Sennheiser HD 599 SE
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Sennheiser HD 599 SE Review

Sennheiser’s 599 SE fights with other entry-level high-quality headphones that are meant to be appealing to audiophiles who are on a budget. So how do these hold up? Glad you asked. In this review, we will take a deep dive look into the Sennheiser HD 599 SE. That includes unboxing, design, build, sound performance, and extra features. Spoiler alert! These are pretty darn good. With good quality and impressive sound signature, these deserve a good close look. Let us start with what you get in the box.

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Unboxing

When you take a look at the box these Sennheiser headphones come in, you might be surprised. It comes in a brown cardboard box with not many images or even an illustration of the headphones themselves. That is because the Sennheiser HD 599 SE is an Amazon exclusive product. Now it makes all the sense in the world why these come packed the way they are. You will find minimal texts on the side of the box, subtly letting you know there are Sennheiser headphones in here. That is about it when it comes to packaging.

Opening the box up you find the headphones right away, tucked neatly under another cardboard cutout, and wrapped in plastic that protects it quite well. In the box, you get two cables along with the headphones and the mandatory paperwork. Two sets of cable are included, a 3m cable with a 6.35mm jack plug and a 1.2m cable with a 3.5mm mini-jack connector on the end. The box contents are nothing extraordinary and it would have been a nice touch to see a carrying case here. We aren’t bothered too much about that though. Let us take a look at the design and build quality of these.

Design and Build

Design-wise these looks follow the Sennheiser design language. We love how the headband comes down and swoops around the earcups. Quite a nice touch and adds some character. The SE version of the 599 comes in mostly black with subtle silver accents that complement its unobtrusive design. The only difference between the SE model and the regular one is just the color. So, if the black doesn’t work for you, you can pick up the non-SE model which has an Ivory finish. Having said that, we like the black color finish. All of Sennheiser is known to have pretty premium designs and these are no different.

The build is plastic. That isn’t a nitpick though. Despite being mostly plastic the construction is solid and flexible. They do not feel cheap by any means. If you have any worries regarding the build quality of these, you can put those to rest. These are going to last you a long time. They are very flexible and can stretch a lot before you break them. That is not to say you deliberately try to break them though.

Besides metal construction is generally reserved for extremely high-end headphones that come with a price tag to match. For under $200 headphones plastic is fine in our books, especially if it is good quality plastic like these. These were pretty comfortable to wear as well. The relatively lightweight of these especially makes this one of the more comfortable pairs of headphones to wear for long music sessions. The padding on the headband is plush and sit very comfortably over your head without any problems. Although we do miss memory foam cushioning on the ear cups, the padding does the job well enough to not get too upset about it.

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Sennheiser HD 599 SE Sound Performance

If you have listened to any mid-range Sennheiser headphones in the past, you would they do not disappoint. Most all their models have a well-balanced tone and good low ends. These are pretty much the same affair. The sound quality is great – we would even go as far as to say these are some of the best in its class. The sound signature of these is very similar to the HD600s with a very wide range of frequency responses. There is plenty of detail to almost all music genres you might listen to with these.

The mid-tones are pretty good with little attention given to the lower mids. With a song with lots of focus on vocals, these might sound a bit less punchy but nothing too bad. The same goes for the high tones and treble too. They are bright with plenty of definitions. For bass junkies there is good news, these do low notes very well. Bass is prominent and deep with very good clarity. If you are a fan of bass-heavy music like electro, or rap these should work out just fine.

One thing to keep in mind though is these are open-back headphones. When you are listening to music at high volumes, some sound will leak out outside. That is not a jab at these headphones specifically – that is just how open-back headphones are by design. If you are going to be listening to these in public you might want to turn the volume down. At the end of the day, we love how these sound. They are a pleasant experience no matter what type of songs you listen to really. These are pretty easy to drive being 5 Ohms and 106dB.

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The Sennheiser HD 599 SE is some of the best pair of cans we had the chance to listen to. Especially at the price point it comes it, it delivers great sound performance with balanced tones and good build, design, and comfort.

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