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AKG K553 PRO Closed-Back Studio Headphones

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The K553 PRO's are closed-back, over-ear studio headphones for monitoring, mixing and mastering. Their unique performance results from the perfect ba...Click To Read More About This Product

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Professional headphones for monitoring and mixing.

The K553 PRO's are closed-back, over-ear studio headphones for monitoring, mixing and mastering. Their unique performance results from the perfect balance between the noise-isolating qualities of a closed-back headphones and the spacious, dimensional sound of an open-back design. The 50mm drivers provide a strong, yet accurate and distinguished bass response as needed for monitoring and mastering contemporary music. The extra large, soft ear pads ensure stress free listening over hours and the 2D-axis mechanism enables full flat folding for easy storage or handling on the road.

FEATURES
Lightweight over-ear design
Advanced closed-back technology
2 (50mm) transducer
Low impedance
2D-axis fold-flat mechanism

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AKGK553 PRO Closed-Back Studio Headphones
 
4.5

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (6)
  • Good value (6)
  • Great sound (6)
  • Lightweight (6)
  • Durable (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Music (6)
  • Home audio (5)
  • With my computer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I was a bit worried about the price tag...but

The headphones went on sale and I go them because - I miss listening to music on LPs. The sound was so rich and the headphones made it better; back in the day. ...Read complete review

The headphones went on sale and I go them because - I miss listening to music on LPs. The sound was so rich and the headphones made it better; back in the day. Now with all the compression, we miss the good in music. I wanted to get a pair of nice headphones, paired them with a FIIO Amp/DAC and OMG. I am back! I am loving music again. These headphones are amazing. :)

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Decent sound quality but uncomfortable top band

The sound quality on these is decent. A tad light on the bass but nice clarity. The ear cups are soft and go completely over the ear making them very comfortable. The top...Read complete review

The sound quality on these is decent. A tad light on the bass but nice clarity. The ear cups are soft and go completely over the ear making them very comfortable. The top band that sits on my head hurts my head after about 30 minutes of use which is not long in my opinion. I don't have a lot of hair and am curious if these were tested for people with less hair but they hurt. I would suggest the engineers as AKG put some thought into the long term wearability of these.

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(3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Will buy again when the time comes

By Birdyman Jr

from Augusta, GA

About Me Novice

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about AKG K553 PRO Closed-Back Studio Headphones:

    Bought to have as the go to headphones in my arsenal. Definitely a great product. Fits comfortable on my ears an don't fit too tight. They also look great. When running my music programs they do more than what I expected. If u do music, these a must have.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great headphones

    By Chris O

    from Dallas

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Good Value
    • Great Sound
    • Stylish

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about AKG K553 PRO Closed-Back Studio Headphones:

        These seem very well put together. They look nice. Lots of actual metal parts. The hinges are smooth and solid. The cable is long and flexible without being spiraled.

        Comfort-wise, they're fine. I have a big head and they fit no problem. They only squeeze as much as they need to. The ear pads are incredibly soft and fit well, even wearing glasses. I may actually prefer them over the Beyerdynamic pads. Time will tell how they hold up. The headband presses down on my head though which bothers me, it doesn't spread out the weight over much surface area since the band is pretty much flat when worn.

        The sound is really nice. Very smooth (smoothest I've ever heard) texture, there's zero harshness, but they're still very detailed. It's hard to describe to be honest. It's just really pleasant across all genres. Bass isn't very strong, but fine.

        5/5 for the price. 4/5 without price as a factor. They could have a little more punch to them, and gone for function over form for the headband. Buy em.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great HeadPhone

        By AKS1

        from Novi, MI, United States

        Comments about AKG K553 PRO Closed-Back Studio Headphones:

        it is really a great headphone with good sound stage. This headphone definitely NOT for BASS heads,,! This is for audiophiles who need great sound without any artificial ingredients.

        (2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        K553 Pro

        By Tom

        from Greenville, NC

        About Me Experienced

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about AKG K553 PRO Closed-Back Studio Headphones:

          These headphones have a dynamic range of sonal response which allows the user to discriminate subtleties in recording.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I was a bit worried about the price tag...but

          By MannyMI

          from undisclosed

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about AKG K553 PRO Closed-Back Studio Headphones:

          The headphones went on sale and I go them because - I miss listening to music on LPs. The sound was so rich and the headphones made it better; back in the day. Now with all the compression, we miss the good in music. I wanted to get a pair of nice headphones, paired them with a FIIO Amp/DAC and OMG. I am back! I am loving music again. These headphones are amazing. :)

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          K553POORLOW !!!

          By PuhahahaPROmyass

          from Longbeach, CA

          Pros

            Cons

            • Poor Sound

            Best Uses

              Comments about AKG K553 PRO Closed-Back Studio Headphones:

              Not for bass players! Poorest low end... even cheaper headphones has better bass than this crappycrab... actually you get a badasss distortion without having any distortion pedal haha... but no dont buy it because of the deal price and looking at the 5star reviews... u dont need this!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              Good

              By Kent

              from Everett, WA

              About Me Music Maker

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Bass
              • Stylish

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Music
                • With My Computer

                Comments about AKG K553 PRO Closed-Back Studio Headphones:

                Enhances the sound without distortion. Bass is clearer, other frequencies not so much, but at least outside sounds are blocked out. Workmanship seems solid. Will update my review if opinion becomes more negative. Never used professional headphones before, so can't compare.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                You need these!

                By Michael E

                from Charlotte, NC area

                About Me Audiophile, Gear Head

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Durable
                • Good Bass
                • Good Value

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Music

                  Comments about AKG K553 PRO Closed-Back Studio Headphones:

                  Got these on sale during cyber week! They are amazing and blow the Focal Spirt Headphones away! Much-more dynamic range and sweet bass!!!!!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  Quality Headphones

                  By EarlofBogey

                  from La Grande Oregon

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Good Value
                  • Great Sound
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Audio
                    • Music
                    • With My Computer

                    Comments about AKG K553 PRO Closed-Back Studio Headphones:

                    Found these on a Stupid Deal Of The Day and man was I pleased. these are great for recording and mixing.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Good sounding, flat, tight response, good stupid deal !

                    By Mr. M

                    from Fresno

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Value
                    • Great Sound
                    • Stylish

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Recording

                      Comments about AKG K553 PRO Closed-Back Studio Headphones:

                      a

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      4.0

                      Not bad but not the best

                      By Just Me

                      from Chatsworth California

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable
                      • Durable
                      • Good Value
                      • Lightweight
                      • Not enough bass

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Audio
                        • With My Computer

                        Comments about AKG K553 PRO Closed-Back Studio Headphones:

                        I got them because they were the Stupid Deal of the Day. I would not have paid full price.They are comfortable and light. But the bass from my cheap TASCAM is better. However, I will keep them. For the price they are okay.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        2.0

                        Decent sound quality but uncomfortable top band

                        By Piltorious

                        from undisclosed

                        Verified Buyer

                        Comments about AKG K553 PRO Closed-Back Studio Headphones:

                        The sound quality on these is decent. A tad light on the bass but nice clarity. The ear cups are soft and go completely over the ear making them very comfortable. The top band that sits on my head hurts my head after about 30 minutes of use which is not long in my opinion. I don't have a lot of hair and am curious if these were tested for people with less hair but they hurt. I would suggest the engineers as AKG put some thought into the long term wearability of these.

                         
                        5.0

                        Great build, quality materials, fantastic fit

                        By ShoutHouse

                        from Cleveland

                        Verified Buyer

                        Comments about AKG K553 PRO Closed-Back Studio Headphones:

                        The sound out of this set is so balanced and enjoyable I wish that I could take them everywhere. I have nothing to say bad about the things that make this a headset.

                        The pros are in the title.

                        Cons - Extremely long cable that is not detachable
                        Ear cups could be a smidge deeper (this is because I have large stick out ears)

                        That's all.

                         
                        5.0

                        Great pair of closed-back Cans

                        By EmshA

                        from Minneapolis, MN, United States

                        Verified Buyer

                        Comments about AKG K553 PRO Closed-Back Studio Headphones:

                        These are simply the best Closed-back "open-back-sounding" Headphones I've heard. The sound stage is incredibly wide and great. You'd benefit from powering them with a good AMP/DAC combo to add some extra umph, even though they're 32 Ohms. VERY clear with .FLAC files and good Bass response. PS. Beats by Dre were not meant to be used with Beats by Dre. Stop buying that garbage and listen with incredible clarity like these AKG's. Also, the durability of these cans is great! Plus they fold flat for easier storage or travel without fear of bending/breaking. Oh, and.... I've used them for 5+ hours straight with no "pressure" issues on the top of the head band. These are insanely comfortable, compared to the Q701 Quincy's which I wish had the same Headband style. Q701's really start digging into the top of your dome after 10 minutes of listening and it's quite unpleasant.

                         
                        5.0

                        Great sound quality

                        By Orthoman

                        from Kentucky, United States

                        Verified Buyer

                        Comments about AKG K553 PRO Closed-Back Studio Headphones:

                        These headphones sound great with all kinds of music. They are worth it.

                         
                        4.0

                        I am very happy with my 2 pairs of headphones

                        By Garlu

                        from Salem, Oregon

                        About Me Gear Head

                        See all my reviews

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable
                        • Durable
                        • Great Sound

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Audio
                          • Music

                          Comments about AKG K553 PRO Closed-Back Studio Headphones:

                          These headphones have very good sound quality and are built well. I love the heavier guage cord they have.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Keyboards Never Sounded So Good

                          By Bill Lewis

                          from Bluffton SC

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable
                          • Great Sound

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Audio
                            • Music
                            • Relaxing

                            Comments about AKG K553 PRO Closed-Back Studio Headphones:

                            Best headphones I've ever used.

                             
                            5.0

                            Awesome

                            By TopCop

                            from Indianapolis Indiana

                            About Me apprentice sound engineer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable
                            • Good Bass
                            • Good Value
                            • Great Sound
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Would like a detachable wire

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Audio
                            • Music
                            • Portable Devices
                            • Relaxing
                            • Studio
                            • Traveling
                            • With My Computer
                            • Working

                            Comments about AKG K553 PRO Closed-Back Studio Headphones:

                            Great for studio work - recording and mixing. Very comfortable and great sound quality. Would like a detachable cord.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

                            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            2.0

                            Decent sound quality but uncomfortable top band

                            By Piltorious

                            from Undisclosed

                            Comments about AKG K553 PRO Closed-Back Studio Headphones:

                            The sound quality on these is decent. A tad light on the bass but nice clarity. The ear cups are soft and go completely over the ear making them very comfortable. The top band that sits on my head hurts my head after about 30 minutes of use which is not long in my opinion. I don't have a lot of hair and am curious if these were tested for people with less hair but they hurt. I would suggest the engineers as AKG put some thought into the long term wearability of these.

                             
                            5.0

                            Great sound quality

                            By Orthoman

                            from Kentucky, United States

                            Comments about AKG K553 PRO Closed-Back Studio Headphones:

                            These headphones sound great with all kinds of music. They are worth it.

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