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AKG K553 Pro Studio Headphones

AKG K553 Pro Studio Headphones

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Has anybody compared the K553 with the original K550 mkii model? I have the later but my cord is starting to get crimped and cuts out often. Really like the signature sound of my K550. I've also found a K550 Mkiii which has a detectable cable but I heard they don't sound quite as nice as the Mkiii. Looking for options and opinions. Thanks
Any chance of getting these to drop again? Maybe the updated MKII model?
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Just swapped out the hybrid pads from my fostex massdrop txos to my AKG553 s they fit really good and I like them so far and nice change with a increase in the low end. The txos got a pair of brainwavz angled PU leather pads and they worked out really well and hey improvement with the sound separation and low and.
How do I use the warranty that these come with? The 3.5" jack is really glitchy and has to be at a certain angle to work and I want to send it in
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After two years of usage, the earmuffs have chaffed and torn in multiple places, leaving my ears with black pieces each time i'm wearing them. I turned to AKG manufacturer and they told me to turn to the importer in Israel (where i live). I talked to the importer and they said they don't have replacement for AKG K553 pro studio headphones because they aren't importing it to Israel. My question is, if i purchased it on massdrop, who can supply replacement parts? because right now i have a $250 paperweight and no one takes responsibility. I couldn't find even generic replacement muffs because i can't find the correct size, and the original muffs are HUGE. Another problem is that AKG doesn't even mention the size of these on the box, and it's proven to be impossible to find specs online that do. I would appreciate any kind of lead on this issue, many thanks!
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bianak
Hey, Im curious as to what you've done. I'm in a worse situation where basically the entire layer is gone. Have you tried any of the options the users below you commented or did you do something else?
Mylan
Hey Mylan, I grabbed something off of Ebay and hoped for the best, it worked :) https://www.ebay.com/itm/Replacement-PU-Leather-Earpads-Ear-Pad-Cushions-For-AKG-K550-K551-K553-Headphone-/271851799467?hash=item3f4ba143ab
Best of luck!
Does anyone have a feel for if or when this drop will come back? Are these available every few weeks? If these are bound to come back in the near future, I'll wait, otherwise I'll look for them elsewhere. Thanks
Disregard.. found them over the Labor Day weekend elsewhere for much less than the price here.
Hey all I have the AKG K553 Pro for sale . They are used, but are very slightly used 3 hours MAX, Original box, No sign of wear/use. They are f***ing HUGE and I cannot get a proper seal with my small head. If anybody wants to offer a price, I can take some pics put it on eBay or wherever, You let me know!
ZachL
email me raimondas1990@gmail.com
ZachL
Still available? How much were you asking?
When will these next go on drop? I have the k550 mkII and am craving the upgrade.
I got these on the last drop. They ain't no Grado, but being closed back, they do well at work.
Non detachable cable.... just why?
Whats the diff between these and the €145 ($165-166) AKG 550II from Thomann ?
MSRP $299 !!! Isnt that far far away from any sence ?
$109.99 - Guess with EU customs and freight the finale price will be equal or higher from MD plus Thomann has an excellent support backup should anything happen.
I hope its ok to mention other retailers here ?
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the k553 is better than the k550.... it has more bass when the k550 is known to be lacking there... and it is also fixed at some mid-high areas... it is an overall better headphone thats why it is in the Pro series... there are some comparison reviews around the web you can read
De1F1ed
Idk, from what I heard they were pretty much the same with some minor tweaks that's all, thanks for clarifying.
I have this weird issue and I'm wondering if anybody else has this either. whenever I push in the cups I hear a noise, it sounds like something is flexing, I opened them up to see what it was, did some research, and apparently It has to do with a clear plastic "bubble" around the driver. So I RMA'd them and picked up new ones, once I received the new pair I pushed in the cups , at first they didn't have the same issue but later they developed it as well (the problem was far smaller on the RMA'd unit however). If anyone has found a solution or exhibits the same problem lmk.
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there are plenty reviews ... but not comparisons i think as these 2 are at different level... akg are less accurate... but flat... senheiser are more detailed but a little warm... akg are studio headphones when hd6xx's are audiophile ones. thats what i know. with a little search u can find more...google it good luck!
No I'm sorry , I've never had the 553. 650 is open opposed to the 553 and I've read that it's an improvement. It also depends on your needs as far as open vs closed. However, I am quite sure you'll enjoy the 6xx or 650. The Akg 712pro are exceptional also. Detailed, good placement, exceptional soundstage and just enough bass. Not flat. My Son loves them for gaming and wants his own, however I'm very unhappy with Harmans customer service. I'll get another pair used. Some really good deals on ebay. Just look it over carefully. Other than that, The 6xx is a good deal and a good phone. Just have to wait till Dec.
Anyone compare these to t40rp mk3, ath-a990z or 550z, hd 569 or 598 CS (closed)? Im looking for an open sounding, closed set. I like tight, fast sound. I don't like veiled, dark or super rolled off highs. I like my bass tight... doesn't have to have massive quantity just good quality.
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They're more open then the 770 from most I've heard.
Have you heard the TR-80s?
How do i get this?
Are they plastic on the outside?
It kinda seems like plastic painted to look like metal.
giannisg2004
The bronze-ish parts and a few other parts are metal. The cups themselves are very sturdy.
I'm very happy with these, for the price.
It's vital to get a proper seal on those ear cups! If the seal is off it kills the sound. With a proper seal the bass is clean and tight (enough), the mids are solid and clear (enough), and the highs are crisp (enough). They are lovely but won't change your life.
I'm listening through a Fulla and/or a Fulla 2.
Imaging is good, not great, soundstage doesn't add up to open cans, but seriously, they are $110!
Akg 712 pros are exceptional with a good dac/amp. I'm using the oppo ha2se and a little dot mkiii. Love
about comments on the slippery ear pads: Brainwavz has replacing ear pads with better cushionning and overall better quality leatherette. They are a bit tuff and stiff to install on these but its feasable and they even sound better with it. Don't spit on the sound of theses, for the price asked, it's probably the most flat arc frequency you can get for your money. Which is what any studio headphones should be researching IMHO. Amps wise...welll 32ohms is not the most tuff to power theses cans so no they don't ''need'' it althought if you're on pc a sound card give always better solutions than onboard audio. It's an OVERALL slight better feel with an dac/amp combo than without. Had theses since a good 2 years, just received senns PC 37x and they trade punches with them honestly.
-sennheisers are superior in terms of ''openness'' of sound, have a detachable cable plus good mic. In term of ''whole package they deliver much more for 10$ more...and significantly lighter
-553 in opposite are in terms of sound accuracy, hard to beat. They are less bassy and the highs more neutrals. Overall better MUSIC sounding and accurate. More weight too so they do feel more premium vs sennheisers per example. I'm sure theses drivers have a lot in common with the k7xx of massdrop for what 90$ less i think?
To resume, if you're assuming your gaming profile go for senns with the pc37x (or hd558 +modmics) and if your'e a beginner wannabee audiophile the akgs are formidable as a base (might want Q701 q7xx if your'e the kind of snob audiphile ''i only listen to openbacks'' type.
In the end it depends on YOUR NEEDS, I personnaly will keep boths since i do play competively fps shooters (sennheisers) and do enjoy music at my station :) cheers
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Ya I have had my k553's for like 3 years and my pads are done for. I'm fairly sure I would like leather over the other stuff.
dark_sniper
Just remember, and again I love brainwavz pads (I have Sheepskin on my k553s as well as my k240), have a foam disc. Or take the fabric off of the k553s pads and stretch it and tape it over the Driver so the highs don't pierce. With that said the pads rule. Take care when stretching them over the cans, it will tight at first. Go slow and it'll go on fine.
After about 6 months of use the ear cups were basically non existent and the headphones would fall off my head at even the slightest movement... extremely annoying. Also, I was NOT impressed with the sound. For a set of "Studio Headphones" I expect a flat sound. Not a pair of low flushed, mid blasting inaccuracy those provide. Perhaps I'm too OCD with quality, or I just got a bad pair, but in any case I've never had great luck with AKG products in general.
nitsua
I listed to these as well, they sounded ok, not great and yes they do fall off way to easy. I much prefer my senhieser 558
nitsua
I'm not a fan of these either. The padding on the headband is practically non-existent. The ergonomics in general are pretty bad: - very big (uncomfortable) earpads that move awkwardly. Comfort aside, these are my least favorite of the headphones I own, the others being: DT 770 Pro 80 Ohm, DT 990 Pro 250 Ohm, and AKG K7XX. I'd say I listen more to have "fun" than to experience high-fidelity reference-quality audio, as well as gaming, so maybe my opinion on these "studio headphones" isn't relevant. But figured I'd chime in anyway to maybe save someone else the disappointment. I'll probably sell these.
It's a damn shame these don't have removable cable.
If it's the same sound as in my K550's : GO FOR IT !! Neutral, elegant, airy, precise and detailed sounding... you name it
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NSA Dude !!! Yeah !!
That is fuked up. Why do you not literally take an Oppo cd player with a schiit jotunheim with you then? :DDDDDD
How would these compare to the k545s?
Is it just me or does the ship date keep getting pushed out?
Is june 19 the day they ship out, or arrive?
PixelizedTeddy
That is usually the date that Massdrop receives the products in bulk. From there, they would inform you for when they start shipping it to your address
Finally, I got K553 pro I paired with FIIO X7. Perfect. Bring a truly neutral sound balanced. And more important than all is the fact that it is very comfortable to wear for long. It is very doubtful whether this closed back headphones, I listened to a very wide sound.
Had mine for a little while now, about 3 weeks of listening. I paired mine with a schiit modi multibit that feeds to my darkvoice with RCA tubes. These cans really perform, wide soundstage and lively sound. They aren't bass heavy but they are impactful, just an all around great clear headphone. Imagine the k7xx with a bit more warmth, better low end extension and closed back. I'm currently looking for new ear pad options, not a fan of the shallow pleather cups.
The downside of watching old Linus Tech Tips videos is that the Mass Drop ad's are terribly out of date.
Do they have a mic?
Zlatan
No
Zlatan
Check out the ModMic 4.0 if you are wanting a good headset + mic
Will my phone be able to run these?
Hadarsi320
Yes, quite comfortably!
Looking to use these in my studio. I've got a few pairs of Sennheiser HD280's, but looking to see if these are better for my application. I've seen people complain that they are flat response, which is exactly what you would want in studio monitoring headphones. Boosting the bass, treble, anything would provide an inaccurate account of what is happening in the studio. Would appreciate anyone's comparison of these two. Thanks!
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MartyA
I find the K550 to be perfect and precise! I don't get why people complain about flat, flat makes them perfect, use an EQ after the fact to alter the sound. Or listen to the original the way the artist intended. End rant. I am not sure how much different the K553 is but I have read that they are less flat.
Update: I have the K553 now and I haven't noticed much difference between the K550 and K553 if there is anything it's subtle enough that I don't feel like it has altered my listening experience in anyway to damage the flatness.
I bought the Senal 1200 from B&H - excellent studio monitor. The K553 is equal in physical and sound quality, but to me the Senal is more like a classic studio monitor, like the KRK8400 etc.