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Voiceman1000
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Apr 8, 2019
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I purchased a pair of these (K553 Pros) 2 years ago now on Massdrop. It's taken me awhile to get back around to provide a review on them, but have used them now quite a bit in a lot of different situations so I'm more than adequately ready to review them. I enjoy them well enough for casual listening and for daily use for studio mixing at home and 'live" mixing at my church. They deliver adequate but not the greatest frequency responsiveness or dynamics handling, etc, but certainly better than average). Cutting to the chase: There's a lot to like about these cans, namely 2 key things: they are a great value for the money and they have excellent build quality. Value for Money
At just over $100, the K553 Pros are a great value in my opinion, as they sound very good, in that they are very accurate and representative especially for the price you pay for them. If you start comparing them to other studio monitor headphones at around the same price and up to 50-75% more $$, they compare very favorably. If you compare them to other phones that are in the $500-600 range, you're missing the boat.

Build Quality
The build quality is excellent - the key components are made out of metal, plastic is kept to a minimum, they are sturdy and durable, and will hold up under daily use whether in your home office/studio or for just casual listening while puttering around the house or mowing the lawn, etc. They are heavy and well made so if you are looking for a solid, pretty good set of headphones that don't cost too much and will stand up to some abuse they are great bargains. Sound Quality Have to agree with Soundguy's review here: The K553 Pros are relatively neutral sounding and do not stand out much in any aspect. They are easy to drive because they have a fairly low impedance, which is great as you will not need to invest in additional gear to appreciate them. The flat response is great for studio work, as it represents what's really captured/recorded vs. boosting or cutting certain frequencies artificially. So from that standpoint, I consider them a true "professional studio monitor" grade headphone, as labelled and advertised, and if you're doing any audio editing or mixing, they work pretty well. However, if you're looking for a can with bumpin' bass boosts, or enhanced mids or trebles for better vocals, you'd be disappointed with these and you should look elsewhere for more appropriate cans. Just know that, as a "value headphone" (even as a very good-to-great "value"), these also give up a bit (which I guess can be expected for the cost/price) re: sound quality. They seem to average out to "above average/above meh/good-enough-but-not-great" (and in all fairness, these were not advertised by Massdrop to be super hifi phone killers, but rather "listen to audiophile quality sound for entry level price" I seem to recall...). I'm OK with that, and had my head up and eyes open when purchasing these. Just know that they don't really compete with high-end audiophile headphones - and they're not meant to.
Apr 8, 2019
hossdelux
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May 9, 2020
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Was going to do a review on these but you've said it better and with more experience than I ever could. These headphones are amazing for me and what I use them for which is gaming and listening to music.
May 9, 2020
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