If in-ear earphones are believed to have a wider market across the globe, then headband fashioned headphones like the Sennheiser HD 558 aren’t ignored either. We’ve seen these peripherals enter the tech cosmos from behemoths like Razer, Bose, JBL, Sennheiser and likewise. Treading into the tech scene in India recently, Sennheiser’s HD 558, HD 598 and HD 518 turned out to be quite eye-catching audio peripherals. Among these, what we’ve received for a complete hands-on review is the HD 558. Taking a step forward, this successor to the HD 555 promises good performance. Flip through our analysis to know more.
The Sennheiser HD 558 headphones reached us in a smart packaging case modified to carry the headphones with an extended cable and an additional jack. The package didn’t come with any accompaniments besides the above mentioned. As we pulled out the audio peripheral, its earcups looked like huge cushions promising comfort. At 260 grams without the cord, these headphones seemed a tad heavy for some folks at our end. Dashing into its design elements, the earcups are oval and large, cushioned with a black velvet-sort cloth, ensuring comfort. They managed to cover our ears completely and seal the music within for an enticing audio experience.
The audio peripheral has been completely dipped into black hue while the oval rim on the earcups along with other markings and logos take grey attire. The earcups clearly show ‘R’ right and ‘L’ left on each side. The headband has been attached to the mid section of the back of the earcup, forming a hinge for the movement of the earcup. The portion of the headband connecting to the earcup has been appropriately fashioned to coincide with the oval earcup shape. Sennheizer letterings take their position on either sides of the headband near the earcup and at the center while the Sennheiser logo has been embossed on each earcup.
The device basically shows different hues of black. The jet black velvet-like material cushions the earcups and a similar large strip is found on the inner side of the headband. The plasticky outer portion of the earcup, the hinge connecting it to the headband altogether show different black shades. The outer side of the earcups as well as the inner side shows off a netted soft black material covering the almost exposed speakers. The product name has been printed on the inner side of the headband. The HD 558 is easily adjustable for prolonged comfortable usage.
The Sennheiser HD 558 reveal a technical spec sheet scribbled with 50 Ohms impedence @1KHz, dynamic driver, acoustic seal and 112dB sensitivity. The 9ft cord has been attached to the left earcup. The cable is detachable with a ‘twist-to-lock’ mechanism while the port has been encircled with a silver rim. Though it has been affixed with a 6.3mm jack, an additional standard 3.5mm jack has been bundled with the device. Although we liked the overall design, it didn’t come with any out-of-the box attributes altogether. Moreover, some eye-glassed folks at our end had to adjust the sides of their frame due to the strong grip of the headphones. The peripheral does not come with a volume control unit attached to the cable. This added to the inconvenience as we couldn’t control the volume directly from the headphones.
These open circumaural headphones feature E.A.R. technology which has been incorporated for enhanced base and vocal projection. Well, the device has managed to attain a good performance status. It emits loud, peppy tunes while efficiently maintaining highs and mids. The cushioned earcups securely seal your ears as the Eargonomic Acoustic Refinement (E.A.R.) design channels push audio signals directly into your ears. In several aspects, these haedphones resemble the HD 555. We got into our gaming boots for a session of Counter Strike and we must say that the experience wasn’t bad.
The earcups are cushiony and comfortable while the overall design helps with prolonged comfort.
The device comes with a detachable cable with a twist-to-lock mechanism.
The audio peripheral manages to deliver a good music experience.
The headphones don’t come with a volume control unit. So, each time you’ll have to reach your PC to adjust the volume.
The HD 558 could have been slightly on the lighter side.
The Sennheiser HD 558 headphones amalgamate a decent design and music experience. These headphones come with a share of flaws and don’t really appear completely different when compared to the HD 555. The perfect fit for prolonged use and making us tap our feet to those peppy tunes has managed to gain a good rating of 8 out of 10 for the device. Compared to the other two new entrants HD 598 and HD 518, the HD 558 is mid-priced at Rs. 8,990.