Late last summer I became frustrated with the Sony MDR-V6 Headphones that I've been a fan of for so long. Don't get me wrong. They still sound great and do an excellent job of blocking out noise.

sennheiser hd-595

The problem was, and this took me quite a while to figure out, that the ear cups are a bit too small. That meant that I'd have sore ears after wearing them for more than an hour hand a half or so. With that in mind, I set about trying to find the impossible: a pair of headphone that sound just as good, fit more comfortably around my ears (and glasses), and would be able to handle a lot of use.

After reading a lot of reviews and some some discussions on email lists at work, I settled on the Sennheiser HD-595. Not only do they have excellent sound quality and a very long cord, they definitely fit comfortably. I've been using them a lot in the last few weeks and have absolutely no ear pain or discomfort at all. They're truly excellent headphones. It's no wonder these get a 5-star rating by buyers on and the reviewers on

Posted by jzawodn at September 19, 2007 12:17 PM

Reader Comments
# Spig said:

I will definitely have to pick a pair of these up. The one gripe I've had with my ear phones is the way my ears hurt after wearing them for any long amount of time.

on September 19, 2007 01:10 PM
# Guillaume Theoret said:

I'm a big fan of the Audio Technica ATH-A500 I bought about 6 months ago. They aren't noise cancelling but the sound quality is great. (Sometimes too great.. I hear buzzing if I plug them into a computer with a cheap sound card (usually integrated cards))

on September 19, 2007 01:21 PM
# Matt said:

I work for a company dedicated to selling headphones and related accessories and would agree with your selection.

My primary concern is comfort (something that I can wear for 4-6 hours a day) and the HD595 definitely fill that requirement and are my daily headphone of choice while working in the office environment.

Taking it to the next level you might want to checkout using a headphone amplifier with a crossfeed. When listening to headphones for long periods of time it definitely makes a difference. This is coming from the IT guy, not the audiophile salesmen.

on September 19, 2007 02:28 PM
# Mike Schilli said:

Hmm ... the description of these headphones says "open", which means that your cube neighbors will hear a constant kss! kss! kss! sound. Heard any complaints yet?

on September 19, 2007 10:53 PM
# Jason Cartwright said:

I've been using a pair of Panasonic wireless headphones for the past few months. Audio quality is variable, but you can't beat not having a long cable flapping round, getting in the away and under the wheels of your chair.

on September 20, 2007 12:24 AM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

No complaints, no.

on September 20, 2007 07:27 AM
# spi said:

I also picked up a pair of these headphones last year after my first pair of Sennheiser cans bit the dust after 6 years of use.

I like them no fatigue after wearing them for a good portion of time, good sound quality of music, and the nice long cord is a bonus. Definitely recommended.

on September 22, 2007 08:07 AM
# Mike Kruckenberg said:

Awesome, thanks for the recommendations. I too have the MDR-V6 but have been wanting an upgrade since the foam is starting to fall apart after so many years of use.

on September 26, 2007 06:44 AM
# miod said:

I ve been using this miracle since 2 weeks and i am very satisfied.

on September 27, 2007 12:15 AM
# Naveen R said:

Good bass response from these

on April 10, 2010 08:37 AM
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