Sennheiser HD 558 Review
- The HD 558's are insanely neutral sound signature, they focus almost evenly on the mids and highs with really strong and detailed bass to back it up
- These headphones can handle all types of music due to its neutrality in its sound signature
- Open design on these headphones make anything you listen to appear like it is coming from outside the headphone
- Life-like acoustics
- Airy bass (perfect for bass guitar reproduction) due to open design
The HD 558 are not designed for portability in any way this is shown by how Sennheiser made these headphones:
- Open design leaks more noise out and lets more noise in (not enough so that louder volume can't compensate for but still can be a tad annoying)
- The jack is 6.3mm and the adapter is huge so if you have a case for your player, it may get in the way
- The cable of the headphones are 3m long, so if you want a shorter cable, I suggest you use a cable tie or something to keep it bound (avoid rubber bands, they can damage the cable due to the pressure it outputs)
- Fails to produce impacting sub woofer-like bass without assistance(bass booster)
This was the first pair of audiophile headphones that I owned (not the first one that I used, but the first for me to own).
The first thing you would notice about these headphones would be how comfortable they are, followed by how little noise they block out, the annoying 6.3mm jack and the 3m cable. All the characteristics of a pair of headphones that is meant for studio use.
|The infamous cracks|
The build quality of these headphones is almost totally reliant on when you get them. Sennheiser has had constant problem with their 5xx series headbands and the same applies to the early 558's. My HD 558 were purchased early December and the cracks started in late March, I swear I was flipping out. But Sennheiser has claims to have fixed the problem in the stocks that arrive in June (depends ultimately on your store). The new material is supposedly more rubbery as opposed to the old brittle plastic that cracks when stressed too much, but I can't confirm this until I get my HD 558's repaired. On the side you can see a picture of the cracks as they start. The best way to tell if you have this problem is you hear a cracking sound as you move the headphone joint it makes it really obvious that there is a problem.
Well when I re-wrote/revised this review I totally forgot about this section. So I'm writing this now after my HD 558's are gone so I have the funds to acquire the HD598's for a comparison between the two. Anyways, these headphones are a dream to listen to and can make even the crappiest of sources (like an iPhone/iPod or on-board sound card) sound amazing. The low impedance makes it drivable by just about anything and comfort is near god-like with it's velour ear pads. These headphones will have a fairly familiar sound signature to anyone who has enjoyed the HD 555's but with more dynamic and dimensional sound and a sweet looking colour scheme. For you new to high end headphones or for those of you who stuck with Beats, Skullcandy or Bose, I really recommend getting these headphones to get you started with high end audio.
Bad quality but better then nothing
|My simple cable tie solution|
|The odd 6.3mm jack and the 3.5mm adapter|
|Picture of the headphones before they came out of the box|
Edited by jrkong - 9/13/11 at 10:24am