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post #16 of 32

have you tried them with complex classical? 

post #17 of 32
Thread Starter 
I have listened to orchestral pieces, maybe give me an example I can find to use comparitevly.
post #18 of 32

berlioz symphony fantastique for example. or try hans zimmer da vinici code ost: chevaliers de sangreal second half... the upper bass drowns the mids so far, that you can hardly hear the chorus in the background.

 

something is happening right now. i am wearing these for about two hours now and it seems that my brain is getting adjusted to the signature. lets see, i will do a comparison to my beloved es700 this evening. maybe, just maybe i will come to another conclusion than this morning.


Edited by sofastreamer - 1/19/14 at 1:13am
post #19 of 32
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Originally Posted by dweaver View Post

I have not heard the BT version so am not sure they sound the same as the K545. But that does not sound right so have to assume there is a difference due to all the electronics. Sorry they never worked out for you.

When you plug in the cable, the analog output goes directly to the drivers bypassing all the internal electronics. With BT, the sound is transferred to the internal electronics digitally so the internal electronics must run it through its own DAC/AMP (bypassing the sources DAC/AMP). It would make no sense to have the device convert the digital signal to analog, send it through the cable, into some analog-digital converter, back into the headphones internal DAC to the amp then to the drivers. It would require additional hardware to function and would make absolutely no sense to do.
post #20 of 32

to bad that the cable is on the right cup. i hate this on my ue6000 already. but no doubt, the sound in bt mode is one of the best i discovered in cable free territory. perfekt for watching movies. start to like them more and more. it seems i have to apologize for my first post in this thread. 

post #21 of 32
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to bad that the cable is on the right cup. i hate this on my ue6000 already. but no doubt, the sound in bt mode is one of the best i discovered in cable free territory. perfekt for watching movies. start to like them more and more. it seems i have to apologize for my first post in this thread. 

 

I wouldn't say the cable coming out of the left was something I hated, but it was odd being used to having it come out on the right on my UE 9000.  It wasn't anything that annoyed me though. 

 

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I also did find some information regarding the K545 and K845 from CNet, although their audio descriptions aren't typically taken seriously around here, this little factual statement shouldn't be too far off (assuming that AKG factchecked the review):

 

Quote: http://reviews.cnet.com/headphones/akg-k545-black/4505-7877_7-35827237.html
 The K845BTs house the same internal guts as the K545s, but add Bluetooth connectivity by way of NFC for one-touch pairing, as long as your smartphone carries this feature.
post #22 of 32
Thread Starter 
Listening to those tracks neither one sounded muddy or drowned out by the bass but the Han Zimmer track did come close as did several other tracks by him. I have the original Conan the Barbarian sound track that is stunning.

While both headphones have the same driver I wonder what all the electronic stuff inside the cup does to the sound as it has to affect the sound.

But I also noticed a gradual change in sound over the first day or 2 so you might notice some improvements with a bit of burn in.
post #23 of 32
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Originally Posted by dweaver View Post

Listening to those tracks neither one sounded muddy or drowned out by the bass but the Han Zimmer track did come close as did several other tracks by him. I have the original Conan the Barbarian sound track that is stunning.

While both headphones have the same driver I wonder what all the electronic stuff inside the cup does to the sound as it has to affect the sound.

But I also noticed a gradual change in sound over the first day or 2 so you might notice some improvements with a bit of burn in.

 

If it bypasses the electronics, it shouldn't have any effect on the sound.  I think this would be either a case of different ears, or driver burn in.  Most modern drivers and electronics are magnetically shielded, so any external fields would/should be blocked.  I don't think it's a matter of electronics. 

post #24 of 32
Thread Starter 
I am thinking the space the electronics take up plus the change in air flow would affect the acoustics inside the cup.
post #25 of 32
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I am thinking the space the electronics take up plus the change in air flow would affect the acoustics inside the cup.

 

Depends on what the internal housing actually looks like.  They could have stashed the electronics where the acoustics wouldn't be effected (drivers are "walled" off and the electronics behind the "wall").  Closed back would take care of the rest. 

 

Now, if they aren't "walled" off, then yes, the electronics would get into the way of the rear air-flow.  How big of a change this would make is unknown. 

 

I still say it's more likely that its any of the following:

  • Placement of headphones on head
  • Difference in ears
  • Burn in

Edited by tinyman392 - 1/19/14 at 2:06pm
post #26 of 32

Great review! From what I read, It seems that both the K545 and K550 are very similar in sound, except for perhaps soundstage. I am considering buying one of these for a new closed-back headphone. However, I am having a little trouble picking. If you were to pick one of these based solely on the sound quality, which one would it be? Because portability is not a concern for me as much as the sound. I always like a little more bass and warmth to my music, so maybe the K545 is the better option...

post #27 of 32
Thread Starter 
i prefer K545 all the way, I love it's sound and based in your own comments I think you would prefer it too.
Edited by dweaver - 1/21/14 at 5:18pm
post #28 of 32
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Originally Posted by achelgeson View Post
 

Great review! From what I read, It seems that both the K545 and K550 are very similar in sound, except for perhaps soundstage. I am considering buying one of these for a new closed-back headphone. However, I am having a little trouble picking. If you were to pick one of these based solely on the sound quality, which one would it be? Because portability is not a concern for me as much as the sound. I always like a little more bass and warmth to my music, so maybe the K545 is the better option...

 

hahaha... i listened to both & i personally prefer the k550. i think you shld def go to a best buy with a magnolia section & demo em yourself! :)

post #29 of 32
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Originally Posted by achelgeson View Post
 

Great review! From what I read, It seems that both the K545 and K550 are very similar in sound, except for perhaps soundstage. I am considering buying one of these for a new closed-back headphone. However, I am having a little trouble picking. If you were to pick one of these based solely on the sound quality, which one would it be? Because portability is not a concern for me as much as the sound. I always like a little more bass and warmth to my music, so maybe the K545 is the better option...

as you do not need portability you should consider shure srh940. i know all three and the shure beats both akg in soundquality by far. but, if you need a v shaped signature you should go for the k545. comparing both akg, the k545 sounds more complete to my ears. the k550 sounds pretty thin and peaky. just my 2cent

post #30 of 32
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Originally Posted by sofastreamer View Post
 

as you do not need portability you should consider shure srh940. i know all three and the shure beats both akg in soundquality by far. but, if you need a v shaped signature you should go for the k545. comparing both akg, the k545 sounds more complete to my ears. the k550 sounds pretty thin and peaky. just my 2cent

He states he like bass and warmth in his music. The Shure SRH940 not only is tilted towards a brighter, more treble focused sound signature, but also has significant distortion.

 

The AKG K545's are the better choice by far. 

 

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