Today, for Amazon''s Prime Early Access, one of the best open-back headphones ever, Sennheiser''s HD 599 SE, is available for only 70 on Amazon, resulting in a 110 (61 percent) reduction from their UK RRP. This is comparable to the best price we''ve ever seen on this pair of headphones, which have earned a strong DF recommendation.
So before we talk about the HD 599 - what does open-back mean? It''s pretty straightforward - sound from the environment is let in and sound from the headphones is let out. This allows for greater clarity, but also for playing in quiet environments.
The HD 599 is a leading headphones manufacturer because of their neutral sound profile, which means no particular part of the mix should be overbearing or have too much prominence on other frequencies. This balanced sound profile means you''re listening to music as the creator intended, with a bit of extra warmth to ensure that the music isn''t too fatiguing.
These headphones are excellent for gaming, combined with excellent imaging. In games like Counter-Strike or Warzone, they are fantastic for precisely locating your enemies by the sounds of their footsteps. These are great for long-term gaming or listening sessions, with the velour ear pads providing significantly improved long-term comfort than the average gaming headset.
This kind of open-back design really shines in quiet spaces, where you can focus on the sounds that feels like it''s coming from all around you, rather than from inside your head. The only drawback is that they will decrease noise, meaning people sitting next to you may potentially hear your bangin'''' tunes.
It''s important to note that the HD 599 is rather than a headset, thus you don''t get an integrated microphone. Fortunately, these are wired headphones with a (detachable) 3.5mm cable, but the advantage is that you can also use a DAC/AMP for your listening experience.
The HD 599 SE is a fantastic set of headphones that outperform some of the best gaming headsets money can buy in terms of comfort and audio quality, and they''re an absolute steal at a reduced price of 70. I''m quite tempted to buy a pair myself...