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Sennheiser HD 579 Open Back Headphone
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- Open back, around ear design.Connectivity Technology: Wired
- Powered by proprietary Sennheiser 38mm, 50-ohm transducers
- Soft, replaceable ear pads for enhanced comfort
- Robust 3m detachable cable with 6.3mm jack and 3.5mm jack adaptor included
- Two year warranty when purchased from an authorized Sennheiser dealer
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Sennheiser is shaping the Future of Audio – a vision built on a 70-year history of innovation and a continued drive for excellence that is woven into our company’s DNA and culture. Around the world, our employees share this passion in the pursuit of the perfect sound, creating products that exceed expectations and set new benchmarks in audio.
Meet the Sennheiser HD 579
The best in class, remastered. The new HD 500 Series pushes performance to the next level. New to the product line is the HD 579, a headphone for those seeking premium performance and value. Powered by Sennheiser proprietary transducer technology and featuring the “Ergonomic Acoustic Refinement” (E.A.R) design, the HD 579 approaches the world of audiophile sound reproduction. This open back, around ear headphone delivers a natural tonal balance with outstanding spatial performance. Exceptional wearing comfort is provided by large ear cups fitted with plush velour ear cushions. The unique cool gray color scheme compliment styling that communicates quality at first glance. Crafted to impress, the HD 579 delivers performance beyond its price.
Sennheiser engineered transducers use aluminum voice coils delivering high efficiency, excellent dynamics and extremely low distortion.
Open Acoustic Design
Around-ear, open-back design delivers an impressively 'open' spatial presentation to improve the listening experience.
'Ergonomic Acoustic Refinement' design channels audio directly into your ears producing a more 'in room' like listening experience.
Lightweight yet robust design with luxurious velour covered ear cushions and padded headband deliver exceptional wearing comfort for long listening sessions.
|Transducer Principle||Open Back||Closed Back||Open Back||Open Back|
|Impedance||50 Ω||23 Ω||50 Ω||50 Ω|
|Frequency Response||14 – 26,000 Hz||10 – 28,000 Hz||15 – 28,000 Hz||12 – 38,500 Hz|
|Sound Pressure Level (SPL)||108 dB (1 kHz / 1 Vrms)||115 dB (1 kHz / 1 Vrms)||106 dB (1 kHz / 1 Vrms)||106 dB (1 kHz / 1 Vrms)|
|Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)||<0.2% (1 kHz, 100 dB)||<0.2% (1 kHz, 100 dB)||<0.2% (1 kHz, 100 dB)||<0.1% (1 kHz, 100 dB)|
|Cable Length||3m detachable cable||Cable 1: 3m detachable cable Cable 2: 1.2m detachable cable with 1-button remote||3m detachable cable||Cable 1: 3m detachable cable Cable 2: 1.2m detachable cable|
|Jack Plug||6.3 mm straight, gold-plated plug||Plug 1: 6.3mm straight, gold-plated plug Plug 2: 3.5mm straight, gold-plated plug||6.3mm straight, gold-plated plug||Plug 1: 6.3mm straight, gold-plated plug Plug 2: 3.5mm straight, gold-plated plug|
|In the Box||HD 559 headphones / 3 m cable / 6.3 mm straight plug||HD 569 headset / 1.2 m cable with 1-button remote / 3.5 mm straight plug / 3 m cable / 6.3 mm straight plug||HD 579 headphones / 3 m cable / 6.3 mm straight plug / 6.3 mm to 3.5 mm adaptor||HD 599 headphones / 3 m cable / 6.3 mm straight plug / 1.2 m cable / 3.5 mm straight plug / 6.3 mm to 3.5 mm adaptor|
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|Item Dimensions||3.95 x 8.1 x 10.25 in||4.1 x 8.1 x 9.4 in||3.95 x 8.1 x 10.25 in||3.95 x 8.1 x 10.25 in||3.95 x 8.1 x 10.25 in||4 x 7.5 x 9.9 in|
|Item Weight||—||1.26 lbs||0.55 lb||1.67 lbs||1.5 lbs||1.2 lbs|
|Additional Features||0||—||Powered by proprietary Sennheiser 38mm, 50-ohm transducers||—||0||—|
Powered by Sennheiser's proprietary transducer technology for truly excellent sound performance, the HD 579 provides high end performance, delivering near audiophile levels of sound - a real step up for a smart, great value investment that lets listeners obtain new heights of sound quality at home. With its full sized circumaural design, the HD 579, finished in a stylish, Cool Grey color scheme, offers exceptional wearing comfort thanks to the large ear cups and soft replaceable ear pads.
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Anyway, after I sent back the 599s, I picked up the 579s. Reviews made it seem like Sennheiser spent less time "over engineering" these and that they offer a more...Sennheiser-y sound. I'm certainly glad I did.
1. The sound is warm. The bass is good, but controlled. It won't overtake other instrumentation in songs (unless they mastered it that way, like "Makes Me Wonder" by Maroon 5). The mids are forward and clear. The treble is rolled back at the highest frequencies which gives these cans the classic "Sennheiser sound". However, the treble is a fair bit brighter than the 558s ever were. They're closer to being on par with the 598s.
2. The color and design looks good. The gray/black style gives it an industrial look. It stands out from a row of black-on-black headphones but not in a bad way. I like the cream/brown of the 598s and 599s, but gray is more neutral and modern. These look nice is what I'm saying.
3. The 50ohm impedance is higher than average, but still not super ridiculous. Virtually any third party dac/amp combo can power these without a problem. However, they still sound pretty good without an amp. The bass loses some of its thump and the treble rolls off even more, but the clarity is pretty much still there. My V20 powers these with no problem as does my Xonar DGX sound card.
4. These are mostly comfortable. The earpads are velour covered foam, but not memory foam. They hold to your head well enough. There's some movement if you whip your head around, but these aren't for exercise so you should be fine. Not as comfortable as the 558s, though.
5. It has a removable cable. Easy (if a tad expensive) to replace.
6. The ear cups are also removable and replaceable. Fun fact, the same pads that fit the 558, 555, 595, etc also fit these exactly. I tested it myself. That makes replacement about $35 on Amazon (with prime) at the time of this review AND you can put black ones on here for a fun two-tone look (I recently replaced the ear cups on my 558s and removed them to put them on these black-on-gray-on-black, nifty!).
7. Back to the sound to wrap up the pros. These cans have very good instrument separation across the frequency range. Even complex music like large metal bands (Avenged Sevenfold and Slipknot) sound as concise as they can be. Symphonic numbers (Final Fantasy XV soundtrack) sound great and detailed. Stuff like pop and even ska/punk sound as precise as you can get. Nothing overpowers anything, everything is where it should be. The detail is fantastic. Miles above the 558s. Especially in the lower bass regions, where the 558s were traditionally muddy and messy.
1. The cable is the same old Sennheiser 2.5mm with a lock mechanism. You'll have to order replacements from Sennheiser directly at a premium. There is also another company that sells them on Amazon called NewFantasia. They do decent replacement Sennheiser cables with the 2.5mm locking mechanism in a variety of lengths. No, I am not a paid shill (I paid full price for these cans too lol), just letting you know that there is at least one other decent option aside from Sennheiser.
2. The build is made entirely out of plastic. This is to help keep them lighter, or so I've heard. Some people feel some kinda way about spending $200 on plastic. However, they are flexible and feel well made. My 558s were made out of inferior materials and lasted 4 years with only the occasional blemish. The frame of these should last much longer. However, plastic builds are highly subjective so I'll place this under Neutral. I think they're fine, you might not. We're both right.
3. It is difficult to find replacement pads. I found one seller on eBay with the gray earcups and even finding 555/558/595 replacements these days is a little rough/expensive. The 558 replacements are sold here on Amazon and they fit these, just in case you decide to buy these and need spare parts: Genuine Replacement Ear pads Cushions for SENNHEISER HD555 HD595 HD558 HD518 Headphones
4. The sound signature of these is neutral and warm. The bass thumps just a little bit, but not nearly enough to drown out other music. The treble is precise and not harsh, but rolled back compared to all of the other sounds. The result is a very relaxing, semi-flat sound that isn't overly fatiguing over long listening sessions. These are not great for bass heads, or those who enjoy the "V" sound (high bass, high treble, less mids, for music like rock and hip hop). I think they're great, especially for listening while doing work at the office, but I can understand those wanting something a little more "exciting". These aren't reference monitors by any stretch, but they're closer than the 599s all day.
5. These have very good clarity and definition. Badly and poorly mastered tracks are going to sound not so great with these. For instance, I listened to a poorly mastered live performance of a lovely individual on YouTube and I could tell it was recorded in a living room. Punk rock, very old music (like 1960s and prior), and "loudness wars" recordings like Imagine Dragons "Radioactive" can sound rough.
6. These are open headphones. That means very little (if any) noise isolation. Sounds will come into these and sounds will leak out of these. That is not a con, it is the way they're built on purpose. I like them this way. I can listen to music and still hear my environment. I appreciate being able to hear when my dogs bark, girlfriend talks, or the doorbell rings. Plus, it does contribute to the sound stage of these (they don't have as much as the 558/598s did, but it's still pretty decent soundstage). If you're looking for something to wear on planes, trains, and automobiles...or you're looking for something that will drown out noise or has noise canceling technology, these are not what you're looking for. Again, not a bad thing, these are just not for those kinds of people :)
1. The headband could've used more padding. It's not terrible and likely won't cause a ton problems once my head gets used to it (and once it loosens up a little bit with normal wear and tear), but it would've been nice to have a little more padding up there. This is high level complaining. They are very comfortable, just saying that they could've been more so with a little more padding up top.
2. The pads and cable are replaceable. The headband padding is not. When it inevitably wears down, I'll have to get more creative on replacing that. Likely some third party sock thing or something. I'm not stoked at the possibility. The 559, 569, 558, 555, 600, 650, etc all have replaceable headbands. Not sure why Sennheiser didn't do the same for the 579 and 599, but it kind of sucks if you plan on keeping these forever like I do. The headband could've been a little wider too. Considering it's definitely the weak point of these headphones, I would've loved to have seen a little more effort put into them.
3. This thing comes with a 10-foot monstrosity of a cable (like the 558s did). It ends in a 6.3mm cable. It does come with a 3.5mm cable but having dealt with this thing before before, I can tell you that it doesn't fit into anything comfortably. The connector is longer than some smartphones with the adapter on it. Why Sennheiser didn't include a 3 meter cable with a 3.5mm jack like the 599/598SE/569 is beyond me. You will almost certainly have to buy a shorter cable with the proper connector if you plan on using these anywhere aside from a stereo setup. Until I get my refund from returning the 599s, I'm just using the cable I had been using on my 558s (one of those NewFantasia ones, it's okay). That is the one good thing about those 2.5mm locks. They're the same on all the HD series phones.
The treble is present and clear. However, these cans roll them back a little bit. The result is a treble response that is crystal clear. However, it also falls behind the rest of the music. Female vocals and high male vocals are fine. However, high hat hits and similar sounds are just a tad subdued. They still sound clear though, just not loud. Admittedly, the highs are the least exciting part of these headphones. They're there, they serve their purpose, but they're never the front and center. Great for sensitive ears, fans of relaxing/warm sounds, and long listening sessions. Not so great for accuracy or those who like exciting, dynamic headphones.
The mids are fantastic. Piano, instruments, and voices shine through loud and clear. This is definitely a mids-forward pair of cans. However, they do not dominate most tracks. You can still very clearly hear things like the high hats and bass guitar. This is where music lives and it's where these cans live, but they make sure to not make anything over powered. The upper mids have a bit of a pinch to them, most noticeable in male vocals. Songs like "Wherever you go" by Sublime with Rome and most Maroon 5 songs, it's noticeable if you listen for it. However, it's slight and that same pinch doesn't seem to affect instruments in the same frequencies. Must just be something with voices.
Bass has noticeably more thump than the Sennheiser 558s (as much if not a little more than the 598s). It's nowhere close to bass heavy headphones. Bass heads will not like this. However, that isn't to say that there isn't any bass at all. The bass sounds controlled, full, and well developed, even down into the lower frequencies. It just doesn't rattle your ears/skull/headphones. I'm not 100% certain what muddy bass is. However, I know the 558s were described as having muddy bass and the bass in the 579s sound nothing like the 558s. Very controlled, clear, and even a little punchy. More bass than I was expecting for open cans.
Okay, that's about it. For $200, these sound pretty fantastic. They're more neutral (and a bit warmer) than the 598s, although their clarity and fidelity is a fairly close (the 579s win, but just for comparison sake). Anyone who tells you that the 599s and the 579s sound alike either didn't listen close enough or didn't try them with a large enough set of songs. The 599s are definitely bright, loud, cluttered, and mainstream. The 579s are warmer, more analytical, and more relaxed. They're both great headphones with great clarity, but when it comes to listening to stuff for hours and hours a day, I'll take these all day long.
For $200? Sure, why not. They'll no doubt last me as long as the 558s did at least and that was about 5 years. Technically, my 558s are fine, I just wanted something that sounded a little clearer. It cost me a pretty penny but I found what I was looking for. These are excellent upgrades from the 558s, but those looking for a more mainstream "V" sound should probably check out the 599s first.
So how do they compare to the M50x? When I first tried my 579's, I was worried that I wouldn't like the sound. Coming from the M50's the 579 sounded very warm. The mids are much more present, giving it a fuller sound. I listened to the 579 for a little while, and then when I switched back to my M50's the M50's sound very cold and very lacking in mids, almost like it's completely covered up. And the soundstage feels very cramped. Bass is actually very close to the same.
As a side note, the soundstage on the HD 579's is very good for gaming. Footsteps and gunshots from behind are very easily heard. Directional awareness is very good.
In conclusion, I can't say that either pair of headphones is better than the other. They have very different sounds, but both pairs of headphones allow every detail in the music to be heard. It's only a matter of person preference.
Be aware they are super open and so your sound will leak out and you will be able to hear everything around you too. I knew this going in of course, open headphones are my favorite. Highly recommend these on the sale price of $99. I'm not sure if I would pay the normal price for them since I don't have a whole lot of money to throw around, but these are a steal at the sale price.