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Quick question, I was about to get Sennheiser hd598 closed for above $100 & i will use a portable dac/amp, which will u choose?
I own both the sennheiser 598 closed and open. The closed back one is quite different in sound compared to that of the open back. Some people like it, I personally cannot say its my favorite but it is a very nice headphone in appearance and sound overall. Although its closed back, I cannot say they are noise isolating, they do leak quite a bit. I am thinking of ordering these headphones in place of my closed ones for few reasons:
1. they are a total different style of headphones, you don't usually see wood cups in your daily electronic shops.
2. It is made by one of the best audio engineer that is well known
3. Now I am careful in claming this but this is a consumer friendly cheaper version, "brought down a notch" version of the thx00
4. 40mm driver is what is used for the open back for 598, I am not claiming bigger drivers sound better BUT it is something to think about, "what cound have they done with a 40mm driver that goes in a much bigger headphone NOW that it is inside a much smaller unit?" I would assume a much more powerful and pronounced sound on the go? (personal thoughts)
Overall my reason is that this is very unique and limited experience compared to that of the 598 closed back. Hope this helped
disclaimer: these are just my personal opinion, thought, and impressions. By no means am I an expert or claim one headphone is better than the other
Thanks for your enlightment! I honestly like these, I think about those drivers and the wood cans as a good combo!