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Sennheiser HD 558 Reviews

Kon Peki

Maybe the best value in headphones today

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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...
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rigodeni

Sennheiser HD 558 - $200 + Your head = Perfection!

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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.   Comfort/Design   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.  ...
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Gilly87

Solid midrange open cans for a reasonable price

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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...
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acidflame

Super happy with 558's

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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.
mrcrazyshoes

Great headphones!

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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!
kite7

A good all around headphone

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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...
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Suraki

Superb entertainer

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Pros: Excellent entertaining sound, airy presentation, very comfortable

Cons: only long cable, not the most detailed sound

Pros: - Airy presentation with good soundstage (great for music and movie too) - Balanced, entertaining sound - One of the most comfortable headphone what i have   Cons: - 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
whitemass

HD558 + HD598 Double Review

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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...
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Rockthemboots

The elegance of senns

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Pros: Good soundstage, delivery and open sound

Cons: Only can be used at home

Sennheiser has recently refreshed its audiophile range of with the HD518, 558 & 598 and the fabulous HD600 is almost out leaving just the HD650. This review takes a look at the mid-tier Sennheiser HD 558, which actually turned out to be the best value headphone in the current line-up. Sennheiser HD558 The Sennheiser HD558 maintains the classic headphone look with good styling. I specially mention the “classic headphone” look because with the HD 598 Sennheiser has tried a new look/color which seems to have many complaining. Personally, the HD598 is a refreshing redesign and I have no complaints. Incase you are not the consumer who goes for the European sports car look (of the HD598) then...
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mlthelasher

enjoyable, but not quite there.

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Pros: Comfortable, light, non fatiguing, sub bass

Cons: bright, not for a basshead, long cable

Comfort and build These headphones are extremely comfortable, I have worn them for upwards of 8 hours, with out my ears hurting. The ear pads do collect a lot of "stuff" like lint and animal hair very easily. The HD558s are build very well, holding up to abuse I put them through. Even though they are made completely of plastic, it feels of top quality.   Sound I love the sound signature of these headphones. The Sub-bass is satisfying enough for most music, but if you are really into Hardstyle and other bass eccentric EDM genres, these will not suffice. I found these headphones the most enjoyable whilst listen to classical style music, such as works from Hans Zimmer's, and soft...
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