Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee

Nirvana Woman

100+ Head-Fier
HD58X Jubilee
Pros: - Maintainable and durable
- Refined sound
Cons: - Lacking engagement
On my continuous quest to find a headphone that can finally dethrone the Fidelio X1 that I've mained for the last nine years, I've stumbled upon the Jubilee 58x. I've heard and owned a lot of Sennheiser headphones, including the HD650 and HD600. I think there are great things about them, but their lack of quality bass and soundstage has always been a big turnoff. The 58x on the other hand does better, so for the second time, first being the HD598, I have on my hands a Sennheiser that I actually like.

But uh... I don't like them enough. The main problem I have with them is their rather aggressive sound. They sound well balanced when playing on moderate volume, but when I want to turn the music up for a bit then their shouty nature comes to the surface. Snare hits in particular are too loud often times. The other thing is that the 58x is more closed-in sounding than my Fidelio headphones, which I find contributes to the fatigue. The soundstage seems more fluid than the 650's 3 blob presentation, but for me it's still somewhat lacking. The X1 plays away from my ears a bit, which I never fully appreciated until hearing these Jubilees. Some people love the "vocals close to your ears" thing that Sennheisers do and I respect that, but I'm definitely not in that camp. It's really the tonality that kills it for me though; I can't escape a sense of the music yelling at me whenever I am enjoying a song and trying to get into it. The barrage of close-mic'ed midrange energy is just too much for me. The tonality isn't bad, and I wanna be clear about this, most people will probably be able to enjoy the 58x without any EQ. It's a good offering for sure, but for me it's not good enough when I already have the X1 and the Jubilee doesn't really beat it in any other area anyway.

Overall the 58x is a headphone that will do quite well at any genre, thanks to its extended bass and beautiful midrange. It's just not the groovy cannon the X1 is though, and as such it falls short of my wishes. I'm asking myself why my review sounds so negative while I do honestly think these are impressive headphones and I suppose the answer is they don't align themselves very well with my particular preferences. I think that although these headphones do really well in most individual parts, when put together the music doesn't engage me as much as I would like.

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New Head-Fier
Exceptional value but it's not in the HD 600s level
Pros: Balanced sound profile
Energetic midrange
Pound for pound competitor
Soft and resolving treble
Good imaging
Bass extension
Cons: Soundstage is a bit narrow
Bass is not as good as the HD 600s
Not my favorite design
HD 6XX existence
I had this headphone in the past twice, so It feels right to make a review now. If you want technical specs, visit or ebay for third party resellers.


Very easy, this is just an amazing recommendation for anyone wanting to get their first pair of audiophile headphones for under 200 dollars. There a few minors flaws but considering the price, it's okay

Build quality comfort
  • Mostly plastic but it's pretty durable
  • Cable feels very generic but is very realiable
  • Out of the box, clamping force is very strong so use them for a couple days before returning them (they feel a lot better after a week or so)

Amplification and DAC requirements
  • You can power them with a phone with pretty good results
  • Any dongle dac is fine
  • Using an amplifier seems to open up soundstage just a bit (may be a placebo)

  • Very well extended, good for pop, EDM, disco etc.
  • Speed and control are good for the price point
  • Detail level is a bit weak (only when comparing it with an HD 600/HD 6XX)

  • Natural and enyojable
  • Enough details
  • Great energy (for rock)
  • Forgiving to bad recordings
  • Very dynamic
  • Not a lot of air

Imaging and soundstage
  • Pretty accurate instrument placement
  • Not a lot of air between instruments
  • 3 blob effect
  • Lacks depth, width is average


New Head-Fier
A great value, good-but-not-muddy bass. Clear highs without being fatiguing
Pros: Value
Not hot on the ears
Sound signature is just what I normally like
Comfortable with glasses
"Comfort dent" in head pad
Cons: Flat cable gets twisted and tangled easier than a coaxial one
Clamps a bit too tight if you have a fat head
Snap on 1/8 to 1/4" adapter feels a bit cheap
Not enough bass response for old recordings; needs an EQ
Background: I'm newish at the headphone game. My 'phones for comparison:
  • Sony MDR-V600 - Closed back, folding, mid-high of Sony's range 20 years ago
  • Bose QuietComfort 35 - Noise canceling, closed back
  • Sony & Panasonic mass market IEMs
  • JBL TUNE130NC noise cancelling wireless mass market IEMs
I bought these to replace the aging Sonys above. The ear pads are falling apart and I find them lacking in bass response.

I still use the QC35 and the mass market IEMs. I thought I would compliment the closed-back Sonys and maybe still use them from time to time, but that's not gonna happen, now that I got used to the 58x.

For most recordings, I like the sound of these headphones as-is, flat EQ from the source. I listen to classical, dance, electronic, rock and metal mostly, with some old country and folk thrown in here and there.

For classical music: These work right in line with the recordings, but I'm finding even relatively recent recordings from the 90s lack some bass. They can be a bit bright in the highs, but that's easily dialed down with a treble EQ. The string bass, timpani and pipe organ lows can be heard, but they aren't as loud as they should be. I find myself cranking the bass EQ up all the way sometimes.

For rock, metal, country and folk: They are perfect as-is. Sometimes a bit bright, but part of that is just me. I'm sensitive to it. For older listeners, they will be fine, as the high frequency hearing tends to taper off as we age. For folks like me, (46 years old, with perfect hearing) just EQ it down a bit in the treble and it's fine. For those who really like the treble detail, they'll be perfect; it's never really too much, unless you dial up the treble EQ.

For dance and electronic: They again can be bright at times; I guess that's a them. Others haven't mentioned it, so maybe I'm just not used to hearing this level of detail in the treble. It never hurts, but can get fatiguing to me. Bass is always adequate, as these tend to be modern recordings. Ace of Base's music is mixed perfectly. I'm listening to them now in High Quality through Apple Music and using the Dance EQ setting. It's perfect. One song that stood out to me was Madonna's Music. This sounds good flat on these headphones, but through my home speakers (Polk S55 powered from a 75 W/ch integrated amp) I have to turn the bass EQ all the way down for it to sound just OK.

Source Considerations: I didn't know when I bought these if I'd be able to get away without an amp. they have 150 Ω impedance and are 90 dB sensitive The built-in headphone amp in my integrated amp (Onkyo A-9050) powers them just fine. When I plug them into my iPhone dongle/DAP, they sometimes need to be cranked almost all the way up. If you really want to rock from your smartphone, buy an amp. For home listening with my CD player as a source, I bought a Schitt Magni 3+ amp and Schitt Loki Mini+ EQ. It's a perfect set-up, the only time I've found it inadequate was with some classical recordings, where I can't get the bass instruments loud enough, even with the bass and midbass EQs cranked.

Conclusion: None of the Cons mentioned above would be enough to keep me from buying them again. I just wouldn't have the expectation for them to be my endgame cans. I think I'd like another headphone to compliment this and the combination of those with the aforementioned ones I have would hopefully be my endgame.


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Headphoneus Supremus
Great Budget All Rounder
Pros: This is a Great all rounder - Jack of all trades
Good Comfort
Warm Tilted Sound
Decent detail and Resolution
Classic Sennheiser Balance
Well built
Bass is impactful
Midrange is full and lush
Decent imaging and separation
Easy to drive with anything
$150 is a steal for them
Cons: Soundstage is Meh
Not exceptional in any specific area
Existence of HD600
Don't extend so much in the upper treble (lacks some airiness)
This would be a good all rounder recommendation for anyone, new or old.

They sound full, warm but energetic, and they do a great job balancing of all aspects of sound.

They lack in terms of soundstage size, everything sounds a bit close.

They are priced to be extremely competitive at the $150 level.

The main difficulty these run into is the existence of the HD600 and HD6XX, though it can in either case, be an addition.

The HD600 is a little more resolving and has a better less closed in soundstage. Mids are better on it as well. They beat these (slightly) in overall resolution, detail, clarity, and soundstage. It's not a big difference, but they get more detail and resolution. Overall sound sig is very similar.

The HD6XX will appeal more for those who love its more warm and rich tone. The HD6XX was not my cup of tea as I like a little more treble, but some people obviously love those.

I think for a $150 all rounder, you are doing extremely well with the 58X and would urge anyone to try them without hesitation. The major benefit also with these is they are plug and play. You do not need an expensive amplifier, they sound great from a Macbook.

Again - the main problem they run into is the greatness of the HD600 for a little more money. Take those out of the equation and these are a no brainer. They also get close to those, but not quite as resolving.

There are certainly better headphones that resolve more (at higher or much higher prices), but these are good especially considering the aggressive price. It's a headphone that sounds good (not excellent), and suits general use with music, gaming, watching youtube.

I'd recommend over virtually any other open back at current used prices around $120 and to anyone looking to get a great do it all headphone.

I'm more like 4.0 as SQ, but with the price of these, 4.5.

They provide excellent value at this price point and are very enjoyable headphones.

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New Head-Fier
A legend reports back
Pros: good wearing comfort
energetic mids
good, natural bass
price-performance ratio
Cons: somewhat high contact pressure
slight shrillness
sub bass rolloff
treble extension
Rating: 8.5
Sound 8.5


Whoever wants a little more liveliness from the HD6XX besides a balanced sound, can risk an ear and gets an absolute price-performance hit.

Sound: 8.5

Handling: 8.5
9888260 grams

Total: 8.5
Price: 145 €


In addition to the HD6XX, DROP also offers the HD58X Jubilee as a revised version of the HD580, the veteran of Sennheiser's dynamic high-end models, which was released almost 20 years ago and later replaced by the HD600/650. The HD580 gave SENNHEISER a very good reputation in the audiophile world and was, so to speak, the starting signal for the success story. The HD580 and the HD650 were not too far apart in terms of sound (judging by the graphs) at the time, nor are the HD6XX and the HD58X (based on real listening comparisons). They are even very similar.


There is not too much to add to the description of the HD6XX, because besides the sonic similarities they share the structural ones.
The HD58X, consists of a good 80% of plastic. Only the reinforcement at the headband, with which the headphones can also be adjusted to the head shape, and the back grills of the ear cups are made of metal. The HD58X does not make a cheap impression, because the workmanship is of high quality and no production errors or rough tolerances can be detected. Compared to the HD6XX, you can't see the inside through the grid on the backside, but this is hidden by a thin foam inside.

The earpads have a velour cover (which crunches a bit with glasses), which encloses the complete ear and fits very secure due to the (a bit too tight) contact pressure of the case.
On the headband there is a foam padding, which prevents pressure pain as far as possible and allows wearing the headphones for a long time.
The wearing comfort is therefore good, but somewhat limited by the high contact pressure and the somewhat spartan padding on the headband. I prefer a flexible headband.

The accessories are reduced to a minimum, i.e. the same 3.5mm cable (1.8m) as with the HD6XX, plus an adapter to 6.3mm jack. The cable consists of two quite thick strands (left/right), which are led parallel. The connection to the headphones is done via a 2-pin connector (both sides).

So we don't get much, but the most necessary things, which is also quite sufficient with regard to the price. Here, the headphones themselves are clearly in the foreground, and even without accessories, the price would justify itself for me. The HD58X is even 40 € cheaper than the HD6XX.

Due to the open construction, one cannot speak of an isolation, which makes the HD58X only limited suitable for the public, whether on the street or in the office.



In the bass we have a quantitative increase to the HD6XX. But this increase does not turn the whole signature upside down, but provides a somewhat stronger punch compared to the HD6XX. Qualitatively, the two don't take much, it's just a bit more present, which could please one or the other, but also scare off others. In the subrange I still miss a bit of pressure, but nevertheless I have the slightly higher expansion on the HD58X.

The mids have a good presence and play clearly and directly. However, I find them a bit demanding in the upper range with a slight shrillness in some songs. But they have the desired energy, which I sometimes miss on HD6XX. Vocals are a bit more in the foreground and have mostly a natural timbre, but are sometimes a bit garish, which can lead to symptoms of fatigue. Qualitatively they are however in sum quite high, both in resolution and tonal. However, you should keep an eye on the volume. This midrange presentation can be a curse and a blessing at the same time, especially if you love vocals. But for me the (upper) mids are still absolutely in the tolerable range.

As with the HD6XX, the high frequency of the HD58X could be a bit more intense. It avoids the sibilants very well and has a good resolution, but I see some quality advantages with the HD6XX, which are not decisive. In comparison, the lower trebles are a bit more reduced, so that the upper mids are more effective than on the HD6XX.
This makes the HD58X a little bit more mid-focused, which is nothing bad per se, but the balance and naturalness is lost a bit. Concerning the level of detail, both meet at eye level with a slight advantage on the HD6XX, which doesn't fire a spectacle either, but acts a bit more defined and leaves a more mature impression.

Despite the open design of the HD58X, the stage does not set any standards and moves on the same (good) level of the HD6XX with slight subjective advantages in all directions on the side of the HD58X, which certainly creates more tension, but is only a nuance.

The separation appears a bit sharper than on the HD6XX due to the more direct response and voices come more to the fore, which also creates a more distinct depth, but there are no worlds in imaging between the HD58X and the HD6XX. The result is a clean 3D image, but this can by no means compete with the imaging of an AKG K812. Appropriate to the price is the right description.


This review is not intended to be a shootout between the HD6XX and the HD58X. Both have their right to exist. point. Nevertheless the comparison is obvious. The HD58X radiates more energy and also has the slightly better extension in the low frequency range. Due to the clearer focus on the upper mids due to the somewhat restrained lower treble range compared to the HD6XX, the absolute balance gets a bit lost, but still, the HD58X strives for a neutral sound with a slight warmth.
However, the mids are a bit glaring and not as deep relaxed as on the HD6XX. In return, the HD58X sounds more lively and direct in its response, but I would attest the HD6XX a slightly better resolution, even if it doesn't have the clarity of the HD58X in comparison.

In the end it depends on the personal preferences. If the HD6XX already brings you too much bass, you shouldn't orientate to the HD58X, but rather to the HD600. But if you want a little more liveliness from the HD6XX besides a balanced sound, you can risk an ear and get a competent headphone at an absolute price-performance hit. For me the HD6XX is the more mature and natural one of both, but the more fun and clearer one is the HD58X.
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I am in general agreement with your views. My comparison was drawn from listening to the HD650 rather than the HD6XX as I see no reason for the latter with the former already in the stable. The HD650 is overall a small degree more refined, not easily to quantify and your mileage will vary depending on the dac/amp. For me using the Chord Hugo I would say the difference is noticeable and if you are demanding in that regard and have a suitable dac/amp the more expensive headphone is there for a valid reason. Without seriously A/B ing both headphones, the HD58X is certainly very acceptable for all music types.


New Head-Fier
Excellent headphones, incredible value
Pros: Wide and high soundtage with good sense of depth
Balanced, warm and slightly dark sound
Excellent mediums
The lows really kick for an open-back headphones
Lightweight and comfortable
Does not leak too much sound
Scales really well with a good source
Can shine with not-so-expensive sources
Cons: Needs a bit of time to reduce the clamp force
Only made of plastic (good plastic though)
Sound dramatically changes with the source so it can sound awful if you don't pair it correctly
I've had these headphones for 2 months now, and I must tell I'm really impressed with these ones.

I come from a Sennheiser Momentum (Over-Ear 2.0) which has a slightly warm but very faithful sound IMO.

These headphones in comparison have a wider soundstage, with a better sense of height and depth.

I started to use the HD58X with a Sound BlasterX G6, which is a very neutral and linear amp. The sound was great, I found it to be really enjoyable.

Then I upgraded my setup with a Brado Audio Ocean, connected to the Line Out of the G6, and the sound improved as the warm sound of tubes goes really well with dark-sounding headphones like the 58X.

I next decided to experiment tube-rolling by replacing the stock 12AU7 tube from Shuguang by another from JJ Electronics, and it dramatically improved the sound. The lows really kicked, I could feel the bass and the drums. The mediums were very detailed as well, and there was a great level of details.

Finally I replaced my G6 due to problems with the drivers and because I wanted a better-looking DAC with multiple inputs (the G6 has both USB and mini-Toslink inputs but only one works at a time and you can't switch manually between them). So I bought a Topping E30 to test. And, oh boy was it good.

Now the sound is so detailed I don't really feel like I'm listening on headphones. The only thing that reminds me I'm not hearing full-sized speakers is the soundstage that isn't, of course, as large and deep as real full-sized speakers would provide. But the sound is really amazing.

Mids are sharp, very nice to listen to, the lows go really low and the highs are crisp but the overall sound is still non-fatiguing, I can use these headphones for hours without any problem.

Comfort-wise, these are not the most comfortable headphones in the world to wear, but they are light enough to not be painful even when you wear glasses and use them for hours. The clamping force is a lot too strong when they are band new though, so it requires a few days for it to soften up.

Overall I'm more than happy with my current setup, and I won't probably replace these headphones before a very, very long time!
We're so glad you're enjoying them, thanks for sharing your thoughts with the community!
Thank YOU, I wasn't expecting to find such incredible headphones for so little money :wink:


100+ Head-Fier
Pros: Shorter headphone cable perfect for plugging into my laptop and phone

Bass is fuller than HD650 and HD600 (from what I remember)


Minimal/Simple design
Cons: Nothing.... not at this price... even if it was double the price I really wouldn't have anything negative to say.
I started in the headphone game with an HD650....

Heckuva lot of money for my first "real" headphone... I enjoyed it, but would have been happier if the HD58x was available back then (2010)...

Why? Because the HD58x is so easy to drive... right out of my laptop/phone works just fine!


The reviews were not overhyped... they are not "amazing"... they just sound GREAT.... like I remember my HD650 sounding... except this time I don't have to have the cumbersome/expensive amp taking up space next to my computer.

I'll probably be using these long-term... for anything/everything from movies, music, youtube, podcasts, etc...
Thanks Massdrop!

Soham Sengupta

100+ Head-Fier
Pros: (i) Great Build Quality
(ii) Exceptional sound quality at its price
Cons: Some might feel the headphones to be uncomfortable (although after a few days, you will break into it)
A company like Sennheiser needs no introduction. So, instead of telling you guys about the company, I will tell you why these headphones were created and why am I so excited to get these. In the year of 1991, a guy named Axel Grell had joined Sennheiser and he had created the headphones that had basically the first generation of the legendary 6xx series of Sennheiser, i.e., the HD 580 Precision.

Then after a few years he launched the HD 580 Jubilee which was basically a HD 600 and then later on released the HD 650, which even to this date, is used as a benchmarking tool for all other headphones.

But where does the HD 58X Jubilee fit in all this? This headphone is actually a collaboration between Massdrop and Sennheiser to actually bring back the old HD 580 which had started it all and this headphone has been tuned by Axel Grell himself!

I’ve had the Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee for about a month now and have listened to them for a total time of at least 40 hours and have burned them continuously for 30 hours. I’ve used them mostly daily during this time period to listen to all genres of songs (rock, EDM, pop, movie soundtracks, Western classics, etc.).

Don’t want to read the full review? Here’s the takeaway:

At the price of $150, there is nothing that comes close to it in terms of sound quality.

But wait! Before you dive into the review, I have a quick disclaimer for you: I have bought these headphones from Massdrop with my own money and I have not been incentivised or pressurized by Massdrop OR Sennheiser to write this review for them. All the words used in this review are my own and this review is written in the most unbiased way that I could have done.

Now, on to the main review.

Unboxing the Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee

Even though they are a $150 pair of headphones, I honestly expected a bit more accessories. The packaging is basic in every standard, although a tad bit more premium feeling than their own HD 598SE. I anticipate it to have at least a carrying case along with these headphones. Even though I won’t be taking them outside of my apartment, still I will rather have it inside a case than it rolling around on the floor!

The box of the Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee

Upon opening the box, you will see the headphones themselves and the 3.5mm cable.

The packaging of the HD 58X Jubilee​

Stowed beneath the plastic box is the 3.5mm to ¼ inch adapter.

All the accessories that comes with the HD 58X Jubilee

The ¼ inch to 3.5mm adapter

So, to summarize, in the box, you’ll get:

  • The headphones themselves.

  • 1 6’ long 3.5mm detachable cable

  • 1 3.5mm to ¼ inch adapter

So, basically, the packaging is again basic just like the HD 598SE.

Build Quality

The build quality of the headphones is excellent for its price, even though it is made fully out of plastic except for the headband size adjuster and the large grilles which are made of steel. To be honest, there is nothing much to say about its build quality. It feels rigid in the hand and it can flex to a degree which is great!

Again, like the HD 598SE, the ear pads are made of velour but this time, the pads are a bit harder, unlike the HD 598SE, which were much softer. But overall, these feel sturdy and I think it can take a few numbers of drops and remain as it was before it was dropped!

The headphones themselves

The headband adjuster is sturdy and long, so there shouldn’t be issues with fit for these headphones

Ergonomics and Fit

Well, compared to the HD 598SE, these are a bit less comfortable. I mean, as a reference, the HD 598SE feels like a soft woolly muffler wrapped around your ears and these feel like 2 cups strapped to your head. Also, when you are using these headphones for the first time, you might experience pain on your temple like I did. This is because, the headphones have a tight fit around your ears. But after a few weeks, as you continue to use the headphones, the headband will loosen up a bit and it will feel more comfortable on your ears.

Also, due to this tight fit, the headphones won’t come of your heads like the HD 598SE does! So, you won’t have any type of fit issues like you had with the HD 598SE (where if you even sneezed, the headphones would’ve come flying off of your head!).

Noise Isolation

Now, even though these are open-back headphones, they don’t leak as much as the HD 598SE does, but still at full volume, people on a crowded bus will easily tell which song is being played.

Also, if you are looking for sound isolation, then look elsewhere because they let in outside noise due to those open grilles on both sides of the headphones to make you feel the sound is coming from the whole environment and not just from the headphones themselves. These are strictly for indoor usage.

The velour ear pads have a nice feel to them and they are detachable

The headband cushioning looks just like the one used in HD 650/6XX and is on the stiffer side

Sound Quality

Now, on to the most subjective part of the review: sound. Also, I won't be posting any graphs in this review, as I don't believe in graphs as much as I believe in my ears!

This time, I’ll be listening to the headphones via 2 modes:

  1. PC -> Fiio Q1 (Mark-1) -> HD 58X

  2. Asus Zenfone 5Z -> Fiio Q1 (Mk.1) -> HD 58X

I will also list the soundtracks that I’ve used for each section of my sound test. (Note: All my tracks are either 44 kHz / 24 bits – 192 kHz / 24 bit FLAC or DSD64/DSD128.)

Now, let me give you a small tip.

If you plan on purchasing these headphones or any other high-end headphones for that matter, I suggest you get a good DAC/AMP to go with it. It will go a long way to make your listening experience much more enjoyable.


Remember when I told you in the HD 598SE’s review that those had one of the most boring and flat sounding bass? Well, these headphones are just the reverse…. They have bass that can bring a smile to anyone’s face from a hardcore bass head to a proper audiophile.

These headphones have one of the best sounding bass that I have heard from a pair of open-back headphones at this price point! I have checked with Beyerdynamic DT880 Pro, DT990 Pro, HD 650/6XX (this one has a deep bass, but it decays a bit slower than the HD 58X), Audio Technica ATH-M50X (not a fair comparison to be honest) and none of them had bass like this one had.

The bass in these headphones is one of the best, if not THE best I have heard from any pair of headphones at this price!

It is tight, fast paced, energetic and the best part is it does all that without bleeding into the mids. Plus, the rumble of the bass on these headphones are just incredible! Sennheiser has done an extraordinary job on tuning these headphones.

  • Axel Thesleff - “Reincarnation”

  • Martin Garrix - “Animals”

  • Alessia Cara - “Here”

  • Zara Larsson - So Good (album)

  • Jordan Comolli - “Alone”

  • Marshmello – “Alone”

Inside look at the driver of the HD 58X

Sennheiser has done a splendid job in the mids' department! After listening to these headphones did I realize my old HD 598SE actually had the classic veil that Sennheiser was known and sometimes despised for. These headphones have much more full-bodied mids than the HD 598SE and even though these have more forward mids than the HD 598SE, they never felt shouty and too much “in your face”.

The mids are just perfect on these headphones. I literally couldn’t ask more at this price point.

People might seem to think after reading the bass part that there might be some issue with the mids of these headphones. Believe me when I say this: the sound signature is balanced (W-shaped in my opinion) with a slight priority towards the bass. The male voices sound best on these headphones as they tend to be a bit warmer than the female voices.

Both male and female voices in “Marvin Gaye” by Charlie Puth were easily distinguishable with both the female and male voice getting equal priority. Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect” literally sounds perfect on these headphones with the guitars positioned in the left and Ed seemingly singing and pouring his heart out beside me! Again, in Sigrid’s “Everybody Knows”, Sigrid’s voice sounds so mellow and soft with the piano in the background playing a dark note with the occasional drum beats, the song was taken to a whole new level! So again, full marks received by Sennheiser in the mids' department.

Tracks used:

  • Adele - 25 (album)

  • Charlie Puth - Nine Track Mind (album)

  • Ed Sheeran - X / Divide (album)

  • Amber Rubarth - Sessions from the 17th Ward (album)

  • John Newman - “Love Me Again”

  • Elvis Presley - “Can't Help Falling in Love with You”

  • Sigrid – “Everybody Knows”

I don't know what magic Sennheiser has done on the HD 58X but even the treble sounds simply awesome! Let's start with those cymbals and hi-hats. They have great energy and decays very quickly and they never sound splashy (meaning the sound does not spread and stays in its place). Then comes guitar. Man, I simply love musics which only have a single acoustic guitar playing. Those are the best type of soundtracks to test a headphones’ capabilities.

With these headphones, you can hear the squeak of the guitar string in the greatest fidelity as the guitarist changes the chord. It's already getting difficult describing the quality of sound these pair of headphones produce. The guitar strings sounds natural to say the least and extension of the sound of the strings is just great.

Also, as you might have already guessed, there isn't the slightest hint of sibilance in most of the songs. Only in the most sibilant tracks did I get to hear that familiar hiss when the vocalist is pronouncing the “s”. Again, Sennheiser has killed it in the treble department. I am honestly not making this up, but these literally are an all-rounder pair of headphones!

Tracks used:

  • Led Zeppelin - IV (album)

  • Ed Sheeran - X / Divide (album)

  • Amber Rubarth - Sessions from the 17th Ward (album)

  • Pink Floyd - Dark of The Moon (album)

  • John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, and Paco De Lucía - Friday Night In San Francisco (album)

  • Ludovico Einaudi - Islands: Essential Einaudi (album)

Soundstage, Imaging and Separation

(a) Soundstage

Now, there are 2 ways to accurately measure a headphones’ soundstage. First, is to use well-recorded binaural tracks (see track list below for more info). The second method (which I personally prefer more) is gaming. I have used two games specifically for this purpose. One is the well known CS:GO and the other is Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice (the latter is a much more immersive experience).

Now, soundstage. Even though these are open-back headsets, they didn't give me that same “wow” factor I had got when I had first tried the HD 598SE. This is simply because, these do not have as wide a soundstage as the HD 598SE. But on closer inspection, I noticed these were much accurate in their representation. In Senua's Sacrifice, there are voices whispering in your ears. Sometimes, in the HD 598SE, I felt the voices were all over the place. But in these, I could pinpoint the source of the voice. The same goes for CS:GO. When someone shoots at say my left, I could guess where they are accurately with these headphones.

Basically, what an open-back headset does is let the sound get outside of the headphones through the grilles or slits of the headphones. Since the sound now goes outside of the headphones, the experience feels as if the sound is coming from the entire room.

I have compared these headphones’ soundstage (in fact the total sound) with 4 other headphones namely, Sennheiser's own HD 650, Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro 250ohm and the HD 598SE. You can check it out in the comparison section of this review. For now, to sum it up in brief, I will say that even though they are not as wide as the HD 598SE they are as accurate as the HD 650.

(b) Imaging and Separation

The imaging and separation on these headphones are exceptional for its price. As a reference, its as detailed as the HD 650 except for a few micro details which I found somewhat hard to detect on these headphones but they were literally non-existent on the HD 598SE. As far as separation goes, I tried my level best to get it confused in busy tracks like the Fifth Symphony by Ludwig Von Beethoven, Richard Wagner's “Rise Of The Valkyrie” but it handled those songs like a champ. Literally, I am yet to find a flaw which annoys me on these headphones.

Tracks used:

  • Amber Rubarth - Sessions from the 17th Ward (album)

  • Yosi Horikawa - Vapor (album)

  • Led Zeppelin - IV (album)

  • John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, and Paco De Lucía - Friday Night In San Francisco (album)

  • Beethoven - Symphony No.5 (album)

You may drive them out of a smartphone but only barely. A proper Digital Audio Player (DAP) or a DAC/AMP is definitely required to get the most out of these headphones. They have an impedance rating of 150Ω and a sensitivity of 104dB so, you might face a bit of difficulty while driving them out of your smartphones. Since these already packs a bit of punch in the bass department, I would suggest you to pair it with a neutral DAC/AMP like the Fiio Q5, Chord Mojo, etc.

Tracks used: Random


Now, I am going to compare the HD 58X to 3 other headphones which are HD 650, Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro 250ohm and my old HD 598SE. I’ll be making the comparison a bit easier to read by indicating the superior earphone/earbuds with “<” or “>” or “=” (when they’re equal). So here we go!

  • Neutrality: HD598 > DT990 > HD58X > HD650 (I felt the HD 650 tends to gravitate towards darkness, whereas the HD598 were the most neutral and flat sounding in the bunch with the HD 58X somewhere in the middle with its liveliness in its sound signature)

  • Timber/Naturalness: HD 58X > DT990 > HD650 > HD598SE

  • Detail/Resolution: HD58X = HD650 = DT990 > HD598

  • Imaging & Positioning: HD58X = HD650 > DT990 > HD598 (I felt the imaging was slightly better than the DT990 Pro)

  • Soundstage: HD598 > HD650 = HD58X > DT990 (again I felt the DT990 were slightly less wide than the HD 58X)

  • Bass Quantity: HD650 = HD58X > DT990 >> HD598 (some people, after seeing HD 58X’s graph were thinking that these were going to be darker sounding than the HD650, but that's not the case. They have similar bass with the HD 58X having a bit more sub bass rumble in it)

  • Bass Quality: HD58X = HD650 = DT990 > HD598

  • Mids Quantity: HD58X > DT990 > HD650 > HD598

  • Mids Quality: HD58X = HD650 > DT990 > HD598

  • Treble Quantity: HD58X = HD650 = DT990 > HD598

  • Treble Quality: DT990 > HD58X > HD650 > HD598

  • Amount of Sibilance:HD650 = HD58X = DT990 = HD598

  • Comfort: HD598 >> DT990 > HD58X = HD650

  • Apparent Build / Durability: DT990 > HD58X = HD650 > HD598

  • Immersion/Engagement: HD58X = DT990 = HD650 = HD598

  • Overall Sound Quality: HD58X = HD650 > DT990 > HD598
Technical Specifications

  • Brand: Sennheiser

  • Model: HD 58X

  • Driver: 40mm Dynamic driver

  • Impedance: 150 Ω

  • Headphone sensitivity: 104dB (1 kHz/1 Vrms)

  • Frequency range: 12–38500 Hz

  • Interface: 3.5 mm / 6.25mm (via adapter)

  • Cable Length: 6ft

  • Weight: 260 g

  • Interface Type: 2-pin connector

  • Special Note: Made in Ireland

At $150, I had a high expectation from the HD 58X. But after I tried them personally, only these 3 words came to my mind, “Oh my god”! I mean for $150, you are getting solid bass, forward and energetic mids and top-notch treble performance. It easily goes toe to toe with its older sibling, the HD 650 and there literally is no other pair of headphones that can come close to the sound fidelity it provides. So, I am bestowing upon the HD 58X, The Best Headphones under $200!

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Excellent review, an interesting read, thank you!


Member of the Trade: Audio Excellence
Pros: Absolutely beautiful sound. Price Point.
Cons: none

Sound Quality
I have been lucky enough to hear and review the HD6 family in the past and when I heard that the HD58x came out,
I thought it was basically the HD580 revisited. This was not the case. The HD58x has a sound of its own,
closely related to the HD600 and HD6xx/650. I go into more detail about the comparison in the video, but
basically, I was very impressed. Also, this is a great gaming headphone for those interested in using it for that purpose.

Build Quality
I do not think the HD58x falls behind in build quality especially when you look at it amongst $150 headphones.
Again, I talk more about this in the video but I really love the looks and the build quality is the usual "sennheiser build quality," (whatever that may mean to you).

There is a simple mod that came up as a question from my viewers. I address it and demonstrate it in the video. Simple mod but very big effect.


500+ Head-Fier
Pros: Great Sound and price
Cons: Absolutely none
I have every one of the Sennheiser 6 Series except for the 660s and these can be driven off of a DAP or decent phone but still could use a bit of Amplification to reach their potential .

Glad I never gave away my home built Cmoy because paired with these makes the combo hard to beat .

these are great but if you are a big fan of jazz or classical I would go for the 600s or 650s but if you like punk , classic Rock or Metal or even Hip Hop these will serve you well.

the Highs are great the midrange is not as forward as others in the 6 series but the Bass and Sub Bass is phenominal.

some wont like them just because of their sub $150 price but do some honest blind testing and you will be shocked just how good these are
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Headphoneus Supremus
Pros: - Retains much of the natural, high end signature HD6 sound. - More lively than previous models, so could be used for livelier genres. - Costs just $150. - Can be driven from laptops/phones without ruining the sound.
Cons: - Too plasticky on the outside.
Disclaimer: This review was written after just a couple of hours listening from my laptop and my phone - I'm away from home. It is not the ideal testing environment and obviously doesn't speak for many people here. However, I was greatly impressed by the HD58x, especially how good it sounds while being driven from such "normie" devices. The other reason for the quick review is IMO the HD58x isn't night-and-day different from other HD6 series models I've owned/tried. Both traits make the HD58x a true HD6 series for the everyday man - but still I'd look forward to seeing how it scales with better equipment. Will update the review when I come home.

It was in April and the reason I joined the HD58X’s drop was the HD6xx. Long story short, the HD6xx’s build quality wasn’t as crappy as I had feared – on the contrary it was quite good. So with the thought that Massdrop won’t ruin what I’ve come to love from Sennheiser, I blind-ordered the HD58x. There was no chance to audition the pair at the time, and sure there was this whole “we will re-tune based on your feedback” thing going on. But it was, as I proclaimed in the HD58x thread:

It’s a $150 Sennheiser. What can go wrong?

Design and Build Quality

If this doesn't say "cost saving", I don't know what does.

Here’s the thing with the HD6xx when I first got it on my hands: it’s way more plastic than I had thought. It’s so prevalently plastic, so obviously plastic that I felt a bit disappointed. But then, when that somewhat irrational feeling has passed, I was more happy than ever. The $200 HD6xx was a true HD650.

So I had to tell this story because if you have had a chance to try an Sennheiser HD58/HD6 series before, be prepared for that tiny bit of disappointment. The finish on the headband (and the yodels) look even cheaper than the $5 toys I bought for my son back in Vietnam. The cable doesn’t impress, either. Heck,I can even go so far as to compare the Hd58x unfavorably to the HD598 and HD558 (which I owned for ~ 1 year each) in terms of materials and finish.

Yet, to be frank, I don’t mind it a bit, because I’d fallen in love with the HD6xx before. Plastic is as plastic does.

Don't expect the HD800 or the HD660s' build quality, but still, it really doesn't matter.

All that being said, I still quite like the HD58x’s design – all because of the grill alone. While it’s nowhere near the original HD580’s level of refinement (look at those waves!), the grey-painted grill surely gives the HD58x a “new”, weirdly retro and distinct look, one that stands out from its more recent siblings. Yes, I like the way the HD600, 650/6xx and 660s show off their drivers housing, but this is way more refreshing.

Comfortable Enough

I'm an Asian. For me the HD58x is comfortable enough - I've been listening to it for 3 hours now. However, it does seem like the clamp force could hurt bigger heads. The headband is the same as the HD6xx so I don't have any problem with it either. The pads are on the stiffer side but will definitely soften with time.


The more friendly Sennheiser

Before I get into detailing my experiences with the HD58x, I must first point out that there’re already many detailed reviews on the webz and well-written impressions in the HD58x thread. I’m also in a bit of an un-normal situation: I’m 14 timezones away from home; the only things I can use to drive the HD58x are my HP laptop and my iPhone 6s.

As you can see, Sennheiser and Massdrop’s words hold true. I was quite skeptical when I heard the 150-ohm HD58x can be driven by a mobile source, but here it is, sounding great from my iPhone at ~85% volume.


Is the sound "great"? Oh yeah, the sound is the reason that I dared to write this review despite spending so little time (and with such embarassing equipment) on the HD58x: if you’d experienced the HD580, HD600, HD650/HD6xx or HD660s before, you will feel right at home with the Hd58x - even on non-ideal sources as mine. It still features the “no wow” sound that I had described about the HD6xx (in my review of the Burson Play): no harsh, edgy mids, no nostrils-rumbling bass, no honey-sweet mids and no artificial soundstage.

Instead, it’s got “natural” painted all over the place. Lovers of the Sennheiser HD6 series know this warm-ish and smooth-ish sound (the HD600 maybe not so much, but still). Lovers of the HD6 series know the full mids, the extending bass and the forgiving, lovely highs. I love the clarity and details here, as yeah, like they said in soooo many headphones reviews, I can hear instruments that my IEMs cannot reproduce. Do remember though, I’m not playing from my top-notch DAC/amp, I’m playing from my phone.

Unfortunately, my phone is way too far from a perfect source, and I’m seeing traces of an under-powered headphones. I think the bass could tighten up for the better. And, in certain passages, I’m still hearing “splintered” highs – guitar or cymbal “tick” that sound as if it consists of two different sounds. Speaking from my experiences of using the Audio Technica R70x (which surprisingly shares a lot in common with the HD600), I think these are symptoms of headphones being under-powered. The Realtek dac chip in my laptop or whatever it is in the iPhone 6s don’t help, and arguably my HD58x could still be going through burning-in. I’m not a firm believer of the burn-in concept, though.


Regardless, I tried the HD58x with all my favorite music. It is truly versatile. On acoustic Vocals tracks, the high-ranges opens up the soundstage and mixes very nicely with the tender-feeling of the songs. But moving onto Metal, the drum kicks will fill up soundscape, resulting in a surprisingly lively experiences which I’ve never expected from the HD6 series.

My top favorite genres to try with the HD58x would be more or less cross-over ones, like (Symphonic) Gothic Metal, Fusion Jazz or Post Rock. It’s always nice to see your headphones moving effortlessly from one type of music to the next, rendering all kinds of different instruments without ever ruining anything.


Speaking of the HD58x, it is perhaps best to reference Grado. No, the HD58x doesn’t have the Grado sound, but Grado fans would know that, through out Grado’s history, all of their Reference Series models more or less share the same sound sig – the only difference lies in the level of refinement or a small re-tuning of low or high frequencies. Same words can be said about the HD58x and its lineage: the HD58x fits right into the HD58/HD6 family. There are audible differences, but, in the imaginary scenario that a lover of HD650 or the original HD580 is forced to live with the HD58x, they will just survive happily.


Yet the HD58x has 2 important traits that makes it much more interesting than all of its siblings: it doesn't sound bad from your phone/laptop, and at $150 it still carry the signature Sennheiser HD6 sounds. I do feel that, at $150, the HD58x has a lot more in common with the HD600/HD650 than any products Sennheiser have sold at the price range.

And even when driven from my laptop, the HD58x definitely beats all the low-impedance sub-$300 headphones that I have ever tried. There can be nothing wrong with a Sennheiser bona-fide HD6 that is this easy to drive, sounds this great and costs this little. As such, I will happily bestow all of my 5 stars onto the HD58x, the first "HD6 for everyone".
@caenlenfromOCN If you like impressive soundstage, I think it'll be hard to find in the Sennheiser HD6 family. A HD800 or an AKG K/Q7 will serve you perfectly.
@smallcaps I think you'd find a nice-enough difference here. The HD580 and HD58x both share some familiarity but the HD58x should be much more "fun" than the HD580. I haven't tried the HD580 Jubilee though.
Yeah... the hype is real for this one. I sold my 6xx and am in love with the 58x. With a little exterior refinement, these could sell comfortably for $300.