AKG K553 MkII
Beyerdynamic DT Pro 770
Here is my comprehensive review of the AKG K553 MkII and how they compare to the Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro headphones! A lot of research went into this and I tried to cover every issue people have been expressing on different forms and review sites. I hope you enjoy and thanks for the support.
The AKG K553 MkII headphones are designed for mixing, monitoring and mastering, though this is not it’s only application. One of the major strengths of this headphone is literally how STRONG it has been constructed. Therefore, they are equally suitable for recreational use while delivering professional studio quality sound. The ear pads are comfortable and quite large. If you have a very small head, they might not be snug enough. However if you have a large head or lots of hair, you’ll find that these are absolutely a perfect fit. The closed back design contains the majority of the sound within the ear cup however, it is not a perfect seal and outside sounds are still audible to a degree.
In terms of price, the AKG K553 MkII headphones have a list price of $199.99 on the AKG website. They are available for less when imported from the factory in China, however there have been reports of damaged items due to the shipping process. AKG’s main headquarters and assembly plant is located in Austria. If buying online, choose a distributor with high quality control that sources from the UK such as Amazon. Mistakes can happen anywhere but at least you’ll have peace of mind with Amazon’s simple return policy which is worth the few extra dollars.
The K553 is the latest addition to the K550 family. Many improvements have been made in sound quality and design. The K553’s have more high end than the K550’s. There has also been a mid frequency spike correction now available on the K553’s. The K553 has both Pro and MkII models. At the time of this writing, AKG has discontinued the Pro version and has replaced it with the MkII, though Pro models are still widely available and in circulation. The main difference has to do with the wire being detachable on the newer K553 model. The advantage to this is if the wire becomes damaged and the rest of the headphones are fine, you can easily replace the wire. The wire itself actually has a mini XLR connection and is not very common, yet it’s better than being hard wired to the headphone directly.
Though AKG does not make official AKG K553 Replacement Pads, third party manufacturers sell generic versions that increase the life and usability of the headphones. They come in both black and gray.
Compared to its popular rival, the DT 770 Pro headphones have accentuated highs and lows, with a greater sound stage and a more open experience. This is great for genres of music that are bass driven. In the defense of the K553’s, its strength is more suited for classical, jazz and other music where the bass is not the featured sonic element. The K533’s have beautiful, clear mids that make any vocal or instrument come to life like no other.
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