Excerpt: Great set of headphones. Feel very light on the ears. Sound is pretty good. I wish the connector on the end did like my Audio-Technica's and had a better adapter for going from 1/4 jack to the 3.5mm jack. The Audio-Technicas's you screw off the 1/4 adapter. These come with an adapter that makes the plug bulky.
Summary: Comfort and build
These headphones are extremely comfortable, I have worn them for upwards of 8 hours, with out my ears hurting. The ear pads do collect a lot of "stuff" like lint and animal hair very easily. The HD558s are build very well, holding up to abuse I put them through. Even though they are made completely of plastic, it feels of top quality.
I love the sound signature of these headphones.
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.
The Sennheiser HD558 maintains the classic headphone look with good styling.
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. Never overly resonant, just enough bite to give realism but not intrusive. Imaging is very nice, but transients are a little weak.
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 bought these as a replacement for my HD500's which were long in the tooth but lasted 12+ years. I mostly used them for online gaming. The HD558's were a natural replacement. The main thing I noticed is they are comfy. At first they feel a little tight so I was concerned but pretty soon you forget they are even on. One annoyance is that the 2.5mm fitting into the actual headset requires a twist to release or fit.
Summary: These headphones are by far the best I have owned. The sound is great for music gaming and movies. The cable that comes with it is very long and even though it comes out of the headphones it is a special cable which has a locking mechanism and is very hard to replace or find a smaller length online.I did manage to find a replacement online it has to be sent from China and cost about £12 with postage it hasn't arrived yet so I cannot comment on it or if its worthy of the...
Summary: Loving these headphones. The sound quality is above what I expected at this price. There's no sound cancelling, but when you have sound pumped into them you're not going to notice. Full highs, mid, and lows with a lovely projection that makes the sound feel wider. Like most outputs the benefit from adjusts to a graphic equaliser. In vanilla mode they are more than capable of warmth and clarity.
Summary: The adult movies I watch to relief myself of excessive hormonal stress was never the same again after using these headphones. The sound was so crisp. The high ends of the spectrum was rich. I can't say much for the bass in these headphones, but these headphones make sure you hear everything else. Using these headphones was almost like it was playing out loud through speakers.