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Sennheiser HD555 Open Headphone (discontinued by manufacturer)


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  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 20.3 x 10.2 cm ; 259 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 680 g
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  • Item model number: HD555
  • ASIN: B0001FTVDQ
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

Product Description

The HD 555 open, dynamic stereo headphones feature a special internal surround reflector. It generates an extended, spatial sound field, making this model the ideal headphones for home cinema as well as music. Many innovative features such as E.A.R. technology and optimised Duofol diaphragms deliver a whole new level of audio reproduction.


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ricardo B. on 20 Aug 2008
I had never been a fan or had headphones, always preferring earphones.
But I decided to go for better sound for music, gaming and movies. I also wear glasses and am extremely picky about my comfort levels(which is why I had never gone for headphones before).

Well, as soon as I put the sennheiser 555's on my head I knew I had made the right choice. They are VERY confortable with glasses and easily forgetable without them.
The sound didn't surprise me at first-it was good but not great- but that has all changed with only a few hours of play. I can only imagine what a few more dozen hours of burn-in will do for the sound.

When listening to music it feels as if the band is right in front of you, but the sound resonates all around you. I find myself experiencing songs I've heard many times in a whole different way, hearing "hidden" sounds with a frightening clarity.

I am wearing them right now, listening to pink floyd's "young lust" and I just don't feel like turning the music off.

They are amazing to watch movies, because they give a very desirable surround feel("Lawrence of Arabia", anyone?)

Don't have much to compare with, but I am very, very happy with this product and strongly advise it. I doubt you will find better for the price range(this is a bargain for the quality).

PS: also, the cable just happens to be the exact size needed for free movement around my little home office.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By R. Murphy on 20 July 2006
I deliberated for a week or so between these and the closed back HD 280 - in the end I went for the HD 280 as I was concerned about the the outside noise levels with these open back headphones. A couple of weeks after I just could not continue wearing the HD 280 all day or even a few hours - too tight, totally enclosed and warm the ears up. I tried these headphones in the shop and was instantly won over by the comfort and sound so I bought them. My fears with leaking sound in the office were unwarranted - sure they leak sound but I just listen lower levels and it's fine. The headphones are just great - I use them all day and for watching movies on my laptop and feel no discomfort from prolonged use. The sound is just incredible. Highly recommended. Do yourself a favour and get a damm good pair of headphones if you use often enough.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Judd on 24 Aug 2009
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Bought these 4 months ago and wear headphones for many hours every day
as I live in a house with neighbouring rooms who need quiet.

Must say that the sound quality is great (always is with sennheiser) and they
fit like a dream (fully adjustable too).
The soft padding above is nice and you hardly feel the band on top.

Some people say they leak noise around, but I've not noticed this at all.

They have large earcups that completely envelop even the biggest ears :))
Cable is long, which is great for lying on me bed the other side of the room
from the computer and listening to music.

Build quality is good, plastic, but feels sturdy and well-made.

PROS:

Great sound
Good comfortable fit
long cable
fully adjustable
very good value for money

CONS:

The material around the ear cups is too warming and
after several hours the areas around your ears feel
quite warm and a bit sweaty.

The cable plug is not the standard 3.5mm and its
unwieldly and problematic with the supplied adapter. Not
recommended for use with portable walkmans/mp3 players and
the supplied adapter will also have to be used for user with
a computer. A pity that sennheiser made this decision. Their
previous headphones in this range had a 3.5mm by default, which
is what most people use.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jjs Rooker on 22 July 2008
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I bought the HD 555's to replace my HD 650's as one of my pet rats decided to make a new nest out of them Grrr. I am blown away with the performance, they are not as good as the HD 650's which is to be expected for the price but are way way better than i was hoping for. I also own a pair of HD 415 and the difference is light and day between the two.
They are a bit harsh at first and the treble/bass a bit muddled, but after a few days of "running in" the soundstage opens up very impressively. There a quite a difference depending on what source you plug them in to, on my I-pod they are still a force to be reckoned with, but when plugged into my Arcam gear they really excell. For the money these phones are fantastic and i can't think of one reason not to buy them.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Sean Moffatt on 30 Oct 2008
I was in the market for comfortable, high-definition headphones for home use. I have owned various brands of headphones within the last 15 years, most recently Sennheiser 205s. I have previously bought headphones between £20-30, but found poor build quality (headphone cables coming loose, headphone drivers failing). My Sennheiser 205s have been very reliable and solidly constructed, despite being in the same price bracket as previous headphones, however I found there to be too much high-frequency bias and poor extended-listening comfort (my ears would touch the felt-backed plastic capping of the speaker drivers) whilst my head was compressed by the clamp-like grip of the headphones.

Before I suffered brain compression or further pain in the ears, I decided to invest in a new pair of buckets with my priorities being in considerable improvement in extended-listening comfort and sound quality (both clarity and range). Various reviews suggested that the 555 model were exceptionally comfortable and had an agreeable tonal quality (a little warm perhaps, but easy to listen to for diverse musical genres). The 555 model are the second model in the five model Sennheiser "audiophile" range. After research, amazon.co.uk were easily the best for price- at around £55 (October 2008) their price was approximately 45% less than the RRP.

The Sennheiser 555s have a 6.25mm jack with 3.5mm adapter on the end (rather than the more "normal" 3.5mm with 6.25mm adapter over the 3.5mm jack)- great if you primarily use a hifi- less so for people wishing to listen to their mp3 player through these headphones (bulky adapter). The headphones have a 3m straight cable fitted (to me, it seems a far thicker cable than that supplied for the 205 model).
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