Excerpt: They've come down in price recently but even a year ago when purchased on sale they've held up to their price range. After reading numerous reports about requiring a burn in period I gave it a shot and they definitely got louder but the bass never came in as full as expected. Could be for a multitude of reasons ranging from an onboard sound card to no DAC.
Excerpt: Just want to say this and get this out in the open: these are open-ended headphones. That means that music leaks out. What this this mean and what implications are there? Well obviously this means that you cannot take this on the bus or the library unless you just happen to have zero sensitivity for other people and have no manners.
Excerpt: Overall I like these Sennheiser 555s. They sound great and since that's their primary function, in that aspect the 555s are a success. You can purchase these for under a benjamin, which makes them a reasonably good deal. There is a modificaiton you can do to upgrade the 555s to a higher sennheiser model, although i personally have not done it nor do i have the intention to. But i have read that it's relatively simple.
Excerpt: These were my first "high end" pair of headphones, and I have been incredibly happy with them in the three years I've owned them. Thus far, they are still working perfectly even three years after purchase and have no significant wear or tear at all. These are over the ear headphones, with big, softly padded ear cups that fit comfortably on the head.
Excerpt: I purchased Sennheiser's HD 555's as a replacement for my HD 280's which had broken after years of heavy use. Despite being roughly the same price on sale (in the neighborhood of $80), these are very different headphones. The HD 555's are an open design, meaning sound leaks in and out freely. Unless the volume is fairly high, I can converse with music playing.
Excerpt: I purchased this set of headphones in February 2007 as a birthday gift to myself. I am not an audiophile, but I appreciate high quality sound. My last pair of headphones was the Sennheiser HD-202 and they were decent, but I was looking for the next level up. These headphones are not extremely expensive, as audiophile quality headphones can be. I compared these to the Grado SR-60s and decided to purchase these due to a friend's recommendation and a more attractive style.
Best headphones I have used despite the design being open air
9 September 2012
Excerpt: I have owned the HD555 for about 2 months and it has been a fantastic experience. The previous headphones I used were the Steel Series 4H and I thought those were great. Just to let you know, I am a gamer and I enjoy sound as much as a movie nut. Compared to the 4H headphones, these sound alot better. The highs are crisp and I love the bass just as much. Although these aren't surround, I can still hear teammates and enemies approaching the area I'm in.
Sennheiser HD 555 Headphones create a personal world of sound.
9 September 2012
Excerpt: I have owned a pair of Sennheiser HD 555 Headphones for about six months now. I use them with my MP3 player, TV (it has a headphone jack), and my computer. I have listened to a variety of movies, videos, and music with these headphones. I used to be a habitual user of earbud headphones, but the Sennheiser HD 555 Headphones have replaced every single pair of them. When I'm watching movies or videos, it feels like I am in my own personal movie theater.
Excerpt: This phone is the cheaper version of the Sennheiser 595s which are some of the best phones you can buy(at least under the 500 mark). The are remarkably similar to the 595s both quality wise and sonic signature. The 595s have slightly cleaner treble and bass but for a good bit more money. THe 555s have slightly warm and foward sound with a natural soundstage, with excellent detail... though not quite as good as the high end level phones.
Excerpt: My husband absolutely loves these headphones. After working in a factory for 40 plus years he has a problem hearing certain pitches making it difficult for him to hear the television at a reasonable level. For him to hear the volume would have to set so high it actually hurt my ears! He says these are lightweight, fit very well, and are comfortable to wear even though they look somewhat bulky.