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Don't get me wrong with the 2 star review. Sennheiser is a fantastic brand. This review is based on comparing other high end products. Overall I find the 58x's uncomfortable, surprisingly closed off for open ear headphones, and in an odd position regarding use with a amp. 150 ohms is a nice drop from 300, however its nowhere near as usable as my pair of original 598's. If your ok with alot of clamping force, and want a stiff pair of open ear headphones these are a great choice though.
Let them burn in fully and break into them... it takes some time but eventually there very comfortable.
How about your thoughts on the sound though?
The clamping force is excessive out of the box. Gave me a headache. I also own the 579s which are ridiculously comfortable right out of the box, light as air, so I was initially disappointed in the fit of the 58x. But I carefully worked the metal extensions over a few days, massaging out some of the stiff curve, and now they're perfectly comfortable. So much so that I often fall asleep with them on for the whole night.
The bass extension on the 58X is fantastic, especially after burn in. I believe they have the best deep bass response of the 600 line, and even though I'm not a basshead I really appreciate the depth and quality of the lows. There's a mod you can do to dampen the drivers that improves bass balance and definition, tightens it up a little without sacrificing the lowest frequencies. It seems easy enough to do and it's not permanent so if you don't like the effect it's easily reversible.
This might seem like a lot of trouble to go thru for high quality headphones, but it's more than worth the effort. At least the headband adjustment is. The sound these headphones produce is right in the sweet spot for me: smooth, refined, somewhat sophisticated, full well rounded mids, and clear "fresh" trebles that might not be as smooth as the 6xx but are more lively and dynamic without any grittiness. A little less clinical, a little more fun. And powered by a proper amp they're that much more full, dynamic, seamless, smooth and lovely with nearly all genres of music. These are probably too refined to fully experience EDM and hip hop, but for my musical library they're perfect, especially for acoustic and vocals. John Lee Hooker sounds spectacular! Addictive.
Overall the sound great, compared to hd 598's the extra low end really means everything. I don't have a critical enough ear to comment on the mids and highs, although sennheiser delivers as always. The main thing I would say though is that the hd 599's are a drastically better product for those wanting a lighter more comfortable pair. They go for $130's new on ebay at the moment and score higher on critical listening on rtings vs the 58x's.
Whoa never heard of the 599s, are those new haha?
Also avoid the 598Cs at any cost, they sound horrific with a spiky midrange making vocals and piano sound like a chalkboard being scratched.