Audiophile music lovers finding themselves without a dedicated headphone amp should have fairly few worries; the HD598's rated impedance of 50 Ohms combines with sensitivity specs hovering around 102dB~108dB to allow use with most home or portable audio sources. Of course, we always believe a good headphone amplifier can add significant detail resolution power, dynamic range extension and musical definition to any quality headphone, so serious listeners will want to hear the HD598's full timbral accuracy and quickened dynamics under the drive of an amp. But it's nice to know you won't absolutely need a head-amp right off the bat just to get useable volume levels and good tone from this terrific-looking can. But for all you tech heads, our HeadRoom lab testing discovered quite high impedance peaks around 250 Ohms at 100 Hz, meaning for best bass response a dedicated head-amp is highly recommended.
Perhaps reminiscent of a swanky Jaguar or Porsche interior, the Sennheiser HD598 come in a creamy taupe color featuring real burl wood accents around the headband frame and identical thin burl flashing encircling the earcups. We think it's the most attractive and classy-looking headphone Sennheiser has released positively oozing 'high-end'. The HD598 earpad cushions are brown velour and semi-oval in shape and should rest comfortably around the earlobes on most wearers. The similarly deep-padded carbon fiber headband is secure fitting without being overly tight and provides good wearing comfort as it keeps proper 'E.A.R' linear azimuth between the driver elements and your ears. The HD598 cord extends about 9ft and terminates in a full-size 1/4' stereo plug. A plug adapter to a 1/8' [3.5mm] 'mini' jack is thoughtfully included in the Sennheiser package.
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