Sennheiser HD595 Dynamic High Grade Performance Premiere Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Open-Aire, circumaural, dynamic, stereo headphones
- Highest grade components for outstanding acoustic performance.
- Highly optimized, field-strengthened neodymium magnet systems.
- Longevity through exchageable components, Frequency Response - 12Hz - 38,500Hz(-10dB/1kHz)
- Lightweight aluminum voice coils for high efficiency and excellent dynamics
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The HD 595 is the premier headphone in the new 500 Series. It boasts a new level of comfort and sound quality. Features include our E.A.R technology and a highly constant,compressed cellulose fleece to reduce total harmonic distortion. Velour earpads and high-quality leatherette headband both provide outstanding comfort.
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But I was still looking for a pair headphones for home. I did some research and was looking for something not too expensive ($200 price range) but still offered great sound. I kept coming across the Sennheiser HD595's in all reviews.
What I was looking for with the Sennheiser's were great 'Soundstage' (Relation between your location and the sound - effectively where you're located on the stage with live music). I wanted something with a bit more bass than the Shure's, and something that had a very clear sound at all levels of volume.
I took the plunge and bought the Sennheiser HD595's.
The product itself isn't really that impressive. They are big and clunky with their wrap-around ear style and huge plastic parts. They are incredibly light, however. The cable is long (6 feet) and is actually too long for the average person. I have it tied up with a rubber band. The other thing that bugs me about the build quality is the attachment to allow the headphones to fit into your mini port, such as your computer or iPod. With the attachment on, that bit that goes into your computer is four inches long! Kind of awkward on a laptop or if you have a small desk. You can wear these headphones for long periods of time, I've worn them for up to eight (8) hours on end and not gotten tired. The Bose start to hurt the top of my head after just two or three. Not these.
Most people rave about how these are some of the best headphones they have owned. That may be true, but these are the type of headphones that require other hardware to really make them shine. If you are looking for a pair of headphones to just pick up, plug in, and have the best sound from your iPod, there are other products you should consider before choosing the Sennheiser's. To properly get the sound these headphones deserve you'll need a Digital-to-Analog converter and a headphone amplifier. This tends to be the case with most high-end Sennheiser's.
Because the average consumer won't have that extra $300+ of equipment: I will review these in terms of sound for those that don't.
The bass of these headphones is solid - but not overly impressive or dominating. The bass is present in heavy songs that require it, but if you love Rap or Hip-Hop, you will find yourself wishing you had more bass. The mid-range is clear, not overly present. These headphones are very balanced. The high range is excellent, it's crisp when it needs to be but not too much so that it hurts your ears. This is true with all types of music, the mid-range and highs will not disappoint you.
Perhaps my favorite thing about these headphones is the soundstage. They provide a perfect balance of surround sound you'd expect from a high quality pair of headphones but not too much that it makes you dizzy. The vocals sound like they are coming right in front of you. Bass sounds like it surrounds you. High end notes move around your ears to stimulate you but not distract. Many professional reviews of headphones call these some of the best soundstaging on the market: they are right.
The perfect consumer for these headphones would be the person who can listen to music alone (because these headphones are open designed - people can hear the music you play). I would not recommend a person buy these who loves Rap or Hip-Hop. I'm afraid they will be discouraged by the lack of bass that their songs require. If you are the type of person that is also considering going for a DAC converter in the future - these are perfect for you. These are a great starter set for those looking to break into the audiophile world. If you are the type of person that is looking to spend $200-300 on headphones that don't require additional hardware but still want incredible sound - look at the Bower & Wilkins P5. These will be fine if you're looking to spend a bit less.
Overall, a great, balanced set of headphones that are ideal for the person that can listen to music alone and looking to break into the world of audiophile's. Build quality and bass can be the weak points of these headphones, and casual usage because of how big and bulky they are.
Once I tried on, I was completely impressed with the sound quality of HD595. I'm not an audiophile, so I can't tell you specifically how it's better, but it is noticibly better than my $19 Sony headphone from before. $180 better? Probably not. But it's a gift, so I won't complain about the price. It is also extremely light and comfortable.
However, the sound leaks from HD595 is very loud. I'm not talking about some muffled leak through the gaps of the ear padding. The headphone literally broadcasts the music to the outside via the large "speakers" on the side. It is impossible to listen to anything at a decent volume, without everyone in the room getting annoyed. From the little research I found regarding this, the sound is intentionally "leaked" to the outside, as a new design to improve sound quality of some sort. Does HD595 sound good? Yes. It's excellent. Is it a good headphone? No. It's not even a headphone, more like a speaker. It feels to me that the sound to the outside is at least half as loud as the sound to my ear, if not more. As far as I know, this "feature" cannot be turned off.
Like anyone who can afford $200 headphones, I have a decent surround sound system for my entertainment center, as well as my computer. The only reason to use headphones is to not disturb others, particularly my girlfriend, when she is studying or sleeping nearby. I honestly cannot find any good situation to use this headphone. Too big for travel, too loud to use around others, and completely useless when I am alone at home, with sound systems of far better sound quality, without the restriction of wires.
I am returning this product now, and am hoping that the company and the reviewers are more honest about the leaking issue. Many of the reviews here do not mention it at all, and the ones that do always brush it off as a minor annoyance. It's not a small problem. It should be mentioned that this headphone cannot be used around anyone without disturbing them.