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Does anyone know which original model this X is equivalent to.
This isn't really equivalent to any original Sennheiser model. This is mostly a budget oriented spinoff of the new HD660S. The drivers are supposed to be similar in design to the HD660S, but smaller.
It's based off a spinoff of the HD 580 -- the jubilee that was created in mark of Senn's 50th anniversary.
The name is a bit misleading. The HD58X design has more in common with the HD660S than the HD580.
I was under the impression that the HD58X drivers are smaller, re-tuned versions of the HD660S driver. Is that incorrect?
Edit: looks like they aren't smaller after all...
At least going by what cee_tee said, "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."
More than likely the same driver basket/housing as the HD 660S. Possibly the same voice coil with a less expensive driver membrane and different dampening.
No. It is related to the 580 Jubilee only in name. It has lineage with the HD 660S in the driver housing and 150 ohm impedance which COULD mean Sennheiser used the same or similar voice coil in the driver.
Yup, you're right. After reading a bit more and seeing Sennheiser's response, these seem to be a completely new addition compared to all current offerings. I'm even more interested to hear them now considering all that updates they're borrowing from the 580/600/650/660 line.
Yeah I know. I JUST got my HD 6xx and I'm breaking them in a bit before I start listening to them .... then THESE headphones catch my attention. Its been 3 day long research fest! I'm SO CLOSE to pulling the trigger but we don't know how they'll sound. Will Sennheiser make good on their promise of increased bass response? Theres NO REASON we have to sacrifice bass response for a quicker sound sig. I mean they could have LITERALLY gave us an HD 660S, ommited the balanced cable, put the regular grills on it, ditched the fancy box with the new paint job....maybe even fixed the plasticky upper mid/low treble and they would have a GRAND SLAM. It wouldn't cut into HD 660S sales since people would either buy BOTH out of curiosity or just buy the HD 660S if they don't want to wait. MANY people WILL NOT wait 3 months for a pair of headphones AFTER they paid for them. Manufacturing cost between the silk membrane used in the HD600/650 and the plastic used in other drivers might be a few pennies per unit. But WE pay big $$$$ for that difference. Sennheiser screwed themselves by not making the HD 660S a TRUELY revolutionary headphone. They should make it up AND THEN SOME with the HD58X Jubilee.