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Amazon.com has Sennheiser HD 599 Open Back Headphones (Matte Ivory) on sale for $152.26 > now $158.98. Shipping is free. Thanks RichardR1490

Alternatively, Amazon.de has Sennheiser HD 599 Open Back Headphones (Matte Ivory) on sale for EUR 113,36 (price drops during checkout) + 5,18 S&H = 118,54 or ~$137.93 USD. Thanks persian_mafia
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Sennheiser HD 599 Open Back Headphone https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01L1IICR2/

Especially with the 1.2 m short cable attached (headphone comes with two cables), these are my favorite headphones to casually listen to around the house, especially since they can be driven by a portable mobile device.

These have addressed the weak bass (particularly lack of sub bass below 50 Hz) of the HD 558/598, while retaining the qualities that made that series so popular, and only sacrificing a little bit of soundstage spaciousness (still pretty wide). They have a slightly warm, pleasantly natural and musical sound signature. Very comfortable and can be worn for hours effortlessly. These also have a more durable headband compared the HD 598 regular/SE versions.

Good for gaming, movies and pretty much any music genre, even hip hop and EDM has satisfying oomph (comparing to Beyer Dynamic DT770 Pro 80 Ohm as a benchmark). But if your idea of good sound is Beats, maybe these aren't for you...
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These will sound better than the Bose QC25 or even QC35, which costs most than double. You won't have the noise-cancelling or any isolation for that matter (these are open-back vs closed-back), but for pure music enjoyment at home, more natural/spacious sound and comfort (ears don't get hot or sweaty as they can breathe) most audiophiles overwhelmingly prefer open-back cans. I'm not going to reflexively trash Bose although you will find that in audiophile circles (the old joke goes: no highs no lows must be Bose), but honestly the disdain is more deserving of some of their more gimmicky and heavily marketed speaker sound systems. Their headphones are OK, not audiophile grade, but high end consumer level, though a bit overpriced. I have a pair of Bose AE2s that I picked up from Craigslist that I use for traveling as they're light, fold-up, provide some measure of noise isolation (not active cancelling though) and sound reasonably good.

But they're not on the same level as the Sennheiser HD 558, 598, 579, 599 and especially not the HD 600 series and up. If you can't imagine these sounding better than Bose QC25, I'd suggest trying a pair (especially since it's at a pretty good price now) to use at home for music enjoyment, games, etc. and you might be quite surprised by the difference.
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That sounds like a decent deal for the QC25, but these are two very different headphones that suit different purposes. Bose are considered best in the business for active noise cancelling, and I'd hate to be without mine for a long flight. They're also lightweight and comfortable. Bose is also notorious for poor sound quality (relative to the price point). Even these entry level (for audiophiles) Sennheiser are in an entirely different weight class than any Bose headphone when it comes to sound quality. If you want quality sound in a quiet environment, these are a fantastic deal.
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Love sennheiser. Would jump on this but got a hd 58x ordered and coming soon.

Do these hd 599 come in a different color. Been waiting for a hd 598 but it seems to go on sale once a year it seems
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I cant believe these aren't wireless.
Why? Most Sennheiser aren't wireless.
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I cant believe these aren't wireless.
Get one of these Bluetooth adapters from Ebay.

https://www.ebay.com/ulk/itm/113427469760
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Get one of these Bluetooth adapters from Ebay.

https://www.ebay.com/ulk/itm/113427469760
how does this work? where is power coming from. the hd 598 doesn't have any battery

EDIT: nevermind. the adapter has a battery
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Get one of these Bluetooth adapters from Ebay.

https://www.ebay.com/ulk/itm/113427469760
Get the Earsone ES100 BT adapter and a balanced cable for the headphones if you're an Audiophile. Around +$150 but IMO it's worth it.
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how does this work? where is power coming from. the hd 598 doesn't have any battery

EDIT: nevermind. the adapter has a battery
The adapter has a built-in rechargeable Li-Ion battery. These are pretty amazing little devices.

I have a different one that I use with headphones (below), it's not custom fit for the Sennheiser 5X8/5X9 like the Ebay, but I plug the cable into it, and sometimes I'll clip it to the neck of my shirt (especially for phone calls) or pocket it.

It's tiny, but the onboard amplifier is powerful enough to drive my Sennheiser HD599's plenty loud and with little audio quality loss. Heck they even drive my HD6XX somewhat decently loud, although the audio quality drop (especially dynamic range) vs direct connect is much more noticeable as those are harder to drive.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075WSFS7M/

It'll probably drive your 58X pretty well, if you don't mind having the cable. But the shorter 6 ft cable they ship with the Massdrop isn't too bulky, esp. compared to the standard HD650 10 ft cable. It's definitely not as light as the HD599 short cable though, which additionally is single-ended.

(Another benefit of this Bluetooth adapter, besides being universal plug 3.5 mm is that it uses a more advanced Qualcomm chip, which supports hi-res 24-bit audio over AptX HD codec, though your phone or BT transmitter needs to also provide support)

Unfortunately they can't make a slick plug on Bluetooth adapter (like the Ebay one) for the HD600 series as it's dual ended, but most higher end headphones are typically dual ended.
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Love sennheiser. Would jump on this but got a hd 58x ordered and coming soon.

Do these hd 599 come in a different color. Been waiting for a hd 598 but it seems to go on sale once a year it seems
To answer your question, the HD599 doesn't (yet) come in multiple versions/colors like the HD598 does. I happen to like the brown/beige color, but I realize it's not for everyone.

Perhaps the HD579 (grey) would be a good fit. It's not too different than the HD599, and the sound is tuned for less warm (still good bass extension but a few dB less boosted gain in the bass frequencies) and overall more neutral sounding (the 599 isn't too far from neutral, but it's a little more bassy/warm-colored and "fun"). Strangely although the retail price for the 579 is $50 less than the 599, Amazon has been selling the 579 for more than the 599 past little while. They did have the 579 on sale down to ~$100 at times the last couple years, but right now it's really expensive.

You can also find open-box HD598SRs on Ebay for a bit over $100, but you'll be missing out on the added bass extension of the newer HD5X9.

I would stay away from the HD559 though. It's not discussed as much, but from what review information I've seen, the impressions were that it sounded muddy and thick. I personally think that the 559 actually replaces the lower-end 518, whereas the 579 is the real successor to the 558 (notice there is no 519 model). That the color scheme and exterior design of the 559 is so close to the 558 is definitely confusing and a disservice to their customers, since the 558 had a lot of fans for its good value, ability to be modded, and the more traditional/conservative black look. I suspect they would be disappointed if they "upgraded" to the 559.

(To add more confusion, the HD569 is from most accounts pretty much the same and just a re-labeled closed-back HD 598Cs, but would sound a bit different than its 558/579/598/599 brothers)
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The Bose Quietcomfort 25 is $150... why not just buy those? I cant imagine these would be better than bose.
That sounds like a decent deal for the QC25, but these are two very different headphones that suit different purposes. Bose are considered best in the business for active noise cancelling, and I'd hate to be without mine for a long flight. They're also lightweight and comfortable. Bose is also notorious for poor sound quality (relative to the price point). Even these entry level (for audiophiles) Sennheiser are in an entirely different weight class than any Bose headphone when it comes to sound quality. If you want quality sound in a quiet environment, these are a fantastic deal.
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The Bose Quietcomfort 25 is $150... why not just buy those? I cant imagine these would be better than bose.
These will sound better than the Bose QC25 or even QC35, which costs most than double. You won't have the noise-cancelling or any isolation for that matter (these are open-back vs closed-back), but for pure music enjoyment at home, more natural/spacious sound and comfort (ears don't get hot or sweaty as they can breathe) most audiophiles overwhelmingly prefer open-back cans. I'm not going to reflexively trash Bose although you will find that in audiophile circles (the old joke goes: no highs no lows must be Bose), but honestly the disdain is more deserving of some of their more gimmicky and heavily marketed speaker sound systems. Their headphones are OK, not audiophile grade, but high end consumer level, though a bit overpriced. I have a pair of Bose AE2s that I picked up from Craigslist that I use for traveling as they're light, fold-up, provide some measure of noise isolation (not active cancelling though) and sound reasonably good.

But they're not on the same level as the Sennheiser HD 558, 598, 579, 599 and especially not the HD 600 series and up. If you can't imagine these sounding better than Bose QC25, I'd suggest trying a pair (especially since it's at a pretty good price now) to use at home for music enjoyment, games, etc. and you might be quite surprised by the difference.
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The Bose Quietcomfort 25 is $150... why not just buy those? I cant imagine these would be better than bose.
Youre crazy. Never tried Sennheiser before? Bose is mainstream marketing.

I have two pairs of high end Sennheisers. When the HD 598's were on sale for around $100-130, they were pretty much the best bang 4 buck headphone purchase you can make, period. Nothing beats them at that price range. And some of the most comfortable and best for gaming. Amazing soundstage, etc etc.

You will see some people say the HD598's lack bass, which I even noticed in the description for the HD 599'sm but unless you are a crazy basshead they have plenty bass. Maybe slightly lacking, but I actually prefer them that way anyways. They are amazing for movies, gaming, music....
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