Sennheiser HD 598 Cs Closed Back Headphone
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- Premium, audiophile grade over ear, closed back headphones.Connectivity Technology: Wired
- 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. A 3 meter cable with a 6.3 millimeter jack to connect to your home entertainment system. A 1.2 meter cable with a 3.5 millimeter plug for use with portable devices which also features an in line remote and microphone for controlling music and making phone calls. Sound pressure level (SPL) 115dB SPL (1kHz/1Vrms). 2 year limited warranty only when purchased from an authorized dealer
- Frequency Response 10 to 28,000 Hz , Impedance 23 ohm
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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|
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|Headphones Form Factor||Over Ear||Closed||On Ear||Over Ear||Over Ear|
|Item Dimensions||8.10 x 4.00 x 10.25 inches||9.64 x 7.36 x 3.30 inches||6.70 x 7.90 x 3.90 inches||8.10 x 3.95 x 10.25 inches||4.33 x 7.48 x 9.06 inches|
|Item Weight||0.54 lbs||0.63 lbs||0.66 lbs||0.55 lbs||0.91 lbs|
|Special Features||Noise-Isolating||stereo||Lightweight||noise-isolation||Tangle-Free Cord, Lightweight|
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. Ear coupling - Circumaural
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you have to wait for the headphones to cleanse your palate. and depending upon the frequency you're currently addicted to (low, mid, high) - it may take a while to reset your perspective of the music. and it builds from there. i needed a couple of weeks to reset.
That said - thank you for giving me new color, new dimension, new value.
So when Senn came out with this all black model, I had to pick them up.
Fit: I have a large head. Like I have to buy specialty hats because it's that big (7 3/4 for those who care). I usually find the clamping force on full size headphones too painful to wear for extended periods (talking to you Audiotechnica ath-m50!) . The exception to this is my Beyerdynamic 880s which are the most comfortable I've ever owned. These Senns come in a (distant) second which is to say they are comfortable enough to wear for long listening sessions. I suspect the majority of people with smaller (aka normal) sized heads will find these super comfortable.
Sound: sound is subjective and I won't make an extended comment. I love that these are closed headphones. These get high marks in the audiophile community for their price point. They sound good to me. YMMV depending on your tastes and preferences. Have a look at other reviews for details on soundstage if you believe that will help you make a buying decision. If you these are your first $150 headphone, I suspect you will love these. If you expect these to out preform your Stax electrostatic cans, stop trolling.
These seem to be durable. Since they're not too expensive, I usually just toss them in my bag and go. They are made out of plastic which keeps the weight down and I wonder about their long term durability (had them for several months now) but, thus far, I haven't had reason to doubt these will last given the moderate abuse I put them through on a regular basis.
TL;DR: if you are looking for a quality, portable upgrade to your (humongous) Audiotechnica m50s, you'll like these. They aren't as bulky for full size headphones. If you are someone who wants to hear tiny detail in your music, but can't afford to drop $800+ on headphones, which is why you're looking at these, ensure that your tastes and pocketbook align. Haha. Just pick these up; they'll be fine for you.
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.
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These are a new product from Sennheiser, all but a month old and, along with all of the other 5 series headphones, largely conform to similar pricing when not on offer. That they were on offer for Black Friday deals is a bonus - a popular price tracking site (think desert animal x 3) shows these hovering at £199.99 since 2nd November.
Compared to the HD570 open back headphones I own, these headphones feel heavy and tend to pinch more than they realistically need to. I'm sure I can put that down to the extra material for noise isolation and my slightly larger than average head, but I imagine I'd get ear/head fatigue after a long listening session compared to the HD570, which I often forget are on my head they're so comfortable. Comfort then is the reason for the loss of a star.
The trade-off it seems for having a closed back pair in the HD598Cs compared to the open backed HD570 is weight and comfort. That HD598Cs has 23ohm impedance means that smaller devices like mobile phones and personal stereos (do they exist any more?!) have a chance of driving the music better, giving you better volume at lower levels of power (read: your battery will last longer) than could be achieved with higher impedance headphones, like my HD570 (64ohm).
The headphones are provided with two cables, one for at home listening with a decent amplifier using a 3m cable and 2.5" jack end. The other is for use with a mobile device and provides a simple toggle for play/pause. The cables include a twist locking mechanism on the headphone end jack which isn't particularly clear but you're not likely to be changing the cable often enough for that to become a serious issue.
I have tested both the HD 598 Cs and the original HD 598 with my listening setup of choice, A Fiio X3 2nd Gen hooked up via line out to a Fiio Q1 headphone amplifier. I have tested both with lossless, 96Khz/24bit and 44Khz/16 bit audio files; I have used both to sample a diverse selection of music. In short, the open back HD 598 headphones are superior in every respect, they seemingly resolve more detail, they have superior clarity, their bass is far more precise and they suffer from substantially less distortion. The soundstage of the original HD 598's is, as would be expected, leaps and bounds ahead of the HD 598 Cs. This is the most striking difference between the two in terms of sound quality, and this is an unfortunate compromise of closed back headphones. If you primarily listen to high quality, live music or classical music, and you do so in the comfort of your own home where external noise isn't an issue, then opt for the original HD 598 headphones. As already stated, if you're looking for a pair to use on your commute, the HD 598 Cs are a fine choice.
It must be stressed that these headphones are not worth the £200 price tag; I purchased them for £89 as part of Amazon's black Friday deal. The most I would recommend anyone pay for these headphones is £140. The HD 598 Cs perform favourably when compared to the competition at this price point. I believe them to be superior to Sennheiser's own "Urbanite" range and comparable to the Bowers & Wilkins P5 Series, if not considerably less portable. And portability is an issue with these headphones, they come without a carry case and they do not fold down to save space. Compromise is the word that comes to mind when reviewing these headphones. It appears Sennheiser has compromised on sound quality to provide a closed back variant of the much lauded HD 598's, and compromised on portability to keep production costs down. The lasting impression of the HD 598 Cs is however a positive one. They're comfortable, they have a decidedly neutral sound signature (not too bass heavy), and they are a joy to listen to. If you've never spent more than £80 on a pair of headphones before, you'll be very satisfied.
Además decir que son comodísimos para traerlos puestos, lo cual está muy bien porque una vez que te los quitas no puedes doblarlos y no traen una bolsa ni nada donde guardarlos. Por el precio que están ahora en oferta (2,3999) valen mucho la pena, a menos que quieras sentir el bajo en tus oídos, en cuyo caso en definitiva busca otro modelo.
They're pretty easy to drive- I am driving them from a desktop USB soundcard right now- will update this when I get them on a proper headphone amp. It does sound like it's struggling a bit, the dynamics have been flattened a bit. It will be interesting to see if that comes right on a proper amp that drives my 650s decently.
Right now, I am hearing reasonable separation and layering. Staging is slightly wider than my own head and a bit in front and above (if that makes sense), which isn't unusual for closed backs. I'm hearing a bit of an upper treble shout, but I won't worry about this for now, until I have them plugged into a better amp and DAC. That may be a danger signal for people using glare-heavy DACs like spec sheet ESS Saber stuff. The treble can get fatiguing after few hours, despite not being particularly elevated per se.
There's a tiny touch of that weird cup resonance sound, but it's surprisingly well-controlled. It's possibly a bit more noticable than on the HD-25 II. I am hearing a touch of sibilance on vocals- though I am deliberately going out of my way to look for it. Uncontrolled shrillness doesn't seem to be an issue so far.
Comfort is reasonable. They have a bit of a fierce clamp, which will probably relax as the headband flexes and the pads compress.
The only real fly in the oinment, so far, is isolation. It's distinctly so-so. It's obviously better than open-backed cans, and seems to be enough to prevent much leakage. However, it doesn't do much for even a modest buzz of office conversation. It's certainly less good than the (worse-sounding) Bose QC25 or the (far less comfy) Sennheiser HD-25 II.
Finding decent-sounding closed-backed headphones at all, especially at a sensible price (Aeon closed and Eikons are too pricey to leave lying around in an office) is hard, so these are definitely a good contender- as long as it's not because you need the last word in isolation. If you're after isolation rather than actual sound quality, consider some headphones with Active Noise Cancellation, like the Sony WH-1000XM2 (though watch the price, as it seems to vary wildly with the seasons, big savings to be made). Another alternative, if comfort and peace are more important than sound, is the inevitable Bose QC series, too.
So far so good. I'd expect unit-to-unit variation to be almost non-existent due to Sennheiser's amazing consistency, so this will probably apply to a pair that you buy, too. Spares will probably not be a problem, if needed.
All in all, quite nice for the price, I'd say.
I bought these for 80 quid on the Black Friday deal... my review represents how I feel these perform at the full price of 200 quid.
I was in John Lewis and tried a pair of sennheiser monitor priced at 699 !! First time I had tried anything so expensive, but the first thing I noticed was you can hear more. For example when playing man in the mirror , Michael Jackson you can hear the breath intake and his accent when he is singing.
I have used apple headphone senheiser 202 and another sennheiser pair.. 60 quid, can't remember the model number. But they are on ear. They all sound good. Or they did until I tried the monitors!!
I saw these on sale When I tried these, they were close to the 700 quid monitors, not as good but far better then all the ones I own and cheaper then the 700quid ones.
The headphone come with 2 cables, the connect to one of the headphone cups. What looks like a 3.5 mm jack, but there is a cut out so if you need a replacement you need to buy sennheiser.
I am using it to connect to an iPad or phone.
Anyway, it's ultra comfortable and the sound quality is excellent. Again you can hear breaths inflections in voice and experience the song as It was meant to be.
For 80 quid yes 10 out of 10.
For 200, yeah ... I've never been a sound snob.... but these let your u hear subtle inflections and things your u have never heard before... I for one have changed my view of monitor/reference type head phones. It's a better sound quality.
For 200 quid there maybe better head out there, but as a sennheiser fan i would buy these at full price... I'm no fan boy, it just turns out the majority of headphone I own are sennheiser. I would like to try the audio technica reference head one day!!
But is 200 worth spending on higher quality headphones.... YES !!
The sound quality is still good to my ears. As I listen to a varied mix of music, I don't want a headphone that colours the sound too much, such as a huge bass push, and these have a nice even sound with enough bass and smooth highs from either iPhone or laptop. They are also used for late night movie watching and and gaming, and the cable with 6.3mm jack plugs direct into my AV amp and is long enough to reach the seating position. These headphones provide a big movie sound with an almost surround effect.
My only complaint would be that they don't fold for travel, so they are better suited for home use, but for that purpose as a good all-round headphones, they are ideal.
I am taking off one star because while I really like these, I am not sure they are worth the current £150-200 asking price - there is a lot of competition at that price and you can probably do better if that is your budget. Add the star back if you can get them for about £90 in the next sale.
I kept wondering just how much money I was willing to spend to listen to the London Philharmonic play homage to video game music. Honestly? I don't think I need to spend any more - I was listening to the LPO cover the "Little Big World" theme, and I was amazed at being able to clearly hear every different part of the Orchestra. It was so clear, and a was a step up from my last set of Sennheiser's (and I though those were good). I play guitar and Flute, and I appreciate music, so my tastes are very varied from the subtle to booming bass, and these headphones are outstripping my Tannoy amp and surround/SW system in terms of sound quality.
What's a good analogy when comparing the headphones to a stereo, for example - HD compared to 4k, perhaps? I'm just hoping people willing to spend this sort of money on headphones will do it for the right reasons - i.e. because they truly sound good, not because of the recent "designer label" dross that has come out.
The packaging left a bit to be desired as the foam ear surrounds had been scrunched in packaging, and didn't go back to their proper shape, even after 2 days, (the first pair got returned).
These do make a good fist of blocking external noise, and are comfortable to wear for an above average amount of time, compared to many other headphones.
The actual sound quality is the disappointing bit, OK so they are closed back, but for nearly £100 I expected better. Sound seems to lack any sparkle, bass is well controlled, but ultimately uninspiring.
The original 598s and 598SEs are open-backed giving them a wider soundstage, a far more balanced sound and flatter frequency response, with the drawback to them having a higher impedence meaning they require an amp to properly power them.
This is where these 598Cs's come in, they sound bassier for sure so keep that in mind, these are not as balanced sounding (I would predominantly put it down to their closed-back design causing this) but still sound great producing crisp highs and full mids along with it's thumpier bass - it does not sound muddy at all, just more bass-heavy. They also have half the impedence compared to it's open-backed counterparts meaning these can be powered without the need for an amp, a decent smartphone would have a DAC powerful enough to feed these without issue.
These are great for their use-case i.e: if you want really great sounding high-quality closed-back headphones so you can use them outside without any sound bleed and don't want to have to purchase and amp to power them, the Sennheiser HD598Cs are fantastic.
If you already have an amp or don't mind purchasing one, and like open-backed headphones for their superior soundstage, go for either of the other 598 series from Sennheiser, you won't be disappointed.
Please give them 30 hours of burn-in before you put them on. After some much needed burn-in I've found the HD 598 Cs to be truly amazing sounding headphones for the price. I want to listen to my whole music collection again. I'm hearing things in music that I haven't hear before. Works great will a mobile phones (itunes) and is a dream come true with a good AMP/DAC and high res music. Also playing around with the equalizer can add additional bass.
I found the headphones very uncomfortable to start, but are loosening the headband I can wear these all day. I was thinking about returning these at first, but I'm now 100% keeping them. Plus I'm now going to buy the dragonfly DAC (£89) to par with these headphones.
At £90 a great bargain.
At £150 its still a good price for the sound quality, especially if you think of yourself as an audiophile.
At £200 - the sound is on par if not better than some other portable headphones, but I think the majority of people would be lot happier with a pair of wireless Boss, Sennheiser or Sony headphones as these are easier to live and travel with.
I have to say I don't regret it. I already have a set of fabulous AKG 702's at 60 ohm and 38,000Hz max frequency so I was slightly interested by the 23 ohm resistance and 28,000Hz frequency.
While my AKG's are fantastic at home, they can't run comfortably on a mobile device due to the limited power output. There is also an issue with the open backed design in that everybody nearby can hear me shredding my ears with sick beats.
What i love about these Sennheisers is that they are sleek and low profile so I can comfortably wear them out and about in public without looking like a major weirdo. The sound range is clear and crisp, but also stunningly wide; especially since I am using these on mostly portable devices. Thirdly, the closed back design means I can listen as loud as I want and nobody nearby can listen in on what I am sampling on Amazon music! I have tested the noise cancelling with family members, they can't hear me shouting and I can't tell if they are listening to anything or winding me up. The attached mic on the shorter cable is handy for incoming calls while I chill with my music.
The big make or break for these sexy ear companions was a recent three hour ferry across the Irish sea. I was able to sit and listen to these for the full crossing non-stop. Not only did I forget I had them on but the journey was the best I can remember experiencing on this crossing as a result.
I would definitely recommend these to anyone looking for a fantastic set of earphones that they can also take out an about in public when travelling.
La verdad para mi son excelentes, altamente versátiles. No se comparan con nada que haya tenido o probado antes en tiendas donde tienen stand para probar.
Al ponerte estos en cualquier canción de cualquier genero son maravillosos, se escuchan sonidos que antes no notaba con una calidad impecable sin ruido sin distorsión.
Algo de notar comparado con otros audífonos de gama media o alta, es que estos funcionan muy bien con cualquier reproductor portátil, según esto por su baja impedancia y funcionan muy bien con cualquier fuente de sonido, smartphone, PC con buena tarjeta de audio, unos viejos diskman, el reproductor de discos LP de mi papá, vídeo juegos, hasta para llamadas de voz IP con baja calidad de audio por la red. Todo.
En cuanto a música los uso con electrónica, vocales (boleros y baladas), rock (metal y rock de los 90), música de anime, películas y todo se escucha excelente. (Sí esa diversidad loca de géneros musicales me gusta). Cosa que he notado es que ni siquiera le tengo que subir al 100% a los reproductores para obtener un volumen agradable donde pueda escuchar todo con claridad.
Lo único a resaltar sin que aleje a futuros compradores, es que sí son de plástico entonces hay que tener cuidado con ellos. Y en cuando a sonido al ser "closed back" después de unas horas de uso siento una ligera sensación de pesadez en la cabeza (como esa que da después de ir en auto por varias horas en carretera) pues aíslan muy bien del mundo exterior, habiendo dicho eso cuidado con andar con ellos en la calle, ya que tal vez sea peligroso sumergirte en el audio y no escuchar el ruido ambiental.
Después de usar estos ya por varios meses, no quiero ni imaginar la calidad de sonido que pudiera ofrecer otros productos de gama más alta de Sennheiser. Tal vez algún día me haga de unos así.