Sennheiser HD555 review: Sennheiser HD555

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3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Sleek styling; very comfortable; rich tonal balance; well suited for home theater.

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

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

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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 headphones.

The Sennheiser HD555s, which cost less than $150 online, have an open-backed design that makes for spacious audio, but the 'phones leak sound and may disturb others in your vicinity. The HD555s are fitted with a 10-foot cable and a 1/4-inch plug; a 1/8-inch miniplug adapter is also included.

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Where to Buy

Sennheiser HD555

Part Number: HD555 Released: Jan. 10, 2004

MSRP: $169.95

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Jan. 10, 2004
  • Weight 9.2 oz
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Type headphones
  • Headphones Form Factor ear-cup
  • Connector Type phone stereo 6.3 mm
About The Author

Ex-movie theater projectionist Steve Guttenberg has also worked as a high-end audio salesman, and as a record producer. Steve currently reviews audio products for CNET and works as a freelance writer for Home Theater, Inner Fidelity, Tone Audio, and Stereophile.