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Originally Posted by soloz2 View Post
Are you having a problem when not using the adapter? If your problem happens all the time then it's time for a new cable. If it only happens with the adapter then you should consider a new adapter, or a new cable with the proper termination.
For replacement cables you are stuck with purchasing a replacement from Sennheiser, or buying an upgrade cable from Soloz Audio. Those are the only places to get HD555/HD595 cables. The good news is that the cable has a connector and is easily replacable. You don't have to solder or have any special tools other than a small philips screwdriver.
I can't test if it works fine without the adapter because I only have equipment that uses 3.5mm connections (my laptop and iPhone).

I'm 95% sure it's the adapter because the first one I got had this problem really bad to the point where I would get maybe 1 hour of use then it would crap out. With this connector I only had the problem once when I dropped my headphones (and tugged the cable, I think).

If I try to immediately reconnect I still don't get stereo, which makes me believe it's a software issue too. The day after I dropped my headphones I used my laptop without them, turned off and when I went back home they were working fine.

Shouldn't any audio cable work with any headphones as long as you can wire them correctly? I could look around for an audio store to replace the cable for me here. I remember seeing a street with lots of audio equipment and I'm sure they wouldn't mind exchanging the cable for me as long as any cable works.
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I can't test if it works fine without the adapter because I only have equipment that uses 3.5mm connections (my laptop and iPhone).

I'm 95% sure it's the adapter because the first one I got had this problem really bad to the point where I would get maybe 1 hour of use then it would crap out. With this connector I only had the problem once when I dropped my headphones (and tugged the cable, I think).

If I try to immediately reconnect I still don't get stereo, which makes me believe it's a software issue too. The day after I dropped my headphones I used my laptop without them, turned off and when I went back home they were working fine.

Shouldn't any audio cable work with any headphones as long as you can wire them correctly? I could look around for an audio store to replace the cable for me here. I remember seeing a street with lots of audio equipment and I'm sure they wouldn't mind exchanging the cable for me as long as any cable works.
Grado makes a good 1/4" to 3.5mm adapter. It isn't cheap, but it's the best one available.
If you will only ever use the 3.5mm then I highly recommend getting a headphone cable with that termination.

For the most part an analog audio cable is an analog audio cable. But you would be better off with a proper cable specifically meant for your headphones. You'll get better sound quality and durability out of it.
Edited by soloz2 - 10/27/11 at 8:19am
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For the most part an analog audio cable is an analog audio cable. But you would be better off with a proper cable specifically meant for your headphones. You'll get better sound quality and durability out of it.
Care to elaborate? I'm interested in the electronics aspect. There really shouldn't be much of a difference. If I get a bigger gauge I might even be able to get better sound quality, right? Assuming the cable itself is good.

For the price of the adapter I think changing the cable is a better option. I'll end up paying just slightly more and it'll be less of a hassle later on.
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Anyone else take a look at my review?
     
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Care to elaborate? I'm interested in the electronics aspect. There really shouldn't be much of a difference. If I get a bigger gauge I might even be able to get better sound quality, right? Assuming the cable itself is good.

For the price of the adapter I think changing the cable is a better option. I'll end up paying just slightly more and it'll be less of a hassle later on.
A specific cable will always be a better option as you'll have less connectors and less resistance. A larger gauge conductor will be better as well... to a certain extent. You will trade flexibility and comfort for a larger cable. Solid conductors are better, but not as well suited for headphone cables.

A headphone cable needs 4 conductors (depending on the model and termination you can get by with 3 sometimes (shared ground) but even then 4 is better) and cable geometry can and will affect the sound as well as conductor purity and material.
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Interesting to see there isn't a single HD558 owner in the list!

Well I own an HD201 (for work) and just bought an HD558 + Xonar Essence STX combo for home audio purposes. Still learning how to get the best sound out that combination, burned-in headphones for around 40 hours and am so far LOVING it. Considering doing the HD555-type-mod for better mids and highs.

Apparently Xi-Fi's are better for gaming, but I'm still blown away by the Xonar + 558 setup. Crisp bullet sounds, explosions and Virtual 7.1 = godly directional awareness.

Anyone else finding the Xonar software's pre-set equalizer settings really bad for music?? I put in custom equalizer settings right away.
Looks something like this:

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Virtual 7.1 sounds terrible imo. Sounds more realistic without it.
     
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Interesting to see there isn't a single HD558 owner in the list!

Well I own an HD201 (for work) and just bought an HD558 + Xonar Essence STX combo for home audio purposes. Still learning how to get the best sound out that combination, burned-in headphones for around 40 hours and am so far LOVING it. Considering doing the HD555-type-mod for better mids and highs.

Apparently Xi-Fi's are better for gaming, but I'm still blown away by the Xonar + 558 setup. Crisp bullet sounds, explosions and Virtual 7.1 = godly directional awareness.

Anyone else finding the Xonar software's pre-set equalizer settings really bad for music?? I put in custom equalizer settings right away.
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The list isn't that accurate anymore. I have some HD558 on their way to me now.
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@ Tippy. Fallen Angel is pretty busy IRL and doesn't have much time to update the list anymore.

Shoot him a PM if you want him to update your name or add you onto the list and he'll eventually get around to it. haha
     
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I just got my new HD 558s and plugged them in and the only thing i have for you guys is i likes
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