Sennheiser HD58X Open Back Professional Jubilee Headphones - Black
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Build: Starting off the review is build. These headphones are built decently in my opinion. They don’t feel extremely sturdy or like they could take a ton of damage, but they don’t feel like they’re gonna fall apart on you out of nowhere either. Not the best build I’ve ever seen, but I’ve heard they last a very long time, so I don’t think it’s a huge concern. Now the sound is so detailed I don't really feel like I'm listening on headphones. The only thing that reminds me I'm not hearing full-sized speakers is the soundstage that isn't, of course, as large and deep as real full-sized speakers would provide. But the sound is really amazing. The Heron 5 is also wider than tall and not extremely forward. So, when referencing the HD58x with this amplifier, the experience feels wildly different in a physical sense. However, again, the HD6xx is the scaling champion in the mid-tier world. If you have a very nice middle tier or lower end or Summit level amplifier and DAC already, then the HD6xx churns itself into a more clean and clear feeling experience. But you NEED that for the HD6xx.
Also, due to this tight fit, the headphones won’t come of your heads like the HD 598SE does! So, you won’t have any type of fit issues like you had with the HD 598SE (where if you even sneezed, the headphones would’ve come flying off of your head!). Not much to write home about with the Massdrop box presentations. It is quite standard, just a cardboard box, some paperwork, and a ¼ adapter are included along with a short, portable length detachable cable for the HD58x.
Just keep in mind that the headband has been known to snap under pressure like Henry Hill in Goodfellas. As with the HD6XX, the high frequency of the HD58X could be a bit more intense. It avoids the sibilants very well and has a good resolution, but I see some quality advantages with the HD6XX, which are not decisive. In comparison, the lower trebles are a bit more reduced, so that the upper mids are more effective than on the HD6XX. Compared to HD-650, the HD58X was noticeably louder so direct comparison was not possible. I was too lazy to set up dual headphone amps & DACs (to EQ each separately) with volume matching for this review. Will do that for future ones.
If the clapping and screaming of people is placed at completely different places in the soundstage, he is totally okay with that if this is the price for the piercing treble he likes. For whatever reason, I found the image here significantly wider than that of an HD600, especially in playing Fallout 4.Clamping force is good, there’s hardly any headband dig, and you can wear them for long hours with minimal adjustments. Fortunately, everything else is mostly right, which is what has allowed me to keep these on my head almost indefinitely since I received them. With the HD580x, you get a sense of height that is noticeably more prominent than the width factor, which hurts separation of instruments and makes it more of a vocalist’s ideal headphone and not one suited for wide sounding recordings.
Four years ago there was even a meme on the then-fabled HD8XX (with an entire saga between said memer and Massdrop thereafter), and years after that the masses continued clamouring on and on for the HD6XX-equivalent to the HD800. For years the community heard nothing… right up to the beginning of 2021. The 58X is a fine entry into the series and a headphone that I enjoyed a lot more than I thought I would.Remember when I told you in the HD 598SE’s review that those had one of the most boring and flat sounding bass? Well, these headphones are just the reverse…. They have bass that can bring a smile to anyone’s face from a hardcore bass head to a proper audiophile. It’s only when you stop being a shallow insensitive douchecanoe do your preconceived notions of attraction fly out the window.