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The Sennheiser HD 558s are as easy on the eyes as the ears, with a stylish plush velour design and a rich and smooth sound that make these open-back headphones ideal for comfortable listening.


The HD 558s are velvety-smooth with a gentle tone meaning you can comfortably listen to them for hours on end.

Drums have impact, bass notes are rich and deep, and voices expressive – there are no harsh edges to the HD 558s.

However, the HD 558s do sacrifice transparency and insight for their even tones: useful if you’re listening to low-resolution streaming on Spotify.

But they lose some aggression and attack on certain songs – if it’s Tom Waits or Public Enemy, the HD 558s will iron out the rough edges with a softer version.

The HD 558s aren’t as open as we’d like if compared with the spacious Audio Technica ATH-AD700Xs.

They feel like closed-back headphones and although it doesn’t congest the soundfield, we would have preferred extra openness.

Some more dynamic subtlety would have given extra depth to The Rolling Stones’s Laugh, I Nearly Died.

A lush sound is enjoyable in the right setting, but we were yearning for some attack and bite to the softened top end: when listening to Metallica you want grunt and power.


The HD 558s have a sleek and sturdy design with incredibly soft earcups and headband cushion: every inch of them feels like a premium product.

The HD 558s grip well and adjust easily to fit most sizes – and the compact build caters well for people with smaller heads.

Make sure you try them on though, as the firm grip may not be for everyone.


If you want attack and excitement from your headphone sound, go elsewhere: try the Grado SR80is or the Philips Fidelio X1s.

You will find lots to love about these Sennheiser HD 558s all the same: their smooth sound is very listenable, and they’re comfortable to wear – why not give them a try?

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Sennheiser HD558 Review: A 598 Clone?

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1/18/19: The Sennheiser HD558 is not worth buying anymore at it’s current price. I would suggest checking eBay or just purchasing the new and improved HD559 if you were to go that route. I wouldn’t pay over $100 for the 558 if you can help it, and definitely not $200 or over.

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What I will bring you in this review

  1. Quick View
  2. Specifications
  3. Summary & Sound
  4. Pros
  5. Cons
  6. Video Review
  7. Amp/DAC requirements
  8. Who these headphones benefit?
  9. Thoughts from Stu’s Notepad
  10. Foam Mod Tutorial
  11. Foam Mod Impressions
  12. Consensus/Conclusion
  13. Final Word

Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!!

Quick View

  1. Lightweight and Durable. These don’t feel like they’re going to break, despite being extremely light.
  2. Extremely comfortable. The velour ear-pads and perfect clamping force make these a force to be reckoned with as far as comfort over long listening sessions.
  3. Genre happy. They do well with most any music you throw at them, especially after removing the rubber strips inside. It’s real easy and I provide a short and quick tutorial in the review. 🙂
  4. Magnificent sound signature. A mid-range oriented headphone with emphasis on instrument separation, detail, articulation, accuracy, and enjoyment.
  5. Great out of a phone, amp, or audio interface. Though these babies really shine with an amp or interface of some sort, they will also work great out of your mobile device.
  6. Great Soundstage. These will frequently have you wondering if the sound just came from outside of the headphones.
  7. Price to performance ratio is startling. For the price, it’s hard to get a better sound. I frequently talk about the law of diminishing returns in my articles. The 558 is going to provide you 90-95% of what a headphone is supposed to sound like.

Onto the review!

Sennheiser HD558


Summary & Sound

The Sennheiser HD558 is an open back, circumaural headphone that specializes in making you feel at ease. Lol. If I had to use one word to describe this extremely comfortable set of cans, it would be: Non threatening. Closed back vs. Open back headphones.

First off, the headphones feel rather light in your hand. Putting them on is like resting two mini pillows against your ears. The reviews don’t lie; they are really that comfortable. While I think the HD600’s clamp force is rather tight at first, the HD558’s clamp is pretty comfortable right off the bat.

Also, while the build is pretty decent, they do feel a bit flimsy in your hand. That said, comfort is probably the best aspect of these. This is a headphone that you will not have to adjust 99% of the time. Clamp force is perfect, and both the ear pads and headband padding feel like pillows.

Overall, the 558 is a great headphone because the sound is extremely balanced and pleasant, and works incredibly well for stuff like Jazz, Classical, Acoustic, Folk, and more laid back genres. That said, it can also work with stuff like Rock, Pop, and Hip-Hop, but won’t be your go to headphone for harder stuff.

The best way I can describe them is non confrontational and warm. They’re not the type of headphones that you’re going to rock out with really hard. They’re more for analyzing music, relaxing with it, and kind of observing sound. They enable you to take a step back and relax a little.

The bass here is very light, and has a difficult time registering low bass notes. As far as sub-bass goes, just forget about it. However, the rest of the sound signature is fantastic, but a great trick to make the sound really come alive is the rubber strip/foam mod. More on that later.

The mid-range here is what you’re purchasing these for. It’s revealing but not too in your face, rendering vocals and instruments in an incredibly natural way. The treble is on the darker side, but still has a nice crisp character about it without being too overbearing or sibilant.


  • Honest, straightforward, and balanced sound signature.
  • Very comfortable. You’re not going to have to adjust these very often.
  • Durable & Lightweight.
  • Great Soundstage. What is Soundstage?
  • Detachable cable.
  • Detailed sound. You start to hear things in music that were previously lost, or obscured by sounds that ran together and became muddy.


  • The 1/4″ to 3.5mm adapter is a bit of an annoyance. I got these with the NewFantasia Replacement Audio Upgrade Cable and it’s extremely solid. It’s a standard 3.5mm jack and comes with a 1/4″ adapter.
  • The sub-bass is lacking a bit, and will come across as slightly muddy at times. There are times when the bass just can’t keep up, especially after taking the strips off.

My Video Review

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You don’t necessarily need an amp with these, but a portable DAC/Amp combo has been known to bring out the sound. How to choose a headphone amp!

I personally use the Schiit Magni/Modi combo, which will work wonders with most audiophile headphones. You could also plug them right in your audio interface. I’m listening right now through my Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 and they sound wonderful.

Who these headphones benefit?

Endorsed for:

  • Jazz
  • Classical
  • Acoustic
  • Folk
  • Indie
  • Gaming

These headphones do best with more laid back genres, but I still think they can be used with many types of music, as long as you accept the fact that they’re not going to blow you away. If you buy these specifically for stuff like EDM, Rap/Hip-Hop, R&B, Reggae, Dubstep, etc. you’re going to be disappointed. Just know that before purchase. They are meant for quiet days in studio, really analyzing the sound and relaxing with it. For instance, I’d probably take a bubble bath and listen to jazz with these before I threw on some Rap and tried to jam out. 😛

I really love these for Jazz specifically. With most headphones it sounds okay, but the instruments tend to sound kind of distant with not much clarity. With the HD558 it’s like the band was moved from 20 feet away to about 6 feet away. I can hear everything going on, and not only that but it’s got this laser like precision and detail. Drums start to sound fantastic and to top it off, there’s no sibilance whatsoever. What does Sibilant mean?

What you’ll find is that the bass and kick drums are extremely textured and clear. It’s quality over quantity here, but the sound is very full, lively, and intricate.

Thoughts from Stu’s Notepad

  • Nearly all headphones terminate in a 3.5 mm jack. Of those, most audiophile headphones come with a 1/4″ adapter as well. This enables you to plug them into various devices such as receivers, headphone amps, audio interfaces, etc. The 558’s are a bit different in that they actually terminate in a 1/4″ jack and come with a 3.5mm adapter. This can become a bit of an issue with cell phones specifically. For instance, if I want to listen with my Android device, I have to take off my Otter Box because the plug won’t fit. A small inconvenience in my eyes, but for others it may be more of a hassle. My pair actually has an after market NewFantasia LYSB00KAKBHKM-ELECTRNCS Replacement Audio Upgrade Cable for Sennheiser HD598/558/518 as I mentioned before, and I absolutely love it. I got the 1.2m which not only cuts down on cost but saves me a lot of headache. I really don’t like long cables because they tend to get tangled and end up just getting in the way. This cable feels very durable because it’s only the second one to have that protective spring at the end. My beloved M50 is the only other headphone to feature this, and it’s made a world of difference in the overall build. I’ve had zero problems with it since January of 2013.
  • One thing to keep in mind: If you’re not getting sound out of one ear, it may be because the headphone jack is not actually plugged in all the way. It must be plugged in correctly and twisted to lock it into place. I had this issue with the Audio Technica ATH M40x’s as well. I thought I got a defective pair until I plugged them in correctly.
  • Just so you know, these are open back headphones and will leak sound. Many of the negative reviews online were ignorant to this fact, and left 1 star because they didn’t know better. The headphones also don’t emphasize bass, or any frequency for that matter. I would say they are mid-range oriented, so you get that nice clarity and instrument separation. These aren’t for bass-heads. It’s a balanced overall sound. To sum it up, they are made for the studio and aren’t that portable (Though I know a girl at work who wears them and loves them). I’m sorry if that rant came off as rude but the more you know. 🙂
  • A secret to getting a better sound-stage and a bit of a punchier, more pronounced bass is modding them. The ear pads on both sides can be taken apart and a small piece of foam can then be removed. Check out this video on how to do it! Really easy! Some people say that doing this enables these headphones to sound identical to the HD 598, while others claim it does not at all. It does however make a difference in sound regardless.

My Foam Mod Tutorial

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Foam Mod Impressions

  • In actuality, the strip is actually made of a soft rubber type of material.
  • I found that without the strip, the sound is more aggressive, fuller, and also crisper. The mid-range in particular seems to really come to life.
  • I did notice an increase in the bass response, but it tends to get more bloated in the sub-bass regions, and isn’t quite as tight without the strips. They have a hard time handling very low bass notes. Aside from very deep bass, these babies perform almost magically without the strips as far as the overall sound of the bass . If you tend to listen to more bass heavy genres, the foam mod will work quite nicely for you. In listening to Chon’s “Waterslide”, I was able to detect an even greater amount of detail that I had not heard with some other more expensive models, namely the SR80e, Focal Listen, Focal Spirit, etc. The 558 is a pretty special headphone indeed!
  • They seem to be more revealing with the mod. I can hear more going on, but it’s not all necessarily good. You tend to hear more strange artifacts from certain songs. For instance, I’m listening to John Coltrane’s “Traneing In – Live” from Bye Bye Blackbird, and there’s some strange fuzz going on in the background. It doesn’t make me want to change the song or take them off, but it’s present regardless. This could simply be due to the source quality also. I was listening to the song on Spotify. Regardless, you’re going to hear a lot more of what’s going on in any song.


Balanced overall sound with a great Soundstage. Durable and comfortable. Does better with more laid back genres, but still remains a versatile headphone with most music selections. Not for bass heads. 1/4″ to 3.5mm adapter is strange, but again, these are meant for the studio and aren’t that portable (in theory).

Final Word

I really loved the Sennheiser HD558, but it’s a bit outdated nowadays.

The HD 559 is the solution if you’re interested in the updated version. 🙂


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Sennheiser HD 558 Review



  • Refined, detailed sound
  • Detachable cable
  • Extremely comfortable


  • Grille looks a little cheap

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £130.04
  • 15 – 28,000 Hz frequency response
  • 50Ohm impedance
  • 3m detachable cable
  • Open-backed design
  • Velour-covered pads

The Sennheiser HD range is home to some legendary headphones – the HD 650 and HD 800 are two of the most praised sets in the world, and now they have a new-born brother. The HD 558 is a mid-range model, retailing for around £130. Let’s find out if they deserve to hang around with the big boys.

The Sennheiser HD 558 look a lot like the rest of Sennheiser’s new-breed headphones, the HD 518 and HD 598. Sitting between the middle of the two, they’re not crafted completely out of luxury materials, but they offer the most important elements – comfort and sound quality.

Each ear pad is lined with soft, very comfortable velour, as is the headband. The leather and wood trimmings of the HD 598 are absent, but the two are comparable in terms of comfort. You can wear these headphones all day long without even the slightest hint of discomfort. They clamp onto your head fairly securely, to avoid slipping when moving, or dancing around, and at 260g they’re very light for a full-size pair.

The large cups surround your ears, so unless you have particularly large lobes, the HD 558 should only end up touching your head, not your ears. Like Sennheiser’s other over-the-ears models, the headband is manually-adjustable, clicking into place at defined increments. It doesn’t manually adjust to your head size.

Aesthetically, the stand-out feature of the Sennheiser HD 558 is the outer covering of each cup. This oval speaker grille is covered in translucent black mesh material, surrounded by a silver plastic trim. It’s less likely to offend than the slatted look of the HD 518 headphones’ backs, but also looks a lot cheaper than the full metal grille of the HD 598. This defines the HD 558’s gameplan – the substance of the higher model, without all of the styling tweaks.

The back grille here does flex a little under pressure, but otherwise build quality is top-notch. Aside from the padding, all the visible surfaces are plastic, but the headphones are tough and largely creak-free.  

The cable pipes-out from the bottom of the left cup, and is removable. The 2.5mm jack is kept in place with a locking mechanism built into the rubber-coated jack, making it simple to replace the cable should you run over it with an office chair one too many times. Cables are currently available for under £15.

The 3m cable ends in a full-size 6.3mm jack, but a 3.5mm converter is bundled as part of the package. With this tacked-on, the jack housing is huge though, reinforcing that this is an at-home set, not one to be worn out and about.

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Sennheiser HD558 vs HD598: Pros & Cons and Verdict

Sennheiser is a German company that specializes in producing a wide range of high-end audio products such as headphones and microphones.

Founded in 1945, this company has made rapid strides in the world of audio products and in the process has embraced many advanced technologies that have shaped this industry.

This hard work is evident in all its products, including the two that we are going to compare today, namely HD 558 and HD 598. Though it may seem that only a few numbers separate the two models, the reality is that there is a world of difference between these two 500s, and this exactly what we’ll explore in this post.

Sennheiser HD 558 vs 598: Pros & Cons and Verdict

We will now compare these two Sennheiser models on different parameters to get a better understanding of which scores better in what category.

1. Design

There is nothing similar in design, except that both of them come from Sennheiser!

HD 558 is slick and has a full-black look while HD 598 comes with an ivory and maroon combination, though the later editions come in black as well. When you look at HD 598 for the first time, it looks exquisite and flamboyant, especially if you are used to a toned down design in headphones. These bold colors are a step away from the ordinary design colors of headphones. That said, HD 598 by itself looks great and can make eyes turn when they see you wearing it.

But, if you want to use it as an accessory, you’ll not be able to come up with many outfits that would match the color of HD 598 headphones.

Moving on, the ear cups of HD 598 are large and can sit well on any ear size. The ear cups both front and back as well as in and out help it fit well on any size and shape of the head. In addition, there is a mechanism to adjust the headphones too, and this also helps in giving a great fit, regardless of your head and ear size.

When it comes to HD 558, they are all black and that’s again good and bad. Some people prefer to pick black over other colours because it matches with most outfits they wear. At the same time, all-black can also be a turn off to some and they prefer some metallic embellishments. So, it is more of a personal choice here.

The adjustments are perfect in HD 558 and come with a nice click and adjust mechanism that is smooth and easy to handle. Also, the headbands can be adjusted to suit any size head, as they move to a really large height.

Another salient aspect of these headphones is that there is a distinct R and L on each ear cup to make it easy for you to identify. Suppose you are in a dark place and can’t see the lettering, don’t worry. There is a raised bump on the left side, so all that you have to do is move your hand just above the ear cup to know if that ear cup should go on your left or right ear.

Both the headphones come with a nice 3.5 mm adapter that you can plug in at any time to other devices such as your laptops. This is a handy and convenient adapter to have as it sits well on the 1/4″ adapter that comes with the cable. It also comes with a short 1. 2m cable for users who prefer to use their headphones with a portable music player.

A good thing about these cables is that they are replaceable. This means, if the cable breaks or if you lose it, you can just buy a cable and it will work well. This greatly enhances the longevity of the headphone.

There’s also a downside to these cables. If you tend to plug into a device such as a phone or a laptop, you may want to get a different pair of cables. Typically what happens is, you have to insert a 3.5mm adapter over the 1/4″ inch to be able to connect to phones. This extra adapter is heavy and can cause the cable to break down quickly. Also, there is a possibility to bend the adapter to adjust to the weight of the cable and this could cause the adapter to bend. To avoid these problems, it is best to get a cable that ends in a 3.5mm adapter.

Another downside is that there is no volume control. But that is acceptable in a way because these headphones are designed to be used with amps primarily. However, it would have been nice to have a set of volume controls, so they could have been more versatile. Somehow, most users don’t find this a drawback though.

The build quality of both these headphones is nice and sturdy, as they are made of high-quality plastic. Though users think using plastic gives a cheap look and feel to the headphones, it is nevertheless necessary to keep the weight down. Otherwise, you’ll have clunky headphones that feel like a rock on your head. So in this sense, the material sued in these headphones is good and durable.

Which of these two is the winner in this category? We definitely like the toned down looks of HD 558 better than the flashy HD 598 because the former just goes well with any costume. The new HD 598 stands out in a crowd and this is not something that makes everyone feel comfortable. So, if you like the bold colours of HD 598, go for it. Otherwise, a safer choice would be HD 558.

2. Comfort

A salient aspect of HD 598 headphones is their cable. For one, the cable is detachable and replaceable, so you don’t have to replace the entire device if your cable breaks and that’s a great thing. The other most important aspect with respect to cable is their ease of use. You can simply plug in the cable into a small hole in the right ear cup.

All that you have to do is plug the cable end into the hole, twist it a bit to get the right fit and you’re all set to go! It doesn’t really get easier than this. There are no messy adapters and there is no need to spend time identifying the right hole for the cable and other hassles. Just plug, twist and go! This comfort is truly priceless, especially if you have tried other headphones with messy cable points.

When it comes to wearing them, HD 598 is super comfortable. The padding below the headband is soft and cushiony while the padding on ear cups are plush and give a comfortable feel to your ears. You can wear them for long periods of time without feeling any fatigue whatsoever. In fact, they are so comfortable that you may at times forget that you are wearing these headphones in the first place.

It also means that you will feel airier as the padding of HD 598 encourages air circulation. It doesn’t give you a tight fit, but it is comfortable enough and doesn’t make you rear warm or your head sweaty.

HD 558 is not any lesser when it comes to comfort. First off, there is a little bit of pivot on the earcups to give you a comfortable fit. The padding on the ear cups is soft and luxurious to give you a good feel on your ears. Likewise, the padding under the headband is also nice and luxurious and this gives a super comfortable feel.

Like HD598, this headphone too has a single cable that plugs into a hole in the left ear cup. You simply have to push it in, twist and you’re ready to use them. This feature ensures that the cable doesn’t fall off the headphones at any time.

One aspect with HD 558 is that it clamps down a little bit while the headphones are new. As you get used to wearing them, it loosens up over a month’s time and feels better. In these headphones, the clamping force is not such a negative aspect as some of the headphones that really hurt your ears. In this case, though, the clamping is tight to start with and as it loosens a bit, it is not just comfortable, but also gives a snug fit. Due to these aspects, this headphone is perfect for a workout too, as long as you don’t mind having a cable dangling from it.

Both these headphones have ear pads that can be removed, and this means, you can wash them once in a while. Also, the nice aspect is that both these headphones are comfortable to wear with glasses. They don’t interfere with the glass at all, unlike some headphones that press down really hard.

Which of the two is better? HD 598 scores slightly over HD 558 as it gives a snug fit without clamping down on your head. It takes a little bit of time for HD 558 to settle down to your head. Also, since the adjustment is not large enough, it may not be ideal for everyone.

HD558 HD598

3. Sound Quality

Sound quality is fantastic in both the headphones, though HD 598 sounds more refined of the two. The bread and butter of HD 598 are its mid-range tones which are natural, smooth and are a pleasure to listen to.

Also, these headphones are more fun to listen to as they add a slight bit of brightness to the sounds. Also, what you hear sounds refined and overall, you have a good time listening to the sounds of your choice.

HD 558 is more of a traditional headphone when compared to HD 598. It has a laid back feel to it and there isn’t much in terms of brightness. This is both good and bad. When you want to listen to sounds as they are, this is a good choice, but they don’t add any fun element to your experience.

That said, both the headphones have excellent clarity and detail and they make it possible for you to listen to certain parts of the music that you’ve never heard in other headphones.  They bring out every element in a track, be it vocal or instrumental. This will truly enhance your listening experience.

Though they offer good clarity, the sound quality in both the headphones is not the same. HD 558 tend to score better on bass as they output it with some measure of punch while HD 598 scores high on treble quality.

Now, let us do the sound leak test. We tested both the headphones with 50% volume and they didn’t leak much sound. But when you crank up the sound, it does leak a lot. Remember these headphones are meant to be used at home to listen to music, watch a video or to play a video game. They are definitely not intended to be used in a library unless others want to share music with you!

One more aspect that we should talk about is noise cancellation. Both the headphones are not good at it because they were never intended to be used in such a noisy environment. Also, Sennheiser doesn’t really specialize in making noise-cancelling headphones, so it is not fair to expect that feature from these headphones either.

So, which of the two should you buy? Depends on what kind of music you like and how you like it.

Generally speaking, HD 558 is good for movies while HD 598 is good for music, as you can hear the sound just as if you were in concert halls. This applies to both vocals and instrumental, thereby giving you a whole new feel to the music that is played.

Also, 598 is a good choice if you like a balanced tone with neutral lows and mids along with great highs. In fact, these headphones are ideal for certain genres like classical, rock, country, jazz and folk. They are not your best choice when it comes to acoustic and metal. For that, you’re better off with HD 558.

Another aspect is the soundstage. Though both the headphones offer a good measure of the soundstage, we think HD 598 scores over HD 558 in this aspect.  When we tested different tracks, we felt that we could hear single instruments from exactly the location from where they were intended to be heard. it was almost as if we were sitting in a live concert and hearing instruments being played. That was the soundstage effect of HD 598. If this is something that matters to you, 598 is the obvious choice.

4. Cost

There is a reasonable difference in cost too. Sennheiser HD 598 costs a bit more than HD 558. While the retail price might be high, if you go to sites like Amazon, you’re sure to get them for much lower rates as they constantly have some discount or the other going on.

But, going back to the retail price, there is a big difference. is it worth it? We would think yes because the soundstage effect is better in HD 598. Also, the sound quality is slightly better and clearer when compared to HD 558.

That said, if you don’t like the flashy colours of HD 598, you can either opt for the black version or HD 558 and you’ll not feel much of a difference.

When it comes to the winner in this category, we think HD 598 is worth the additional money.

5. Sennheiser HD 558 vs 598 – Pros and Cons

Both Sennheiser HD 558 and HD 598 come with their own share of pros and cons, and it is good to know them to make the right choice.

Sennheiser HD 558 Pros

The pros of Sennheiser HD 558 are as follows.

  • Excellent clarity and detail.
  • A good bass response that tends to be smooth and tight.
  • The overall tone is neutral and balanced.
  • Offers immersive listening experience and this makes it ideal for movies, music and gaming.
  • Super comfortable to wear.
  • Comes with an adapter.
  • The build is solid and durable.
  • Lightweight and portable.
  • Top notch soundstage.
  • You can identify different instruments played in the song.
  • The cable is replaceable, and this is a huge one.
  • Ideal for genres like jazz, rock and classical.
  • They are the best ones for gaming, thanks to their extensive soundstage that gives you a completely immersive experience.
  • Provides an open and laid-back sound.
Sennheiser HD 558 Cons

Despite those great features, there are still a few shortcomings that come with Sennheiser HD 558. They are:

  • Chord is quite long.  It can be a pain to handle and could tangle easily as well.
  • The fit is so tight that it could clamp down on your ears. It may take some time to get used to them.
  • In most other headphones, the adapter tends to be 3.5 mm to 1/4″ and here, it is the other way around. This may also take some time to get used to.
  • Not a good choice for bass heads.
  • Do not have any noise reduction or noise cancelling mechanism which means others can hear what you’re hearing, especially at high volumes.
Sennheiser HD558
Sennheiser HD 598 Pros

Sennheiser HD 598 comes with a ton of benefits, and they are listed below.

  • Sounds are natural and transparent.
  • Soundstage is truly exceptional.
  • Channel separation is good too, as you can identify instruments in any medley.
  • Bass is good and tight.
  • Highs are good and clear.
  • Great for classical, jazz and acoustics.
  • Mid-range tones are simply awesome.
  • Extremely comfortable to wear, so much that you’ll never forget that you’re wearing them in the first place.
  • Sound signature is neutral and balanced.
  • You can wear a hat or cap over these headphones.
  • They are highly durable and could last a long time.
  • Cable is replaceable and even detachable.
  • Ideal for critical listening.
Sennheiser HD 598 Cons

Sennheiser HD 598 has a few drawbacks too, and they are as follows.

  • Cable is long.
  • Doesn’t come with a case.
  • Sounds better with DAC/amp.
  • Not the best choice for video gaming.
Sennheiser HD598

Sennheiser HD 558 vs 598 – Final Verdict

Now we have come to the final verdict and it is time to decide which of the two you should buy.

Overall, HD 598 is a good choice and scores better than HD 558 in most aspects. While this doesn’t mean HD 558 is bad, it is just that 598 is better when it comes to comfort, sound stage and sound output. That said, if you like bass, go for HD 558 because this headphone has a better bass output than HD 598. On the other hand, if you like to listen to classical, jazz and country, HD 598 is a good choice.

  • Features
  • Design
  • Support
  • Stability


Sennheiser HD558 and HD598 are two popular, top-notch and well-built headphones that are highly-rated among users and reviewers. If you’re looking for a quality pair, you have to choose between these two.

The design is subjective. If you like a toned down colour and something that would go well with any costume, HD 558 is the obvious choice. On the other hand, if you like flashy colours, 598 is your choice.

When it comes to cost, HD 598 is more expensive than HD 558, but we think it is worth the price.

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