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#2484959 - Today at 05:30 AM Sennheiser HD598 on sale for $95
pwl Offline
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Registered: 05/31/13
Posts: 257
Loc: Bay Area CA
I've been one of the forum members praising the Sennheiser HD598 headphones from time to time. So I thought I'd bring this to anyone's attention who may be considering the 598's:

Amazon (US) has a deal of the day on the HD598SE - same headphone but in a stylish-looking black (instead of cream and brown), and including an additional (shorter) cable for use with portable devices. $95.

I'm having a VERY hard time resisting the impulse to pick up a pair of these, even though I already own a cream/brown pair!

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#2484971 - Today at 06:45 AM Re: Sennheiser HD598 on sale for $95 [Re: pwl]
Hendrik42 Offline
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Registered: 01/19/15
Posts: 385
Loc: Germany
In Germany for 99 Euro, as well. Thats a deal. I was on the brink for better headphones anyway, so brought one. Black, how nice!

Thanks, pwl!
Kawai CN35. Daughter wanted a piano, so we got one. Now who'll learn faster? ;-)

#2484972 - Today at 06:46 AM Re: Sennheiser HD598 on sale for $95 [Re: pwl]
Tiger22 Offline
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Registered: 01/29/14
Posts: 12
I'm an HD598 fan also. I already have a pair but I can't resist a second pair at that price so thanks for posting the deal here. Sigh - that's my promise to resist temptation and not buy anything today out the window....!

#2484984 - Today at 08:04 AM Re: Sennheiser HD598 on sale for $95 [Re: pwl]
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Registered: 04/06/07
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Loc: Boynton Beach, FL
Wow, thanks for the heads up! Now to convince hubby... smile
private piano/voice teacher FT

#2484998 - Today at 09:25 AM Re: Sennheiser HD598 on sale for $95 [Re: pwl]
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#2485009 - Today at 10:12 AM Re: Sennheiser HD598 on sale for $95 [Re: pwl]
Alexander Borro Online   content
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Registered: 06/18/14
Posts: 506
Loc: UK
That's really good price, I got mine for more or less that on ebay one time and love them for piano use.

I would sum them up as follows personally, FWIW, for anyone thinking whether they may like to buy them blind without trying and wonder what they sound like.

The good:

Very comfortable, light on the head, there is none of the getting warm under the pads very quickly, for me anyway

Very flat response, in that sense they surpass the more costly HD 650 and are more on level of the HD600.

Easy to drive, no concerns for whatever piano whatever you plug them into, it will drive them just fine.

Very spacious sound and good projection and sense of mental imaging, as is the advantage of open back designs, you really get a sense where sounds are coming from.

on the whole the sound signature is very laid back and relaxing, trebles are not in any way piercing for those that tend to get ear fatique easily, these are perfect I would say for that, because of that you can actually turn them up without getting that feeling you ears are being hammered, for pianos and large dynamics range sounds this makes them very comfortable on the ears for long term use I find.

For me I find it a great combo for pianoteq, it take the somewhat metallic harshness out of it an make it sound a bit more natural overall.

The perhaps not so good:

Due to the laid back sound signature, and the recessed upper range they do not come across as terribly detailed sounding or forwards. I'd actually put these more in the circle of nice to listen to headphones, not reference headphones, even though they are very flat in response.

If you want to pick up every nuance or pick out a bad recordings and do mixing. I'd use something else, they are actually rather flattering to the sound and smooth I think, not in any way harsh. To my ears that is just right, it sounds very natural to like how sounds come across in the open air in nature, but nothing is overstated with these headphones, but at the same time everything is there just enough.

Related to this I would say some may find this sound a bit recessed and boring, not exciting enough for some. As someone once put once it remember well, and IMHO, he hit the nail on the head:

When you listen to classical music like an orchestra, it is like sitting in the audience as a spectator, there is this slightly distant quality to the sound stage. If you want to experience what it sounds like to sit on the stage amongst other instruments, then look at something like grado territory, AKG etc then that would be more for you. I agree totally with this.

bass extension is good enough for me, enough for piano for sure, but there is better in the same price range, you'll not get the very deepest of bass. It is quite common for many headphones to have a bit of a lift around 100 HZ and below by about 2 to 3 dB. Many closed backs do too, and if you are used to that type of bass, you may find them a bit lacking at first, but can easily get used to it when you listen to them a while.

Stereo imaging is not the most accurate, it sounds really good an spacious and natural due to wide soundstage, but must not be confused with stereo width and space. There is actually a little bit of mistiming an phase issues due coordination issues between left and right. Once you have heard a phone with more accurate timing you would hear that difference straight away, but if you never heard anything different you'd never know. To me it just doesn't sound the most accurate in that regard compared others I used on and off.

Some frequencies and areas for vocals in particular,there are some problems areas with distortions too. Also, not the fastest drivers. If you like rapid beats and bass stuff, again these may be a little lacking for that, still very respectable though for that type of use.

Overall these are not the tidiest cleanest sounding headphones in this price range if you were to buy them at stock price in terms of sound perfection, if there is such a thing, but overall they just sound lovely ... to me, a sound signature you can cuddle to with some warmth like a Xmas evening by the open fire laugh In this case it is true however that the more you pay in this range the HD600 and HD650 are better in that regard ( but note, amps often needed for the latter too ) still my can of choice is the hd598, I had the other two briefly and they have come and gone because of the convenience factor. Also the HD 598 surpasses both of these more expensive brethren in terms of soundstage IMO.

For the elderly and if you are ears are beginning to struggle a bit, again you may find them sounding somewhat recessed and looking for that bit of a mids to treble boost, then look elsewhere perhaps.

They let in external sound as do all open backs, if you want isolation from external sounds, this is not for you.

cable is a bit thin and flimsy, for example if you tap it you can hear it through the phones. If you walk around a bit and the cable is moving and touching things you can hear those knocks transmitted through the phones. To me that is no issue, I don't do that.

Hope that helps smile
Self taught since June 2014.
Books: Barratt classic piano course book 1,2,3. Humphries Piano handbook, various others.
Casio Celviano AP 450 & various peripherals.

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#2485073 - Today at 02:01 PM Re: Sennheiser HD598 on sale for $95 [Re: pwl]
toddy Online   content
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Registered: 09/30/11
Posts: 2427
Loc: Portugal
All these fantastic offers - I've been window shopping these headphones for ages......and they sound as if they'd make a good counterpart for my HD215 which are not at the same level, but are sort of poor man's reference phones costing about €80: very unflattering but fairly detailed ).

However these HD598 would be on a higher level altogether, for almost the same price.....first the Grandeur at half price & Vintage D 30% off - now these. Get thee behind me Satan!
Roland HP 302 / Samson Graphite 49

Reaper / NI Komplete 9 Ult. / Audiophile 2496
Mics: SP B1 & MXL V67g/ Monitors: Yamaha HS7s .

Prudence is a rich ugly old maid courted by Incapacity. He who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence.
William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven & heck

#2485129 - 29 seconds ago Re: Sennheiser HD598 on sale for $95 [Re: toddy]
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Registered: 08/23/10
Posts: 671
I have HD280 (don't use as much now) and
2 pairs of Audio Technica ATM50's- would you recommend I give the 598's a chance? It seems like the best deal I have seen all day; but I don't know if I need them. Off topic, I got Bose Soundcolor's for my Ipod Touch this summer- so might have enough already
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