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Sennheiser HD 598 High-End Open Over-Ear Circumaural Headphones

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  • Top-of-the-range for clarity and increased bass, for a fully immersive music and movie experience
  • Stunning wide soundstage that will pick every detail in your music, hear the tiny nuances you have never heard before
  • Field-replaceable parts for an extremely long lifespan
  • Every detail and layer of your music is audible
  • “Eargonomic acoustic refinement” (E.A.R.) design channels the audio signal directly into your ears (simulating loudspeakers)
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 24 x 20.5 cm ; 272 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 612 g
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  • Item model number: HD 598
  • ASIN: B0042A8CW2
  • Date first available at 14 Sept. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
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Product Description

HD 598 Home Audio Headphone

Not only is the HD 598 visually striking to the eyes but it also provides impeccable sound quality and unrivalled comfort. These cream-coloured open, ‘around-the-ear’ headphones come with high-gloss burl wood veneer trimmings and matching ear pads for a sophisticated, premium finish.

Sennheiser's innovative E.A.R. technology allows audio signals to be directly channelled into your ears. Also incorporates a special diaphragm configuration that minimizes distortion while delivering an impressive warm and deep sound with a relaxed mid tone. A special fleece material is also used to minimise vibration – to produce a ‘clean’ sound that does not appear ‘muddy’ or muffled. A high-quality leatherette headband and velour ear pads provide outstanding wearing comfort all day, every day

 HD 598 Home Audio Headphone
HD 598 Home Audio Headphone
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These headphones feature Sennheiser's innovative "Eargonomic Acoustic Refinement" (E.A.R.) technology – the drivers are cleverly angled to simulate sitting in front of a Hi-Fi speaker system in your living room. A cellulose fleece is also used to ensure the reproduction is crystal clear across all sound frequencies.

  • Open-backed design; the speakers are covered by a premium metal mesh grill for an airy, natural sound that is both articulate and detailed
  • Sennheiser's innovative "Eargonomic Acoustic Refinement" (E.A.R.) design directs the sound to the forward part of the ear, cleverly mimicking stereo loudspeakers.
  • State-of-the-art, advanced dual-layer diaphragms for transparency and minimal distortion
  • Highly optimized, neodymium magnet systems for sheer power and finesse
  • Special diaphragm geometry and use of a compressed fleece material reduces distortion for greater accuracy
  • Premium cream and high-gloss burl wood veneer for a sophisticated finish
  • Single-sided cable with ‘turn-to-lock’ cable mechanism so replacement is made easy; eliminates tangle
  • Optimized for home Hi-Fi/AV systems, may be used with portable devices
  • Simple modular constructions with field replaceable parts for a long lifespan
  • 2-year warranty
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These headphones feature a unique design that will be a joy to wear. A classic combination of smart cream and glossy burl wood trim for a pair of headphones designed to last a lifetime.

The HD 500 Series from Sennheiser has been improved and developed over the past 20+ years and is much loved by audiophiles passionate about their music all over the world.

These headphones will work best with high quality audio sources (either a CD or other lossless format) and do require a burning-in period.

Smart cream and glossy burl wood trim
Smart cream and glossy burl wood trim
Sennheiser recommends this headphone for...

... those who love pace and excitement in their sound along with maximum comfort that is so amazing you will forget you even have them on. The HD 598s are completely adaptable to any musical taste – from piano to electronic to classical music.


The HD 598 can be connected to any 6.3 mm headphone socket on home audio devices. Also supplied with a 3.5 mm adaptor for portable use.


The Sennheiser HD 598 is covered by a global warranty of 24 months. Sennheiser's worldwide service network will provide swift and smooth handling of any case of warranty claim that might occur. German design and build quality.

Why Sennheiser?

Sennheiser is the brand of choice for many high-profile recording artists and live sound engineers, delivering the ultimate audio experience to people who crave true-to-life sound. For over 65 years, Sennheiser has applied its in-depth audio research to the development of premium headphones, microphones and headsets. Every Sennheiser product endures rigorous quality control tests to ensure you receive durable, great-sounding headphones that will withstand daily use in a variety of environments.

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HD 598
TypeFull-Size Circumaural, ‘Around-the-ear’ Headphone Full-Size Circumaural, ‘Around-the-ear’ Headphone Full-Size Circumaural, ‘Around-the-ear’ Headphone
Frequency Response 14 - 26,000 Hz 15 - 28,000 Hz 12 - 38,500 Hz
Acoustic DesignOpen-Backed For Excellent, Natural And True-To-Life Sound Reproduction Open-Backed For Excellent, Natural And True-To-Life Sound Reproduction Open-Backed For Excellent, Natural And True-To-Life Sound Reproduction
Impedance50 Ohms50 Ohms50 Ohms
Cable Length3 m OFC Single-Sided, Exchangeable 3 m OFC Single-Sided, Exchangeable 3 m OFC Single-Sided, Exchangeable
Connector Plugs6.3 mm Plug, With 3.5 mm Adaptor 6.3 mm Plug, With 3.5 mm Adaptor 6.3 mm Plug, With 3.5 mm Adaptor
Sound Pressure Level108 dB112 dB112 dB
Warranty2 years2 years 2 years

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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

180 of 182 people found the following review helpful By D. M. Brown on 10 Feb. 2012
I Bought these a couple of months back, and now, having had time to fully test them, will present this review.

Just want to say first off that I have a musical background myself, in listening, composing recording and production, and recently just finished a degree in popular music. And BOY, do I wish these headphones had been around when I was doing my sound work in my course!!!! Ill do some pros/cons to get things going:


- For a start, VERY comfortable headphones. I CANNOT stress enough just how pleasant they are to wear. I often wear them all night with no pain or discomfort from wearing, which I could not say of any other headphones I have used in the past. This is due mainly to the "over ear" design, as opposed to "on ear" headphones, which can exert pressure on the cartilage of your ears. Ear pads and headband pad are very soft,it almost feels like you are not even wearing headphones at all.

- Extremely clear, and balanced sound. The 598's produce low, mid and high frequencies extremely well with great detail. They bring new life and detail to everything I listen to on them. The high end is beautiful, shimmering and very glassy, without being shrill or harsh. The mid-range is very comfortable, it will bring out guitar from a band mix very well, while not being too mid-heavy. The bass ranges from very subtle to surprisingly punchy powerful bass. The bass is very tight, and responsive... not rumble-ey or flappy in any way. The best thing I can say about the bass response, is that when listening to bass heavy music, the high frequencies are not compromised at all, the sound remains well balanced. (not sure of how else to put that really.)

Note, these are NOT designed to enhance bass in any way.
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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Norman Geddes on 16 Dec. 2012
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Like most people my preferred listening is through good quality speakers. However, there are times ... late at night for instance ... when you may want to blow your own mind without having a similar effect on other household members or, worse still, the neighbours. For this we must seek the very best alternative available within our price range and, for me, the Sennheiser HD598s provide exactly that. It is only fair to point out that I have been very much a Sennheiser man for many, many years but, when considering new headphones on this occasion, I opened my mind and ears to to the ... often very worthy ... competition. For some time I have been using a pair of Sennheiser HD380PRO but was anxious to return to open back phones. I read dozens and dozens of reviews on the 598s, many of which were cautionary if not downright condemnatory. Significantly, however, the vast majority of unfavourable reviews were by people listening to rock and pop or computer games. Their requirements are very different to my own. That is not to say they are less worthy of consideration but it is important to recognise that difference.
For classical music I find the HD598s quite marvelous. Helped by the fact that they are open backed the sound stage is broad: instrumental groups and soloists can be accurately located and clearly heard within the greater orchestral landscape. Sound quality is excellent (I am not looking for exaggerated base or wild sound effects: my interest is music, not aural pyrotechnics) and these headphones certainly provide that. When an orchestra blasts forth at full volum,the HD598s handle it with panache and, if that same orchestra whispers softly they handle it with equal panache. These headphones are nothing it not versatile ...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Martin Jagos on 28 Aug. 2012
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Well, what to add here?
These HD598s are superb no matter where I plugged them. It is true that plugging just headphones to laptop or MP3 player doesn't bring appropriate volume unless it suffices you to have a low-key reception of music. So an amplifier can suit you sometimes.
Otherwise, the sound I get from them leaves me awed each time I listen. The proportion between bass and sound clarity is more than accurate, I can confirm that you may hear sounds which you might never have heard before and the design makes them truly outstanding phones on the market. If you are heavily into music or don't regret the money then purchase them. Purchase it not with the intention of showing off but only for a sheer pleasure of music! I did and I'm happy. And I don't work for Sennheiser.
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129 of 139 people found the following review helpful By J. O'Donoghue on 18 Feb. 2011
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Like many music lovers, the arrival of children means that headphones are a must for me. Generally I'm not so keen, preferring the soundstage and impact of a really good set of speakers. I have worked as a semi-professional sound engineer in the past, so I like an analytical sound, but not so clinical that it detracts from the pace and excitement of the music.

I auditioned the HD598 against BeyerDynamic DT880s, AKG K701s and Grado SR125s - with a budget of around 200 pounds. Comparative auditioning was conducted mainly using the headphone output of my Cyrus Pre, with extended listening impressions for the HD598s using the headphone amplifier output of a Xonar Essence ST audio card in my media PC (with losslessly encoded CD rips as source).

For my personal taste I found the AKGs to be extremely analytical, but slightly 'thin' and lacking excitement. They are known to be difficult to drive, and I suspect that my Cyrus headphone output was not really up to getting the best from them. I suspect they would be astonishing for mainly Jazz listening with a dedicated headphone amp, but that's out of budget, and Jazz only forms about 10% of my listening. I would also add that they made poor mixes (I'm looking at you, Oasis) almost unlistenable.

The Grados were almost the polar opposite: a sound which immediately grabs you by the scruff of the neck, and sounded great with edgier material (Arctic Monkeys, White Stripes). I felt that they were rather coloured - they made a bit of a meal of Beethoven Piano in G Major, for example. Easy to drive, they make great rock headphones, and I nearly purchased them. I should note that I personally found them the least comfortable of the four pairs, and probably the least well constructed.
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