[caption id="attachment_2395" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="AKG K550"][/caption]We find the K550 to be well built, feeling durable with a solid earcup-to-headband connection, which is the weak point of the Denon design. Their comfort is exceptional and the only trouble we had with the fit is it only takes a slight bump of the earcup to break the seal of the pad. Fortunately, it’s very quick and easy to re-adjust the fit and bring the bass response back. We also find their aesthetics appealing with modern design aspects and a sleek matte-black finish. We’d love to see a detachable cable in a headphone at this price-point, but the only similar headphone to offer it is the Shure SRH-940, which we find holds its own against the K550, but (similar to the D2000) it can get edgy as you turn up the volume and the mid-range lacks the same neutral presentation and low-end punch as the K550. The K550 will serve well in many applications and is a great upgrade to the Audio Technica ATH-M50 in the studio and on stage for DJ’s and recording artists seeking better detail and clarity. With the large ‘R’ and ‘L’ printed on the inside of the earcups, whether in low-light or direct sun, you’ll never have to guess which side is right and which side is left. The excitement is high for the AKG K550 here at HeadRoom. We’ve been long-time fans of the Denon AH-D2000 and the K550 gives it a serious run for the money, especially at $50 lower MAP. This is a great choice for someone looking for a tonally accurate headphone with a tight and full bass response, but doesn’t want the fuller, thicker presentation of the D2000. For more information on the K550 or any other headphone or headphone accessory, call 1-800-828-8184. A headphone expert is standing by, currently trying to figure out how to convince their significant other that they need yet another headphone.