Engineered and manufactured in Austria, the Hi-X55, and its on-ear brother the Hi-X50, are tailored to suit the demanding production conditions of today. Their successful launch at the Winter NAMM 2020 show received a great response from bloggers, retailers and end-users worldwide, leading to a host of positive feedback.

In the April edition of the renowned Sound on Sound Magazine, reviewer Sam Inglis dives into the Hi-X55 high excursion headphones, praising them for their "Clean sound" and "plenty of detail".

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"The Hi X55s are a pretty good example of how to do it right!"

Many closed-back headphones have a 'smile curve' response where a presence peak in the upper mids is combined with a similar emphasis on the low end. It's certainly a character trait I associate with many AKG models, and it's one that is apparent on the Hi Xs also. Done wrong, this sort of sound character presents a ragged treble full of narrow resonances and a low mid-range that is bloated in the attempt to obscure a lack of genuine bass. The Hi X55s are a pretty good example of how to do it right!

Read the full review by Sound on Sound here

Pricing and Availability

The Austrian Audio Hi-X55 headphones will be available from February 2020 priced at £249 RRP inc VAT.

Austrian Audio is distributed in the UK/ROI by Sound Technology Ltd. For more information please call 01462 480000 or visit