"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."Read more
I am really pleased with these cans. Subtle design - no overblown logos and pointless bright trim and flash. It's about time someone offered serious sealed headphones - good for environments where noise leakage would be a problem - with good sensitivity for use with a lower power device like a portable audio player or phone. That's what the K550 is: perfect for use with your i-device, etc.These are not muddy bass boosters. Lots of crisp detail, good presence / stage, relatively "open" sounding for a closed design, thanks to the oversized (and super comfy) pads and drivers.Depending on what you're accustomed to, these headphones have the potential to reveal a lot of detail in your music you didn't notice before. Glad to see a real audio company make a product for portable music... I give these a 9/10 overall. 10/10 would have a detachable cable and a slightly more adjustable fit to achieve better isolation.