Sennheiser HD558- How Anemic and Flat Are They?
Jun 1, 2012 at 9:01 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 21

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Looking into getting a pair of HD558 for around $50 (after some playing around in Target with an online return). Own a pair of XB500 at the moment. I've heard that the bass is very weak in the HD558 but was hoping there was at least some presence. Mostly indie rock listening. Work your wonders HeadFi community!
 
Jun 1, 2012 at 9:50 PM Post #2 of 21

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Looking into getting a pair of HD558 for around $50 (after some playing around in Target with an online return). Own a pair of XB500 at the moment. I've heard that the bass is very weak in the HD558 but was hoping there was at least some presence. Mostly indie rock listening. Work your wonders HeadFi community!

The Sennheiser HD558 has a decent bass.
 
Jun 1, 2012 at 10:08 PM Post #6 of 21

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A week? It takes me a whole 5 minutes to de-acclimate from that farty XB500 sound
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Jun 1, 2012 at 10:17 PM Post #10 of 21

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I consider that the HD558s have good bass impact, but not much in terms of bass sound. People might say that they are a bit bass lacking, but they have enough bass for most genres of music.
 
I also agree with TMRaven that going from the XB500 to HD558 will most likely leave you very unimpressed with the amount of bass on the HD558.
 
Overall, for 50$ you should definitely get them.
 
Jun 1, 2012 at 10:19 PM Post #11 of 21

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HD598 sounded fine to me when I demo'd them.. through my phone. Sounded great actually, though things do beat it (in my opinion) for half the price. HD558s sound like a good deal for $50 though. I like my sound fairly balanced, and the 598's bass was nothing to complain about. Isn't insanely anemic like K701s but doesn't have the rumble of the FA-011s (which are half the price) that I looooooooove for both songs and movies.
 
Jun 2, 2012 at 1:06 AM Post #12 of 21

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it depends on what kind of music you listen to... If you listen to some bassheavy stuff, I'd say stay clear of 558 and go for... hmmm dt770 perhaps? its closed back though
 
 
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Jun 6, 2012 at 2:06 PM Post #15 of 21

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After a few days of listening, I'm very impressed. The bass presence isn't always tremendous but the mids and highs are more than capable of picking up the slack. Crystal clear detail for a starting audiophile, especially on albums such as Teen Dream by the band Beach House. Synths I never knew were buried in the mix are popping out. Thanks for steering me in the right direction you dastardly enemies of my wallet, you Head-Fiers. 
 

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