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Definitely worth the $150, as with all Sennheiser cans the soundstage isn't the widest, but is definitely good. The bass is tasteful and it definitely hits a sweet spot for me. Much darker sound signature compared to the other 6-- series headphones, and I love it. Very rich sound. This pair of headphones pairs very well with more bass-heavy music such as rap and metal, and still excels at other genres as well. Nothing spectacular on the high end, but that can easily be overlooked. This might honestly be my favorite of the 6-- series headphones, simply based on what you get for the price.
The only negative I found was the packaging, very simplistic and uninspired, but I won't dock points because of that, understandably some compromises had to be made to offer these at this price.
Overall, these are very good headphones and I would definitely recommend them to any aspiring audiophile on a budget.
That's a very controversial review you got there. From what I'm seeing from the graphs, it seems that we are lacking a bit of low compared to the HD 6 somethings. I'm surprised you thought it is good for bass-heavy music, cos it's not what Sennheiser's known for. From what I heard (only listened on one of my friend's for half an hour, so I can't really give a verdict), the 6 series should be more of a warmer tone, and can render instrumentals really well. Seeing how this guy is tuned a little bit towards the higher end, I'm expecting a slightly colder and neutral sound from it. Somewhat closer to what ATH may offer. My headphones haven't arrived yet, so I am not in a position to speak for my set, but your review really caught me unexpected.
I found the 6 line in general to be more anemic when it comes to bass response, especially in the case of the HD 600. This particular headphone seems to be geared more towards the entry-level, and it's generally apparent in the way they produce bass. I'm not exactly a "basshead" like some, but I do appreciate it. Out of the box the bass is a little weak, but after some burn in I can confirm that it's exactly how I like it. Sennheiser isn't known for their bass, but this pair definitely strays from the norm. In fact, others are complaining that they stray too far and offer a sound signature that is too out of the ordinary for Sennheiser, I personally don't mind. Looking at other reviews, it seems that other people are also reporting that the low end on these headphones is more apparent.
It's also worth noting that I said that these pair well with basically any genre of music, I just mentioned that they pair well with bass-heavy music because it was surprising to me, seeing as how past Sennheiser cans were somewhat lacking on the low end, at least in my opinion. Both the highs and lows are tasteful on these in my opinion. But I'm interested to see how you find yours. Keep me posted.
I just read more about it on other sites. Seems that a lot of people find the bass to be pretty pronounced. It seems that it's more so because of the better bass extension and less distortion, rather than due to tuning. It's interesting how the graphs show very similar frequency response curves to those of 6xx, 650 and 660s, while still so many people say that it sounds more bassy.
Also, I'm not interpreting your comment into it being bad for other genres, but rather found it interesting you particularly picked out the bass and say it's great for them. It's really contradicting to my impression of Senn headphones, you know. This will be my first pair of Senn headphone, so I can't really say about how "Sennheiser" the sound is. Hearing from what other people said, it seems that it's using the 660s drivers, and made small improvements based on feedback on the 660s, but gave up some quality on material, design etc. I heard a lot of people saying it's more like a middle ground between 600 and 650 sound. Looking forward to it.
I have listened to some of my friend's Sennheiser 650 headphones and I loved it, but couldn't make up my mind to buy them cos they're just so hard to push and I'm in college so I'm on the go a lot and want to be able to drive it with my phone and computer somewhat adequately. Don't really want to invest in a dac/amp before I settle down. I was looking at 660s, but they're hella expensive and didn't get the best reviews. Then I saw this one while procrastinating and knew I had to buy one. I'll give you an update after my pair arrives and I got a chance to listen to them.
Yeah I definitely get your skepticism. The one thing I will say about these is that the build quality isn't quite on par with other Sennheiser headphones, but it makes sense because of what they're offering for the price. The 58X fares pretty well when not using an amp, I can plug it into my phone and it works pretty well, same thing with just plugging it straight into my computer. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Just got my pair. Enjoying it a lot. It's surprisingly easy to drive even with my smart phone. I only need around 30% to 50% more volume in my phone to get the same loudness on my m50x (38 ohms). It's also retaining a lot of details, and doesn't get distorted, unlike some 300 ohm headphones I tried on my phone. I did get your impression of a good bass. It's not super powerful, but rather has a great separation from the mids and gets my attention when there's a strong bass in the track. Compared to my (slightly) bass heavy shure se215, the bass feels slightly less powerful, but much less muddier. Comparable to my m50x, which is around the same price range, it's definitely much better at classical, especially orchestras. The separation is much better than my m50x, though the sound stage is slightly smaller than my expectations of an open back, probably my m50x is performing above average well as a closed back. I think a dac/amp may help with that. Overall a great deal. Its sounds are on par with headphones much more expensive. It's a lot like listening to a decent speaker setup rather than a headphone. I really need to burn it in a bit more to see how it goes.
Yes, one thing I should've mentioned is the soundstage, I think I covered it very briefly, but it's nothing special. In fact, it can almost be a little claustrophobic, although I don't mind.
Oh my. Got to a super quiet rooom and tried my m50x with James Blunt's You're Beautiful, and realized how strange (and small) the m50x sound stage is. Couldn't really hear it from classicals. The instruments aren't that far away from each other. You're Beautiful is another story. The prelude has two guitars, one left (further away) and one right (right next to the mic), and the hd58x renders it perfectly, as if I'm standing in the room, but m50x has the strange feeling of I'm in the wall where the first guitar is in the room left to me and the second is in the right. It's definitely not as natural. Plus it definitely is smaller.
I'm taking back my claim of small sound stage. I've been listening to it for about 40+ hours now. I was just listening to some jazz and blues from my phone in the library and then I hit "First Time" by Macy Gray, and the track starts with some guitar on the left. For a second I was scrambling to open up Spotify on the computer I'm working on cos I thought Spotify accidentally switched to the computer. Shit I was wrong. It was just the headphones. The song was slow with only a guitar, a bass and vocals. I could clearly hear where they're at. It's really like standing in a studio recording room. Trust me, I've been in one. My past impressions could be because either the headphones aren't broken in enough, or I'm listening to a track that doesn't really work out the full potential of these cans. Brilliant buy. I'm getting more and more satisfied.
Yeah I've found that the imaging with these is pretty good. These are honestly absolutely impeccable for the price.