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Sennheiser HD 598

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Our take on the Sennheiser HD 598

Beauty that's more than skin deep
If your ears are golden but not your budget, Sennheiser's HD 598s should be at the top of your short list. These outstanding headphones can deliver a listening experience that's close to Sennheiser's own highly regarded HD 650s — a performance benchmark in the headphone world — for a fraction of the price. In our book, that makes 'em an audiophile bargain. They combine handsome good looks with high-gloss wood accents and an extra-comfortable fit. And their high-accuracy sound will bring you closer to the the heart and soul of your music.

Beauty that's more than skin deep
If your ears are golden but not your budget, Sennheiser's HD 598s should be at the top of your short list. These outstanding headphones can deliver a listening experience that's close to Sennheiser's own highly regarded HD 650s — a performance benchmark in the headphone world — for a fraction of the price. In our book, that makes 'em an audiophile bargain. They combine handsome good looks with high-gloss wood accents and an extra-comfortable fit. And their high-accuracy sound will bring you closer to the the heart and soul of your music.

Sophisticated design for exceptional sound
The '598s smooth and balanced sound is true to the original recording, without the sonic coloration that sometimes plagues other headphones. Sennheiser's advanced drivers and open-air design help eliminate distortion, superbly re-creating the dynamics and details of your music. The end result is a spaciousness and accuracy that will amaze you, and keep you listening far into the night.

So comfortable, all you'll feel is the music
Plush velour earcups gently cover your ears (even if you wear glasses) allowing you to enjoy long listening sessions in total comfort. The single-sided headphone cord is detachable, so you can easily untangle it. Plus, if the cord gets damaged, you can simply replace it rather than purchase a whole new pair of headphones.

From the review Comfortable acoustics: relaxing with the Sennheiser HD 598 headphones

"I thoroughly enjoyed the long listening sessions I had with the Sennheiser HD 598 headphones. Even after four or five hours, they felt just as comfortable as when I first put them on. Regardless of what genre of music I chose, the headphones reproduced the songs with fidelity and clarity. And for active listening, that's all I need."

— Ralph Graves, Crutchfield Blog Editor and A/V Writer

I have had these for 4 years now and im still blown away by the quality. The sound is so warm and pleasant. The frequency range is phenomenal and smooth. Pure richness every song. Highly recommend

Ben, Searcy, AR

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What's in the Box:

  • Over-the-ear headphones
  • 10' Detachable cord terminated with a standard 1/4" connector
  • 1/4" to 1/8" Adapter
  • Specifications on box

Product Highlights:

  • open, over-the-ear design with replaceable velour padded earcups
  • padded adjustable headband for a comfortable, custom fit
  • Sennheiser "Ergonomic Acoustic Refinement" (E.A.R.) design channels audio signals directly into your ears for greater detail
  • dynamic drivers with powerful neodymium magnets provides high efficiency and excellent dynamics
  • advanced Duofol diaphragms for transparency and minimal distortion
  • special diaphragm geometry reduces intermodulation distortion
  • surround reflector for extended spatial sound field
  • premium beige and high-gloss burl wood parts for a sophisticated finish
  • frequency response: 12-38,500 Hz
  • sensitivity: 112 dB (1kHz/1Vrms)
  • impedance: 50 ohms
  • 10-foot detachable oxygen-free copper cable with full-sized headphone plug
  • includes stereo mini plug adapter
  • weight (w/o cable): 9.5 oz.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs

General
Fit Style Over-the-ear
Earcup Type Open
Earcup Width x Height 3.625" x 4.375"
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Mic For Taking Calls No
iPhone Control ---
Lightning Connector No
Android Control ---
Frequency Response 12-38.5k Hz
Sensitivity 112 dB
Impedance 50 Ohms
Weight 9.5 ounces
Cord Length 120"
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Volume Control No
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

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Features

Eargonomic Acoustic Refinement (E.A.R.): Sennheiser's E.A.R. technology enables ideal sound channeling for an exceptional listening experience. Additionally, sound is optimized using angled acoustic baffles parallel to the listener's ear.

Elliptical Circumaural Ear Cups: The HD 598 headphones feature an around the ear design; the velour covered ear cups are adjustable on multiple axes and the headband extends to optimize fit.

Open Sound: The HD 598 headphones feature high-quality metal mesh over the back of the ear cups for open and transparent sound.

Advanced Duofol Diaphragm: The diaphragms of dynamic headphones typically consist of a very thin film, moved by an attached coil. Sennheiser's Advanced Duofol diaphragm technology effectively eliminates standing waves inside the capsule by using a computer optimized diaphragm shape for purer sound reproduction.

Aluminum Voice Coils: The HD 598s utilize extremely lightweight aluminum voice coils to improve efficiency and ensure excellent transient response.

Gold-Plated Connector: The included cable features a gold-plated 1/4" connector; a 1/4" to 1/8" (3.5mm) adapter is also included.

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I own the Sennheiser HD 598 and it is a wonderful headset. I have not listened to the 558 but I can assure you that the 598 is both stylish and promotes great sound. I have many headsets and would rank it highly at the top of the pack. It is a beautiful set of headphones and most comfortable to wear. I could highly recommend them to anyone looking to purchase a great headset. I had a pair of the Audio-Technica ATH-M50's where were very stylish and pretty, (I purchased the red ones), but sent them back in favor of the Sony 7510's which, I thought, produce a much better sound. You will not be sorry to have the Sennheiser HD 598 Headset. [ ROBERT W  Dec 28, 2013 ]
Have not heard the other two, but the 598 is, I believe, one of the best in its price range. The bass response is entirely adequate on a straight-through hookup on a network player with a good headphone amp. I would recommend the 598 to anyone. [ CHARLES  Dec 27, 2013 ]
best headphones I own.. sound is well rounded and even [ ben  Dec 26, 2013 ]
Hi, i bought the 598, the bass is just right, i listen to classic rock most of the time and there great, the sound is natural but still has good bass, but what i like most about them is the comfort, what does it matter how good they sound if you dont like how they feel on your head, you can wear these for hours, im very pleased with the 598, id buy them again if needed, hope this helps you, take care. Happy Holidays. [ ANTHONY J  Dec 26, 2013 ]
Before I bought the 598 I had tried the 558 which I compared to the ATH in a electronics store. I thought the 558 were more comfortable, and clearer than the ATH, bass was about the same. So I ordered the 558 from Crutchfield. I compared the 558 to my old Senn RS130. The 130's had better treble and were more distinct. I ordered the 598's and compared them to the 558, my old 130 and Bose AE that I borrowed. The 598 were the clear winner. More treble, more differential on instruments (like finger on guitar strings) , and just as good as bass, ( tighter though) , as any of the sets. Mind I drive them with a Rolls headphone amp and a Yamaha receiver so i have enough power and equalisation . I think the 598's are as comfortable as an over the ear open headphone can be. I wear them for at least 15 hours a week. They have only gotten better sounding and more comfortable. They are excellent on Movies or music (rock, country, blues usually, some classical). Mind the fact they are open headphones , so sound isolation and leakage can be a problem if you are using them with other people in the room. Remember good headphones usually take a couple weeks to break in and get their best sound. Enjoy. [ CRAIG E  Dec 26, 2013 ]
I have Sennheiser HD 598 - it extremely well made and sounds great. I use it at work almost whole day - no problem. Sounds great! Don't know about Audio-Technica ATH-M50 sound quality - but it looks like they got smaller size cup - so might be problem to use them long time. [ Dzianis  Dec 26, 2013 ]
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