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AKG K551 Reference-Class Over-ear Headphones - White £60.54 delivered @ Amazon

£60.54 @ Amazon
For those who missed the lightning deal (£49.99) here: http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/akg-k551-reference-class-headphones-lightning-deal-49-99-starts-7pm-tonight-amazon-2086550 you can now grab… Read More
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2y, 6m agoFound 2 years, 6 months ago
For those who missed the lightning deal (£49.99) here:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/akg-k551-reference-class-headphones-lightning-deal-49-99-starts-7pm-tonight-amazon-2086550

you can now grab them at just an extra tenner. lowest price ever on Amazon. around £90-ish everywhere else.

http://uk.camelcamelcamel.com/Reference-Class-Over-ear-Headphones-In-Line-Microphone-white/product/B008PCB7QG

EDIT (5.17am, 2nd Jan): Out of stock until 7th Jan, but can still be ordered here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Reference-Class-Over-ear-Headphones-In-Line-Microphone-white/dp/B008PCB7QG/ref=lh_ni_t?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE

EDIT 2: Out of stock now. Will update when they become available again.
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1 Like #1
Nice Find yazri

x15 bought for the project
#2
thanks op!
#3
Got it thanks :)
#4
^ agreed I got some brand new beats from someone (swapped not bought) and yes they're loud but the distortion can be pretty bad.
#5
^ was supposed to be for a different post lol ^
#6
These can act as earmuffs and frankly heat the ears up.
#7
seems a good price and they get decent reviews..heat added
#8
Brilliant phones at an amazing price. Beats the spots off the AKG K701 deal posted here a couple of days ago.

Don't expect exaggerated bass (these are neutral) and only really for use at home due to the size.
#9
heat! just ordered!
#10
can anyone recommend a decent portable amp for these headphones as I'm gonna be using my Z2 phone to play music, thanks
#11
Was so busy reading the 5* reviews of this on Amazon, didn't even stop to think about checking whether or not this deal had been posted earlier this morning after got notified by Amazon of the big price drop.
#12
thedogsdoodaars
can anyone recommend a decent portable amp for these headphones as I'm gonna be using my Z2 phone to play music, thanks


I'm using a z2 with some akg k452's, they are loud as hell without an amp on this phone.
4 Likes #13
Remember folks these are reference headphones and don't tinker with the sound so they are accurate enough to be used as a reference point for the music that it plays. So for example in studio, headphones are one tool that can be used to determine if a track is mixed right, and you want to use reference grade equipment to ensure that everything is right. Often, real studio designed/reference grade headphones are actually less preferred for listening to music, even though some of us tend to prefer that balanced sound. In that context, studio headphones are often contrasted with "hi-fi" headphones, which aren't designed to be precise and accurate so much as they are designed to make music sound really pleasant to the ears.

What Hifi rate them as 5 star http://www.whathifi.com/akg/k551/review

Amazon reviews at the 1 star end complain of big clumsy and no bass - well you wouldn't as these are reference headphones. If you want bass tinkered sound beats and Argos have a great deal on solo2.0 http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/2468705.htm

So from a headphone reference type its heat from me
#14
Dr_Lovegod
Remember folks these are reference headphones and don't tinker with the sound so they are accurate enough to be used as a reference point for the music that it plays. So for example in studio, headphones are one tool that can be used to determine if a track is mixed right, and you want to use reference grade equipment to ensure that everything is right. Often, real studio designed/reference grade headphones are actually less preferred for listening to music, even though some of us tend to prefer that balanced sound. In that context, studio headphones are often contrasted with "hi-fi" headphones, which aren't designed to be precise and accurate so much as they are designed to make music sound really pleasant to the ears.

What Hifi rate them as 5 star http://www.whathifi.com/akg/k551/review

Amazon reviews at the 1 star end complain of big clumsy and no bass - well you wouldn't as these are reference headphones. If you want bass tinkered sound beats and Argos have a great deal on solo2.0 http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/2468705.htm

So from a headphone reference type its heat from me

would these be any good for movies? and can eq adjustments compensate?
#15
how long is the cable?
#16
Ruffuz
how long is the cable?

It's in the Amazon product description - 1.1m
#17
stanno
Ruffuz
how long is the cable?

It's in the Amazon product description - 1.1m

Thanks,

and would you know cable lenght for K550 by any chance?
#18
has anyone tried flubit?
#19
Just tried flubit. Asks you what colour you want, but regardless creates a demand for the black ones at £99.99
#20
Damn, just bought these off ebay last week for £80. Great deal at this price - heat added.
#21
t002236
Dr_Lovegod
Remember folks these are reference headphones and don't tinker with the sound so they are accurate enough to be used as a reference point for the music that it plays. So for example in studio, headphones are one tool that can be used to determine if a track is mixed right, and you want to use reference grade equipment to ensure that everything is right. Often, real studio designed/reference grade headphones are actually less preferred for listening to music, even though some of us tend to prefer that balanced sound. In that context, studio headphones are often contrasted with "hi-fi" headphones, which aren't designed to be precise and accurate so much as they are designed to make music sound really pleasant to the ears.

What Hifi rate them as 5 star http://www.whathifi.com/akg/k551/review

Amazon reviews at the 1 star end complain of big clumsy and no bass - well you wouldn't as these are reference headphones. If you want bass tinkered sound beats and Argos have a great deal on solo2.0 http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/2468705.htm

So from a headphone reference type its heat from me

would these be any good for movies? and can eq adjustments compensate?


that's what I would like to know???
#22
Ruffuz
stanno
Ruffuz
how long is the cable?
It's in the Amazon product description - 1.1m
Thanks,
and would you know cable lenght for K550 by any chance?

Just measured - 2.7m. Very long indeed! People complained so they shortened it for the 551 but for me the longer cable is great for studio use.

BTW I've just checked - I paid £135 for these just over 2 years ago and thought I got a real bargain.

Edited By: stanno on Jan 01, 2015 12:07: Update
#23
I bought a pair of these in the last Amazon deal at £49.99 and the sound is fantastic but despite their size they are obviously configured for portable use with a very short cable. The plug fitted is a TRRS 3.5 jack plug. Same as a normal 3.5 stereo jack except one more contact connection which gets earthed on normal sockets. They worked great on my laptop but on a main pc they didn't work correctly because I think the socket was also TRRS and the additional contact was used for something else which conflicted. Most of the packaging mentions ipad and iphone etc and there is a small remote feature on the cable for increasing and decreasing volume.

In summary if you have a device that makes use of a TRRS socket for its headphone socket and its not configured like ipad/iphone then you may have problems. You'd need some sort of adapter with a TRRS socket to a standard 3.5 stereo jack.

Just bear that in mind.
#24
Correct me if I'm wrong, But I think that these work with PS4
#25
Civichyde
t002236
Dr_Lovegod
Remember folks these are reference headphones and don't tinker with the sound so they are accurate enough to be used as a reference point for the music that it plays. So for example in studio, headphones are one tool that can be used to determine if a track is mixed right, and you want to use reference grade equipment to ensure that everything is right. Often, real studio designed/reference grade headphones are actually less preferred for listening to music, even though some of us tend to prefer that balanced sound. In that context, studio headphones are often contrasted with "hi-fi" headphones, which aren't designed to be precise and accurate so much as they are designed to make music sound really pleasant to the ears.

What Hifi rate them as 5 star http://www.whathifi.com/akg/k551/review

Amazon reviews at the 1 star end complain of big clumsy and no bass - well you wouldn't as these are reference headphones. If you want bass tinkered sound beats and Argos have a great deal on solo2.0 http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/2468705.htm

So from a headphone reference type its heat from me

would these be any good for movies? and can eq adjustments compensate?

that's what I would like to know???

I use them for watching telly. If your telly or amp or tuner has tone adjustments, then of course you are free to destroy the neutral balance of the earphones at will, but why pay for it if you don't want it? Booming ones can be had much cheaper.

I am increasingly pleased that I got these in the lightning sale at ~£50. I expected to find that the normal price would drop to that in the new year because they had been remaindered or something.
#26
These have input impedance 32 ohms, so despite the reference neutral setup and the "reference" marketing they are aimed squarely at small portable devices like phones.
#27
Nice. I just wish the q701 would come down in price now or maybe Sennheiser hd650 or 800. :)
#28
If I hadn't ordered the ATH M50XBL yesterday...I'd be ordering these...different sound signature but what a great deal.

Note: If you listen to a lot of rock, dance, hip hop...or aggressive music the AKG 551 sound profile may not be to your liking....simply because its quite flat and neutral. Beautiful for classical, acoustic, and expressive vocal work
#29
Oh and if you wear glasses and intend wearing them while using these expect problems getting a good fit/seal.
#30
I've been toying with the idea of a pair of AKG550's for a couple of months now. How do these compare to the 550's? Is it just the longer cable / lack of inline controls? Are the internals the same?
#31
thedogsdoodaars
can anyone recommend a decent portable amp for these headphones as I'm gonna be using my Z2 phone to play music, thanks

I use Fiio E17. :)

Review here: The Sub-$200 Portable Amps Shootout

smr1
Oh and if you wear glasses and intend wearing them while using these expect problems getting a good fit/seal.
I wear glasses - I did not find any problem to be honest. 8)

Edited By: yazri on Jan 01, 2015 13:26
#32
t002236
would these be any good for movies? and can eq adjustments compensate?
Civichyde
that's what I would like to know???
the voices are really clear, though you won't get boomy sound from explosions. never tried with EQ though.

however when listening to music, I could definitely hear sound I never thought I'd hear in a song e.g. musicians coughing in the background oO
1 Like #33
rawhead
has anyone tried flubit?

wayne140681
Just tried flubit. Asks you what colour you want, but regardless creates a demand for the black ones at £99.99
you need to flubit the white colour. i just did.:D

http://s1.postimg.org/oifmy5rxr/Untitled.png


Edited By: yazri on Jan 01, 2015 17:33: corrected picture link
#34
Flubit is not worth the £6 difference, if they are faulty then you are screwed. Had so many problem with flubit recently.
#35
B1000
Flubit is not worth the £6 difference, if they are faulty then you are screwed. Had so many problem with flubit recently.

Me too not worth the risk
banned#36
avoid flubit like the plague in this case
#37
probably not suitable for someone with a small head/ears. These would look huge
#38
is there any way of lengthening the cable?
#39
£99.95 now

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