FIRST OF ALL: I'm no Audiophile expert
I bought the 598 in eBay on the JR Store for 170$ msrp i believe 340$
I have used these cans for 2 days now, both for inside and outside (yes outside). I must say the cable is pretty long but the 10 foot cable was good for me to rest on my couch and plug in the 6.3mm into my TV and enjoy some movies.
Now I wont be doing this all the time, so I might get them shorten. I also used 598 on my piano which i was amazed that the 6.3mm fit perfectly, now I can play my piano at night without disturbing anyone.
the next day I went out to work with the 598 with my ipod touch 2nd gen no amp yet(will be getting Ibasso t3 or Fiio e7 soon)
Now i work in NYC which if you don't know is a very loud place anytime of the day. First, express bus i had these on in the 6-70% volume mark took off my headphone and was able to hear some sound leakage.
On the Train well i put the volume at 80-90% and was still able to hear the train noise of course. but no sound leakage since it was too noisy
and last when i walked home i was able to enjoy them since it was quiet around me, no-one interrupting me
The build quality is good, made up of plastic, polished wood accent around the ear cups. Very well designed, the 3rd reason why I wanted these headphone
Comfort on these cans are amazing. When I first put them on i was surprised as soft the pads were, after a couple of hours of listening to them, I still forgot i had these on. The padding is velour which i guess is another type of velvet.
Time for the sound. Again I'm No AUDIOPHILE EXPERT
Bass there good, tried listening to a couple of hip/hop and was pleased with it. I'm no bass-head
The highs and Mids are where these cans are good at. They were crisp clean and detailed that you can hear every little sound being used. I wasn't able to hear any of this with my v-moda remix and wesc bongo. and this is a big step up.
the lows were OK but then again The highs and mids took care of it.
Now this is what I think, without an amp bass might be good after burn and having an amp, lows and mids and high might even get more detailed than I imagine but time will tell.
Update: Music I used were DubStep, Techno, All Diferrent kinds of Rock, and a little of HipHop/Rap running between 256-320kbps
Edited by MRiNiCK - 12/31/10 at 8:17pm