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[HEADPHONE REVIEW] Sennheiser HD 558 Open Circumaural Headphones

Alright,

I’m going to review my Sennheiser HD 558s that I had received for Christmas as a gift from my parents. These headphones were great right out of the box. On Christmas morning, I unwrapped it, took it out and plugged it straight into our huge receiver, and I heard things out of these headphones that I could never hear before. If you plan on buying a pair of 558s, please be aware that these headphones have a 3m long cable, that ends with a 6.3mm jack (although it comes with an adapter for 3.5mm), and these headphones will not sound as great if they’re plugged into a computer (without a soundcard), or a phone. If you are going to use such things with these, please look at maybe getting a headphone amp/usb dac, and for use with phones – look at portable headphone amps.

The Sennheiser HD 558s are open headphones, meaning that it will give a more natural or speaker-like sound and more spacious “soundstage” or “soundscape”. I find that my music is a lot more enjoyable on open-back headphones… But one problem with open headphones is that they leak a lot of sound, which can be a bad thing for people who like to enjoy their music in public or at school.

The sound quality on the 558s is outstanding! When paired with a headphone amp, these produce crisp and clear sound with great instrument separation! I can differentiate between each instrument such as the drums, guitar, piano and bass guitar without any trouble.

HD 558s with Zalman Mic-1 Microphone

Overall, these headphones have an amazing sound-stage, outstanding sound quality, and great instrument separation. If you listen to genres such as rock, jazz and classical music, I’d definitely recommend you look at these headphones.

If you’re want cheaper headphones with a little more bass take a look at the Sennheiser HD 518s.

Sennheiser HD 558s

Specs:

Transducer principle: Dynamic, open
Ear coupling: Circumaural
Freq. Response: 15 – 28000Hz
Sound Pressure Level: 112 dB
Impedance: 50 Ω

$30 2 year warranty!

http://www.sennheiser.ca/live/senn/produit/en/1376/14


[HEADSET REVIEW] RAZER Carcharias Gaming Headset

This is my first review for a gaming headset. I’d like to start off by saying, gaming headsets are gimmicks. If you’re a gamer, and you don’t listen to music, then these may be for you. But, if you’re like me, a person that would rather have an excellent microphone and excellent headphones, then these aren’t for you. These headphones go for about $90, and I had bought them one day at my local Future Shop, even though I was planning on buying the Logitech G35′s, but had decided to try these instead.

Razer Carcharias + Mic and Volume Switch

First: Build.

This headset is built mainly from plastic and uses soft velour pads that will not cause any discomfort when used for long periods of time. The microphone is mostly made of bendable rubber which allows you to shape the mic around your face. Even though this headset is made of plastic, it’s certainly not cheap plastic, it’s very nice feeling plastic, and I can guarantee you that dropping this headset will not leave a single scratch!

Razer is a great company when it comes to quality… one thing I love about their products is their sleeved wires. The wire on this headset is a thin sleeved cable, that goes from the left ear cup, to a plastic control box that adjusts volume, and toggles the microphone on/off. A cool feature about this headset, is the head adjustments. Instead of having sliders that click into place, this headset has smooth sliders, so they can be fit to any size of head, whether big or small. Overall, the build quality of this headset is a 8.5/10.

Second: Microphone.

I had mainly bought this headset for its background noise-cancelling microphone. Unfortunately, this microphone is permanent, and can not be detached from the headset. The headset is a very nice looking, it almost has the appearance of headphones like Urban Ears. If the microphone on this headset was detachable, I would certainly wear these and use them in public. Razer does, however make a pair of green headphones just like these, but without the microphone. They’re called the Orcas, and if you’re interested in this headset but don’t want the microphone, then you should check out the Razer Orcas. Anyways, about the microphone – The microphone on this headset is great right out of the box! When I had picked these up from Future Shop, I went home and plugged it right into my laptop, and the first thing I did was open up Skype and call one of my friends. The first thing they said was “Wow, did you get a new microphone? This one sounds awesome!”. And awesome it was! This microphone was great at cutting out background noises like: keyboard clicking, mouse clicking, desk tapping, computer fans, and interrupting parents. I’d give this microphone a 8/10.

Third: Sound quality.

I’ll admit everything about this headset was awesome, but the sound quality was… meh. It’s more flat sounding, and the instruments are all mashed in. There is no bass in these headphones at all! Maybe the slightest kick but it wasn’t noticeable. Compared to Beats by Dre, these are still better. Even though there is no bass, at least the rest of the song isn’t distorted. I’d give the sound quality a 4.5/10.

Specs:

Frequency Response: 20 – 20,000 Hz

Razer Carcharias on Model – Backwards!

Impedance: 32 Ω
Sensitivity: 102 dB + 4dB
Drivers: 40 mm with neodymium magnets

Microphone:

Frequency Response: 50 – 16,000 Hz
Sensitivity: -37 dB + 4dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 50 dB
Pick-up pattern: Unidirectional

Price: $80-$90

http://www.razerzone.com/gaming-audio/razer-carcharias