Grado SR225E Prestige Series vs. Sennheiser HD 598 | Reviews

Comparing the Grado SR225E Prestige Series vs. Sennheiser HD 598

Grado SR225E Prestige Series Headphone Review

Grado Prestige Series SR225e Headphones One interesting aspect of Grado headphones is how this Brooklyn based company always stick to their guns.

Most of their headphones have some similarities, one way or another, and why would they make any significant changes when their original design is already pretty good?

The SR225E Prestige Series looks great and earns its stripes with its signature Grado aesthetics.

The little tweaks I was talking about in this iteration includes a larger ear pad that provides extra comfort. The decision to not use leather material actually helps in minimizing heat buildup.

The earcups are made from polycarbonate, which is the material used in all Grado headphones. This makes it quite sturdy without adding to the overall weight.

Keep in mind that the Grado SR225E is an open-back headphone so expect sound leakage to be quite substantial. I wouldn’t recommend bringing this during your commute as you will most likely distract the person beside you.

Grado Prestige Series SR225e Headphones This actually helps elevate the sound quality of the Grado headphone but also means this is relegated to home use.

The SR225E delivers what you expect from a Grado headphone with its tasty high and mid-range sound. However, this version also manages to amp up the low-end side of the track.

The strong point of the Grado SR225E comes when you use it to listen to rock and acoustic songs. The improvements done to the low-end range frequency means you can optimize without the need to use an equalizer bump. However, music genres such as electronic might not sound as great here.

Imaging here is on-point and precise. You truly get a clear definition of different instruments at play without one bleeding into the other.

The soundstage is also immense and delivers that airy quality which works wonders with acoustic tracks. This one utilizes a faster dynamic driver so you won’t feel as if certain ranges are getting left behind.

Key Features:

  • Traditional open-back design headphone.
  • Improved airflow design.
  • Larger ear cushion.
  • High-quality and clear audio.

Our Rating:

  • Sound Quality: 9/10
  • Bass: 9/10
  • Build Quality/Design: 9/10
  • Fit/Comfort: 9/10
  • Battery Life: n/a
  • Connectivity (Bluetooth stability): n/a

Who would this be good for?

The Grado SR225E is specifically recommended for home use due to it being open-back, hence, immense sound leakage. If you enjoy listening to rock, acoustic, and jazz then you will definitely get your money’s worth here. If you prefer electro and dubstep though, I would suggest you check a different open-back headphone.

Pros:

  • Lightweight and comfortable fit.
  • Great open-back sound quality

Cons:

  • Almost non-existent noise isolation.
  • Not designed for outdoor use at all.

Sennheiser HD 598 SR Open-Back Headphone Review

Sennheiser HD 598 SR Open-Back Headphone Another headphone that utilizes the circumaural design, this one from Sennheiser is specifically designed for home use due to its extremely low noise isolation and high sound leakage.

I find it’s retro-style and velour earpads to be eye pleasing but might not be so hot for people who love a more modern look.

It features a detachable cable that has some pretty uncommon capability in today’s headphones: it has no remote control and it terminates in a ¼ inch connection but comes with a 3.5mm adapter.

The earpads are also comfortable and I didn’t feel my ears straining even after a couple of hours of wearing the HD 598 SR.

One impressive feat of the HD 598 is that it doesn’t rely on digital processing to enhance the sound. It all boils down to its open-back design. The headphone uses surround reflectors installed inside the headphone to help enhance the sound dispersion significantly.

This design choice gives the HD 598 the ability to deliver sound as if you are listening to a room speaker rather than dynamic drivers.

The HD 598 is an absolute beast when it comes to producing bone-rattling low-frequency response. This is accentuated by its ability to also deliver the highly accurate high-midrange and highs. If you want balance, the Sennheiser HD 598 delivers that in a silver platter. I never noticed any sort of distortion even when I tried it at full volumes. Tracks that utilize synths or any music that focuses on depth of space will truly shine in the HD 598. Orchestral tracks will also sound amazing with the HD 598.

Key Features:

  • Includes 2 cables: 3-meter cable terminated with a 1/ inch jack and a 1.2-meter cable terminated with a 3.5mm jack.
  • 50 Ohm impedance rating
  • Audiophile-grade quality

Our Rating:

  • Sound Quality: 9.5/10
  • Bass: 9.5/10
  • Build Quality/Design: 9/10
  • Fit/Comfort: 9/10
  • Battery Life: n/a
  • Connectivity (Bluetooth stability): n/a

Who would this be good for?

If you are looking for a well-balanced open-back headphone for home use and don’t want to break the bank doing so, the Sennheiser HD 598 is probably one of the best options available. It delivers that ‘airy’ quality with tracks making it ideal for fans of sweeping orchestral music or synth. Rock songs and metal will feel even more powerful with the HD 598. Personally, this is my favorite open-back headphone for home use.  If you are set on Sennheiser but still debating which model, you may want to check out our Sennheiser brand overview and top picks.

Pros:

  • Amazing audio quality.
  • Well-balanced.
  • Impressively ‘airy’ sound quality.
  • Comfortable

Cons:

  • Does not offer much in terms of accessories.

Final Verdict

 

The Grado SR225E and the Sennheiser HD 598 delivers almost identical ‘airy’ sound qualities. This is a rather tough choice to make but I will have to give the slight edge to the Sennheiser HD 598. The Grado kind of slips when it comes to its design.

It slipped off my head a couple of times when I was wearing it and I wasn’t even violently shaking my head. It also feels a bit flimsy which when compared to the sturdy looking HD 598 makes it underwhelming. The Sennheiser HD 598 is also slightly more affordable which is an important factor for most consumers.

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