- Brand Name: Sennheiser
- Model Number: HD580DSP
Sennheiser HD580DSP Over-Ear Surround Sound Headphone
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- HD 580 over-ear audiophile-grade headphone
- DSP Pro digital sound processor module
- Dolby Pro Logic decoding
- Simulates three-dimensional listening environments (theater, hall, or club)
- 12 to 38,000 Hz frequency response
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This headset has a frequency response of 12 to 38,000 Hz, and definitely sounds it--the HD580's high- and low-frequency extension exceed those of most other headphones with respect to smoothness and transparency. They can be connected directly to premium hi-fi systems, including DAT, DCC, and CD players. The audiophile-grade components are designed especially for classical music and professional recording.
The Sennheiser HD580DSP has a built-in Dolby Pro Logic decoder and an internal amplifier for two pairs of headphones. The DSP Pro processor creates three-dimensional sound fields with the aid of Toltec virtual sound technology. Essentially, the DSP Pro tricks your ears into thinking they are hearing three-dimensional sound on a pair of traditional headphones or speakers. The Toltec system computes five-channel surround signals for two-channel output, with convincing results. A three-mode digital sound processor re-creates a theater, club, or hall sound environment. Standard controls (volume, bass, and balance) are enhanced by phantom and mute options.
Top Customer Reviews
First, people who claim that the HD-580 has inferior sound quality to any other headphone made or possible are imagining things. This is understandable if they've either bought substantially more expensive 'phones or believe in mystical powers conferred on audio signals by fancy wires, or whatever. If you do not fall into these categories, you will be as satisfied by the HD-580 as you can hope to be by mere headphones.
They're not particularly sensitive, and those claiming they get noticeable bass distortion at listenable levels are undoubtedly driving them from an underpowered source. With decent amplification, as from a dedicated amp or a good preamplifier, you won't find distortion at noticeable levels before you damage your hearing.
The DSP Pro, which generally comes bundled with the remaining supplies of the HD-580, really is a disappointment. I use it at the office as a simple amplifier to get a bit more volume, but when the effects processing is on sound quality becomes miserable, with the high frequencies particularly drastically affected. This is actually a shame, because the spatial effect is pretty decent. On stereo recordings so poorly mixed that entire instruments are present only in the left or right track, something rather disconcerting to hear over headphones, switching on the effects really smooths out the sound and helps pull it out of your head. The mangling of high frequencies is just too much to bear, though-- it sounds as if the vocals are coming from the bottom of a well.
For video games and so on, where fidelity to the signal is perhaps less important, I don't find it so objectionable, and it does do its job there.
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