Austrian Audio Hi-X55

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Austrian Audio Hi-X55 is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 5.
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Austrian Audio Hi-X55

Over Ear Closed Back Headphones
£249
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”These over-ears head towards the top of the class.” ’What Hi-Fi?’ – 5 Star review.

Professional heritage

Manufactured entirely in Austria, Austria Audio make professional grade microphones and, with the Hi X55, their first headphone range.

Powerful magnetic force
Featuring a new magnetic design, the Hi X55s deliver class-leading magnetic force. Combine this with a lightweight coil and membrane and you get lightning fast dynamics and punchy, musical sound.

Closed back with double acoustic wall for superb damping
Featuring a closed back design, with double acoustic wall, these headphones offer high levels of damping and isolation. Perfect for monitoring use in a studio, these headphones keep the outside world out and let you concentrate on the music.

Comfort, over ear fit
Designed to fit around your ears, the deeply padded earcups provide long-lasting comfort. The broad headband uses double-padded bands and articulated adjustment for superior comfort.

Durable and fold-flat for a life on the move
With metal parts used in all critical areas, the Hi X55 headphones are designed for durability. The earpads also fold flat, making them easy to store and carry with you.

Hear your music as the professionals do, with the Austrian Audio Hi X55.
Overview
Cable Length
3m
Type
Closed Back, Over Ear
Plug size
3.5mm with 6.35mm adaptor
Audio
Sensitivity
128dB
Features
Closed back
Yes
Over Ear
Yes
Weight
Weight (KG)
305g
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AUSTRIAN AUDIO HX-55 HEADPHONES Sound is very 'clean' with excellent definition of individual instruments at top end, particularly drums and cymbals. Can sound a little shrill on occasions with my equipment at home, but were less so when auditioned with Cambridge Audio CD and Amp at the store. Previous reviews mentioned the sensitivity to partnering equipment and that is true. Build quality absolutely superb.
Date published: 2022-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top Service Good coverage/details of the product I ordered on upur website. From ordering the product to receiving it I was kept well informed throughout, and it arrived securely packaged. Have decided to use Richer Sounds in future as a first port of call if and when I decide to purchase anything again linked yo my love of Hi Fi and film.
Date published: 2022-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Austrian Audio Hi-55 Headphones I purchased these headphones a few weeks ago. The sound quality is superb and enables me to hear all media with much more clarity than on my old headphones. I am delighted with them and would recommend them to anyone considering getting a new set of headphones.
Date published: 2021-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very detailed and revealing, but also good fun Many studio type headphones can be a bit too sharp and analytical for musical enjoyment, or they hype the highs to enhance detailing making them overly bright. These however have the detail and resolution of a good studio headphone but have a fun signature which is great for listening to music. They have a bit of a bass boost and aren't really neautral sounding, but they are extremely resolving and the sound is pretty well balanced. The highs are not hyped and although there is a bass boost it is not overdone. Build quality is excellent and the tactile feel is much better than many much more expensive headphones. They are fully circumaural and leave plenty of space for my ears with no pinching. Sound isolation is OK, not brilliant for a closed back but not bad. Comfort is excellent. Cable uses a twist lock fit and is replaceable, and a 3.5mm to 6.35mm adapter is provided. Overall they offer great sound and build at a sensible price.
Date published: 2021-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent sound and build quality A very well built pair of headphones with excellent sound quality and good industrial design. Although the packaging is a bit basic it is well designed and there is a real feeling that the money you spend on these headphones has gone into the headphones themselves rather than fancy packaging and expensive advertising. Even the red velcro strap used to secure the box is recommended to be used as a cable tidy after unpacking. The headphones are genuine over the ear and should be big enough for any ears without pressure points or pinching, Clamping force is quite heavy but not unduly so and they're comfortable for long periods. Build is superb and they feel premium but not frivolous. The metal looking bits are generally metal, it looks like the design will be relatively straightforward to service and should last a long time. I know industrial design isn't the most important thing for headphones but I think this is a really good looking pair of headphones. Cable is a detachable single side entry one with a twist lock design. The cable has a 3.5mm connector but comes with a 6.35mm adapter which is sensible. The impedance and efficiency means these are very easy to drive to loud volumes and it is not necessary to have a separate amplifier. Those smartphones which still have 3.5mm sockets or regular USB-C DAC dongles will drive these more than loudly enough for most. Sound is extremely detailed and highly revealing, but not clinical. They're not neutral as there is some bass boost and highs seem a big exaggerated but this may be because of a flat midrange. The impression is of a headphone somewhere between an audiophile type tuning and a professional monitor tuning which actually works really well. Sound stage is great for a closed back. The transducers are excellent and take EQ very well. The only negatives are that the cable is 3m and if you want a shorter one it is an optional extra, and although they come with a decent carry bag there is no hard case. Although many will find the idea of spending £250 on headphones crazy these represent incredible value for money in my view. The high build quality and outstanding detail are competitive with headphones costing an awful lot more and I'm really not sure there is any reason to spend more. I've listened to a lot of headphones costing a lot more than these which are nothing like as well made and sound nowhere near as good.
Date published: 2021-05-26
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