Excerpt: Normally, the arrival of a pair of high-end headphones would be cause for some excitement around our offices—it’s always interesting to see what an audio company can do when it’s less constrained by price considerations and able to express the talents of its industrial designers and engineers.
Summary: I’m proud to announce I now have a new go-to pair of headphones (for this week anyway…). For someone who doesn’t mind big headphones, I feel these AKG K551s are just about as good as headphones get. With their lightweight and thin profile, they don’t feel nearly so big. After an initial burn in, the audio quality is very rich with a phenomenal soundstage that brings the music alive. I don’t mind that they’re not super bassy.
Pros: Great design, Good seal, Comfortable, Light, ControlTalk + Mic, Phenomenal sound stage and audio quality, Durable, Clear right and left ear cup indicators.
Cons: Cable is not removable, break in period, and headphone plug will be incompatible with most iOS cases. Expensive. No travel case. Low on bass and size of ear cups may not be suitable for all.
Excerpt: With the K551 s, AKG has taken the Award-winning K550s , added in-line controls, slimmed-down and shortened the cable and included a carry pouch in an attempt to turn them into a portable pair of cans.
Pros: Spacious sound, Well balanced, Very detailed