February 3, 2023

The Sennheiser HD 599 SE has been considered one of my favorite pairs of headphones for a very long time, with its open-back design, impartial sound signature and comfortable velour earpads combining into the most effective inexpensive headsets for crucial listening and gaming in my e-book. These headphones usually hover round £100 to £180, however in the present day they’ve dropped to a near-all-time-low: £87 at Amazon UK.

Amazingly I’ve not but written about these headphones for RPS, though I’ve lined them a couple of occasions for RPS sister website Eurogamer and I’ve owned and used a pair of (near-identical) HD 598 SE cans for the previous seven years. The rationale I preserve coming again to those headphones is that their open again design is right for my work.

My dwelling workplace is comparatively quiet in the course of the day, however I want to have the ability to hear out for supply people, so having a set of open again headphones is ideal – I get a beautiful vast sound stage and good imaging that fits aggressive gaming and demanding listening, however I can also hear a knock on my door in time to not miss a bundle. For those who additionally are inclined to work or sport in a quiet house, you ought to provide open again headphones a go – the sensation of listening to music from round you somewhat from inside your cranium as you get from most different headsets is kind of extraordinary.

One other space these headphones excel is their consolation. As somebody that wears glasses, loads of headphones could make my ears sore after solely an hour or so, and that is not supreme if I would prefer to take heed to music or play video games for longer durations. The velour pads on these headphones appear a bit extra malleable than the leatherette used on most different gaming headsets, so the arms of the glasses can discover a groove and luxury, for me a minimum of, is much-improved.

Whereas I do actually love these headphones, there’s one essential factor to remember – technically talking they’re headphones and never a headset. Meaning no mic is included, so when you depend on one for Zoom calls or match comms you then’ll must depend on an exterior USB or XLR mic (or an add-on answer like a ModMic) on your voice to be heard. That is not a problem for me, as I’ve a Blue Yeti X arrange above my monitor, however it’s price occupied with when you intend these to be your solely headphones.

Past this although, the HD 599 SE are a beautiful set of headphones and nicely price attempting when you’ve not had the pleasure earlier than. At £87, they’re an amazing post-Christmas pickup and I would love to listen to your suggestions when you do seize them!

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