Sennheiser HD 598 Open-Back Around-Ear Stereo Headphones

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Price: $249.95
Product Highlights
  • Luxurious Design
  • E.A.R. Technology
  • Duofol Diaphragms
  • Neodymium Magnets
  • Adjustable, Padded Headband
  • Soft Around-Ear Velour Cushions
  • Single-Sided Detachable Cable
  • Gold-Plated 1/4" Plug with Mini Adapter

The HD 598 headphones from Sennheiser provide high-quality audio in a lightweight and stylish design. Inspired by the interiors of European sports sedans, the headphones have premium metal mesh and high-gloss burl wood accents. The headphones have innovative Ergonomic Acoustic Refinement (E.A.R.) technology that channels audio directly into your ears for realistic sound reproduction with deep bass that simulates sitting in front of a set of hi-fi speakers without the expense or space requirements. The headphones have an extremely fast rest/response time for excellent transient response and treble clarity.

Advanced Duofol diaphragms with neodymium magnet systems and aluminum voice coils provide transparent audio with minimal distortion, high dynamic range, and excellent efficiency. Designed for lasting comfort, the headphones have a padded, adjustable headband and extra-thick around-ear velour cushions. The single-sided detachable cable has a twist-n-lock mechanism that minimizes tangles and is easy to replace. The cable has a gold-plated 1/4" stereo plug and includes a 3.5mm mini plug adapter for wide compatibility with a variety of pro and consumer audio devices.

Lightweight and stylish design with premium metal mesh and high-gloss burl wood accents, inspired by the interiors of European sports sedans
Innovative Ergonomic Acoustic Refinement (E.A.R.) technology channels audio directly into your ears for realistic sound reproduction with deep bass that simulates sitting in front of a set of hi-fi speakers without the expense or space requirements
The headphones have an extremely fast rest/response time for excellent transient response and treble clarity
Advanced Duofol diaphragms with optimized neodymium magnet systems and aluminum voice coils provide transparent audio with minimal distortion, high dynamic range, and excellent efficiency
Designed for lasting comfort, the headphones have a padded, adjustable headband and extra-thick around-ear velour cushions
The single-sided detachable cable minimizes tangles and is easy to replace. It has a twist-n-lock mechanism for easy connection
The gold-plated 1/4" stereo plug and 3.5mm mini plug adapter provide wide compatibility with a variety of professional and consumer audio devices, including home receivers, hi-fi systems, headphone amplifiers, and more
Type Around-Ear, Open-Back, Dynamic
Frequency Range 12Hz - 38.5kHz
Impedance 50 Ohms
Sensitivity 112dB
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) < 0.1%
Connectors Gold-Plated 1/4" Stereo Plug with 3.5mm Mini Adapter
Cable Length 10' (3 m)
Weight 9.52 oz (225g) (Without Cable)
Sennheiser HD 598 Open-Back Around-Ear Stereo Headphones
  • 3.5mm Adapter
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty
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    SennheiserHD 598 Open-Back Around-Ear Stereo Headphones
     
    5.0

    (based on 21 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Comfortable (18)
    • Great sound (10)
    • Great sound quality (9)
    • Stylish (8)
    • Good bass (7)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Music (11)
      • Home audio (7)
      • Music and movies (7)
      • Relaxing (7)
      • With my computer (6)
        • Primary use:
        • Personal (15)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Quality oriented (7), Audiophile (4), Gear head (3)
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC (5), Mac (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (7), Yes (3)

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      5.0

      stereo headphone

      By coptrang

      from utah

      Comments about Sennheiser HD 598 Open-Back Around-Ear Stereo Headphones:

      Love the color, very classic and different.

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      5.0

      Nice inside and out

      By Nyulszeru

      from Richmond Va

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Great Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Computer
        • Music and Movies

        Comments about Sennheiser HD 598 Open-Back Around-Ear Stereo Headphones:

        I use it for music and movies on my computer.Very good sound quality after burn in with 72 hours of fairly loud music.I am satisfied with the bass! Use equaliser if u need more.Not for bassheads! This is for quality music!Very comfy and light!I like how it looks.Its elegant.Cons: I like the coiled cord lot better!!! Be ready to use the 1/8 adapter. Other thoughts: If you have bad quality mp3`s you will need to change them!It makes bad quality more bad because you can hear how bad it is.I think if you have mp3 like 192kbps or under,dont buy it.No make sense.This headphone was made for quality.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • PC

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        5.0

        Best Headphones for the Price

        By FatMan

        from Greenville, SC

        About Me Quality Oriented

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Easy To Use
        • Great Sound Quality
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Mobile Device
          • Music and Movies
          • Office Computer

          Comments about Sennheiser HD 598 Open-Back Around-Ear Stereo Headphones:

          Unbelievable clarity in an extremely lightweight package. I have worn these headphones for three hours and didn't even notice they were on except for the great sound.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Computer Platform:
          • Mac

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          5.0

          Concert Hall Optional

          By Keith J.

          from Orange County, NY

          About Me Quality Oriented

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Easy To Use
          • Great Sound Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Music

            Comments about Sennheiser HD 598 Open-Back Around-Ear Stereo Headphones:

            I would love a high end, audiophile grade stereo system. Since I can't afford one, not to mention that my neighbors wouldn't be too happy, I decided to do the next best thing... buy good headphones. These headphones sound incredible. Such a wide, clear sound stage. I'm hearing things that I didn't notice before in the music. Let's get one thing straight though... to get great sounding music you need a good source and a good set of headphones. The ipod is NOT an audiophile grade device. Ipod earphones are NOT audiophile grade either. Now I'm not saying that these Sennheiser headphones are audiophile grade. They are, however, way above what's included with mp3 players. Anyway, I'm using a Fiio X3 with uncompressed music files and the combination of that player and these headphones is truly awesome!

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            5.0

            Beatiful sound with great comfort!

            By Christy the kid!

            from Nahant,Ma

            Comments about Sennheiser HD 598 Open-Back Around-Ear Stereo Headphones:

            Love the pure sonic quality of the music! Transparent with even balanced highs with wonderful low bass extension! Very comfortable for prolonged use!

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            5.0

            hear all the music you've been missing

            By Rolandas

            from Vilnius, Lithuania

            About Me Quality Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Great Sound Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Music and Movies

              Comments about Sennheiser HD 598 Open-Back Around-Ear Stereo Headphones:

              HD 598 headphones are one of the best in quality and sound ever created by Sennheiser. This is indicated by all the leading authoritative publication and a lot of casual listeners. These headphones are always at least 4 stars, 8-9\10 points.The HD 598 is a full-size, over-the-ear (circumaural) headphone. They are open air which is a pro and a con, depending on what you want. The open air nature of the HD598 gives better soundstage (you can hear where instruments are) and better air venting. With a cream and brown colour scheme, they stand out clearly from the other hundreds of black and grey that the market's stuffed full of. They're more visually striking than their predecessors, but anyone spending around € 229,00 on headphones is probably going to care more about sound quality than semblance. Sennheiser isn't the sort of company that jumps on trends; the goal for its audiophile-oriented designs is to make the most accurate-sounding headphones possible, and the HD 598 is the latest example of such thinking.Perfectly splitting the sonic balance between 'lively' and 'warm', the Sennheiser HD598 open-back headphone sounds just as great as it looks. They sound phenomenal. The headphone's sound is superclean and has a wide-open soundstage. Of course there are better headphones out there, but for this price range, these are the headphones to beat.The high quality lossless signal sources are recommended for it. HD598 do not require an amplifier (but is highly recommended that the headphones were able to reveal their performance, all the potential, full details of sound), as opposed to top models, it work well without an amplifier too. I find it as advantage.The headphone has a user-replaceable cable (OFC single -sided), terminated with a 6.3-millimeter gold-plated plug, and you also get a gold-plated 3.5mm audio plug. The cable's 3m long - too long to take on the streets and not quite long enough for those with bigger lounges or bedrooms, so the removable cable feature is very welcome. Thanks to the clever attachment connection, the detachable cable isn't likely to accidentally fall out.It weighs just 270 g (9.5 ounces), but its mostly plastic construction makes it feel even lighter. They weigh significantly lighter than the popular, more expensive Sennheiser HD 650s. The velvet ear cushions extremely comfortable, even over extended listening sessions. In short, I am happy I own it!

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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              5.0

              Smooth!

              By Natinator

              from Brunswick, ME

              About Me Value Oriented

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Great Sound Quality
              • Value

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Music

              Comments about Sennheiser HD 598 Open-Back Around-Ear Stereo Headphones:

              I've had these headphones for about two weeks now, and overall, they are as advertised... great! I listen to a variety of music, but mostly acoustic, classical, vocal, jazz and what I call "adult pop" (Mumford & Sons, Dire Straits, Lyle Lovett, etc.). I was a bit weary of these headphones from reading the reviews... namely the bass response/extension. I had listened to other headphones at "big box stores" from Sony and Beats and I was thoroughly unimpressed with the sound quality. Sure, the bass was strong, but it totally overpowered the music and ruined any musicality of the sound. I guess if you're into rap or dance music, these might be o.k., but not for a high quality of sound. So, I ended up ordering the HD 598's based on the great reviews and I figured I would take my chances on the bass extension. Well, needless to say, I am very happy with these phones. The bass is not overpowering and very natural in quality. I am not wanting for more volume or extension in the music I listen to. A fine example of this is Bela Fleck's CD "Perpetual Motion", perhaps my favorite album. This is a very "clean" recording with a great dynamic range both in frequency and in volume. The songs with the marimba and acoustic bass really show the power, clarity and musicality of the headphones and it's ability to handle lower frequencies without any evidence of distortion or loss of definition. This whole album sounds amazing with these headphones. Admittedly, they can't compare to a high quality set of speakers, but they do provide a great option when private listening is necessary.
              This is the first headphone I've owned that are an open-back design and I'm very pleased with the sound quality and airiness of the sound. They provide an open sound stage that allows the music to flow around your ears instead of blasting into your ears. I'm not sure I would ever go back to a closed-back design again after listening to the HD 598's. In a word, these headphones are smooth... I could listen to them all day! As for value, you can't go wrong with these. B&H had the best price and they were delivered promptly as always.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

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              4.0

              Like the sound, not the design

              By El Venezolano

              from Mexico City

              About Me Quality Oriented

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Great Sound Quality

              Cons

              • Bulky Design
              • Uncomfortable

              Best Uses

              • Music and Movies

              Comments about Sennheiser HD 598 Open-Back Around-Ear Stereo Headphones:

              I bought these headphones mainly because of the reviews. At first I thought about buying a Beat by Dr. Dre, but changed my mind when I read that these are fashion design more than good sound.

              Now that I have the Sennheiser I like the sound quality, although not sufficient insulate outside sounds. Also it doesn't helps to amplify the sound of the iPad or iPhone. They are not much very comfortable to travel.

              And the design is a bit "old style" (not at all fashion). For a moment I thought about returning them but eventually I gave up. I like to be fashionable, but I decided to sacrifice fashion for the quality of sound.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              5.0

              Research Paid Off

              By KED

              from Prague Czech Republic

              About Me Quality Oriented

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Easy To Use
              • Great Sound Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Computer
                • Music and Movies

                Comments about Sennheiser HD 598 Open-Back Around-Ear Stereo Headphones:

                I use the headphones on the computer listening to music for downloading and listing to news, etc. They are very comfortable and lightweight. The design is very clean and classic.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • PC

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                5.0

                Very good product

                By Pedro

                from NY

                About Me Quality Oriented

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Easy To Use
                • Great Sound Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Computer
                  • Music and Movies

                  Comments about Sennheiser HD 598 Open-Back Around-Ear Stereo Headphones:

                  I already knew that Sennheiser headphones were very good, but after using them I have no further doubts about it. They´re beyond great! Incredible sound quality and really confortable for the ears.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • PC

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                  5.0

                  utterly amazing

                  By tanner jay

                  from dallas

                  About Me Value Oriented

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Great Sound Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Computer
                    • Mobile Device
                    • Music and Movies
                    • Office Computer

                    Comments about Sennheiser HD 598 Open-Back Around-Ear Stereo Headphones:

                    I use this product every chance I have. Probably 5 hours a day. The sound stage is superb. These units share components from the 800 series. These are really astounding quality for the price. The most comfortable headphones I have owned.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac

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                    5.0

                    Great Sounding

                    By P.H.

                    from Allenton, WI.

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Great Sound
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Audio
                    • Music
                    • Relaxing

                    Comments about Sennheiser HD 598 Open-Back Around-Ear Stereo Headphones:

                    Beautiful sounding, very happy with these headphones.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    They sound better than how they look

                    By Daniel

                    from Mexico City

                    About Me Composer, Musician, Teenager

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Durable
                    • Good Value
                    • Great Sound
                    • Lightweight
                    • Natural
                    • Stylish
                    • Surround

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Classical Music
                      • Home Audio
                      • Music
                      • Relaxing
                      • With My Computer
                      • Working Out

                      Comments about Sennheiser HD 598 Open-Back Around-Ear Stereo Headphones:

                      They have an excelent sound very natural and surround. I use them with my iPod Classic and with my computer, also with a synth. I listen classical music and they answer great for that, also for jazz and rock.

                      I couldnt imagine the sound of the Sennheissers until I listened to them, spectacular!.

                      You have to use them with a good reproducer, preferably with high quality recordings.

                      There is nothing wrong about them, even they dont have noice cancelling, actualy its better because the ones which uses noice cancelling lack on the surround effect and dont let the sound be natural.

                      This ones are grat.

                      • Primary Use:
                      • Listening to iPod
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Best Sound you can get without an amp

                      By CJ

                      from Port Ludlow, WA

                      About Me Audiophile, Cinematographer, Gear Head, Musician

                      Pros

                      • Beautiful finish
                      • Comfortable
                      • Easy to hear surroundings
                      • Good Value
                      • Great Sound
                      • Lightweight
                      • Stylish

                      Cons

                      • Open back leaks sound

                      Best Uses

                      • Camera Field Monitors
                      • Home Audio
                      • Music
                      • Portable Devices
                      • Relaxing
                      • Video games
                      • With My Computer

                      Comments about Sennheiser HD 598 Open-Back Around-Ear Stereo Headphones:

                      These things are awesome. I did some extensive research on headphones before finally making this purchase. I bought these for my brother as a christmas present but I had a chance to play with them after giving them to him.

                      Overall the quality and finish is top notch. Dynamic range sounded great with good highs and lows. Not too much or too little bass for my taste. They are exceptionally light and comfortable to wear. The padding is comfy and the open air design allows you to hear everything around you which is great if you need to be able to hear things. They basically are so comfortable you may forget you're wearing them. There is no headphone amp needed to drive these but adding one like a little FIIO amp wouldn't hurt. If sound leakage is a concern of yours you may want to find something with a closed back because these will leak a fair amount of sound into your surrounding environment.

                      • Primary Use:
                      • Listening to iPod
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      Excellent product

                      By merbert

                      from Rockwood, MI

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable
                      • Good Bass
                      • Great Sound
                      • Lightweight
                      • Stylish

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Music
                        • With My Computer

                        Comments about Sennheiser HD 598 Open-Back Around-Ear Stereo Headphones:

                        Awesome sound. comfortable fit. don't need to say more. Buy them!

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

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                        5.0

                        Absolutely amazing headphones!!!

                        By Oren

                        from Na'an, Isarel

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable
                        • Good Bass
                        • Good Value
                        • Great Sound
                        • Stylish

                        Cons

                        • End connector is long

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Audio
                        • Music

                        Comments about Sennheiser HD 598 Open-Back Around-Ear Stereo Headphones:

                        I'm no stranger to quality headphones, been using a pair of HD 570 since 2004 (which have held up quite nicely I must say), but ever since I got these cans I just can't take them off my ears.
                        I have been listening to most of my music collection again since I got them, and suddenly I realize how much the 570 sound veiled and muddy compared to the 598.

                        These sound absolutely phenomenal when properly amped, but are quite efficient and easy to drive from iPad, iPhones, computers etc.
                        Highs are prominent and detailed but not tiring, mids are spot on and lows are very accurate and powerful, but not overpowering. these are the least 'laid back' Senns I ever used.

                        Also tried them with some movies and some gaming, and was totally blown away by the excellent soundstage and '3D like' stereo separation.
                        I love the new design and color scheme and the build quality seems pretty good.
                        The only thing that's bothering a bit about these is that the cord ends with a "big" tip (suitable for large stereos/amps) and when combined with the included adapter (to small) the connector ends up pretty long, which won't be comfortable for some mobile uses (connected to the iPhone while it's in the pocket for example), but that's not much of an issue for most uses.

                        If you're looking for quality (and stylish) open headphones that are very comfortable for long listening periods and a re fairly easy to drive- look no further!

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        buy these headphones!!!

                        By blueman

                        from Lexington, Ky

                        About Me Senior

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable
                        • Good Bass
                        • GREAT GREAT SOUND
                        • Great Sound
                        • Stylish

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Sennheiser HD 598 Open-Back Around-Ear Stereo Headphones:

                            using these cans for home theater late at night, fantastic sound and do not bother anyone else!!

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            WORTH THE MONEY

                            By penny649

                            from Washington DC

                            About Me Audiophile, Frequent Traveler, Gear Head

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable
                            • Good Bass
                            • Good Value
                            • Great Sound
                            • Stylish

                            Cons

                            • No protective bag

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Audio
                            • Music
                            • Relaxing

                            Comments about Sennheiser HD 598 Open-Back Around-Ear Stereo Headphones:

                            I just purchase the Sennheiser HD598 and I am absolutely please with my investment. The headphones are very nice to listen too; from rock, rap, classic rock and everything in between. I did buy the headphones Beats by Dr but these are by far superior than those. Why would you want to put batteries in a headphone when you have these 598 that makes you feel like your in the studio with "that artist".

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • Yes

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                            5.0

                            Amaising all-rounder

                            By Jugo

                            from Zadar, Croatia

                            About Me Audiophile

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable
                            • Good Bass
                            • Good Value
                            • Great Sound
                            • Lightweight
                            • Stylish

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Audio
                              • Music
                              • Relaxing
                              • With My Computer
                              • Working

                              Comments about Sennheiser HD 598 Open-Back Around-Ear Stereo Headphones:

                              These cans are really great because they perform excellent with all sort of multimedia (not just music, but movies and gaming as well) and with wide variety of equipment. And things just get better when you take their comfort into consideration, very light and comfortable for long listening sessions.

                              And a big plus is that they sound very well even without high end amp, as they are not so hard to drive, making them really valuable for direct PC use. But of course, having an amp make them a bit more dynamic so I would still recommend getting one.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              5.0

                              good investment

                              By sg

                              from phoenix

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Comfortable
                              • Good Bass
                              • Great Sound

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Music
                                • Portable Devices
                                • Relaxing
                                • With My Computer

                                Comments about Sennheiser HD 598 Open-Back Around-Ear Stereo Headphones:

                                very comfortable very good sound just what i hoped for

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal
                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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