Topic:- Best Open Back Headphones – Sennheiser HD 560S for $200
Best Open Back Headphones – Sennheiser HD 560S for $200. Hi, Welcome to TechHypes and today I am talking about the Sennheiser HD 560S. They are a pair of open-back, wired, over-ear headphones. Sennheiser is good at making music sound good right there on your head. One of our favourite headphones that we sell is the Sennheiser HD 660s, and these 560S are inspired by those. They’re kind of the little brother to them, and they do give you most of the performance of the 660 for less than half the price.
We like these. I took this pair of 560S home and put them through their paces. I listened to some vinyl on my stereo receiver, and what I found was that they sounded nice and open and spacious, but most importantly they were true to the original recording.
They were very transparent. I didn’t feel like they were adding or taking away anything, just precision, accuracy… exactly what Michael Jackson laid down when he recorded “Thriller.” These headphones have plenty of basses, but it’s natural, it never feels accentuated or emphasized in any way that’s not exactly what was on the original recording. And I also didn’t feel that you got bass at the expense of the mids and highs, so very transparent and pretty crystal clear across the board.
That’s thanks to the 38-millimetre drivers, nice, big drivers that can give you all those frequencies and they’re placed in these headphones where they’re sort of angled at your ears, which is something Sennheiser calls “EAR,” or “ergonomic acoustic refinement.” It’s a fancy name for just making sure those drivers are forcing all that music directly into your ear holes.
The ‘560s use an open-air design. That means there are holes on the outside of the ear cups that allow music and air to escape out of the headphones, and that’s by design.
Because of that will sound nice and open and spacious. It’ll sort of allow you to feel like you’re listening to music in a big room rather than just in small headphones on your head, which means they’re perfect for critical listening.
If you’re in a room by yourself with your music, these are everything you could want them to be. They give you all the detail you’ll need, or maybe you’re mixing or mastering some music you’ve created and you’re going to plug them into, like, an interface connected to your computer. These are great for that because they are so natural and without colouration.
So that open-air design, open and spacious without adding or colouring your music at all, and if you are going to be listening to the ‘560s for long periods, you’ll find them very comfortable.
We found them extremely lightweight and snug, they kind of fit securely on your head. So if you’re listening to metal and you’re headbanging, they’re not going to fall off. Also, they’re very soft and comfortable.
The ear cups are a nice padded velour, there’s a padded headband, you really can wear these for hours and kind of just forget that they’re on your head. They’re comfortable, and the open-back design compared to a closed-back headphone will allow your ears to breathe so they won’t cause your head to get all sweaty and stuff while you’re listening to your music.
These are designed as a wired headphone, which you kind of would expect for something that we would call “audiophile grade.” They come with a 10-foot detachable cord with a quarter-inch jack on the end, and that nice long straight cord will allow you to sit in your comfortable chair rather than being right on top of your audio equipment so you can get comfortable for doing your critical listening. And when you plug them in, make sure you’re plugging them into something that’s got plenty of power.
The headphone jack on a stereo receiver or an integrated amp would be just fine, or you could use a dedicated headphone amp to power these headphones. If you were to plug them into just straight up to your phone or to a small, inexpensive portable device, they’ll work but the device probably won’t have enough power to give you all the sound these headphones are capable of. And if you’re going to pick out a headphone amplifier, you don’t need to go to the top of the line, the most expensive thing available.
We’ve tried them out with things like the Audio quest Dragonfly, the iFi Zen Dac and the Zen Can, some very much more affordable headphone amplifiers and d-to-a converters, and we loved how they sounded.
So these are the Sennheiser HD 560S over-ear, wired audiophile-level headphones. If you’re looking to get into the world of critical listening, high-end sound with some headphones, these might be a great choice for you.
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