It seems like it's a nice middle-ground between good build quality and good sound quality. I'm totally okay with, and actually prefer, open-ear designs when in public, and in private it lets me hear my kittens if they need anything. Are there better alternatives within open-cup designs for the price? This will be a headset used primarily for music listening in public, but equally/semi-secondarily for gaming with mic usage. Ultimately all I know is the basics of impedance, and the fact that Sennheiser is a good brand. Any recommendations are welcome. The 598s are about $250 on amazon.ca.