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A Review On: Sennheiser HD 598

Sennheiser HD 598

Rated # 6 in Over-Ear
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Pros: Comfortable, bright sound signature, wide sound stage, trebles crisp, mids smooth and bass adequate.

Cons: They could have used a 3.5MM plug for use with portable DAC's like the E10. Plug adapter gives unnecessary bulk.


These phones are worth the retail price of $249. They have a wide sound stage which gives dimension to music. Clarity is strong enough to notice poorly encoded sound files. These don't require an additional headphone amp weighing in with an impedance of 50 Ohms. While they do sound good without one an AMP/DAC will definitely add depth to the music. On the negative I personally think the 6.3MM jack terminating at the end was highly unnecessary. Instead Sennheiser could have had an screw on jack where the 3.5MM jack can be coverted to a 6.3MM one with a simple screw on adapter as found with the Sennheiser HD 380 Pro.  


I do not think HD598s are bright headphones. They are dark but just a little.
You have to factor in that these have angled drivers due to to the EAR design. For this reason the placement and fit have an impact on the sound quality. This is the same with the HD 380 as it uses the same tech, however the HD 497 and EH350 don't have this characteristic. If I wear the 598 with the band slightly loosely fitting and the drivers centered directly over my ears(I have small ears) then the sound is bright. If you fold in the band and wear them such that they tightly fit with drivers moved towards the front of the head then you would get a darker sound. I can imagine those with larger ears may not have much room to play with the fit. I personally prefer the bright sound so I wear them as such.
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