The Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee are great sounding open-back headphones. They are a collaboration between Sennheiser and Massdrop and can only be purchased on the Drop website. They are very similar to other Sennheiser models like the Sennheiser HD 600 and the Sennheiser HD 650. They are comfortable headphones that should be used for critical listening and won’t be versatile for other uses. They don’t have an as significant bass roll-off as the other Sennheiser open-backs we've tested, and have a decent punch for open-backs. The Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee offer one of the best value when it comes to open-back critical listening headphones.
The Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee are decently well-designed open-back headphones. They are fairly comfortable for long critical listening sessions, but some may find them a bit tighter than similar models, which can be fatiguing after a while. As expected, they are quite bulky and hard to carry around, on top of not having any control scheme. They are straightforward wired headphones that are well-built. The cables are detachable, which makes the headphones more durable, and they come with a 1/4” adapter.
The Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee are very similar to other models like the HD 660 S, HD 650, and the HD 600. They have very large cups that have open-back grill backplates. While the HD 660 S have a matte black finish, the HD 58X have more of a glossy finish, which unfortunately looks a bit cheaper and is fingerprint-prone. The padding of the cups is made of a very similar microfiber-like fabric, which gives them a premium look. They are fairly low-profile due to their color scheme, but their sleek design is still very eye-catching.
Update: 08/12/2019 After comparing these headphones with other models, we found them to be very tight and reduced their score accordingly.
The HD 58X are comfortable headphones, but they are quite tight on the head, which can get uncomfortable fairly quickly for people with larger heads. On the upside, the padding is covered by a soft fabric that feels nice on the skin. The headband design is also quite similar to the HD 650's, and distributes the weight of the headphones well, though it feels a bit stiffer overall. Also, the cups are large enough for most ear shapes and sizes, which is good.
These headphones don’t have any onboard or in-line controls.
Thanks to their open-back design, these headphones don’t get too hot when casually listening to music. The backplate grills allow for decent airflow, but the over-ear design won’t be as breathable as in-ears. Over time, the tight fit of the headphones will be more noticeable than the difference in temperature.
Like most critical listening over-ear headphones, the HD 58X don’t fold into a more compact format and their cups don’t swivel to lay flat. This makes these headphones quite hard to carry around and they won’t be ideal for traveling. However, they’re not really made to be carried around and will more than likely be kept in same place.
They don’t come with a case or pouch to carry and protect the headphones.
Build-wise, there isn’t a big difference between the HD 58X and similar models like the HD 600, HD 650, or HD 660 S. Their headband is made from a thin metal frame which is held by joints and yolks that feel a bit fragile and seem to be the weak point of the build. On the upside, the overall build of the headphones is good and the cups feel dense enough to survive an accidental fall. The cables are also detachable and replaceable, which makes them more durable.
These headphones have a very stable fit thanks to their high clamping force and don’t move around much. They still shouldn’t be used for sports, as it's not their intended use. However, even if their cables are detachable, they are hard to pull out, meaning that if they get stuck or hooked on something, it will pull the headphones off your head.
These headphones have a great bass that doesn’t roll off as much as other similar open-back Sennheiser models. The bass is powerful and consistent. The mid-range is also nearly flawless, which makes the reproduction of vocals and lead instruments accurate and balanced throughout the mix. The treble is also well-balanced. Unfortunately, their bass is a bit muddy and can clutter vocals a bit. Their treble can also be a bit sharp on certain S and T sounds, especially on already bright tracks. They sound slightly better than the HD 600, HD 650, and HD 660 S, and they offer great value overall for critical listeners.
Due to their open-back and earpad design, these headphones have near-perfect consistency in delivering bass. The maximum amount of deviation throughout the bass range was less than 1dB. However, they are prone to inconsistencies in the treble range, and depending on the positioning and ear shape there could be as much as over 10dB of variation in the treble response around 6.5kHz.
The bass of the Sennheiser HD 58X is great. LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 29Hz, which is good and better than similar open-back Sennheiser models. Low-bass, responsible for the thump and rumble common to bass-heavy genres, is lacking by about 3dB, which won’t be too noticeable. Mid-bass, responsible for the body of bass guitars and punch of kick drums, follows our neutral target well. However, there is a very slight overemphasis in high-bass, which adds a boominess to the bass.
The mid-range performance of the HD 58X is also great. The response throughout the range is even and well-balanced, but slightly over our target curve by about 2dB. This means that vocals and lead instruments will be accurately reproduced but might be brought a bit forward in the mix.
The Sennheiser HD 58X have a very good treble performance. The response is flat and even with a small dip in mid-treble, which will slightly affect the detail and brightness of those frequencies. On the other hand, there is also a small bump around 10kHz, which will make some sibilants (S and T sounds) slightly too piercing. However, not everybody hears the treble frequencies the same way, so your listening experience may vary.
The stereo imaging performance is excellent. Weighted group delay is at 0.19, which is very good. The GD graph also shows that the entire group delay response is below the audibility threshold and the spikes under 20Hz won’t be audible. This ensures a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were very well-matched. This is important for the accurate localization and placement of objects (voices, instruments, video game effects) in the stereo image. However, these results are only valid for our unit and yours may perform differently.
The Sennheiser HD 58X have a mediocre soundstage. The PRTF graph shows little interaction with the pinna and therefore doesn't activate its resonances much. There is no deep notch present around the 10kHz area, either. This means that although these are open-back headphones and may feel more open and spacious sounding than closed-back headphones, their soundstage won't be perceived to be large or located outside of the listener's head to create a speaker-like experience.
Due to their open-back design, the Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee have very poor isolation performance, which is intended. They won’t be an option for commuters and will rather take advantage of the open-backs to improve their overall sound quality. This also means that people surrounding you will be able to hear what you’re listening to. They aren’t made to be used in public and crowded areas.
The Sennheiser HD 58X have poor noise isolation, due to their open-back design. In the bass range, where the rumble of airplane and bus engines sit, they achieve no isolation, making them a poor option for commuting. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they also don’t achieve significant isolation. In the treble range, occupied by sharp S and Ts and A/C fan noise, they isolate by about 11dB, which is poor and inadequate.
The leakage performance of the HD 58X is poor, by design. The significant portion of their leakage is spread between 400Hz and 20kHz, which is a very broad range. This means the leakage will be fuller-sounding compared to that of closed-back headphones and in-ears. The overall level of the leakage is quite loud, too. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage averages at 60dB SPL and peaks at 74dB SPL, which is a lot louder than the noise floor of an average office.
These headphones don’t have a microphone.
These headphones don’t have a microphone.
These headphones don’t have a microphone.
The Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee are passive wired headphones that don’t require a battery and also don’t have a dedicated companion app for customization options.
These headphones don’t have any active components and don’t have a battery.
These headphones don’t have a dedicated companion app for customization options.
The Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee are straightforward wired headphones. They can’t be used wirelessly and only provide audio via their 1/8” TRS connector since they don’t have a microphone. They also come with an included 1/4” adapter. Thanks to the wired connection, they practically don’t have any latency, but your range will be limited to their cable's length.
These headphones are not Bluetooth compatible.
The wired connection of the HD 58X means they don’t have latency issues. This means you won’t have any delay between audio and the image from when watching video content or gaming.
The HD 58X have a 1/8” TRS connector that provides audio on all platforms that has the appropriate jack. They also come with a 1/4” adapter. They don’t have a microphone, so voice chat won’t be supported with these.
These headphones don’t have a dock.
The Sennheiser HD 58X are great sounding open-back over-ear headphones, and they offer one of the best values there is. However, some may find them a bit less comfortable than similar models due to how tight they feel. See our recommendations for the best headphones, the best audiophile headphones, and the best open-back headphones.
The Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee and the Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO are two very good critical listening open-back headphones but shine in different categories. If you care more about comfort and build quality, the DT 990 PRO will be a better option. On the other hand, sound-wise, the HD 58X are slightly better and have less harmonic distortion, but this might not be audible for most. If you’re looking for a good mid-range critical listening open-back headphones, both the HD 58X and the DT 990 PRO are great options.
The Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee are slightly better critical listening open-back headphones than the Sennheiser HD 660 S. Their low-bass is slightly better and doesn’t roll-off as much as the HD 660 S’. On the other hand, some may find the HD 58X Jubilee to be very tight and not as comfortable as the HD 660 S. However, the HD 58X Jubilee are more affordable and offer better value, but are only available on the Drop website as they are a special collaboration between Sennheiser and Massdrop.
The Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee are better critical listening headphones than the Sennheiser HD 650. Their bass is slightly better and has less roll-off. Both headphones are still very similar, but the HD 650 is more comfortable as it doesn’t clamp as much as the HD 58X. On the other hand, the HD 58X Jubilee are less expensive and will offer better overall value, but are only available on the Drop website.
While the Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee are very similar to the Sennheiser HD 600, they are slightly better critical listening headphones. If you don’t find them too tight, you’ll enjoy a slightly better sound with less bass roll-off, which adds a bit of punch to the HD 58X. They are also quite cheaper and will offer better overall value.
Sub-par for mixed usage. These headphones are designed as critical listening open-back headphones, which means they shouldn’t be used in public transit, in an office setting, or when being physically active. The headphones’ open design won’t isolate any noise and will disturb surrounding people near you. On the upside, they have a great sound that is well-balanced and will recreate your favorite tracks with good fidelity. They could also be used for gaming if you don’t need a boom microphone and play in a very quiet environment.
Great for neutral listening. The Sennheiser HD 58X have a great sound that is accurate and well-balanced. The bass doesn’t roll off as much as similar Sennheiser models, which adds a bit more punch to these headphones. Vocals and lead instruments are reproduced accurately but might feel a bit forward in the mix. While they are fairly comfortable headphones, they are very tight, and people with larger heads may feel discomfort after a while.
Poor for commuting. These headphones are not made for this use due to their open design. This means that they practically don’t block any ambient noise and won’t be suited for crowded areas or public transit. They also leak a lot, which means surrounding people will be able to hear what you’re listening to. Additionally, they are quite bulky and don’t fold, making it hard to carry them around easily.
Sub-par for sports. While the Sennheiser HD 58X are very stable due to their tight fit and allow a decent amount of airflow thanks to their open-back design, they shouldn’t be used for this use. They aren’t easy to carry around and their bulky design won’t be ideal for working out. They are also wired and don’t offer the freedom of a wireless design.
Sub-par for the office. The Sennheiser HD 58X leak quite a lot and your music will be heard by surrounding colleagues, which can be distracting. It’s possible to use them at low enough volumes that won’t bother people, but you won’t get the full potential of these headphones. Also, they don’t isolate any noise, so you will hear every conversation and won’t block out A/C fan noises. Some may also find them too tight to wear during very long listening sessions.
Sub-par for gaming. These headphones won’t be great for online gaming as they don’t have a microphone. They also won’t be suited to use in a gaming event, but if you want to use them in a quiet environment and use a stand-alone microphone, or even don’t need a microphone for singleplayer games, these will offer great sound quality and accurate stereo imaging.