Sometimes too many hands means too good a sound?
I didn't know which Sennheisers I wanted to pick up for my $150 threesome, I was convinced recently by a friend to pick up these. While they give you a great sound similar to the 650/660, I was told at the price it blows them away. So lets get down to business.
The box comes with what you expect. Box contains the cans, 1/4 adapter, and a 3.5 mm cable at a portable length. The cable sports the same connection as my 650's cable, I will be using the Hart Audio cable in balanced for the review. The cable style matches my 650 cable minus the length and termination. I actually prefer this cable simply for the length and 3.5mm jack. Well thought out.
The build is plastic. I paid more for my 650's and it seems like the same build, plastic with metal inside. It doesn't feel flimsy or like it will break, but its alot of money for plastic. The pads are comfy for long sessions but I recommend running them long (one or two extra clicks in the headband) because the nuggets can hurt after a while. The clamp force is exactly as I like.
I will be doing audio tests in this way: PC > DX7s>SP200 THX > Hart Audio cable (balanced) > 58X.
Bass: If you know me, I always feel overwhelmed by bass. I tend to prefer less bass and more mids. The 58X has a great presence of bass while not being overpowered. If a scale of 10 measures bass, I usually like it at a 6. These are a 7. The bass is accurate, tight, and feel just right. I would say its a swing to say its perfect, but its perfect for $150.
Mids: Forward, clear, and lovely. While I call the DEVA the mid range king, the 58X does very well here. Listening to "Vienna" by Billy Joel is a pleasure. His voice sounds front and center, strong, and you can hear every inflection. The same can be said for "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John, you can hear him part his lips clearly! The 58X is a treat with its well matched treble.
Treble: Clean and Clear if a little strong. Ever been at a conference or talking to your friends and seem to hear his S or T sounds more than you would like? That's whats happening here. These cans are fantastic and I would say they kick the treble on some of my current cans, but sometimes you can get a piercing sound from singers. Listening to "Waking the Demon" by Bullet For My Valentine really let these cans show their trebles. If you haven't hear the album Scream Aim Fire by Bullet, you need to know that the microphones they used had a treble focus. This lead to my least favorite sound ever, feedback. The mics recorded the treble so well, on some headphones and speakers you will hear a high pitch screech in parts of their songs. These Sennheisers reproduce it too well. It hurtses the preciouses.
Sound-stage and Imaging: Ok, its a Sennheiser for under $500 what do you expect. The separation is good, it separates most instruments and vocals. But the soundstage is close, like 1 foot from your ear. This is the downside to these headphones. My favorite song for imaging and sound stage is "Amaranth" by Nightwish. The chorus is a mash of tons of instruments and vocals. They get most instruments separated, but the chimes and strings get lost in the guitar and choir.
That being said, they are good headphones. These headphones also make me wish I had spent less for my first headphones. 650 vs 58X? I would go with the 58X simply for better mids and lower cost. These are wonderful to listen to and should be considered for the $150 price.
I may consider some other headphones for the summer $150 round up, I would need to get them quickly. We'll see if amazon can deliver!
(I purchased the 58X used and with my own money. Sennheiser nor Drop had any imput on my review. I wish they did, but I am small time. The photo is from Drop.com as I don't have a camera, I spend too much on headphones.)