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post #16 of 22

I can attest to the ease of use of the AKG K550. These are the headphone I use at the office, straight out of my laptop's soundcard

They're extremely efficient headphones and are not ruthless in regards to source material.

In terms of cup size they are similar to the K701, and larger than the typical K240. Comfort is better than both.

post #17 of 22
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The A900X's were on my shortlist as well, but there seems to be HUGE differences in price. On Amazon I can import them from Japan for roughly £140, or I can buy them from the music store Thomann for €400. That's an enormous price difference, even when you factor in taxes, shipping and import duties, which really puts me off.

 

What made me think the inner earcup diameter was small on the K550 was the size of the cushions. But again, it's probably still bigger than everything else.

 

 

The K550s are actually quite big and comfy...

 

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Definitely need to import them from Japan. You might check Ebay.

I've owned the ATH-A900X as well. I'd say they are equivalent in class to the K550. I just prefered the K550 more. More immersive soundstage to me.

 

Yeah, owned them as well. The thing I disliked the most were the ear pads... so stiff and low quality! People told me that with time they were a bit more bearable but... meh! ;-)

 

 

post #18 of 22
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So I ordered the K550's and have been running through them today. They sound good and are extremely sturdy, but I don't find them very comfortable for more than an hour. They're just too heavy and don't clamp my head firmly enough—though maybe they'd be uncomfortable in a different way if they were tighter. Plus, my left ear is starting to feel irritated from touching the driver cover.

 

I'm considering sending them back, but as it always is when you live in Ireland, it won't be cheap. I have no idea which ones to try next, or even whether they'd be an improvement. Over the years I've spent a bunch of money on IEMs and have never found one I truly felt comfortable with. I theorized that shoving buds in your ears was not a comfortable experience, so I'm trying headphones. It really isn't any better. It's just a different kind of annoying and discomfort.

 

Any other suggestions? Maybe I should try some light, portable headphones (HP50, M4U1, MDR-1R, Fidelio L2, Momentum)? Maybe even an on-ear design? Or maybe I should accept that I won't find the right headphones unless I look into open-ear designs?

post #19 of 22

If you like the sound of the K550, but have a problem with the comfort, most people love the Sennheiser HD 25-1 II. Low impedance, portable, and great sound.

post #20 of 22
Which one is best ?
SHE3590 or RP-HJE120
Which is best and value for money headphone.....if
you know any other phone please let me know
post #21 of 22

Have you considered the HD 598?

post #22 of 22
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Have you considered the HD 598?

 

Not really. They're in my Amazon wishlist for future reference, but because they're an open-back design they'll let in and leak noise too much. I really do need the isolation right now. In fact, the major reason for getting into the headphone world in the first place is because I want to block out the noise of my family, and allow me to listen to Hip-Hop and Heavy Metal without worrying my little sister will pick up swear words or hear me playing violent video games. I prefer speakers because they are so practical and often sound better for less money, and I prefer IEMs for on-the-go because they're so compact, isolate well, and are discreet. But they're nowhere near as good gaming and movies, and their cables are often too short anyway. Enter headphones.

 

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If you like the sound of the K550, but have a problem with the comfort, most people love the Sennheiser HD 25-1 II. Low impedance, portable, and great sound.

 

I was watching Lachlan's Youtube video of it this morning, yeah. I haven't tried on-ear headphones and I worry about the comfort. I do quite like the idea of on-ear headphones, and I specifically am interested in the KEF M500, but that was more of a future thing when I want to invest in a portable set of headphones to pair with my IEMs.

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