AKG K553 Pro Closed-back Studio Headphones

Over-ear Headphones with 50mm Drivers and Folding Design
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Open-back Sound with Excellent Noise Isolation

The AKG K 553 Pro headphones aim to combine the noise-isolating qualities of closed-back headphones with the spacious, transparent sound of open-back headphones. Large 50mm drivers serve up rich sound, and the soft ear pads ensure comfort even over long listening sessions. You can expect great sound when listening to music on your tablet or smartphone, too, thanks to the low-impedance drivers. AKG headphones have been some of the most popular headphones at Sweetwater for decades. When you're away from your studio monitors, you can trust the sound of AKG K 553 Pro headphones for editing, mixing, and critical listening.

AKG K 553 Pro Headphones Features at a Glance:
  • Over-ear headphones with 50mm drivers
  • Excellent noise isolation on par with closed-back headphone designs
  • Spacious, transparent sound on par with open-back headphone designs
  • Performs well with virtually any headphone connection thanks to low impedance drivers
  • Folds flat for storage and transport
  • Cable terminates in an 1/8" plug, comes with a 1/4" screw-on adapter
You can trust what you hear with AKG K 553 Pro headphones!

Additional Media

Headphones Buying Guide
Live Sound Monitor Buying Guide
Studio Monitor Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Open/Closed Closed
Fit Style Circumaural (Around the Ear)
Driver Size 50mm
Frequency Response 12Hz-28kHz
Impedance 32 ohms
Cable Type Straight
Plug Size 1/8", 1/4"
Manufacturer Part Number 3280H00100

Customer Reviews

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Excellent sealed-back reference headphones

I purchased the AKG K553 looking for a sealed-back headphone that had similar performance to my high end open-back headphones and the K553 has definitely wowed me in terms of its performance. It sounds remarkably transparent and free of coloration, despite being a sealed headphone. The K553 isn't as open sounding as my best open back headphones, but they are more detailed and have a wider and deeper soundstage. If you are comparing them to open-back AKG K612 and K702 headphones, the K553 has a deeper bass response, similar clarity in the midrange and treble regions, and a slightly less open and slightly narrower soundstage, but the K553 has a deeper and more three-dimensional soundstage. In terms of tonality, I would say these are on the slightly warm side of neutral, as opposed to the neutral, but lean sound of the K702. Highly Recommended!

Great Headphones

I just received my new K 553 Pro headphones, and I'm running them through an Audioengine 24bit D/A headphone amp. These have great sound staging and depth. Low end is good. Highs are clean. If I have one complaint, it's the curved head support. Unlike several other AKG's, that have a fabric sling system that evenly distributes the weight across your head, these have a metal bar with a fairly thin pad. When wearing them, there is a pressure point at the top of my head. It's not as good as the old system. These sound good enough that I'm willing to modify the head padding. The ear pads are remarkably comfortable, they disappear after a few minutes of wearing them. For the price, and if you are looking for great imaging and clarity, you can't beat these headphones. They compare to $350 $400 models I was looking at.
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