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Sennheiser HD 598 - Burl Wood Accents

Over-Ear Professional 50 Ohm Open-Back Burl Wood Audiophile Headphones w/ Luxurious Velour Padding


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The HD 598 Sennheiser is the epitome of Sennheiser, one of the leading headphones manufacturers on the planet. These premium headphones offer impeccable sound quality combined with unparalleled comfort for an out-of-this-world listening experience. The HD 598 is an eye catcher with its cream colored, high-gloss burl wood finish and sleek headphone design. Included with the HD 598's is a single sided, 10 ft cord ideal for connecting to any music device and a ¼” adapter to allow for studio applications. Spoil yourself with the Sennheiser HD 598 headphones.

Open Back Design for an Immersive Listening ExperienceLegendary Sennheiser Sound

Sennheiser spared no expense with with HD 598 over-ear headphones. High quality components offer you an outstanding acoustic performance while the special diaphragm geometry combines with a highly constant, compressed cellulose fleece to all but eliminates intermodulation distortion. These headphones are open back allowing for a highly analytical frequency response. The patented Duofol™ diaphragms reduce comb filter effects and distortion, ensuring crystal clear, natural sound quality.

E.A.R Design

When you buy a pair of headphones, you should treat yourself to something amazing. A premium pair of headphones can completely transform your music, and the HD-598 headphones will do just that. Sennhesier's Ergonomic Acoustic Refinement (E.A.R) technology allows the audio signal to be channeled directly into your ear for the finest sound quality possible. This specially designed audio channelling gives you better overall sound quality simply because the sound waves run into less resistance getting to your ear drums.

The HD 598 Headphones Were Designed with Comfort in MindLuxurious Comfort

To accentuate the amazing sound quality of the HD 598 headphones, Sennheiser put just as much thought into the aethstetics and comfort aspects. With the HD 598 headphones, you'll be able to listen to your music in pure bliss for hours on end without experiencing the slightest discomfort. Elliptically shaped plush oversized velour earpads fully enclose the ear for a natural, comfortable fit and a premium leatherette headband provides the finishing touch on these exceptional headphones.

Based on the merits of sound quality alone, we would rate the HD 598 as a 9.5. These cans sound remarkable, perhaps the best we've heard under $500.

- Caleb Denison,

General Features:

  • Over-Ear Professional Open-Back Audiophile Headphones
  • Over-ear design
  • E.A.R. (Eargonomic Acoustic Refinement) for excellent accuracy and clarity
  • Neodymium magnet system for dynamic frequency response
  • Gloss burl wood parts for sophisticated finish designed after European Sedans
  • Lightweight aluminum voice coils produce life-like details and imagery and minimize weight
  • Duofol diaphragms for transparency and minimal distortion
  • Extremely Lush, and Comfortable Brown Velour Ear Pads (542191) and headband
  • Surround reflector for extended spatial sound field
  • Tangle-free cable for convenient listening
  • Adjustable headband for comfortable listening sessions
  • Gold-plated, corrosion-resistant stereo jack
  • Detachable Single Sided Headphone Cable (3 Meters)
  • Primary Color Tone: Premium Beige with Polished Burl Wood Finish
  • Additional Color Accent(s): Brown Earpads, Cream (Beige Cream) Headband Pads, Black Metal Mesh
  • Manufacturer Part Number: 504633
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 2 Year Manufacturer's Warranty

Product Specifications:

  • Speaker Type: Dynamic Driver
  • Headphone Fit: Over/Around-Ear
  • Transducer Principle: Open-Back (Open-Aire)
  • Frequency Response: 12-38,500 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 112 dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 50 Ohms
  • THD (Total Harmonic Distortion): <0.1%
  • Magnet Material: Neodymium
  • Cable Length: 10 Feet (3 Meters)
  • Weight Without Cable: 9.52 oz (225g)

Sennheiser HD 598 Parts:

What's in the Box?

Sennheiser HD 598 What's in the Box?
  1. Sennheiser HD 598 Headphones
  2. Detachable 10 ft. Cable
  3. 3.5 mm Adapter

Headphone Design

Headphone Type

Headphone type refers to the construction of the headphones.

Around the Ear means that the headphones wrap around the ear to provide a secure fit. This is most often seen in active and sports headphones.

Around the Neck means that the headphones wrap around the neck. This is also seen in active and sports headphones.

Earbuds means that the right and left sides of the headphones are separated and will fit securely into the ear. These are small, compact, and user friendly.

Over the Head headphones mean that the right and left speakers are connected with a support that goes over the head and rests on top. This is the typical headphone type.

Over the Head
Earpiece Design

This is the design of the earpieces on the headphones. Some headphones go inside the ear, while others rest on the outside of the ear. This helps you know exactly what type of headphones you will be receiving.

In-Ear: The ear buds go into the ear. Most often, the right and left ear buds are two separate pieces.

Enclosed-Ear: Usually are found on the larger headphones. They rest on top of the ear and have padding for comfort, as well as enclosing the ear to the speaker. This type of headphone helps to filter out surrounding noise.

On-Ear: This type of headphone involves the speaker sitting gently on the ear without going in the ear or sealing it off.

Specifically For
Some headphones can use an IR Transmitter in your vehicle, while some can be plugged into your media device and be used on the go or at home.

This is the lifestyle that the headphones are designed for. Each style has unique features that make it perfect for particular people.

Designed for those that are active. These headphones are made to stay in the ear during workouts. Whether you frequent the gym a lot or go running outside in the fresh air, these active style headphones will be your best friend.

For those that need the best in music quality. These audiophile headphones are engineered to produce high fidelity and accurate audio replication.

Disc Jockeys (DJs) require a special type of headphone that can meet their professional needs. These headphones are durable, loud, and will often allow for one ear listening.

Fashion Enthusiast:
For those that want to make a fashion statement with their headphones. Not only are these headphones designed with great sound quality in mind, but also great looks!

This lifestyle speaks for itself! If you love video games and want a pair of headphones that will deliver explosive sound and allow you to communicate with others, this is where you need to shop!

Music Lover:
These headphones are made to sound great. They are designed to produce rich, brilliant sounds that will play your music in a manner that the artists would appreciate. These headphones are for those that love music.

Musical Production / Recording Artists:
You're a music creator. Whether you're producing and mixing it down or in the studio recording yourself, you need a pair of headphones that will reproduce the music perfectly without any coloration. Look here for reference quality studio monitoring headphones.

Headphones need to be affordable and durable to keep up with the student lifestyle. A variety of styles can be considered a pair of student headphones.

Those that often find themselves on planes or on the road a lot. These headphones are compact, lightweight, and have a portable design. Some of the headphones in this lifestyle will feature noise cancellation technology that will help shut out outside noise.

Music Lover
Acoustic Principle
The basic design of the headphones. There are 3 different types: Open: Have ports that allow air through the back of the diaphragms, enabling the headphones to sound like the music is coming from an outside source. Closed: Completely sealed and have no air passing through the diaphragms. Sounds like you are in a closed off room. Semi-open: Have slots or ports in the back of the cup and are partially open. This allows for a mixed sound between an open and closed headphone.

General Features

Noise Reduction technology removes unwanted noise from a signal. Background or ambient noise can be removed to produce clearer speech and enhanced hearing. Typically these Active Noise Canceling (ANC) headphones are powered and use batteries to activate the noise canceling technology. Also referred to as Noise Reduction or Noise Cancellation.
Headphone Connection
This is how the headphones connect to the audio source.

Corded means that the headphones use a cord to transfer the audio signal.

Wireless means that the audio signal is transmitted wirelessly to the headphones.

1/4" Stereo Jack Adapter
Some headphones will come with a 1/4" stereo jack adapter to connect the usual 3.5mm jack to a 1/4" stereo plug.

1/4" Stereo jack is a larger audio jack that select electronics have.

Volume Adjustment
Volume Adjustment means that the headphone (independent of the source) can adjust the playback volume. Many headphones and ear buds have in-line volume control, which allows adjusting the audible volume from a switch on the headphones cord. Other headphones have a volume knob on the headphone can.
Built-In Microphone
This means that the headphones or earbuds have a built-in microphone. This can be a microphone on the cord, built into the headphone, or even a boom microphone. These mics can be used for music devices like iPods, for Smartphones to make and receive calls, or for gaming purposes.
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
12 - 38500 Hz
An efficiency or sensitivity rating tells you how effectively a speaker converts power into sound. The higher the number, the more efficient the speaker and the louder it will play with the same input power. An efficient speaker helps you maximize your available power. Most sensitivity ratings measure the speaker's output with 1 watt of input, 1 meter from the speaker. Some speakers' sensitivity is measured with 2.83 volts of input, instead of 1 watt.
Efficiency (1w/1m) is not an accurate indicator of a subwoofer's output capability and should not be used as a comparison to other speakers or subwoofers to determine which one is "louder".
112 dB
Driver Type
The physical design of the driver in the headphones.
The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
50 ohms
Primary Color
This is the main color of the item.
Secondary Color
A color that compliments the main color of the product.

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
2 years
Labor Warranty Duration
2 years
Warranty Provider

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

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Average Attribution Rating



Sennheiser HD598 Headphones

November 21, 2013

I liked the looks of these phones the second I saw them. You really do forget that you're wearing them and many times I'd get up to do something and realize I was still tethered. They are not tight enough to dance with unless your geriatric. Even though they're not broken in yet, the sound quality is far and away better than any other phones I've owned. The bass is present not strident, the treble never saturates and the midrange is silky but extremely defined. Familiar tracks take on a new dimension with greater separation and depth of field because of the open air design. They sound great on my iPad but really show off their pedigree when hooked to serious audiophile equipment. I've always respected Sennheiser over the years and even though these are made in China and not Germany, they still have a passion for sound.

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Great Headphones

January 2, 2014

Purchased the HD 598 headphones after using the HD-555 for some time. The 598 is a clear step up in audio performance. Not an huge fan of the appearance, but headphones are not a fashion statement for me.

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Great quality, price and store

December 28, 2013

Audiophile grade headphones for a very reasonable price! I'm very glad to ear my favorite music with HD 598.

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East Peoria ,IL

Great Value !! I love them !!!

June 24, 2014

I would say these are the best head phone's I have ever heard and are so comfortable to listen to for hour's .they are great !!!

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Royal Oak, MI

Great Headphones

December 3, 2013

I bought these to replace my HD 448s. The overall sound these things put out is great. I got a bigger head and they sit just right on my head, not too loose or tight. I run them off my home AV receiver 99% of the time but they also sound great and get plenty loud from the Mp3 Player.

This is my sixth pair of Sennheiser headphones and by far my favorite.

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Based on the reviews of studio headphones on YouTube, I reckon this product is the best value-for-money, based on this price range
Xolani M on Sep 1, 2014
listening while working or studying
Bing X on Aug 26, 2014
good price
KUNYOUL S on Sep 1, 2014

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