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Sennheiser HD 558 High End Open Over-Ear Headphones with E.A.R. Technology

by Sennheiser
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
RRP: 159.99
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  • Cord: 118.11 (300cm) OFC single-sided exchangeable
  • Driver Unit: dynamic open
  • Ear coupling: Circumaural (over ear - open type)
  • Frequency Response: 15Hz - 28kHz
  • Impedance: 50 Ohm (at 1kHz)
  • “Eargonomic acoustic refinement” (E.A.R.) design channels the audio signal directly into your ears
  • Advanced Duofol diaphragm technology effectively eliminates standing waves within the capsule
  • Highly optimised, field-strengthened neodymium ferrous magnet systems
  • Lightweight aluminium voice coils for high efficiency and excellent dynamics
  • Surround reflector for extended spatial sound field
  • Extremely comfortable velour ear pads
  • Gold plated plugs and 3.5 mm stereo adaptor for excellent connectivity
  • Optimised for home hi-fi equipment and home entertainment
  • 2-year guarantee
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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.

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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
  • 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.


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.


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 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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    60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars What an incredible piece of hardware 26 May 2011
    What can I say? I am completely in love with these headphones.

    This is my second set of headphones from Sennheiser as my previous were the HD485. To compare them to the 485's I would say that they are on another level.

    They are light in weight and very comfortable. The cups are quite large and feel spacious. The cups and the headband have a very soft material that feels really good.

    The look of them is very sleek and stylish. The picture does not do them justice at all. The black material on the outside of the cups is very soft and is housed in a plastic grey surround for a nice contrasted finish.

    The cable is pretty long and has a 6.35mm jack. It does come with a 3.5mm adapter but that makes the jack too long and may strain an ipod input so I bought another adapter that was cabled instead.

    As far as sound quality goes, these headphones are excellent.

    As they are brand new, they need some time to break in. First thing I noticed was that the bass wasn't as heavy as the 485's. The 485's are bass monsters but with further listening I started to realize that the bass on the 485 is not controlled and are actually overpowering.

    The bass on these are more subtle and I know that it will get better as the 485 wasn't as heavy when the were brand new.

    The treble is also more refined as the 485 would make you wince if it was too high. The 558 handles them at the same volume much better.

    The 485 didn't have much mids at all. The 558 has better mids making the overall sound with bass, mids and nicely controlled treble a much better headphone than the 485.

    The sound stage on the 558 is head and shoulders above the 485. The sound field is wider and incredible for movies.
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Very good open back headphones 29 Jan 2013
    By purk88
    My wife bought me these headphones (on my recommendations) after reading several positive reviews on here (and elsewhere).

    the quality of the product is top notch, well made, well packaged and as described.

    Sennheiser are one of the big researchers into sound technology and the HD558's definitely have benefitted from some of their technological developments dripping down to them. this is unlike beats or others which are all about the marketing hype!

    in terms of sound quality, they are top notch as hoped. i have enjoyed listening to plenty of music. what i enjoy most about the audio through these phones is that you really can pick out each individual track within the recording. you can focus on backing vocals or a hidden guitar and really pick it out. dont expect them to blast your head off with bass as this is not what they are designed for. they are for budget concious audiophiles so its all about quality not quantity.

    as mentioned in other reviews because these headphones are open back, they are not at all suited to the outdoors (rain WILL destroy them) and sound leakage will be a problem, both inwards and outwards. my wife said when i first started listen through them that she could 'just hear everything'. is a bit of an overstatement and i would describe the leakage like taking in ears out and putting them on the other side of the room.

    However, i recently took them on holiday and they werent too bad. on the plane the volume was sufficient to overcomb the drone of the engines and other systems and in the terminal they worked pretty well (during quiet parts of songs i could hear the tannoy and people speaking loudly).
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    24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loud and brilliant! 28 Oct 2011
    By Marc
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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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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Sennheiser HD 558 Headphones 19 Mar 2012
    By linzau
    The HD 558 headphones are much better than my older HD 500 headphones. However the sound is much improved by implementing the modification that is listed in various places on the internet (a simple removal of tape from the inside of the outer case). This modification makes the sound more spaceous. The headphones also improve after 20 hours of use. I am very happy with these headphones.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Headphones. 12 Oct 2011
    By Den
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    These were purchased to replace a similar model that had given years of great service but were looking tired!. The new set seems to be of the same high quality build. Sound is great and they are very comfortable.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars The best choice for their price range.
    These headphones are exceptionally comfortable, and have excellent sound quality for both highs and lows - with a very impressive amount of bass. Read more
    Published 4 days ago by Richard AL Watt
    5.0 out of 5 stars ... and the sound quality is worlds appart these are easily the best...
    bought these for use with my pc after trying countless headsets from gaming brands and the sound quality is worlds appart these are easily the best sounding headphones i have ever... Read more
    Published 23 days ago by Vanessa Giles
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Great headphones, if only they had coiled cable...they would be perfect
    Published 25 days ago by Katarzyna Debska
    2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I'd hoped for.
    I tried these out in Selfridges, but for some reason the ones I bought don't seem nearly as good. There is no sound cancellation at all - in either direction. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Banriona
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good replacement for HD500's
    I bought these as a replacement for my HD500's which were long in the tooth but lasted 12+ years. I mostly used them for online gaming. The HD558's were a natural replacement. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Mr. Simon M. Collins
    5.0 out of 5 stars cancel the hearing-aid
    Exceptional. Light and comfortable, and the very true, balanced sound means you can listen at low level and miss nothing - always a plus if you don't want to end up like Pete... Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Sue de Nimes
    5.0 out of 5 stars Sennheiser quality
    As always Sennheiser are offering outstanding quality for a reasonable price. Stay away from the cheap plastic gimmick headphones that seem to be all the rage nowadays and indulge... Read more
    Published 5 months ago by PiXiL
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great headphones
    These headphones are by far the best I have owned. The sound is great for music gaming and movies. The cable that comes with it is very long and even though it comes out of the... Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Mickyb
    4.0 out of 5 stars I'm happy
    Loving these headphones. The sound quality is above what I expected at this price. There's no sound cancelling, but when you have sound pumped into them you're not going to notice. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Lee M. Prew
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good headphones
    Very good, very neutral sound. The only problem I have found is that the cable is a little bit too long for my needs
    Published 6 months ago by Howard
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