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Oct 21, 2018
I'm a professional musician and engineer. I've been a fan of the Sennheiser HD 650s for many years, but have always been curious about the Sennheiser HD 580 headphones. A mastering engineer friend of mine says she doesn't like the HD 650s, she prefers the HD580s. So when I discovered this drop, I immediately got a pair.
I know its been said many times. The HD 580 is very similar to the HD 650. I see what my friend is saying though. She doesn't like how dark the 650s sound. I personally wouldn't characterize the 650s as dark or veiled per se, but rather very smooth.
The HD58X Jubilee phones have a slightly extended high end. Its almost a little grainy, but not irritatingly so. And the bass isn't as big as the 650. I get it now, why a Grammy-nominated engineer would want slightly flatter response. I think the high end differences between these phones though come down to personal preference for the given user.
I have a couple of different setups in my studio. My main mixing setup in my studio, I use an Antelope Audio Zen Studio+, which has excellent conversion. I also use an Apogee Groove DAC when I'm on the road. The Groove is an exceptional portable DAC, that another great engineer introduced me to. The HD 58X Jubilee headphones don't work quite as well with the Antelope. Thats not to say they don't sound great. They are just exceptional with the Apogee Groove.
When I just want to listen to music on my phone, I use the HD 58X headphones since they are a bit easier to drive. They're very comfortable like the HD 650 headphones. The HD 58X have become my go-tos for day to day listening.
These are in my humble opinion, the best value in audiophile/studio headphones on the market. Hopefully this review helps you decide on whether you want to join the HD 58X drop when it rolls around again. Just do it. You won't regret it.
Oct 21, 2018
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