Sennheiser HD 598
Manufacturer: Sennheiser Part number: 504633
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- The new HD 598's "wow" styling updates the classic Sennheiser look, and the sound has more detail and higher resolution than previous models. We recommend these cans to anyone looking for a pair of headphones with precision sound quality and a wide-open soundstage.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $187.46 - $383.87
- Reviewed by: Steve Guttenberg
- Edited by: Justin Yu
- Reviewed on: 02/21/2011
The good: Lightweight German design is extremely comfortable; highly dynamic and detailed sound; 3.5mm headphone plug adapter.
The bad: No storage case included.
The bottom line: The new HD 598's "wow" styling updates the classic Sennheiser look, and the sound has more detail and higher resolution than previous models. We recommend these cans to anyone looking for a pair of headphones with precision sound quality and a wide-open soundstage.
Impressed, non audiophile!
by FrankPreston on March 24, 2012
Pros: + Very stylish and extremely comfortable
+ High quality build
+ Sound very clear and neutral
+ Detachable and durable cable
Cons: - Requires an amplifier
- No case
Summary: Bought these headphones after reviewing a couple other models. First impressions out the box was good but after about 12 hrs of burn in i really heard the bass get ...
Summary: Bought these headphones after reviewing a couple other models. First impressions out the box was good but after about 12 hrs of burn in i really heard the bass get more definition and overall sound was better. Tried it on multiple sources including ipad, ipod, sansa clip zip, and my onkyo receiver. People say most devices shouldnt have any problem driving a 50ohm headphone but i would have to pretty much max out my volume on the ipad and ipod to get normal listening levels.
Normal meaning i wouldnt need any higher volume. I do think their alittle under powered on those devices. On my Sansa clip zip (rockboxed) however im able to get a slightly higher max volume and the sound is much nicer, more controlled. The receiver gave me pretty much the most out of the headphone and sounded the best with very high volume. So in my opinion it does matter how you plan to use these headphones.
Built quality like everything says is just Okay. Its made pretty much of all plastic which does kind of concerns me for the future as i do like to travel and sometimes they just get stuffed in my luggage. The cord is pretty long, about 10ft so its kind of a hassle for portable use and to replace it is difficult since the headphone side plug is proprietary so a custom cable would have to be made from the oem to shorten it.
Fit is great but alittle tight for me out of the box, it should ease up over some time. Its very light since its plastic. I know earlier batches had issues with cracking on the plastic on the sides where it says "sennheiser" but supposedly this was fixed by sennheiser early this year and all new stock are free of this issue. Ive tried to contact sennheiser to find out if theres was a specfic serial number identification technique to determine the manufacturer date but i did not hear back.
I know theres been alot of talk about bass but for me personally i feel like the bass is excellent, I feel like the bass has a nice and strong punch without being over the top, Sounds very solid. If you require more you can boost up alittle eq in your device. Rockbox eq boost is great and really compliment these headphones well. I read forums about people saying these headphones are bright. Yes i do feel they are on the bright side but i think thats why i enjoy them so much. It really is an impressive sound after coming from IEM's.
Another thing to take into account is that these are Open Headphones meaning, the back of the actual Phones have open grills to allow the driver to bring in air. what this does is it allows the driver to deliver a bigger punch in bass and a brighter, wider soundstage. Its a totally different listening experience coming from closed headphones which are more suited for portable since Open headphones will give sound leakaged and everyone can hear it.
At volume levels that i normally play music, the sound leakage is pretty high. Someone sitting next to me would be able to head the music pretty clearly. Since they are open i feel that i need to play the music alittle higher than i normally do on any other headphone since the sound is leaked and its really not as loud as it really seems. Even though it may seem im blasting the headphones, if you put them on it doesnt sound like its super loud if you get what i mean. Thats the nature of open headphones.
I enjoy music and have so for many years, My primary phones before this was UE triplefi 10 so i wanted to get something for home use and decided on this since i didnt care about sound leakage. Im obviously not an audiophile but i do have my own opinions.
*Note, for low prices of these headphones, if you're will buy them, I suggest you have to compare prices before you decide at: *****************.info/Sennheiser-HD598
I really do like these Headphones
6 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Beautiful excellent sounding headphones at an ok price.
by CPJunior on March 12, 2012
Pros: Excellent sound quality, perfect balance between highs, mids and lows. Excellent soundstage. Not at all uncomfortable like most phones of its size.
Cons: Sound leaks even at low volumes possibly bothering nearby people. Doesn't cancel outside noise very much. Long chord and native P10 adapter could be a pain if you are intending to use it on the go.
Summary: These headphones are built perfectly. Even though they aren't by any means small headphones, they aren't uncomfortable to use. If, like me, you want a phone you can ...
Summary: These headphones are built perfectly. Even though they aren't by any means small headphones, they aren't uncomfortable to use. If, like me, you want a phone you can use both in and outdoors mind that the very long chord and native p10 adapter might be a little bit of a pain, but the sound quality and specially the soundstage totally make up for any other inconvenience.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
by 9ersfootball on February 13, 2013
Pros: Clear sound extremely comfortable and worth the money.
Cons: There is no case.
Summary: Is one of senheiser best and most comfortable headphones. They are light weight.Nice cushion for ears. It is not overpriced they will change what you hear and are one ...
Summary: Is one of senheiser best and most comfortable headphones. They are light weight.Nice cushion for ears. It is not overpriced they will change what you hear and are one of senheisers more stylish headphones they will amaze you.
by isuruj on November 29, 2011
Pros: Awesome sound quality
You can hear the smallest sound...
Cons: I knew about below but pointing out for new buyers.
- There's some sound leakage when I pass 50% volume in Spotify. Around 75%, a colleague sitting 5 meters away can get disturbed :-)
-Not much noise cancellation.
-No protective carrying case
Summary: Overall it's one wonderful pair of headphones. My short list was this and Beats studio headphones by Dre. Not being overpriced, not having too much bass, not having to ...
Summary: Overall it's one wonderful pair of headphones. My short list was this and Beats studio headphones by Dre. Not being overpriced, not having too much bass, not having to use extra batteries and good reviews etc made me to choose HD 598. It's great value for money.
Beautiful headphones, all around great
by farrell2keyo on November 21, 2011
Pros: Great highs sound is crystal clear looks amazing and is so light and comfortable, I could wear these for hours
Cons: The bass is not as deep as I would hope
Summary: Great buy for headphones, even thought the bass isn't that deep they are still good all around headphones, looks and feels amazing (perfect song- La roux "In for the ...
Summary: Great buy for headphones, even thought the bass isn't that deep they are still good all around headphones, looks and feels amazing (perfect song- La roux "In for the Kill" (Skream remix)
Amazing Sound Quality
by ComicalEscapade on September 5, 2011
Pros: Great Sound
Cons: Headphones don't hold in sound
Summary: These are amazing headphones, with ridiculous sound and style, the only problem i have with them, is if you are in a busy environment and have them turned up too ...
Summary: These are amazing headphones, with ridiculous sound and style, the only problem i have with them, is if you are in a busy environment and have them turned up too loud, other people can hear your music.
Fantastic pair of headphones at a reasonable price
by elijahps on September 5, 2011
Pros: 1. Stylish, love the looK!
2. Amazing SQ, wide soundstage, dynamic and accurate sound, deep bass, great highs mids and lows. absolutely love them!
3. Extremely comfortable, fit for small and large heads
Cons: 1. The previous version (595s) has had problems where the sides of the headphones would crack, apparently this is still a problem with these. Hasn't happened to me but thank god for sennheisers 3 year warranty at least. If they'd at least fixed this probl
Summary: Solid Buy, one of the best headphones today.
Summary: Solid Buy, one of the best headphones today.
Incredible phones for the audiophiles with a good price
by Maebara_san on March 31, 2011
Pros: Very high resolution, dynamic and accurate sound with real deep bass (i never heard same before), very wide and deep sound stage, luxury comfort (really king size), premium class design: nice cream color, high-gloss burl wood parts, high-quality leatheret
Cons: No brochures or product catalogs inside a box.
Summary: I use it only second day and very luck with this premium product, especially from one of my favorite brand name. Fantastic sound with luxury exterior and comfort. Buy it ...
Summary: I use it only second day and very luck with this premium product, especially from one of my favorite brand name. Fantastic sound with luxury exterior and comfort. Buy it and you win anyway!I use it with M-Audio Audiophile 2496 sound card connecting through a Proel prof. cable and Neutrik ins.
Updated on Mar 31, 2011
But in a future I want to buy hi-fi amplifier or headphone preamp.
And I think that Sennheiser HD 598 sounds like a hi-fi loudspeakers about $1000-$1500 cost range.
0 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Be nice to know more
by charvelguy on May 10, 2011
Pros: Driver size?
Cons: Driver size
Summary: Ok, so we know some of the specifics regarding what type of driver is in the phones, (its stated superior construction "duofol"), the freq response, interpretation - sound quality, but ...
Summary: Ok, so we know some of the specifics regarding what type of driver is in the phones, (its stated superior construction "duofol"), the freq response, interpretation - sound quality, but in all the reviews listed, no one has mentioned in the specs or review the SIZE of the drivers. Really, if you have the unit in your hands, how do WE know if the driver differs from other models or are the same or similar? Someone please at least measure a pair that was given a trial run for review. Thank you!
0 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Sennheiser
- Part number: 504633
- Description: Not only is the HD 598 aesthetically pleasing to the eyes but they also provide an impeccable sound quality and unrivaled comfort. These open, circumaural headphones come with high-gloss burl wood parts and matching ear pads for a sophisticated, premium finish. With Sennheiser's innovative E.A.R. technology, audio signals are directly channeled into your ears. These headphones also incorporate a special diaphragm geometry that minimizes intermediation distortion while delivering an impressive frequency response range, plus a highly constant compressed cellulose fleece to hold harmonic distortion to less than 0.1%. And to accentuate the already outstanding listening experience even further, their high quality leatherette headband and velour ear pads provide outstanding wearing comfort, even for long listening sessions.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Headphones
- Weight 9.5 oz
- Additional Features Ergonomic Acoustic Refinement technology (E.A.R.) technology,
- Headphones Form Factor Full size
- Headphones Technology Dynamic
- Connectivity Technology Wired
- Sound Output Mode Stereo
- Frequency Response 12 - 38500 Hz
- Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) 0.1 %
- Sensitivity 112 dB
- Impedance 50 Ohm
- Magnet Material Neodymium
- Type None
- Connector Type Headphones ( Phone stereo 6.3 mm )
- Cables Included Headphones adapter - External,
Headphones cable - External - 10 ft
- Included Accessories 3.5 mm to 6.3 mm adapter
- Power Device None
- Battery None
- Service & Support 2 years warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 2 years