Sennheiser HD555 Professional Headphones with Sound Channeling (Old Model)
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- A comfortable, high-quality headphone system
- Extended spatial field surrounds you with sound; ergonomic Acoustic Refinement enables ideal sound channeling for a new kind of listening experience
- Features State of the Art Duolfol diaphragms
- Velour ear pads let you keep glasses on while listening
- Comes with manufacturer's 2-year warranty
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A comfortable, high-quality headphone system Extended spatial field surrounds you with sound; ergonomic Acoustic Refinement enables ideal sound channeling for a new kind of listening experience Features State of the Art Duolfol diaphragms Velour ear pads let you keep glasses on while listening Comes with manufacturer's 2-year warranty
Top customer reviews
They're very comfortable for long-term use. Open construction seems to breathe a lot better than closed. Again - a nice quality for home use where you're more likely to be wearing them for a long time.
I've owned this pair for years and haven't had any issues with durability or construction - they've kept on working just as you'd hope and expect from a brand like Sennheiser.
This is an older model, but Sennheiser is a reliable brand in general, and great for producers + music-lovers alike. (I'd hesitate to call myself an audiophile. I just like listening to music and having it sound good, without relying on gimmicks or fancy equipment outside of my headphones and my receiver. Like, I have a record player, but I'm just as likely to be feeding audio through my laptop or listening to the TV or playing video games. These are good for that stuff, too.)
These were a great value at the time I bought them. The model that's replaced them looks to be at a decent price point, too. Still, I love my 555's.
The other headphones (I'm not going to include IEM in the list) in my collection with which I can compare the HD555s are the TDK ST800 High Fidelity Headphones, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones, the Grado Prestige Series SR-60i Padded Headphones, and the Sennheiser HD580s. Only the Sennheisers are circumaural open-back headphones, and I find their sound very similar, but I get an appreciably better soundscape with the HD555s.
I find the HD555s bass okay, but less than ideal for listening to rock, and so I prefer the HD555s for listening to classical and because of their great soundscape, for when I watch a movie when wearing headphones.
When I bought my HD580s in the last century, it didn't occur to me that the cushioning around the ears and over the head would eventually wear out and have to be replaced. Replacing the earpads for the HD580s today costs close to $50, while the headband cushioning is currently priced at around $9, and as far as I know, these can only be purchased directly from Sennheiser who of course tacks on an additional shipping and handling charge of $6.50.
Because of this, before buying the HD555s I called Sennheiser to ask about replacement earpads for the HD555s, and at the time I called (less than a month from the date of this review) the price (not including S&H) was $17.23. That I can live with and I may buy an extra pair of earpads for the HD555s now so I'll have a pair when the time comes to replace the originals. I neglected to ask if they also have a replacement cushion for the headband, but there are always DIY ways to make a headband softer. Also, Sennheiser sells a short 1/4" to 1/8" adapter cable that appears to be about the same size as the Grado Mini Adaptor Cable - 1/4 Inch to 1/8 Inch Plug. The current price for the Grado adapter cable is $14.95, whereas the price I was quoted by Sennheiser for their adapter cable was $5.35. Here are some Sennheiser part numbers in case they may be of use to you, for not everything they have is listed at their site: the adapter cable is 092595, a pair of replacement ear cushions for the HD555s is 094738, and the Sennheiser HH 10 Headphone Holder for Over-the-Head Style Headphones is 510615 and for that I was quoted $16.30 (Amazon's current price is $19.95).
The holder I just mentioned is included when one buys Sennheiser HD595 Dynamic High Grade Performance Premiere Headphones, which are considerably more expensive than the HD555s. I mention the HD595s because a headphone loving sleuth discovered that the HD595s use the exact same Sennheiser drivers as the HD555s. The smoking gun is photo of a Sennheiser package containing a left-side driver for, as it says on the package: "HD 555/HD 595." (While the photo was originally posted elsewhere by someone other than Mike B., you can view it at [...], in his article "Sennheiser HD 555 to HD 595 Mod." I have not tried the modification. Yet.)
I sometimes wear my M50s when working out, but I would not do anything potentially sweaty while wearing the HD555s for the simple reason that I would not want to get sweat on the velour ear pads. (In addition, because they are open-back headphones, the HD555s do not provide noise-isolation, making them unsuitable for noisy activities.) The HD555s are super comfortable and I can wear them for hours without any discomfort at all.
These days I never use headphones without using a headphone amplifier such as the FiiO E11 Portable Headphone Amplifier or the FiiO E10 USB DAC/amp. (DAC, by the way, refers to digital to analog converter. All media players contain DACs, but using an external DAC such as the E10, which is a DAC/amp combo, or the FiiO E7 USB DAC and Portable Headphone Amplifier with a laptop or desktop bypasses the computer sound card and results in an appreciably cleaner, clearer signal.)
I highly recommend the HD555s, for music listening (though keep in mind that the bass is okay but would not satisfy a bass head) and especially for movie watching, etc., because of their incredible soundscape. They can be had for a decent price these days now that they are technically an older model (and are no longer listed on Sennheiser's site, though you can still find information about them there if you dig for it), and while I'm not in a position to say how they sound compared to the HD595s, the fact that they use the same drivers as that considerably more expensive model is something to keep in mind. An easy 5 stars.
Most recent customer reviews
Returned to Amazon for a refund. Happy with Amazon.