The headband is soft and comfortable and so are the velours pads. For example, digital camera companies reserve functions (like RAW output, exposure and white balance bracketing, long exposures, etc.) Max. Sennheiser HD 599 costs a bit more than HD 559. For extra-long listening sessions with the great sound of the HD 559. Sennheiser HD 560S. 26000Hz. As a serious music lover you don’t want to forego your passion for whatever reason. 14- 26,000 Hz Downloads. As successor to our popular HD 500 series, the Sennheiser HD 5 model range offers high quality and value in any aspect. The time span is also bigger in the spectrum plots and expired time is shown from below to top where in the CSD the time is shown from rear to front. The resonance frequency is around 100Hz resulting in a warmer and fatter/more bloated sound. What is the difference between Sennheiser HD 558 and Sennheiser HD 559? This is a lightweight headphone that feels a bit cheap. Sennheiser HD 559. . : 121 dB On the left the rear of the driver. As can be seen the rising edge is now reaching 0dB, there is still some ‘warmth’ and bass extension is much improved because of the more linear response. From 25Hz to 1kHz the response is anything but linear and peaks around 200Hz at +10dB. Weight: 240 g. (excl. Of course it not difficult to change the damping. The brand new $249 HD 599 is no exception to this trend, though as always, the devil is in the details. The time span is also bigger in the spectrum plots and expired time is shown from below to top where in the CSD the time is shown from rear to front. The picture on the right also shows a (self-adhesive) felt furniture pad with a 3mm hole punched out in the middle. The ‘dark’ tonal balance is obvious as the rising edge doesn’t reach 0dB but -6dB. The bass hump is considerable lowered. The actual 2nd harmonic distortion above 1kHz may well be lower than 0.2% . Treble peak of the DT880 is higher but because the elevated bass is masking this a bit the DT880 is better sounding in the treble. Frequency response of the modified and filtered HD559 (Left, Right). HD 559 The Sennheiser HD 559 comes with the headphone and a detachable 9.9ft (3m) cable with 1/4″ (6.33m) connector for pro-audio gear and mixers. The sound is now full, well extended, clear with smooth mids and pleasant soft well extended treble. On the picture below the modifications are shown. I don’t think they deserve that company. Below an aid to help determining the sound character of headphones with relation to the frequency response. Note that only doing the driver mod but not using the filter will make the HD559 way too clear/forward/hard and a bit coarse sounding. Bass is overblown, muddy, hollow and lacking in sound quality. Seal can be an issue with closed-back headphones but is usually less of a problem for open headphones. Categories. Note: I bought this headphone second hand. Open Back Design: The HD 559 headphones feature an open back design that lets you be a part of your listening environment. back to measurements This requires removing the pads and removing 3 screws on the edge of the baffle. Bass is well extended and rolls off very gently below 25Hz. The offensive area (1kHz-10kHz) is effectively lowered while leaving the treble extension untouched. Inner Pad dimensions: depth font = 21mm, rear = 28mm, Width = 40mm, height = 70mm, oval shaped The tonal balance changes when the HD559 is connected to a higher output resistance amplifier. The 558’s go from 15 – 28,000 Hz. What’s interesting is that bass extension is not really affected. Perfect seal, seal broken with a thick arm pair of glasses and seal substantially broken by slightly lifting the bottom of the pads which can occur when not properly seated. The 598’s extend from 12 – 38500 Hz. © 2020 Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG | USA. Powered by Sennheiser’s proprietary transducer technology including the “Ergonomic acoustic refinement” (E.A.R.) Thread Starter Post #1 of 10 ... have pretty much flat Frequency v/s Impedance curve, where as HD 558 has a bell like curve peaking all the way up ... otherwise they'd be much quieter and this would be obvious on the frequency response graphs… The peaking itself thus is more audible than the ringing. On a higher output resistance amplifier the output level will be lower of course due to voltage division. Sennheiser HD599 Frequency Response Cost. In electronic products, firmware is usually crippled to omit/hide certain features. 2. highest frequency. If one has very big ears the triangle (for the cup swivel parts) might be an issue. Deviations in different severities at different frequency bands have an effect on the sound character. ). Below a comparative measurement of the HD559 and its more expensive bigger brother HD599Bass extension is the same. The HD … The shape of your head, bone structure, pad size, pad ‘softness, (compliance), hair or no hair and or wearing glasses may (drastically) change the frequency response of some headphones, so… your personal experience may differ substantially from these plots. Instead of showing impedance plots, which are hard to ‘read’ when it comes to assessing the tonal balance change in the real world, the HD559 is measured via a few different resistance outputs (0.2Ω, 10Ω, 33Ω and 120Ω). Back to Graph Database. Below the frequency response with the mods and filter versus the stock HD559 Sennheiser is proud to partner with ID.me to offer these heroes up to 30% off our premium audio solutions. Height adjustment and tilt of the cups is large enough to suit most head sizes well. Sennheiser headphones have long been characterized by an overall darker sound – with plenty of emphasis on the low end, while the mids and highs often vary from one model to the next. The HD559 is darker sounding than the already too boomy sounding DT880 black Special Edition. Below the frequency response of the HD 559 (Left, Right). Features. design, which channels the audio signal directly into your ears. At least from a ‘hi-fi’ standpoint. To reach impressive levels it needs a bit more voltage than a phone, tablet or USB dongle. This is because of way too much damping and probably done on purpose to justify the price difference from the HD559. Search. Meet the Sennheiser HD 559 The HD 559 is a headphone for those seeking exceptional value. The lower the low-frequency response, the stronger and juicier the bass. The cable is slightly microphonic so in quiet passages and silences the cable rubbing against clothes is audible in the left cup. Sample 2 (w/ fresh pads) Sample 2 (w/ worn pads) Sample 1 (w/ worn pads) Demo units courtesy of: Frequency Response measurements and graphs for In-Ear Monitors (IEMs) and earphones. The 4 holes and the rather big magnet hole simply are severely under-damping the driver resulting in the wide resonance around 100-200Hz. The emphasis around 4kHz of the HD559 makes it sound coarser than the treble peak of the DT990 which is higher up. The headband can be extended over a good range so it is possible to get a good fit with larger heads as well. For extra-long listening sessions with the great sound of the HD 559. For free and easy to use. A different plot is the spectrum plot. HD 569 has a range of 10 Hz - 28 kHz and its frequency response is balanced and smooth, while the model HD 599 works in a range 12 Hz - 38 kHz. current: 45mA This basically is a CSD (Waterfall) plot but viewed from above where the level differences are colour coded instead of being in the vertical axis. Deviations in different severities at different frequency bands have an effect on the sound character. The solution for this is to use a simple electronic filter that only addresses the elevated area. The Sennheiser HD 200 Pro launched last year, as a new member of Sennheiser’s vaunted Pro lineup of monitoring headphones. This way the manufacturer can use existing molds, parts, assembly lines and training, etc. Treble response from 4kHz is a bit higher and less refined than the HD559. Below the CSD (waterfall) plot of the HD559 . The cable plug is 1/8″ (3.5mm) and includes a 1/4″ (6.3mm) adapter for pro-audio gear. Cable: 3m terminated in 6.3mm TRS jack. The HD 559 model has a detachable 10' cable with a 1/4" (6.3mm) plug. It has a boomy and hollow sound with coarse/grainy upper mids and is lacking in ‘air’. There is enough room for most ears. Pads: replaceable, velours On a higher output resistance amplifier the output level will be lower of course due to voltage division. Using the malleable eraser makes this modification easily and fully reversible. A real treat for all, who listen to their music with a sense of discovery. power rating: 0.1W One does NOT have to worry about seal being essential for excellent bass extension. below the schematic of this filter for the DIYers. The overly warm midrange from the HD559 is substantial. Most measurement sites have some smoothing applied which ‘irons flat’ sharp peaks and ‘wiggles’. Choose language Between 20Hz and 1kHz the HD559 has a lot more emphasis than the better sounding HD599. Sennheiser HD650. The frequency response is a bit different. With a sensitivity of around 115dB/V (specified as 108dB/V @ 1kHz by the manufacturer) the HD559 can be used directly from a phone and reach high enough levels for normal music listening. As this is a dynamic headphone the frequency response can be amplifier output resistance dependent when certain higher output resistance amplifiers are used. Below the step response. Below the frequency response of the HD 559 (Left, Right) The channel matching is good, but that’s about all that is good about it alas. In-Ear Fidelity is supported by the following: Support those who support us! Max. Powered by Sennheiser proprietary transducer technology and featuring the “Ergonomic Acoustic Refinement” (E.A.R) design, the HD 559 provides the first step into the world of audiophile sound reproduction. The HD 439's have a frequency response of 17Hz to 22,500Hz, 32Ohm impedance, 40mm Neodymium drivers and a max SPL (sound pressure level) of 112 dB. plus applicable sales tax – free shipping. This headphone is overly ‘bassy’ but not as in deep impressive bass but in bloated/fat/hollow/warm bass with subdued highs and a bit coarse mids and no ‘sparkle’. With these mods (+ filter) the sound is much more balanced and much closer and even better than the HD599. Advertising enquiries. They might not be wireless or have noise cancelling, but that won't hold these headphones back if their sound quality is up to scratch. Sennheiser HD559. This basically is a CSD (Waterfall) plot but viewed from above where the level differences are colour coded instead of being in the vertical axis. The Sennheiser HD 559 is an open over-ear headphone. Sennheiser HD 559 - headphones | 506828. 26000Hz. Powered by Sennheiser proprietary transducer technology, these comfortable and attractively designed headphones are the key to unlock the true potential of your home entertainment system. The 3m long cable is connected via a locking 2.5mm TRRS connector and has a 6.3mm TRS plug on the other end. Max. The cups can swivel far enough sideways but the vertical tilt is a bit limited. This way the plots are overlaid and it is easier to see how the tonal balance changes. In the middle the 4 holes are covered. Efficiency: 102dB/1mW (115dB/1V), the data sheet mentions 108dB/V@1kHz The Sennhesier HD 555 has a fairly smooth frequency response, which is what we look for in a pair of headphones; big peaks or troughs in the frequency response would mean certain frequencies are being overly exaggerated or suppressed. This explains the slightly punchier, tighter response by contrast, and the differences in the treble frequency/highs. Below the HD559 versus the well DT990-250 The DT990 also has an emphasis in the lows (U shaped sound) but is lower in frequency so less boomy and not hollow. The HD559 should be driven from 0.1 to 10Ω output resistance amplifiers. Collapsible: No It is stuck on the magnet and makes the air hole in the driver magnet smaller so air can pass through it with more restriction. Still, the depth is 25mm and thus more than 21. This takes modifications and the obligated filter though. Only the HD518 is cheaper. Below an aid to help determining the sound character of headphones with relation to the frequency response. 28000Hz. In-Ear Fidelity is supported by the following: Support those who support us! Below a picture of the driver with the pads removed. The Sennheiser HD range is home to some legendary headphones – the HD 650 and HD 800 are two of the most praised sets in the world, and now they have a new-born brother. Mids are overly warm/hollow and sound a bit distant and coarse. The lower the low-frequency response, the stronger and juicier the bass. The pads do feel a bit ‘prickly’ and firm but reckon that over time they will soften up and feel more comfortable. The HD 200 Pro is b ased on the older HD 400 series refresh from 2015. A horizontal line shows audible neutral response in the plots on this website. Sennheiser HD 559 ⭐ review. Digitize your AV management workflow. Do this mod only if you find the headphone way too warm/bassy/bloated and at your own risk. The most remarkable distinction is in their sensitivity, as Audio-Technica ATH-M40x has 98 dB, while Sennheiser HD 559 has 108 dB. The cable is a bit microphonic but replaceable. frequency response graphs, CSD waterfall plots, subjective gear reviews. This is significant and noticeable, however, their treble delivery is decently consistent. Also the frequency range of the spectrum plot is wider (from 100Hz instead of 500Hz). Usage: Home, studio, transportable. back to Sennheiser The evolution of the original irreverent and irrelevant and non-authoritative site for headphone measurements, i.e. Now you can rediscover all of your favorite music. Advertising enquiries. The new Sennheiser HD 300 Pro bears a distinct resemblance to the HD 280s, yet is a better design and twice the price. To perform the mods the black cloth (dust cover made of fabric) does not have to be removed. A ‘horizontal‘ frequency response curve on the shown frequency response plots on this website thus indicates a perceived ‘flat’ tonal signature. Those that cannot make this can order a ready made filter that goes between the amplifier and headphone cable. The HD 449s are able to have loud output thanks to a sensitivity rating of 114 decibels, which is high among comparable headsets. I used malleable eraser but some tape or other material that seals the holes is also fine as long as the material used cannot get into the holes. I would go with the HD 598’s! Back to Graph Database. Powered by Sennheiser’s proprietary transducer technology including the “Ergonomic acoustic refinement” (E.A.R.) Most people prefer to see percentages instead of level differences so below the exact same plot except ‘normalised’ to the actual signal and level differences given in percentages. The velour pads are exchangeable and all black. sennheiser-hd-558; post-10912087. The impedance of Sennheiser HD 599 is 50 Ohm and this is more than twice higher than the rate of Sennheiser HD 569 — 23 Ohm. The headband has been slightly improved with a better padding and a more premium look and feel. While the retail price might be high, if you go to sites like Amazon, you’re sure to get them for much lower rates as they constantly have some discount or the other going on. Type: Over ear, open The bigger the deviation the stronger the effect. It will give you an excellent sound experience with a satisfying deep and contoured bass. A second wide elevation between 1kHz and 10kHz is responsible for the coarseness and sharpish upper mids/treble. Too objective for subjectivists; too subjective for objectivsts. Treble is a bit subdued but present with a sharpish ‘edge’ to it and lacks in nuances and ‘air’. On the right the front of the driver (for those interested). The resonance frequency is around 100Hz resulting in a warmer and fatter/more bloated sound. ALL measurements are made with a good SEAL on a flatbed measurement rig. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. — It is time to listen to all that your home entertainment system has to offer. DT 880 Pro The DT 880 headphone has a fixed 9.8ft cable and comes with a soft carrying case. Subjectivist, Objectivist or Inbetweenivist ? voltage: 2.5Vrms (7Vpp) 2. highest frequency. NO SMOOTHING is applied to the shown plots. Output resistances between the mentioned resistance values will result in tonal changes between those traces. Those that know how to solder litz wire can shorten the cable or turn it into a balanced cable. Demo units courtesy of: Frequency Response measurements and graphs for In-Ear Monitors (IEMs) and earphones. Stock HD559 (all holes open), 2 holes shut, 4 holes shut, 4 holes + center hole 4mm and 4 holes + center hole 3mm. (website links), Foobar 2000 for Dummies (Part 1) – General Setup, Foobar 2000 for Dummies (Part 2) – Playing DSD – New SACD plugin (0.9.x and 1.x.x Series), power, efficiency, levels, balanced, impedance. Sennheiser's E.A.R. Frequency band. The locking mechanism seems exclusive for the HD5xx range. Alas, when doing this modification the coarse mids/treble is no longer masked and the dip around 1kHz that now came to be makes the mids/lower treble over accentuated and is a bit ‘nasty’ and ‘hard’ sounding. The ear cups also have some minor changes, with more metal around the cups but a cheaper plastic grill when compared to the HD … The same pads are used on the (much better sounding) HD560S. The open around ear headphones HD 559 is the ideal choice for listeners seeking an optimal blend of all-round performance and quality for home entertainment. Below the distortion measurements of the HD559 (Right channel). Sennheiser HD 559 - headphones Specs & Prices. cable) Discover the key facts and see how Sennheiser HD 559 performs in the headphones ranking. At least from a ‘hi-fi’ standpoint. With its attractive contemporary design and a detachable 3-m cable with a 6.3-mm plug the Sennheiser HD 559 is perfectly fit for a long and fulfilling life together with you and your home entertainment equipment. Find out which is better and their overall performance in the headphones ranking. It comes with a 3m detachable cable and has a 6.3mm plug. The hump in the lower mids that makes the HD559 sound bloated/hollow/muddy is masking the treble. The frequency response consistency of the HD 201 is mediocre. The Sennheiser HD 560S is an open over-ear headphone. The big, soft detachable ear pads of the HD 559 and its broad padded headband are every bit as comfortable as they look. The bigger the deviation the stronger the effect. At the top of this page there is a plot showing sound descriptions and when you look at the 20 Hz to 1kHz range you will notice the following descriptors: fat, muddy, cuppy, honky, hollow and indeed all apply. Driver type: dynamic The sound quality is far from ‘neutral’. Powered by Sennheiser proprietary transducer technology, these comfortable and attractively designed headphones are the key to unlock the true potential of your home entertainment system. Instead of designing a completely new product to fit a certain price range, large scale manufacturing dictates that it is often cheaper to simply “cripple” an existing high-end product. Those that like to modify headphones and like to tinker will find the headphone responds well to this and can be turned from a poor sounding and overpriced headphone into a quite well sounding headphone with a full bodied and well extended bass and pleasant mids with a good resolution. Distortion levels in the lowest frequencies are 3rd harmonic dominated pointing to compression alike distortion. Clamping force: medium. The plot shows some lingering in the lows and around 700Hz but no problems in the higher frequencies (aside from 4kHz). The frequency response of the second device is a bit wider since it has a range of 14 Hz - 26 kHz, which is more than the Audio-Technica model has — … One thing that continues to stick in my craw, however, is the lack of a 1/4’’ to 3.5 mm stereo adapter. Breaking the seal (improper fit on the head) usually means a loss of (sub)bass. Sep 26, 2014. Below the effect of the filter to the modified driver. I do not use smoothing because some info about sound quality is lost when plots are smoothed. The closed HD 569 with around ear design brings a flexible option to the Home entertainment space. To compensate for this the amplifier is cranked up to the same level (10dB for 120Ω at 1kHz in this case). Cable entry: single sided, left cup. The HD559 is a relatively cheap home usage headphone in the HD5xx range. In fact it is better not to remove the dust cover. Below the spectrum plot of the HD559 (Right channel). Also the frequency range of the spectrum plot is wider (from 100Hz instead of 500Hz). The clamping force is ‘medium’ so it won’t move around on the head easily. Cyber Monday dealsView deals. Indeed one can make the centre hole even smaller and flatten the response even more but this will give too much air restriction leading to higher distortion. Headphone cup connector: Sennheiser locking 2.5mm TRRS jack Max. Plug in the HD 559 with its open back over-ear design and high-class Sennheiser transducer systems. A substantially broken seal will result in less subbass but the bass ‘hump’ will not be affected much. Aside from a small correction of the microphone itself also some correction in the lowest frequencies is applied to the plots to compensate for the perceived loss of bass when using headphones. Its frequency response is 12- 38,500 Hz, the sound pressure level (SPL) is 106dBSPL (1kHz/1Vrms) and THD, total harmonic distortion is <0.1% (1kHz, 100dBSPL). Its sound will be disappointing for those looking for ‘realistic’ sound with good clarity. Sennheiser HD 439 headband The first thing I noticed about the HD 439's when I removed … This is described HERE in more detail. This indicates that this headphone is primarily intended for home/desktop usage. These headphones showed about 6dB of deviation in bass delivery across our 5 human subjects. Bass is well extended and rolls off very gently below 25Hz. Driver size: 38mm (36mm membrane), angled 9° The tonal balance changes when the HD559 is connected to a higher output resistance amplifier. Also the 2nd harmonic distortion is still quite high up to 1kHz. Enjoy music through headphones on a low budget. The HD6xx series has about 21mm depth in the front and rear side where the HD559 has 21mm in the front and 28mm in the back (where it counts). Frequency response (tonal balance) is the most sound-determining aspect of headphones. Info here. Their frequency response is quite different as well. design, which channels the audio signal directly into your ears. Final Word. Digital workflows for flawless daily business. The open back HD 599 delivers impressively natural spatial performance. The HD559 is fairly insensitive to a seal breach. Looks and sounds like home With its attractive contemporary design and a detachable 3-m cable with a 6.3-mm plug the Sennheiser HD 559 is perfectly fit for a long and fulfilling life together with you and your home entertainment equipment. home. Get the latest edition of the legendary Sennheiser sound with these brilliant headphones. The peaking shows the lower mids are emphasized and bass extension is not that good because of this upper-bass-lower mids boost. Internally the cable is 4-wire construction litz wire and the return signals are combined in the 6.3mm TRS plug. Below some tests with the holes to see how much damping is needed to flatten the response. (Left and Right are overlaid), No big red flags here. Featuring a contemporary design that is both attractive and ergonomic. Besides, those that bought this headphone having auditioned them may prefer some lows boost so some of it is still there and works very well for the HD559. Only above 150Hz distortion drops below 1% which is kind of high. From 25Hz to 1kHz the response is anything but linear and peaks around 200Hz at +10dB. The Sennheiser HD 599 do not change much design-wise from the HD 598. While somewhat lacking in the high mids and high highs, the overall impression is one of general quality. The channel matching is good, but that’s about all that is good about it alas. To compensate for this the amplifier is cranked up to the same level (. Treble peak of the DT990 is well known. Cyber Monday dealsView deals. Of course you also get the DT 880 Pro headphone. The audible frequency range humans naturally hear is 20 to 20,000Hz, but the Sennheiser HD 449's frequency response is 16-24kHZ, giving you a little extra clarity to add to your music experience. This too is reversible and one can play with different hole sizes and or closing of only 2 or 3 holes to tune the sound to your taste. Read more... As successor to our popular HD 500 series, the Sennheiser HD 5 model range offers high quality and value in any aspect. S.P.L. The Sennheiser HD 559 over-ear headphones are designed to give good sound quality without being quite as expensive as the top-of-the-range models. Below the HD559 versus the DT880 Black Special Edition Below the step response plot which, when the sound is balanced and well extended should show a rise to around 0dB, (indicating fast driver response) and should be slightly sloping downwards indicating bass extension. The HD 555 has a few peaks and troughs in the mid to high range, though, which is a little less than perfect. There is a reasonable difference in cost too. It’s still a circumaural closed-back model with a stated frequency response of 6Hz-25kHz and an easily-driven impedance of 64Ω. A shortcoming of my measurement rig. Its very low weight contributes to this as well and ensures one can do longer listening sessions with it. The Sennheiser HD 559 is a decent headphone at a competitive price. The different tonality from the slightly lower priced HD559 compared to the DT880 BSE is obvious. As this is a dynamic headphone the frequency response can be amplifier output resistance dependent when certain higher output resistance amplifiers are used. Those that have their ear touch the driver and are annoyed by it in the HD6xx series may be pleased to hear there is more depth in the HD559. The plot above shows the level differences between the signal (upper trace around 85dB SPL) and the harmonics. What can be seen though is a small and short lived resonance at around 4kHz which I don’t think is audible because it is short and in the frequency range where the ear itself also has ringing by itself. Impedance: 54 Ω (measured) When this headphone came out (nov. 2016) it sold for around € 150 but at the end 2020 the street price dropped to around € 80.- This is the cheaper little brother of the HD599.
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