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I've listened to a number of headphones at different price points but very few have surprised me as much as these.
This is the Sennheiser HD 58x review.
So let me first say I've been a fan of Sennheiser since at least 2011 with the beige hd598 starting my headphone collection from the brand. Since then I've run into a few misses for me personally and some home runs. One thing that the brand name means to me is quality.
That's what you get with the HD58x it's built to a price so there are some spots that seem kinda cheap as far as the build like the paint job for instance doesn't seem like it will endure all that long. While the ear pads seem like they are there to remove all your troubles in life while you are wearing them. They are seriously comfortable. The actual build if the headphones is surprisingly good. It's metal band and plastic exterior and remains lightweight. This does have the Sennheiser clamp so it does take a bit to break them in and I've got a large head and it only took me a few days and I was fine. Otherwise I love the cables that come with the headset as they are replaceable and there are no microphonics to speak of.
Now onto what you are looking forward to the most, to the sound. Let me preface this by stating I'm not an audiophile but an enthusiast. There is no way around this. This is a very balanced smooth sounding headphone. This is where all the money went into this set of cans. The treble is very detailed and sparkly without being fatiguing. The mids on this are to die for and sound liquid like very organic and natural. There is also a surprising amount of base for a pair of open back headphones. That's not to say it's for base heads it is accurate and detailed and has nice extension.
Overall I'm very surprised at how much I enjoy this headset it seriously is just that good. I hope to give a listen to the HD 6xx sometime for comparison. But until then if you've got $150 you could seriously do a lot worse than this.
Have you compared them directly to your 598s? Ive had a pair of 598s that I adore for over a decade but I'm wondering if the 58x would be a worthwhile upgrade sound wise
I have a pair of 598se which the differences between consist of color, black and a 3.5 mm cord as standard. These were my go to headphones for a long while. The 58x jubilee have replaced them for literally everything. The 598 have a much larger soundstage but in every other aspect in sound the 58x are more detailed and balanced to my ear. I actually had the Shure se846 that I was listening to and I don't like the balance of the 58x better. Highly worth the look in my opinion.