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Sennheiser HD 598 6.3 mm stereo jack with 3.5 mm adaptor (both gold plated) Connector Circumaural Hi-Fi Headphone

  • 6.3 mm stereo jack with 3.5 mm adaptor (both gold plated) Connector
  • High-end open circumaural headphones with E.A.R. technology
  • State-of-the-art
  • Extremely comfortable velour ear pads and headband
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The HD 598 features an aesthetical design, and provides impeccable sound quality as well as unrivalled comfort. It comes with high-gloss burled wood parts and matching earpads for a sophisiticated, premium finish.

With Sennheiser‘s innovative E.A.R. technology, audio signals are directly channeled into your ears. The special diaphragm geometry minimizes intermodulation distortion while delivering an impressive frequency response range. A highly constant, compressed-cellulose fleece holds harmonic distortion to less than 0.1%.

 The leatherette headband and velour earpads provide outstanding wearing comfort, even for long listening sessions.

  • newegg Refined engineering for excellent sound quality Enjoy excellent dynamics brought by the lightweight aluminum voice coils and the highly optimized, field-strengthened neodymium ferrous magnet systems. With advanced engineering, sound distortion is significantly minimized. The state-of-the-art, advanced Duofol diaphragms ensure transparency and minimal distortion, while the highly constant, compressed-cellulose fleece reduces total harmonic distortion. Thanks to the surround reflector, you can enjoy extended spatial sound field. The HD 598 high-end circumaural headphones come with E.A.R. (Eargonomic Acoustic Refinement) technology for outstanding sonic accuracy and clarity that channel audio signals directly into your ear.
  • newegg Comfortable experience With extremely comfortable velour ear pads and headband, the HD 598 delivers maximum wearing comfort.
  • newegg Aesthetical design Premium high-gloss, burled-wood parts add a sophisticated style that is aesthetically pleasing.


Learn more about the Sennheiser Electronic corp. HD 598

Model

Brand
Sennheiser
Type
Over the Ear
Model
HD 598

General SPEC

Frequency Response
12Hz-38.5KHz
THD
<0.1%
Input Impedance
50 ohms
Sensitivity
112 dB (1kHz / 1Vrms)
Connector
6.3 mm stereo jack with 3.5 mm adaptor (both gold plated)
Ear Coupling
Circumaural
Cord Length
10 ft, detachable (single sided)
Weight
9.52 oz. (225 g) w/o cable

Features

Features
High-end open circumaural headphones with 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 for transparency and minimal distortion

Highly optimised, field-strengthened neodymium ferrous magnet systems for an excellent dynamic response

Surround reflector for extended spatial sound field

Lightweight aluminium voice coils for high efficiency and excellent dynamics

Special diaphragm geometry reduces intermodulation distortion

Highly constant, compressed cellulose fleece reduces total harmonic distortion

Premium beige and high-gloss burl wood parts for a sophisticated finish

Extremely comfortable velour ear pads and headband

Excellent connectivity, also with home Hifi equipment

Packaging

Package Contents
HD 598
1/8 inch (3.5mm) adapter

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Virginia K.
  • 6/29/2014 5:16:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic

Pros: Sennhesier Quality/Warranty

Comfortable, good looking

Very long cable and 3.5 mm adaptor

Best over the ear headphones (200-300$) I've used in the past 10 years of using them.

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: I got these because they were the best reviewed Sennheiser over the ear headphones besides the 650's (But I didn't have an extra 300 to spend.) I picked these up because of the reviews of great quality and users saying they've the same pair for 4+ years with no problems. And I believe them after using them, absolutely best 200$ headphones I've ever had the pleasure of using.

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  • Dan D.
  • 2/2/2014 4:29:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome headphones

Pros: -Comfortable, as other people pointed out
-Very clear sound. Not much distortion.

Cons: -More expensive than my current speakers + earbuds combined. But it does sound better and worth the cost.

Other Thoughts: Coming from Moray+ earbuds and logitech speakers, this headphone sounds so much better.

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  • Timothy K.
  • 10/28/2013 8:19:21 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat headphones

Pros: Nice sound stage, great clarity. Not so great for bass heavy music, but that doesn't apply to me. These are also extremely comfortable - I can wear them for many hours with no aggravation.

Cons: None, for me. The only cons I can think of are that others around the listener can hear them, which is not a con for me.

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  • ed g.
  • 6/6/2013 1:43:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFantastic Mids, sound amazing...

Pros: Look great, sensational sound...very clear mellow range, not boomy or harsh. Extremely comfortable and adaptive to personal sizing. The white color is more an oyster off white color, very rich looking. Build quality is excellent.

Cons: Generous 10" cable is a blessing and a curse.....it's a lot of cord to be aware of. May not be for some, no problem for myself.

Other Thoughts: Sound awesome in spite of open back design...personally I like being able to hear outside noise, have conversation without taking phones off. They sound amazing!

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  • Chad P.
  • 2/5/2013 11:19:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUnparalleled

Pros: I have these paired with an ASUS Xonar Essence STX as well, and they are very pleasing to listen to. I see why these can's are advertised as having a more "natural" and "neutral" listening experience. They really shine on acoustic tracks and easily distinguish between the instruments and vocals. Electronica/trance/techno is very nice on these as well.

Just finished a few hours of Planetside 2, these + the xonar was worlds different from my onboard + HD 485 combo. Everything was so clear and these represented the explosions in the distance well.

Cons: Bass is a tad on the low side but that is adjustable if desired.

Other Thoughts: Very good cans for the beginning audiophile. I would argue the best you can get in the sub $500 market.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/11/2013 8:31:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsYou have to hear it to believe it.

Pros: I paired these with an ASUS Xonar Essence STX with the primary focus being for gaming. I was absolutely floored when I first tried these. With Dolby Headphone, it was like an entirely new world of gaming. The sound quality is of such high fidelity it sounds just like I'm listening to my 5.1 speaker setup on my TV! If you're a gamer looking for that extra immersion, these are worth every penny.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: The quality of these headphones will make the quality of your sound source painfully obvious, especially when using Dolby Headphone. Make sure you're giving them a high quality source to truly enjoy them.

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  • Bradley R.
  • 11/24/2012 9:50:20 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Headphones, but get an optional adapter

Pros: The headphones sound terrific and they look great. I listen primarily to Jazz, however I noticed that since I have had these I've gained a greater appreciation for other genres, specifically classical.

They are extremely comfortable to wear for an extended period of time. There is no fatigue after several hours like I got with other headphones.

The other reviews cover the more technical aspects better than I could so I will defer to the audiophiles.

Cons: Here's my biggest suggestion, get an extended adapter, even if it's ten or fifteen dollars extra.

Here's why: Out of the box these headphones will have a 1/4" connector (big plug for stereo systems) and a 1/8" adapter that connects directly to the 1/4" (what your IPhone uses). So if you are connecting this to your laptop or iphone you are adding the equivalent of a solid 3-4 inch lever on a fragile output jack.

This is such a big oversight I was tempted to give the headphones 4 stars. This is the Sennheiser accountants trying to save a couple bucks per headphone by going cheap on the adapter, nothing more. So I would highly recommend any number of extended adapters that don't put so much pressure on the jacks.

Other Thoughts: These are not for listening to music on a metro. They are an open design headphone so while they sound terrific the sound will bleed out.

I'm still waiting for my amplifier to come in. I may update this review after I head them with additional power.

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  • Derek R.
  • 11/16/2012 8:54:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic Headphones

Pros: A great pair of headphones. To start with Sennheiser is a name that I have come to trust in headphones. They tend to make 'phones with a very clear tonality and great sound stage. These headphones, I am happy to say, fit this trend.
These head phones present an accurate representation of the sound being fed them. Any noise or problems heard with your music are most likely caused by poor sound files (in the year and a half I have owned these I have yet to have a problem with a song be their fault). That said a surprisingly low impedance allows you use them accurately with any source (no amp required).

Cons: None

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  • Howard L.
  • 10/31/2012 3:49:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Soundstage, one of the best Mid Fi fone

Pros: awesome and accurate soundstage presentation. works really well with warm DAC/AMP combo. however, might be a bit too bright on DAC/AMPs that emphasis's too much on the treble or mid. the soundstage is extremely accurate that it gives more depth and distance attenuation to the recording. even better than my AD700. in comparison to AD700's soundstage, the AD700 definitely sounds wider, but lacks frontal and rear depth. the resolution of soundstage is also better with the HD598. the Bass is also accurate but not overpowering. Treble is just right without being too bright. if you have a brighter source like the Fiio E17 with the Wolfson WM8740 DAC, it'll sound a bit bright and dry. but if you have a warmer source like the Asahi AK4396 or the JRC4580 opamp it can sound great, lush, and generous. the headphone will bring out the flaws in most bad recordings. most recordings with high compression and poorly mastered can demonstrate clipping and compression artifact easily with this headphone. on great recordings with great soundstage like many of the well recorded classical music will bring out tears in your eyes. check out "classicals that make you go wow" playlist on spotify. the Mid is also one of the biggest highlight of this headphone aside from the great soundstage. the mid is forward and generous, without being hazy. it's very clear without being too bright or nasal. the headphone works extremely well with well recorded classical, pop, Jazz, and SOME techno house. unless there is a track that emphasizes heavily on drums throughout, this headphone will be a good all-rounder for most. i can't emphasize enough on the awesome soundstage. on one particular track of jazz, i was able to hear the reflected sound from a sax coming from one opposite end of the room, it just shows how detailed the soundstage really is. although the soundstage is incredibly wide and detailed, it doesn't feel as Airy as you would get from a typical Audio Technica headphone.

i wouldn't worry too much about running this fone without an separate amp. i find the sonic punch is well presented even on portable sources. however, it does spike to 250ohm at around 100hz.

Comfort:
VERY comfortable. i typically wear it for hours and hours straight, sometimes up to 8 hours straight without fatigue. it's VERY light weight.

Design:
feels like you're driving a Porsche. love the wood trim accent.

Gaming:
This is one area where it's becoming more popular. i highly recommend this headphone for gaming. i even would recommend it over the well popular AD700. the issue with AD700, although a great gaming headphone, is that its mid is recessed and hazy in comparison to the HD598. if you've never heard the HD598, and have the AD700, you probably won't know the different i am talking about, and likely won't care. but once you tried the HD598, it's hands down no comparison. more clear sound presentation, with better depth, attenuation, resolution. better soundstage, although not as Airy

Cons: Can't think of any

Other Thoughts: i was looking for a pair of fons that has better mid than my ATH AD700, but not as bright and forward as ATHD AD900. HD598 fits the spot perfectly. not only that, the soundstage is also much more accurate than AD700, and complets with a better bass extension.

Overall:
i would highly recommend this Mid-Fi headphone if you have a decent source. it sucks that you'll spot all the flaws in many bad recordings, but on well mastered recordings will bring tears to your eyes.

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  • Chase A.
  • 9/30/2012 3:03:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Phones

Pros: Great Headphones, open air design makes for excellent extended listening. I use while gaming with a lapel mic.

Cons: Depending on your sound card these may need an external DAC. A little under-powered when plugged directly into a computer or mp3 player.

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