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http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/produ...4ba793bc80en02

Decent price because I'm in Canada.

Want to use for gaming and music.

Did a search, as usual conflicting opinions.

What do you think?
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post #2 of 14

The HD555, the HD558, the HD595 and the HD598 all share the same driver. The only difference between all these models is price and the way the enclosure/grill around the driver is designed.

If I were in your position I would save the money and buy the HD555 and then void the warranty and do the 5 minute foam mod to turn them into a pair of HD595s. The only difference between the HD555 and the HD595 is a piece of foam that Sennheiser put behind the driver to make the HD555 sound worse in comparison to the HD595. You can see how to remove this foam in the video down below:


I personally own a HD555 and I admit that the foam mod made quite a big difference. Oh, and if you want more detailed responses for questions regarding audio I recommend you visit Headfi forums as they are more specialized in this field.
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post #3 of 14
The price on those are decent with the sale. I'm not sure how cheap the 555's are going in Canada though.
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post #4 of 14
where is the cheapest place to pick up the 555s in the states?

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They are $110-$115 at Amazon new but it isn't uncommon to see a clean used set sell for $60. A few months ago they were going on sale at a few places for $99 but I haven't been checking prices since then.
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If you can wait, they usually do black Friday on these for <$80.
     
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post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by bacongrease View Post
where is the cheapest place to pick up the 555s in the states?

Thanks.
Watch OCN Marketplace. They have been popping up quite often of late. I snagged some HD555s for $65 shipped lightly used.
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post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by ChaoticKinesis View Post
If you can wait, they usually do black Friday on these for <$80.
In canada? At futureshop?
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by Enthusiast View Post
The HD555, the HD558, the HD595 and the HD598 all share the same driver. The only difference between all these models is price and the way the enclosure/grill around the driver is designed.

I would disagree with the fact that they all use the same driver. First of all, it has been indeed conclusively proven that HD555 and HD595 use the same driver. There is something like a 20 page thread about this on head-fi forums, with pictures, part numbers, etc. Here is just one of posts on that thread:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/403963/senn...0#post_7010137

If this still does not convince people that the drivers used in HD555/HD595 are the same, I don't know what will.

However, I remain skeptical of the same holding for the HD555 and HD558. Until someone shows and matches the pictures and part numbers of HD555 and HD558 drivers, I will not be convinced that they are the same. There are many reviews already of HD555/HD595 family vs HD558/HD598 family, and the conclusion is that they sound quite differently. In particular, HD558 is said to be brighter, with less veiled sound and better bass. If this is true, I would say go for HD558 is price difference is not to big. Based on reviews, it is actually an improved version of HD555.

It is likely that the price does not justify buying HD558s as an upgrade from HD555s if you already have the later, but if I was buying right now, I'd probably look into HD558s right now.. I got my HD555s last year during the Black Friday sale period for $88 or so shipped, and at that price it was an amazing buy IMO. At higher, price, I'd look at HD558s.
Edited by ZAKOH - 10/21/11 at 6:16pm
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I would disagree with the fact that they all use the same driver. First of all, it has been indeed conclusively proven that HD555 and HD595 use the same driver. There is something like a 20 page thread about this on head-fi forums, with pictures, part numbers, etc. Here is just one of posts on that thread:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/403963/senn...0#post_7010137

If this still does not convince people that the drivers used in HD555/HD595 are the same, I don't know what will.

However, I remain skeptical of the same holding for the HD555 and HD558. Until someone shows and matches the pictures and part numbers of HD555 and HD558 drivers, I will not be convinced that they are the same. There are many reviews already of HD555/HD595 family vs HD558/HD598 family, and the conclusion is that they sound quite differently. In particular, HD558 is said to be brighter, with less veiled sound and better bass. If this is true, I would say go for HD558 is price difference is not to big. Based on reviews, it is actually an improved version of HD555.

It is likely that the price does not justify buying HD558s as an upgrade from HD555s if you already have the later, but if I was buying right now, I'd probably look into HD558s right now.. I got my HD555s last year during the Black Friday sale period for $88 or so shipped, and at that price it was an amazing buy IMO. At higher, price, I'd look at HD558s.
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