Today we look at the good old Sennheiser HD598, a good and affordable headphone loved by many of you.
The Sennheiser HD598 was an odd headphone but it’s still one my favourite. It’s lightweight, comfy, open-back and was supposed to be a cheaper alternative of the HD6XX series (no, not the Massdrop ones).
Today, this headphone isn’t sold by Sennheiser anymore, since they replaced it by the HD599. But, somehow I achieved to find one, brand new and sealed… so I just bought it.
The first noticeable thing with the Sennheiser HD598 is its design. When all the headphones of the brands match the premium/high-end image of their maker with black or deep blue colours, the HD598 wears a beige/brown robe. Nothing like the Momentum Ivory of course, more like some old Jaguar seats, the ones you can found at 80’ British shows. Yes, those.
Brown velour, beige headband, black grill circled with brown glossy Burr Walnut. A magical association if you ask me and the headphone looking exactly like my previous Mercedes interior. In fact, it’s the most car-like headphone I know, more than Maserati B&W headphones. My friends find it bloody awful looking, but I won’t take advice from people who don’t love wooden crescent.
On their website, Sennheiser explains how much technology the HD598 is embedding. E.A.R (stands for Eargonomic Acoustic Refinement), Duofol membranes, neodymium drivers, velours pads and a pleather headset… Strangely, the brand assures you that the Sennheiser HD598 won’t get you complains from your co-workers, even with the open-back design. As a lone wolf, I can’t say alas, I work alone and my friends left me after I tried to demonstrate how beautiful this headphone was.
Sound wise, it’s one my favorite headphones, even more than the mighty HD650. The bass especially gave me a strong impression, even with some basic amplification. Maybe I’m too accustomed to planars and CIEMs with my recent listening. Dynamic range is good, sound is fairly neutral and it’s a great all-rounder. You can either use it for music or film, or even gaming ! Not that you can’t with a HD800, but the HD598 feels more suited.
For fun, I took out my good old Sennheiser HDVD800. It’s clearly overkill for this headphone but if you could, would you ? I could, so did I. A great experience if you ask me, lovely voices all the way and the combination didn’t feel as emotionless as the HD800 + HDVD800 combo. Another good match was… my iPad Pro. Not audiophile at all but there is something cool if you match both.
I think you’ve understood by now, I really like this headphone. Whenever I just want to grab something to watch YouTube videos, check the news or simply chill in my bed, its been the HD598 theze last days. Sure, there are better options out there, but do they have glossy wood ? I don’t think so.