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So normally I write reviews in german language. So I hope you apologize any mistake. Thus I will give you my quick opinion.
I already owned the HD598Cs, HD600, HD700 and listened to the HD650. I currently own the HD660S and till receiving the HD58X the 660s was my top Sennheiser pair of headphones. For my taste the HD58X is the best headphone money can buy if you want to get the entry in the Sennheiser world audiophile headphones.
Tyll Hertsens complained about a grainyness with the HD660S. Now comparing the HD660S and the HD58X I know what he said. The HD58X has the best bass extension and the best highs. Mids are not emphazised and sound very neutral for me. Everything is impressive and controlled. The HD58X sounds like the HD660S very lively an authentic.
The harshness of the 660S in the upper highs are missing. Perfect!
I use Sonaworks and the HD58X sounds flat nearly the same like the HD660S with Sonaworks operting but without compenation of the listeners age. ;)
I love the HD58X and ordered a second pair as backup. They are at the same grade as the Focal ELEX I own, too.
For 149 USD and approx. 175€ included shipment and tax they are not only a bargain, they are perfect!
Herewith my mesurements HD600, HD660S and HD58X. Btw. if they would ask me the HD58X should be sold as HD6600 in future from Sennheiser directly. ;)
Just an old fashion screenshot with my smartphone. Top measurement is HD58X, lowest is HD600.
So decide on your own.
"They are at the same grade as the Focal ELEX I own, too."
Can you please explain? The price gap is huge between those two. So I'm wondering how those 150$ can keep up...
Of course I can. In tonality the sound similar. The ELEX has more punch, refinement and dynamics. You have to know... before I owned the Elear and I sold it immediately as I knew the Elex will be released. ELEX sounds 98% of the clear, so it is a bargain, too.
HD58X definitively is superior to the Elear regardless of less dymamics... about 10 to 15 percent or so. For it's price currently the HD58X is the best pair of headphones you can buy if you like the tonality I described.
I've heard the 58X mids are moderatedly worse than the HD6XX and Elex.
Is this true? With mids being such an important part of audiophilia if it's worse by a lot can you still recommend them?
Let's say HD650 mid levels are 10/10 from 1-10.
How would you rate the HD5X mid levels?
Also you said:
The ELEX has more punch, refinement and dynamics
And then said the HD58X is better for the tonality you described - isn't refinement important making the superior ELEX if HD58X isn't as refined?
Okay... the measurement comparison will talk for itself...
To answer your question, both have 10/10. In tonality I do not see a winner.
As I said I ordered a second Jubilee, then I will proof how that one will measure. ;)
I'd have to disagree and state that the Elex is far superior to the 58X as an owner of both. The Elex has a much higher control of dynamics, imaging and separation. They also have a speed with transients that the 58X just cannot keep up with. Throw in the much better extension of the Elex and you have one of the best sub-$1,000 headphones to come out in recent years. Build quality and included accessories are also superior. The storage box is one of the nicest I have ever owned and the included balanced XLR cable is quality.
With all that said, I still do enjoy the 58X especially considering the price point. But comparing them to the Elex really isn't fair. I do however, like the 58X more than the 6XX. The 6XX is just too genre specific for me despite it doing some things better (great mids, fairly good imaging, etc). The 58X, while less technical, is a better all-rounder compared to the 6XX. The Elex is arguably my favorite all-rounder and so far, except for the heaviest of bass-y music, everything just sounds better with them.
You do not need to disagree. As I already said the tonality is very similar to the Elex but the Elex is superior in dynamics and transparency. If you like the Focal you will like the Jubilee. I never said that the Jubilee is in all aspects same or bettee than the Elex. But tonality is on both great. :)
I have to say, I agree with your assessment 100%., as an owner of the same three headphones (58X, 6xx and Elex.) I'm really enjoying the 58x and, for the price, I think they're the best bargain Massdrop has offered. However, once I put my Elex back on, I'm reminded of why they're so good.
really really like the Jubilee. Having the Elex, the 6xx and the 58x, I still feel that to me I would put them in the order that they are priced. The 58x is an amazing deal and really like the bass extension but I still give very slight edge to the 6xx/650. Nothing to complain but to me the 58X have just a touch too much mid bass that make the signature, to my ears, sightly boomy. It's nitpicking here and I'm conscious of that. At this level it's taste and subjectiveness but I do enjoy the 6xx slightly more. Now for the Elex to me they are certainly superior, on every levels even tough it's true their tonality are based around the same "flavour"
Ya I'm disappointed in my 660s and looking to sell them