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Sennheiser HD 598 Special Edition Over-Ear Headphones

Sennheiser HD 598 headphones blackThe Sennheiser HD 598 Headset create an extensive assortment of sound. They have strong bass and great balance. The cream color and dark wood accents give them a high-end feel and look, while the velour ear pads are comfy for on the go use.

Although they don’t have a remote controller or a microphone, there is little to complain about. Let’s dive deep into an extensive review of the Sennheiser HD 598 and see if it is truly worth your time and money.

Review Overview

Design
Sound Quality
Value
Overall

Superb!

Sennheiser's HD 598 offers amazing sound quality and comfortability for the value. But lacks key accessories.

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User Rating: 5 ( 1 votes)
ProsCons

  • Strong bass and amazing balance

  • Great design quality

  • Premium style build


  • No remote controller or microphone

  • No carrying case for "on the go use"


Sennheiser HD 598 Specs

Item Weight1.1 pounds
Product Dimensions4.1 x 8.1 x 9.4 inches
Shipping Weight1.1 pounds
ManufacturorSennheiser

Design

The Sennheiser HD 598 headset closely resemble a luxury style feel of a Mercedes-Benz and the reliability of a Toyota. This is exactly what Sennheiser wants you to think the first time you wear these headphones.

The premium style feel of the velour ear pads is comfortable for long and short term usage. Although, the retro style of the brown and cream colored finish may not be for everybody.

But my personal opinion is that is the retro style is out of the ordinary and a step back from the average black counterparts we are used to with most headphones, like the Sennheiser HD 380.

Sennheiser specifically designed the HD 598s with a feeling of deep relaxation and an open back design. Hence the soft cushioning under the headband and on the side of the ear cups.

While the 598 is fairly lightweight, Sennheiser does not include many accessories. Mainly that there is no carrying case for easy on the go usage when traveling, meaning these headphones for home and studio listening. It includes a 3.5mm adapter for computers, cell phones, and iDevices. Additionally, it includes a replaceable ten-foot cord with a gold-plated 6.5mm connector.

But what is useful about the cord is that it will not detach thanks to Sennheiser’s twist and lock mechanism. It is always important to mention that when you listen to music at medium to high volumes there will be some sound leakage due to the open back design.

Sound Quality

The best part about these headphones is the outstanding sound quality. When testing these headphones, they impressively lived up to our first thoughts. The bass is powerful and detailed while lows and highs are well balanced from ear to ear. Instrumentals sounded life-like as if I was sitting and listening to an orchestra concert. Mids bounced and were balanced when listening to drum accents.

 

Compared to other headphones around the same price point like the Beats Studio Wireless Headphones, the bass is overemphasized and low frequencies are over accentuated. While the Bose QuietComfort 25 feature a more powerful bass, treble, and a more natural sounding frequency.

However, the 598 is a great all around headphone with a balanced sound stage. While testing the HD 598 with movies and gaming, it proved quite impressive. The dialogue was crystal clear and action scenes were extraordinary to listen to. While gaming was exhilarating during tense moments of online action.

Although, I was not able to chat with friends online, due to the lack of a microphone for communication. The background noise was also never drowned out by bass, which made long-term usage very enjoyable and never dull.

Value

Since the original release of Sennheiser’s HD 598, there has been a significant price drop of around 100$. Currently, the 598 is available for around 150$ on Amazon. With the overall sound quality and design of this headphone, I can proudly say that this headphone is worth every penny!

Compared to other best sellers like Audio Technica’s ATH-M50X and Sony’s MDR V6, the HD 598 is among the best in comfortability and balanced frequencies when listening to music and video content.

While the ATH-M50X and the HD 598 are very similar in comparison, with the bass and the treble being almost identical. But the key difference between the two is the frequency output.

However, if the price is not an issue I would highly recommend the successor to the HD 598, the HD 600. Sennheiser’s HD 600 is absolutely amazing and features everything the 598 has, but offers a better sound quality for professionals and music lovers alike.

The spacious room of the open back design is fair for the current 150$ price tag. Although, considering the price it would be great if Sennheiser included a remote controller and a microphone to chat with friends online or to make phone calls.

Overall

Considering the price point of 150$, the sound quality alone is worth every penny and is probably one of the best headphones I have heard under $200. The retro design is unique and is not the average color you would expect out of an over the ear headphone.

Though, listeners can now buy the Special Edition HD 598 in Black for a classic look. Sometimes when listening to high to medium volume sound, there is a lot of sound leakage and may be disturbing if you are in a public place like an airplane or bus. But the open back design, thick cushioning of the ear pads and headband make long listening incredibly comfortable and relaxing.

The audio truly shines when listening to movies and when gaming to accentuate the feeling of life-like sound. Other headphones like the ones mentioned above are similar in price points but the Sennheiser HD 598 definitely takes first place in providing the best low and high frequency and balanced bass and treble.

Although the major issue I have these headphones is the lack of accessories included in the packaging. You will have to use the 3.5mm adapter for almost every device to listen to the sound. Additionally, it is not practical that there is no microphone to chat with friends or people online. Which is half of the fun when playing games online.

Lastly, the value of Sennheiser HD 598 is great compared to other models. For only 150$ the headphones are greatly revered by many users on Amazon. Overall if you are looking a very comfortable headphone with exceptional sound quality for home or studio use, we at UnbeatableSound would highly recommend this headphone!