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Open-Box 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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(Open Box) 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 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (9)
  • Good value (9)
  • Great sound (9)
  • Lightweight (8)
  • Durable (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home audio (8)
  • Music (8)
  • With my computer (5)
  • Portable devices (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Gear head (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (12)

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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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 3 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.

      (3 of 3 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.

      (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

      See all my reviews

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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 9 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 4 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

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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

                  (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. :)

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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.

                  (1 of 3 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.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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

                    (1 of 2 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 set of headphones that won't break the bank.

                    By MickyFig

                    from Lafayette, Louisiana

                    About Me Audiophile, Gear Head

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Good Value
                    • Great Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Audio
                      • Music
                      • Portable Devices
                      • With My Computer

                      Comments about AKG K553 PRO Closed-Back Studio Headphones:

                      These headphones are a great set for the price. Certainly not pro studio quality, but will suffice until you can eventually work your way up the ladder.
                      The band that goes over your head might prove to be uncomfortable over a long period of listening/mixing because there is VERY little padding there. However, they should be able to be adjusted to take much, if not most, of the pressure off the point of contact.
                      I can't comment on durability or just how good the bass and treble response is until I have put them through their paces. Perhaps a listen to Yes' "Close to the Edge" or something similar will give me a good idea.
                      Purchased as a Stupid Deal of the Day so the price was right. Retail was 199.00 and the SDotD price was 89.00 with free 2-day shipping.
                      And I give them a five star rating because of what I expect for the price I paid.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      Very good quality and comfort for the price

                      By Daniel Oprea

                      from Portland Oregon

                      See all my reviews

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Audio

                          Comments about AKG K553 PRO Closed-Back Studio Headphones:

                          Very good product considering that I got them for a awesome deal at StupidDeal! The only complaint I would have is the cans somehow seem to be larger than other headphones and make them look big and "retro" on your head not a big problem for someone with a big head tough:) quality is good and I felt they very well built to last!

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No
                           
                          5.0

                          Yes!!

                          By Saxman

                          from Ruston,La.

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                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable
                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Good Bass
                          • Good Value
                          • Great Sound
                          • Lightweight
                          • Stylish

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Audio
                            • Portable Devices

                            Comments about AKG K553 PRO Closed-Back Studio Headphones:

                            Recording cd's

                            • Primary Use:
                            • Listening to iPod
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No
                             
                            5.0

                            very nice

                            By billy

                            from georgia

                            About Me mastering engineer

                            See all my reviews

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Music

                              Comments about AKG K553 PRO Closed-Back Studio Headphones:

                              Awesome cans for mixing and mastering audio. Got these on SDOTD at a great price. Nice heavy duty cord great sounding and not heavy. Awesome set of cans..

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

                              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              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

                                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                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
                                     
                                    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.

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