These bad boys are now discontinued by the manufacturer, but they are a still a great entry level audiophile headphone. They boast a flat and neutral response, and will not color the sound in anyway. The biggest compliments from reviewers are their extreme comfort and natural sound. A big gripe is a lack of bass. The bass to some sounds tight and controlled, but to others it simply isn’t enough.
flat and neutral response
really comfortable (you may forget you’re wearing them)
small details in music heard after some time breaking them in
don’t require an amp, but greatly benefit from one
very durable over a long period of time
not enough bass (lacks body and impact)
a bit boring
not very good for portable listening, as the stock cable is a bit clunky
An extremely comfortable headphone with a flat frequency response and good amount of detail and clarity. Bass lacks impact and the headphones in general can be a tad boring to some.
Who these headphones benefit?
people who appreciate a balanced presentation
producers who need to mix down a track. They are very comfortable over a long period and won’t leave you fatigued.
people who want a higher end sound for a reasonable price
These babies are just sweet. I mean look at ’em. They have that “want to wear now” quality about them. Something about that cream and ivory color goes together so well.
Aside from aesthetic, they also sound pretty freakin’ good. You’re darned tootin! They also boast a neutral and flat response, but you will get the same complaint about a lack of bass. The highs however are sparkling and wonderful, and really stand out. The best aspects of this phone are it’s sound-stage, clarity, detail, and of course the highs which I just touched on.
impeccable reproduction of sound at it’s most natural and transparent state
exceptional sound-stage and channel separation. You will frequently take them off to see if the sound came from outside of the headphones
tight and controlled bass response
sparkling highs, great mid-range (their bread and butter)
so comfy that you forget you’re wearing them!
neutral sound signature
double as ear-muffs in the winter (Who knew?) One audiophile nerd said he pet the ear pads like a dog because he was so happy with them. Lol.
longevity. They will last a long time. Reviewers have frequently come back to amazon to give a glowing update years later on these babies.
durable, and not prone to breaking down in the slightest
Cable is a bit long for some peoples taste (the casual listener). This can be remedied by buying a shorter one. If you don’t want to buy a shorter one, just use the twist tie that the original comes with.
no provided case
having to buy a separate, shorter cable is a bit of a hassle
the 1/4″ plug to 3.5mm adapter is a pain, but the black version of these headphones come with 2 cables. One is the standard 3.5mm to 1/4″, the other is the awkward 1/4″ to 3.5mm.
Reviewers rave about every aspect of these puppies. From their uncolored, natural sound, to the unbelievable comfort, to pure aesthetic. The sound-stage they provide is nothing short of exceptional, and as an open backed model you will be able to immerse yourself in the music, literally. It feels like you are there! Just be aware that pairing these with an amp will bring out their full potential.
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Who these headphones benefit?
classical and jazz listeners, generally providing you with the illusion that the sound is actually surrounding you. One reviewer noted that they are especially creepy when watching scary movies late at night! Hehehe.
Being that the 598’s are basically the upgraded version of the 595’s, and are better in all regards (especially with clarity and treble/high end), sound-stage, and overall refined sound. They become the go to option, and my recommendation. Just don’t expect to be blown away by the bass with either purchase.
If you’re looking for an open back headphone that won’t break the bank, the HD558 is the solution for you. The HD598 is a little better overall, but there’s a trick that you can employ to make the 558’s sound really open up. It’s the foam mod, and it’s very simple. So if you don’t want to pay the price for the 598, but want roughly the same sound, go with the 558. Interested in learning all about them + the foam mod?
Do the 598’s seem like a better set? Let me know!!
Well that’s about it for today folks! Hope you learned a lot about the similarities & differences between the Sennheiser HD 595 vs. 598. If you have any other questions or comments, I’d be glad to answer them down below. You can always contact me directly as well!
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