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Sennheiser HD 558

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Item #: 143HD558
 

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Surround yourself with rich sound
Get superb headphone sound from your music and movies with Sennheiser's HD 558 headphones. The HD 558s feature special internal surround reflectors that acoustically enhance spatial imaging, so you'll enjoy more immersive sound with your movie soundtracks. Sennheiser's "Eargonomic Acoustic Refinement" (E.A.R.) system uses an advanced earcup design to deliver a "speaker-like" listening experience with improved levels of detail. These 'phones also include sophisticated driver elements that use lightweight aluminum voice coils and powerful rare-earth magnet structures to deliver exceptional transparency, high efficiency, and excellent dynamic response.

Built for comfort
The HD 558's open, around-the-ear design features soft velour earpads and headband that let you listen in comfort for hours — even if you're wearing glasses. You also get a single-sided cord that's detachable, so you can easily untangle it. Plus, if the cord gets damaged you can simply replace it instead of having to buy a whole new pair of headphones.

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Highlights:

  • open, around-the-ear design with replaceable velour padded earcups
  • padded adjustable headband for a comfortable, custom fit
  • internal surround reflectors enhance spatial imaging for more immersive listening experience
  • Sennheiser "Ergonomic Acoustic Refinement" (E.A.R.) design channels audio signals directly into your ears for greater detail
  • dynamic drivers with powerful neodymium magnets provides high efficiency and excellent dynamics
  • advanced Duofol diaphragms for transparency and minimal distortion
  • frequency response: 15-28,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 112 dB (1kHz/1Vrms)
  • impedance: 50 ohms
  • 10-foot detachable oxygen-free copper cable with full-sized headphone plug
  • includes stereo mini plug adapter
  • weight (w/o cable): 9.6 oz.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Fit Style
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Around-the-Ear
Earcup Type
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Open
Noise-canceling
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No
Bluetooth
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No
Frequency Response
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15-28k Hz
Sensitivity
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112 dB
Impedance
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50 Ohms
Weight
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9.6 ounces
Cord Length
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120"
Airline Adapter Included
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No
iPod Control
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No
Volume Control
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No
Built-in Microphone
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No
Parts Warranty
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2 Years
Labor Warranty
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2 Years
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What's in the box?

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  • Over-the-ear headphones
  • 10' Detachable cord terminated with a standard 1/4" connector
  • 1/4" to 1/8" Adapter
  • Specifications on box

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Features

Eargonomic Acoustic Refinement (E.A.R.): Sennheiser's E.A.R. technology enables ideal sound channeling for an exceptional listening experience. Additionally, sound is optimized using angled acoustic baffles parallel to the listener's ear.

Elliptical Circumaural Ear Cups: The HD 558 headphones feature an around the ear design; the velour covered ear cups are adjustable on multiple axes and the headband extends to optimize fit.

Open Sound: The HD 558 headphones feature high-quality metal mesh over the back of the ear cups for open and transparent sound.

Advanced Duofol Diaphragm: The diaphragms of dynamic headphones typically consist of a very thin film, moved by an attached coil. Sennheiser's Advanced Duofol diaphragm technology effectively eliminates standing waves inside the capsule by using a computer optimized diaphragm shape for purer sound reproduction.

Aluminum Voice Coils: The HD 558s utilize extremely lightweight aluminum voice coils to improve efficiency and ensure excellent transient response.

Gold-Plated Connector: The included cable features a gold-plated 1/4" connector; a 1/4" to 1/8" (3.5mm) adapter is also included.

 
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4 out of 5

Good for the price

Written By NickL, Hampton, Va on Friday, May 24, 2013
 
For the price, these are great headphones. Great clarity and good bass. I expected them to be a bit louder and the bass to be a little bit deeper but thats because i was comparing them to the Beats By Dre Studios that i lost. Couldn't see myself paying $300 for another pair of headphones. The biggest downfall of these headphones for me is the huge 6.3mm jack. These were clearly designed for home use. I am deployed and intended to use these with my Iphone5. they come with a 3.5mm adapter which is good except that it now makes the jack 3/4 the length of my phone and its also thicker in diameter than my phone is. It's very bulky and inconvenient. I wish the original plug was 3.5mm with a 6.3mm adapter. I've been searching for a replacement from the manufacturer but none exist. I've tried to use other 3.5 to 3.5 male cables but they wont fit in the actual headphone. because of the size of the plug and adapter, i cant use these headphones while i walk around or at the gym as i intended because its very uncomfortable to put in your pocket or use with a sports strap. i almost wish i'd paid the extra $ for another pair of Beats.
Pros:
great sound for the price
Cons:
Cabling and adapters not ideal for mobile devices.
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5 out of 5

Very Nice

Written By Big E, Millville, UT on Sunday, April 14, 2013
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For the money, I am not sure you can find a better headphone. In its price range it seems unbeatable. It does not match the sound performance of an expensive sealed headphone, but in my opinion you would have to pay much more to improve the sound that this headphone produces.
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4 out of 5

Nice and good value

Written By Chas, Oklahoma City on Thursday, November 29, 2012
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Great headphones in this price range. They are not noise reduction but open which is OK for my use (in my house) as I can hear interruptions (rare) so that I am not oblivious to what is going on. Good service from Crutchfield as usual.
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5 out of 5

Great Buy

Written By Patrick M., Newport News, VA on Tuesday, April 17, 2012
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Truly a nice headphone. Very comfortable although at first felt a bit snug until I made all the minor adjustments to fit my head. Ear cups are soft and don't make your head sweat. Headband is plush. Overall lightweight is nice. Detachable cord is awesome and the native 1/4 inch gold jack feels snug and secure. Thick cable is a plus. Must be twice the size of my HD525 cable.

Compared to my old and faded HD525s, these 558s are on another level comfort and sound-wise. Tighter bass, full warm mids and comfortably crisp highs make these a pleasure. My 525s lasted almost 10 years, and I guess I could have bought the replacement parts, but the investment in these 558s was well worth the cost. The upgraded sound and low impedance lets me play this thing on my iphone without problem, although I would recommend upping the bass level when using such low power devices.

I'm glad I stuck with the Sennheiser brand. I was thinking of trying out another line like Bose, but I realized how long my 525s lasted and thought I could get the same value out of these.
Pros:
low impedance makes it an all-around good listen. Soft, plush padding, lightweight. Warm and tight sound.
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5 out of 5

Sennheiser HD 558

Written By LanseJ, Tavares, Florida on Saturday, September 17, 2011
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High-quality headphones that fit well and are very comfortable. The velour material around the ears and across the headpiece is exceptional. Excellent sound quality and frequency range. The only down-side is that external noise is not shut out as well as the Bose Acoustic series, which I also own. Overall I would say the Sennheiser 558 headphones are a good buy. Nice to have the detachable 10 foot cord with the gold mini-jack adapter.
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1 question already asked

Is the HD 558 good for listening to movies on one's home theater; ie, Onkyo av receiver? [ Alton  Dec 24, 2013 ]
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  • Thanks, Jeff! Just trying to figure out if the HD 598 is worth the extra cost over the HD 558? Also, how would you rate the following: 1. Audio Technica M50 2. Sony MDR-V6 3. Sony MDR-7506 Thanks for the info!! [ Alton   Dec 26, 2013 ]
  • These headphones will do a great job of giving you stereo sound from your home theater system. You can check out the reviews tab for some details on what other customers have experienced with these headphones (currently rated 4.5 out of 5 stars). [ Jeff Staff  Dec 26, 2013 ]

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