Sennheiser HD 558 Review

(Headphone with Surround Sound Decoder)

Excellent (A) 5 reviews 07/2011
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Product specification:
  • Type: Surround Sound Headphone, …
  • Design: Headphones
  • Shape: Over-ear, Open
  • Extra Features: Single-sided …
  • Weight: 260 g
  • Nominal impedance: 50 … more information

Single test
9 out of 10 points

Value for money: 9 out of 10 points, "Recommended"

With detailed, cultured and effortless sound, the HD 558s from Sennheiser were deemed by Trusted Reviews to be a superb starter set of headphones for entering high-end audio realms. The cable is detachable, and they are comfortable to wear whilst being suitable for all genres of music and sound sources, without becoming offensive. The only quibble was about the cheap looking grille.

Expert Reviews
Single test
5 out of 5 stars


This headphone set, according to Expert Reviews, is one of the best to buy for home listening. They have an impedance of 50 ohms which is higher than most consumer headphones. While this makes it hard to get the best sounds from an MP3 player or iPod, it is perfect for creating fantastic sound when connected directly to a sound card or a powered amplifier.

Magazine 2/2011
1.2; top class

Value for money: “good - very good”, “Test Winner”

“Likes: authentic music playback; comfortable to wear. Dislikes: -.”

HiFi Test
Magazine 1/2011
1.2: top class

Value for money: “good - very good”, “Test Winner”

“The test winner performed well in all disciplines with natural music reproduction and a high degree of comfort.”
without final score

“Both of the new high-end models from Sennheiser’s range are true to their word. Both the HD 558 and the HD 598 sound unbelievably good. But they should at least be treated to an adequate playback source. If you’re looking for a straightforward pair of headphones with decent sound quality, you need look no further than the HD 558. ...”

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