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Sennheiser HD 558 Headphones
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- Connectivity Technology: Wired
- Audiophile-grade over-ear, open-back headphones
- Twist and lock single-sided cable eliminates tangles and simplifies exchanges
- Gold-plated 1/4" plug with 1/8" adapter
- Highly optimized, field-strengthened neodymium ferrous magnet system
- Internal Sound Reflector immerses the listener in rich audio
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Featuring an internal surround reflector, the HD 558 audiophile headphones are able to generate an extended spatial sound field for a listening experience that immerses the wearer during music and movies. They are outfitted with Sennheiser’s innovative E.A.R. technology which ensures accurate channeling of audio signals into your ears, as well as sophisticated Duofol diaphragms which reduce unwanted resonances to an absolute minimum. The HD 558 come with plush, luxurious velour ear pads and headband cushion which provide outstanding wearing comfort, even for long listening sessions.
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Featuring an internal surround reflector, the HD 558 audiophile headphones are able to generate an extended spatial sound field for a listening experience that immerses the wearer during music and movies. They are outfitted with Sennheiser's innovative E.A.R. technology which ensures accurate channeling of audio signals into your ears, as well as sophisticated Duofol diaphragms which reduce unwanted resonances to an absolute minimum. The HD 558 come with plush, luxurious velour ear pads and headband cushion which provide outstanding wearing comfort, even for long listening sessions.
Movie and music aficionados will definitely appreciate what the new HD 558 has to offer. Not only does it feature Sennheiser's E.A.R. technology and optimized Duofol diaphragms, but also a Surround Reflector that generates an extended spatial sound field for an enhanced audio experience.
Eargonomic Acoustic Refinement (E.A.R.) for High Performance
These high-end open circumaural headphones use E.A.R. technology for outstanding sonic accuracy and clarity. Sennheiser's innovative "Eargonomic Acoustic Refinement" (E.A.R.) design channels audio signals directly into your ears. State-of-the-art, advanced Duofol diaphragms deliver transparency and minimal distortion, while highly optimized, field-strengthened neodymium ferrous magnet systems yield an excellent dynamic response. A surround reflector creates an extended spatial sound field for the lightweight aluminum voice coils chosen for high efficiency and excellent dynamics. The special diaphragm geometry reduces intermodulation distortion, while highly constant, compressed cellulose fleece reduces total harmonic distortion.
For more than 60 years the name Sennheiser has stood for the highest quality products and customized solutions across all areas of sound recording, transmission and reproduction. As one of the world's leading providers of integrated solutions for electro-acoustic products, systems and services, Sennheiser constantly meets the challenges of developing creative answers which satisfy the requests and requirements of customers.
What's in the Box?
Sennheiser HD 558 Audiophile Headphones, 3.5mm plug adapter, warranty.
- Transducer type: Dynamic, open
- Headphone type: Circumaural
- Frequency response: 15 - 28,000 Hz
- Total harmonic distortion: < 0.1% (1 kHz/100 dB SPL)
- Sound pressure level (SPL): 112 dB
- Impedance: 50 Ohms
- Cable length: 3m
- Jack plug: 6.3mm
- Weight: 270g
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But there is one thing that I don't like about it. The cable. I am not talking about cable quality. The quality is very good. The problem is the plug. The cable comes with 6.3 mm plug. I don't understand what Sennheiser people are thinking, but this is a really stupid design. Though the package also includes a 6.3 to 3.5 mm adapter, but it extends the plug a lot and is very inconvenient (see the picture for how it looks when plugged into a Surface). First, I believe a lot of HD 558 users will drive this cans with a mobile source, such as a phone or a mobile player. There is no mobile device with 6.3 mm jack. Even for desktop amps, not all of them have 6.3 mm jack. Many amps also have 3.5 mm jack. I totally don't get what's the point of using 6.3 mm plug on this headphone. Ironically, HD 600, which is much harder to drive, comes with 3.5 mm plug. Second, even if in many cases this headphone will be plugged into a device with 6.3 mm jack, it still makes more sense to use 3.5 mm plug. An adapter from 6.3 to 3.5 is a disaster, but from 3.5 to 6.3 is perfectly fine. Eventually I replace the original cable with a Fiio one that has 3.5 mm plug, but it cost some extra dollars. It will be great if Sennheiser offers a 3.5 mm plug cable in the first place.
Take my advice, don't mod these unless you're absolutely tired of them and want to experiment with a new sound. In stock form, they are well worth their price tag. The only downside I can think of is the stock cable. That POS requires you to plug in the adapter it comes with in order for it to work with 3.5mm jacks (which, mind you, means just about everything). Get the 1.2m replacement nylon-braided audio cable for these and you are good to go. And, honestly, I'm not deducting a star for that reason solely because even if the stock cable did not require the adapter and came stock with a 3.5mm head, I would still buy that replacement cable as it is just that good.
HD414 <<< Yes, the original grand daddy!
HD590 <<< Excellent all around workhorse in the midrange price tier
HD595 <<< The best "non-audiophile crazy prices" headphone you can get, replaced by the HD598, which is almost identical
and now, the HD558, which is supposed to be the "step down" below the HD598
I am a "try to get as much possible value below the true audiophile quality price point kind of guy"... so, that means that unless a Sennheiser HD600 can be had for slightly under $200, I am going to look for lesser models at discount or refurbished prices.
I was extremely fond of my HD595 headphones, which I got at the then ridiculous refurb price of $149. Unfortunately, my HD595's, after many years of service, bit the dust. I fell back on my "emergency" headphones, the 590s, until a pair of 598s would come on sale or refurb, or something else that was an excellent value came around.
When I saw that I could get a refurb HD558 for $70 shipping included, I took the plunge. I knew about the foam mod that you can do to these that gets them closer to the 598s, so I figured I could get something really close at a fantastic price point.
Well, like another reviewer mentioned, do not do the foam mod unless you are certain you are unhappy with the sound of these stock. I find the sound of the 558s to be just fine without the mod. They are very similar to my 595s, but with more bass presence and reduced soundstage. The high and upper mids are also tamed compared to the 595s. In essense, this makes them very "smooth" sounding, with excellent bass impact.
I thought I would mod these to try to approximate a 598, but I honestly love the 558 sound signature and will not be making any changes. At a refurb price of $70 with shipping included, this is a RIDICULOUS deal and there is NOTHING at that price point that will sound as good as this.
It's a no brainer, as far as I am concerned. Even the new ones being sold sub-$100 dollars are an excellent value for the quality of sound you will be getting. Do not hesitate to purchase if you want an entry into superior headphone sound.