If you are a fan of the Beats by Dre range of headphones then it is safe to assume that you like your headphones to stand out from the dreary black and grey offerings that so many other manufacturers currently offer on the market. The Dre Beats headphones certainly do stand out from much the pack in terms of looks and sound quality but there are some good alternatives around, and the HD 598 headphones from the legendary headphone maker that is Sennheiser could be one of those. These headphones ooze high-end luxury and screams look at me, but is the beauty also skin-deep?
In terms of looks this is certainly a bold offing from Sennheiser. The HD 598 looks very eye-catching with its leather coated headband, high-gloss burl wood finish and dominant beige color coupled with hints of brown. The wide-open soundstage has a luxurious look and feel to it with the thick, tan colored padding for the ear cushions.
The cable for the HD 598 is quite long at 10ft with a ¼ inch plug at the end. Fortunately the cable is detachable which should make storing the headphones a little more convenient. The cable plugs securely into the headphones using a twist and lock feature which ensures that the cable will not be accidentally pulled out of the headphones mid-Britney Spears track.
Okay so if you are lover of the big bass sounds that are reproduced in the Beats by Dre headphones then these may not be the ideal alternative. The Sennheiser HD 598s strive to reproduce accurate base notes rather than eardrum breaking sounds and this is actually done very well. What you can expect here is deep, smooth and the right amount of guttural bass when needed.
The wide-open soundstage on the Sennheiser HD 598 helps it to reproduce realistic sounds but much of this sound will escape out the back meaning that you will find it difficult to keep your music completely private. In terms of noise cancelation these are not the best headphones around either because they offer no noise cancelation at all; this means that you need to find somewhere very quiet in order to fully appreciate the music coming from the 598s.
What People Say
The Sennheiser HD 598s are a decent pair of headphones. They offer good quality realistic sounds inside a nice luxurious package. However these are not ideal for anything other than using in the home. The lack of noise cancellation and the fact that everyone will be able to hear what you are listening to means that these are more suited to people with a preference for using their headphones indoors. As a pair of indoor headphones though, there are very few others on the market to rival the Sennhesier HD 598s, especially at a price of less than $500.
Music for which you want to turn the volume up
The Sennheiser 598s are great for listening to anything from Michael Buble to Beethoven. It is also ideal for when you are playing video games or watching a movie.
Music for which they are best left unplugged
The HD 598s will not reproduce big bass sounds very well so lovers of things like Hip-Hop, dubstep or dance music are not likely to not find these headphones very satisfying in terms of sound.