Conclusion: The no-frills Sennheiser HD 558 is easily one of the best-sounding headphone pairs available in its under-$200 price range, but it isn't designed for easy use with mobile devices or computers.
Pros: Superb audio performance with rich bass and excellent sense of space. Extremely comfortable. Strong value for price.
Cons: Open design projects some sound outward; not ideal for recording studio or office use. Lacks 3.5mm headphone jack; not ideal for listening on mobile devices or computers.
Summary: Sennheiser has recently refreshed its audiophile range of with the HD518, 558 & 598 and the fabulous HD600 is almost out leaving just the HD650. This review takes a look at the mid-tier Sennheiser HD 558, which actually turned out to be the best value headphone in the current line-up.
Summary: When looking at a headphone, you almost always forget that the more pretty, or whatever in may be that wins you over in this case, that headphone, it has a sibling.
This is the brother of a widely loved, and chosen as best for $200 bang for buck headphone, the Sennheiser HD598.
- Airy presentation with good soundstage (great for music and movie too)
- Balanced, entertaining sound
- One of the most comfortable headphone what i have
- external amplifier (or a beefy DAP) is required for maximum enjoyment (necessary for tight bass)
- Little short of the bass...
Pros: Excellent entertaining sound, airy presentation, very comfortable
Cons: only long cable, not the most detailed sound
Summary: Note that my impression is with the foam removed from behind the grills.
HD558 is a very good headphone that I would recommend to everyone to listen to. Easy to listen to, not offensive sounding or dark sounding. Good price.
No amp required.
Pros: Engaging, non fatiguing. Enjoyable sound signature. Detachable cable.
Summary: So I bought these hd 558's and I cant be happier, they rock and are a amazing headphone in all ways especially for the price!
Music like Frank sinatra and the ink spots sound awesome on these!
Summary: My chain: Lossless -> Foobar 2k -> HifimeDIY Sabre DAC -> E11
The HD558 are doing it for me right now. I was not blown away, but they really don't do anything wrong. The bass is not boomy but does bleed a tad, not ideal for classical but it's not hugely problematic.
The mids are nice.
Pros: Mostly neutral tonality, quality timber meets or exceeds expectations for the price, good presence across the spectrum, great all-rounders
Cons: Sennheiser veil, bass can bleed a little and doesn't go all the way down, mids not always as forward as I would like ideally
Summary: I have only owned this for a couple months, but it did not take long to see why these are highly regarded. They quickly became my favorite all-rounder headphone for home use. I also own the Sennheiser HD 25-1 II, and Grado SR60i, I will make some comparisons to these also.
Pros: Comfort, style, and sound are 2nd to none in its price range.
Cons: 3.5mm connector too large to fit some portables. Cable replacement is hard to find. Price continues to go up with demand, specially outside the US.
Summary: When I bought the headphones I was amazed at the comfort level these headphones offer. I must admit this is my entry into the world of premium headphones, and I truly feel pleased with my decision. So it goes without saying I'm NOT an audiophile.
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Pros: Pristine sound clarity for it's price. Very neutral sound having the right amount of everything. Very very comfortable can be worn for hours.
Cons: Just like any other open back headphone sound is audible to people around you, that's about it!
Summary: At the time of this writing, these headphones cost less than $130 on Amazon. At that price point, they are an incredible value. For some reason, these headphones seem to be damned with faint praise in many reviews on the web.
Pros: Forward, engaging mids. Overall euphonic, non-fatiguing, super comfortable, etc.