These are high-quality headphones, designed for comfort and (relatively) easy repair.
I think they might be discontinued, but you can still find them refurbished.
Please contact me if you have tips or comments you would like me to post on here.
I bought my Sennheiser HD 580s on 2000-06-06 for $195.
First off, I want to say that these are my favorite headphones.
They're great sounding, comfortable, and relatively easy to fix.
Okay, now I'm gonna go off on a tangent and talk about how I found them.
This is mostly of interest to people who are themselves hunting for headphones.
Back in 2000 I was wondering: which headphones should I get?
I wanted a pair I could use for recording, listening to CDs, and watching DVDs.
I had a rough idea for requirements:
I love these headphones, but still have had a few problems with them:
The Dolby surround/preamp DSP thingie stopped working a year or two after I bought it.
The secondary headphone jack still works, but the main jack (which has the full surround features) gives me static and no signal.
I tried to fix it several times.
I downloaded the wiring diagraph and even bought tools to try to diagnose the problem, but never got it to work.
Sennheiser said it's out of warrantee, so I guess I'm out of luck.
I think I snagged the headphone cable on my swivel chair.
The wire near the connection to the headphone got broken somehow; the signal was intermittent.
I bought 3 replacement cables.
They were about $30 each.
This was an expensive but easy fix.
While working on my new album, I started noticing buzzing in the right ear whenever I played low frequencies.
The buzzing occured even at low volumes, and I've never played the HD 580s very loud, so it's not like I was "maxing them out" or anything.
I called Sennheiser and they said I could replace the "driver element" for around $60.
I asked them how I could open up the headphone to see what would be mailed to me.
A tech guy told me how to open the headphone.
I noticed a bunch of dust and hairs, and he told me how to clean it.
The buzzing went down, a lot.
Through my testing, I also found out that my current Triton template was causing all my headphones and speakers to distort (at least a little), not just the HD 580s.
So, I lowered the reverb on my bass, and the buzzing went away.
So, false alarm, I guess.
We'll see if the buzzing comes back.
I'm glad the Sennheiser tech guy was honest.
Don't be scared off by the problems I listed, or deterred by the long-winded biographical info.
I had the wrong turn / right turn stuff on the main "gear" page and needed to move it somewhere, and figured this was as good a page as any.
Yeah, I wish these were sturdier, but hey, I love the sound and comfort, so I don't mind having to troubleshoot now and then.
As a computer user, I'm used to having to deal with "bumps" in the road.
These are excellent headphones.
I hope I can use them for another 20-50 years.
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Last updated: 2008-05-21
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