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post #61 of 72
Originally Posted by gameboy View Post

Another HD 598 owner here, vouching that they sound good amped, and better with a dac/amp combo. smily_headphones1.gif

Do you prefer a ss amp or tube with these? Just curious
post #62 of 72
Right now i'm enjoying them with the Woo WA6 tube amp smily_headphones1.gif

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post #63 of 72
nice. I a.c. going to get the bellari tube amp for mine
post #64 of 72

I have had very good results with 2 different hybrid amps.  As far as portable I use an ipod as my source.  My opinion is that they do much better with the e11 than straight from the ipod.  I use a line out though.  when I used a mini to mini patch cord from the headphone output, not much difference. 

post #65 of 72
Originally Posted by tdockweiler View Post

...I haven't found that they benefit much from amp upgrades.
Not like the HD-650 or even HD-600.
I don't know about that. My HD-598s sound twice as good to me with my CEntrance DACport....unless maybe your just using poor quality mp3s.
post #66 of 72

The First time i use my HD 598  was from my Samsung Galaxy A3,  and i was so much dissapointed that i regretted having bought these cans , and wanted to sell it for cheap.   No body at all , weak bass, scooped mids, shrill   high mids freq about 3khz to 6khz that give me an awfull ear fattige, not balance sound at all.    Then i give them an oportunity with a Nuforce Icon HDP converter/amp , and the sound really change! much more than i expected.  No more shrill high mids at 3khz to 6khz ,no scooped mids , no wooly weak bass.  I was so surpriced on how a pair of cans like HD 598 can change so much soundwise with an amp.  If somebody had told  me this before i listen by my self, i woudnt have believed.


All can i say is  dont miss to hear the HD with an amp ,  your ears will thank you so much

post #67 of 72

I'm shocked how good the HD598 headphones sound straight from the iPhone 6, especially when using the Accudio app.  


I had bought the HD600 with the Apogee Groove DAC/amp, and really enjoyed the sound.  But I saw threads on here saying the HD598 was very similar, and some actually preferred it.  Playing both through the Groove made it clear the HD600 was the superior headphone.


But I can't always play either Sennheiser headphone at home, as my wife can get annoyed hearing them when in the same room (since they're open-backed).  I have an office at work, so I can sit in silence.  So I took the HD598s to work and was shocked how good they sound through my iPhone 6.  I brought them home and did a lot of A/B listening.  The HD598 through the iPhone 6 sounds VERY similar to the HD600 going through the Apogee Groove.  I don't know if this HD598 and iPhone 6 combo is just one of those "magical combinations" or what.  But I'm quite pleased, and will be able to save myself hundreds of dollars returning the HD600s and Apogee Groove.

post #68 of 72

Oh, another interesting observation:  The HD598 cans seem a lot more impacted by their positioning on my head.  To get sound similar to the HD600, I have to widen the headband quite a bit, so that the ear pads are as low as possible on my head.  That is, my ears are crammed up into the top part of the ear pads.  If I don't do this, the sound is wide without being "tall."  But with my ears as high as possible in the ear pads, I get the absolute best sound from them.


Anyone else notice this? 

post #69 of 72
I have not, sounds a little uncomfortable.
post #70 of 72
Originally Posted by Frosty3258 View Post

I have not, sounds a little uncomfortable.

Yeah, it does detract a bit from the HD598's normal excellent comfort.  With my ears centered in the cups, I can almost forget I'm wearing them.  With this alternate positioning, I definitely feel the cups on the top of my ears.  


Then again, maybe I shouldn't say my ears are "crammed" up in there.  It's still more comfortable than quite a number of other pairs of headphones I've tried over the years.  I used that wording mainly to clarify the positioning.

post #71 of 72
I will have to try it. These are more sensitive to positioning than other phones I have used.
post #72 of 72
Just picked up a 598 and am intrigued by the difference in opinions regarding amped vs unamped. I am currently using my iPhone 6 Plus as my source, but I'm looking to replace it with a dedicated DAP for multiple reasons. Can you all recommend a DAP that will provide the right amount of power for the 598? The Echobox Explorer has been suggested, but I'm a little leary about going with a crowdfunded product that I won't be able to hear anywhere until I own it. Thanks in advance for the feedback!!!
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