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Sennheiser HD 598 Cs Closed Back Headphone
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- Premium, audiophile-grade over-ear, closed back headphones
- Padded leatherette headband and luxurious fabric ear pads perfect for long listening sessions
- Compatible with virtually every Audio device including phones, tablets, computers and stereo components
- Two cable options included - 3m terminated with 6.3mm straight Plug and 1.2m with 1-button remote terminated with 3.5 mm straight Plug
- 2-year limited warranty only when purchased from an authorized dealer.
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Sennheiser is shaping the Future of Audio – a vision built on a 70-year history of innovation and a continued drive for excellence that is woven into our company’s DNA and culture. Around the world, our employees share this passion in the pursuit of the perfect sound, creating products that exceed expectations and set new benchmarks in audio.
Meet the Sennheiser HD 598 Cs
The HD 598 Cs provides impeccable sound quality and effective noise isolation. A closed-back design employing rigorous acoustic engineering, it delivers incredibly natural, detailed and balanced sound allowing enjoyment of your favorite music without disturbing your surroundings or being disturbed by it.
This lightweight yet durable headset features a high-quality leatherette headband and cushioned ear pads providing outstanding wearing comfort for long listening sessions. A convenient one button remote with microphone on the cable allows calls to be answered.
The HD 598 Cs offers unrivaled performance and value. Crafted with precision using premium materials, it exudes luxury while delivering exceptional sound quality.
Sennheiser engineered transducers use aluminum voice coils delivering high efficiency, excellent dynamics and extremely low distortion.
Around-ear, closed-back design effectively reduces ambient noise improving the listening experience.
Developed for home and mobile use, the HD 598 Cs comes with two detachable cables: a 3m cable with a 6.3-mm jack for a home entertainment system and a 1.2m cable with a 3.5mm jack featuring a one-button remote with mic for controlling music and taking phone calls.
Lightweight yet robust design with luxurious leatherette covered ear cushions and padded headband deliver exceptional wearing comfort for long listening sessions.
'Ergonomic Acoustic Refinement' design channels audio directly into your ears producing a more 'in room' like listening experience.
Sennheiser recommends this headphone for music lovers who are passionate about sound quality wanting extreme comfort during long listening sessions.
|HD 598 Cs||HD 598 SE|
|Transducer Principle||Closed Back||Open Back|
|Impedance||23 Ω||50 Ω|
|Frequency Response||10 – 28,000 Hz||12 – 38,500 Hz|
|Sound Pressure Level (SPL)||115 dB SPL (1kHz / 1Vrms)||112 dB SPL (1kHz / 1Vrms)|
|Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)||<0.2% (1kHz, 100dB)||<0.1% (1kHz, 100dB)|
|Weight (with cable)||11.8 oz (334g)||11.1 oz. (315g)|
|In the Box||HD 598 Cs headset / 1.2m cable with 1-button remote / 3.5mm straight plug / 3m cable / 6.3mm straight plug||HD 598 Special Edition headphone / Cable 1: 3m copper cable (OFC) / 6.3mm straight plug / Cable 2: 1.2m audio cable / 3.5mm adapter plug|
The HD 598 Cs headphones are a closed back, over ear, audiophile grade headphone combining exceptional sound quality with extreme wearing comfort. This premium headphone Features a padded leatherette headband and luxurious velour covered ear pads perfect for long listening sessions.
Top customer reviews
The headphone feels comfortable overall. I could wear these for a few hours without any fatigue. The cord is an appropriate length, and the microphone works with my smartphone, although most people with the newer iPhone will be left out since these aren't wireless.
Sound signature is pleasant- slightly elevated mids, and slightly elevated bass, but overall even spectrum. Much better than most of the consumer-oriented headphones at the $100-200 range (Bose, JBL, Beats, VModa, Sony, etc.). It still serves music well across multiple genres. The cord noise is minimal, assuming that I'm not running with these headphones (PS... you won't want to be running with these headphones on).
How does it compare with the original 598?
I've been switching back and forth over the past few hours to try and understand the differences. As mentioned above, the signature is a bit more "consumer" friendly, meaning there's more bass and mid emphasis, although not near as exaggerated as most consumer headphones. It still has good detail across the frequency spectrum. The closed-back naturally makes it sound a bit more directed and less "ethereal " than the open-back model, but anyone who plans to use these outside of their home will be grateful for that feature. Noise isolation and sound bleed are just as good as any other closed-back headphone.
Personally, I still love my ivory, open-back 598's from years past, and they will always be my favorite entry-level audiophile headphone (even after comparing with this model). If you are looking for better sound than the original 598's, this won't be an upgrade. However, if you are looking for a great closed-back, wired headphone for daily use, I would highly recommend these.
Although these are a great value for $99 and even $150, I think there are areas where Sennheiser could improve the sound quality. As a point of reference, I currently own the Philips Fidelio X2, Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 (which are being replaced by these), and previously owned the Sennheiser HD 600 and HD 598 SE.
The build of the HD598Cs is all plastic and an unusual feeling velour/pleather material on the earpads and on the outside of the earcups. The plastic is high quality though and has a good feel in the hand so I’m not complaining. The headband has a good amount of cushion but does put more pressure on the top of my head than the HD598SE. Overall, I think the HD598Cs are one of the most comfortable closed-back headphones.
Let me begin by saying that these are NOT audiophile headphones. Anyone who buys these expecting extreme detail and resolution will be disappointed. The HD598Cs provide a relaxed, yet balanced sound. There is absolutely nothing obtrusive about the sound. You can pump these at high volume and you won’t find a song that has piercing highs or disturbing lows. If anything, the mids are a bit forward making vocals very pleasant. Another thing I noticed was the soundstage, which is quite big for closed back headphones. I’d say the soundstage is close to that of the HD 598 SE (which are open-back). That’s an impressive accomplishment by Sennheiser.
The HD598Cs also have good spatial resolution (or imaging). When listening to good recordings, you can tell where vocals and different instrument are positioned. Again, props to Sennheiser on accomplishing this in a closed-back, $99 headphone.
However, the reason I said these are not audiophile headphones is because the HD598Cs lack frequency separation. The bass leaks into the mids and mids leak into highs. Some might say this makes them sound “muddy”, whereas I describe the sound as relaxed. It’s pleasant to listen to and for someone who hasn’t heard HiFi headphones, it will be amazing. However, for me, it was a bit distracting particularly in classical music. For instance, in a piano concerto, during a cadenza, I expect to hear the bassists, cellist, and drums in the low end; brass and woodwinds in the mids; violas and violins in the highs, and piano throughout these ranges. With the HD598Cs, the bass frequencies heavily bleed into the mids so it sounds like a loud smear of frequencies. This isn’t a deal breaker for me because I have the Philips X2s, which is one of the best at instrument separation, but if someone is looking for a single all-around headphone, this is not the one. The HD598Cs does many other things right and I loved listening to jazz, rock, R&B, hip hop, dance, and soundtrack music in them.
I’m keeping these because at $99, the HD598Cs are a steal and are still worth it at $150. They fixed all the issues I encountered with the HD598SE. With the open-back version, the highs were piercing and lows were abysmal. In my opinion, the HD598Cs are better than the HD598SE although some might say otherwise. Also, the HD598Cs do sound better than the Momentum 2.0 (wired); the HD598Cs have a bigger soundstage, better imaging, and the same clarity. Obviously, the Momentum 2.0 are more portable but that’s not a concern of mine.
So, if you’re looking for a fantastic sounding, closed-back, comfortable headphone, the HD598Cs are the ones to get.