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.
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.
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?