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Sennheiser HD 598 Over-ear Headphone Review

Though these cans aren't perfect, they should easily satisfy a large swath of audiophile consumers.

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Frequency Response

For those of you out there that are very demanding with your cans' frequency response, take a gander at that of the Sennheiser HD 598s: it's very flat. The bass frequencies and the beginning of the mid-tones are ever so slightly emphasized, but overall the Sennheiser HD 598s stay well within our ideal limits, and only run into issues at the very high end (we're talking the very highest end of sibiliance and definition of treble frequencies beyond 10kHz). Very well done, Sennheiser!

Frequency Response Graph

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Distortion

Surprisingly enough, the Sennheiser HD 598s actually do have a teeny tiny amount of distortion in the very lowest end, but nothing that is going to be annoying to you. Audiophiles will be quick to point out any imperfection, but speaking as a Linguist, this editor can tell you that very few people at all will ever be able to hear this.

Distortion Graph

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Tracking

The response of the Sennheiser HD 598s aren't perfect, but any swing in channel preference is typically below 2dB, which will be incredibly hard to hear, even if you're looking for it.

Tracking Graph

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Sound Quality
  4. Isolation
  5. Comfort
  6. Usability
  7. Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO Comparison
  8. Sennheiser HD 555 Comparison
  9. Etymotic Research mc5 Comparison
  10. Bowers & Wilkins PF-M5I Comparison
  11. Conclusion
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