AKG K550 Closed-back Reference Class – Masterful Balance Between Noise-isolating And Spacious

Posted: February 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

AKG is well-respected for creating some of the most sought-after headphones in the market today, with the brand’s high-performance AKG K701s getting the nod of music addicts as well as regular music lovers alike. If the K701s are too heavy for your pocket, then the K550s just might suit you, the premier headphones in the mid-range class. What makes the AKG lineup very competitive is that these headphones offer the most ideal balance between the noise-isolating capability of closed-back headphones coupled with the finest sound of those with an open-design. A good number of headphone critics were awed by the performance of the AKG K550, giving it a perfect 5/5 rating. But, what do other critics think about the gadget? Read on…

Minimizing noise

The AKG K550 is a set of over-the-head headphones that is designed to keep ambient noise out, while delivering realistic sound. These AKG headphones weigh 8.3 oz, and feature a closed back design on the ear-cups, allowing for a truly private listening experience. It includes large cushioned ear-cups and a padded headband for long term listening comfort. The AKG K550 is equipped with 50-mm drivers that help to deliver powerful, clear sound from nearly any audio source. These over-the-head headphones have a frequency response range of 12 Hz to 28 kHz and an impedance of 32 Ohms. The AKG headphones have a sensitivity of 114 dB.


There’s no question that one of the AKG 550s most distinctive features are their appearance. The ear pads are the size of dinner plates, sending the message that the wearer takes their music seriously and they want to be able to hear every cymbal and piano cord in distinct clarity. Big and bold, the AKG 550s are exceptionally comfy to wear without being as heavy as they may look. This means you can wear them for hours without needing a neck brace, although there have been comments that the closed design and large earpads can cause your ears to feel hot after a while. So I think the ‘audiophiles earmuffs’ would be a worthy nickname.


Customer Reviews

The K550s have an entirely new headband design. Unlike my K702s and my K271s this one does not self-adjust for different head sizes. You have to adjust it yourself. Fortunately this is very simple and the advantage with this headband is that it is much neater and closer to the head all round, so you look less like a cyberman. Another advantage with the K550 design is that the headphones will fold flat-ish. This is very useful for putting them in a briefcase (which is what I do), along with your laptop or what-have-you. However these are pretty large headphones so even flat they are quite a big object, but much easier to deal with in their flattened state.

Clarity and power

Lightweight, comfortable and stylish: perfect at home and on-the-go Real Image Engineering for accurate definition and impression of width, distance and depth Closed-back design for a fully personal listening experience 50mm drivers for outstanding sound from any deviceLarger drivers, richer soundThe AKG® K550 reference-class headphones’ 50-millimeter (2-inch) drivers are the largest of any AKG headphones in their product class. They deliver rich, lifelike sound across a frequency range of 12Hz to 28kHz, with the full dynamics and 3-D spatial imaging of a live performance. Their closed-back design ensures that you’ll hear your music exactly as its creators intended you to hear it, with little ambient sound to distract you.

Masterful balance between noise-isolating and spacious

With the K 550s, AKG® engineers have struck a masterful balance between the noise-isolating qualities of closed-back headphones and the spacious, dimensional sound of an open-back design – creating reference-class headphones ideal for private listening both at home and on the go. 50mm drivers, the largest in the AKG product line, deliver great sound from your hi-fi system or virtually any portable device. The large ear cups and new headband design ensure an amazingly comfortable fit, and the 2D-axis mechanism folds flat to stow or go. Lightweight, comfortable and stylish: perfect at home and on-the-go


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