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Sennheiser HD 579 Headphones

Sennheiser HD 579 Headphones

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I bought a 2nd hand hd579 and like it very much. After did a minor mod as hd58x and put a little eq, it sounds great. For such price and sound quality, I have nothing to complain. I also create a comparison from a recording of hifiman shangri-la, you may download this file and listen by yourself.
https://pan.baidu.com/s/1n4IwViSqCuqNwNACfZRXag
I've purchased mine for around 150$. I am not an audiophile, and I do not have an amp. I've had these for almost a year.
Build: The headphones are entirely made of plastic, with no hinges whatsoever. The cups tilt a bit up and down + left and right. The headphones are built very well in my opinion. The headphone itself is "Open-back", meaning people around you can hear what you're listening to, and you can hear people around you. The original cable did not last me very long, and it can barely connect securely to other devices. You will definitely have to swap the cable on these.
Comfort: The velour pads are very comfortable, and while the head cushion is a little bit thicker and harder than you might expect, these are easily the most comfortable pair of headphones I wore.
Sound Quality: For 150$, these sound amazing. The sound is very clear, and it does have the sennheiser sound signature. Compared to the HD559, the HD579's are clearer than them. The mids shine here, and the bass is enough for me. Sennheiser Headphones are known to be "lacking in bass", although I enjoy the amount of bass they provide, even if they are clearly not meant for bassheads. The highs are also great, and vocals sound very clear on these headphones. I've listened to the ATH-M50Xs, and the sound signature is much warmer on the HD579. The clarity on both headphones is amazing, and for me they are very close in clarity and sound quality. I've also listened to the HD6XXs (without an amp, mind you) and overall I've found the HD579 a bit more comfortable, while the HD6XX's sound is a bit more detailed (The HD6XX's do leak more noise than the HD579's). Overall, if you have the money or you already got an amp, the HD6XX will definitely perform better, but if you're like me, these are a great "entry level" pair of headphones.
Verdict: At just 100$ on this drop, these are more than worth it, but if you already own a HD5x8/HD5x9 series headphones, these are not a huge upgrade. The sound quality on these is absolutely great, especially when it's considered an entry level headphone pair. For the price, I don't think there is a better headphone pair on this site (not even the HE-350s).
TL;DR Pros: -Build quality is solid -Sound clear -Very comfortable -Affordable
Cons: -The cable is not very good, so I would suggest you to replace it
Misc: -Price is as low as it can go right now, but the US and Canada shipping can limit some people from buying it or consider it. -Headphones are open backed -It has the same earpads and 2.5mm locking mechanism that other HD5XX series headphones have -The foam removal mod can work on these headphones, although I didn't try it myself.
Guys could i please have some help...I just got these headphones new...and they crackle most of the time.......even when playing music such as metal when it shouldnt be noticable. Can you guys please help with some fixes. I dont seem to have these issues when i plug them into my iphone but only with ipad and pc
sehan
Eh... try headphones on other PCs and check how other headphones crackle on your iPad and PC. (Contact support if it is the headphone problem -->I assume it is under warranty since you got it new)
erica483
Thank you so much i got a replacement because they kept on crackling with other devices.
Anyone looking for the short cable can find one here
https://www.redco.com/Sennheiser-5x8-Short-Cable.htmlund
Probably not the official 5x8 Sennheiser sells on their site (and is always out of stock) but just got mine today, and I can’t notice a difference between the stock cable and this one.
Also $3!
Got mine yesterday, and I have run them through a Fulla 2 for my laptop and through a Vali 2 for my turntable. Excellent sound, highs are not too harsh and the bass is a vast improvement over my other pair of cans (Grado SR60e). I'm really happy I got in on this drop.
I'm looking forward to hearing the HD-6XX when it finally arrives in another couple of months.
Dalailalama
Could you tell me how these compare to 6xx?
Got mine today and package was in pristine condition :). They sound great on my MSI laptop which supposedly has a better-than-average dac/amp. Blown away with the sound quality for the price I paid. Thanks Massdrop!
Got mine today. Im surprised the my phone can drive them so well it struggles a little with the Game Ones and they have the same impedance.
Anyone have a suggestion for a shorter cable?
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EvilMrMe
There‘s this: NewFantasia Replacement Audio Upgrade Cable for Sennheiser HD598 / HD558 / HD518 Headphones 1.2meters/4feet https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KAKBHKM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_Lw26zbYTJQG16
Anyone have experience with this one or have a better option?
rndmtask
They're solid cables. I use them with most of my cans for a 4ft and 10ft cable. I will note, the mic cable version for the HD 579 does not work. By the time I got around to using it I was past return period. Not a huge deal but a nuisance nonetheless.
Got em today :) So happy, they're great.
Got a shipping confirmation email, it's happening!
hjc711
Same. And 11 days early!
How does the sound signature of these compare to the 569s? Is the bass and sub-bass at a similar level? I liked the mids in the 569 since they were clear but never too harsh, same for the top end which was smooth and present just enough.
These are open back headphones. Do they leak sound pretty bad or are they all good? I ordered the HD6xxs and was thinking about picking these ups for portable headphones, but if they leak sound I might not buy these.
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ReverseComet
i have no experience with these headphones yet, but good public headphones i use are the audio technica m40x's. i got mine on sale for 80, but i think they run usually ~100
ReverseComet
All open back head phones are going to have this sound leak but its not a problem since that is how they design works. What you want are close back headphones for public use or IEMs
What amp/dac (preferably under $150) would go well with these HD579. They would only be used at home.
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iGrr
Any dac/amp combo can drive this. Literally any ideas them. You don't need a desktop stack or expensive solutions to make it work right.
iGrr
The Schiit Fulla 2 would be a nice entry level device. It pairs well with my HD599s and HD569s (excited for the HD579s to complete the set). Whatever you choose, I would recommend sticking with something solid-state. The HD5x9s I have sound a lot better on SS amps vs tubes (at least in my opinion).
I already have a pair of Sennheiser HD 280s how are these in comparison I know the 500 line and 200 line are very different but am unsure of the specifics.
DeusAequus
One big difference is that the 280 is closed, while the 579 is open. The 579 sounds better as a result, but it also limits the environments you'll want to wear it in since outside sound leaks in and vice versa. The 579 are also going to be more detailed than the 280.
if they could bring the HD 598 (europe leather tan version) at like 89.99 free ship i'd buy instantly. i miss that lovely can so much. used to go on sale all the time for 99, but it never has and never will again, sucks.
I have owned both these and the 558s. I'll do a quick compare for those who are wondering.
Clarity = 579s but not by a lot. Bass = 579s but not by a lot. Looks = depends on if you like black or silver. Soundstage = 558s by a bit. Comfort = 558s thanks to the extra foam on the top, but it's not a HUGE difference. The ear cushions are exactly the same. Overall sound = the 558s are slightly flatter and warmer. The 579s are slightly more exciting. We're not talking a big difference, they're both still 5xx Sennheisers at their core. The 558s struggle with faster music while the 579s sound like they do a little better with it. That's just to my ears. Weight = virtually identical (the 700 grams weight listed is wrong btw, it's well under 300 grams). Impedance = Close enough to tell people it's the same. Headphone connection = identical. The same 2.5mm locking cables work with both headphones. Ear cups = literally identical. In fact, you can buy 558 replacement cups and they fit on the 579s without any modification required. Gives it a fun black and silver two tone look. Foam mod = doable on both headphones, I can personally confirm. The foam isn't the same though. The 579s have thicker, harder foam. Likely why the bass is a little heavier. Removing the foam has the same effect on both. A slight reduction in bass, harshness, and clarity in exchange for a bit more Soundstage and a sweeter sound. Again, this isn't a huge difference, just a small one.
Durability = 579s. The outside grill is metal instead of plastic and there's no cheap foam cover on the outside. The headband pad is covered in leather which helps reduce hair oil from screwing it up.
Repair and mod = 558s . You can get into the 579s as easily as you can get into the 558s. However, the 558s have a replaceable headband pad. That's literally the only difference.
They are fairly close. Close enough that I returned mine to Amazon and kept my 558s because it wasn't worth $179 for the minor upgrade.
At $99 bucks though? Compelling for sure and I'm gonna think about it. Especially since my 558s are 4 years old and already on their their second set of pads.
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Me too I think, but still as a heads up to anyone looking . Really, I own both and will most likely still join this drop and gift them or start using my old one as travel/on campus can.
zaphrodbox
What I find interesting is that this is just a standard item. No special Massdrop editions or anything like the k7xx or the HD6xx. I skipped the 6xx because the 650s were too warm for me and I hate carrying an amp around while listening on a phone, but these with a 6 ft cable and in midnight blue? I'd have joined yesterday lol.
Hell I'm still on the fence about the k7xx. My phone and sound card (Asus DGX) can only just barely drive them but they sound so good.
so i got in on this drop as my first introduction to the Sennheiser sound house, I'm wondering how these stack up against the 600 series headphones that i hear so much about and am wondering if im going to be left wanting instead of just going with a 600 series from the start?
the price here was really good....my goal is to get a decent set of headphones from most of the major soundhouses out there and decide who i personally like the best then go all in and invest in some of their top tier stuff....
would you say these headphones are an accurate representation of what i can expect from Sennheiser in general? i understand each model and even from set to set can have their own sound, but i am wondering if generally speaking this is a good place to start with Sennheiser or should i have just gone straight to the 600 series for that?
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I think you're talking about wanting a DAC/amp stack as a separate thing, not tied to these headphones, so on that front let me endorse the Modi/Magni stack. You'll officially be a snob when it's not enough :). I would also second the comment that you must have gotten a faulty e10.
On the other hand, you don't need an amp to drive these 579s. They're like 50ohm, 105db sensitivity. Really easy to drive. Unless you have a lousy source, where you get more benefit from the DAC side of the equation (entry kindle fire is the only one I can personally attest to), you're better off spending that money on your exploration of different headphone sounds.
To each his own, of course, but every time I get the itch to start messing around with more DACs & amps, I read this post from NwAvGuy (the dude that designed the O2 Amp):
http://nwavguy.blogspot.com/2011/02/gain-and-headphone-ampsdacs.html
Keeps me focused on buying headphones with minimal differences instead ;)
just adding to your comment: Fiio on aliexpress is selling refurbished E09k for USd49
Just getting into headphones. Only had sony mdr-v6 for years, until jack wear & tear cut L side input.
Anyway as a replacement I got shp9500s, and although they do sound good, I don't guess I have a critical enough ear to say how or even if they're better, and that's between open & closed headphones.
I do have a certain opinion in comfort, to me- i notice the shp9500's are a few ounces heavier, the mesh fabric pad covering are a little more annoying, and in its smallest setting, they are still a half click too large for me. I'm looking at either buying the housing & replacement pads on those, or for not much more dumping them for these 579's... my question is WILL the 579's be a significant upgrade in comfort? All the warm/bright soundstage/clarity/separation etc. is over my head. I don't know what I'm listening to. THey all sound good. But if these senns are going to be more comfortable out of the box, I'd rather go that route.
Thoughts.
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JustinHood
I have the 599 (the big brother to the 579) any they are very comfortable. I use them as my primary headphones on my computer for streaming and gaming so I wear them for several hours a day and have never felt any kind of discomfort. Sometimes I even forget I'm wearing them. And as for sound, I've never heard better headphones. The open back really makes the sound seem as though its coming from the room, not from two speakers sitting on your ear (which helps to make you forget your wearing them. The one down side is that because of the open back there will be sound leakage, both in and out. Other than that I have absolutely loved these headphones and I highly recommend you give them a try, especially at this price.
JustinHood
I've had the 579s and only returned them because $179 wasn't a reasonable price for the upgrade over the 558s. I've worn both for entire work days (8 to 10 hours) without discomfort.
The only time they get a little bad is over a long period of time and your face oils build up a bit in the velour. However, some massaging, warm water, and dish soup fixes that, plus the pads are replaceable (at least more easily than the shp9500).
I guess what I'm saying is yes, these are very comfortable.
Headbands on this style of headphones from Sennheiser will crack and break. I have been through 3 pairs all cracked and broke, same spot on right side. I took excellent care of them too, placing them on a headphone stand when not in use. I am still wondering why Sennheiser uses this poor design. Should spend a little more and get Beyerdynamic DT 770. If you are looking for bang for buck get Philips SHP9500s. Both the Beyerdynamic DT 770 and Philips SHP9500s both are solid headphones.
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I also have an hd598 and hd598cs and never had any problems at all. Mine go on a brainwavz hooka on my wall beside my desk. I take the closed version out on the bus and to work/school and never had a problem. How many have you had that broke? If it's only 1 it could've been faulty, if it isn't just 1 why do you keep buying more? Also there's a warranty, use it :)
kiinetic
Had 3 pairs. I like the first pair so much I go 2 more when the first pair cracked. Then after the first pair broke, I started using the second pair. They cracked after about 2, broke year later just like first. Same thing with the last pair. That was when I got the Beyerdynamics DT 880s, 4 years and going they are rock solid.
Philips SHP9500s on Newegg for $52. I listen to electronic music and enjoy bass. That, or this?
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826138190&cm_re=SHP9500-_-26-138-190-_-Product
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Arynthesizer
The SHP9500S is a great deal but definitely bass-lite. My friend uses the bass boost switch on his E10K dac/amp which works well enough for him. You can also try eq'ing them but they definitely aren't bass-y cans.
Drift6216
Funny, for me they have earth shattering bass (that in the positive way), just perfect. And I thought I am a basshead. I guess we all have different levels of tolerance.
I'd buy this if they open the shipping to other countries outside US and CA. They can ship the PC37X to me but they can't do the same with these cans. Kindly reconsider MD :)
BigBoyLoki
It probably has nothing to do with the Massdrop just deciding not to ship to your country. Sennheiser might not let them sell this product at this price to your country, or it could have to do with your countries regulations.
TLDR: Massdrop has been selling UNAUTHORIZED/POTENTIALLY FAKE Chord products. https://www.facebook.com/chordelectronics/posts/1161256660641020 WTF Massdrop???? And someone who joined the drop has confirmed the issue here https://www.massdrop.com/buy/chord-mojo-portable-dac-amp/talk/1817061 My comment may not be relevant to these MD made products, but it is related to audiophile stuff anyway. So you better have a proper answer to this, otherwise you will lose me and many other potential customers. UPDATE: MD has answered to the issue here https://www.massdrop.com/buy/chord-mojo-portable-dac-amp/talk/1821097 TBH I'm really happy that I can put my trust in MD again. Hope that this will be a lesson for MD and for us as well.
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very true. I wish they can give a proper answer and I can continue my shopping here without worry
read the update bro
HD 579 or AKG k7xx for CS:GO?
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Thats too bad, I've worth them for 24hr streaming sessions, and never had an issue.
after receiving my Beyerdynamic 880s I use them more often the explosions in Battlefield are richer and the added bass is on par with the AKG 7XX. The head and ear pads are padded just like my Sennheisers and I prefer them for games more and more.
Sorry, this drop cannot be shipped to ... (insert your country here)
Would you guys recommend these or the HD 598? Been looking at both for a while just can't decide.
Apple2456
Unless you can find the 598s for $100, i think it's a no-brainer - grab these 579s. Very similar quality, great value for these on MD.
Apple2456
The cheaper one, which is probably this.
Wow , I love reading peoples commits. Hands down these are better imo then any of the previous 500 models. Take it from someone who actually owns them. These are a big upgrade to the 518, 558, and imo better then the 598. The only thing the 598 does a tad better is soundstage. And it is only slightly better. The 579 just does everything much better the bass is deep and tight with great texture. Not the one note bass even the 600 has, the mids sound nice and balanced , and the highs have a lot of sparkle still with the common senn roll off. But extends farther with a nice crispness the others in this range doesn't produce. I won't go into the 599 as I returned them, check the reviews on them. For $99 bucks it's a no brained These imo hang right there with the Dt 990, which is my favorite Can.
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i listened all the 5xx sennheiser headphones.
hd599 got more detail, more clearness. and a little more bass. accurate listening + bass hd579 is comfortable listening phone. it sounds very soft and rounded sound with little sennheiser veil. rounded sound, feelin' comfortable.
ok? hd599 got more detailed trebel. a little dry sound but accurate phone. plus it has more bass. a little more.
if you don't want the bass quantity bass amount, do EQ with 599. just lower the low-mid and uper-bass about 1~1.5db just a little. that's the best way to listen accurately.
heiser-senn
if you has listened all the 5xx sennheiser headphones what is the best headphones in 5xx series except HD 58x?
HD 598sr about the same price in amazon UK, which one is better?
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Oh my bad, I guess the 598C could be very good for gaming.
The HD598Cs is an Amazon exclusive version of the HD569. Other than some cosmetic differences, both headphones use the exact same driver unit (I opened them both up). I have both pairs, and there is zero difference in the sound. I do prefer the comfort of the HD569's due to the nicer padded headband vs the leather pad on the HD598Cs'.
So if I wear these at my desk in office can people around me be able to hear what I'm listening to?
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Punnyabrata
How loud are you listening at your desk? I use open back headphones all day every day and I never get any complaints from the guy(s) I (have) share(d) a cubicle with. (None of them) I think there's a stigma that's been created falsely around open back headphones bothering everyone. It's not like you're the dude who puts a sub in his car and drives around whumping as loudly as possible. Headphones are not designed to produce extremely powerful sound waves or they would deafen you.
I have personally taken my HD6xxs off (exposing the side of the driver that's actually designed to produce sound) at volume levels that are much higher than I typically listen, set them on my desk and listened around my cubicle. The air conditioning is louder on the other side of the cubicle where my cube mate sits. That's not to mention what happens outside of my cubicle where I can't hear them at all.
Heefty
Almost no headphone driver, especially a dynamic driver with a cage and big magnet in the middle of it, produces the same levels out the back as they do on the listening side. You'll be fine unless you want to be deaf from trying to annoy people with your leaked sound.
So I have never had a pair of open headphones. I am making the switch from HyperX Cloud Stinger's to be used for FPS PC games and music/netflix, so strictly at home use. I listen to mostly rap, rock, and country, and play mostly Battlefield 4/One, Overwatch and The Division. I ordered the HD668B's today just to get started on the cheaper side. I've been looking at ATH-AD500x/700x, AKG M220, SR850 also. I do plan on getting cans specifically for when I want bass so I'm not worried about great bass right now. Any advice would be great. New to this world.
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tonsoffun49
I think starting off relatively cheap and trying to figure out your preferred sound signature (e.g. warm or bright) is probably the way to go. From there, if you feel like spending more you can, with a bit of an idea of what you like. Reading reviews helps, but I would take most of them with a grain of salt. It probably isn't worth getting a dedicated amp or DAC until you have some higher end headphones. The difference a $100 amp makes is almost always much less than spending an extra hundred on the headphones themselves, especially at this price.
MetaMorph
Sounds like a good idea. Thanks
Exactly what I was looking for. Went to Frys the other day looking for these and was willing to spend the $200 for them. Glad they didn't have any in stock.
Good price. I used to own the similar model above these x99 which I honestly didn't hear a big difference with the 650's (to their credit) .. there was one there i'm sure. Great lows, and mids.. but I didn't find the highs to be as extended as I would have liked. I joined the hifiman drop, hoping to have a little more detail in my next headphones. Don't get me wrong the Senn's 5xx range are great, loved them with games etc, but music I preferred a different sound.