If you think of well-known headphone brands I would expect Sennheiser to be quite high on your list mainly as this brand been producing award-winning audio products for the last 75 years and have become one of the leading manufactures of portable audio products such as headphones and loudspeakers.
In this review, we have been given the chance to review the Sennheiser HD 560S which have been designed for a user looking for that analytical listening and these do a fantastic job if you’re looking for a pair of headphones that offer a flat frequency with a high level of detail. They cost £169 and are available on Amazon or via the Sennheiser site directly.
Design-wise the HD 560S has a very basic design and use a lot of plastic which does not help with the overall look some could say even a little boring. You have the use of the Sennheiser logo on the cups and on the headband and that about it.
The build quality is high end even with the use of plastic it’s a hard plastic and you could well imagine them lasting for a good few years of regular use. They weigh in at 240g and are very lightweight. You might be thinking all this plastic will be horrible to wear and you will be wrong. The HD 560S solve this issue with the use of soft velour on the headband and the earcups offering comfort for those who want to use these headphones for several hours.
Yes at first you will notice a bit of clamp force but once you have worn these in that pressure goes away. They also come with a 3m cable with a 6.3mm headphone jack as well as a 2.5mm adaptor for that cable twist lock.
Inside the earcups and you get a 38MM polymer blend diaphragms that give you that impressive sound. This is backed up with an open-backed rear of the earcups. So the overall design is simple and some could even say work like.
The HD 560S as mentioned offers a nice level of comfort for those who want to listen to these for hours on end. They are the most neutral sounding headphones on the market. This is shown when listening to something like “Motherboard by Daft Punk”. The HD 560S open up what is a multi-layer mix into a track that is easy to listen to. The Bass is deep and more extended than others I have tested on the market. The treble extension is absolutely loaded with detail. The detail levels are very high when listening to a track like this. When listening to something like “Alice Murton No Roots” the vocals sound natural with plenty of character.
To summarise the HD 560S offer an excellent overall soundstage which will allow you to hear the tiny differences in different mixes of the same track. I feel if you happen to mix music via headphones these have to be the pair you invest in. Just remember who the target market is for it’s those who want them for analytical listening sessions, not just general listening.
The HD 560S look very similar in design to the Sennheiser HD598. They are almost made entirely of plastic with a velour padded headband and earcups which offer a great level of comfort. They come with that open-backed design with a great soundstage.
These are a wired design for indoor use and come with a 6.3 mm jack cable that is 3m long. They are for users who don’t want all the fancy tech such as touch controls and just want a pair of headphones that focus on the music and more importantly the deep detail of the music your listening to.
Sound-wise they are the most neutral pair of headphones on the market. They offer a flat frequency paired with some sky-high detail. The soundstage is great and offers that bass and treble extension all while providing great vocals and or instrumental and this is helped with the great mid-range.
So if you are looking for a pair of headphones for that analytical listening when you need to hear all the details of a track they are ideal as no detail will be skipped. They are perfect for those who are lucky to have the house to themselves and want to become immersed in the music they are listening to.
For £169 I dare you to find a better pair of headphones for its target market if you do be great to hear your recommendations in the comments below.
Design: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars
Audio Quality: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars
Value For Money: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars
Overall Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars
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