The HD598 is a pair of open back headphones. They produce a smooth sound with a balanced tonality and a wide sound stage. These qualities make these headphones great for a wide range of music. The product is also built well and is comfortable for long hours of music listening.
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Pro Incredibly comfortable and can be worn for long hours straight
These headphones are extremely comfortable and can be worn with very little to no discomfort at all, even for hours at a time. This is primarily due to the large ear pads which feature a velour surface and a soft foam material underneath. The comfort of the headband is also notable. It features a synthetic leather material with a thick foam inside. In combination, these cushioned parts of the headphones feel like pillows on the head.
Pro Offers great value for money
These headphones are in a price range that is quite affordable, yet offers sound and build quality that is beyond the standards in its price bracket.
Pro Well balanced sound for a wide range of genres
These headphones have a sound that is fairly balanced. The bass takes a bit of a back seat compared to the mids and the highs. However, the bass does make its presence felt and should be enough to give fullness and punch to the sound. The mids are the star of these headphones' sound signature. They are clear and a little bit forward, which give a lot of extra detail and presence to guitars and vocals. The highs are pretty crisp and clean, and complement the other frequencies really well.
Pro Amazing soundstage
Even for an open back pair of headphones, the sound stage that the HD 598 produces is amazing. It is quite wide yet natural at the same time, which makes music listening seem like watching the artist perform the song live. This wide sound stage and great imaging also makes these headphones a nice choice for gaming. The quality of the soundstage makes it very easy for gamers to determine the position of other in-game characters through sound.
Pro Improved portability and easy cable maintenance or replacement thanks to the detachable cable
These headphones may be a bit large, but the detachable cable makes this pair much easier to bring along should you decide to take these on the go. This feature will also make it very easy for you to replace the cable should it get damaged.
Also, the detachable cable mechanism is a twist to lock system which minimizes the chances of the cable getting disconnected while in use.
Con Large amounts of leakage due to open back design
Anyone in the room with you will be able to hear anything coming from these headphones loud and clear.
Con Lackluster bass
Sennheiser are known for relatively mild lower ends. If you prefer huge bass you might be better off looking at other options.