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Sennheiser HD 598 Special Edition Over-Ear Headphones - Black
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- Premium, audiophile-grade over-ear, open back headphones
- Padded leatherette headband and luxurious velour covered ear pads perfect for long listening sessions
- Compatible with virtually every audio device including phones, tablets, computers and stereo components
- Two cable options (3 meters and 1.2 meters) included along with 3.5mm adapter plug.Jack plug-6.3 mm
- 2-year limited warranty only when purchased from an authorized dealer.
- Impedance: 50 Ω
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At Sennheiser, we are on the pursuit of perfect sound. This is the aim and ambition of every single person working here. The quest for perfect sound focuses us on the dreams and needs of our customers all around the globe. Through our products and our ideas, we give them a unique sound experience or help them to create pristine sound for their audiences. We have done this for 70 years, and we are not ready to stop. Because we have a vision: to shape the future of audio, based on our history, our culture of innovation and our passion for excellence.
Meet the Sennheiser HD 598 Special Edition
The HD 598 Special Edition headphone combines impeccable sound quality with unrivaled comfort. 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. Crafted with precision using premium materials, they exude luxury and quality while delivering exceptional sound quality.
- Did you know? Sennheiser invented the open back headphone design in 1968. This design, used in the HD 598 Special Edition, is industry renowned for producing exceptionally natural sound quality.
Open back design contributes to outstanding tonal balance, detail and definition.
Sennheiser engineered transducers use aluminum voice coils delivering high efficiency, excellent dynamics and extremely low distortion.
'Ergonomic Acoustic Refinement' design channels audio directly into your ears producing a more 'in room' listening experience.
Lightweight yet robust with luxurious velour covered ear cushions and padded leatherette headband.
Sennheiser recommends this headphone for music lovers who are passionate about sound quality wanting extreme comfort during long listening sessions.
Compatible with virtually every audio device including phones, tablets, computers and stereo components. Packaged with the optional 'short cable' (1.2 meter) terminated with a 3.5 millimeter plug for use with portable devices.
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|Item Dimensions||8.1 x 4.1 x 9.4 in||4.1 x 8.1 x 9.4 in||3.95 x 8.1 x 10.25 in||5 x 11 x 88 in||0.39 x 0.39 x 0.39 in||8.5 x 4.5 x 9.5 in|
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The HD 598 Special Edition headphones are an open back, over ear, audiophile grade headphone that combines 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.
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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.
Last year, the Ivory color of this 598 was the Black Friday sale, and it was a no brainer absolute steal purchase! This year, the "special edition" black version is on sale for the ridiculous bargain price, I just had to grab another one.
I also own the Sennheiser 600, but that model and higher requires an amp. With the 598, you do not need an amp to enjoy it.
It will bring a whole new life to your music collection and be enjoying the same music you've listen to hundreds time with a fresh new experience, being able to clearly hear the vocals and individual instruments and depth - a concert feeling; not a confined claustrophobic, everything muffled together mess. No matter what genre you listen to, it should make you feel like you are in a concert hall. It is like having a portable surround sound system on your head. Poor audio speakers can make the listening experience a chore or exhaustive after a few minutes; I can listen to music I normally wouldn't listen to or my favorite songs for longer periods because there's so much audio satisfaction with these, just being able to appreciate the little instrumental details and directions.
The only negative is that sound will leak because these are open headphones for a more natural sound that you will even forget you are wearing headphones; so probably not a good idea to listen to Britney Spears in public. ;)
If you can appreciate sound, this is a no brainer purchase, especially if you never owned higher quality headphones; your wallet and ears will be satisfied. The design also looks professional and not juvenile. I'm still blown away by the sounds these headphones are capable of producing. Headphones usually require break-in periods and these will just sound better and better over the years.
If you are having trouble removing the cord from the headphones, make sure you TWIST first then pull; I had trouble first pulling it out and it turns out you need to twist to lock/unlock the cord before removing it.