Sennheiser HD 598 feels really comfortable in the ear and according to me, it is the most comfortable headphone set I have ever seen to date. I had it on for several hours along with my iPod Touch and my ears didn’t feel any fatigue at all. The sound quality is quite clean and audiophiles won’t have anything to complain about here. The treble detail here is more than its predecessors and the tonal balance too is brighter. If you like to groove to music for long hours, I would strongly recommend buying the Sennheiser HD 598.
Sennheiser HD 598 has a deep bass and it has a big power and impact. I heard drums drums on Grizzly Bear’s “Vecktimest” CD and they were awesome. The soundstage too is really spacious and the open quality of the headphones works quite well in movies like the “Cairo Time.” I watched the movie and was completely immersed in the tiny details that the headphones delivered right in my ears. The cost of this set might be a bit high but then it is really worth spending the money if you are enthusiastic about music.
Sennheiser HD 598 was then tested with some live shows and here to the quality was better than what I expected. The clarity and the liveliness of the recording is preserved well by the headphones but the drive might fall a bit short for few listeners while listening on the iPod.
I won’t recommend the Sennheiser HD 598 to you if you are only going to use it with the portable music players like iPod. Bowers & Wilkins are priced similarly but there is also the P5 set with more transparency and dynamism. The bass definition too is better if you are listening to music on the iPod. However, if you are using headphone amplifier or receiver, I would recommend the Sennheiser HD 598.
I compared this set with Monster’s Breat Pro full size headphones and it easily demonstrates the difference between the two sets. Bass on the Beats Pro has more punch and the treble detailis more too. This gives you better and exciting sound but the one on Sennheiser HD 598 is more accurate sounding. The sound field on the Beats Pro is within the head of the listener and that on the Sennheiser HD 598 allows sound to come from outside of the earcups.