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Hey, everyone!  Look over here!  StanD helped me!:)

 

 

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I'm so touched by his kindheartness~

Hey, I never laid a hand on you. I have an alibi, at the time I was listening to headphones, my HE-500's can vouch for me.


Edited by StanD - 1/17/14 at 9:57pm
post #497 of 707
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Yes, I have. I own a pair of 558's that I've done the black foam mod. There isn't much of a difference between what I have and the 559's that I've listened to.

If this is the case, I think I'll go with the 558's. They're cheaper, and the styling of the 598's is kinda off-putting. Thanks!

post #498 of 707
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If this is the case, I think I'll go with the 558's. They're cheaper, and the styling of the 598's is kinda off-putting. Thanks!

Also for open back cans the HD558 doesn't leak much. I use them at the office, nobody complains about leakage and they can be driven successfully without an amp.

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Also for open back cans the HD558 doesn't leak much. I use them at the office, nobody complains about leakage and they can be driven successfully without an amp.

Cool, I was planning on using them primarily at home, but it's good to know that I don't need an amp. I've heard others complain about the length of the cable. Have you found it to be a problem?

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Cool, I was planning on using them primarily at home, but it's good to know that I don't need an amp. I've heard others complain about the length of the cable. Have you found it to be a problem?

I bought a replacement cable from ebay, 1.2 m but i didn't really like the change to the sound it had. So i ended up using the stock cable at home by coiling the cable around a table support beam and securing them with a twisty tie bent into a twin hook shape.

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Also for open back cans the HD558 doesn't leak much. I use them at the office, nobody complains about leakage and they can be driven successfully without an amp.

I agree with this, these things don't leak nearly as much as a pair of grado's/alessandro's.

 


Edited by streetdragon - 1/18/14 at 2:36pm
post #501 of 707
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Originally Posted by StanD View Post
 

Also for open back cans the HD558 doesn't leak much. I use them at the office, nobody complains about leakage and they can be driven successfully without an amp.

 

 

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Cool, I was planning on using them primarily at home, but it's good to know that I don't need an amp. I've heard others complain about the length of the cable. Have you found it to be a problem?

I went on Sennheiser's website and found a shorter cable that has a 3.5mm plug which fits right into any one of my cellphone, laptop or portable DAC/Amp. Much better than the 1/4 inch plug and monster sized adapter that came with the cans.

HD 5X8 Short Cable (US5X8SHORTCABLE)
$12.95 plus shipping

http://en-us.sennheiser.com/audio-headphones-high-end-hd-558

 

 

post #502 of 707
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Originally Posted by StanD View Post
 

 

 

I went on Sennheiser's website and found a shorter cable that has a 3.5mm plug which fits right into any one of my cellphone, laptop or portable DAC/Amp. Much better than the 1/4 inch plug and monster sized adapter that came with the cans.

HD 5X8 Short Cable (US5X8SHORTCABLE)
$12.95 plus shipping

http://en-us.sennheiser.com/audio-headphones-high-end-hd-558

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by streetdragon View Post
 

I bought a replacement cable from ebay, 1.2 m but i didn't really like the change to the sound it had. So i ended up using the stock cable at home by coiling the cable around a table support beam and securing them with a twisty tie bent into a twin hook shape.

I agree with this, these things don't leak nearly as much as a pair of grado's/alessandro's.

 

Thanks for the link. I think I'll see how long the cable is and if it's too long then get the replacement. 

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Alright, decided to jump on it and order them. Should be here in a few days, I can't wait!

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So has anyone experienced cracking on the hinges of their headphones? I had to send mine for repair because they were getting worse and I have one year left to my warranty. 

post #505 of 707
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So has anyone experienced cracking on the hinges of their headphones? I had to send mine for repair because they were getting worse and I have one year left to my warranty. 

Mine are almost 2 years old now and they are fine, only the first few batches had these problems. Also I loosened the screws under the headband by about 90 degrees after i unboxed them to try and relieve tension.

post #506 of 707
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Mine are almost 2 years old now and they are fine, only the first few batches had these problems. Also I loosened the screws under the headband by about 90 degrees after i unboxed them to try and relieve tension.

I'll be sure to do that when I get them back. Thanks. Guess I got one of the first few batches. 

post #507 of 707
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Cool, I was planning on using them primarily at home, but it's good to know that I don't need an amp. I've heard others complain about the length of the cable. Have you found it to be a problem?


While these headphones do play sound without an amp, but they may or may not sound good enough to you.  Adding an amp would most likely make the them sound much better.  You don't have to go crazy, $50 - $120 amp would do.  To me, the difference is like 2D to 3D.

 

I didn't know much about headphone amps before.  So I bought a pair of Sennheiser HD 595 because "....don't need an amp to drive...." a long time ago.  They sounded no better than a pair of $20 headphones and I was wondering if I got a pair of counterfeit.  I did not use it much at all and sold it for a big loss later.  Now I know why!

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1.  Does the headband of HD558 loosen up over time?  I find the clamping force a bit too much and makes this headphone uncomfortable.

 

2.  Has anyone removed (mod) the tapes and removed the outer screens that cover the grills?  How does it sound?  My main goal is to make the headphone cooler without screwing up the sound.

post #509 of 707
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1.  Does the headband of HD558 loosen up over time?  I find the clamping force a bit too much and makes this headphone uncomfortable.

 

2.  Has anyone removed (mod) the tapes and removed the outer screens that cover the grills?  How does it sound?  My main goal is to make the headphone cooler without screwing up the sound.

The earpads and headpads soften over time and the squeezing will reduce too.

It affects the sound adversely. Don't know if it cools down the headphones much cause there is still the paper membrane inside. Also the softening of the earpads would help with the ventilation a bit. 

Also earpad softening will make the sound warmer, smoother but the bass somewhat boomier and loss of some clarity.

post #510 of 707
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While these headphones do play sound without an amp, but they may or may not sound good enough to you.  Adding an amp would most likely make the them sound much better.  You don't have to go crazy, $50 - $120 amp would do.  To me, the difference is like 2D to 3D.

 

I'm planning on getting a mobile amp (Fiio e07k) for my RE-400's, so I'll try the 558's with that, but I know next to nothing about amps so I don't want to spend too much on one.

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