Pros: Amazing soundstage, airy treble, warm mids, neutral bass, comfort, stylish, serious bang for the buck.
Cons: none !
When I ordered these, I thought they would sound ok. maybe a little better than my previously owned HD 518 but wouldn't be that great as they share the same drivers.
My expectations weren't high. Firstly let me say - this review is not about the technicalities . It is mostly about my experience.
To begin with -
I am not someone who wants to hear the last bit of detail in the music.
I was pretty happy with my Grados. They gave me moderate details, clarity and superb mids with punchy bass.
One day when I was surfing headfi , i came across the HD 598. People praised highly about their soundstage.
after reading about it, i got very tempted to have that experience.
Initially I decided to go with the HD 558 considering it has that huge soundstage I was craving for with a cheaper price tag . but on the other hand - I read that the people who owned them always felt an urge to upgrade to the HD 598.
They were enjoying the huge soundstage of their 558's already and wondered how good the soundstage and the highs would sound on the HD598 . In the end, they ended up spending more and buying the HD 598.
I didn't want that experience - I waited for another month , collected some more cash and bought the HD 598.
Also I had considered the AD 700 before. but then I read - they were extremely bass light.
I'm not a bass head. not even close
but if I were paying a huge price for some headphone, I would atleast want some thump in my music . So I dropped the idea.
coming to my experience -
when I tried these for the first time, I was completely floored.
I had an instant smile on my face, that happy feeling I really can't describe. They just sounded perfect.
I listened to some light rock music and acoustics on them. And they sounded heavenly.
Also I played some uplifting trance. And wow, it sounded out of the world. The soundstage was very airy and huge, it created an euphoric atmosphere around my head. when I closed my eyes, It felt like I was in another world. I never had this feeling with my Grados.
I watched gravity with these phones and I really enjoyed the experience.
There were many times I got goosebumps while listening to music on these.
for the price I paid , I don't think I could have gotten a better sounding phone.
I have read loads of posts about the HD 598. Some people claim that these are the best sounding headphones under 500$ .
Sennheiser higher end headphones are better sounding but they have their cons
HD 650 = a little veiled and thick sounding. some people hate such kind of a sound signature.
HD 700 = muddy bass for their price.
HD 800 = too much highs.
but the HD 598's? not a single con except they sound slow , but not as slow as the HD 600.
Infact, i don't find them slow at all. They are fun to listen .
They are excellent for gaming and watching movies. They are all rounder headphones altogether.
+ these don't have high impedance like the other high end sennheiser cans. And that is another terrific thing about them .You can easily drive them with your ipod.
If you are a basshead , then stay away from them. It doesn't mean they have meh bass, they have a perfect amount of bass for the music, though it's not overly emphasized like in bassy cans.
All in all, if you get these under 200$, buy them in a heartbeat. you can't get a better sounding headphone at this price.
I am glad and more than happy that I got these instead of the SRH 840.
Best purchase ever made.