I love music. If you are anything like me, and like to listen to music every day with an audiophile device for your pleasure, you probably know how important it is to have a set of Hi-Fi or at least a headphone delivering high quality sound. I am using the SimAudio Moon Neo 340i amplifier together with a pair of ProAc Response D2 speakers. I love my Hi-Fi set with great sound. However, I also feel it is not so convenient that I could listen to music in a more simple way with such a big set of instruments each time I enjoy my favorite songs. An open back headphone with high quality like the Sennheiser HD 598SR Open-Back Headphone that has been earning a reputation for past months is a good solution to that. So I decided to do some research on this popular headphone for my daily use. And to share it with you in this Sennheiser HD 598SR headphone review is my pleasure.
Audiophile Grade Delivering Natural and Balanced Sound
Honestly, reviewing a headphone is subjective because different people will have different feelings in listening to music with the same headphone. Since the Sennheiser HD 598SR is an open back headphone, so you can easily get satisfactory sound from its open soundstage, which probably opens your eyes to a new listening experience. That is what people call sound leakage. However, the Sennheiser HD 598SR open back headphone is designed to do so. The over ear headphone is designed to be completely open that any other sound in your listening environment will come in and anybody near you will hear what you are listening to. That is to say you probably not use the Sennheiser HD 598SR headphone in public occasions. The headphone is for listening to music in an open environment for natural and balanced sound. So don’t expect it has as much bass as the beats does, which I just love for a consistent and balanced performance. That is Sennheiser, still the HD 598SR headphone is of audiophile grade.
Comfortable That All You Feel Is Sound
If you are a person who wears a headphone listening to music for a long time in a day, you probably want one that is comfortable while wearing it over your ears. The Sennheiser HD 598SR headphone is made to deliver exceptional wearing comfort for long listening sessions. The headphone is exceptionally light and equipped with a high quality padded leatherette headband and luxurious velour covered ear cushions, you will hardly notice it is there, leaving only your favorite music surrounding you, though it is strong and durable.
Seamless Connectivity, From Headphone To Headset
And you probably want a headphone that is compatible with almost all devices those have music output before you make your decision. The Sennheiser HD 598SR headphone has two detachable cables that one is a 3 meter cable with a 6.3mm jack to connect to your home AV or Hi-Fi system and the other is a 1.2 meter cable with a 3.5mm plug for use with any portable device listening to music which also features an in-line one button remote with microphone for controlling your music and making phone calls, in this way, turning your Sennheiser HD 598SR headphone into a headset. The headphone comes with a 6.3mm-to-3.5mm adaptor as well for your convenience to connect to your portable device or laptop, though you are likely to miss what the audiophile headphone really offers by doing that conversion. So you’d better get yourself a good enough amplifier to go with the HD 598SR headphone. Anyway, you can easily enjoy music with great quality sound by a simple and seamless connection to your current device with HD 598SR headphone.
Great quality you can expect the HD 598SR headphone has because it is built with Sennheiser technology including proprietary transducers and aluminum voice coils that deliver sound in the way of high efficiency, excellent dynamics and extremely low distortion. Moreover, the key secret that brings you the immersive sound of the HD 598SR headphone is a special Sennheiser invention called Ergonomic Acoustic Refinement, E.A.R. in short, standing for specially positioned transducers inside the ear cups that channel audio signals directly into your ears. So you can have a more realistic, spatial ( or so-called ‘in room’ ) listening experience by that technology.
Features & Specifications
- Built as full-sized open-backed and circum-aural to provide exceptional natural and balanced sound
- Made with high quality padded leatherette headband and luxurious velour covered ear pads, so you can have extreme comfort for long listening sessions
- Compatible with virtually every audio device, so you can enjoy your favorite music by a simple and easy connection to your current devices
- Uses 6.3mm plug and comes with two audio cables as well as an adaptor to be ready for your home and portable devices
- Provides an in-line one button remote and microphone as part of the cable with a 3.5mm plug, so you can control your music and take phone calls with that
- Dimensions: 8.1 x 4.1 x 9.4 inches
- Weight: 11.8 oz. (337 g), with cable
- Backed by a 2-year powerful warranty
- Impedance: 50 ohm
- Frequency response: 12- 38,500 Hz
- Sound pressure level (SPL): 112dBSPL (1kHz/1Vrms)
- THD, total harmonic distortion: <0.1% (1kHz, 100dBSPL)
- Cable length: 3m / 1.2m
Pros & Cons
Pros: Exceptionally light for wearing; Equipped with a high quality padded leatherette headband and luxurious velour covered ear pads for long listening sessions at comfort; Open back design for consistent, natural and balanced performance;
Cons: Leaks sound due to open back design but this is what it is designed to do.
Conclusion with Customer Reviews
Well, the Sennheiser HD 598SR open back headphone review should have real life customer reviews discussed for it, otherwise the review would not be complete. During the research time for this open back headphone, I found more than 3100 helpful customer reviews telling me that this headphone has an impressive 4.6 out of 5 stars rating. In other words, the vast majority of people have given this open back headphone the highest scores possible.
And for a further research on the customer reviews, I also noticed that there were some minor complaints about the sound isolation that the HD 598SR is not expected to have and it leaks sound instead, which is not so common though. However, for sure, that is not a problem because the HD 598SR is not designed to be sound isolating but instead designed to be completely open, which does give the headphone the unmatched soundstage it has. On the whole, the overall consensus is that the Sennheiser HD 598SR open back headphone is the best headphone for over ear wearing and open back design on this high level available near the $200 price point. So if you are looking for an open back headphone for natural and balanced sound, and want to wear it comfortably for all day long, I highly recommend the Sennheiser HD 598SR open back headphone.