HD 598

Get the full audio experience without disturbing the neighbors. Advanced sound technology, amazing looks and incredible comfort make these headphones a genuinely high-end addition to your home entertainment system.
Article No. 504633
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ 4.9
31 Reviews


Not only are the HD 598 aesthetically pleasing to the eyes but they also provide impeccable sound quality and unrivalled comfort. These beige-coloured, open, circumaural headphones come with high-gloss burl wood parts and matching earpads for a sophisticated, premium finish.

With Sennheiser‘s innovative E.A.R. technology, audio signals are directly channeled into your ears. These headphones also incorporate a special diaphragm geometry that minimizes intermodulation distortion while delivering an impressive frequency response range, plus a highly constant compressed cellulose fleece to hold harmonic distortion to less than 0.1%.

To accentuate the already outstanding listening experience even further, their high-quality leatherette headband and velour earpads provide outstanding wearing comfort and luxury, even for long listening sessions.


  • High-end open circumaural headphones with E.A.R. technology for outstanding sonic accuracy and clarity

  • Sennheiser's innovative "Eargonomic Acoustic Refinement" (E.A.R.) design channels audio signals directly into your ears

  • State-of-the-art, advanced Duofol diaphragms for transparency and minimal distortion

  • Highly optimised, field-strengthened neodymium ferrous magnet systems for an excellent dynamic response

  • Surround reflector for extended spatial sound field

  • Lightweight aluminium voice coils for high efficiency and excellent dynamics

  • Special diaphragm geometry reduces intermodulation distortion

  • Highly constant, compressed cellulose fleece reduces total harmonic distortion

  • Premium beige and high-gloss burl wood parts for a sophisticated finish

  • Extremely comfortable velour ear pads and headband

  • Excellent connectivity, also with home Hifi equipment

  • 2-year warranty

What's in the box?

  • 1 x HD 598 headphones
  • 1 x 3.5 mm adapter

Technical Data

  • Wearing style
  • Color
  • Impedance
    50 Ω
  • Frequency response
    12 - 38500 Hz
  • Sound pressure level (SPL)
    112 dB (1 kHz/1 Vrms)
  • THD, total harmonic distortion
    < 0,1 % (1 kHz/100 dB SPL)
  • Ear coupling
  • Jack plug
    6.3 mm
  • Cable length
    3 m OFC single -sided, exchangeable
  • Transducer principle
    dynamic, open
  • Weight
    270 g
Reviews (31)
4.9 of 5 ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Giuliano I.
    Milan - Italy
    Best Headphones for the Price-range

    Overall a great buy, absolutely worth the price. Sound feels amazing and the materials are great. Got the black ones.


    -Clear and High quality sound -Comfortable wearing -Detachable cable (anti-cat-eating-cables, true story) -Really worth the price


    -Some sound gets out of it if you play music LOUD


    -Home for my personal preference, but could be used everywhere


    I would recommend this to a friend.

  • Paddy C
    Melbourne, Australia
    Incredible Audio Quality, Just As Well Built

    Four years ago I bought these headphones. I can sometimes be a little rough with my tech, so I was very worried that $300 later I'd be in need of a new pair. I couldn't have been more wrong. I wish I was joking, but I think these things have spent more time rolling off my desk and smacking onto all manner of hard surfaces than they have on my head, and all they have to show for it is a light scuff on the headband! The best in its class, and oh my will I be keeping them. Much duct tape and Blu-Tac later, and they're still going strong.


    Clear and Rich Audio, Amazingly sturdy and well-worth the price.


    Open-backed so good luck with privacy, but that's besides the point. Are there any?


    Gaming, enjoying music and all-round pleasure in everything involving audio of any kind.


    I would recommend this to a friend.

  • Kerz

    I've had these for at least 5 years now (can't remember when I ordered them) and they are simply incredible. Firstly, THE BUILD QUALITY. I've dropped them so many times, often thinking this would be the end of them, but they still are in perfect shape (seriously, I'm impressed. I've literally smashed them on the ground many times (unintentionally, of course)). I've rolled over the cable with my desk chair many times too, still no signs of wear. For my head and ears shape, they are the most comfortable headphones I've ever tried (I work in a music shop so I've had the chance to try out high-end models from Beyerdynamic, Shure, Grado, Focal, you name it!). Soundwise, I'm not enough of an audiophile to say much about it, but it is extremely satisfying. Full, wide and clear. I love its colors too. Gives them a classy look.


    Build-quality, comfort, colors, SOUND.


    Since they are open-back, just don't expect them to be isolated.


    Listening in all situations.


    I would recommend this to a friend.


  • Is there a shorter cable available for the HD 500 Series (HD 518, HD 558, HD 598) headphones?

    A shorter (approximately 4 foot) straight cable with a 3.5 mm connection is available for our HD 500 Series (HD 518, HD 558, HD 598) headphones. 

    The shorter cable is part number #505638 and can be ordered from our Sales Department on 1-(877)-736-6434 Ext: 1.

    HD 598 ( #504633 )
  • What amplifiers are recommended for Sennheiser headphones?

    Other than recommending the Sennheiser HDVD 800 and HDVA 600 amplifiers for our high end audiophile headphones we do not provide amplifier recommendations because there are simply too many factors (including cost, features, etc) that need to be accounted for when choosing an amplifier.

    For amplifier recommendations Sennheiser suggests that our customers check out this headphone forum (www.head-fi.org) where the moderators and member test a variety of different amplifiers of varying costs and features and can provide feedback on how the different amplifiers perform under different circumstances.

    HD 598 ( #504633 )
  • What is the difference between "open" and "closed" ear cups on headphones?

    With Sennheiser headphones the audio will always be accurate and responsive and is sure to please no matter what situation you need it for.

    An open (sometimes referred to as "open aire" headphone is one that uses some external airspace to reproduce life-like audio within the ear-cup. Think of it as having premium speakers next to your ears that you can control the volume for with extreme precision. The trade-off is that at extreme volumes some sound will leak out. Some of our "open aire" models include the HD 800, HD 700, HD 650, HD 600, HD 598, HD 558 and HD 518.  

    A closed headphone isolates you from your environment and vice-versa (ie: the sound is contained within the headphones). This is perfect for critical listening or a situation where you do not want to disturb/be disturbed. Some of our "closed" models include the MOMENTUM, Urbanite XL, HD 380 PRO, HD 280 PRO, HD 449 and HD 439.

    HD 598 ( #504633 )


  • Spec Sheets
    • 542504_Audiophile_Spec_GB.pdf (860 KB) Download

  • EU Declaration of Conformity
    • EU Declaration of Conformity HD 500 Series (510 KB) Download

    • EC Declaration of Conformity (330 KB) Download