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Sennheiser HD 598 Headphones (Burl Wood Accents)

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  • HD 598 audiophile headphones inspired by European sport sedans
  • Ergonomic Acoustic Refinement technology
  • Plush Premium metal mesh and sophisticated burl wood accents luxurious velour ear pads for long listening sessions
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Product Details

Color Name: Burl Wood
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 24 x 20.5 cm ; 272 g
  • Shipping Weight: 599 g
  • Item model number: HD 598
  • ASIN: B0042A8CW2
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: April 11 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 487 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,892 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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Product Description

AROUND THE EAR AUDIOPHILE

From the Manufacturer

Not only are the HD 598 aesthetically pleasing to the eyes but they also provide an impeccable sound quality and unrivalled comfort. These beige-coloured open, circumaural headphones come with high-gloss burl wood parts and matching ear pads for a sophisiticated, premium finish. With Sennheiser's innovative E.A.R. technology, audio signals are directly channelled into your ears. These headphones also incorporate a special diaphragm geometry that minimizes intermodulation 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.

Sennheiser HD 598
Impeccable sound quality and unrivalled comfort
Sennheiser HD 598
High-end headphones use E.A.R. technology for outstanding sonic accuracy and clarity
Eargonomic Acoustic Refinement (E.A.R.) for High Performance

These high-end open circumaural headphones use E.A.R. technology for outstanding sonic accuracy and clarity. Sennheiser's innovative "Eargonomic Acoustic Refinement" (E.A.R.) design channels audio signals directly into your ears. State-of-the-art, advanced Duofol diaphragms deliver transparency and minimal distortion, while highly optimised, field-strengthened neodymium ferrous magnet systems yield an excellent dynamic response. A surround reflector creates an extended spatial sound field for the lightweight aluminium voice coils chosen for high efficiency and excellent dynamics. The special diaphragm geometry reduces intermodulation distortion, while highly constant, compressed cellulose fleece reduces total harmonic distortion.

About Sennheiser

For more than 60 years the name Sennheiser has stood for the highest quality products and customised solutions across all areas of sound recording, transmission and reproduction. As one of the world's leading providers of integrated solutions for electro-acoustic products, systems and services, Sennheiser constantly meets the challenges of developing creative answers which satisfy the requests and requirements of customers.

What's in the Box?

Sennheiser HD 598 Audiophile Headphones, 3.5mm plug adapter, warranty.

Technical Specifications

  • Transducer type: Dynamic, open
  • Headphone type: Circumaural
  • Frequency response: 12 - 38,500 Hz
  • Total harmonic distortion: < 0.1% (1 kHz/100 dB SPL)
  • Sound pressure level (SPL): 112 dB
  • Impedance: 50 Ohms
  • Cable length: 3m
  • Jack plug: 6.3mm
  • Weight: 270g


From the Manufacturer

HD 598

Over-Ear Headphones

Customer Reviews

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Great sounding headphones that are EXTREMELY comfortable. I can wear these all day and my ears don't get soar. They're also very light so you don't notice them on your head after a while.

The sound is clear and very comfortable to listen to. I love hearing all the little details in music.

My favourite set of headphones but I only use these indoors since they're open headphones and leak sound quite a bit.
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This year's black friday, these headphones were even CHEAPER than last year! (75% off) I snagged one before the sale was over. I actually bought these last year as well but had to sell them for personal reasons so I'm writing this review with roughly 2 months of using them.

If you enjoy relaxing at home and listening to acoustic music. The HD598s are the right pair of headphones for you. Here are some great reasons why you should buy it:

-Great for relaxing at home and listening to music with world's ambience in coherence.
-They are open ear designed so your ears don't feel cramped and sweaty.
-Surprisingly great as Studio Monitors compared to closed back headphones. The kind of response and evenness across the frequency spectrum makes a huge difference. If sound isolation isn't a priority, these headphones give amazing quality in detail.

Here's what you shouldn't buy these for:

-Using in the library. (These are open ear. The sound will leak like crazy and everyone will hear whats coming out of your headphones!)
-On set sound recording (These are open ear, you want isolation headphones!)
-Bass heavy music. (The sound from these headphones are very clean and crisp. If you want bass heavy, I would recommend going for closed-ear designs so the bass really pumps into your head.)

Like most people, we all want the best for ourselves. This product is fairly popular in the grey market and hold their value as high-end Sennheiser headphones. If you decide that you want to upgrade, you could sell these back out on Kijiji or craigslist for a bit of money back! (Or just give them to your sibling because you're not heartless.)

Hopefully this review was helpful to some buyers!
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Build Quality/Design

Great build from Sennheiser, solid and sturdy, although hinges on the ear cups do not have much room for rotation. The headband is build so that its not foldable, so portability might be an issue if carrying the headphones around on the move might be an issue. Extremely soft headband and ear cups, I can go on for a full day without feeling it on the head. As someone who wears glasses, the pinch of the headphones is just right where I can't feel my glasses pressed up on my head. I have left these in my backpack without a carrying case (definitely do not recommend doing this) for a few times over the past few years and have no issues. I personally love the burl wood design as it comes off as a less childish and more of a mature look for me.

Sound

The sound stage is crazy for a headphone of this price range. It's an eye-opening experience hearing the mids and the airiness of a high quality open back headphones. The accuracy of the mids is second to none compared to any other headphones within this price range. As an avid listener of rock and acoustic music, the guitar is extremely crisp and the airiness opens it up as if it is a live performance. The high range is also extremely accurate with the tiniest almost unnoticeable leaking occasionally. The bass of the headphones are just a bit lacking without an amp even for a balanced pair. When paired with an amp, the bass can definitely be brought up if that is something to be looked at. Overall, amazing sound stage and airiness plus top notch sound accuracy.

Accessories

The 598s comes with a 3-meter long non-coiled cable, which can be bothersome for individuals to carry around.
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Sennheiser's HD 598's are great looking headphones that fit well and offer up impressive sound. Whilst many people like to point out all the high points, I want to make a critical analysis and point out some of the other things I have come to find in my time with the Sennheiser HD598. Headphones from this manufacturer are somewhat known for a break-in period of about 100 to 200 hours, the equivalent four to eight days of constant running at slightly higher than normal listening levels. The theory is that this works the outer ring of the driver's diaphragm, and creates a more pliable suspension. I am not sure that I buy the claims, as no other headphone or loudspeaker that I own has ever changed. However, I've had mine breaking-in on a headphone amplifier and stand for approximately fifty hours, and this was my second listen since taking them out of the box. I've been using a couple sources and means of amplification, and I think that solid state headphone amplifiers will work better than tube amplification, unless the output is taken off a cathode follower setup with a sufficiently low output impedance. The HD 598's have an impedance of 50 Ohms, so bare that in mind when seeking a source. With this in mind, I will tell you a bit about what I am experiencing while i uncover some interesting casual observations. Read on...

The gold plated hardware and 3.5-to1/4" gold jack was a nice addition, and will allow the user to get them playing music right out of the box. Each set of headphones features two security authentication codes to ensure you are not buying a fake set. They have a 2-year warranty and the good customer service that Sennheiser is known for.
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