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Sennheiser HD 555

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1655 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the usability and bass quality. The comfort and value for money also get good comments. Many are negative about the reliability. There are some mixed comments about the noise isolation.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Sennheiser HD 555 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Sennheiser HD 555 Headphones Review - Intro


The HD 555 headphones hail from Sennheiser's lineup of over-ear home theater solutions. They have open backs, which will provide a more natural, airy aural experience. This quality also means people in the same room will also get an earfull, however....

The design is simple, but still looks good. The long cord can easily span the distance between the couch and your home theater setup. ; Good performance in frequency response and distortion.; Comfortable to wear, partially thanks to the cloth-covered...

The design might seem plasticky. The top and bottom halves of the band don't have much tolerence for bending; the place where the cup meets the band is a bit fragile.; They don't provide very good noise cancellation, and have high leakage.; These...

The Sennheiser HD 555 headphones are clearly meant for a home theater environment. While they fit this role well, they are unfortunately limited to it. These headphones aren't a good choice if you're looking for something you can also commute with....

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Sennheiser HD555


Sleek, comfortable, and durable, Sennheiser's Euro-styled HD555 headphones weigh a mere 9.2 ounces and feel luxurious. They exerted minimal pressure on our ears, which allowed us to forget at times that we were even wearing them--a big compliment for...

Sleek styling; very comfortable; rich tonal balance; well suited for home theater.

Open-backed design may not be ideal for private listening; so-so music performance.

The HD555s' speakerlike sound is the hot ticket for DVD thrill seekers.

Staff Recommended

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Sennheiser HD 555 Headphones


A great headphone for the home theater

The open-backed design of these headphones provide more comfort, and lightness on the ears. Sound effects from movies sound more like they are coming from speakers, which makes them more realistic

Some mp3 players may find it too hard to pump any volume into these headphones. The closed-back style of the headphones leaks the sound to the outside

Headphones designed primarily to be used to listen to movie audio with, the Sennheiser HD 555s are a great addition to the collection of any ardent movie fan who wants to watch movies in private while getting the best sound possible. The open-backed...


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Sennheiser HD 555


The HD 555 headphones are part of Sennheiser's home theater line. They have an open-back design, which is great for creating a more open-sounding sound, but terrible from concealing your taste in music from those around you; a lot of the sound from the...

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Sennheiser HD 555


A scientific, in-depth analysis with side-by-side comparisons

In their native environment — a home theater setup — these headphones should fare a lot better. Sound quality should be good, and distortion should be minimal, even at high volumes. The long cord allows you to easily hook up to your stereo system...

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Sennheiser HD555


Introduction When I picked up mynew mouse I also picked up some new headphones for myself. I thought I should squeeze them into a review also. I got a pair of Sennheiser HD555 which are very popular headphones, this is so because you get them for a...

Comfortable ; Excellent sound ; Well packed ; Changable parts ; Good price ; Long cord

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I think I said most of what I had to say during the testing phase but I can conclude this with saying that I doubt there are any better headphones for under 150$USD out there on the market right now. You get superb sound with this even if you just use...

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Sennheiser HD 555 headphones


I've mentioned Sennheiser's HD 555 headphones in passing on previous occasions, but I've only now gotten around to reviewing them. That's because only now has it become possible to actually buy the darn things again

For this money, I doubt you can buy a better headphone anywhere. Highly recommended

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"Hate them, they are uncomfortable, sound just ok."


The sound is just ok, not as good as my other brands. They look nice.

Not comfortable. Maybe if you have a small head these would feel ok. There is no way to adjust the vise-like pressure against your head; the head band is not maleable. I cracked mine trying to not make it feel like a vise.

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"sennheiser hd 555 are great headphones"


these headphones are amazing! ive had two pairs of skullcandy headphones, the lowriders and the hesh. these headphones are built so much better and sound way better. to me, these are the best things you can get under $100.(online).i like the open...

strong build, great sound.

no cons, these are perfect for me.

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"Great headphones! Very good frequency response.."


I love these headphones. I do quite a bit of audio recording and mixing/editing and these headphones are phenomenal for these purposes. My only issue is that they are not noise isolating which is obviously unhelpful during live mixing. Other than that...

Great sound, very comfortable, great quality.

No noise isolation.

Product Specifications

The HD 555 is an open, dynamic stereo headphone offering excellent spatial sound for music and audiovisual entertainment. It features Sennheiser's innovative E.A.R technology creating a new kind of acoustic experience. If you are seeking an audiophile headphone for music and home entertainment without having to pay the earth this is the perfect model for you. Come and listen for yourself.

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Audio Output

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Headphones Form Factor:Ear-cup
Headphones Type:Binaural
Product Type:Headphones
Response Bandwidth:15 - 28000Hz
Sound Output Mode:Stereo

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Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sennheiser HD

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