Good looking and great sounding headphones
I bought these and found from day one that they were more than satisfying in terms of the build quality and sound quality. The sound quality shines across different genres of music and does not appear to favour one or underdeliver for others - universally great sound.
Despite being taken travelling and used almost daily they did not easily take on scratches or other marks (although I kept them in a generic headphone case between uses). I found these to be more comfortable than the Bose QC35's however they still made my ears feel a bit warm with extended uses in certain temperatures.
Great Mid Level Open Cans
The Sennheiser HD 598's are a great set of entry/mid level open cans. Great features include:
+ Wide soundstage
+ Great attention to detail in instruments and vocals
+ Great clarity in mids and some higher frequencies
+ Doesn't require a separate amp to drive (although they do help!)
Only negative I could find (although it wasn't really that bad in itself)
- Bass is slightly lacking (although that can be said for most Sennheisers, so you should know what you're getting yourself into)
Overall a really great set of open cans.
Awesome headphone for its price range
This headphone has great ratings and I can now see why. It is light and comfortable to wear for many many hours. The ear pads are also replaceable which is a huge benefit from a few other headphones I have owned in the past. The main feature of these headphones are the huge open soundstage meaning accurate positional audio. It makes excellent gaming headset for those games which require positional sound, such as counter strike. There is no microphone attached with this headphone, however. It is an open-backed headphone so there is no isolation....This means that outside sounds sometimes leak in and the sounds you hear also leak out to those around you. Consider a quiet environment for optimal performance and be wary of others hearing your audio if they are nearby.
Best headphones I've purchased
These are great. Large soundstage, typical of the best sennheiser open backs, but much lower price. They've got a great frequency response, so I can hear things in my music that no other headphones have shown me. But when I feel like partying with myself they're more than capable of turning up the bass on those bangers and showing me what's up.
Good padding for comfort, until...
The seam split, exposing the foam. I got two to three years' use before it split so far that I had to repair it. It now has a material cover sewn around the foam (courtesy of my wife), so I don't expect any more issues.
I bought these to replace a pair of HD 590s from many years ago, which also had disintegrating components, but at least I got many years of use with those before they needed work.
Based on the relatively short lifespan of this recent model, I'll be looking elsewhere in future.
- HD 598
- Verified purchase
Great comfortable over-ear headphones
These Sennheisers are great for those looking for the best quality sound on a budget. Definitely a neutral sound but still has a distinct Sennheiser print. Will not suit those looking for a bass heavy headphone, even with an amp. The headphones do not need external power to run, but certainly can benefit from it. These openback headphones are comfortable even in long listening periods and do not clench the skull too tightly. This model contains the overly long cable which generally becomes a tripping hazard if not managed properly. Shorter, more manageable cables now come standard with the newest version of this headphone.
Great, neutral sounded headphones
The Sennheiser is very balanced and neutral in sound. The highs and lows are well balanced, and there isn't an overtly amount of bass. The build quality is good apart from the cable which has split since I have bought it.
A disadvantage is the open-back design of the headphone, meaning you can hear everything outside and other people can hear your headphones. Nevertheless, it's great to use in closed environments
- HD 598
- Verified purchase
Comfortable headphones with a balanced sound
The comfort of these headphones are top-notch and the sound is smooth and neutral. They fit well to the majority of headsizes with an adjustable headband and the build quality is good despite being almost all plastic.
My only gripes with them are
* Velour earpads absorb sweat and general grime and are hard to clean. Replacement genuine earpads are expensive
* Can be a bit lacking in bass punch
* Cable likes to twist up and get messed up
I used this mainly when I'm practising piano. I have done lots of research on this one. It's quality is excellent and very comfort to wear. It's an open sound headphone so it's sound very real to live! But it's not that loud to disturb the one sitting next to you though.
I have been using these headphones for over 2 years now and they are as perfect as the day I got them. They are extremely comfortable, have a wonderful, perfectly balanced sound (bass isn't overbearing) and can be worn all day without discomfort.
The open design makes them great for being able to hear what's going on around you when you need to, but also blocks enough noise for it not be annoying or disruptive. It also allows your ears to breathe.
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