Should you buy the Sennheiser HD 598? | A DEFINITIVE ANSWER!

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Today I’m going to be swooping in like Batman with another sweet post, this time I’ll be asking YOU a question!

Should you buy the Sennheiser HD 598?

It’s a great question, and I have the answer. But for now, sit back, relax, and grab a bowl of popcorn while I review this unique looking pair of headphones.. I’m will be outlining everything you need to know about these puppies..

You’ve come to the right place!

What I will bring you in this review

  1. Specifications/Price
  2. Summary
  3. Pros
  4. Cons
  5. Video Review
  6. Amp/DAC requirements
  7. What they are good/aren’t good for
  8. Consensus/Conclusion
  9. Final Word

Sennheiser HD 598

  • Price: Check amazon! | Check eBay!
  • Type: Open Back
  • Fit: Circumaural (Over Ear)
  • Impedance: 50 ohms. What is Headphone Impedance?
  • 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 Special edition black!


This is a luscious set of headphones to be quite honest. The ivory and maroon is unique and adds a nice overall touch to the look and feel of these babies. What you get from these first and foremost is neutrality. They are an honest set of cans, and will not color your sound source in any way. They also provide exceptional clarity, sound-stage, and are extremely durable as well as comfortable. The velour ear pads are pretty much a staple in great headphones these days. They are raved about in nearly every review as being some of the most comfortable cans you can buy.

These are designed to give the same out-put levels across the entire range of frequencies. If you’re looking for hard hitting bass, you may want to check out the Beyerdynamic DT 990’s!

If you are looking for a predictable and even sound, and want longevity out of your purchase, you may want to consider the HD 598’s..

They are open backed, and do well in an isolated studio environment, absent of any extraneous noise and distraction. Please don’t buy these and expect them to be noise cancelling. They ARE NOT. 🙂 They do leak sound, so be aware of that.


  • remarkable 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?).
  • longevity. They will last a long time. Reviewers have frequently come back to amazon to give a glowing update years later on these puppies.
  • durable, and not prone to breaking down.
  • detachable/replaceable cable.


  • Cable is a bit long for some peoples taste. 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.

My Video Review

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What they are good for/with

  1. classical and jazz, 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.

What is Soundstage?

  1. They benefit from a DAC/amp.
  2. A good amp/dac combo to go with these: Fiio E10K
  3. mixing in an isolated studio environment
  4. critical listening
  5. acoustic tracks
  6. video games, providing those subtle sounds that gamers crave

What they aren’t good for

  • noise-cancelling or sound reduction
  • bass-heads

Amp/DAC requirements

At 50 Ohms, these don’t necessarily require an amp, but do benefit from one as mentioned above. How to choose a headphone amp!


Reviewers rave about every aspect of these beasts. From their uncolored, natural sound, to the unbelievable comfort, to pure aesthetic. The sound-stage they provide is nothing short of sensational, 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.

Final Word

So as for the question, Should you buy the Sennheiser HD 598’s? I would say that’s a resounding yes.

Brian: “Uhh that would be a yes for me sir”

Principal Vernon: “Sit down Johnson”

Brian: “Thank you, sir.”

-Breakfast club (modified)

Lol but anywho, these are great for mixing as they provide you with proven results in the studio as far as neutrality and even sound. They are an open back model and do leak sound however, so know that you may want to be in a somewhat isolated environment. If not, people will be able to hear what you’re listening to. They aren’t suited for on the go situations and do much better in home.

They also aren’t a bass heads headphone, so don’t expect to be blown away in that regard. They do however provide a clean, tight bass response, are very comfortable, and have a great mid-range and sound-stage.


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?


Well that’s about it for today folks! I hope I’ve shed some light on these headphones, and helped you to decide if they are right for you.

If you have any other questions or comments, let me know down below or Contact me!

Are these headphones worth the investment to you? What are some of your favorite models?

I very much look forward to speaking with you..

All the best and God Bless,





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Sennheiser HD 598






Build Quality





  • Extremely Comfortable
  • Great Soundstage
  • Amazing Mids
  • Very Neutral
  • Great Build Quality


  • bass may be lacking to some
  • chord a bit long for some peoples taste

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