K553 PRO (discontinued)


Closed back studio headphones

$199.00199.0 each
Closed back performance meets open back sound

The K553 PRO's are closed-back, over-ear studio headphones for monitoring, mixing and mastering. Their unique performance results from the perfect balance between the noise-isolating qualities of a closed-back headphones and the spacious, dimensional sound of an open-back design. The 50mm drivers provide a strong, yet accurate and distinguished bass response as needed for monitoring and mastering contemporary music. The extra large, soft ear pads ensure stress free listening over hours and the 2D-axis mechanism enables full flat folding for easy storage or handling on the road. With its low impedance drivers the K553 PRO is sensitive enough to also be used on laptops and mobile devices, so the soft high quality cable is equipped with a 3.5mm (1/8”) plug. A screw on adapter to 6.3mm (1/4”) is included.

Item# K553Pro

General Specifications

Headphone type over-ear, closed-back
Audio frequency bandwidth 12 - 28000 Hz
Sensitivity 114 dB SPL/V
MAX input power 200mW
Audio bandwidth 20 - 20000 Hz (± 3 dB)
Rated Impedance 32 Ohms
Earpads Leatherette
Earpads replaceable yes


Length 113 mm
Width 180 mm
Height 175 mm


Fixed Yes

Wearing Style

Over-ear Yes


Studio Monitoring Yes
Studio Mixing Yes
Mobile Devices Yes
Hi-Fi Listening Yes


Foldable Yes

Cup Style

Closed-back Yes

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K553 PRO (discontinued) is rated 3.3 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best value for pro audio cans! I bought a pair of these a year and a half ago now, just now writing a review, and here’s my take: The quality of these phones is just terrific. Delivering noise isolation and bassy goodness in a closed-back design that won’t leak sound, the AKG K553 Pro Studio Headphone delivers a high-end listening experience at an entry-level price. With the expansive soundstage of an open-back model, these offer exceptional performance for use in the studio and in my home studio for audio mixing and monitoring. The 50-millimeter drivers offer a strong, accurate bass response that doesn’t muddle the midrange, delivering music that sounds engaging and impactful. At 32 ohms, the super low-impedance K553 Pro pairs easily and extremely well with mobile devices and high-end desktop setups alike. I’m picky about my comfort, and the K553 Pro’s over-ear design and soft, leatherette earpads deliver, providing super soft, comfortable listening for hours on end, and the adjustable headband accommodates the biggest of heads like my huge noggin with room to spare. Can’t say enough about these, and couldn’t recommend them more! I had been considering the outstanding K702s but went with these, choosing closed back isolation and saving over $100 while not compromising on total pro quality, at a home budget cost! Go get these, you’ll be happy you did!
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dollar For Dollar A Bargain Closed Back These are one of the few affordably priced closed back cans that I've been quite content with. I paid just a bit more than $100.00 for them and couldn't be more pleased. Associated equipment: Schiit Modi Uber/ Magni Uber.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Adjustable head band too large. Head band's smallest configuration is too large for a normal person's head and will not fit snug over the ears. This poor lack of snug fit over / on the ears allows outside noise to enter and interfere.
Date published: 2017-12-28
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What are the differences between K553 Pro and K550 MKII? K550 MKII do not show up in your website, but it is selling in the US market now.

Asked by: sam2103
The difference is that the K553 Pro has Studio Monitoring and Studio Mixing capabilities and that is what makes it one of our PRO headphones. Other than that all specs (impedance, audio frequency, audio bandwidth, etc) are the same.
Answered by: Steve S
Date published: 2018-08-01

Can I get replacement earpads?

Asked by: joeyboi
We would like to work with you directly to help you with your issue. Please submit a case request at https://www.akg.com/support-contact.html and the Customer Service Team will be more than happy to assist you.
Answered by: Ren at Customer Service
Date published: 2018-04-19

How is it better than sennheiser hd650 in comparison?

Asked by: Vishwajeet
Thank you for your inquiry. Please reach out to the AKG Pro Customer Support for spec and product information on the K553 model, thank you! http://www.akg.com/pro
Answered by: Joe G at Customer Service
Date published: 2018-08-01
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