A total of 11 reviews of this product on Reddit.
The price of the Sennheiser HD598 seems to have fallen recently—it’s around the 150 USD range on Amazon, putting it just within your budget. It’s great for casual listening and isn’t very fatiguing. It’s also mostly flat, but it does have a slight boost in the low mids—this makes it glaringly obvious when you have mud in your mix, but it makes it hard to gauge what’s going on in the sub-bass.
If you change your mind and get gaming headset, look up the hyper x Cloud 2, those are nice quality and arent all that expensive.
As for regular headphones, the ones i see recommended most are the Sennheiser HD 598, those are apparently REALLY good. Amazon reviews confirm that.
Please help me out! I want to purchase Sennheiser HD598 Headphones. First of all I am in Canada and here is an amazon link I found:
Burl Wood accent for $180 where I save $200. I think that this is a great deal and all other website sell these headphones for much more. I’m just making sure, this is a real deal right? I’m still getting the exact same headphone that is being sold for $300 on their official website?
And now I have a weirder question…. what is so special about the special addition?
On the amazon page is says that the special edition is compatible on almost all devices, such as phones and the burl wood accent one doesn’t say that. Does this mean that the burl wood one won’t work on my phone (im mostly using it for gaming on my pc anyways but it would be nice to use when im travelling)???? Also, why is the special edition $20 MORE but the list price for it is only $200, while the list price for burl wood is $380?
I am just really confused now as this will be my first “real” headphones and want to make sure I am getting what I am paying for and not missing out on anything.
THANKS A LOT 🙂
EDIT: ALSO FOR SOME REASON ON THE CAD WEBSITE THE SPECIAL EDITION COSTS $20 MORE BUT ON THE USA AMAZON SITE IT IS $2 CHEAPER THAN THE WOOD ONE. But just making sure, what are the differences between them?
Sennheiser HD 598, open back, beige. Bought late last year. Anything more specific you’re looking for?
EDIT: The amazon link for the headphones https://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-HD-598-Over-Ear-Headphones/dp/B0042A8CW2/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1498262501&sr=8-4&keywords=hd+598
No, those look like the ivory colored old version (without the microphone).
Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-HD-598-Over-Ear-Headphones/dp/B0042A8CW2
Can’t really go wrong with anything in that list. I’d add the Sennheiser HD 598 though. Especially since they are a really good deal on Amazon right now:
I took a second look at the Head-fi purchasing guide (I find it confusing) and also bought a pair of headphones suggested to me here, the 598s. However, I hate the way they sound and want to return them, and I was wondering if anyone could make a suggestion for a replacement. I’d love to go somewhere to hear any set of headphones for myself, but no such place exists within an hour’s drive for me.
Budget Originally I wrote $100 as a flexible limit, but ideally $150, flexible, but no more than $200. If it’s necessary that I need an amp to make them sound good, I’d rather not buy them. I don’t have the extra money to get an amp.
Source Case-integrated input/output hub.
Requirements for Isolation None.
Will you be using these Headphones in Public? No
Preferred Type of Headphone Preferably full-sized. On-ear makes my ears hurt.
Preferred tonal balance Unfortunately I’m not entirely sure what specific things the terms used here reference, despite the the reading I’ve done, but bassy and tinny sounds give me a headache.
Past headphones – I wasn’t very specific the first time but here’s a comprehensive list now that I’m on PC and can look for everything:
[Current problem] Sennheiser HD 598 – I didn’t order from Amazon, and also yes they’re authentic. They’re shipped from Sennheiser but I didn’t order from Sennheiser. I don’t like how muffled everything sounds. I messed around with EQ and while I can make voices sound clearer, any more silky sort of sounds sound tinny.* I noticed that cymbals tended to sound clear, but guitar and synth sounded like it was played through a towel.
Skullcandy UPROCK S5URDZ-074 – Everything sounded tinny or muffled. Everything.
AxentWear – Felt like listening to music through a pillow or in a box. Everything sounded distant and heavy. Also they’re heavy headphones and made my neck hurt like all hell. I still own them. I still don’t like them.
Various pairs of Gummys, more Gummys, and Skullcandy Ink’d. They all sounded fine, aside from bass sounding nearly non-existent. They were clear and I liked that at least. But I want to upgrade in hopes of doing my hearing some justice and lessen the chance that I’ll give myself extreme tinnitus.
Preferred Music – I listen to most genres, but there’s a specific sound that I enjoy.* Specific examples, some with time-stamps:
The synth roll sounds at within the first 10 seconds
The synth alternating note sound. Sort of like ABCBCBC. Sorry, I don’t study music so I don’t know what they are
All of this song. Everything sounds muffled
The guitar at any point in this song
Sorry I can’t use proper terms for anything.
It’s nice that I can finally hear the bass in many songs, but I hate that I have to trade in clarity. Also, the bass can be a bit thumpy and excessive. I want to hear it, but I don’t want my brain to be rattled in the process.
The sounds I like the most tend to be very synthy. I actually love the sound of violin for example. My absolute favorite sound is the first two seconds of this song. Currently listening on the 598s. Sounds muffled.
*The silky sound that violin has or that sharp, sort of bouncy sound that synth has. I also love electric guitar, especially that within Djent. I’m a sucker for that sort of complex/conflicting sound.
What would you like to improve on from your set-up – If detail is all those synthy and violin sounds I like, then more detail?
^^^I ^^^hope ^^^I ^^^don’t ^^^sound ^^^demanding. ^^^I’m ^^^just ^^^really ^^^specific ^^^about ^^^what ^^^I ^^^like ^^^in ^^^sound, ^^^but ^^^unfortunately ^^^that ^^^don’t ^^^do ^^^too ^^^good ^^^with ^^^my ^^^lack ^^^of ^^^knowledge..
On the amazon app, they are $150. Worth it?
I am going to buy the Sennheiser 598s from Amazon.
Is there any difference between the cheaper black version versus the ivory other than color?
Should I get a DAC/AMP? I’ve heard the Fiio E10K is pretty good, but is it necessary? Are there any cheaper options?
Bonus Question (General DAC/AMP question, not headphone related)
- Will my motherboard affect my DAC/AMP at all or is it completely seperate? I have the Z97 PC Mate.
It’s true. Even says so on the Amazon page. It might mention it on the box too, I forget.
Why are the Sennheiser HD 598 so overpriced on Amazon? I really like the brown color scheme. The newer model, Sennheiser HD 598 SR, only comes in black and is $90 cheaper.