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The Sennheiser 598 has carved out an entirely new niche in the audiophile world: value-fi.

A Review On: Sennheiser HD 598

Sennheiser HD 598

Rated # 5 in Over-Ear
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Pros: Amazing performance for the price, easy as pie to drive, can scale extremely well, forgiving presentation

Cons: Polarizing appearance, needs an aftermarket adapter for 1/8" jack

The Sennheiser 598 is the new the ruler of the sub-$300 roost. 


If you're looking for a headphone with an expansive sound stage that is at once both intimate and expansive...


If you can't shell out for a Hi-Fi set of cans like the HD600/650 and the necessary amp to drive them well....


If you're looking for a versatile headphone that bring music to life but doesn't punish your ears with poor source material...


If you're looking for a headphone that you can comfortably wear all day long....


If you're like me, and use your computer as your primary entertainment center for music, movies, and games...


Then the Sennheiser 598s are a godsend for you.


Many reviewers have described these headphones as being "lush", "warm", "creamy", and "smooth".


Forget the audiophile jargon.  


Lyrics, especially female vocalists, come in crystal clear and are front-and-center in presentation.  The background harmonics are there, but hey, you paid money to hear someone sing, right?  Movies and television shows benefit from this too - it's almost as if there's a small circular stage with a spotlight on it that the actors are on, and all the background noise just falls away.


There's an accusation that these headphones lack detail.  It's not true.  


Detail is not hearing every artifact in a recording.  Detail is not having every audible instrument played with equal intensity and volume.  


Detail is when the soundmixer thought what was most important to be the star of the show.  For music it's lyrics.  For movies it's dialogue and action. 


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