had a pair of these now for a good 3 years.
Not great, very basic design, nothing there that doesn't have to be and seems no effort has got into trying to make them look a little more modern, they look like the type of headphones your dad would have used back in the day.
They score well on the comfort front, I have worn them for a few hours with no problems, I didn't even get to the stage where I forgot I was wearing them as they are quite big and on the heave side.
Again they score well on sound, they are a big step up from your run of the mill earphone but I must say I was not blown away by these, for the price I paid I was expecting a fuller sound stage, more clarity and cleaner base, to put up with their bad points i.e looks and size I would want to be wowed when using these, hearing detail I never heard with my cheap ipod earphone, I got non of that, yes an improvement but not a marked one.
Apart from those already mentioned and I do feel a slight bit guilty for this one as they are openned back headphones but you can not use these (or any other open backed headphones for that matter) with someone else in the room, the sound leakage is unbelievable! it's not just a slight mumble you can heard but it's as if you forgot to plug them in.
If you can manage to get these for a good price and will be using them in private and don't mind the look, then they are one to consider but not one to buy before you trail them...I wish I had before buying.
I am wearing these headphones as I type, so thought that now would be a good time to review them. I actually rescued these from spending the rest of their days in landfill as my fiancé was going to throw them out. He had been using them with his PC for several years (he thinks it was about five years) but fine cracks had appeared on each side. It didn't affect their usability, but he replaced them with a headset with a microphone so no longer needed them. I had already used these several times when borrowing his PC and knew how good they were and couldn't bear to see them thrown out over a minor defect, so took them to listen to music on my laptop.
These headphones are not something I would have ever bought for myself as I prefer simple earphones. I also really don't like the design of them and think, quite frankly, they look slightly silly on. It's the shape of the ears that does it - they remind me of ear muffs I used to wear in winter as a child of the eighties. I used to think my fiancé looked ridiculous in them and having just looked in the mirror I can confirm I look just as ridiculous, although I don't really mind since I'm only wearing them in the house - after all they are incredibly chunky and not easily portable.
The headphones have padding on the headband as well as on each ear and this is made of a soft velvet-type material which makes them very comfortable to wear and they're lightweight too. I find even if wearing for a long time they stay comfortable and despite the thick padding my ears don't get too hot. My fiancé used these mostly when gaming and I suppose they are perfect for that, if you're specifically looking for comfort when sitting at a PC for long periods. They do of course have an adjustable headband and the ears are flexible so hopefully they should be a good fit on most people. The cord on these is 3 meters so a decent enough length if using with a TV or a PC - especially if you keep your base unit underneath your desk. They have a 6.3mm jack and a 3.5mm adapter, so will fit any MP3 player or the headphone socket on most TV's, PC's etc...
I remember very clearly the first time I used these headphones. I was watching a music video on my fiancés PC and the sound was just amazing - crystal clear and just absolutely perfect, it was as though I was in the same room as the singer, it was just so true to life. At first I assumed that the PC just had some sort of awesome sound card, it was only when I attached the headphones to my old Acer laptop, which had a very tinny sound quality that I realised that it was actually the headphones which were phenomenal.
I wouldn't say I have a musical ear so can't really be technical about bass or beats or any of that stuff, I just know they have great sound quality and an incredibly crisp sound. I use them for listening to music, mostly on Spotify and when watching Youtube videos, which are mainly things like tutorials or reviews of people speaking. The technical spec I have just read suggested they are great to use with home cinema and I would agree with that, as they give that 'in the room' feeling I mentioned earlier and an almost surround sound feel. It's for this reason I find watching concerts or live music fantastic with they convey that atmosphere really well because the sound almost surrounds you.
One thing I should probably note, is that when my fiancé would use these for gaming, if I was in the same room I would be able to hear whatever was going on (gunfire or whatever), so they are not great if you're looking for a pair of headphones that won't disturb others.
When I first looked up the price of these headphones I was slightly shocked to see that they were selling for £90 on Amazon, although having checked today they are now selling for £80.57. My fiancé confirms he paid a similar price several years ago although he got them from Play.com who don't currently have them in stock. I've never paid more than a tenner for a pair of earphones, so I was really taken aback by the price, but they are absolutely fantastic and now I know what they're worth I'm doubly glad I didn't let him put them in the bin!
To sum up, would I recommend these? Yes I would. The fact they are so pricey and have developed cracks in the same place on each ear is slightly worrying and they are in my opinion quite ugly, but other than this I can't fault them. They may be eight times more expensive than any pair I've bought myself, but I honestly think the sound quality is eight times better, so I will be taking good care of these and hope I can get a lot more use out of them yet.
For headphones that cost me the best part of £100 I expected something quite amazing, and they didnt dissapoint.
The sound quality is very good. Sounds are clear and crisp with the only fault perhaps being the slightly tinny base, but I'm not one to listen to music loud so this doesn't bother me personally. For movies, games and music I cannot fault them. I not much an audiophile but I can certainly tell the difference when I listen to something through a different pair of headphones that are'nt so good.
In terms of comfort, again I cannot fault them. I can wear them for literally 12 hours and I dont feel any type of discomfort at all. They are faily big and sit comfortably over your ears with a nice soft suede material that doesnt make you sweat or itch.
Overall I would have to say that these are fantastic quality and value. Sure there are better headphones out there, but for a much higher price. If you have around £100 to spend on a good set of headphones - look no further.
Having bought these around a year ago, I am very pleased with my purchase of these headphones. Headphones have much become a fashion statement lately, with people walking around wearing the Dr Dre Beats headphones - show offs I say! Those headphones are heavily priced at £200-300 depending on the model, and there is a limit to the quality of sound you can produce. These headphones aren't made for public use or as a fashion statement, but I still fully enjoy excellent quality sound in the comfort of my own home when using these. They are ideal for music, gaming and movies too.
They come in a box that opens up easily like a book to reveal the headphones and wires that come with them. They have a rather long black cord that'll plug in, along with an adapter which enables you to connect the headphones to musical instruments, televisions and more (a larger connection as opposed to the 3mm audio connections in iPods for example).
The headphones have an open ear design, which means that air can circulate producing a clearer sound. I find this also gives them a great surround sound advantage and if you close your eyes whilst listening to quality song, you can a great spatial sense and it's so much more enjoyable than a pair of earphones.
The headphones look pretty good with a silver and black colour scheme. They look modern and of good quality - not obviously plastic although this is what they are primarily made of. They have a reasonably chunky look to them but a very smooth and sleek one at the same time.
They are very comfortable to wear, which makes them great to use for long time periods. The headband has a soft cushion on it, which comforts your head and is coated in a suede-like material. The ear muffs themselves are large and very soft with the same material coating. They are gentle on the ears but provide a good fit and don't leak sound this way. However due to their open-ear design, the outside of the ear parts seem to look like mini speakers, and they are in the way that they do produce sound at a fraction of what you are listening to - if I were to guess I'd say it was 10% perhaps. This means that using these whilst out and about isn't really feasible as everyone can hear what you are listening too fairly easily - it's worse than bad leakage from a pair of earphones.
However that's not what they are designed for. They are designed for home use to listen to music, for DJs, for instruments, media and movies. I must say they are excellent and with their very full surround sound, they have a reasonably good base and great clarity to them too. They can produce reasonably loud volumes without distorting, to the extent that the whole experience is quite surreal as they maintain such quality and clarity as you pump up the volume.
These are currently around £90 on Amazon where I bought mine and this is usually what they are sold at, although you can find them online for around £60 if you search. I'd certainly recommend them for home use - they are reliable and come with a guarantee and I can see myself using them for years to come. I never get bored of them! Every song sounds completely different through these, in such a great way.
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I have had these headphones for three months now, and they are simply great. The sound is balanced and the headphones are really comfortable and lightweight. Before you decide to buy them, there are few things you should know. HD 555s are binaural cans which means they will cover your whole ear. I personaly prefer this kind of headphones. They are also of open construction, therefore people will hear what you are listening to and you will hear them as well. That can be a little bit annoying for both sides. The earpads on most headphones are usually covered with artificial leather, but the HD 555s are covered with some kind of plush. I have to say the plush feels much better. The sound is amazing, I have never had any better sounding headphones. I am sure there are better headphones out there, but they will probably be much more expensive.
I have to add that these cans are not for everyone. They are quite large and are meant to be used at home. They come with a very long and quite thick cable which makes using them with mp3 player a bit awkward. You can use them with your MP3 player, but they will sound much better plugged into your PC or a Hi-Fi system. Besides, they come with the 1/4" jack so you would have to use the 1/4" to 1/8" adapter which would make it even more awkward.
Would I buy them again? Yes, I would.
First and foremost, I will jump straight into a huge benefit of the Sennheiser HD555s; the comfort. These are quite easily the most comfortable headphones I've ever owned or even worn. The padding is extremely plush and inviting, allowing you to wear them for hours on end without any discomfort whatsoever. The band is also not too tight, like the HD205s, providing a snug and agreeable fit.
Although important, I of course did not pick the 555s for this alone. The audio quality is far superior to previous products I've used. Looking back, I can't believe I used to listen to my iPod with the default Apple earphones! These are full size circumaural headphones and so fit around your ears rather than pressing into them - this not only gives a fantastic soundstage but again, adds to the outstanding comfort.
The 555s are open back. This essentially means that noise will leak, and it does. If this is a problem for you, e.g. you are purchasing them for use in the office, then I would most definitely recommend looking for closed headphones. However, you will most likely have to pay more to get the equivalent sound quality as the open 555s.
Above all, the clarity is what stood out the most for me. I was pleased they were not too bass-heavy and overall, they are certainly generous value for money when entering the audiophile market. One additional note I will add is that if you want to further improve the soundstage, there is a mod to essentially upgrade these to its older brother; the 595s.
Sennheiser HD 555 headphones have been my favourite purchase this year! I've had them for quite some time now and i've experienced no problems at all with them. The quality is fantastic, the volume is extremely loud which is definetly needed (the volume can be adjusted with a mixamp but that would have to be purchased separately), the headphones are comfortable also allowing you to wear them for any amounts of time without any discomfort.
I purchased the headphones to add to my gaming setup, playing games such as Modern Warfare, Halo 3 and the likes. The quality and precision of the sound when gaming is unreal, yet another plus comes from the fact that you can use the headphones to listen to music at the highest quality, allowing you to hear the music how it's meant to sound.
These go perfectly with my Viewsonic 22" 1080P monitor while playing Xbox 360 games, which is exactly what I purchased them for.
The comfort from the headphones is long lasting especially since i've been using them daily for months upon months without any loss in comfort. Unlike other popular headsets such as Astro A40's which are a lot less reliable.
These headphones are easy enough to transport since only one cable is needed and nothing else.
The headphones also don't break easily at all, i've used other headphones such as turtle beaches and Astro A40's which have suprisingly broke easier then I expected. However, my Sennheiser's are still in perfect condition to this day (even when i've accidentally stood on them).
Buying Sennheiser HD 555's in my opinion, if you're crazy about music/gaming/entertainment in general would be a great choice.
Finally after a long ordeal of trying to find the headphones right for me and getting them from a site that wasn't bankrupt and was genuine, I got my new Sennheiser HD 555's. I thought to myself how much I love music and I've always known that headphones can provide some of the best audio quality so thought I'd get myself a pair as opposed to some more earphones, after dipping one of my old earbuds in the pool whilst on holiday!
- Intro -
Originally I was going to go for the Sennheiser HD 485's, which are quite a bit older and perhaps don't look as good although they are not open headphones. Apparently the base was very good - probably is slightly better compared to these ones. I've always thought Sennheiser were one of the best makes for audio equipment and especially earphones or headphones so I was going to stick with them. I eventually bought this pair off Amazon.co.uk as it was reliable and I knew my goods would arrive, and they cost me around £80.
- Packaging -
This price was a lot cheaper than what they originally cost as they are quite a 1st class pair of headphones. They come in a large box, which has a unique design. It has a lot of information on the outside and inside of the headphones and all the technology that lies within. The box has an image of the headphones on the outside so you can see them. There is a little tab, which you can pull as instructed to release the 'doors' to the box. The box then opens outwards like a box to reveal the headphones behind a plastic cover so they are well-secured.
The headphones come out very easily, which is great compared to some earphone boxes where you will be cutting through the plastic and ripping them out, almost breaking them whilst almost cutting yourself simultaneously on the sharp plastic edges! The headphones are already connected to the a 6.3mm stereo jack along with the 3.5mm adapter connected. The 6.3mm stereo jack can be used with things such as instruments and DJ kits as well as other audio equipment, whereas the 3.5mm adapter enables you to connect the headphones to things such as your iPod, computer and other gadgets utilising the standard 3.5mm port.
- Design -
The headphones weigh just 259g with dimensions of 24.1 x 20.3 x 10.2 cm. They are quite large and you probably wouldn't wear them out in public, also due to the open ear style (more on that in a bit). Taking them out the plastic, I was immediately taken by their quality. You can tell a lot of work has gone into them and they look very comfortable upon first appearance. The headphones have a black bridge connecting each ear muff, which has the silver Sennheiser logo across the top, so you can quite easily tell they are Sennheisers. On the bottom half of this is a large padded part for your head. It is black and very soft with a velour lining. This bridge leads down to the ear pieces, which can be extended on both sides to fit any size head comfortably. There are no ridges in view, which keeps the headphones looking good, but they do lock into place well once you have adjusted them and they shouldn't move.
The earpieces have an open outside part, meaning it takes in air from here to improve the sound quality and it appears to be a mini stereo speaker - it acts like one too! This plastic mesh is black and surrounded by the silver lining of the headphones. A curve leads down to the earpieces and gives them a modern twist. The earpieces are clearly labelled left and right with L and R, which is in a slightly darker silver that blends in nicely. The earcups are elliptical and multidirectional, meaning they can slant at an angle left and right and even twist to the front and back to some degree. This is useful for if you are listening to something and want to quickly remove one earpiece to hear someone speak for example and it's ideal for DJs.
The baffle used to project the sound is angled at such a degree and also correctly positioned so the music travels right into your ear. However, you have some nice large ear pads that cover your entire ear and are just as soft as the pad on your head, made of the same velour material. The quality is excellent as these pads are all securely fastened onto the headphones. These headphones are designed excellently to every last detail such as little rubber bumpers to soften the touch whilst you slant the earpieces back and forward so it doesn't mark the frame.
The wire runs down from the left earpiece and is whopping 3 metres long. This is pretty long when you think about it and another reason as to why you won't want to take it out and about! The connections and adapters all along the wire are all of superb quality and fitted well, right down to the 3.5mm audio jack, which is gold plated for better sound quality. So what about the sound?
- Sound Quality -
When I first tried these headphones, I was actually quite nervous. I paid a good deal of money for them and hoped they'd be as good as I thought. You could instantly sense the quality but it became further apparent as I pumped up the volume. As with all earphones and headphones, they need to 'burn in' through use until they reach full potential. I have used them for about 2 weeks now with music, movies and even gaming and they are brilliant and have certainly improved.
The sound quality is as clear as you will get and doesn't distort whatsoever to the loudest volume it goes. It just becomes even clearer and louder as you put up the volume. It is all according to where you get your audio from though as certain downloaded songs may not be to full quality of originals and you may pick up fuzziness in the background or other noises not supposed to be there. These headphones will produce every noise on the track to such detail that you will hear parts of songs you have never heard before. They seem to be so much better with a slightly higher volume. The treble is excellent and ever so clear. The bass is pretty good too but not brilliant. With songs such as 'In For The Kill' by La Roux, which has a droning bass and beats throughout, the bass is most prominent and you can see it's full potential. It sounds brilliant with dance songs and their beats too. It doesn't quite go through your head as you may wish if you are really into bass, but it is quite powerful. The earphones have Eargonomic Acoustic Refinement (E.A.R.) technology, which is an innovation by Sennheiser to enhance sound quality.
- General Use -
The headphones are ever so comfortable to wear and you can barely notice they are there - especially on the top of your head as that big pad makes them so comfortable. You do need to place them correctly over your ears so they are in the centre and you will receive the best sound quality without leakage. There is obviously leakage from the open ear outsides, which is inevitable. This comes out at a fraction of the volume within the earpieces, I'd say about 10% or less if you put your ear to it. However you can imagine at loud volumes that others around you would quite clearly hear what you're listening to.
So these are excellent for music and it seems as if you are sitting in the recording studio sometimes. The sound quality is fabulous, right up to maximum volumes. I have used these with movies too. They sound excellent and ever so much better than watching straight from TV speakers for example. You can hear every little detail and it really sets the surroundings nicely. This is where you begin to notice the surround sound of these earphones. They have such a technology that enables you to sense exactly where sounds are coming from. This is especially recognisable in games where you can sense an oncoming enemy or car for example just from listening, whereas on a TV this detail would be distorted. I was amazed by what I heard when playing Call of Duty 4 on these. The guns sounded a lot more realistic and every single foot step became apparent to me as they picked up all the sounds and sent them right to my ears in full quality. The headphones can be worn for long periods and don't seem to hurt at all.
These headphones are made for the future with the potential to replace the components such as the ear pads, cable and headband. They also have a 2 year guarantee. They are certainly worth the price for the long run. They are made of brilliant materials, are very comfortable to wear and I'm sure they won't break with careful use. They are a superb pair of headphones for the price and are excellent for private use, but I'd say private use only. They are restricted from public use due to their size and the cable length as well as the main problem being the open ear style that enables the sound to travel outwards. It's quite awkward connecting them to an iPod for example too with the 3.5mm adapter connected to the stereo jack being as long as almost 3 inches before it bends and with a circumference of about 3cm, it's quite a chunky bit that sticks out!
- Technical Stuff -
Ear coupling: circumaural
Acoustic principle: dynamic, open
Frequency response: 15-28,000 Hz
Max. SPL at 1 kHz: 112 dB
Long-term max. input power: 500 mW
THD at 1 kHz: < 0.2 %
Impedance: 50 ohms
Headphone calliper pressure: - 3.5 N
Weight without cable: 260 g
Signal cable: 3 m
Connector/adapter: 6.3mm stereo jack with 3.5mm adapter
- Conclusion -
In conclusion, I'd certainly recommend these but for private use only. They are brilliant right from the design of the box to the quality of the headphones, both material and sound quality. They are very comfortable to wear and look pretty cool, although a bit large to wear out and about. The bass is pretty good and they perform very well at high volumes with consistent clarity. They make movies and gaming a whole lot better and reveal detail you have never before realised. They have great specifications and with a 2 year guarantee and replaceable components, you can't go wrong! These are certainly a pair for the future.
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Now when I first got these headphones I was a bit skeptical about whether the cable would be able reach my television seeing as I sit fairly far away, in fact my last pair of headphones, which were just a £20 pair of phillips headphones, did not reach my sofa and so whenever I wanted to use these i had to sit on the floor which was quite impractical. However, I was absolutely delighted when I first plugged them into my television, put them on and took a seat finding that they reached perfectly and the cable was not even tense so if I wanted to could sit even further back. I only found one downside to the very long cable and that is plugging them into an ipod or mp3 player, as I presume most people will either put the player in their pocket or attached near to the pocket, there is a cable much longer than me and I am over 6ft and I find that the cable drags along the ground.
I have to say though that the quality is absolutely amazing and it is the closest I can find to surround sound without setting up speakers around the room, I often find myself amazed when watching a film and I hear a helicopter in my right ear appear on the right of the screen, play in both ears when in the centre of the screen and then switch to the left ear as it exits the screen.
Even though it has all the great qualities of the sound and long cable it is the comfort of them that I like the most about it. They can be worn for long periods of time with no feeling of pressure at all on the head and even better it has velour ear pads. Another brilliant thing about them is the adjustability almost every thing can be adjusted from the height of the ear pads to the angle of them.
A few years ago, i wanted a good pair of headphones and upgraded from the stock earbuds i got with everything, to a set of Sennheiser HD212's.
They blew me away and it was a massive step up from anything i had used before.
They became faulty after a while, and i was out of Warrenty, but still worked after a bit of tweaking.
Once i got into my bedroom DJ'ing a little more, and listened to much more music, i wanted something bigger and better. After a lot of searching, i settled on the HD555's. Im no audiophile, but these are a massive step up again from the old 212's i had. It was like going from earbuds to big cans again level of difference.
At first, they were great, but nothing really blew me away. After listening and listening, they began to break in, and the sounds quality is now out of this world.
I picked them up for about £70-£80 on Amazon if i remember correctly, and being into music as much as i am, its one of the best purchases i have ever made.
Please, if you are looking for headphones, go down the Sennheiser/Audio Technica/Sony etc. route, and avoid brands such as Skullcandy and Bose, which are - in my opinion (and alot of others) - extremely overpriced for what they are.
The headphones look good, with modern, clean lines and a solid black and silver/grey finish. They are durable - i have dropped them a few times and have left no marks and they still work perfectly. They are also very comfortable. The pads fit all around your ears, so nothing is pressing against them the whole time, and they are adjustable enough to fit any head. My head is definitely well above average in size, and i have never had an issue with discomfort, and i have worn these for hours at a time.
The standard end to the cable is a 6.25mm jack, but a 3.5mm adapter is provided so it will fit into any standard bit of kit. Bit of a warning though, due to the size of the 6.25mm jack, the adapter is pretty hefty, and i can imagine its quite easy to knock it and harm a headphone jack on an iPod for example if its in your pocket.
The HD555's are open headphones, which means the back of them is not sealed to prevent sound leaking out. This is both an advantage and a disadvantage to me. After becoming used to these headphones, the open style sounds much better to me over anything else i use now. However, the sounds will leak quite badly, so if you are around other people, they will be able to hear everything you can!
Another thing with the 555's is that they do not need an amplifier. Go much higher in the Sennheiser range, or high range headphones in general, and an amp is usually required. This would obviously give a greater sound quality, but is not so much use when you want to keep things quite portable!
The sound quality on these headphones is superb. I listen to alot of electronic music, and the bass is crisp and clear. Im still shocked at how bad bass can sound on other headphones in comparison. It really is stunning. The highs and mid range sounds are also stunning and well above anything else i have ever owned.
The sound leaks, so they may not be for everyone, and there are definitely better headphones on the market, but for the money, the sound, build and comfort are all right up there.
Before I write this review, I must first introduce myself as a non-audiophile and I don't have extremely sensitive ears that can differentiate between 128kbps and 312kbps MP3s. What I do have is normal ears that can differentiate between noise and music.
These pair of headphones is my first purchase, right after Phonak Audeo earphones, and so that's the only thing I can compare with, if any. Now, you can get these headphones for £68.41 on Amazon which is considerably cheap entry-level headphones into the audiophile market, ignoring the overhyped and poorly designed Skullcandies and Bose headphones. This is also half the price of its bigger brother, HD595 which doesn't have many improvements and requires an amplifier to maximise its potential.
Also note that these headphones are open, therefore sound do leak out of these headphones, and if you are thinking of not disturbing the people in your room or on the tube, then this is not one to get. When I watch movies or listen to music at the average volume, my partner will always complain regarding the leak. However, the sound you get from this is out of the world, with the bass (but not very heavy) making your movie more intriguing and the clarity to your perfectly sounding music. If you plan on using this when you're on your own, then these pair of headphones will do you justice.
The atheistic of these headphones are cool-looking and will make heads turn, and they are also very comfy with the padding on your ears. I never had an uncomfortable moment wearing these. The headphones come with a 6.25 mm audio cable, but there is also an included adapter to convert it to the small 3.5mm audio jack.
If you are looking for a pair of open headphones with optimum bass, amazing clarity and comfortable design with a cheap price tag, then this is what you're after. If you enjoy listening to rock and metal, or if you are afraid it might bother the people beside you, then this might not be for you. One thing is for sure, you will not go wrong with these headphones as your first purchase.