AKG K551 review

Smashing all-rounders that really sing Tested at £230

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

Smashing all-rounders that really sing

Pros

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    Spacious sound

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    Well balanced

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    Very detailed

Cons

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    Big and not foldable

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    Not exactly portable

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With the K551s, 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.

While we’re not entirely convinced their sheer size isn’t the first stumbling block in that argument, we certainly have no quarrel with their sound.

A closed-back design with a spacious open-back style performance, the K551s sound expertly balanced – and never boring or flat.

They convey every last detail of any genre you throw at them, with top-notch timing ensuring an upfront, exciting listen wherever you are.

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