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AKG K550 for £129.95?

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Hi, Head-fi!

 

Last year, completely neglecting any proper research, I got a pair of Beats Pros. Having had them for a while, apart from the solid construction, they're uncomfortable and the bass is...I'm sure you know the rest.

 

Having got my senses together, I've looked around for a better, lighter set of cans and I've found that a pair of K550s on amazon.co.uk is reduced to £129.95. Now, could anyone tell me if they're comfortably light and how they sound in comparison to other headphones for <£250?

I've looked at the reviews here, and while the reviews are ~4 stars overall, for £129.95, are they much better than, for example, Grado SR80is?

Sorry if it seems like I've not been bothered to look at other searches, but I have, and have seen what others are saying, such as not enough bass, but others saying it's enough, etc.

 

I'd prefer closed or semi-closed, open would just cause everyone around me to wish me dead, and I'd like a nice soundstage that isn't too neutral. I'll be using it to listen to anything from EDM such as Avicii to jazz rock like Steely Dan to rock like Arctic Monkeys, so a quite but not overly colourful soundstage would be nice. Looks don't really matter, but nothing too ugly.

Also, I'd rather not have to buy a portable amp, but it won't be end of the world if I have to. I don't mind buying out of production, but I'm not really an expert on older (or newer,really) headphones. As of now it looks like K550s are the way to go, especially at half price, but if you could find me a good pair for under £250, it would be much appreciated.

 

Thanks in advance,

 

Christian.


Edited by Wolffman - 10/26/13 at 3:29pm
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For brand new K550s with a factory warranty, 129 GBP, it's a good deal.

I paid 111 GBP ($180) for my factory refurb K550s.

I keep saying to myself I have too many headphones and should sell off the K550s, but then I put the K550 on and think to myself, they sound too nice to sell.

Not as musical as my ATH-A900X, but nice clarity.

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For brand new K550s with a factory warranty, 129 GBP, it's a good deal.

I paid 111 GBP ($180) for my factory refurb K550s.

I keep saying to myself I have too many headphones and should sell off the K550s, but then I put the K550 on and think to myself, they sound too nice to sell.

Not as musical as my ATH-A900X, but nice clarity.

Thanks. Are the K550s very comfortable and light? I read something about the seal on them not being tight enough, does this happen to you at all?

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Thanks. Are the K550s very comfortable and light? I read something about the seal on them not being tight enough, does this happen to you at all?

 

 

I think the headband would be better with a little more padding, but the K550s sit fine on my bald head.

Not a tight seal, but I like headphones that way.

The cups are adjustable, so you can more then around for a better seal.

There is nothing that "bothers me" about the comfort of the K550s, while I'm wearing them.

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Great! One last thing, can you drive them easily? I'll be using them for my phone and Nexus 10 tablet as my computer with an Asus Xonar D2X.
Edited by Wolffman - 10/26/13 at 4:41pm
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Great! One last thing, can you drive them easily? I'll be using them for my phone and Nexus 10 tablet as my computer with an Asus Xonar D2X.


As the K550s are only 32-Ohm, should be very easy for the phone to drive and I would assume the tablet.

the Xonar D2X has a high impedance headphone output, not the best for working with 32-Ohm headphones, but it will work.

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Awesome. Thank you so much for your help, PurpleAngel!
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