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 Can be worn for hours without discomfort
The large ear pads 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 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
The bass takes a bit of a back seat compared to the other frequencies, yet is still 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 Great soundstage
Even for open back headphones, the soundstage that the HD 598 produces is amazing. It is quite wide yet natural at the same time, which makes it feel like you're listening to the artist perform in front of you live. This wide sound stage and great imaging also make these ideal for games and movies, as these can enhance audio immersion.
Pro Cable is detachable
This makes the headphones quite easy to store, and the cable easy to replace. Also, the attachment mechanism is a twist to lock system which minimizes the chances of the cable getting disconnected while in use.
Con Lackluster bass
Sennheiser headphones are known for relatively mild lower ends. If you prefer huge bass sounds, you might be better off looking at other options.
Con Leaks a lot of sound
The open design does not keep the audio within the ear cups. People in the room with you will be able to hear sound coming from these headphones.