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Sennheiser HD-598 Reviews

chimmycham

Brilliant!

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Pros: Clarity, Comfort, Soundstage

Cons: Could be a bit tighter fitting. (I do have a narrow head though)

These are just wonderful. I had no idea what I was missing. I've always listened to lossless music, but had no idea it could sound like this. I run my music directly out of my 2011 Macbook Pro, and into these, using Audirvana Plus (iTunes integrated mode).   I also use these with my PS3. I plug the PS3's optical audio out in to my surround sound system (Yamaha Amp), and turn the settings to 'straight' and plug the headphones into the Amp's 1/4in headphone output jack.   Call of Duty is about 10x as addicting now. The soundstage allows me to hear almost precisely where others are.   If they broke, I would just buy another pair of these same...
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xoriac

WOW ! just WOW! can't believe these would deliver such an amazing sound.

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Pros: Amazing soundstage, airy treble, warm mids, neutral bass, comfort, stylish, serious bang for the buck.

Cons: none !

UPDATED : 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...
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Gilly87

Great all-rounder

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Pros: Soundstage, excellent mids, tasteful bass, active but smooth treble, great on vocals, classic rock, less aggressive electronic music

Cons: Not the fastest or most crisp sound, bass could be a smidge tighter; Sennheiser house sound isn't for everyone

My chain: FLAC/320kbps MP3 -> Foobar 2k WASAPI Output-> HiFiMeDIY Sabre DAC -> E11 -> HD598   My first taste of the Sennheiser house sound came in the form of the HD439, which I purchased while looking for a balanced all-rounder for casual listening on the go and in coffee shops while writing. I enjoyed the signature, so when it came time to look for an open headphone, the first place I looked was Sennheiser.   I usually favor phones that have slightly elevated bass and are a bit darker, and after reading reviews saying that the HD5x8 series shared the same drivers, I decided that the HD558 was likely the best way to go, assuming it wouldn't sacrifice...
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RietSuiker

I'll be using these for a long time

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Pros: Soundstage, comfort, very nice looking imo...

Cons: Lacks a little punch in the low bass.

I'll start of by saying I'm new to the hifi headphone world and I'm using these un-amped out of the headphone out of a focusrite usb interface. Wow I never expected a headphone to sound so full, It's almost speaker like. They have plenty of bass but they do lack a little oomph and this becomes very apparent at low volume levels or bad sources, they don't sound quite as well on an ipod as on my pc's soundcard.   It is a very open design, you will hear your surroundings clearly and at medium listening levels or above people in the proximity will definitely be able to play air guitar over whatever it is that you're listening to. If that doesn't bother you this headphone is still...
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barneypooch

Exactly as good as the price suggests

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Pros: Very comfortable; gorgeous looking, IMO

Cons: They're fine, but nothing special.

Most of my at-home listening is done via speakers, but if I'm in bed and not wanting to disturb the rest of the house, I have Shure SE 530s, via the laptop or a Sansa Clip. However, I've never been particularly in love with the Shures, which have spent most of their life in their case. I'd pretty much stopped listening to music on headphones.   I thought I'd try these. I don't know why I expected $250 'phones to sound better than $500 ones, and they certainly did not.  They sound exactly like what they are: mid-range, mid-price.   That's not to say they're bad - they certainly aren't; they're just middle of the road. They're lovely and airy, and the sound stage...
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Gonor3a

Amazing Sound

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Pros: Superb sound, Great build, Super comfortable

Cons: Cable is long, 6.5mm adapter, Massive sound leakage

Amazing sound and even better when using an AMP.   The 6.5mm standard adaptor is a bit Meh. But a 3.5mm is included. Cable is crazy long, definitely designed to be hooked up to a stereo unit at home. Still sounds great throught the ipad / iphone Sound leakage is huge and loud and will piss everyone off in the room. These cans are "at home" only use and not for office or when on public transport. My wife complained "what is the point of headphones if everyone can hear what you are listening to!!"   If you want aural candy, for the price (got mine on amazon.com) these things are diamond.    
Joong

Unsung hero

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Pros: excellent Sound stage, excellent extension to both direction of frequency

Cons: Price misleading

This wonderful headphone is simply underestimated due to the myterious belief system of audiophiles. Price simply biases the listener, and human brain is simple an automata that is influenced by every factor especially the cost he or she paid.
MyFamilyShoppin

Lacklustre sound

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Pros: Comfort

Cons: Too much seperation, distance, and empty areas. No "immersion".

I got the Sennheiser HD-598 based on all the existing rave reviews. It's amazingly comfortable. That's all the good I can say about it. I just hate the sound.   Okay, I am no "audiophile". I am not using these headphones on any fancy sources. First device is my laptop...an MSI GE70. It has "SoundBlaster" lol! Second device is my old phone...a Samsung Galaxy Ace II x. It has "PowerAmp" app installed lol!   So this review is for cheapo weirdo's like me.   Yes, it has "sound stage". It's almost like they put different speakers in different faraway sections of the headphones...and each plays one component of the sound.   But the problem is that everything is...
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ringofoaksmusic

Unbelievably good

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Pros: Clean as a nun's earlobes, great bass extension with just enough punch, phenomenal midrange and effortless highs. Really unique and classy aesthetics.

Cons: What? How dare you ask? None.

Value: I got these for $207 and at twice the price they'd be a great buy. Sound: If the next sentence seems defensive, it's not. it's an assertion of the sound quality of the HD598s. I've been in the music business for over 40 years and I have to assert that anyone giving these a low score on sound would not know a good set of headphones if it bit them on the ass (thanks Frank). These things are very close to neutral with just a bit of warmth due to the fact that they emphasise the lower mids and upper bass just a tiny bit. Bass extension is superb with just enough punch, mids are clear and detailed, highs are effortless and real and the soundstage, considering they are cans, not...
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Garraty

Fairly good beginner cans, if flawed

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Pros: Spacious soundstage, wonderfully airy, non-fatiguing yet sparkly

Cons: Stock cord and adapter, grainy, unnatural midrange, lack of sub-bass, overpriced

Design and Comfort:   These headphones are primarily composed of plastic and this contributes to the wonderful lack of weight and fatigue while wearing these. For the price, I would expect better quality material for the frame of these headphones but in reality, without the plastic, it wouldn't be nearly as comfortable. However, if you do buy this; keep in mind that these will not fare well if they're dropped (I've had them accidentally drop and the sound coming from the right cup became a bit wonky, so be cautious). These headphones were designed with looks of retro cars from the 60's and 70's in mind and though I wasn't sure I'd like the look, it's grown on me.   ...
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