Ultrasone HFI-580

General Information

The new HFI-580 (formerly the HFI-550) is one of our most popular, robust and versatile headphones. These foldable, closed-back high quality headphones with an exclusive design and extraordinary sound, offer the highest standard of technologies. Featuring our super tough 50mm Mylar driver, the HFI-580 can crank out lots of volume without falling apart. The driver is almost impossible to blow, making the HFI-580 a great addition to any studio be it professional or just starting out. Also included in the new HFI-580 is our new S-Logic Plus(TM) surround sound technology which delivers and ever more life like sound in a smaller package. The HFI-580 now also comes standard with ULE (Ultra Low Emission) 98% Mu Metal shielding standard, thicker ear pads and headband pad and a new velvet carrying bag.

Latest reviews


New Head-Fier
Pros: Bass (when they're 'in the mood'); sound isolation; looks; very long cord
Cons: Inconsistent bass quantity; hissing vocals
Hi. Here's my short review of Ultrasone HFI-580. I'm not a professional writer and English isn't my native language, so bear that in mind.
My sound card: Asus Xonar D1
Music I listen to: trance (uplifting, progressive, tech), house (progressive, tech). Sometimes I also listen to hard trance, drum & bass and dubstep.
Dr. Bass-yl and Mr. Let's Hyde the Lows
During the first week I was overwhelmed with the amount of bass and its superb quality. Then they gradually got loose and lost much of their bass. It totally killed the pleasure of listening to bass-heavy tracks like Cosmic Gate - Ultra Curve or Nitrous Oxide - Magenta, which went from 'this is like an EARTHQUAKE' to 'this is nothing special, I'd rather do something else that listen to this'. It also killed the pleasure of listening to rather bass-light tracks like Aly & Fila - Khepera (Leon Bolier remix), at least to an extent. Very strangely, sometimes (like 1 in 30 cases) they sounded just like they should, and the bass was insane. I don't need 'moody' headphones - they need to be consistent! Some time later, I bought them again, and had the very same issue as with the previous cans - except that those were loose from the very beginning, and have never gotten to 'change their mood', as I returned them a few days later.

I had the exact same problem with AKG K81 DJ. The first week - the bass was great. Then they got loose, which killed much of the bass and most of the pleasure of listening to music. A couple of years later I bought another pair, and it was loose from the get-go and, of course, didn't provide enough bass to my liking. Am I cursed or what?
Problem with hissing

The inconsistent quantity of bass is the only reason that I'm giving these the lowest possible rating. If the bass were consistently powerful, I'd give these 4,5/5. Why only 4,5/5? They have a hissing problem, which made singers sound as if they had a lisp; this also made listening to e.g. the beginning of Cosmic Gate - London Rain (Back 2 Back 4 redub) physically painful. On the other hand, that's probably the only track with which there was such a problem. I strongly prefer music without vocals, so that was never a major issue.

They were as comfortable as one could reasonably expect from bass-heavy headphones; my issue was that the clamp was very often too weak to provide enough bass - see above. Shame on you, Ultrasone, for such a poor design. Before you ask: yes, I tried using a rubber band on the first pair. For 2 days. It made them looser than before, which I found comical.
They have a very long cord, which to me was comfortable - I could walk around the room without worrying about the headphones falling off my head. However, it's a double-edged sword - if you're looking for portable headphones, the length of HFI-580's cord is going to be a major issue.
Definitely the least important topic, but they look decent. No issues here.
If you want consistent powerful bass, do not buy these, as you may as well have the same problems as I and some other people (search for the thread 'Ultrasone HFI-580 too loose?' - the HFI-780 model is also mentioned there, so watch out for that one as well) had. It is scandalous that you should pay over $100 for something so flawed.


New Head-Fier
Pros: Tight, controlled bass; average mids and high; isolation; bright soundstage
Cons: Long ass cord; the cushion is not durable; can be uncomfortable
I purchased this pair about 2 years ago, when I just got to the audiophile world. I remember reading a thread the ATH-M50 and HFI-580 with a lot of different opinions, so I decided to test both. The local shop provide me 2 sample of the headphones, both had experience hundreds of hours of playing music. So this is more like a comparison:
Bass is very detailed and well tuned, doesn't overpower. It just stay there and when the song calls for it, you'll be surprised how tight and controlled the bass is. This is the bass quality of decent 300$ plus headphones. If the M50's bass is all about quantity, while 580 is quality.
The mids and the high is just above average; might be better than the M50 a little due to its wide soundstage
This is the best pair you can get for under 200$, however, if you want bass quantity, go for the M50, it's a great choice too.
I never heard a Utlrasone Headphone that sounded good … 


New Head-Fier
Pros: clarify, sounds nice and bassy enough
Cons: better for small hears, confort
I used during several years a DT 770 Pro 80 ohms on a iBasso D-Zero and wanted to go for a change and more mobility, they are easier to place in a computer bag, compared to the DT I appreciate to have more mediums, bass is good but not dominant, after I guess that depends on your hears and your tastes but for me this is a nice improvement. Not the most confortable.


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