As enthusiasts, we hope for a really great experience and value in what we buy.
Consistently (for the past 26 years), Sennheiser has been providing great value with a great musical experience in the HD580, HD600, and HD650/HD6XX. They all use the same driver design and materials.
These models are community recommended “go-to” favorite headphones. Massdrop’s own version of HD650 (the HD6XX) has sold over 50,000 pairs during the past year.
The only real requests for changes we see have to do with color, comfort, a “veil” to the sound perceived by some, and the amount of amplification they need to sound their best.
For colorway, the new HD58X goes back to the HD580 Jubilee roots and is black with dark grey grills.
For comfort, the pads do soften over time and the headband can be “massaged” by slightly bending the frame to make less clamping force. There are instructions online explaining how to do this.
For amplification, these are a bit easier to drive. Reports are coming back that these are about 4 decibels louder on portable devices like cell phones.
For the “Sennheiser veil” perceived by some...
New Driver Unveiling
What has not changed in the HD58X Jubilee?
-Still has 38mm dynamic drivers.
-Still audiophile quality.
-Same tooling, comfort, interchangeable 600/650/6XX/660S parts in the rest of the headphone.
What is different in the HD58X Jubilee?
-300 ohm resistance lowered to 150 ohms.
-Voice coil material has changed, it has a lower electrical resistance.
-Diaphragm shape has been revised.
-Different damping scheme and acoustic baffle.
These changes were made to lower impedance (easier to drive) as well as increase the top end of the frequency range. In the “air” treble region of 12kHz-15kHz, there is better extension as compared to the HD600/650. The bass rolls off a little earlier than typical for the line as a tradeoff for lower distortion in the area. We have requested an increase to bass extension if Sennheiser can do so without any negative effects by the time of production and they have agreed.
These new drivers have been characterized as clearer, faster, and more lively in presentation...without requiring specialized gear.
Audiophiles like to say that the 580/600/650/6XX “scales well” with better gear.
The HD58X are designed to perform well “out of the box” with almost anything you plug them into.
They're great with your laptop or phone but as with all headphones in this series, you gain a lot by adding a dedicated amplifier.
This driver is closely related to the driver in the new HD660S. EDIT: Same size (both 38mm as confirmed by Sennheiser), same materials, there are some differences in the damping scheme and driver housing.
This is the newest evolution for the line, another beginning deserved by the line-up that started with the HD580 25 years ago. Add these to your collection to complement HD6XX/K7XX/HE-350 or start your journey here.
The packaging will be simplified to reduce cost. The 600/650/6XX come in hefty “presentation boxes” which may be piling up in your closet.
After the first drop, the price will increase in future drops. The magnitude of the increase is unclear pending production of the HD58X.
The Massdrop x Sennheiser HD58X Jubilee pays homage to the headphone that started it all and represents the start of the next chapter…