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Sennheiser HD558 £59.95 at Richer Sounds

£59.95 @ Richer Sounds
Was browsing for headphones and saw the HD558, came back to search since I remembered a similar deal was posted a couple of days ago http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/sennheiser-hd-558-around-headpho… Read More
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Was browsing for headphones and saw the HD558, came back to search since I remembered a similar deal was posted a couple of days ago

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/sennheiser-hd-558-around-headphones-79-99-argos-free-c-c-2549986
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#1
That's a bargain!
#2
MBeeching
That's a bargain!
Not sure if I should go for the M50x or this, price difference and open/closed back headphones :p
4 Likes #3
Smoking hot!

Please keep in mind that the detachable cables(s) inside the box (my HD518 cans came with both a long and a short one) have a 6.35mm plug and a separate adapter into a more common 3.5mm plug. If you find this inconvenient you can buy a replacement cable off Ebay, starting from ~ £5 delivered.

Just like my HD518s the HD558s are unsuitable for use in a quite room shared with others, as everyone around you will be able to hear the music you are listening to. I would also not buy them to listen to base heavy music, they are not that kind of headphones.

Edited By: SUMMONER on Nov 22, 2016 11:14: ..
#4
should i go for it, or wait for 598 deal?
#5
subyd
should i go for it, or wait for 598 deal?
Go in-store and listen to them, see if you can tell the difference. Personally I would not pay £100+ for a pair of cans.
#6
SUMMONER
subyd
should i go for it, or wait for 598 deal?
Go in-store and listen to them, see if you can tell the difference. Personally I would not pay £100+ for a pair of cans.

I just went for it, any recommendations on setting up a mic with these? Can a standard inline mic cable work with it
1 Like #7
subyd
I just went for it, any recommendations on setting up a mic with these? Can a standard inline mic cable work with it
Yes, there are after market cables that include a microphone, but the sound quality of those mics will be terrible.

What do you want the microphone for? eg: make phone calls, record voice overs, multiplayer game chat?

If you like the idea of an in-build microphone a unidirectional Modmic might be an ideal solution.

I use my microphone for Skype calls and games. Me being a total cheapskate I simply bought a Samson Meteorite for < £24 at the time and plonked that on the table. It works surprisingly well for the money.

Edited By: SUMMONER on Nov 22, 2016 01:09: ..
#8
I went for it.
I think it's unlikely that the HD598 are going to be around this price and considering you can get quite similar sound by doing an easy mod, why not.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-kJ7sN16qw - do it at own risk.
#9
SUMMONER
subyd
I just went for it, any recommendations on setting up a mic with these? Can a standard inline mic cable work with it
Yes, there are after market cables that include a microphone, but the sound quality of those mics will be terrible.
What do you want the microphone for? eg: make phone calls, record voice overs, multiplayer game chat?
If you like the idea of an in-build microphone a unidirectional Modmic might be an ideal solution.
I use my microphone for Skype calls and games. Me being a total cheapskate I simply bought a Samson Meteorite for < £24 at the time and plonked that on the table. It works surprisingly well for the money.

For use with ps4, a modmic or something similar seems to be the best solution, just feels like too many wires to me.
1 Like #10
subyd
For use with ps4, a modmic or something similar seems to be the best solution, just feels like too many wires to me.
Well, here it is. I have no idea how good it will be so, so assume quite bad.

You could always use plastic cable ties to attach the headphone and modmic cables to each other.

Edited By: SUMMONER on Nov 22, 2016 01:28
#11
furreal
MBeeching
That's a bargain!
Not sure if I should go for the M50x or this, price difference and open/closed back headphones :p

Different experience here. I've heard the M40X are more balanced.
1 Like #12
SUMMONER
subyd
For use with ps4, a modmic or something similar seems to be the best solution, just feels like too many wires to me.
Well, here it is. I have no idea how good it will be so, so assume quite bad.
You could always use plastic cable ties to attach the headphone and modmic cables to each other.
Will give it a try thanks
#13
SUMMONER
Smoking hot!
Please keep in mind that the detachable cables(s) inside the box (my HD518 cans came with both a long and a short one) have a 6.35mm plug and a separate adapter into a more common 3.5mm plug. If you find this inconvenient you can buy a replacement cable off Ebay, starting from ~ £5 delivered.
Just like my HD518s the HD558s are unsuitable for use in a quite room shared with others, as everyone around you will be able to hear the music you are listening to. I would also not buy them to listen to bass heavy music, they are not that kind of headphones.

It's just one of those things. Open headphones sound more natural, more like listening to speakers. I don't really like the isolated feeling wearing closed headphones. But I guess if the environment requires them I'd probably get the HM5's or the M40X's.
#14
rev6
furreal
MBeeching
That's a bargain!
Not sure if I should go for the M50x or this, price difference and open/closed back headphones :p
Different experience here. I've heard the M40X are more balanced.
I had the M50 years ago, sold it since I needed cash, really liked it, have seen the past BFs dropped to £85 or so X)
#15
Good deal by the way :)
1 Like #16
rev6
It's just one of those things. Open headphones sound more natural, more like listening to speakers. I don't really like the isolated feeling wearing closed headphones.
I agree, open headphones definitely sound better.

In my case sound leakage is a non issue, I just tell everyone else to go to another room. However most people don't have that option. http://s25.postimg.org/rvnpfuusv/devilsmile.png

Edited By: SUMMONER on Nov 22, 2016 01:44
#17
SUMMONER
rev6
It's just one of those things. Open headphones sound more natural, more like listening to speakers. I don't really like the isolated feeling wearing closed headphones.
I agree, open headphones definitely sound better.
In my case sound leakage is a non issue, I just tell everyone else to go to another room. However most people don't have that option. http://s25.postimg.org/rvnpfuusv/devilsmile.png

Haha :D
#18
Torn between these or the Bose posted earlier for £79

Any recommendations?

They won't be used outside so the open/closed difference doesn't matter to me

Thanks in advance!
1 Like #19
bryngreen
Torn between these or the Bose posted earlier for £79
Any recommendations?
They won't be used outside so the open/closed difference doesn't matter to me
Thanks in advance!

These, personally.
#20
I just purchased Sony MDR7605 can't wait to hear these bad boys if they are good enough for recording studios then they are def good enough for me and my Bowie tunes.
#21
now thats a bargain great pair of headphones !!
#22
SUMMONER
subyd
I just went for it, any recommendations on setting up a mic with these? Can a standard inline mic cable work with it
Yes, there are after market cables that include a microphone, but the sound quality of those mics will be terrible.

What do you want the microphone for? eg: make phone calls, record voice overs, multiplayer game chat?

If you like the idea of an in-build microphone a unidirectional Modmic might be an ideal solution.

I use my microphone for Skype calls and games. Me being a total cheapskate I simply bought a Samson Meteorite for < £24 at the time and plonked that on the table. It works surprisingly well for the money.


Modmics are bad I dont see why they get so much love, they fall off easily, get tangled up in your headphone wire, have a really quiet output and the audio is average at best.
#23
minicale
Modmics are bad I dont see why they get so much love, they fall off easily, get tangled up in your headphone wire, have a really quiet output and the audio is average at best.
It is because so called gaming headsets are so unbelievably crap, unless you spend £150+ on one. A nice desktop condenser microphone for £40+ will always be better, but that requires space and a desk for you to plonk it on.

As for cables, you could use cable clips/ties or even shrink tubing to combine the cables on a more permanent basis.

Modmic fills a gap, no one claims it is the non plus ultra. I tried an old version of the Modmic on a friends PC, recorded speech was clear, loud (Windows allows you to adjust the gain) and sounded perfectly fine for a budget solution (eg: no better or worse than my £24 Samson Meteorite USB mic).

Edited By: SUMMONER on Nov 22, 2016 12:09: ..
#24
SUMMONER
rev6
It's just one of those things. Open headphones sound more natural, more like listening to speakers. I don't really like the isolated feeling wearing closed headphones.
I agree, open headphones definitely sound better.

In my case sound leakage is a non issue, I just tell everyone else to go to another room. However most people don't have that option. http://s25.postimg.org/rvnpfuusv/devilsmile.png


I never had an issue with open backed headphones and sound leakage, I had beyer 990s and without you had your head resting on the earcup when I had them on you wouldnt hear anything.

I don't know whether this is because I have my audio lower than others or the beyer 990s are different but its not an issue at all for me.
#25
bryngreen
Torn between these or the Bose posted earlier for £79
Any recommendations?
They won't be used outside so the open/closed difference doesn't matter to me
Thanks in advance!

Definitely these.
1 Like #26
bryngreen
Torn between these or the Bose posted earlier for £79
Any recommendations?
They won't be used outside so the open/closed difference doesn't matter to me
Thanks in advance!

Couple of articles to read before deciding - they may not sway you one way or the other, but you can know what to expect:

What’s the difference between Open-back and Closed-back headphones, and which should I get?

What Are the differences between Open-back and Closed-back headphones, and when would I want to use one over the other?

Also, from what I gather open-back headphones tend to have less bass & are more natural sounding. So, if you like a little bit of extra bass, the open-backed ones may not be for you. On the plus side, once you get used to & grow to like the balanced sound of open-backs, they will probably become your favourite.
2 Likes #27
subyd
SUMMONER
subyd
should i go for it, or wait for 598 deal?
Go in-store and listen to them, see if you can tell the difference. Personally I would not pay £100+ for a pair of cans.
I just went for it, any recommendations on setting up a mic with these? Can a standard inline mic cable work with it

I got this for my 598's .... I assume its the same connection. It works great! The only snag is .... its from China, so there is a little bit of a wait.
1 Like #28
bizzlebyron
I got this for my 598's .... I assume its the same connection. It works great! The only snag is .... its from China, so there is a little bit of a wait.
That looks like a much better option than the one I linked to in post # 10, because of the boom mic. Have you tried recording your voice with this one on your phone/computer? It might be worth investing in a foam pop filter for the mic as well.

Edited By: SUMMONER on Nov 22, 2016 18:15: ..
#29
bizzlebyron
subyd
SUMMONER
subyd
should i go for it, or wait for 598 deal?
Go in-store and listen to them, see if you can tell the difference. Personally I would not pay £100+ for a pair of cans.
I just went for it, any recommendations on setting up a mic with these? Can a standard inline mic cable work with it
I got this for my 598's .... I assume its the same connection. It works great! The only snag is .... its from China, so there is a little bit of a wait.

do you use it on the ps4?
#30
minicale
I never had an issue with open backed headphones and sound leakage, I had beyer 990s and without you had your head resting on the earcup when I had them on you wouldnt hear anything.
I don't know whether this is because I have my audio lower than others or the beyer 990s are different but its not an issue at all for me.

Sounds a bit odd, you must listen to them at exceptionally low volumes :)
Open back headphones are designed to leak sound as it tends to improve/expand sound stage.
Closed backs typically have increased bass presence as it is self-contained and doesn't escape out the grills.

(My preference is open for home listening)
1 Like #31
SUMMONER
bizzlebyron
I got this for my 598's .... I assume its the same connection. It works great! The only snag is .... its from China, so there is a little bit of a wait.
That looks like a much better option than the one I linked to in post # 10, because of the boom mic. Have you tried recording your voice with this one on your phone/computer? It might be worth investing in a foam pop filter for the mic as well.

Funnily enough the one I received already had a foam tip. Works fine paired with the astro mixamp on the XB1.
#32
Anyone know how these compare to the Goldring NS-1000?
#33
hardstylemw
Anyone know how these compare to the Goldring NS-1000?

Different style (closed-back) to these & noise-cancelling.

See my links above about closed vs opened-back.

What are you going to use them for?
#34
I took my argos pair back this morning and I'm not sure whether to reorder these yet. Are there any Sennheiser cables that are straight to 3.5mm?
#35
Crossbow
hardstylemw
Anyone know how these compare to the Goldring NS-1000?

Different style (closed-back) to these & noise-cancelling.

See my links above about closed vs opened-back.

What are you going to use them for?


Listening to music. Mp3 quality mostly.
#36
hardstylemw
Crossbow
hardstylemw
Anyone know how these compare to the Goldring NS-1000?
Different style (closed-back) to these & noise-cancelling.
See my links above about closed vs opened-back.
What are you going to use them for?
Listening to music. Mp3 quality mostly.

At home? Open would be best if you're not annoying anyone :D
#37
rev6
hardstylemw
Crossbow
hardstylemw
Anyone know how these compare to the Goldring NS-1000?
Different style (closed-back) to these & noise-cancelling.
See my links above about closed vs opened-back.
What are you going to use them for?
Listening to music. Mp3 quality mostly.

At home? Open would be best if you're not annoying anyone :D


Mainly at home but want closed anyways. You have to look closely at these to see that they are open back!
#38
Gonna get these today.
Amazing price for such solid headphones!
Rock on! Heat added!!
#39
Bought a pair off richer sounds, here an alternative for the same price https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004FEEY9A/ref=olp_product_details?_encoding=UTF8&me=
*not in stock till december 12th btw


Edited By: Kagebushin on Nov 23, 2016 18:24

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