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  • Audiophile-grade, high performance headphones
  • Internal Sound Reflector for an extended spatial field  immerses the listener in rich audio, so ideal for home cinema too
  • Light and comfortable for long periods, the soft velour ear pads help to allow your ears to breathe for relaxed and truly pleasurable long listening sessions
  • Very clear and detailed, able to deal with complex pieces with ease
  • “Eargonomic acoustic refinement” (E.A.R.) design channels the audio signal directly into your ears (simulating loudspeakers)
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Colour Black Cream Black Gris
Dimensions 20.5 cm x 10 cm x 23.2 cm 20.5 cm x 10 cm x 24 cm 10.4 cm x 29 cm x 25.4 cm 11 cm x 31.5 cm x 25.4 cm
Model Year 2010 2010 2014 2005
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  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 23.2 x 20.5 cm ; 259 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 581 g
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  • Item model number: HD 558
  • ASIN: B004FEEY9A
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Sept. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
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HD 558 Home Audio Headphone

With their special Internal Surround Reflectors, the HD 558 open-backed, ‘around-the-ear’ headphones are able to generate an extended spatial sound field; making them ideal for listening to home cinema as well as music. Also fitted with Sennheiser’s innovative E.A.R. technology; this allows for the accurate channelling of audio signals into your ears for a better and wider sound image. Sophisticated dual-layer diaphragms also reduce unwanted vibrations within the ear cups to an absolute minimum. The use of carefully selected materials ensures these headphones are extremely lightweight and supremely comfortable to wear for long listening sessions.

Learn more about the HD 558 wired headphones

Sennheiser's innovative "Eargonomic Acoustic Refinement" (E.A.R.) technology and Surround Reflector combine together to offer a more three dimensional listening experience. Ideal for home entertainment such as watching your favourite films or even for gaming, with outstanding bass and clear vocal projection.

 HD 558 Home Audio Headphone
HD 558 Home Audio Headphone
Features
  • High-end ‘around-the-ear’ design with a wide open sound and a brilliant sense of space
  • Surround Reflector for a wide and spacious sound field that is three dimensional
  • Sennheiser's innovative “Eargonomic Acoustic Refinement” (E.A.R.) design channels audio signals directly into your ears to simulate a listening experience similar to full-size home speakers
  • State-of-the-art diaphragms for transparency and minimal distortion to effectively eliminate vibrations within the earpiece
  • Powerful neodymium magnet systems for an excellent dynamic sound that is true to the original recording
  • Lightweight aluminium voice coils for high efficiency and excellent dynamics – loud and soft notes are just as they should be
  • Elegantly layered honeycomb finish on ear cup casings
  • Each ear pad is lined with soft, very comfortable velour, the thickly padded headband adds to the wearing comfort and ensures a snug fit, the headband is easily adjustable
  • Single-sided cable with ‘turn-to-lock’ cable mechanism so replacement is made easy; also eliminates tangle
  • Optimized for home Hi-Fi/AV systems, may be used with portable devices
  • Simple modular constructions with field replaceable parts for a long lifespan
  • 2-year warranty
Did you know?

This headphone features a surround reflector for a multi-dimensional listening session and a more ‘out–of-the-head’ listening experience. Ideal for music, movies and games.

The result is a very rounded sound that is ‘easy-on-the-ear’. It’s easy, ‘not work’ to imagine performers in real space. For anyone who has avoided headphones because they do not ‘image’ like speakers, they should try these.

Sennheiser recommends this headphone for...

... all individuals who want to skip between different music styles and between music, movies and TV with ease.

Compatibility

The HD 558 can be connected to any 6.3 mm headphone socket on home audio devices. Also supplied with a 3.5 mm adaptor for portable use.

Warranty

The Sennheiser HD 558 is covered by a global warranty of 24 months. Sennheiser's worldwide service network will provide swift and smooth handling of any case of warranty claim that might occur. German design and build quality.

Why Sennheiser?

Sennheiser is the brand of choice for many high-profile recording artists and live sound engineers, delivering the ultimate audio experience to people who crave true-to-life sound. For over 65 years, Sennheiser has applied its in-depth audio research to the development of premium headphones, microphones and headsets. Every Sennheiser product endures rigorous quality control tests to ensure you receive durable, great-sounding headphones that will withstand daily use in a variety of environments.

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HD 518
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HD 558
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HD 598
TypeFull-Size Circumaural, ‘Around-the-ear’ Headphone Full-Size Circumaural, ‘Around-the-ear’ Headphone Full-Size Circumaural, ‘Around-the-ear’ Headphone
Frequency Response 14 - 26,000 Hz 15 - 28,000 Hz 12 - 38,500 Hz
Acoustic DesignOpen-Backed For Excellent, Natural And True-To-Life Sound Reproduction Open-Backed For Excellent, Natural And True-To-Life Sound Reproduction Open-Backed For Excellent, Natural And True-To-Life Sound Reproduction
Impedance50 Ohms50 Ohms50 Ohms
Cable Length3 m OFC Single-Sided, Exchangeable 3 m OFC Single-Sided, Exchangeable 3 m OFC Single-Sided, Exchangeable
Connector Plugs6.3 mm Plug, With 3.5 mm Adaptor 6.3 mm Plug, With 3.5 mm Adaptor 6.3 mm Plug, With 3.5 mm Adaptor
Sound Pressure Level108 dB112 dB112 dB
Warranty2 years2 years 2 years

Box Contains

  • 1 HD 558 headphones
  • 1 3.5 mm adapter

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    To confirm in case you didn't already imagine, these headphones are absolutely impractical for any kind of use outdoors. The 6. jack with the 3.5 adaptor makes the connector pretty chunky and as I've found connecting to some phones in cases it may not plug in correctly. The cable is long as well, so you'd have alot of slack.

    They leak alot of noise, so if anyone else is around they will hear what is blitzing through these things, and they are loud.

    However put these things in your computer at home or any portable player as well and they absolutely stunning. My music (Alot of rock / metal with occasional electronic / drum and bass) has never sounded so clear, so crunchy and impactful.

    Whack the volume up to the most that your ears can handle, these things don't care. You'll get no crackling or distortion and whatever you're playing will still have amazing clarity.

    These are expensive headphones no doubt, but I've never wanted to listen to so much music in my home since getting them. Everything sounds new again!
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    This is my first time reviewing an item here on amazon, but having read millions of reviews and opinions about many headphones in this price category I thought I would try and synthesize everything I have come across in the hope it may make the choice easier for prospective buyers. Okay here goes then the Hd 558 generally received no less than 4 stars with many professional reviewers from audiophile websites giving them 5 stars. Recurrent advantages that people cite are that they have an excellent soundstage, comfort and design as well as very detailed and tight bass. In my own experience of them there are many things that particularly made an impact on me, but the soundstage is what really hit me. Though this is a bit of a generalization, these headphones I think are best suited to acoustic instruments and it is with music such as jazz and classical that they really shine. Instruments are very clearly defined and all seem to have their own distinct space in the soundstage. This makes listening to your music a much more immersive experience in which you can truly lose yourself. Another advantage is that when watching films you can enjoy a 5.1 surround sound experience for comparatively little. If you are in doubt as I was because of the price, just think, it's not only an investment in your music but also in your films. In comparison with other headphones such as the ATH AD 700 which from what I've read have an equally good soundstage, don't have sufficient bass to give music and films sufficient punch and impact. I'm no bass head but sometimes you can't pretend to be so superior and claim you don't need some bass in your music. Fortunately I think the HD 558s strike the balance perfectly between not overwhelming the music or leaving it lacking.Read more ›
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    Like a few of the other reviewers, I bought these as an upgrade to my HD 485's, and I am not disappointed. They are better in pretty much every single way, from comfort to sound quality. The Headphones are very light, and after even 10 minutes or so become largely ignored. Despite this, they are sturdy, and on top of things look fantastic.

    The Sound quality is great, and although the bass is not as powerful as some other contenders, there is a good balance, and overall the quality is superb, whether you're listening to music or watching a movie. The 10 foot cable should ensure you can comfortably watch a film or play games without straining the cable.

    The fact that the 3.5mm jack comes as an adapter means that overall the jack will be about 2 inches in length, making it a bit obtrusive when using it with an iPod, but that's a small issue. The open back and E.A.R technology, as well as the comfort of it, makes it seem like the sound is coming from around you as opposed to next to your ears. Overall, these are a great pair of headphones, and I would highly recommend them.
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    I'd like to start off this review by asking you to please read the single one star review and the five two star reviews (correct as of 05/0715). You'll see one person complains there is too much bass and another saying the bass is too weak (also one of them actually uses "base"). Other gripes in the two star reviews are about sound leaking out, lack of noise cancellation and not good for commuting.

    These are open backed headphones and are are designed to allow sound to escape which helps prevent distortion and gives them and great clarity. Other signs they're not great for commuting are the fact they come with a 3meter cable with a 1/4 inch jack. Ideal for use with a hifi system as no need to get a 1/4 adapter and long cable means you free to move and not chained to your system but not for commuting. The cable, the jack and openess are clearly mentioned so to complain they and then review them as two stars because they leak sound and/or are not commuter frindley is like buying a big v8 muscle car and then complaining it's fuel efficiency is terrible.

    Also I found the one star review "unusual" to say the least. Here's somebody who has spent £8,000 on an audio set up and the proceeded to use headphones that cost £15. Not £1,500 not £150 but £15. Really? Would be like wearing a tailor made Armani suit then using lynx aftershave. The mind boggles

    Anyhow, after using Sennheiser CX150 a couple of years I was aware of how good Sennheiser headphones could be. Even though the CX150 were around £15-20 at the time (often a tenner in HMV) I noticed they were much better than other in ear headphones I'd used (JVC gummy, Apples ipod headphones). And not only was the sound better but they were much more durable.
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