Denon AH-D550 Headphone Reviews

Manufacturer Denon Model AH-D550
Headphone Type Closed Circumaural Headband Type Single
Weight (g) 200 Driver Type Dynamic
Enclosure Material Plastic Isolation (dB) 0
Impedance (ohms) 35 Cable Length (cm) 300
Frequency Response (Hz) 3 - 28000  
Connector 3.5mm Street Price US$60
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Average reviewer scores
Bass Extension 5.0 Bass Impact 6.0
Bass Quality 4.0 Mids Quality 3.0
Highs Quality 5.0 Soundstage 4.0
Detail 5.0 Portability 3.0
Isolation 4.0 Comfort 5.0
Durability 6.0 Improvement With Amplification 4.0
Value for Money 5.0    
Overall Score 4.8 Total Reviews 1

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Review by Senior Member fewtch on 11 Dec 05  09:09
Individual review
Bass Extension5
Bass Impact6
Bass Quality4
Mids Quality3
Highs Quality5

I've owned a pair of AH-D550s since at least 1997, although I don't listen to them anymore (so this review is from memory, please take it as such).

For quite a long time, I used my pair to both listen to music and edit digital music files on my PC. Most of this time, I used them unamped directly from the soundcard and they were fine being driven this way.

This headphone reminds me of the Sony V6 in its sonic signature. There's nothing hi-fi about it, but it's a good "work can" for doing the type of stuff I was doing, and great for some casual music listening as well. They're not all that portable, and are more of a studio-type headphone.

If you've heard the Sony V6, you basically know what these cans sound like -- a consumer-level "V-curve" balance with pretty enhanced bass/highs, and not much to talk about in the way of mids.

Knowing what I do now, I would not recommend the AH-D550. Denon has cancelled most of their headphone lineup, except for this one (which is why I decided to put in a review, being that they're still available). They don't cost much, so whether or not you take the gamble is up to you. Personally, I felt they sounded better than Grado SR-60, but I'm not a Grado fan in any way. OK for casual listening, but for critical listening please look elsewhere.

P.S. they do isolate a little (semi-closed design), so not too bad a choice for working/listening at the computer if the fans aren't too loud.

Denon AH-D550