True audiophile headphones often cost well over $ 300 / £ 300 / AU $ 400, but Sennheiser’s latest cans would deliver all the specs you’d want from an analytical over-ear pair without the outrageous price.
The Sennheiser HD 560S costs $ 199.95 / £ 169 (about AU $ 280) and offers a “natural and accurate reference sound that reveals every detail, complemented by excellent low-frequency extension”, making them ideal for use during long analytical listening sessions.
According to Sennheiser, the HD 560S’s transducers are “specifically tuned for accuracy and provide reliable A / B comparisons of mixes, sources, and media formats” – without adding the distinct headphones character to your music.
With an open-back design, Sennheiser says its latest headphones ‘allow for a natural extension of sound waves’ for a ‘wide, articulated soundstage’ – which sounds great when listening alone, but keep in mind that there will likely be a lot of sound coming out. will leak cans, making them unsuitable for use while commuting or in the office (otherwise you would inspire the disdain of your co-workers).
The HD 560S has a wide frequency response of 6Hz – 38kHz (most headphones offer something in the range of 20Hz – 20kHz), which the company says allows for “smooth low-frequency extension” and means the headphones are “the complex accurate. can reproduce. bass sounds found in modern music ”.
A sensitivity of 110dB / 1V also means that these cans provide “expressive dynamic range and clarity,” says Sennheiser.
You should be able to use the Sennheiser HD 560S with just about any playback source, thanks to an impedance of 120 ohms – in other words, your powerful amp shouldn’t ‘blow out’ these headphones, although they require more power than most to drive them.
You won’t find onboard wireless connectivity as seen in the Sony WH-1000XM4 – although that’s not necessarily a bad thing, as many audiophiles still prefer wired connections to allow for compression of their audio over a Bluetooth connection. to prevent.
Instead, you get a 3-meter detachable cable, a 6.3mm jack, and a 3.5mm adapter with a 150mm cable. However, there is no option for a balanced connection, which is common with audiophile headphones, and is said to reduce distortion and prevent crosstalk between the left and right channels. That said, the lack of a balanced connection could be one of the ways Sennheiser has kept the HD 560S’s price relatively low.
Since Sennheiser designed the HD 560S for extended listening sessions, some care has been taken to make the design as comfortable as possible. According to the audio brand, the headphones use “an ultra-light chassis”, while the “vented cup stays cool without touching the wearing ears”.
The ear pads are also made of luxurious velor, which should feel soft and comfortable even during the longest listening sessions.