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Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee Headphones

Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee Headphones

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Headphones With History

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 4,758 total units sold. Standard shipping is free to US members and $15 per unit internationally. Each member can purchase up to five (5) HD 58Xs.

This item is in stock and will ship in 2–3 business days with standard shipping. Expedited shipping in the contiguous US is available at checkout. Your payment method will be charged 2 hours after joining. Cancellations are accepted until that time. The drop will launch and end each day to collect purchases.

Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee Headphones
Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee Headphones

Driver Technology & Sound

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.

Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee Headphones

Classic Colorway, Time-Tested Build

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.

Massdrop x Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee Headphones

Final Thoughts

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.

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Community Reviews

• Jude, Head-Fi: "I really like it, and it’s a big improvement over the prototype.”

• John Grandberg/project86, Head-Fi: "I liked the prototype but I love the final production model. This is among the smoothest response I’ve heard from any of the HD6 series. Upper mids and highs are just so well controlled and clean, without losing much detail or feeling overly dark. There’s still an awful lot of air up there beyond 8kHz. Bottom line, for me, the $150 HD58X is arguably one of the best entries in Sennheiser’s HD6-series, and the absurd price advantage it carries over all other models makes it an easy recommendation."

• Solderdude, DIY Audio Heaven: "The HD58X has the best bass extension of Sennheiser’s HD6** series headphones. At this price-point the HD58X is very hard to beat."

• Marv, Super Best Audio Friends: "This [production revision] corrects minor issues with the original pre-production HD58X such as the lack of bass extension and a small peak at 5.5kHz. The issues were minor, and given Massdrop’s price, easily forgiveable. Now that these issues have been corrected, what we have now is a headphone with an amazing performance-to-price ratio.  The lows now extend as well as the HD6XX headphones, and actually sound clearer. There is actually more clarity in the bass than the HD6XX! Not quite as good as the HD600, but somewhere in between, closer to HD600."

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."

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Specs

  • Massdrop x Sennheiser
  • Glossy black headband, gray metal grilles
  • Ear coupling: Over-ear (circumaural)
  • Transducer principle: Open, dynamic
  • Impedance: 150 ohms
  • Frequency response: 12–38,500 Hz (-10 dB)
  • THD + N: < 0.1% at 1 kHz, 100 dB
  • Sound pressure level: 104 dB at 1V, 1 kHz
  • Connector: ⅛ in (3.5 mm) gold-plated stereo jack plug
  • Cable: 6 ft (1.8 m) OFC, detachable
  • Weight without cable: Approx. 9.2 oz (260 g)
  • Individually serialized
  • Made in Ireland

Included

  • ¼ in (6.35 mm) adapter
  • Manufacturer’s 2-year warranty

Shipping

Domestic (contiguous US) customers will have a choice of shipping options at checkout. The shipping days / arrive by date displayed represent the transit times from the estimated ship date for your order to be delivered.

Estimated ship date is July 5, 2018 PT.

Your payment method will be charged 2 hours after purchase. Cancellations are accepted until that time, after which the request will be submitted to vendors to deliver the best delivery time to members, making all sales final. Be sure to check the discussion page for updates.

Recent Activity

Ok, so after a favorable impression at first listen(brief), I did some longer sessions and then some a/b with my original precision hd 850's, my he 400i's and my hd 800's. The thrill was gone. 800's were superior in every way as you would expect... I will start there and extrapolate to the others. I am using an LG V20 source with a Marantz HD Dac1 dac/amp. The 800's were far superior in soundstage, detail/realism. The placement of voices and instruments was way better and there were audible details in 800s that just weren't there or greatly lacking in the 58xs. Bass was deeper, tighter and flatter, in balance with the mids and vocals. I expected,this but not to the degree I heard it, these 58xs really aren't like the originals at all. He 400is were also cleaner and flatter from the bottom up till the top end, very similar there imo. The 400is bass was flatter and tighter. I primarily used Heart, Linda Ronstadt and KD Lang with some Yes, Joe Bonamassa and Pink Floyd to evaluate all of these and the 58xs vocals were shrouded and overpowered by the bass which also sounds loose compared to all 3 of the other phones I compared them to. The original hd 580 precision was also better in all areas but the treble region, with the vocal balance being more forward than all the others but not bothersome at all, on some tracks its welcome actually, they can be had used for $100 or less. In the end I'd say that the hd 580s, hd 800's and the he 400is were all better with more refined, flatter bass plus more forward, detailed mids to varying degrees. If you love the accent on bass, you very well might like these but the silky female vocals are suffering because of it imo. So with the He 400i's going really cheap used right now, $130 - 175 almost everywhere and the 4xxs in the same park, its impossible to recommend these to any fan of detail and accuracy. I wanted to like em but they are not for me. With the 6xxs on the way, I am now wondering if I'm gonna dislike them too, we'll find out.