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Sennheiser HD 595

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Among the least expensive headphones we consider truly "audiophile grade", the Sennheiser HD595 delivers an engaging sonic presentation with terrific up-front imaging. The bass is punchy and cleanly textured, mids are coherent and well-balanced, and the highs are articulate although perhaps slightly grainy (they're not $1,000 headphones after all). Wonderful all-around cans engineered by a world-class maker and bound to please those making an initial foray into high-end headphones. 

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Product Features:

  • Excellent performance across the audio spectrum, with especially fine imaging.
  • Very comfortable for listening sessions long into the night.
  • Excellent styling, materials, and build quality from a world-class maker.
  • Comes with nifty headphone hanger that clamps to desk or shelf.
  • 2 Year Warranty

What's In The Box:

  • Headphone Holder


The Sennheiser HD650 and HD800 are headphones many consider the gold standard by which all other headphones are to be compared. However, the one big criticism of those top-tier cans is an overly expensive price tag. Well, the HD595 has just given you nicely affordable front row seats at the best theatre in town: your own listening room. These cans are very evenly balanced but just slightly brighter than the HD650s with a livelier and more 'energetic' musical presentation. And while the HD595 may not be as black between the notes nor as critically damped as the upscale HD800/HD650 models, the HD595 delivers a superb sense of depth to the soundstage image and very clear access to all the nuanced details happening in the recording, all at a price that won't leave your wallet gasping for breath. You'll easily hear the valves and pads working on horns and woodwinds as well as the soft sibilant 'blat' of lips slapping on a trombone. This fine acoustic detail and soundstage depth do come at the price of a slight grain in the overall sound, but all things [cost!] considered, it's an easy trade-off to make given the dynamic immediacy of these fine cans.

The efficient 50-Ohm impedance rating of the HD595 make it a usable choice for most portable audio players and computer-based listening applications without an amp required, but keep in mind its overall audio performance and smoothness ("transparency") will definitely improve significantly when mated with a dedicated headphone amp. We've heard many an audiophile argument rage over which Sennheiser model reigns supreme, but few listeners deny that they certainly make some great cans. We highly recommend the HD595 to those who like a slightly forward, lively, and clearly delineated sonic presentation.

This full-sized, open-back headphone (no noise-blocking!) is a 'circumaural' earcup design with fabric-material earcups and pleather headband padding. It features an unusual but highly effective construction that places the headphone driver elements in a naturally angled position parallel with the ear for maximum detail resolution. It's also a quite comfortable headphone to wear for extended periods due to the ergonomic position of the earcups. The non-detachable [hard-wired] 10-foot headphone cord attaches to the left earpiece and is terminated in a full sized 1/4" headphone plug; a 1/4" inch-to-1/8" adaptor is included. Although it's a decent adaptor, we still recommend the right-angled Cardas Audio 1/4" to 1/8" adapter if plugging into a source with small 3.5mm outputs, as it places significantly less strain on small 1/8" (3.5mm) headphone jacks. By the way, the overall fit and cosmetic material finish of these cans is excellent as usual for Sennheiser. A big final plus is the nifty Sennheiser headphone holder included with the HD595 which allows the user to display the cans conveniently from a desk or other flat surface. It's a way-cool accessory provided with the HD595! A 2-yr manufacturer's product warranty remains standard with all Sennheiser headphones.


  • Sensitivity: 112 dB/V
  • Warranty: 2 Years
  • Cord Type: Straight Left-Side
  • Coupler Size: Large
  • Detachable Cable: No
  • Cord Length: 10 ft. (3 m)
  • Weight: 9.5 oz.
  • Connector Type: 1/4"
  • Ear Coupler Type: Full-Size
  • Impedance @ 1kHz: 50
  • Manufacturer Warranty: 2 Years
  • Wireless: No
  • Headphone Type: Full Size
  • Noise Cancelling: No
  • Isolation: 0
  • Acoustic Seal: Open
  • Microphone: No
  • Driver Type: Dynamic

Additional Resources:

Harmonic Distortion Graph for the Sennheiser HD 595

Isolation Graph for the Sennheiser HD 595

Impedance Graph for the Sennheiser HD 595

50Hz Square Wave Graph for the Sennheiser HD 595

500Hz Square Wave Graph for the Sennheiser HD 595

Reviews At A Glance
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Not Quite Reference Class
Posted by Brkitup from Willard, OH on 2010-10-19

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Clear, comfortable, well-balanced
Cons: Highs are a bit off

I've owned this headphone for a few years, and it's given me a ton of enjoyment. I usually listen to them with an ipod and Headroom Bithead amplifier. The sound is very good, although when compared to the much cheaper Grado SR60, they lose some points for value. They actually have a very similar sonic signature to the SR60s. The bass is nice and articulate, the mids are smooth, and the highs are pretty good. When comparing their specs to the more recent offerings by Shure and Denon, they're definitely not as extended at the frequency extremes.

But all in all, they're very pleasant to listen to. I used to own a pair of Sennheiser HD 580s that were a little tight for my head, but the design of the HD 595s definitely remedy that situation as their clamping pressure is just right for my huge melon. I actually prefer the more laid-back sound of the HD 580s to these, but all in all they're a solid pair of cans.

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Price to Performance Champs
Posted by BeeCee from Salem, OR on 2010-08-13

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Very Comfortable, Highly Sensitivite, Excellent Bargain
Cons: Sound Leakage

I purchased a pair of HD595's about 6 months ago and they became my personal favorites right out of the box. I have several entry-level audiophile cans from AKG K-601's to Audio Technica ATH M50fs', but I find myself always returning to the HD595's. I use headphones for stress management and often listen from 1 to 2 hours prior to bedtime. Comfort has never been an issue. As far as sound quality, the imaging is a little more recessed than my AKG's, but this is a good thing as it sounds more spacious as well as closer to actual stereo speakers in a listening room. I mainly listen through the dedicated HP output on my Integra receiver, or through the output on my Cambridge Audio HT Receiver and regardless of which, the bass has weight, the mids are smooth and the highs sparkle. The high sensitivity makes these cans compatible with any decent portable audio player. My last visit to California, I plugged them into a Phillips 4GB MP3 player loaded with a few uncompressed WAV files. I passed them around to let all the iPod fanatics hear what they can do, and I don't recall ever seeing so many 'jaws hittin' the floor'. Add a very reasonable pricetag and you got the holy grail of High End audio which ultimately, is price-to-performance. The P-to-P ratios on these cans are off the charts. Get a dedicated HP amp to really open them up and see what they can do, but you can also be amazed just by hooking these up to a vintage receiver or any portable device that supports uncompressed music files. I simply don't see how anyone can ask for more at this pricepoint. Perfectionists can moan about the sound leakage inherant to open-backed cans, but frankly I don't personally wear headphones of any kind in public, and if I did I don't think I would care too much that someone nearby can hear a faint trace of music eminating from my headphones. The personal opinions of others regarding this issue, of course, will vary.

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Very Good Value
Posted by Smo on 2010-04-27

Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Comfortable, Great Sound
Cons: Parts Not User-replaceable

I bought the 595s several years ago after reading positive reviews, here and elsewhere. I feel the same about these headphones now as when I bought them. They're great audiophile-quality headphones for an affordable price. I've had the HD 595s for several years now, and I haven't regretted the purchase. The reviews were right.

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