Sennheiser HD 595 vs. 598 | THE DIFFERENCE!


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Today I’m gonna be running at you like Solid Snake with a sweet review, this time a comparison of the Sennheiser HD 595 vs. the 598! So sit back and chill out will ya? 🙂

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What I will bring you in this review

  1. Specifications
  2. Summary
  3. Pros and cons
  4. A Consensus
  5. Who this headphone benefits
  6. Similarities and Differences
  7. Amp/DAC Requirements
  8. Conclusion

There’s a lot to get into, so let’s get into it!

Sennheiser HD 595


  • price: check eBay!
  • type: Open back
  • fit: circumaural (around ear)
  • impedance: 50 ohms. What is Headphone Impedance?
  • frequency response: 12-38500 Hz
  • material: velour ear pads, plastic
  • headband: soft padded headband construction
  • color: black, grey, silver


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?

  • jazz listeners
  • 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


Sennheiser HD 598


  • price: check amazon! | check eBay!
  • type: open back
  • fit: circumaural (around ear)
  • impedance: 50 Ohms
  • frequency response: 12 – 38500 Hz
  • material: high-gloss burl wood detail complementing premium metal mesh. velour ear pads, leatherette headband.
  • color: ivory and maroon, or all black


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
  • detachable/replaceable cable


  • 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?

  1. 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.
  2. They benefit from a DAC/amp.
  3. A good amp/dac combo to go with these: Fiio E10K
  4. people who are mixing in an isolated studio environment
  5. critical listeners
  6. people who are listening to a lot of acoustics
  7. video game players who need to be able to hear subtle nuance in sound

Similarities and Differences


  • Both the Hd 595 and 598 boast a flat and neutral frequency response, not coloring the sound source in any way.
  • Both models lack a thumping bass response. It is tighter and more controlled, but subdued.
  • Both models have ear cups made of velour, and are extremely comfortable.
  • Both are open back and circumaural (over ear fit).
  • Both are suited for a critical listening environment.
  • Both have the same impedance and frequency response; 50 ohms and 12-38500 Hz respectively.
  • Both do well with classical and jazz.
  • Both are very durable and will last a long time, given they are taken care of.


  • The HD 598’s bread and butter is it’s sparkling highs and really great mid-range. The 595 isn’t known for this.
  • The HD 598 has an impressive sound-stage. There wasn’t much mention of the 595’s sound-stage in the reviews I read.
  • Aesthetic. The 595’s are a bit traditional in their appearance. The 598’s are maroon and ivory, and immediately grab your attention.
  • Sound. The 598’s are better all around in terms of sound quality, detail, clarity, and high end.
  • The plastic on the 598’s feel really good, and not cheap. While the 595’s plastic isn’t “cheap” per se, it feels a bit underwhelming.

Amp/DAC Requirements

Neither of these “require” an amp at 50 ohms, but in a lot of the research I did, reviewers mention that they really come to life with the aid of one. A good option again is the Fiio E10K.

Final Word

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!

All the best and God bless,





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