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Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee Review & Measurements

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by jude, Dec 20, 2017.
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  1. 477621
    I haven't measured anything so I may just be getting used to the headphones or indeed be placebo I guess. To me the difference is there, but it isn't the difference between Grado and Sennheiser. It is a slight shift, it feels more open to me. But more doesn't mean a ton, just not the same. I look forward to reading your findings on the mods too.

    My ears are probably more tuned to where bass guitar, synth and drums sit in the mix, how they kick and attack. I played in bands for over 20 years. With ear protection throughout I add. Hehe.
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  2. Anarion
    Placebo might be strong in this case since it's impossible to swap quickly. Eyes see that you removed something and brain thinks that it must make a difference. Tricky thing!

    My headphones finally left Germany and the next stop is Finland. There's a chance that I get them this week.
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  3. 477621
    Sure is. Fingers crossed that they land with you soon. I was lucky. They hit customs in the UK the weekend before last. Once I paid they were released and with me a few days later.

    When you get them, I would be interested to hear how they sit vs your K712. They are the next thing I am considering.
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  4. Anarion
    Will make comparison for sure. I can tell you one thing already though: I don't like my AKG K712 Pro much. I prefer my HD 595 (even MX 760). Also comfort wise it could be better.
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  5. 477621
    Ah... Gotcha. I would still like to try them I think. I had the K7XX and really liked them but something was missing. From all the reading I have done the 712 seem like a more refined 7XX.

    If you ever feel like trying the 565 Ovations (I have two pairs) we could do a trade.
  6. cobyatch
    Hmmm, starting to have second-thoughts on my 6XX purchase after looking at some of the reviews. I'm always down for a little more bass so these might have been the ones for me. Very interested to see how these respond to tubes.
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  7. Mark Up
    I can't put one over the other, as the reason why I have those as an alternative to the HD58X is their strong differences. You can't ask for a more different headphone. It gives me more variety - to test mixes on (since I still prefer to mix and master with studio monitors with a custom sub or towers in an acoustically good room). If I want more isolation, a touch more treble and more mid and sub bass then I'll reach for the Sony. If I want more mid focus, but still decent treble extension and surprisingly good bass (just not as much) with less reflected sound (being open), I'd reach for the Sennheisers instead. You could consider the Sony MDR-1A with Meze pads for a bigger soundstage and slightly cleaner low mids (but a little more low sub bass, that does not bleed up) or with the Audio Technica ATH-MSR7 pads. Meze 99 pads are $20 at their website or MSR7 pads are under $20 on Amazon or eBay. The MSR7 pads will give you more treble, even clearer low mids and mid bass with a good sub bass, just not nearly as much as the Meze 99 pads bring. I'm also burning the HD58X in for a long time; bass boosted pink noise with a bit of treble roll off for a slightly more energetic brown noise sound for many hours, and many hours of a very extensive iTunes collection. Each time I listen I hear the improvement, these seem to respond well to burn-in more than most other cans I have heard.
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  8. beercanchicken
    Clearly have to leave work early......

    Delivered Monday 7/02/2018 at 11:24 am

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  9. Humblepie
    Mine came in on Saturday finally. Listened to them stock and with a pad change. I have a Woo Audio WA7d coming soon so I can cross compare with my other SS sources. At which point I will toss in my experiences and comparisons on everything.
  10. DrKrFfXx
    Got mine :D
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  11. turbomustang84
    OK everyone has a list of songs that you plan on listening to when your new Headphones arrive so what is on your list ?
    Heres Mine in no particular order

    Ashes to Ashes ( live ) - a perfect circle
    Lateralus. - Tool
    Pets -Porno for Pyros
    Bernie - Failure
    Thank You - Chris Cornell
    Wish you were here - Pink Floyd
    Space to Bakersfield - Black Mountain
    Galveston - Jimmy Webb
    Creep - Radiohead
    Life on Mars - Aurora
    Cemetary Gates - Pantera
    Camera - R.E.M.
    Megadeth - Holy Wars
    Pull Me Under - Dream Theater
    X.Y.U. - The Smashing Pumpkins
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  12. WilliamLeonhart
    Great taste there man. I was thinking of getting myself a pair of DT990 before I got into this drop, maybe it could provide an alternate presentation to my beloved Grado - which always remain my main drivers for Rock/Metal
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  13. spacequeen7
    I have few that should suite this cans
    No Sanctuary Here feat.Chris Jones by Marian Herzog
    Mind Games by Azam Ali,JD Mayer
    Mountain-Short Version by Joachim Pastor
    Novocaine by Amber Rubarth
    Winter Sunset feat . Ellie Ka-Earstrip & Torha Remix by Alok,Dazzo& Torha
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  14. PockyG
    Excited to receive these in a few days. I had the 6XX but I wasn't really a big fan of them. I've liked most of Sennheiser's products though and enjoy my HD 4.40BT throughly.

    From what I've hear, and if you guys could confirm, these have less recessed treble, better subbass but less detail. There seems to be a bit of modding going on already which is a huge plus for me. I've not heard much about soundstage however. How do they compare the the HD6XX's?
  15. turbomustang84
    I have yet to purchase my first Grado's other than phono cartridges I just can not from the abundance of reviews narrow down the model I should get .

    I came close to a used set of GS-1000s or maybe I will start off with something cheaper and mod them to my taste .

    I will buy a set of Grado's this year though
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