Below the spectrum plot of the HD559 (Right channel). Cyber Monday dealsView deals. Type: Over ear, open Meet the Sennheiser HD 559 The HD 559 is a headphone for those seeking exceptional value. The peaking itself thus is more audible than the ringing. Sennheiser HD559. The evolution of the original irreverent and irrelevant and non-authoritative site for headphone measurements, i.e. Get the latest edition of the legendary Sennheiser sound with these brilliant headphones. Sennheiser is proud to partner with ID.me to offer these heroes up to 30% off our premium audio solutions. The peaking shows the lower mids are emphasized and bass extension is not that good because of this upper-bass-lower mids boost. 28000Hz. Info here. back to measurements Max. It’s still a circumaural closed-back model with a stated frequency response of 6Hz-25kHz and an easily-driven impedance of 64Ω. There is enough room for most ears. In-Ear Fidelity is supported by the following: Support those who support us! Also the frequency range of the spectrum plot is wider (from 100Hz instead of 500Hz). The brand new $249 HD 599 is no exception to this trend, though as always, the devil is in the details. This way the manufacturer can use existing molds, parts, assembly lines and training, etc. 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. S.P.L. Treble response from 4kHz is a bit higher and less refined than the HD559. 2. highest frequency. The actual 2nd harmonic distortion above 1kHz may well be lower than 0.2% . The resonance frequency is around 100Hz resulting in a warmer and fatter/more bloated sound. The 3m long cable is connected via a locking 2.5mm TRRS connector and has a 6.3mm TRS plug on the other end. The cable plug is 1/8″ (3.5mm) and includes a 1/4″ (6.3mm) adapter for pro-audio gear. A horizontal line shows audible neutral response in the plots on this website. 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. In fact it is better not to remove the dust cover. 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’. The sound quality is far from ‘neutral’. To compensate for this the amplifier is cranked up to the same level (. . Below an aid to help determining the sound character of headphones with relation to the frequency response. The sound is now full, well extended, clear with smooth mids and pleasant soft well extended treble. 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… Sennheiser HD 560S. Sennheiser HD 559 - headphones Specs & Prices. A different plot is the spectrum plot. Featuring a contemporary design that is both attractive and ergonomic. Collapsible: No frequency response graphs, CSD waterfall plots, subjective gear reviews. Max. Cyber Monday dealsView deals. 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. The ear cups also have some minor changes, with more metal around the cups but a cheaper plastic grill when compared to the HD … 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. 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. This requires removing the pads and removing 3 screws on the edge of the baffle. Those that cannot make this can order a ready made filter that goes between the amplifier and headphone cable. The Sennheiser HD 560S is an open over-ear headphone. The hump in the lower mids that makes the HD559 sound bloated/hollow/muddy is masking the treble. On a higher output resistance amplifier the output level will be lower of course due to voltage division. The 558’s go from 15 – 28,000 Hz. Seal can be an issue with closed-back headphones but is usually less of a problem for open headphones. design, which channels the audio signal directly into your ears. Below the frequency response of the HD 559 (Left, Right). Below a comparative measurement of the HD559 and its more expensive bigger brother HD599Bass extension is the same. This is a lightweight headphone that feels a bit cheap. (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. 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 frequency response consistency of the HD 201 is mediocre. Using the malleable eraser makes this modification easily and fully reversible. At least from a ‘hi-fi’ standpoint. 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. Still, the depth is 25mm and thus more than 21. The channel matching is good, but that’s about all that is good about it alas. The most remarkable distinction is in their sensitivity, as Audio-Technica ATH-M40x has 98 dB, while Sennheiser HD 559 has 108 dB. Bass is well extended and rolls off very gently below 25Hz. As this is a dynamic headphone the frequency response can be amplifier output resistance dependent when certain higher output resistance amplifiers are used. Enjoy music through headphones on a low budget. Advertising enquiries. The lower the low-frequency response, the stronger and juicier the bass. Also the 2nd harmonic distortion is still quite high up to 1kHz. Choose language 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. The pads do feel a bit ‘prickly’ and firm but reckon that over time they will soften up and feel more comfortable. Those that know how to solder litz wire can shorten the cable or turn it into a balanced cable. It is time to listen to all that your home entertainment system has to offer. On a higher output resistance amplifier the output level will be lower of course due to voltage division. This takes modifications and the obligated filter though. (Left and Right are overlaid), No big red flags here. Stock HD559 (all holes open), 2 holes shut, 4 holes shut, 4 holes + center hole 4mm and 4 holes + center hole 3mm. The picture on the right also shows a (self-adhesive) felt furniture pad with a 3mm hole punched out in the middle. For example, digital camera companies reserve functions (like RAW output, exposure and white balance bracketing, long exposures, etc.) Deviations in different severities at different frequency bands have an effect on the sound character. The HD 449s are able to have loud output thanks to a sensitivity rating of 114 decibels, which is high among comparable headsets. 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). There is a reasonable difference in cost too. Below the HD559 versus the DT880 Black Special Edition Sennheiser HD 439 headband The first thing I noticed about the HD 439's when I removed … Frequency band. The HD … From 25Hz to 1kHz the response is anything but linear and peaks around 200Hz at +10dB. Only above 150Hz distortion drops below 1% which is kind of high. For extra-long listening sessions with the great sound of the HD 559. Below the distortion measurements of the HD559 (Right channel). Inner Pad dimensions: depth font = 21mm, rear = 28mm, Width = 40mm, height = 70mm, oval shaped Back to Graph Database. Cable entry: single sided, left cup. Max. On the right the front of the driver (for those interested). Sennheiser HD650. 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. 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. Sennheiser HD599 Frequency Response Cost. On the picture below the modifications are shown. The tonal balance changes when the HD559 is connected to a higher output resistance amplifier. Below some tests with the holes to see how much damping is needed to flatten the response. Read more... As successor to our popular HD 500 series, the Sennheiser HD 5 model range offers high quality and value in any aspect. Below the frequency response with the mods and filter versus the stock HD559 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. The open back HD 599 delivers impressively natural spatial performance. 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. The Sennheiser HD 559 is an open over-ear headphone. The emphasis around 4kHz of the HD559 makes it sound coarser than the treble peak of the DT990 which is higher up. Search. The big, soft detachable ear pads of the HD 559 and its broad padded headband are every bit as comfortable as they look. Below an aid to help determining the sound character of headphones with relation to the frequency response. Final Word. Below the HD559 versus the well DT990-250 plus applicable sales tax – free shipping. 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. A substantially broken seal will result in less subbass but the bass ‘hump’ will not be affected much. Sennheiser HD 599 costs a bit more than HD 559. 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 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. The solution for this is to use a simple electronic filter that only addresses the elevated area. Subjectivist, Objectivist or Inbetweenivist ? As this is a dynamic headphone the frequency response can be amplifier output resistance dependent when certain higher output resistance amplifiers are used. It comes with a 3m detachable cable and has a 6.3mm plug. A second wide elevation between 1kHz and 10kHz is responsible for the coarseness and sharpish upper mids/treble. design, which channels the audio signal directly into your ears. Of course you also get the DT 880 Pro headphone. The bigger the deviation the stronger the effect. power rating: 0.1W In the middle the 4 holes are covered. Breaking the seal (improper fit on the head) usually means a loss of (sub)bass. 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. DT 880 Pro The DT 880 headphone has a fixed 9.8ft cable and comes with a soft carrying case. Output resistances between the mentioned resistance values will result in tonal changes between those traces. Sennheiser HD 559. What’s interesting is that bass extension is not really affected. Impedance: 54 Ω (measured) The HD 200 Pro is b ased on the older HD 400 series refresh from 2015. 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. While somewhat lacking in the high mids and high highs, the overall impression is one of general quality. Weight: 240 g. (excl. 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. The 598’s extend from 12 – 38500 Hz. below the schematic of this filter for the DIYers. 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. The headband is soft and comfortable and so are the velours pads. In electronic products, firmware is usually crippled to omit/hide certain features. The HD559 is fairly insensitive to a seal breach. On the left the rear of the driver. I don’t think they deserve that company. These headphones showed about 6dB of deviation in bass delivery across our 5 human subjects. Between 20Hz and 1kHz the HD559 has a lot more emphasis than the better sounding HD599. Treble is a bit subdued but present with a sharpish ‘edge’ to it and lacks in nuances and ‘air’. The ‘dark’ tonal balance is obvious as the rising edge doesn’t reach 0dB but -6dB. As successor to our popular HD 500 series, the Sennheiser HD 5 model range offers high quality and value in any aspect. This explains the slightly punchier, tighter response by contrast, and the differences in the treble frequency/highs. Max. : 121 dB Bass is well extended and rolls off very gently below 25Hz. Its very low weight contributes to this as well and ensures one can do longer listening sessions with it. Plug in the HD 559 with its open back over-ear design and high-class Sennheiser transducer systems. One does NOT have to worry about seal being essential for excellent bass extension. Height adjustment and tilt of the cups is large enough to suit most head sizes well. Mids are overly warm/hollow and sound a bit distant and coarse. 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). Below the step response. 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. 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. Bass is overblown, muddy, hollow and lacking in sound quality. Frequency response (tonal balance) is the most sound-determining aspect of headphones. 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. ALL measurements are made with a good SEAL on a flatbed measurement rig. Clamping force: medium. A real treat for all, who listen to their music with a sense of discovery. The frequency response is a bit different. Digitize your AV management workflow. 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. Also the frequency range of the spectrum plot is wider (from 100Hz instead of 500Hz). 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. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. Internally the cable is 4-wire construction litz wire and the return signals are combined in the 6.3mm TRS plug. The different tonality from the slightly lower priced HD559 compared to the DT880 BSE is obvious. The locking mechanism seems exclusive for the HD5xx range. To reach impressive levels it needs a bit more voltage than a phone, tablet or USB dongle. 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. Note: I bought this headphone second hand. The tonal balance changes when the HD559 is connected to a higher output resistance amplifier. This indicates that this headphone is primarily intended for home/desktop usage. Now you can rediscover all of your favorite music. The resonance frequency is around 100Hz resulting in a warmer and fatter/more bloated sound. 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. Efficiency:  102dB/1mW (115dB/1V), the data sheet mentions 108dB/V@1kHz Treble peak of the DT990 is well known. 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. This way the plots are overlaid and it is easier to see how the tonal balance changes. Usage: Home, studio, transportable. Below the effect of the filter to the modified driver. The HD559 is darker sounding than the already too boomy sounding DT880 black Special Edition. With these mods (+ filter) the sound is much more balanced and much closer and even better than the HD599. For extra-long listening sessions with the great sound of the HD 559. ). 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. Most measurement sites have some smoothing applied which ‘irons flat’ sharp peaks and ‘wiggles’. Cable: 3m terminated in 6.3mm TRS jack. The Sennheiser HD 559 is a decent headphone at a competitive price. 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. Discover the key facts and see how Sennheiser HD 559 performs in the headphones ranking. This is because of way too much damping and probably done on purpose to justify the price difference from the HD559. The cable is slightly microphonic so in quiet passages and silences the cable rubbing against clothes is audible in the left cup. back to Sennheiser cable) 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. Features. Advertising enquiries. The lower the low-frequency response, the stronger and juicier the bass. Categories. 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. In-Ear Fidelity is supported by the following: Support those who support us! The headband can be extended over a good range so it is possible to get a good fit with larger heads as well. The HD 559 model has a detachable 10' cable with a 1/4" (6.3mm) plug. 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. Digital workflows for flawless daily business. To compensate for this the amplifier is cranked up to the same level (10dB for 120Ω at 1kHz in this case). 26000Hz. — The closed HD 569 with around ear design brings a flexible option to the Home entertainment space. What is the difference between Sennheiser HD 558 and Sennheiser HD 559? © 2020 Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG | USA. The HD559 should be driven from 0.1 to 10Ω output resistance amplifiers. The offensive area (1kHz-10kHz) is effectively lowered while leaving the treble extension untouched. If one has very big ears the triangle (for the cup swivel parts) might be an issue. 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. Their frequency response is quite different as well. Sennheiser HD 559 - headphones | 506828. sennheiser-hd-558; post-10912087. 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 — … Sennheiser's E.A.R. As a serious music lover you don’t want to forego your passion for whatever reason. The velour pads are exchangeable and all black. Deviations in different severities at different frequency bands have an effect on the sound character. Driver size: 38mm (36mm membrane), angled 9° Too objective for subjectivists; too subjective for objectivsts. 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. 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. I would go with the HD 598’s! 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. home. At least from a ‘hi-fi’ standpoint. A shortcoming of my measurement rig. 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. The cable is a bit microphonic but replaceable. The bass hump is considerable lowered. 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. current: 45mA It will give you an excellent sound experience with a satisfying deep and contoured bass. 14- 26,000 Hz Downloads. Below a picture of the driver with the pads removed. Its sound will be disappointing for those looking for ‘realistic’ sound with good clarity. voltage: 2.5Vrms (7Vpp) 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. From 25Hz to 1kHz the response is anything but linear and peaks around 200Hz at +10dB. Do this mod only if you find the headphone way too warm/bassy/bloated and at your own risk. This is described HERE in more detail. The new Sennheiser HD 300 Pro bears a distinct resemblance to the HD 280s, yet is a better design and twice the price. The HD559 is a relatively cheap home usage headphone in the HD5xx range. The cups can swivel far enough sideways but the vertical tilt is a bit limited. This is significant and noticeable, however, their treble delivery is decently consistent. Powered by Sennheiser’s proprietary transducer technology including the “Ergonomic acoustic refinement” (E.A.R.) The bigger the deviation the stronger the effect. The plot shows some lingering in the lows and around 700Hz but no problems in the higher frequencies (aside from 4kHz). Frequency response of the modified and filtered HD559 (Left, Right). One thing that continues to stick in my craw, however, is the lack of a 1/4’’ to 3.5 mm stereo adapter. 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. Of course it not difficult to change the damping. Pads: replaceable, velours To perform the mods the black cloth (dust cover made of fabric) does not have to be removed.