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Sennheiser HD 558 Headphones
- 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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|Item Dimensions||9.15 x 3.94 x 8.07 in||5 x 11 x 88 in||4.33 x 6.69 x 7.48 in||9.45 x 3.94 x 8.07 in||0.39 x 0.39 x 0.39 in||10 x 12.4 x 4.33 in|
|Item Weight||1.42 lbs||0.58 lb||0.66 lb||1.2 lbs||0.57 lb||0.57 lb|
|Additional Features||lightweight, tangle-free-cord||lightweight||50mm neodymium Drivers Deliver Full Spectrum of Sound, 3m cable gives you freedom of movement for indoor use||Dj-Style||lightweight||lightweight|
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.
From the Manufacturer
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
Top customer reviews
I then purchased a pair for myself.
Mine were the limited edition pair.
Sounded good until I tried to use them as a meditation tool.
Understanding that a clear sound is necessary for different frequencies.
The noise was distorted almost like a burbling noise (?) Is that a word? Not sure.
However I think that a used purchase that has initial problems will not get better.
Regular listening, sounded good.
Not an Audiophile.
But I do have a good ear.
Purchased a new pair.
Problem solved, and believe me, I really tested them.
Lucky enough to have a small recording studio close.
Seal of approval for the new pair.
I can confirm that, like most people here, that these aren't bass-heavy. Which is great. I'd rather have a balanced sound than one that tends to favor one side of the spectrum. I have tried these with a game briefly (The Vanishing of Ethan Carter) and can tell you that it is definitely a step up from my gaming headset.
These are my first pair of open ear headphones, and while they don't isolate sound (obviously) they are by far the most comfortable headphones I've ever worn. And I have a big head. I tried audio technica ath-m50x, but it felt like my head was in a vise.
I haven't had any issues with the plastic construction yet, and I appreciate the removable cable, which you may want to get a shorter replacement. The one these come with is 10 feet long so portability can be an issue. I look forward to seeing how the sound develops over time.
They are incredible as far as audio goes. I'm no audiophile, but these sound better than anything else I've ever used. I bought a pair new (for cheaper than the refurbished pair from before) as a gift, mostly because these are the only headphones I would ever recommend to anyone.
As for comfort, these feel great, they breath well and don't get sweaty. I often forget I'm wearing them because they just float there on your head with no discomfort. Perhaps head size would change this, but for me they are incredibly comfortable.
The price/quality ratio is very fair, in my humble opinion. If you spend more you are likely going to hit diminishing returns pretty quickly.
I would recommend getting a cheap sound card with an amp to drive these, though they sound good regardless. I got a Xonar DGX and have had a good experience with the headphones, though not necessarily with the sound card. I would say these are not very mobile at all, considering the massive cord and relatively large adapter required to plug into a 3.5mm jack (included with the headphones). But for anything stationary they are great.
I have used them on PS4 as well as on my PC. They plug into the controller just fine, but the included 3.5mm adapter is somewhat annoying, given its size, although easily forgotten once immersed in gameplay.
I highly recommend these, five stars, and so on. The quality is there, and I was not at all disappointed with my purchase then, or now.
Another prominent feature is there construction. Unfortunately, the plastic they use is kind of cheap, but it is really light. They also do not collapse. Overall, the structure is not very strong, so I don't recommend traveling with them much, or you might get the cracks that have been reported in other reviews. But for general use for about 1.5 years, I have not had any cracks, and I have even dropped them a few times.
The comfort is definitely there. As stated above, they are light, which really makes a difference when wearing them for a long period of time. The cuffs are quite comfortable, and the open-back and use of foam helps keep the ears cooler.
Finally, the sound quality is worth noting, because it is phenomenal. Sennheiser's website claims that the open-back gives a "extended spatial sound field," i.e. making it sound like the music is being performed in an acoustic space, not in your head. This is, in my own experience, a bit of an overstatement; imagination is required in order to achieve that. But the quality of the sound produced is really excellent. I can't say I'm an expert, but I do give credit to my ears, and I believe these headphones deliver performances as they would sound when recorded. For the reviews that claim otherwise, I speculate that the audio files they were listening to were not good, or something similar.
As implied by my statements above, I listen to mostly acoustic music and have judged these headphones based on that. Open-backed headphones in general are better for this type of music. If you want the best experience for electric, rap/hip-hop, i.e. music that uses unnatural sounds or is percussion heavy, close-backed headphones are probably the way to go (I personally recommend the Audio-Technica ath-m50.)
So, in conclusion, make sure you know what you want from the headphones before you buy them. I usually leave mine at home because I can use them in a quiet setting and not have to worry about damaging them with travel. I have different pair of closed-backed that I use for outside the house and in louder settings, but I don't think the quality can quite match this pair. I highly recommend these headphones.