In 1991, Axel Grell joined Sennheiser and designed the HD 580 Precision: the headphone that would launch a much-loved series—and the peak of the company’s audiophile headphones for more than 25 years. Four years later, to mark its 50th anniversary, Sennheiser released the HD 580 Jubilee, which would later become the HD 600 and lead to the HD 650. In the spirit of the HD 580, with current technology and optimizations learned throughout the series’ rich history, we’re excited to release the newest evolution: the Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee. Tuned by Axel Grell and Massdrop based on feedback from the audiophile community, it features new 150-ohm drivers and a colorway inspired by the HD 580 Precision that started it all.
Note: This drop will close once we reach 2,700 total units sold. Shipping is free to US members and $15 per unit internationally. Each member can purchase up to five (5) HD 58Xs.
The HD 58X Jubilee uses Sennheiser’s new 150-ohm drivers, which require less amplification than previous driver platforms while retaining the same magnet strength and driver size. This makes the new headphone easier to drive from sources like your mobile phone or digital audio player. The sound is clear, fast, dynamic, and lively: reminiscent in some ways of the HD 600 and in others of the HD 650. It places an emphasis on clean, extended bass, with a solid transient response and a smooth but clear upper midrange. Plus, with Sennheiser's ongoing testing of all units in the series, you can be assured that the drivers hit the target frequency response and match in both left and right channels.
In an homage to the HD 580 Precision, the HD 58X Jubilee features a glossy black headband and gray metal grilles. For hours and hours of listening comfort, the elliptical cups are shaped to follow the anatomy of the ear, the headband is generously padded, and the ear pads are covered in soft velour and easily replaceable. Finally, the detachable 6-foot cable is made of highly conductive OFC copper with sturdy para-aramid reinforcement and a very low handling noise.
Because the HD 58X Jubilee’s open-back design won’t isolate you from outside noise or prevent sound from being heard by those nearby, it may be best-suited for quieter home and office environments. Like all headphones in this lineup, this new model can be disassembled by hand to its component parts, all of which can be replaced. Many of its parts are interchangeable with others in the series, and owners of the HD 58X Jubilee can benefit from the rich aftermarket and brain trust of modifications and gear matching—along with excellent long-term support from Sennheiser itself.
• Steve Guttenberg, CNET: "It's a very refined, very well-balanced sounding design; there's no booming bass or boosted treble -- the HD 58X just tells it like it is."
• John Grandberg/project86, Head-Fi: "The HD 58X Jubilee is indeed a bit faster than my well-worn HD 650 and also a newer HD 6XX. Sound is more immediate, more extended, not as warm/smooth overall. The 'veil' is not so prevalent here ... If you own an HD 650 and want a somewhat brighter, more expansive sound, this is worth a try for sure. If you don't own any of these, it's a toss up between HD 6XX and HD 58X Jubilee... I can think of situations where either one wins out, so there's no universal recommendation. Regardless, Massdrop should win some fans here."
• grizzlybeast, Head-Fi: "What is pleasant about the HD 58X is its ability to provide bite and edge to the instruments that were sometimes missing in the other iterations. While I still hold the HD 650 the highest in regards to overall resolution and scalability, the ways that the 58X has been able to stand out have been its ability counter the 650s aspects enough for me to desire to swap headphones depending on the song."
• Amir Ismael, Business Insider: "I've paid twice as much for headphones from other companies that aren't nearly as comfortable ... Instead of shelling out big bucks for headphones from bigger companies, this Sennheiser and Massdrop collaboration offers great audio quality at an excellent price."
• Solderdude, DIY Audio Heaven: "One would be hard pressed to find a new headphone with a balanced tonal signature, excellent build quality and good overall sound quality in this price bracket."
• Ken Denmead, GeekDad: "At their introductory price of $150, they’ve just set a new standard for entry-level audiophile headphones, and considering that you don’t need an amp to drive them, Massdrop and Sennheiser have just brought great-sounding audio down to a level where a lot more people can afford to hear what they’ve been missing."
All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.
Estimated ship date is July 11, 2018 PT.
After the drop ends, payment will be collected. To deliver the best value to the group the request will then be submitted to the vendor up front, making all sales final. Be sure to check the discussion page for updates.