Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy
Don't get the 550....just don't...
IMO, good advice. I am a 3 to 4 month old newbie. I am old and got bad hearing to boot. With that said, I was onto the AKG K550 as my 3rd set of headphones. I read the AKG K550 Apprec thread, all was good. I got a knock out one time deal to get a brand new set of K550 for $143.97 with free shipping. I was on it like hot on rice.
However, when they arrived, hooked them up, they sounded good but not super good. Hooked them to an amp, and play flac, they sounded even better. Then I did a comparison test with my Sony MDR 1RBTMK2.. Shucks, the MK2 blew the K550 away in all areas including comfort. BTW, the Sony was on wireless bluetooth, while the K550 was connected to an amp/dac.. The Sony had everything better, more and better base, soundstage, clearness in the highs mids, everything.
I reported this back in the AKG K550 Appreciation thread, and was kindly asked to leave.
IMO, the AKG K550 are good in its price point..and even to my bad hearing the bass wasn't too prevalent to be kind. (Dag, I hope none of the AKG K550 people are reading this thread, they will surely beat me up this time!)
The AKG K550s are on the way back to Harman Kardon, and the AKG K712 is in my cart on Amazon..From what I have been reading about the K712, it is all good. And my Sony won't kick its butt either!!