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post #16 of 20

I was able to contact Sennheiser today regarding parts.  The drivers for the HD-558 actually have two part numbers that are off by one digit.  There is a driver for the Left, and another for the Right.  The cost was just a few cents over $41.00 for each driver.  Shipping was a flat $6.50, based on any number of components ordered.  The drivers are out of stock in the U,S. until sometime in late-February.  I wasn't 100% set on replacing the drivers in my HD-555 at this time, so that wasn't a biggie.  I did order new ear pads for about $27.00, with shipping included.  Buyers in New York, California and I believe, Illinois will pay tax on their purchase.


As to the $41.00 cost per driver, plus shipping, I can look at this in a few ways.


  • When I was buying the Magnum drivers for the Grado headphones, I was dropping about $130 - $140 for a pair of drivers at the time.  Are both comparable?  I'm not sure.  I'd have to measure both again, to check the sizes.  I think the Sennheiser price is actually pretty good.  Grado doesn't sell drivers, so you have to go with the Magnums, or buy used drivers off the forum if you need them.
  • When you add up the driver costs from Sennheiser, plus a pair of ear pads, it gets you up near $110.00. However, on Amazon, you can get Sennheiser HD-558 headphones that were returns for about $115.00 and $6.00 for shipping.  This provides nearly new head pieces, cups, cable, pads, headband and the drivers for the cost.  So, it might be better to keep the former Sennheiser running the existing drivers and add a pair of HD-558s to your collection, if you so desire.



post #17 of 20

Are you people very sure that HD 518/558/598 uses very same driver?


If so why the hell they ripping us off to pay 200-240$ (currently) for hd598 I can easily mode them and get what I want  angry_face.gif

post #18 of 20

I do not believe that manufacturing hd518 grill is more cheap then the hd598 grill...angry_face.gif

Edited by Lumos - 4/14/13 at 6:02am
post #19 of 20
Greetings friends! I discovered something interesting playing with mg HD518, HD598 and PC360D's. Removing the pads on the 518 I noticed they are flat-topped in profile. The pads on the 598 and PC360D are round in profile and notably softer. Putting the rounded pads on the 518 gave them a sound much closer to the 598, without all that "euro-beige-ness".biggrin.gif Happy modding! -Manfred
post #20 of 20

I owned the HD518 -- own the HD598, HD800, and HD650. Let me tell you guys something about something. Each pair is ABSOLUTELY DIFFERENT. The HD518 were a muddy pair of headphones, though they did sound nice. Nothing special with the HD518, but are good starters. The HD598 are clear, but grainy, in the mids and the highs seemed dark (perfect for female music.) The Sennheiser Veil is diffidently presented in the HD598, but ONLY with a good DAC and good sources. The HD650 is VERY dark in all frequencies. It almost seems like a pair for bass lovers that dig the Portishead type of music. The mids are OKAY and not as good as the HD598 (my opinion.) The only things that shines the HD650 are the dark and smooth feelings it presents. Soundstage isn't impressive as the HD598 (AWESOME soundstage.) Finally; the HD800 destroys them all xD The HD800 has this SILKY sound to it (SO realistic and tearful.) You hear the fingers touching the strings before it strums, and you hear the strings pluck before they sing. Wonderful pair of headphones with a wonderful soundstage. However; the only things that I nag about are the high frequencies (stings your ears after long listening.) Before I bought the HDVD 800, I was struggling with finding the perfect AMP/DAC for them because these damn things are PICKY! You'll buy one and end up with low volumes or whispering certain parts of the song. Other ones will make them loud and distorted or GRAINY as ****! So... the HD518, in my experience of high gear and ****, are diffidently on the bottom of the food chain and nowhere near any of the sets I listed. Also, I have modded the grill of the HD518, trying to make it look and sound better. I replaced the grill with an open mesh grill, replaced the pads, replaced the band cushion, and rewired.


GL and TY :)

Edited by DannyRox23 - 3/21/14 at 2:32pm
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