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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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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.
theminstrel

A true audiophile experience for under £200

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Pros: Natural, wide, clear sound, comfortable, not too expensive

Cons: Lacking in impact and bass, ugly

A reasonably priced pair of premium Open back headphones. They are well made and super comfortable and have a luxurious appearance well suited to home hi fi use. Unlike other hi fidelity phones they have a relatively low impedance and don't need a huge amp to sound good or loud,although one usually helps for sound dynamics. They have a great sound quality, very natural in tone, bass, mids and treble all clean and clearly represented. Soundstage width and precision are all superb and detail is fantastic. A very good buy if you don't want to spend silly money on truly audiophile headphones for the home. However models such as the HD650 provide even more depth and balanced tonality with more...
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Cybrupt

Nothing but Mids

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Cons: No Bottom End, No Top End, Overly Pronounced Lower Mids

These are my first pair of headphones since almost 10 years ago. I am used to using studio monitor speakers to judge microphone frequencies. This headphone has a similar mid and lower mid frequency response to a Blue Baby Bottle microphone. Had I known this I would have never bought them. They also have the "sennheiser Veil" This means at around 9khz it drops off the map all the way until 20khz past human hearing. Basically this has a worse frequency range than a shure SM58. No top end frequencies. Overly pronounced lower mids to give it thump since it cant reach sub bass below 100hz. This seems to be a pattern with open back headphones. These are not good for anything other than a toy....
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SoundTown

The Cool & Detailed Sketch Artist – In-depth Review of the Sennheiser HD598 Headphones

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Pros: Clear and transparent sound, excellent separation, detailed with precise imaging, tall sound stage, comfort, light weight

Cons: Severe roll-off in mid to sub-bass, narrow overall sound stage (feels square), flimsy feeling build, headband presses slightly on head

Introduction   For the Sennheiser HD598, or any of the HD series for that matter, there’s almost no need for introductions. Asking an audio enthusiast if they’ve heard of any of the Sennheiser open back series, from the beginner-friendly HD518 to the legendary HD800, is like asking anyone on the street if they’ve heard of Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga or Madonna – they’ll look at you funny and ask you, “Are you crazy?” Of course you’ve heard of the HD598, it’s one of the most popular headphones on Head-Fi for a reason – people love this headphone. “So Josh,” I hear you ask, “what the hell are you writing this for?” Simple. I’m here to add my two cents and answer the question you...
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snapacap

It's like an HD558 with style.

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Pros: Build, look (SE version), complete sound, comfort

Cons: can occasionally be a bit fatiguing, inside touches my ears.

For me the HD598 was a hope that I could get nearly the same sound as the HD558 with more comfort. In short, mission mostly accomplished.   Impression/build/: The first thing I noted straight out of the box is how premium the HD598 looks (SE version) and feels The headband is bound by leatheryness, the earcups have mesh, unlike the felt-like material of the HD558 earcups. Putting them on my head, it was clear to see the lesser clamp force compared to nearly every other Sennheiser I have tried (barring the HD700). The pads also felt a bit softer as well. I prefer this headband pad to most others I have used. One thing that I am sure some people have run into is hair getting stuck in...
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