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Sennheiser HD559

Open-back over-ear headphones

4 Reviews | 2 questions - 2 answers

Item # 143HD559

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Product Highlights:

  • over-the-ear, open-back design for spacious sound
  • 38mm drivers tuned to deliver deep bass
    • Sennheiser's "Ergonomic Acoustic Refinement" (E.A.R.) design sends audio signals directly to your ears
  • padded headband and large, soft velour earcups
  • detachable 10-foot cable with 1/4" connector
  • frequency response: 14-26,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 108dB
  • impedance: 50 ohms
  • weight: 9.9 ounces
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Over-ear headphones (black)
  • 10' Cable with 1/4" (6.3mm) plug (attached to headphones)
  • Safety Guide

Excellent sound and nice to have a long cord. Only slight negative is that headphones are somewhat large and heavy, but not uncomfortable.

Anonymous, Scarborough, ME


Sennheiser HD559 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(4 Reviews)

High end sound

Calvin from San Bernardino, CA on 6/15/2018

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It is difficult to rate high end headphones. I've listened to the Bose wireless and it is very good. I have a good collection of high end headphones. The Sennheiser HD559 is definite high end. It has a soft sound but reproduces all frequencies very well. One can listen to it for an extended time. I like the HD559 especially with classical music, popular instrumental bands and orchestras. If you listen to rap, I would prefer not to use the HD559. But this is all my opinion. You have to decide for yourself. The listening test should last for weeks. Listen to well recorded music and from good headphone amplifiers. If you use it to listen on the computer, you need a better sound card and realize not all computer generated music is well recorded. For this price point, you can't go wrong unless you prefer rap.

Pros: comfortable fitting, high frequencies are soft but easily heard, a good bargain

Cons: first opinions of the sound quality is deceiving.

Listen and Relax

Danny from Tipp City, OH on 2/13/2018

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I bought these headphones to replace a pair I had used for about 25 years. The old pair was getting rather uncomfortable and unimpressive in sound. These HD559 headphones are amazing. One thing I really like about them is the open back design. I seldom (if ever) listen to music in a noisy environment. So the noise-cancelling and blocking design of many headphones is something I really don't need. In fact, I like the open back design because I can relax better. If something unexpected does occur, such as the door bell ringing, I will not be sealed away and unable to hear. I really do not like being closed off from my environment. And the sound? Just great! I have been listening to music and movies in amazement with these HD559s. I am completely satisfied.

Pros: Open back plus good sound

Cons: My speakers might feel neglected

Sennheiser HD559

Anonymous from Scarborough, ME on 11/23/2017

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Excellent sound and nice to have a long cord. Only slight negative is that headphones are somewhat large and heavy, but not uncomfortable.

Pros: Great sound and very good quality.

Cons: Large size and slightly heavy.

super equipment

Kordian from Fanwood, NJ on 12/31/2016

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super equipment, very good sound, comfort, and useful long cable.

Pros: ergonomics, quality of sound

Cons: non


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Features and Specs

Earcup Type Open
Earcup Width x Height 3.542" x 4.531"
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Mic For Taking Calls No
iPhone Control No
Lightning Connector No
Android Control No
Frequency Response 14-26k Hz
Sensitivity 108 dB
Impedance 50 Ohms
Weight 9.9 ounces
Cord Length 120"
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Volume Control No
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

Product Research


Overview: The new Sennheiser HD 5 series of headphones feature a contemporary design with a soft, padded headband and ear cups. Featuring Sennheiser's proprietary transducer technology and E.A.R. (Ergonomic Acoustic Refinement) design, the HD 5 series headphones deliver excellent sound quality from your home stereo system. The HD 559 model has a detachable 10' cable with a 1/4" (6.3mm) plug.

Open Back Design: The HD 559 headphones feature an open back design that lets you be a part of your listening environment. Sennheiser's E.A.R. technology directs the sound directly to your ears to give you a natural sounding listening experience, similar to listening to well-placed loudspeakers. The high-end transducers used in the HD 5 series delivers deep, satisfying bass with clean, smooth mids and highs.

Stylish: The elegant look of the HD 559 is highlighted by the large soft padded detachable ear pads with comfortable black velour. The wide padded headband adds to the overall comfort.


  • Frequency Response: 14Hz - 26kHz
  • Impedance: 50Ω
  • Sound Pressure Level (1 kHz/1 Vrms): 108dB
  • THD (1 kHz/100dB): <0.2%
  • Weight: 9.9 ounces

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have had other like products, good quality & reliable devices. [ william  Jun 24, 2017 ]
present for sons [ Coleen Butler  Jun 19, 2017 ]

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There is no mention of a shorter or secondary cable for these headphones anywhere. I cannot find information on the plug that connects to the headphones. I don't think one is offered and that they don't encourage you to use a different cable with them. My Bio: [ Paul  Jul 10, 2017 ]  Staff
I'm afraid we don't offer a replacement cable that would work with the Sennheiser HD559 headphones at this time. You may want to try checking Sennheiser's parts & accessories store directly; you can find that on their website here: Hope that helps! [ Larry  Jul 11, 2017 ]  Staff

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