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Sennheiser HD-598 Reviews

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, natural 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.
Garraty

Brilliant all-rounder headphones

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Pros: Spacious soundstage, airy, realistic mids, extremely comfortable

Cons: Stock cord and adapter, lack of sub-bass

Design and Comfort:   These headphones are made of plastic for the most part and this contributes to the wonderful lack of weight and fatigue while wearing these. True, 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. 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, I've grown to love it.    The large velour pads and supple leather headband make sure that it the HD 598's are...
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mwhouston

Very good sounding at an affordable price

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Pros: Smart looking and looks very durable

Cons: The white may look dirty over time if not taken care of

While having a listening session with a friend on my newly made valve headphone amp we swapped phones. I was using the Audio-technica ATH700 Air and my friend The Sennheiser HD598s. My tube amp can drive two HPs at the same time with both being close to each other in impedance and efficiency. For the extra $100 over the cost of the AT I would say the Sennheiser are good value. They were not as bassy but good bass extension and mids and treble was airier and cleaner. By no means are the AT a slouch and for $160 they are really excellent value. But if you want something better and happy to pay around $100 more I would suggest the Sennheisers.
noblemff

Great natural spacious sound

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Pros: Spacious, Transparent, Balanced, Very Comfortable

Cons: Too neutral?

Spacious: Absolutely love the spacial sound and madly in love. Big soundstage that would make your other headphones in this price range sound awful. Although it is having a wide soundstage the dimensions are not sharply defined meaning that it could sound a tiny bit confusing at times.   Transparent: The sound detail is great with good separation. Balanced sound that makes listening to orchestral music a bliss.   Comfort: Even if you wear it for continuous hours it doesn't hurt, you start to wonder am I really wearing this?   Too neutral?? Sound well across all frequencies but laid of in higher highs and lower lows. Not for everyone who loves to hear fast or...
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