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View Full Discussion "Abstract": The 58X is a fun sounding, detailed and relaxed open-back Senn with little to no compromises for 95% of music lovers and gamers. It shines in the depth/detail provided in the low-end while keeping mids proportionally forward, and highs comfortably present. Imaging is orgasmic in spite of (or perhaps resulting from) a "tight soundstage".
Background: I have owned/own the Mee Audio Pinnacle PX, AKG K550 (no longer), 1more Triple Driver (same), and JVC HA-SZ1000 (you get the idea) in addition to a few less notable iems etc. My hearing is pretty good, I am young and have not been to enough shows to damage anything (yet). Having said this, I never regarding myself as a critical listener of music until much more recently in my life, instead settling for dominating bass in my audio experience. (Other headphones I have used in the past include the M50X and DT990, nothing notably high end).
Alright, onto the 58X:
Lows--Hit deeper than you'd expect with an open back set of cans, and harder too. I find that the bass in the Jubilee feels complimentary to effectively every genre I have listened to thoroughly; that is, it does not detract from any element of the music. Some reviews depict the bass as light on detail--I honestly believe this could just be interpretation/ears-of-the-listener. Listening to everything from straight up bass guitar covers, to Daft Punk's RAM etc, there is no shortage of bass detail as to warrant mentioning imho. (I recommend adding that helping hand of an amp with bass boost if you overwhelming listen to edm/hip-hop. It can stand on its on, but a little additional depth increases bass presence without killing the mid-range or high-end. Oddly, my phone, a OP6T w/ dongle seems to open up the low end enough to not need amping anyway.)
Mids--I would describe the Jubilee's mid range as slightly forward and well layered/detailed. Male vocals come off smoother and a little more present, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with the arrangement of their female counterparts. Strings are well presented and detailed (I particularly love the tone of the 58X with guitar specific songs, such as Grayson Erhard's 'Cave'). Can't find much more to say about them, to be honest. With the superb imaging (I'll mention later) that comes with the 58X, the mid range stands forwards while blending cleanly into the treble and bass.
Highs--Treble sounds natural and crisp, I do not find myself wanting any more upper end presence or detail despite what some have alluded to vis-a-vis "grain" in the certain areas of the treble. I want to call the 58X's high-end "relaxed" (i.e. easy on the ears) despite a strong presence in the overall frequency range. Is it the best treble I've ever heard? No, that would have to go to my PX's and, IIRC, the DT990--but the difference between those and the 58X just feels so insignificant. I can go from my PX to my 58X, back and forth for an hour, and feel like the latter is missing practically nothing. 990s have more detail but the sibilance detracts from that advantage greatly.
Soundstage and Imaging--Quite simply, a mixed bag. They FEEL open backed, but not notably WIDE. I'd describe the soundstage as having more verticality than width. This being said, the 'meh' soundstage is propped up by incredibly accurate imaging. Personal preference is big here, but I find the imaging to be borderline fun (trying to visualize where each sound/instrument is positioned in a room) and key to the whole experience of these particular headphones. The imaging allows for the bass to hit deep while strings sing five feet to the side, and cymbals clap ten feet behind those.
Gaming--I am used to gaming in cheap sony on ears, so these were a light years difference. Much more fun than my K550s were (could never get a good seal on em, so they were bass anemic) while also being incredibly useful for positioning. I tend to blast some Cudi over my gaming audio anyway, so the musicality keeps a smile on my face.
Odds and Ends:
Nothing else needs to be said, imo. The 58X Jubilee is a really well positioned pair of headphones for only $150--they satisfy my inner bass head (enough to where I actually enjoy them more than my SZ1000 bass cannons I no longer own) while also keeping the rest of the frequency response in check. Are they flat/balanced? No, but you should know that when you buy them, and the lows/mids/highs compliment each-other enough to keep all but the most critical listeners happy imho.
- Sound leakage is obviously an issue, but it is not nearly as bad as I expected out of an open headphone. Other will hear what you are listening to if they are less than 15 feet away, there is no background noise AND you have the volume pretty high (but how often do all three occur simultaneously, esp. in a house, which is where you should be using them). More sound leaks in than out, so watch out for that. I honestly don't mind hearing voices in the background of my music, but if you do, I advise staying in a closed room or such.
- They are conformable after a decent accumulation of hours listened. I stretched mine out a little bit to reduce clamping and have since been able to keep them on for a while a time (up to 6 hours) without needing to readjust them. However, they CAN get warm for being an open backed headphone, which I blame on the ear-cup material.
- I personally haven't had any build quality issues with my unit out of the box or since consistent use. Seems like this is really inconsistent, and I almost wonder if there are similar differences in sound quality (which might explain part of why some people hear grainy treble etc while others don't, beyond just individual hearing).
- Easy to power with mobile phones at a high enough volume, my Moto G5 could get it above a comfortable listening level, and my OnePlus more so.
- Will obviously expose a bad recording or production, don't be listening to massively compressed pop streamed from youtube and expect the 58X to iron everything out. They are not particularly harsh in this regard though, my PX can straight up sound bad with older recordings, the 58X much less so.
For EDM--the subbass extension and overall bass 'hit' keep it fun without drowning out mids (as with typical bass cannons etc). I'd say it is a smart choice for EDM keeping in mind it is still open backed and dynamic.