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88 Global Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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"The claim that the AKG K550 are closed headphones that sound like open ones is right on the money. If wonderfully open and wide sound is among your top priorities, you won’t find a better closed pair at the price for the job."
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88 Global Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
88

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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User Reviews

90
Ron89
First of all, this piece of art is built for home enjoyment. Its every design...read more
90
smkelly
I won a pair of AKG K240 MKIIs which I absolutely love. However, they are only...read more
100
farangfrog
Very well defined sound across the spectrum with outstanding spatialization....read more
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Score Breakdown

 
88
Average Critic Score
 
80
Sound and Vision
The K550 sounds extremely detailed, with above-average (although still not open-back-quality) spaciousness. And except for that little apparent lower/mid treble peak, it sounds extremely neutral and, as Will aptly put it, “accurate."
 
100
What Hi-Fi
Rousingly musical headphones with no obvious deficiencies.
 
90
Inner Fidelity
The K550 will now be my go-to recommendation for audio pros and headphone enthusiasts alike needing both good isolation and solid audio performance. These will find a place on my Wall of Fame due to very good overall performance on all fronts.
 
80
TrustedReviews
The claim that the AKG K550 are closed headphones that sound like open ones is right on the money. If wonderfully open and wide sound is among your top priorities, you won’t find a better closed pair at the price for the job.