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What is the difference between the HD 58X and the HD 579? I compared the 579 to the 598 and 6xx and found them to be easy to drive, a bit leaner and very articulate. Very nice for jazz/classical/acoustic material. W
here does the 58x fit in the mix?
The original HD580 was the first in the HD580,HD600,HD650 series and was the top of Sennheiser's line until it was replaced by the marginally improved HD600. You can't make comparisons based on numbers when it comes to Sennheiser or you might mistakenly think that the 598 or 599 is a better headphone than the 580 or that it is almost as good as the 600 since the numbers are so close. They are just names...
The HD580 is in a different league than the HD579.
OK. So what is the difference? To repeat, the 579 has a dry and articulate sound as well as a tight bass, compared to the 598 and the 6xx, and was easy to drive though I tried them all with the same dac/amp. Thus the question remains: what is the sonic signature of the 58x compared to the others? Just took a chance on the 579s and I like them very much. They're $99 at Amazon. No regrets.
While overall sound signature could be similar , It's reasonable to expect the 58X to have more body and depth to the notes, as well as better detail retrieval to some degree.
The 58x should sound fairly similar to the 6xx, but with more recessed upper mids and low treble. I expect the highs to be a little uneven as well. More so than the 6xx at least. Bass won't be as plentiful or go as deep although I don't expect it to be less detailed.
Man, if your assumption is correct, then I'll definitely pass on this one, since any less treble than on 6XX it's a no go zone for me.
Not to stretch this out, but in direct comparisons on a bunch of different material I find that the HD579 can sound clearer and faster than the HD598 or the HD6xx, and i'm talking acoustic based stuff, be it popular, classical or jazz. The upper bass doesn't bump into the lower midrange. It's there in it's own space. Of course that's my ears and the volume that I listen at, and everyone is different. But I've been a professional musician for most of my life and I know what instruments sound like. So, I'd really like to hear someone else who has compared them all give an opinion.