If you haven’t heard about Massdrop, you should go get yourself acquainted with it, especially if you’re into open back headphones sold at an affordable price point. Massdrop primarily gives discounts for purchasing items in bulk and sometimes it goes a bit further and collaborates with a large company to offer a more affordable version of the product. That being said, Massdrop collaborated with Sennheiser to create a pair of open-back headphones marketed as the Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee.

The Sennheiser  HD 58x is based on the original HD 580 design that paved the way to classic and hall of famer Sennheiser headphone models like the HD 650 and HD 600. The collaboration of Sennheiser with Massdrop produced the Sennheiser HD 58x which went back to basics and updated the internal parts with modern ones while staying true to its original design.

Who Can Appreciate the Sennheiser HD 58x?

For loyal Sennheiser fans, there would be no point of discussion – the Sennheiser HD 58x is a good deal for its price. Of course, there are more premium pairs offered by the brand, but you won’t be disappointed with what the Sennheiser HD 58x have to offer.

There’s casual listening then there’s listening for enjoyment; if you are ready to venture into audio gears that will let you listen for enjoyment, the Sennheiser HD 58x will give you more than good reason to switch.

The Sennheiser HD 58x is also a source of healthy discussion among audio lovers who are on a budget but still want to enjoy premium sound quality without any issues. Of course, in comparison with the price of other premium ear gears, the Sennheiser HD 58x is cheaper but they can still compete with the hype of the pros.

How are the Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee headphones built?

Considering that the Sennheiser HD 58x is a collaboration with Massdrop, how does it hold up in comparison with products sold at the same price point? At a glance, the Sennheiser HD 58x has the signature plush velour pads and large oval earcups. The Sennheiser HD 58x are also open back headphones with a metal grill that protects the drivers located on the outside of the earcups. The design also allows users to adjust the ear cups by tilting it back and forth to fit the head. 

However, the Sennheiser HD 58x is not recommended for travel because unlike some of its competitor, this model doesn’t have folding or rotating earcups. As mentioned earlier, plush velour material and soft fabric cover the padding so comfort isn’t really an issue with the sennheiser HD 58x. Admittedly, the Sennheiser HD 58x is a good pair of headphones for gaming, watching TV or YouTube videos, but they don’t really get a place in the list for headphones fit for travel.

Sennheiser HD 58x Packaging and Design

At a glance, there is nothing special or extraordinary with the packaging of the Sennheiser HD 58x, coming in a basic cardboard box with a manual, a ¼ adapter with a short, portable detachable cable. For its retail price of $150, you would not really expect much from its packaging.

The overall build of the Sennheiser HD 58x is mostly made of plastic with some specific parts made of metal including the adjustable headband and the grill. There’s no question about the durability of the Sennheiser HD 58x if you’re just going to use this for computer desk projects or mobile gaming. The lightweight plastic and the plush padding makes for a dynamic, hybrid and comfortable pair of headphones. Some would say that they can wear the Sennheiser HD 58x for six to seven hours straight without feeling pressure or a sign of fatigue on their head. However, there seems to be a different case for people with large heads because they feel some sort of pressure on their head especially with the Sennheiser HD 58x fresh from the box. With time and constant usage, the fit becomes more comfy.

Sennheiser HD 58x Connectivity

The Sennheiser HD 58x comes with a standard 3.5mm connector cable for plugging in most devices, but there may be times when an adapter is needed especially when it is going to be used with an external gear. Fortunately, the Sennheiser HD 58x comes with an adapter in the cardboard box package.

Will you be needing an amp for the Sennheiser HD 58x? It depends on your source device but having a readily available amp is ideal. Additionally, the Sennheiser HD 58x does not support USB audio. 

In terms of cable durability, it has passed our testing qualifications and has gotten a thumbs up in the retail and review community. Some audiophile techies have also tried DIY modifications on the Sennheiser HD 58x and have been enjoying great results.


Sennheiser HD 58x Sound Quality

When it comes to headphones, a consumer doesn’t only pay for the visual aspects of the product; a consumer considers price to performance ratio such as sound fidelity, bass drivers, battery life, etc. That being said, how does the Sennheiser HD 58x Jubilee fare when it comes to sound quality?

Some would expect that the collaboration of Sennheiser with Massdrop would have an effect or some changes in its sound quality; however, that is not the case with the Sennheiser HD 58x headphones, which, according to several review forums and website, sound eerily similar to the HD 650. Aside from sounding great with music rich in bass (hip hop, EDM, etc), the Sennheiser HD 58x also sounds wonderful with various genres such as jazz and classical music.

Two glaring differences between the Sennheiser HD 58x and the Sennheiser HD 650 are their 

prices and their impedance, with the former has 150ohm while the latter sports 300ohm. The low end or bass response of the Sennheiser HD 58x perfectly connects the gap between audiophiles and average listeners.

In terms of bass fidelity, the Sennheiser HD 58x really outshines its counterparts. It is equipped with superior gear that makes it the top pick when it comes for overall price to performance ratio. In fact, listening to the Sennheiser HD 58x can bring a whole new level of listening experience for users who cannot really afford an expensive rig setup. Audiophiles can also notice that the sound fidelity of the Sennheiser is purer, the treble is cleaner and there is no noticeable veil that seems to be part of the HD650 and similar models.

So that concludes our review for the Sennheiser HD 58x. Our verdict – the Sennheiser HD 58x Jubilee is one of the incredible open-back products in the market that offers the best value for your money. Whether you are planning to purchase this for yourself or give this as a gift for a family member or loved one, you definitely won’t go wrong with the Sennheiser HD 58x Jubilee. For more information about the product, you may visit the official website of Sennheiser and you can purchase it on Amazon.com.