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Cable length is a non-issue. The AKG K551 are same phones, but designed for use on the go - it has a shorter cable (1.2m) with in-line controls for ipod control and a carry pouch.
Had these for a coupla months.
Very comfortable for hours on end. I have a large head, and these fit great and deliver good toe-curling bass, Careful - because that would not be true if they were a more loose fit.Their wide pads allow tight yet comfy.
I use them at home, and wish the cable were 3' longer!
These certainly reveal detail very well. Symbols swish smoothly, balance is good. I find they do well with all my musical tastes. Adequate volume on any IPOD/Phone you might have, but I wouldn't say these are meant to be portable.
At under $200 CAD, I almost feel like I robbed these. They cause you to want to re-listen to all your old favorites. I auditioned several at near 2x price, these compare well.
i have myself some of these headphones and they work and feel amazing even after a year of constant use
I'm slightly sceptical of the article writer dropping a whole star from the quality of these cans. Complaining at cable length and non-portability? According to AKG's own website they are for home use, not portable. So why not open design? Well like most peoples homes, I suspect there's a lot more noise at home than in a recording studio box where open design really works. It sounds like you are more interested in style and looks than the quality of the product?
I have a pair of these and there isn't a single thing out of place with them. Ideal for using in a noisy office environment (the long cable helping when your computer is under the desk) and absolutely fantastic when you want to close out the world, stick on an old vinyl and read a book. The flatness helps with the clarity, and the pick-up is out of this world for the price. I picked them up brand new from Amazon for £132!
Totally agree on the flat-sounding. I have found no mention of this elsewhere. I tested it vs. the Sennheiser HD 598 in a shop, and they're completely different. The Sennheiser has great soundstage, great depth, but it sounds dry and relatively lifeless. It depends on the kind of music, but it tends to be more in the background and less intense. I'm familiar with that (like my old, half-broken 595). The AKG on the other hand is the opposite. It sounds great, forward and intense. A very different experience. But boy, the soundstage is pure crap. I can't locate where the different parts are coming from and there is effectively no depth at all. It all seems to be in the same place, struggling to get the most attention. It also can get noisy quite easily. All in all nothing short of horrible, to be honest. In terms of soundstage and depth it sounds like some overpowered budget device. No comparison to the Sennheiser in that regard. This is a really frustrating set of alternatives, since I would really enjoy the new and different sound of the AKG with a more sensible, deep and transparent soundstage.
I find that the cable issue is not that drastic as to impede or diminish the great sound and presentation that these headphones deliver. Very well made considering it is Chinese as some people believe all things made in China are of less quality. Quality control has seen this model to be of great finish and engineering.The sound is not what you would equate as inferior just because it was made in China and in fact quite the opposite. It is an AKG after all and it sounds similar to the 701/702 but better all around. The bass is tight and has a presence that is missing in the 702s and with a bit more depth as well. The incessant treble that is the 702 seems rolled off a tad making for a more natural sounding balance between the lows, the mids and the highs. There are some obvious peaks in the mid to high but I don't mind them as they bring a lot more precision in the male and female vocals. Cymbals are as crisp and sharp as always and the reverbs linger on for longer as it tries to impart depth and width.
No more unsure or confused presentation with these headphones. If it was well recorded, you would hear it in all its sonic glory. Easy to drive at 32ohms, but does sound much better amped to my ears. Yes, it is too big to be a portable if portable means headphones you will wear walking or riding a train but it would suffice if you really want your great sound to go with you. Not so good on planes either as it doesn't isolate as well as an in-ear even if it claims to be a closed type.It has leaks so be careful what the others might hear.
No more of the veiled sound, no more grainy highs associated with the other high end brands, just a very, very good headphone worthy of its reputation and price.
100% spot on regarding the 598 and the K550. Just wondering what Cans you have settled with? Would love something like the 598 but with a bit of warmth but can't seem to find anything.
Correct, 7doug. I have the K551 and am very happy with them. I do not go out with them, I use them with my laptop or ipod and Fiio E17 portable amp. set at 6 gain. With my old ipod and my cheap computer the K551's sound quality becomes apparent at full volume not lower. A benefit of the E17 is that I can slightly fine tune the treble and bass of the headphone and the instruments become less muddled. I tried plugging these into my old amplifier's 1/4" jack and I got an annoying humming keeping me from experiencing them fully.
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