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post #481 of 916
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Originally Posted by remilio View Post
 

Has anyone compared M500 to AKG K550?

 

Not directly, but from memory the M500 is far better than the K550.

post #482 of 916
Thread Starter 
The K550 has a larger sound stage, more forward mids, and not as pitchy a treble, bass is good but not super deep.

M500 has deep bass, is more linear, and has slightly pitchy treble. It only has an average sound stage.

M500 is more portable but not as secure. The K550 is super comfy on the noggin. The M500 is as comfortable an on ear I have used.

AKG is just releasing a new more portable/smartphone friendly model K545 I believe that looks very promising.
post #483 of 916

Thanks a lot! I don't have K550 anymore,but I liked them a lot. Seems like M500 is a no-brainer for me! But on-ear version of K550 is interesting for me too!


Edited by remilio - 10/9/13 at 7:41am
post #484 of 916
Thread Starter 
The K545 is still over ear with 50mm driver, but folds and is smaller to work better portably. Sounds like a winning combination for me as I loved how the K550 sounded.
post #485 of 916
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Originally Posted by vlenbo View Post
 

 

That stinks, at least you get to hear the awesome sounds of m200! I still don't know if I hear the awesome bass that everyone is going on about. The quantity, ironically, is not enough for me. Ironically because the bassos provided that, this earphone does the same amount of quantity as the bassos, probably a bit more. I have to admit that the mids are just as nice as the es700's, as well as the highs. The highs are a bit close to sibilant with my ears, however. Yet, I do not know if I have sealed properly, I don't hear a bubble sound when I remove them, unless that is just for in ears. I keep thinking these were to be deep fitted, but I realized that everyone was right, the earphones shouldn't be inserted deep at all, I thought I would have bled my ears because of my foolishness.

 

Maybe should you try something like that:

 

 

 

Before the biflange meelec, there is 1/2 Etymotic foam tip and 1 cut Shure olive tip.

For me, that's the only way to get a seal. But it works!

post #486 of 916
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Originally Posted by Lan647 View Post

Not directly, but from memory the M500 is far better than the K550.

I have both, and I would say the k550 is higher resolution, more neutral, and much more air. The bass is deeper and more controlled, and less pronounced.

However the main criterion for any audio product: does it communicate the musical message? Is it fun? Does it make you smile? To both products YES!

Unlike all the Beats products I've heard, B&W p5, momentum, DT1360, and countless other they both have great timing and intonation. This is far more important than soundstage or presentation.

The M500 is excellent. The K550 is different and a little better, but huge.

HD 800 beats them both.
post #487 of 916
Lol! Baby steps for me... baby steps.
post #488 of 916
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Originally Posted by snip3r77 View Post
 

 

WOW thanks

 

Since I'd be using for commuting, as long as it's comfortable for an hour I'm fine. I would like to know the isolation and some one also mentioned that it's not that tight and maybe when you're running to catch the transport it might sleep.

I think the M500 will definitely not stand against aggressive movements...however M100 and DT1350 will both securely clamp themselves on your head. As for isolation, DT1350>M100>M500

post #489 of 916
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Originally Posted by denis View Post
 

 

Maybe should you try something like that:

 

 

 

Before the biflange meelec, there is 1/2 Etymotic foam tip and 1 cut Shure olive tip.

For me, that's the only way to get a seal. But it works!

Gee, thanks! I am almost getting the full seal with the ue900 tips, maybe if I can do something similar to this, it'll be great! Does it also remove driver flex? I don't have driver flex when I insert them, but when I turn my head, I hear light pops and clicks. 

post #490 of 916
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Originally Posted by jagwap View Post


I have both, and I would say the k550 is higher resolution, more neutral, and much more air. The bass is deeper and more controlled, and less pronounced.

However the main criterion for any audio product: does it communicate the musical message? Is it fun? Does it make you smile? To both products YES!

Unlike all the Beats products I've heard, B&W p5, momentum, DT1360, and countless other they both have great timing and intonation. This is far more important than soundstage or presentation.

The M500 is excellent. The K550 is different and a little better, but huge.

HD 800 beats them both.

Sorry, but I disagree. The K550s are "adequate" at best with really troublesome treble and I find them too coloured to enjoy. Plus they are too big to be used on the go. The M500s are simply outstanding...they are the best portable headphones I've heard to date...if they only isolated like the Momentums they'd be pretty much perfect.

post #491 of 916
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post

Sorry, but I disagree.

That's fine. This is an internet forum, I didn't expect anyone to agree to any particular opinion wink.gif

Tell me though, you are an experienced fellow. What is this obsession here with soundstage? Even speakers soundstaging is a pleasant aural illusion. If you go to see live acoustic music it is rare that the image is pinpoint. So with headphones (without binaural encoding) the soundstage can barely escape the confines of the cranium. Why is this prized so highly?
post #492 of 916
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post
 

Sorry, but I disagree. The K550s are "adequate" at best with really troublesome treble and I find them too coloured to enjoy. Plus they are too big to be used on the go. The M500s are simply outstanding...they are the best portable headphones I've heard to date...if they only isolated like the Momentums they'd be pretty much perfect.

 

:beerchug:

post #493 of 916

I agree with MacedonianHero as well. The K550s are pretty much a mess. I really like the sound-stage, but the treble is like an ice pick to the ear. The fit is very troublesome, and they are huge and embarrassing to wear in public. I was hoping for better from AKG TBH. 

post #494 of 916
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Originally Posted by robm321 View Post
 

I agree with MacedonianHero as well. The K550s are pretty much a mess. I really like the sound-stage, but the treble is like an ice pick to the ear. The fit is very troublesome, and they are huge and embarrassing to wear in public. I was hoping for better from AKG TBH. 

 

AKG's weren't on my radar before I snagged a pair of K240 sextetts from a friend. Love the sound coming out of these oldies! Just did some reading up on the K550's. Interesting. I think I'll just continue enjoying the 240's for  now... and the M500's of course! But AKG is intriguing to me now.


Edited by waynes world - 10/11/13 at 9:54am
post #495 of 916

waynesworld head over to your local London Drugs they have them on the listening wall, or should have that installed by now.

Pay special attention to the pad seal.

But you need to get those M200 so save the $ for them:) and complete your KEF set


Edited by nick n - 10/11/13 at 1:04pm
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