We’ve already had a look at one of Alteam’s headphones just recently, and here we have another one – the Alteam AH-598. It’s more affordable than the other one we reviewed, but it doesn’t mean it has nothing to show. Does it have what it takes to grab your attention and convince you to buy? Read on our quick review to find out!
Inside the box, you have the headphones, two cables varying in length, earpads and a jack adapter.
Most of the device is made out of plastic, steel and foam – and it turns out to be pretty light despite its bulkiness. The sides of the ear cups feel premium, including the neck, as they’re both made out of steel. The neck feels like it might break sometimes, so you do have to take care of it. On top of everything, the foams will keep you really comfortable, and the rest is plastic.
After picking your cable, plug it in and twist it over at the bottom left side, keeping it secure right there. As for the quality of the cables, they’re not flat, but they feel extremely durable and they’re not really prone to tangling all the time. They also plug in to my phone just fine despite my slim armor case.
Now, enter the experience and you’ll find that even with the comfortable and classy design, the sound quality is, well, underwhelming. We played a wide variety of songs to test it, and our judgement is clear – the audio is hollow, and it lacks the bass and treble that we need. You can identify the instruments playing and separate them in your head, the volume is decently loud, it feels entirely comfortable on your ears or around your neck, but listening to music wasn’t as enjoyable as it wasn’t able to make me headbang through the tracks.
Here is a list of a few songs that we tried on the Alteam AH-598:
- MakeDamnSure – Taking Back Sunday
- Wasting Away – Tonight Alive
- The Bird and The Worm – The Used
- What You Know – Two Door Cinema Club
- Problem – Ariana Grande
- All of Me – John Legend
- Pompeii – Bastille
- Bangarang – Skrillex
- Do I Wanna Know? – Arctic Monkeys
- Smoke on The Water – Deep Purple
Hearing pop music nowadays, you’ll find that a lot of them are bassy. We’re here to tell you that you won’t enjoy that here – as it’s the guitars that pop with the AH-598.
Alteam AH-598 specs:
10Hz – 25KHz frequency range
MPO: 300 mW
1.2m / 4m cables
For the price of Php3,799, the Alteam AH-598 is hardly worth it, as we’ve seen better sound quality in a lot of other devices. It’s comfortable and stylish with okay mids, but if you want equipment for your audio experience, there are alternatives. You can check Reeco’s listing here, and luckily they have other headphones and audio equipment to offer there too.
What we liked about it:
- Really comfortable
- Simple yet classy design
- Good cables
What we didn’t like about it:
- Lacks bass and highs
- Hollow sound experience
- Neck feels like it might break