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post #3661 of 6875
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Originally Posted by MrTechAgent View Post
 

So got my 598s and they distort at high volumes , at around 150hz and the left driver seems to get worse as it gradually rolls off , its at high volumes but with songs mastered with more bass its apparent at medium volumes , for example "You Got Me" by The Roots , what a  downer 

 

 

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OMG, MrTechAgent!  I have NEVER heard of anyone else having a distortion problem with the HD 598s, and even more alarming, in just one ear!

 

I'm listening to "You Got Me" by The Roots on my own HD 598 right now as I write this.  I hear no distortion, bass or otherwise, at full volume.

 

The frequency response indeed does have a tiny 3dB glitch a bit below 150 Hz... but I don't think it is enough to cause the problems that  you hear.

 

 

I fear you got a bad unit.  Can you exchange it?  I think there was a defect before you got it.

 

I feel somewhat responsible (OK, only a tiny bit), since I recommend this headphone so highly to so many.

 

Let me know if you can replace the unit.  Thanks!

 


Edited by ruthieandjohn - 5/10/14 at 4:10pm
post #3662 of 6875
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Originally Posted by kayandjohn View Post
 

 

Don't blame yourself , as it goes up at every 10hz increment (Increase in Volume) the left cup seems to be affected the most , the right cup has that too... just a bit less

I have some friends over at Senn so I might be able to get a replacement but I think its a common problem , some of my Mid-Fi open headphones  have it too , it doesn't sound like plastic resonance , I'm certain its the membrane being over-driven by the magnet , also the volumes are a bit high - not too high though , I might try my friend's 598 before I go to RMA 

I was expecting robust drivers Senn is known for , I will never know why this problem persists in Mid-Fi OBs 

post #3663 of 6875
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Originally Posted by kayandjohn View Post
 

So after more testing , I have concluded that the driver is not defective , its the freaking baffle and the cone retention , its obvious ...if the driver was defective there should be some mortal breakup which is not exactly the case here , the retention is solid plastic unlike the 6XX series which has more space between the membrane , also that's made of some type composite which is acoustically treated to absorb any resonance the driver is producing , it makes more sense because I have a Brainwavz HM5 which is a copy of the Senn Baffle design but with the same retention composite as the 6XX , that is why its so solid and never rattles , all makes sense  ...the 598 is a inferior design 

 

 



650 Composite 

 

 

HM5 composite 

 

 

All of this aside , they sound fantastic just like any other 598 , just at volumes over listening levels the driver kinda takes a beating  

EDIT 1 - Gave mine in for replacement 


Edited by MrTechAgent - 5/12/14 at 8:17am
post #3664 of 6875

I just received a modmic 4.0 to attach to my HD598, glued it to the left cup just behind the cable connector (as i wanted to avoid anything magnetic on the mesh or to block it (even partially), dunno how it would have affected the sound). The build quality is great, the plastic casing around the mic feels solid with no gaps.


Edited by Glasofruix - 5/15/14 at 5:46am
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can anyone comment on how different these are compared to the Fidelio X1 ? 

post #3666 of 6875
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Originally Posted by thievesarmy View Post
 

can anyone comment on how different these are compared to the Fidelio X1 ? 


head-fi'er Maliken ranks the X1 as #1 out of 4 and the HD 598 as #2, here:  http://www.head-fi.org/t/109756/rank-the-headphones-that-you-own/3465#post_9981822

 

Hope this helps... send a note to Maliken for more detail.

post #3667 of 6875

Amazon has a 50% off sale on these starting in 4 hours (9:00 a.m. mdt)

post #3668 of 6875

A year or more ago I was standing in a store debating on whether to get the Sennheiser HD650 or HD598 and I ultimately chose the HD650 and I have to say that they're really only stellar performers on my Bottlehead Crack, oh but what performers.  Little dark though.  Most of my gear is better suited to lower impedance headphones though.

 

After all this time I decided to go ahead and get a set of HD598's.  Did my homework and bought a refurbished pair from:

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0042A8CW2/ref=dp_olp_refurbished?ie=UTF8&condition=refurbished

 

Just got them today and its apparent I should have gotten them when I was standing in that store so long ago.  Really comfortable and can hardly tell I have them on.  I personally like the styling of them although that's not that important and you can't see them when they are on your own head.

 

I'm rolling them through my equipment today and they absolutely SHINE on two of my systems. 

 

First is a Fiio E12DIY amp hooked to an iMod iPod.  The Fiio has a MUSES02 opamp and LMH6321 buffer.  Holy smokes I am blown away however maybe not as much when paired to my Schiit Stack.  Schiit Modi DAC and Magni Amp.

 

This is a match made in heaven.  I've been chasing the dream of The Sound for years and this might be as close as I've gotten and what's ironic about that is it costs less than $500 for the whole deal (not including the computer the Schiit Stack is hooked to).

 

Anyway what a great set of headphones.  Good solid bass, clear mids, and it has the treble I like.  I like the bright stuff.  I like to hear the cymbals and the maracas. 

 

I don't think you can go wrong with these headphones.  They fit well on all my systems so far.  Kinda like the venerable Sony MDR-V6 which are and probably will always be my favorite headphones.

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Got a replacement and it still distorts , what a piece of sh** ..worst buy ever 

Again sorry for being so pedantic but this is just ridiculous , its poorly engineered ..eye opener for a Senn , I'm not here to sugar-coat , just being honest the 598 sucks , the 6XX is a better value , even the dt880 and the HM5 which has better control and is free of distortions , can't believe no one here talked about this serious issue 

 

Here's the video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHkhgMETZvU ....yeah I know its inverted (Sorry about that) 


Edited by MrTechAgent - 5/23/14 at 4:13am
post #3670 of 6875
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Originally Posted by MrTechAgent View Post

 

Got a replacement and it still distorts , what a piece of sh** ..worst buy ever 

Again sorry for being so pedantic but this is just ridiculous , its poorly engineered ..eye opener for a Senn , I'm not here to sugar-coat , just being honest the 598 sucks , the 6XX is a better value , even the dt880 and the HM5 which has better control and is free of distortions , can't believe no one here talked about this serious issue 

Hmm... Don't have that issue when I demoed it but sorry to hear your bad experience though :(

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That's weird. I had two pairs and none of them distorts. Though i'm not sure, it's your microphone too sensitive or you're playing them extremely loud. They definitely shouldn't be used as portable speakers. 

 

Is this distortion present when you have them on head at a normal listening volume? If not, maybe you just have reached their limits. But if there is, indeed sounds like a defective unit. 

post #3672 of 6875
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Originally Posted by BillsonChang007 View Post
 

Hmm... Don't have that issue when I demoed it but sorry to hear your bad experience though :(

Would have let it slide if it was an exception case but...

post #3673 of 6875
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Originally Posted by MrTechAgent View Post
 

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Got a replacement and it still distorts , what a piece of sh** ..worst buy ever 

Again sorry for being so pedantic but this is just ridiculous , its poorly engineered ..eye opener for a Senn , I'm not here to sugar-coat , just being honest the 598 sucks , the 6XX is a better value , even the dt880 and the HM5 which has better control and is free of distortions , can't believe no one here talked about this serious issue 

 

Here's the video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHkhgMETZvU ....yeah I know its inverted (Sorry about that) 


No one has talked about it because they aren't having the same issue. My pair is rattle/distortion free using any kind of good amplifier.

post #3674 of 6875
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Originally Posted by Headstar View Post
 

That's weird. I had two pairs and none of them distorts. Though i'm not sure, it's your microphone too sensitive or you're playing them extremely loud. They definitely shouldn't be used as portable speakers. 

 

Is this distortion present when you have them on head at a normal listening volume? If not, maybe you just have reached their limits. But if there is, indeed sounds like a defective unit. 

Well , it was recorded at a reasonable volume , it wasn't crazy loud ...it was recorded on a iPad so the there is no extra peaking 

None of my headphones go through this at this volume , except the HE-300 ...also this was a replacement pair , the earlier one also had the same issue , can't be a coincidence that both of them are defective 

post #3675 of 6875
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Originally Posted by Headstar View Post
 

That's weird. I had two pairs and none of them distorts. Though i'm not sure, it's your microphone too sensitive or you're playing them extremely loud. They definitely shouldn't be used as portable speakers. 

 

Is this distortion present when you have them on head at a normal listening volume? If not, maybe you just have reached their limits. But if there is, indeed sounds like a defective unit. 

 

Also when we talk about "limits" I would expect a headphone which uses a fake baffle design based on Senn headphones do distort as well but my HM5s never distort 

It could be the above theory when I talked about the plastic retention vs the composite retention , or maybe my country received defective 598s ? Honestly don't know , my 650s never had this and will never 

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