About the Sennheiser HD 560S
Smooth, spacious sound and a great value
The lightweight, well-padded Sennheiser HD 560S serves up detailed, accurate sound.
Smooth, spacious sound and a great value
Sennheiser has long-proved that great-sounding headphones don't have to cost an arm and a leg. These HD 560S open-back 'phones deliver accurate, well-balanced sound at a price that's more accessible than some high-end headphone choices. I've tried them and love them — some of the best imaging and separation I've heard, regardless of price.
A sound legacy with a new twist
The sound signature is inspired by the premium HD 660 S headphones, but these 'phones bring their own distinct sonic characteristics to the table.
Sennheiser developed a brand-new dynamic driver for the HD 560S. They're tuned for clear, detailed sound that's smooth and natural across a wide frequency range. But where the HD 660 S delivers a more immediate soundstage, these headphones offer a larger, more spacious presentation.
Lightweight design with a snug, nicely padded fit
At just over eight ounces, these headphones are also smaller and lighter than some of the heavyweights you'll find in this audiophile class. They sport a snug, secure fit to keep the drivers properly aligned with your ears. But the headband and earcups have extra cushioning, including ear pads made of soft, velvety cloth.
Performs best when properly powered
I drove these headphones with a stack of iFi ZEN gear — my go-to DAC/amp combo.
Like with all high-performance headphones, the HD 560S will sound their best when connected to a separate headphone amp. If you're worried about an amp adding cost to your headphone setup, there are some nice bargains out there. And these headphones have two connection options: the detachable cable features a 3.5mm mini connector, and there's also a 1/4" adapter included.
I tested them with the compact, yet substantial iFi ZEN DAC and ZEN CAN combo that I use in my home setup. That stack of headphone amp/DAC powers the the HD 660 S 'phones nicely. It is just a natural fit. The versatile AudioQuest DragonFly plug-in USB DAC/amps offer some nice portable options.
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- over-the-ear, open-back headphones
- 38mm drivers deliver accurate, well-balanced sound
- Sennheiser's "Ergonomic Acoustic Refinement" (E.A.R.) design angles the drivers directly to your ears
- smooth, spacious sound with naturally detailed highs, mids, and lows
- we recommend a separate headphone amplifier for the best possible sound
- lightweight design with snug, secure fit
- thick padding on headband and soft velour ear pads
- 59" detachable cable with 3.5mm connector
- full-size 1/4" adapter included
- frequency response: 6-38,000 Hz
- sensitivity: 110 dB
- impedance: 120 ohms
- weight: 8.4 ounces
- warranty: 2 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # 509144
- Feels lighter than most
- Snug fit
- Good for focused listening
What's in the box:
Sennheiser HD 560S owner's manual
- Over-ear headphones
- 59" Audio cable (3.5mm straight plug)
- Screw-on plug adapter (female 3.5mm on one end and male 1/4" on other end)
- Safety Guide
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Features & specs
|Earcup Width x Height||3.51" x 4.533"|
|Mic For Taking Calls||No|
|Voice Assistant Access|
|Frequency Response||6-38k Hz|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
Overview: The Sennheiser HD 560S over-ear headphones feature a new 38mm driver with a specialized polymer blend diaphragm to give you clear, detailed sound, especially in the higher frequencies (above 10kHz). The open-back design gives the headphones a wide, natural soundstage. The HD 560s comes with a detachable 1.8-meter (59") cable with a 3.5mm plug, and a 1/4" plug adapter for listening to your home audio components.
Transducers: The HD 560S's 120-ohm drivers are made with strong magnets that deliver a solid bass response. The polymer-blend transducer membrane provides a truly linear excursion for the accurate reproduction of the high end. Sennheiser's E.A.R. (Ergonomic Acoustic Refinement) angled driver alignment is like sitting right in the sweet spot of your listening room.
Headphone Cable: The HD 560S comes with a detachable 59" cable terminated with a 3.5mm (1/8") plug for use with your digital audio player or portable devices. At the headphone connection, the cable has a 2.5mm sub-mini plug with a twist-lock to keep the cable from accidentally pulling out. The 1/8" (3.5mm) to 1/4" plug adapter screws onto the cable whenever you want to listen your home components or headphone amplifier.
Ear Cups: The over-ear headphones sport ultra-comfortable velour covered ear pads that softly surround your ear. The ear cups are ventilated to keep your ears cool, even during long listening sessions.
- Frequency Response: 6-38,000 Hz (-10dB)
- Nominal Impedance: 120Ω
- Sound Pressure Level (SPL): 110 dB (1 kHz, 1 Vrms)
- THD (1kHz / 90dB SPL): < 0.05%
- Ear Cup Dimensions:
- Outside: Width 3.51", Height 4.533", Depth 1.891"
- Inside: Width 1.731", Height 2.952", Depth 0.875"
- Weight: 10.0 ounces (with cable)
5 questions already asked
Great sound for a great price. Sounds as good as costlier headphones. Little light on rumbling bass, just turn up bass and the problem is solved. I like bass and open back phones are not the best for that.
Paul from Rockford, IL