Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
For starters, I need to point out that 'coolness factor' is irrelevant to me and I don't know whether these are 'cool' or not. And I think it is ridiculous to need to rate open back headphones as to their noise reduction functionality. They achieve their wonderful sound qualities in part because they do not reduce noise for one's neighbors. Getting to what matters, or matters to me, I love that these headphones all one to hear incredible detail across the sound spectrum. I listen primarily to classical music and within that category especially to opera, voice, piano as well as to orchestra. I enjoy jazz as well. On these headphones, I heard all the detail in rapid, sometimes thunderous piano and piano with violin. I had heard some of the same performances, on international webcasts on Sennheiser on-ear Momentums, where I felt the mid-range to be just mud. (I returned those, of course, and bought the HD 598s). With a base violin, a guitar, whatever the string instrument it's ditto as to clarity. And voice, my greatest addiction, is a pleasure. A large sound stage is also important for me; think opera house, recital hall. The Momentums I returned for these were not comfortable. By contrast, one is barely aware of the 598s so it's possible to just inhabit the music. Can you tell I'm pleased with then598s?
Pros: Clear, detailed sound across the spectrum. Large sound stage.
Cons: These would be big to trek around a lot, but that's not their purpose.