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How do these compare to HD598SE? Sennheiser got me confused with all these numbers. Doesn't the higher number in the family represent better overall listening experience? The HD800 is the king, with the HD700 in second. Now the HD600/HD650/HD6xx/HD660S is a long line of great sounding headphones, but the higher number equals newer better sounds, it's an obvious step up from the older brother(s).
The HD598 is the middle ground between the HD558 and HD600. How is the HD580 aka HD58x so different? I can see it shares HD600 family style and cable design, etc. As a general rule, many can assume the "Higher" number equals "Better" right?
Usually, you are correct. However, this case is different. Of the lines you mentioned, the HD580 is the oldest, and so the current naming scheme was not in place. If it helps, think of the HD580 as a HD600 version 0.1. These 58X's seem more like a custom headphone inspired by the design of the HD580 and drivers based on the design of the HD660 drivers. These will be a step above the HD598
25 years ago, before Sennheiser even had an HD line with the number 6 _ _, their flagship was the HD 580. Then, in 1993, they released a new, special limited edition called the HD 580 Jubilee. The Jubilee model was so popular that Sennheiser made a continuous production version of that headphone and called it the HD 600.
This new HD 58X Jubilee is the 25th anniversary celebration of the beginning of the HD 6_ _ line. It should stand as the entry into the HD 6_ _ line (HD 600, 650, 6XX, and 660 S), above the HD 599.
Thank you both for explaining the reasons why the HD580 was invented. I'm definitely getting one :).
It’s cool. I guess a good side effect of the numbering is that it begs the question! But, I think it’s mainly a “25th Anniversary“ thing.
its also the first time Sennheiser designed a headphone specifically exclusive for Massdrop, unique tuning instead of different colorway and accessories.