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Sennheiser HD 598 Over-Ear Headphones - Ivory

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  • Premium, audiophile-grade over-ear, open back headphones
  • Lightweight with luxurious velour ear pads for extreme comfort
  • Compatible with virtually every audio device including phones, tablets, computers and stereo components
  • Detachable 3m cable (includes 3.5mm adapter plug)
  • 2-year limited warranty only when purchased from an authorized dealer.
  • Open-back headphones allow ambient noise for a more natural sound experience. The cable is a bayonet type mount that must be firmly inserted into the input on the ear cup and twisted clockwise until it locks to make sure the connection is intact. Manufacturing website http://en-ie.sennheiser.com/global-downloads/file/717/542504_Audiophile_Spec_GB.pdf
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The HD 598 headphones are open back, over ear, audiophile grade headphones that combine exceptional sound and comfort. They feature luxurious velour covered ear pads and stylish burl wood parts for a premium finish.

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  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 9.4 x 8.1 inches ; 9.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B0042A8CW2
  • Item model number: HD 598
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,066 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 15, 2010

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HD 598

HD 598

Over-Ear Headphones

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By Russ on September 20, 2011
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Having looked through the other reviews for these headphones, there seems to be a general lack of understanding with regards to what you're getting with Sennheiser's HD598.

1. Sound Isolation: These headphones are not at all designed to be sound isolating. They are completely open - any other sound in your listening environment will come in, and anyone else around you will be able to hear what you're listening to. That being said, they are not intended to be used on the city bus or subway, or in a library, or in your cubicle at work. These headphones are for listening to music and movies in the quiet seclusion of your home or studio. The openness is what gives these headphones the unmatched sound stage they have. No closed set can even come close, on any price range.

2. The 1/4" Plug: On the end of the HD598 comes a plug size that may not be familiar to many. This is not a set of headphones for your iPod or your laptop's headphone jack. Will it work with the included adapter? Sure. By doing so are you missing out on what these headphones have to offer? Absolutely. If you don't have one already, get yourself a headphone amp with the HD598. You need a good source to bring these headphones to life, and with one you won't have to turn the volume way up to hear the finer nuances.

3. The Bass: Sennheiser is not known for their hard hitting bass. Think of their HD5XX line like German sports cars. Some might think they're boring or soulless, but those looking for a consistent, predictable, and balanced performance get exactly what they want out of them. They are designed to give the same output levels across their entire functional range, and the HD598 leads the group. Bassheads should look elsewhere.
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If you're reading this review, it's probably because you've either stumbled upon the HD 598's while looking for headphones on Amazon, or you've been to head-fi.org which is a website where you can read all about the legacy of all different headphones wether each headphone has been criticized negatively, has awesome reviews or some, both. In the case of the 598, there has only been awesome reviews.
For those of you who have just stumbled upon this headphone, i will spare you the time it takes to read about headphones becuase you will get hooked. Simply put, these are AMAZING headphones. Let me first off say that what drew me into liking these headphones was their ability to sonically reproduce anything i threw at them accurately and without distortion. I absolutely love acoustic recordings. These headphones will make you feel like you're actually getting a personal perfomance from any performer. If there are any other performers in the mix then there is an attribute of the headphone called soundstage that helps seperate the instruments or different sounds anyways. This helps create a mental image needed to feel the capability of a headphone. These headphones excell with soundstage and mental imaging. As for bass, it's tight and well controlled. There really isn't a focal point on the bass if through electronic music it's kind of like just there. With bass from an instrument, there is a very good focal point that adds to the headphones imagining. Brilliant.
These headphones do need a minimal 40 hours of burn in and they sound good through an mp3 player. I do suggest highest bitrate possible such as 320kbps or FLAC and cd's because the 598's are so good at reproducing what is given to them.
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Great sound, just a tad bass heavy but maybe that will burn out as they burn in, light both in weight and presence so you can almost forget you are wearing them; pretty good to look at too. Price was all right as I bought them during a little dip. They do let everyone hear what you are listening to and are therefore unsuitable for use in public places. Must appeal to my dog as he listened to the whole Beatles' Abbey Road album without moving! (see picture)

(Remember the best you can get out depends critically on what you put into them - MP3 sources, especially lossy ones, and they invariably are, just won't do!)
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I bought these headphones during amazon's ridiculous Black Friday flash sale where I was able to nab a pair for a cool $99.99. For that price it is an absolute steal. If you are new to the open back headphone scene then these are an excellent starting pair to get yourself accustomed to the different sound signature they offer. I am coming from Audio Technica's ATH-M50 closed back headphones and boy can I tell the difference!

Before I delve into the nitty gritty parts of this review let me first say that headphones are SUBJECTIVE. If you like bass heavy headphones (e.g. beats by dre) that vibrate on your head then these are not for you. Now that that's out of the way let's continue. The 598s have a higher 50 ohm impedance compared to the norm of 32 ohms so you might have trouble getting the volume you want out of certain devices. This can be easily overcome with an amplifier. I'm using an Aune T1 tube DAC/AMP combo to drive the 598s since I prefer a warmer sound.

I would say the biggest difference between the M50s and 598s is the soundstage. Now if you're unfamiliar with the term 'soundstage' all it really refers to is the headphone's ability to reproduce sound in a way that tricks your ears into perceiving the music is coming from all around you. Rather than being confined to the space in between your ears and the closed back of the M50s the 598's open back design allows sound to penetrate the back of the headphones which in turn creates a more 'open' soundstage. For me, it opened my eyes to an entirely new listening experience. These things do leak sound (which they're designed to do) so if that is something you're trying to avoid then these won't work for you.

In terms of comfort, the 598s take it by a long shot.
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