Sennheiser 560S

Sennheiser 560S

Sennheiser 560S

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BEST RATING
Music:
4.9
MUSIC: Best in Class9.5/10
CALLS: Poor5.1/10
GAMING: Fair6.9/10
TV: Excellent9.1/10
PODCASTS & AUDIOBOOKS: Very Good8.1/10
EXERCISE: Poor4.4/10
AIR TRAVEL: Poor4.2/10
NOISE REDUCTION: Poor2.5/10
BUILD QUALITY: Very Good8.0/10

The Sennheiser 560S headphones are a premium offering designed for an exceptional music listening experience. They feature an over-ear, open-back enclosure which contributes to a very good soundstage, delivering an immersive and natural sound. With excellent comfort and very good build quality, they are particularly suited for extended home or studio use. They are wired, which means you don't have to worry about battery life, but this could limit mobility and convenience compared to wireless options. These headphones are not recommended for use during exercise or air travel due to their size and lack of noise isolation. There is no active noise cancelling, and they are not certified as sweatproof or dustproof, so they are better used in quiet and clean environments. They also lack features such as a microphone and built-in controls, which may make them less suitable for calls, meetings, and interactive gaming. However, for pure audio quality in music and TV/video consumption, the 560S are a strong choice. Give Feedback

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Evaluation

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Pros
  • Excellent overall sound quality
  • Very good soundstage and imaging
  • Excellent comfort
  • Very good build quality
  • Detachable cable
Cons
  • Poor microphone quality
  • Poor built-in controls
  • Not optimized for calls and meetings
  • Not sweatproof or dustproof

Ratings by Category

Music:
4.9
The Sennheiser 560S headphones deliver the best overall sound quality, providing an exceptional auditory experience, and they have a very good soundstage and imaging score, which allows for precise and expansive sound reproduction, giving listeners a sense of depth and placement of instruments, akin to a live performance.
TV & Video:
4.8
The Sennheiser 560S is excellent for watching TV and videos primarily because of its wired connection, which minimizes latency issues that can detract from the viewing experience. Additionally, the headphones offer high overall sound quality with a very good soundstage and comfort, enhancing the immersion and enjoyment during extended viewing sessions.
Podcasts & Audiobooks:
4.4
This score evaluates the product when used solely to listen to podcasts or audiobooks. It takes into account sound quality and sound signature, to be able to keep voices clear and intelligible. It also considers battery life, when available, and comfort.
Gaming:
3.9
The Sennheiser 560S provides a very good soundstage and imaging score which is great for an immersive gaming experience, but they have a poor microphonic quality that might not be suitable for in-game communication. Additionally, while being wired eliminates latency concerns, gamers who rely on clear voice chat would find the microphone quality lacking.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$180
Brand
Sennheiser
Release Date
September 1, 2020
Form Factor
Headphones
Connectivity
Wired

SOUND

Music Score
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9.5/10
Phone Calls Score
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5.1/10
Gaming Score
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6.9/10
TV and Video Score
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9.2/10
Exercise Score
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4.5/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
No
Noise Reduction Score
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2.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
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8/10
Comfort score
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8.4/10
Weight
244.9 Grams
Waterproof Rating
0
Dustproof Rating
0

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Kazi Mahbub Mutakabbir | March 2022
"Sennheiser made a near perfect pair of studio monitors with the HD 560S. Flat bass response? Check. Neutral and uncolored midrange? Check. Extended treble with a bit of lower-treble emphasis to highlight mastering flaws? Check. Fairly easy to drive? Check. Good soundstage and imaging? Check, and check."

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