kind of sound!) You can actually pick the UE6000s up for £73 on amazon right now, so if anyone else is grappling with the same dilemma I was, that could be a deal breaker.

 

When they arrive i'm going to borrow my friends pair again and spend a day listening to them side by side (he's been using his every day for 6 months), because I'm interested to see if the treble sounds any different out of the box. I didn't pick up on the artificial treble sound mentioned by some - that could have been down to my choice of test tracks, my ears, or maybe they calm down every so slightly with use. I'll report back on that if anyone is remotely interested :)

post #2043 of 2051
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Originally Posted by creepy crab View Post
 

I spent the last couple of days agonising over whether to buy these or the UE 6000. Fortunately one of my friends has the 550s, so I spent a couple of hours yesterday putting them through their paces with a variety of genres, and I was really impressed. The bass certainly is less pronounced than in the M50s, which is what I was using as a comparison set. I already own a couple of phones with bass humps, and my main criteria with my next pair was a flat and even response; I want a go to pair of phones for faithful and detailed reproduction. I can understand why people might find the 550s  tad 'unexciting' if they're being highly critical - there are definitely more fun sounding headphones around. That having been said I personally did not find them boring, and they hit the nail on the head for the reference kind of sound I was looking for.

 

I'd heard that the UE6000s are a little warmer than the AKGs... That combined with the fact that I really don't want a set of headphones with a plastic battery door in the cup and noise cancelling switches and circuitry (more stuff to break over the years), I decided to order a set of the 550s for £86 + free postage (a really decent price for this kind of sound!) You can actually pick the UE6000s up for £73 on amazon right now, so if anyone else is grappling with the same dilemma I was, that could be a deal breaker.

 

When they arrive i'm going to borrow my friends pair again and spend a day listening to them side by side (he's been using his every day for 6 months), because I'm interested to see if the treble sounds any different out of the box. I didn't pick up on the artificial treble sound mentioned by some - that could have been down to my choice of test tracks, my ears, or maybe they calm down every so slightly with use. I'll report back on that if anyone is remotely interested :)

I shouldn't really compare these to my open backed AT ATH-AD700s but when I do, the treble on these does sound a bit unrealistic. It at times sounds like the treble is trying that bit too hard. My other headphones easily have more treble but they sound more pleasant to listen to if the recording happens to sound bit harsh.

The treble on the K550s still is very clear though

post #2044 of 2051

You should try one of the dampening mods, it's easy, you just have disassamble it, and put some dampening material at the back of the driver, it will make the treble softer, more fluid (rather than being sharp and plastic sounding). You should try different materials with different thickness to find out what works for you. 

post #2045 of 2051
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Originally Posted by davek View Post
 

You should try one of the dampening mods, it's easy, you just have disassamble it, and put some dampening material at the back of the driver, it will make the treble softer, more fluid (rather than being sharp and plastic sounding). You should try different materials with different thickness to find out what works for you. 


I am happy enough with them as they are now and I wouldn't really want to risk doing anything to them.

post #2046 of 2051
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Originally Posted by TheGiantHogweed View Post
 

I shouldn't really compare these to my open backed AT ATH-AD700s but when I do, the treble on these does sound a bit unrealistic. It at times sounds like the treble is trying that bit too hard. My other headphones easily have more treble but they sound more pleasant to listen to if the recording happens to sound bit harsh.

The treble on the K550s still is very clear though

I was paying attention to this last night as I compared the K550s to other headphones. It took a bit to find my favorite combination of DAC/Amp and gain settings to get the treble to sound balanced. Eventually I found that the ALO International on a Low gain setting really gave a nice balance where as pretty much any amp I chose with a higher gain, the treble really came forward more than the mids and lows.  With those higher gain settings though I would agree completely that the treble sounded unrealistic.

post #2047 of 2051

creepy crab, where did you find them for £86?

post #2048 of 2051


There is no risk at all, it's all reversible, taking it apart is easy as well, but it's up to you.

post #2049 of 2051
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Originally Posted by episiarch View Post
 

creepy crab, where did you find them for £86?

expedite electronics. I've heard they have truly horrible customer service if you have problems down the line, but there are enough positive reviews and protections from paypal to instil me with confidence. You pays your money...

post #2050 of 2051

Wrong thread, delete me.


Edited by SSandDigital - 4/14/15 at 3:47pm
post #2051 of 2051

Thanks, creepy crab :-)

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