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Sennheiser HD 598 Over-Ear Headphones - Ivory
- 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 combine impeccable sound quality with unrivaled comfort. This elegantly styled over-ear, open back headphone features ear cups with high-gloss burl wood detail complementing premium metal mesh. Innovative acoustic engineering delivers incredibly natural, detailed and balanced sound. A high-quality leatherette headband and velour covered ear cushions provide outstanding wearing comfort for long listening sessions.
The HD 598 offers unrivaled performance and value. They draw on decades of Sennheiser engineering expertise to ensure the sound quality, reliability and durability and audio industry professional trust. Crafted with precision using premium materials, they exude luxury and quality while delivering exceptional sound quality.
Sennheiser‘s innovative E.A.R. technology is featured in the HD 598. This positions the transducers inside the ear cups to channel audio signals directly into your ears producing a more realistic, spatial listening experience. The transducers employ a special diaphragm geometry that minimizes intermodulation and harmonic distortion while delivering high output and impressive frequency response.
Distinctive styling – Featuring high-gloss burl wood accents and premium black metal mesh inspired by European sports sedans
Exceptional clarity – Open back design contributes to outstanding tonal balance, detail and definition
Extreme comfort – Lightweight yet robust with luxurious velour covered ear cushions and padded leatherette headband
Premium components – Sennheiser engineered transducers use aluminum voice coils delivering high efficiency, excellent dynamics and extremely low distortion
E.A.R technology – “Ergonomic Acoustic Refinement” design channels audio directly into your ears producing a more “in room” listening experience
Compatibility – 50-ohm impedance is compatible with virtually every audio device including phones, tablets and computers
Connectivity – Single sided, detachable 3m cable (Oxygen Free Copper) with gold plated 6.3mm connector and 3.5mm adapter
Peace of mind – 2-year international warranty
Did you know?
Sennheiser invented the open back headphone design in 1968. This design, used in the HD 598, is industry renowned for producing exceptionally natural sound quality.
Sennheiser recommends this headphone for music lovers who are passionate about sound quality wanting extreme comfort during long listening sessions.
The HD 598 is compatible with virtually any audio device with a headphone input: traditional audio components, computers, tablets and cell phones.
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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. I was never able to wear the M50s for longer than 2-3 hours before my ears started to ache. The 598s for one have velour ear pads which help a lot and they don't clamp onto your head nearly as firmly as the M50s do. I feel like I could wear these all day without even noticing they're there.
Bottom line, if you are looking to venture into open back headphones the Sennheiser HD 598s offer a value you won't get out of anything else.
Where do I start? If this will be your first Open Back headphone, listen up! This is my FIRST Open back headphone, I came from mainstream headphones like Bose and Beats, so this should give you a good idea of what I will be comparing to.
Ok, so first off, people are saying the Bass is lacking, I'm not sure where people are getting this from, the Bass is *exquisite* It's smooth and tight, by this it means that it won't distort the rest of the song, it's very relaxing and has the perfect amount. Don't believe me? Listen to "Better Together" by Jack Johnson, you will hear the bass playing in the back, hitting incredible lows. If you are looking for JUST Bass, you won't find it here, but trust me, you don't want that, you want the smooth Bass that these headphones offer because it will let you hear the clarity in the song.
Now, let me talk about what the "Open" portion of the headphone does. Imagine for a second, standing in the middle of 5 speakers, and you being able to pinpoint where the sound is coming from. THAT'S the magic of these headphones, you HEAR where the individual instruments are coming from, you can focus on a single instrument and follow it throughout the whole song, that's how clear these babies are. Listen to "In the Twilight" by Phaeleh and close your eyes, it sounds like the singer's head is floating around you like a helicopter and singing! I actually had my eyes closed and was tracing my finger in the air, when my girlfriend walks in, she thought I was crazy, but who cares!
Another thing which I love about the sound is that you will be able to hear whispers and other small instruments in songs that you didn't know were there. It will forever change the song for you, trust me.
10/10 for sound, no contest. I can't even imagine what the upper end Sennheisers sound like!
Build Quality (9.5/10)
Before you get worried, the only reason I took .5 off was because initially, Sennheiser had an issue with the quality of the material used on the side of the headphones, leading to small (cosmetic) cracks, however, THIS ISSUE IS NOW FIXED! Otherwise, they are a 10/10 for build quality. Very sturdy feeling, but lightweight at the same time. It nails that fine balance between weight and the feeling of something substantial. You will not be disappointed.
Appearance and Comfort (10/10)
Guys, prepare for an onslaught of ladies at your doorstep, these things look like the inside of something like a Bentley. Ladies, prepare to meet your future husband while wearing these.
Looks are subjective of course, but I feel like they look extremely premium and I definitely get a lot of complements on them whenever I show them to friends.
As for Comfort, you can wear these for hours and hours, and you will forget they are on your head. The don't clamp tightly at all, but are just right to where they don't fall off. Actually, these are the most comfortable headphones I've ever worn, Beats can't even touch this.
Some important notes:
-These are the "highest end" Open back Sennheiser headphones you can buy without needing an AMP. This is very important! Any step up from this will require amplification to sound good. These work just fine with your Smartphone, Tablet or Portable device. I highly recommend trying this with a computer, as computers will usually have a higher quality sound card compared to phones and tablets, try it out.
-Since they are open back, they leak sound. These aren't great for traveling, but believe me, this trade-off is worth it. You will NOT find a closed back headphone that offers the "surround" effect that Open backs do, it's simply how they work. I think these could work inside an office if you keep the volume down.
-Make sure you use them and "burn them in." When you first get them, they will sound amazing right out of the box, but over the course of the next few weeks, it's like the headphone will keep getting better and better!
Comparisions with other Headphones
HD 598 vs HD 558
People say that the lower tier model, the HD 558, sounds the same as this if you remove the little foam piece inside the ear cups. Believe me, I tried this with my friend's pair and played several songs; the 558 sounds muddy and isn't as clear. Do yourself a favor and get these, you will not be disappointed.
HD 598 vs Bose AE2
These win by a long shot. Bose does offer more bass, and are good for travel, however, they felt cheaply built to me compared to these. Bose would be my number 3 pick after HD 598 and VModa.
HD 598 vs Beats by Dr. Dre (Various models)
I'm a little biased here, but to me Beats just sounds like a giant thump with every note. That's cool for the first hour or so, but then you will get tired of the constant thumping inside your head. The 598s offer smooth bass while allowing you to hear the lyrics and instruments with great clarity; the Beats do not. Please do not get these; it's all marketing!
HD 598 vs V Moda Corssfade LP
The VModa's are probably the closest competitor. They are great headphones, but are closed back, and I felt like the sound didn't quite hit the HD 598's fidelity. However, they are great headphones in themselves, and if you want sound isolation, go for the VModa's. However, if you want the huge soundstage and clarity, the HD 598 is your headphone.
I think I've rambled enough about these. I'm going to go put them on and cry because the music is too damn beautiful. Buy them. They are impeccable.
EDIT (Feb 9 2015): I have recently discovered something that will allow you to truly experience these headphones. I'm in no way affiliated with these companies, but it's called TidalHifi (in the US and UK) and WiMP everywhere else. Here are the links: http://tidalhifi.com/us and http://about.wimpmusic.com/wweb/index/
These services will stream LOSSLESS music, which is almost 4 times the fidelity of most other streaming services. You can try it out for free and see if you like it; I found that it brought out the sound stage even more for me, and I'm just doing the free trial for now. Hope this helps!