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Sennheiser HD 558

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Pros: Forward, engaging mids. Overall euphonic, non-fatiguing, super comfortable, etc.

Cons: Lacking deep bass extension

At the time of this writing, these headphones cost less than $130 on Amazon.  At that price point, they are an incredible value.  For some reason, these headphones seem to be damned with faint praise in many reviews on the web.  I think some of the professional headphone reviewers are afraid to give top marks to inexpensive headphones, so they use terms like "more refined" for the more expensive ones.  I enjoyed listening to the HD558 more than my $400 HD600 (yes even with a good DAC/AMP), so I sold the HD600 and continue to enjoy the HD558.  If that makes me unrefined, so be it!

What the 558 offer:
-Beautiful, natural, relatively neutral sound overall
-Forward, engaging mids (what I like best about these)
-Non-fatiguing highs
-Rich bass with good bass impact but not exagerrated bass (look elsewhere for "bass monsters")
-Wide soundstage
-One-sided, replaceable cable (my favorite type)
-Good looks (my second favorite looking current-production Sennheisers after the HD650)
-Easy to drive (50 ohm impedance means you can drive these easily with iPod, phone, etc)
-Supremely comfortable on my fat head

What they don't offer (and neither did the HD600):
-Great sub-bass extension

Other points to consider
-As an open design, these do not offer noise blocking or prevent leakage (this is not a con, per se)
-They come with a 10ft (really long) straight cord terminating in a 6.35 mm stereo plug. The 3.5mm adapter is a bit unwieldy for use with phones, etc. However, Sennheiser offers a separately sold inexpensive 4.5ft replacement cable with a 3.5mm termination, perfect for such uses

If you are not using a dedicated amp and are looking to plug headphones directly into your phone/MP3 player/laptop/computer, don't need closed headphones to keep sound out/in, then IMO these are the best Sennheisers available and one of the best choices of any brand at any price point.  Of course they sound even better with a dedicated amp.  I'm primarily using them with a Schiit Modi DAC and Asgard 2 amp, and they sound fantastic.


The only limitation I find is that the bass extension is not adequate for 2% of my rap and electronic music.  Eg, ODB's "Harlem World" or MF Doom's "Hey".  Otherwise they sound fantastic with all genres (including rock, jazz, pop, and 98% of my rap/electronic).


Pros: Pristine sound clarity for it's price. Very neutral sound having the right amount of everything. Very very comfortable can be worn for hours.

Cons: Just like any other open back headphone sound is audible to people around you, that's about it!

When I bought the headphones I was amazed at the comfort level these headphones offer. I must admit this is my entry into the world of premium headphones,:L3000: and I truly feel pleased with my decision. So it goes without saying I'm NOT an audiophile. :p


I'll keep this video short and crisp.


These over-ear headphones offers premium comfort with near sonic perfection. I was amazed even after keeping EQ in the flattest possible setting in my amplifier these babies sounded so detailed. This meant two things, Sennheiser is truly giving you a neutral sound and if you want you can tweak the EQ to give the bass, mids or highs a little push to make it shine all the more. I plugged into my amp as well as in portable devices and as expected the full blown setup brought out the jewel in it while the portable devices sounded detailed in their own right. Being an open back headphone made my ears sweat less but also made sure everyone surrounding me got a taste of what I'm listening too. So if privacy is you're concern make no mistake it'll be intruded once you get these! :beyersmile: 


A few scenarios:

Gaming - One of the best headphones for gaming simply because of the wide sound stage and correct frequency response.

Movies - Again the feeling of having speakers in your room while listening to them makes them awesome for this purpose!

Music - If you're into all genres of music it is perfect for you! However if you're into only contemporary forms of music (like electronic, trap music and the likes with extended bass lines) and crave for enhanced bass you must look elsewhere.



So apart from the great sound and supreme comfort in this price bracket what else do I have to say...pretty much nothing!

If you're a newbie like me just shut your eyes and make the purchase and you'll be fine...actually more than just fine! On the contrary if you're a veteran and want something in this range you'll know better and will be able to define how wonderful these sound!


Pros: Comfort, style, and sound are 2nd to none in its price range.

Cons: 3.5mm connector too large to fit some portables. Cable replacement is hard to find. Price continues to go up with demand, specially outside the US.


I have only owned this for a couple months, but it did not take long to see why these are highly regarded. They quickly became my favorite all-rounder headphone for home use. I also own the Sennheiser HD 25-1 II, and Grado SR60i, I will make some comparisons to these also. Although sound quality is important, I will take a more balanced look at how practical these are to use on a daily basis.




I consider the comfort and design of a headphone to be just as important as sound quality, because this is what will ultimately determine whether I will find it practical to use on a daily basis, and whether it will last for many years to come.


The HD 558 is hands down the most comfortable headphone I have ever worn. The open design, the Velour headband and ear pads, the light weight construction, the perfect clasping force, and the roomy size inside for the ears all work in harmony to create what many consider to be one of the worlds most comfortable headphones, in any price range. I can wear them all day long (even with my glasses on), with no hint of discomfort, no heat or sweat issues. Grado SR60i's being on ear style do get slightly uncomfortable with glasses on over extended periods. This is a non issue with the HD 558. In terms of style, these look fantastic on your desk, or on your head. The fusion of comfort and style is truly a feat of engineering on Sennheisers part.


Some have concerns about the plastic construction, and what affect it will have on durability. Although I have only owned them for a couple months, I have no doubt they will last many years. The Sennheiser HD 25-1 II has legendary durability, and is completely plastic also. The look and feel of the plastic is top notch. There were reports of cracking on earlier models, but this has been addressed with newer models. Sennheiser has been great in honoring their 2 year warranty from what I have read of those affected. Heck, you have 2 years to “break” them in ;).


The only real conn in terms of design for me is the cable. The 3.5mm connector is huge, and wont fit many portables, specially ones with protective cases. And even if your lucky to have it fit, it will stick out by nearly 4inches, more than doubling the size of most portables, making them not so portable anymore. On my desktop, I use Logitech Z-2300 2.1 speakers, which have a 3.5mm input on the remote control that I used to use for my other headphones, but this connector is too big to fit, really annoying.


The length of the cable at 3m is over double what most people need. The fact it's replaceable is nice, however, I can't seem to find any of these cables to buy. The headphone connector is 2.5mm, but its a really narrow shaft, and most 2.5mm cables I found are too fat to fit. Plus, theres that nifty locking mechanism that only the official Sennheiser cables have. My only option seems to be to cut this one down and re-terminate it myself, or find a pro to do it for me.




The sound stage on these is similar to the Grado SR60i, that is to say, its fantastic. Yes, it will occasionally have your head turning to locate that “noise” behind you, on tracks you heard hundreds of times already. The HD 558 does this all with slightly better separation on more complicated compositions, especially in the mid range. In comparison to the SR60i, the highs are more subdued, which I consider an improvement. SR60i's are great, but the highs are a little overdone in my opinion.


The area where the HD 558 really takes the cake is the mids. The mids are in your face, right where you want them. They are far superior to any headphone I have in this regard. The only real conn in terms of sound, for some, will be the bass response. It is a noticeable step up from the SR60i. It keeps up well, you hear it all, but not with that satisfying punch or rumble that you would get with a closed or more expensive ($400+) open headphone.


The nice thing about these is your average source or portable will be able to to run them with no problem. It seems when you break the $250 price range your going to need to double your budget to get a decent source to enjoy their full potential. Not the case with the HD 558. As with most higher end headphones, these can shine even more when connected to high end amplification, but it is by no means required.




If your looking for a great all-rounder for the home under $200, these are hard to beat. At home people tend to leave headphones on for extended periods, and you will have a hard time finding something more comfortable or better sounding in this price range. The only way I can't recommend these, is if your a complete bass head, in which case, your alternatives in this price range will be destroyed in every other area besides bass, and will leave you in a puddle of sweat within the hour. And if your looking for something portable, you should not be looking for an open headphone, specially a full size one. My HD 25-1 II is my portable headphone of choice, and the HD 558 has become my home all-rounder of choice. Between these two, I have a quality headphone for any application, at home, or on the go. Viva la Sennheiser!


Pros: Mostly neutral tonality, quality timber meets or exceeds expectations for the price, good presence across the spectrum, great all-rounders

Cons: Sennheiser veil, bass can bleed a little and doesn't go all the way down, mids not always as forward as I would like ideally

My chain: Lossless -> Foobar 2k -> HifimeDIY Sabre DAC -> E11


The HD558 are doing it for me right now. I was not blown away, but they really don't do anything wrong. The bass is not boomy but does bleed a tad, not ideal for classical but it's not hugely problematic.


The mids are nice. Never overly resonant, just enough bite to give realism but not intrusive. Imaging is very nice, but transients are a little weak.


Having started my hifi game at IEMs and gone far enough to see the kind of soundstage they are capable of (TF10, SM3), and opting for my first real can to be closed yet with a good stage (DT770), I feel like I can really discern the elements of sound presentation that are unique to open headphones, and they are well-present in the 558s. The sound is not necessarily much "bigger" than my DT770 in terms of the size of the stage or how far away certain sounds are; the DT770 actually wins out on this in some cases, especially with certain types of electronic music (psytrance in particular). However the benefit of the open sound is literally the dimensionality of the sound: the individual "sounds" themselves actually have distinct dimensionality and spacial presence of their own, rather than simply being placed at relative distances to each other. It improves the actual realism of the sound and makes it sound more speaker-like or even "live" sounding. 


Timbre and decay are both superior to any phones I have owned; the warmth is obvious, and I can hear the "Sennheiser veil," but it doesn't really interfere with detail or realism when you listen closely. It is more noticeable with some music than others; it makes violins and pianos sound a bit veiled, meaning these are not the BEST cans for classical, but they are VERY far from the worst; again better than anything else I own.


These guys really show their strengths with music that combines synthesized and analog sounds, like Lindsey Sterling and Massive Attack. They give a very pleasant fullness to instruments and never let synthesized bass drown out real instruments, isolating everything neatly without giving that slightly artificial separation that some multi-BA earphones can showcase.


I will say that I personally I wish I had thrown in the extra $80 and gone with the HD598; I would like a little more upper midrange presence out of these guys, and the bass could be tighter. However that doesn't detract from the fact that these are definitely quality cans, they make a great compliment to my DT770 for when I want a more laid-back listen. Overall the sound is laid back yet involving, almost seductive; it doesn't have tons of punch in the bass, so some electronic like Justice or other dubsteppy-like stuff is underwhelming (my DT770s are better suited there) but more intricate, atmospheric stuff like psychill, Lindsey Sterling, later Simon Posford stuff (Shpongle, Younger Brother) is very involving. Even deeper house like Deadmau5 and Jackbeats is good. It can't quite keep up with some of the faster, super-intricate Shpongle tracks (I found the album Nothing Lasts...but Nothing is Lost more problematic than the rest), but then the only thing I've yet heard that can is the SM3, which handled anything I ever threw at it.


Overall I am happy with my purchase, these make a great compliment to my LEs; now to complete my mid-fi conquest I am going after something fast and aggressive with tight, extended bass, maybe a Grado? Perhaps HD25-i-II...any recommendations? ^_^


Pros: Everything

Cons: none

So I bought these hd 558's and I cant be happier, they rock and are a amazing headphone in all ways especially for the price!

Music like Frank sinatra and the ink spots sound awesome on these! The bass is absolutely perfect for this kind of music and the bass reminds me of a old console stereo with 12-15 inch drivers.

They are clear and precise as well, all vocal music sounds amazing but so does rock and dubstep/bass type music.

I would highly recommend these phones 

You do NEED a high quality source! I want to build a tube pre-amp or something for these to make the sound even more warm.


Great sound quality and value! The sections in the ear piece can touch your ears if they are large and they are made entirely our of plastic, but overall they are extremely good headphones!


Pros: Lush, very good at reproducing natural sounds, feels like you're being enveloped in a warm bath of amniotic fluid

Cons: Mid-bass bleed, slightly veiled

Let me start off by saying that I am not really an audiophile by my nature. A good portion of my library is in mp3 format; I occasionally listen to things on YouTube. That, and my music taste forces me to listen to a lot of badly-recording old records and stuff. By nature, I'm a musician. I listen to a lot of classical music, and so my primary goal is to reproduce sound as accurately and naturally as possible. So far, the HD558 is the best tool I've found for the job. (probably 598 is slightly better, but I didn't have the extra money to spend on it)


The "Sennheiser veil" is the most commonly mentioned drawback of these, as far as I can tell, and it's there for sure. I don't mind it hugely, since I like a warmer sound anyway, and the detail doesn't suffer a huge amount for the deficiency in upper treble. For people who are used to bright headphones, it may be a bit disconcerting. But since using these, I've found many of the more "detailed" or "clear" headphones to be thin or harsh sounding. These keep the detail, although it's slightly backgrounded - but everything has a full, lush sound. The HD558 has a habit of making even relatively poor recordings sound amazing, which is beneficial especially to me, since I have to deal with a lot of poor recordings.


The mid-bass bleed is a bit more of a problem. I performed the vaunted "foam mod" on these, which seemed to make the bass looser and flabbier, and I'll probably reverse it, since I don't remember it historically being a problem. The lack of sub-bass extension might be a problem for some. Obviously, I don't much care, since bass isn't an important component of any of the music I listen to. Really, though, I don't foresee it being a problem for anyone.


If you buy these looking for good isolation and leakage, you might be a literal silly person, because they are open and they don't do that. They're not good for the library or for public transport. Everyone will be able to hear you, and you will be able to hear everyone. If you have a relatively quiet place to listen to music and you won't be disturbing anyone, buy these. For the love of God, buy them.


Pros: Engaging, non fatiguing. Enjoyable sound signature. Detachable cable.

Cons: Cracks developed from suspect build quality

Note that my impression is with the foam removed from behind the grills.


HD558 is a very good headphone that I would recommend to everyone to listen to. Easy to listen to, not offensive sounding or dark sounding. Good price.


No amp required.


I have had the HD25-II before and the HD558 excels in every aspect except in the bass region.


Comfort: Pads could be softer, feels noticeably firmer than the pads on a ATH AD900X. Weight is ~260g which is not very light nor heavy, similar to that of the AD900X. Low clamping force. There is a little bulge on the rear side of the inner cups that may touch your ear creating discomfort over long listening sessions but should be fine for most people with flatter ears. Coming from Grado, this is noticeably more comfortable but not as comfortable as my AD900X mainly due to the pads' softness and the steeper angled drivers. HD600 and higher pads are noticeable softer. The pads collect lint quite easily. Acceptable comfort.


Highs: Does not stand out; does not irritate. Not the loudness nor does it have that sparkle a AD900X does. Cymbal shimmers are not as clear or obvious as on my Grado SR325 or AD900X. I don't think anyone who listens to classical a lot will enjoy these headphones. Highs do not try to grab your attention, not very extended. The highs suit others genres quite well as they are not offending. The highs combined with the forward midrange makes this headphone sound bright. I never get the sense that this is a dark sounding headphone at all. HD 558 is the less fatiguing headphone compared to the AD900x as the highs are not quite as loud.


Midrange: Forward sounding but not in your face or shouty. Can sound somewhat dry judging from vocals; don't expect liquid mids. For the price , the level of refinement is expected. Not very transparent sounding . There is some graininess and sibilance compared to some higher priced Sennheisers like the HD600. Higher end headphones sound more rich and resolving; it is hard to mistake the mids of the HD 558 as high end but again, considering the price I think most will be happy with the performance. 


Bass: Midbass is good to add to the engagement of the sound signature however don't expect to hear anything below 50 Hz very clearly and evidently. The bass texture and decay in the lower end is hard to hear but it can be hard for most open headphones to be great in this area. Don't expect these to make your head rumble. 


Details: Not the headphone that will make small details pop; it's there but I will have to listen to it a little closer compared to a AD900X which reveals tiny nuisances more effortlessly. When the track gets quite busy there is some smearing which is expected for a headphone of this price but really it is not bad at all. I think those who are looking for their first decent cans will be satisfied.


Soundstage: Not super wide or narrow, could be considered just right depending on where you're coming from. It does not sound artificial like some 3D effect and there is decent depth as well but not very deep. No obvious flaws or gaps. The AD900x is an example of a headphone with a wide soundstage however I feel the HD558 has a more balanced soundstage meaning that the soundstage is more evenly spaced out. The AD900x can make things sound as if the sound is only coming from the extreme end of the soundstage with some voids between the center of my head to the edge of the soundstage. Despite this, the AD900x can sound incredible with the right music sounding completely encompassing where the HD558 will fall behind. It is sort of like a movie theatre experience vs a home theatre surround sound experience.


I do not like the build quality very much. There are small cracks developing which is a very common issue on the side of the headphones where the Sennheiser logo is near the headband. It is disappointing this has not be resolved since the HD 555 headphones.


Pros: Excellent entertaining sound, airy presentation, very comfortable

Cons: only long cable, not the most detailed sound


- Airy presentation with good soundstage (great for music and movie too)

- Balanced, entertaining sound

- One of the most comfortable headphone what i have



- external amplifier (or a beefy DAP) is required for maximum enjoyment (necessary for tight bass)

- Little short of the bass quantity ( few +dB bass boost will help)

- Not the most exciting highs

- The sound is not as detailed as the hi-res headphones

- Only one long cable came with it by default


Pros: Comfort, Soundstage are unique

Cons: Can Irritate Certain People

When looking at a headphone, you almost always forget that the more pretty, or whatever in may be that wins you over in this case, that headphone, it has a sibling.

This is the brother of a widely loved, and chosen as best for $200 bang for buck headphone, the Sennheiser HD598.


If we look around the headphone, there's really no difference when they sit side by side, maybe one has a bigger logo on the opening, and you also notice a huge contrast.

I'd argue that an idiot who looked at both of these would choose the 598 just because of its smooth color, and someone who didn't mind price would grab the 558, do research, and still appreciate his purchase.

The differences are fairly large in the grand scheme, but if you wanted gorgeous quality, and a fancy pair of cans you'd choose either of the two, let's be real. These two both look better than the Momentum. 



Sennheiser HD558 vs. Sennheiser HD598


First up, Sennheiser HD598

So, in my original review I wasn't very considerate of these, and that's not the case fully.

The 598 is a lovely can for someone who can appreciate a wide open soundstage at $150-200, and they do it best in this range. I feel in this price range, when going for a can you wanna use often, you should often go for something more close, especially if it's your first pair of headphones.

My argument? Not everyone's ears are going to understand the point of an Open Ear/Back Headphone. But it's your money, you decide.



The 598 is honorably a great listening piece, and warm like both cans in discussion. Though the emphasis is very different, the details to mids in the 598 is pretty forward, the mids are nearly close to fully bodied with detailed tones on most acoustic tracks. The mids aren't aggressive in most cases, but I heavily recommend an amp, and slight tuning. Working the mids around with the EQ without an amp can pump up the mids, and definitely begin to show highlights when you listen to the Slow Post-Rock/Trip Hop of Massive Attack, and Bowery Electric, or you can EQ them properly and pull some really gentle, crisp, and almost whisper sounding mids.

I really recommend giving them an EQ if you wanna use them for portable house listening and not have to worry about amping them. My ending statement, they're beautiful, warm, and can be tuned to come off clean and crisp.

Vocals don't come off too bright, they properly lay in the middle of everything without becoming overpowering.



Let's discuss Lows with these.

Lows aren't a huge strong point for these by default. And it makes me wish we all used the same players, because I've got great tuning for these.

So these headphones aren't genre specific by any means, but! I don't recommend these if you're a Hip-Hophead who wants to blare his favorite bangers at top notch volumes, I'd promptly ask you to stop reading and look at the M50, SRH840, or MDR-7506, you're not gonna enjoy these cans as much.

So I said they aren't for Hip-Hop fans, correct! It's listenable, but I feel these headphones cater a lot to different genres.

Genres with more vocal coverage work awesomely with these! The headphone takes a lot of focus and buries it around a mellow, but warming bass, and not strong by any means, maybe a bit slim, but they are detail headphones.

Without an amp the Lows are great if you can find that tune, they'll pop a bit more without an amp, and may come off a bit more slim as I said, but it's what they do best! Jazz, Classical, Orchestral, & maybe even Blues come off with a detailed pace, heavy instrument focus, and no stress on any elements.



Personally I feel the HD598 has a huge emphasis on the true acoustic measurement of a studio recorded songs tracking.

With all the elements in a song creeping up on you, you never really know what you're going t get out of a song with each full listen.

Cymbals are prominent, and very detailed, I'd arguably call them relaxed, which I think is good for beginners.

To myself, they don't have a whole ton of Splash, but you do get it in a Clean measure, definitely makes the Cymbals that come from the M50(my last headphone) swallow their tongue.



Detailed beginner can, and relaxing, very clean, not too forward. I feel these provide something new with every listen, they are a bit of a unique character when it comes being a detailed pair of cans.

Warmth is very prominent in these at immediate listen, vocals are delicate, but very different from what AudioTechnica does with female vocals.

I hope that if you decide you want one of these, and you come to this site this really helps you get an idea.


If you get the HD598, here are some recommended Albums, & Test Tracks(My Taste):

[track]Angel Olsen - Windows[Jangle Pop]

[track]Wolf People - Morning Born[Woodsy Indie Rock]

[album]Tool - Lateralus[Progressive Rock]

[track]Alvvays - Adult Diversion[Indie Pop(Really Candied Fuzzy Pretty Indie Rock Based Pop)]

[album]Dan Wilson - Free Life[Pianist Rock/Singer for Semisonic]

[track]Best Coast - Our Deal[Beachy Rock/Female Vocalist(Best song I've listened to in the genre, brings out the patchy guitars notes, and truly makes the other Cymbal based instruments shine)]

[track]Miami Horror - Infinite Crayons[Synthpop Revival(One of those tracks where the beginning atmosphere shine right through, and you're greeted by warm male vocals with a soft background inhales)]

[album]Ty Segall - Melted[If you're into cruddy Lo-fi, this album is something that'll make this headphone sound "fun"]

[track]The Moldy Peaches - On Top[Anti-Folk(An Anti-Folk track with a cute soundstage. Just listen, make fun of me later)]

[album]Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea[It's a Cult Followed Indie Classic not everyone will enjoy, but I thought I'd throw it in for good measure, (listen if you're an acoustic fan)]

[track]Amy Grant - I Will Remember You[Random find, great for beat tracking, in my opinion]


So, we've discussed the 598



Before we jump in, I don't feel as if a certain headphone is better than another! Not with any headphones. 

I see headphones as a thing with a personality, and each does something different, which makes us choose an older headphone over a newer one, or other way around.


The Sennheiser 558

The 558 does have a role that you're not going to catch on the 598, again. All headphones are different, they're basically a personality. 

For the price, you get the same sized package. 

My argument here is actually pretty different. If you want a headphone similar to the HD598 at a cheaper price, get the HD558. I also feel it's safer getting into these first!

If you came from the M50, and were to ask me for something Open Ear/Backed for $100 or a bit more, I'd recommend these in a heartbeat.

Why I'd Heavily Recommend To An M50 User

These cans are my style, the HD598 belong to my brother anyway.

Dark, Smooth, and sound Luxurious to any who prefers a thicker sound.

They're quite a bit Bass influenced in my opinion, not HUGE BASS, but bass that shines brighter than what the HD598 provides.

An M50 user could get used to these with a proper EQ, and perhaps fall in love if he/she were open to Open Ear/Back Cans.

HD598 & HD558 True Difference

They're both gonna provide a warm sound, but hand in hand, if you want a Mid focused headphone, the HD598.

The 558 carries a good portion of that detail, but lays the warm blanket over it's head with a smooth, thick, warm bass. It lacks in depth at some points, but sill fares to it's own.


The 558 is extremely unique!

The mids will almost seem squished to you, they feel really shut into the background, which isn't bad at all for a darker sounding pair of cans, it's almost pleasing if you bought these for relaxing.

You get a bass that's fit in really well, tight at points, but doesn't choke out cymbal points. And on acoustic songs with a bit more Synthesizer in it, it's a sexual feeling almost... To the point to where these cans can be so warm, with closed eyes I felt as if vocalists were pressed against my chest and singing in my ear. 

I want to warn people about using an EQ an messing up the bass too much, the bass is nice and rich like dark chocolate where it is stock, but if you over-tune the bass signatures, you can accidentally close out vocals on tracks at times, and the headphone loses its origin.

Vocals are an important part of the discussion. While they are formed kindly into the background, they are piercing, and fierce! I almost get a Grado Labs styled vocal presentation.

Male vocals that are more light will show better, and vocals in general shine on both at nearly the same frequency.




Don't take this to the extreme, but do you research! Sound is subjective. If it's good, you've owned/own them both, and you have different listening situations for them both, then that's your taste, there probably isn't anyone out there with your desires. 

Your EQ is subjective to your sound preference.



The treble might come off as a rumbling form of treble. I found this to be a strikingly good thing!

I enjoy that feeling of a 450,000lbs rock tumbling down a cliff, and you hear every pleasuring detail. I'd argue that the bass is more pleasing, yet remember, this is a dark headphone.

Bass is an Open Ear/Back generally brings in that warmth.

So, as I described the mids, they feel pressured onto you, and if you love warm, smooth bass, this is up your alley.

The headphone excels in the lows, but I feel they do their job of comforting your ears all round. This is definitely a headphone for getting home, and just laying down, or prancing around the house with these on.

My last bit on the lows, they're literally dark, no question.

I don't recommend these to anyone who wants a nice bass, but less warm feeling, I'd shoot you to the HD598.



The highs are not much like the HD598, they've got some traits, but the Cymbals in tracks pierce more, the drum set stays like it should, balanced. But detailed.

I'd argue that the HD598 has more detail in the highs, and the HD558 keeps them placed in with the lows in the mids. Sure, you're definitely going to notice the highs with the HD558, but they attack you almost again like a Grado Labs Headphone. I really can't sign off a lot on these as there a bit more different.



These are something everyone might be able to appreciate.

They're a 24/7 Headphone for me since I can't/don't need $400-700 cans.

There's really something special about these, and the reason I say that is quite simple. They aren't much like their younger brother the HD555, those are for a different sort of person.

But when I say special, I feel these definitely do their job better than a lot of headphones in their price range. 


If you get the HD558, here are some recommended Albums, & Test Tracks(My Taste):

[track]Pure Bathing Culture - Pendulum[(http://purebathingculture.bandcamp.com)Synthpop/Dream Pop]

[album]Mac Demarco - Salad Days[Indie Rock, Pretty Patient(An album I feel the HD558 used to focus more on the separation, and it gets warm as well)]

[track]Dent May - Born Too Late[Indie Pop/Synthpop(A summery album, but the vocals on this song shine through as warm, and relaxed)]

[track]Tamaryn - Mild Confusion[Shoegaze(You'll understand! Shoegaze is amazing for these cans!)]

[album]On An On - Give In[Shoegaze/Synthpop]

[track]Factory Floor - Fall Back[Electronic Post-Punk(Bass Heavy, crazy track)]



Final Thoughts

I've not had the cracking experience, and from what I'm aware of, it's only common in people who aren't careful, I'm not sure though.


I personally use these both, I prefer one over the other, then again, the one I'm craziest over is mine!

I hope this was somewhat helpful to you.




My reviews are more of tales, but with a nice quantity of headphone experience, but I like including the other things that really tell you more about my experience. It helps you picture them in your life if they were on your list, and gives you things to consider.

Sennheiser HD 558

With their special internal Surround Reflector, the HD 558 open, circumaural headphones are able to generate an extended spatial sound field, making them ideal for listening to home cinema as well as music. They are also fitted with Sennheiser’s innovative E.A.R. technology which ensures accurate channeling of audio signals into your ears, as well as sophisticated Duofol diaphragms which reduce unwanted resonances to an absolute minimum. The HD 558 come with skin caressing velour ear pads and headband cushion which provide outstanding wearing comfort, even for long listening sessions.

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