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post #466 of 2455

Maybe if I heard the 550's before the A900X's I would appreciate them more. But my can history is

 

Beats Studio --> M50 --> A900X --> K550

 

The only reason I haven't returned these cans is:

 

1. I can't. I got em on eBay for $165 new. I made an offer and the seller took it lol. 

2. They look pretty nice, and these will probably be my portable can upgrade (from my M50's) once I send these to get modded in order to enable a removable cord

3. They are comfortable as hell. If there are cans that are more comfortable, that wouldn't mean anything to me since I wouldn't know what to do with that additional comfort. I've kept these on for 8 hours straight and thought nothing of it. I get discomfort with the A900X's after ~3-4 hours

post #467 of 2455
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Originally Posted by Beagle View Post

A900x is a wonderful headphone. Just got one last week. $148 new, Amazon. It's got the lot....bass extension, openness, clarity, smooth mids and highs. No glaring faults.

 

But the K550 does sound very nice...

The AT wings. I wish they were removable so I could fit a proper headband on them.

post #468 of 2455
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Originally Posted by Tangster View Post

The AT wings. I wish they were removable so I could fit a proper headband on them.

 

It's interesting, since the A900X is the only closed-back AT's so far that also rotates the cups vertically, so it should, in theory, fit better. But for some reason they chose to go with heavier earcups...

post #469 of 2455

Can we please revert back to discussing SQ instead of aesthetics? I get it, we all get it - the wings aren't optimal for everyone. 

post #470 of 2455
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Originally Posted by 3ternalDr4gon View Post

Can we please revert back to discussing SQ instead of aesthetics? I get it, we all get it - the wings aren't optimal for everyone. 

 

But comfort and fit are both important aspects of headphone design, no?

post #471 of 2455

Sorry, my post is probably a little selfish. It's not like you guys were claiming to directly respond to my post, anyway. You can discuss whatever you like.

 

Like I mentioned in my initial post, I agree - the K550's are substantially better in regards to comfort. But I'm starting to get the impression that this is an unfair card that is being played when SQ is compared between the two, even though it is irrelevant in the topic of SQ altogether.

 

I would take 4 hours of 7/10 comfort with 8.5/10 SQ

vs 8 hours of 8.5/10 comfort with 6.5/10 SQ

post #472 of 2455

I've found that the K550 is heavy enough that after a few hours of wear I get a little sore spot on the top of my head... up till then it's very comfortable.

post #473 of 2455

That probably wouldn't be an issue with better padding. The padding on the earcups is great, but the padding on the headband is very thin.

post #474 of 2455
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Originally Posted by 3ternalDr4gon View Post

Maybe if I heard the 550's before the A900X's I would appreciate them more. But my can history is

 

Beats Studio --> M50 --> A900X --> K550

 

The only reason I haven't returned these cans is:

 

1. I can't. I got em on eBay for $165 new. I made an offer and the seller took it lol. 

2. They look pretty nice, and these will probably be my portable can upgrade (from my M50's) once I send these to get modded in order to enable a removable cord

3. They are comfortable as hell. If there are cans that are more comfortable, that wouldn't mean anything to me since I wouldn't know what to do with that additional comfort. I've kept these on for 8 hours straight and thought nothing of it. I get discomfort with the A900X's after ~3-4 hours

Interesting how the confort varies so much from person to person. I've heard some people say they find the A900x more confortable than k550

post #475 of 2455
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Originally Posted by hiki08 View Post

these prices are mind bogglingly cheap! do you know if they (munedoelectro and german amazon) ship overseas? mundoelectro website has an 'english' language option which doesn't seem to do anything.. still in spanish.. 

I understood enough spanish on the site yo realize that they did not ship outside of europe, sadly. However, you can buy from amazon.es (spain) and ship to the US for 150 or so Euro, if you cant get a better new price elsewhere.
post #476 of 2455
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Originally Posted by a_recording View Post

I've found that the K550 is heavy enough that after a few hours of wear I get a little sore spot on the top of my head... up till then it's very comfortable.

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Originally Posted by Tsujigiri View Post

That probably wouldn't be an issue with better padding. The padding on the earcups is great, but the padding on the headband is very thin.

Try bending the headband to contour better to your head. The steel is very flexible and will not break. If you don't distribute the pressure properly, you may end up with a sore spot. Also, thin padding won't be noticeable if the entire headband is in contact with your head. Its likr 2-3 newtons over 20 sq cm.
post #477 of 2455
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Originally Posted by posteriorpounde View Post


I understood enough spanish on the site yo realize that they did not ship outside of europe, sadly. However, you can buy from amazon.es (spain) and ship to the US for 150 or so Euro, if you cant get a better new price elsewhere.

thanks! I'll keep this in mind once i go out to a local shop to take a look there first. 

post #478 of 2455

I've read that that there's a second edition of the K500.

How does it compare to the first edition? Any improvements?

post #479 of 2455
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Originally Posted by Beagle View Post

A900x is a wonderful headphone. Just got one last week. $148 new, Amazon. It's got the lot....bass extension, openness, clarity, smooth mids and highs. No glaring faults.

 

But the K550 does sound very nice...

K550 is for Treble-Head (lol). I love the treble on some recordings but for a good portion of my library, K550 is too bright.

A tube amplifier might control the hot treble a little. It is also bass shy. If you like listening to light jazz/vocal with soft bass,

K550 is perfect for you. 

post #480 of 2455
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Originally Posted by zackzack View Post

K550 is for Treble-Head (lol). I love the treble on some recordings but for a good portion of my library, K550 is too bright.

A tube amplifier might control the hot treble a little. It is also bass shy. If you like listening to light jazz/vocal with soft bass,

K550 is perfect for you. 

 

What are the alternatives?

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