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Eh... I just bought my first set of good headphones.... Sennheiser HD 558s

 

These are my first set of good headphones so nothing to compare them to but.... This is a chilled review just for people interested in maybe buying the headphones.............. kk kk kk

 

Pros

Comfort- when they come out the box they can feel a bit plasticy, but after 5 mins of listening, you don't even know you've got them on.

Look- some say they are dull, but i don't want to be walking around in a "Luxury Sedan" as the HD 598s are said to look and feel like.

Sound- really clear, good instrument separation. Great bass, mid and treble levels for me (but I've not really tried anything else).

Loudness- I don't need to play them really loud to hear everything

 

Cons

Massive Adapter- that 3.5mm adapter is absolutely huge (10cm in total)

Sound Leak- You may aswell take them off and use them as speakers. I guess that's just cause they're open-ear...?

 

Overall i really recommend these for beginners of audiophlism.

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Originally Posted by aidsbums View Post
 

Eh... I just bought my first set of good headphones.... Sennheiser HD 558s

Sound- really clear, good instrument separation. Great bass, mid and treble levels for me (but I've not really tried anything else).

Cons

Massive Adapter- that 3.5mm adapter is absolutely huge (10cm in total)

Sound Leak- You may aswell take them off and use them as speakers. I guess that's just cause they're open-ear...?

 

You can remove the black rubber tape from inside the cups off the HD558, makes the HD558 more open

Also there should be a noticeable improvement in the HD558 after several  (dozens of) hours of break in time.

 

Here is a replacement cable for the Senn HD518/HD558/HD598, comes with a 3.5mm plug and can be ordered in several different lengths.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/261255113290?var=560313338477&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

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Yea i have a 2 year warranty that came with them and i really don't want to ruin this.
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Yea i have a 2 year warranty that came with them and i really don't want to ruin this.

It doesn't ruin the warranty. It's a piece of tape. Just keep it and place it back in if you need to return them. It's a matter of 5 minutes and the effort is very rewarding. It improve the bass response in a great way. Simply pull the pads off, remove the 4 (?)  screw and gently hold the driver assembly away from the cup (there's a wire between, so don't pull). Now simply pull the black rectangle away from the inside of the cup and put everything back in place. Sennheiser headphones are very modular and made to be taken apart, so don't worry and give it a try.

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Thank you very much!!!

 

Literally just did the mod...

At first i was sceptical about it, i thought it would be a very minute difference and very hard to perform the mod itself.

I asked my dad about it and he said it was probably just an urban myth.

 

Once i had done it i went straight to my room and listened to all kinds of music. Instantly i had known it had helped... It really helped, and was easier than expected to carry out, the only bit i found hard was replacing the foam ear-pads.

 

The bass is less muddy and more clear, i feel more immersed in the music and it just sounds better in general, i don't know how to explain it. I am very happy with the headphones now and they haven't even fully burnt in yet.

 

Thanks a lot!!

post #6 of 6

No problem.

For the pads, simply give them a good push all arround. There is a series of clips, make sure they all click into place.

Enjoy!

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