Sennheiser HD 590 Headphones

4.76/5 (78 Reviews) MSRP : $269.00


Product Description

The HD590’s are audiophile, open-aire, hi-fi stereo headphones that reproduce harmonic and superbly transparent sound with absolute minimum distortion. With a weight of only 9.4 ounces, a sophisticated design and a new dampening technique, the HD590 is an ideal choice for the professional monitoring of classical music recordings.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Christian Hansson a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: April 20, 2011

Bottom Line:   
have only one word! Great

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2004



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Robert Kaplan a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: August 11, 2006

Bottom Line:   
I bought the 590s for 119 dolllars at Amazon refurbished and am immensly satisfied with their performance.They were a little bass shy at first but became more full bodied all around when they were broken in over time ( 6 months or so).The treble is to die for and the midrange is spot on.These are great headphones for the money!

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $119.00

Purchased At:   amazon



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by reviewer007 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 20, 2005

Bottom Line:   
I originally bought these phones just about a year ago and even though they were basically better than anything I already owned, I was impressed but not "totally" impressed with them. At the time I thought the bass was a bit lacking but most of everything else was ok...

Since then, I have moved on and bought/owned/tried many other headphones which now gives me a much better understanding of "them" and others to compare them to.. Soon after buying the Sen 590's, I bought a pair of 280 Pro's and I was reasonably happy with them. I have to confess to liking the 280's more than the 590's, so I arranged a swap with my brother for yet another new set of headphones (as yet unnamed - as they can be reviewed elsewhere)...

Well, as time went by, I bought more phones and revisited older ones and the one overwhelming factor that has emerged is that each one of them sounds different - not only to each other but to themselves on difference amps and listening to different types of music - so much so that I really have no real overall favourite amongst my Koss, Philips, Technics, Sennheiser etc etc etc...

Just a few days back, I borrowed back the HD 590's from my brother and mounted them on my head and let rip with the sounds.. Not only was I further confused with these phones, but I have also bought a few more amps etc to throw yet another twist into the equation. Between one of my Technics amps and my Yamaha amp the 590's sound like two different products even with the exact same music... The 590 is so well matched to the Yamaha AX-396 with an EQ that I was in love with them all over again, yet with the Technics and its EQ they sounded miles different,, quite ordinary. I only use Hi-Fi amps and NOT Home Theatre rubbish... On the Technics, the 590 sounded quite bassy but muted in the upper frequencies even when the EQ was ajusted to suit, yet on the Yamaha, it was love at first sound, although it still sounded a tad light in the higher treble end, but the EQ did wonders for this one.. With the 280 Pro's, almost the opposite applied,, they sounded slightly better on the Technics SU-VX700 amp than the Yamaha AX-396. And, if that's not confusing enough,, there was even another twist to it all when I tried them on the Yamaha AX-596 (bigger brother to the AX-396). They sounded, well, kind of neutral. I simply can't figure it out..

Overall, I think that the 590's have quite a punchy bass (almost too much) which sounds best when you back off the bass on the amp. This may also compensate a little for the slight muting of the treble, giving a more balanced overall sound.. Also a headphone amp works wonders with these phones..

I honestly think before you can give an overall score to any headphones, you need to try them on many amps, listening to many sounds and compare them to many other phones, over a long period of time...

Are they good..???

Sure they are. A fact is a fact. They are great headphones but they can change clothes when you change the circumstances.. Just like all my other phones, amps, etc etc etc...

The best news is about to unfold.. I am now waiting for my Grado SR325i phones to arrive from the importer and this may well throw the cat amongst the pigeons...

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2004



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cristo a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 8, 2005

Bottom Line:   
When I bought these headphones, I anticipated a slight improvement over the HD570s I had already heard - what I got was a large improvement!
They are so easy to drive that I can listen to even quiet classical passages on my portable CD in the garden, which is much more relaxing than being stuck indoors.
Plugging them into a high quality source reveals every last detail in your favorite recordings. With a well engineered orchestral recording, close your eyes and it is easy to imagine you are actually there!
They are also extremely comfortable and have a long enough cable that you can move about among your home studio gear if you're doing a recording. I wouldn't listen to those claiming you need to replace the cable, it is perfectly good quality and I can't imagine it could have negative effects on the signal.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Richer Sounds



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ckazanci a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: March 21, 2005

Bottom Line:   
I have a Sennheiser HD600 for home use. I was about to buy a Grado SR80 for work when I saw that Amazon had the Senn HD590 refurbished for sale at $118 shipped. I was hesitant at first but here's a short comparison to HD600's:

1. I thought it would be a lot worse compared to Senn HD600; but actually they're quite similar in sound. Although the level of detail and the bass is about the same (which is amazing), Senn HD600 sounds more musical and has better detail in highs. Note that the difference is small and I was only able to detect the difference in treble with only a few of the tracks a tested.

2. HD595 is lighter (plastic in construction) and definitely more comfortable. Again this is not to say that HD600 is not comfortable; but HD590 is just better.

RESULT: HD590 is easy to carry, comfortable to wear, easy to drive and yet still has 90% of the sound quility of HD600. And the price I got, there's no comparison.

If I didn't hear about this, I would get The Grado RS80's with inferior sound and uncomfortable pads...

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $118.00

Purchased At:   Amazon (refurbished)




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