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Sennheiser HD 558
8.3 out of 10

Sennheiser HD 558

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Overall 9
9.0

Expert Review

head-fi.org
30 November 2012
  • Summary: Pros: - Airy presentation with good soundstage (great for music and movie too) - Balanced, entertaining sound - One of the most comfortable headphone what i have Cons: - 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
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

head-fi.org
30 November 2012
  • 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.
  • Cons: Cracks developed from suspect build quality
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Overall 10
10

Expert Review

head-fi.org
30 November 2012
  • 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!
  • Pros: Everything
  • Cons: none
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Overall 8
8.0

Expert Review

head-fi.org
30 November 2012
  • 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
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Overall 9
9.0

Expert Review

head-fi.org
30 November 2012
  • 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.
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Overall 10
10

Expert Review

head-fi.org
30 November 2012
  • 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. I'll keep this video short and crisp.
  • 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!
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Overall 10
10

Expert Review

head-fi.org
30 November 2012
  • 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.
  • Cons: Lacking deep bass extension
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Overall 9
9.0

Expert Review

head-fi.org
26 November 2012
  • Summary: Let me start off by saying that I am not really an audiophile by my nature. A good portion of my library is in mp3 format; I occasionally listen to things on YouTube. That, and my music taste forces me to listen to a lot of badly-recording old records and stuff. By nature, I'm a musician.
  • Pros: Lush, very good at reproducing natural sounds, feels like you're being enveloped in a warm bath of amniotic fluid
  • Cons: Mid-bass bleed, slightly veiled
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Overall 9
9.0

Expert Review

head-fi.org
24 November 2012
  • Summary: In my endless search for headphones that fit, and fit, are comfy, and satisfy my sound tastes; my dumbo ears have led me to very few outlets to choose from. I chose to try the Sennheiser 558, as it gets rave reviews, and such.
  • Pros: SOUND. looks, earcup size
  • Cons: A bit clampy, bit inside touches ears, cable
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Overall 9
9.0

Sennheiser HD 558

PC Magazine
7 September 2012
  • 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.
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