Hello all, after following this thread for a while, I decided to make an account. I am not an audiophile, in fact, I don't think I am qualified on analysing sound what so ever yet, but merely a question of bad or good sound. As I have never owned a pair of headphones or even ever listened to a pair of good ones, I do not know what to expect but from having done an extensive bit of research over the past two days I have decided for certain that I am going to buy a pair. I was searching on youtube for top headphones and the likes of ATH - M50 (Audio-Technica) and the K550/1 (AKG) we're mentioned.
1. Initially I was going to get the K550's because they are honestly (in my opinion) the best looking headphones I have ever stumbled across hands down. However I was concerned about it lacking a substantial amount of base and the high pitch problems with the treble. I have gradually been learning about the different terms and what they mean but have still got quite a bit to discover. Having originally found myself looking at beats, I have heard they are not good value for money and that there were many other headphones that 'blew them out of the water' bit didn't like the appearance as they looked too retro for my personal taste.
2. Anyway, to the point, I am concerned about the K545 because in the specifications they only have a soundstage or is it called (frequency response?) of 20 - 20000 Hz, whilst many other reputable cans including the K550's go up to 28000 Hz. I am very concerned as from what I understand a wider range of frequencies equates to a greater instrument desperation where the sound is not congested or something like that, basically it sounds more real (please bare with me if I don't know what I'm talking about).
So could anyone tell me if this is discernible between the K545 and K550? I really want the best sounding headphones but without compromise, i.e a detachable cable and having a great build quality are a must. After reading many reviews I have noted that the odd number of people have said that the music sounds more (although slight) congested. Also how do these stack up to the ATH - M50's. 3.So to summarise, K545 vs K550 (vs M50 but not too concerned about buying these as they are made of plastic and do not have a detachable cable)
4.Additional Information: I listen to a wide variety of genres but mainly hip-hop & electronic.
1. Akg definitely nailed the looks department over any other headphone... I agree with you there... for looks alone I almost bought it. They do lack bass though.
2. A wider soundstage means the instruments pan left to right wider. The k550 was great at this. Soundstage sometimes,not always, lends to better instrument separation because they become less congested when better spread out. Compared to the momentum the k550 has better instrument seperation on busy songs because of this. The k545 is not as wide but still way less congested than the momentum, and has(from my brief listen) a wider soundstage still than some of its competition.
The frequency range of 20-20khz is Definitely adequate. (That however is not what is called soundstage.... though I can see the confusion easily. Soundstage is the stage sounds are on and how they are literally staged as if the headphone itself is the venue. Large soundstage to small soundstage is as studio is to concert hall, recording booth is to live stage etc. The word Imaging ties into it as well because that is being able to hear the sounds distinct placement. ) Sometimes headphones FR go beyond human hearing. 20 hz is adequate for lows/bass extension, as most music notes below that are too slow in vibration to make a solid impact on most headphones. 20000 hz is very good and close to the upper limits of human hearing. 28000 hz is useless really. Plus you have provided enough information to describe what you are looking for in a headphone. I think you did great... I get it.
3. Even just from hearing them briefly in a store I would definitely go with the k545. I have heard the k550 several times and really liked the soundstage width but they are far fom genre masters. Hip hop and electronic will sound very dry and boring on the k550. The m50 is old news and is losing to a lot of the newer headphones.
4. For those genres, which is what i listen to mainly, I would go with the k545 over the k550 for sure. But I would pick the yamaha hph mt220 because of its bass response which is stronger than both at the same price. I didn't compare all of them together but there was no difficulty in determining bass strengths even off of memory.
Edited by grizzlybeast - 12/8/13 at 11:04am