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Sennheiser HD 569

Closed-back over-ear headphones

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A sound choice

What do you look for in a set of on-the-go over-ear headphones? If you don't need a lot of bells and whistles, and really just need something that feels nice and sounds good — consider the Sennheiser HD 569 closed-backs. When I spoke to Sennheiser's legendary headphone designer Axel Grell, he told me that the company uses their super-premium models to inform the design of all of their headphones. So when you connect these HD 569 headphones to your phone (or better yet, a portable headphone amp like the Audioquest Dragonfly v1.5 black), you'll enjoy that signature Sennheiser sound — wide soundstage, detailed mids, smooth highs. Also, the generous earpads make a nice, comfortable seal, so sound doesn't leak out, and bass gets extra emphasis.

Product Highlights:

  • over-the-ear, closed-back design helps seal out external sounds and reinforce bass
  • 38mm drivers tuned to deliver deep bass
    • Sennheiser's "Ergonomic Acoustic Refinement" (E.A.R.) design sends audio signals directly to your ears
  • padded headband and large, soft microfiber earcups
  • 2 detachable cables:
    • 51" miniplug cable with in-line one-button remote/mic for music and phone calls
    • 10-foot listening cable with 1/4" connector
  • frequency response: 10-28,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 115dB
  • impedance: 23 ohms
  • weight: 11.7 ounces
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Over-ear headphones (black)
  • 10' Cable with 1/4" (6.3mm) plug (attached to headphones)
  • 51" Cable with in-line remote/mic (straight 3.5mm plug)
  • Safety Guide

Very pleased. Using with a Dragonfly & a Jitterbug. Surprised at how much more of the recording space I heard. Fits well.

Jon, East Wenatchee, WA


Sennheiser HD 569 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(7 Reviews)

Sennheiser HD 569

Crutchfield customer from Acworth, GA on 12/12/2018

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Perfect gift for my audiophile husband.



Sennheiser HD 569

Jon from East Wenatchee, WA on 7/26/2018

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Very pleased. Using with a Dragonfly & a Jitterbug. Surprised at how much more of the recording space I heard. Fits well.



Well made, comfortable, nice sound

Steph from Issaquah, WA on 7/3/2018

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I needed wired headphones for TV watching. The Sennheiser HD569 have been great. The headset is comfortable with good padding on ear cups. I have a small head so many sets are too large but these work well. The cups are quite long but fit the ear well. These have "passive noise canceling" and they block out quite a bit of sound while remaining cool even when watching in an 85 degree apartment. Amazing to hear all of the background sounds missed on a recording when watching without them. Good sound but doesn't give you pounding bass with vibrant highs/lows like a set designed for music listening.

Pros: Good isolation, Comfort, Includes optional 3.5 mm cable with mic controls.

Cons: Balanced sound without any level equalizing between voice/sound tracks

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Tamara from Hyattsville, MD on 5/8/2018

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The headphone are pretty good. They are a little on the heavy side, but, they do have a nice sound. Before I purchased the headphones I got advice from one of your specialist. I was told the headphones came with a pouch to store them in, and I later found out that they don't. So, that was not pleasing for me. I wanted to travel with them, and it is easier to carry them in a pouch, so they don't get damage. For the price, I felt like they should come with a pouch, and should be able to fold them up, like some headphones that size, but, you can't.

Pros: They sound pretty good.

Cons: They are little on the heavy side. They fold up. They did not come with pouch, as I was instructed by Crutchfield specialist that they do come with a pouch.

Sennheiser HD 569

Patrick J. from Council Bluffs, IA on 4/17/2018

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This review is more of a comparison between my present Sennheiser HD 555 (open back) and the newer HD 569 I purchased and then returned. The 569's are definity more efficient than the 555's. Even while driving these from a Sony MP3 player the Hd 569 never needed the volume over 60% to play as loud as desired. The overall sound was smooth and balanced. The issue I had a problem with was the loss of being able to sense the depth of the musical instruments and their over tones. This may be because of the closed back design of the 569. Female vocals also came across as sounding a little "thin" on the 569's compared to the older 555's. The HD 569's are still a decent headphones but to my 58 year old ears the HD 555's are twice the pleasure to listen to and were the same price as the HD 569. If a person could tolerate an open back pair of headphones that are less efficient I would try the HD 559 which I assume is the newer version of the HD 555. FYI: years ago, I had tried the 595's and actually liked the HD 555's better, so me personally, I would try the newer 559 over the 599. I listen to well recorded soft rock and movie tunes. Hope this helps.

Pros: Very efficient Balanced sound

Cons: Female vocals sound a little thin

Sennheiser HD 569

Crutchfield customer from Temecula, CA on 3/23/2017

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Great isolation.



Great Closed Back Headphones

Jack from Reno, NV on 3/17/2017

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Needed closed back phones so I could listen without disturbing others in our house. In the Sennheiser HD 500 series this is the one closed back choice, so I ordered them, having liked the sound that I heard from the open back Sennheiser models that I have listened to. I have not been disappointed. I really like these cans. The sound is very clear, balanced, defined. Listening with these phones, it is as if the different elements of the music become discrete, concrete features that I might reach out and touch with my hands. I particulary notice this effect when listening to Ravi Shankar. The midrange is terrific, likewise the highs. The bass that these phones are able to provide is very taut and defined, but, needless to say, mere headphones can never compete, in my experience, with the bass that you can get from speakers. I don't know if there exist great headphones for rendering bass, but if there is such a beast, and that is what you are looking for, then I would say that these phones probably would not give you satisfaction. The design and construction are excellent. The fit to the head seems perfect, with the right amount of clamping force and plenty of room to surround the ears. The styling is elegant. These phones are a pleasure to handle, to wear, and, most importantly, to listen with. Finally, the supplied 3 meter cord has a standard 1/4 " jack for plugging into your amp. Also supplied is a shorter cord with the mini-jack if you plug into a device.

Pros: Precise, balanced sound. Great design and construction materials. Super comfortable. Super low impedance and super high sensitivity, which is especially noteworthy for those who might want to plug these into some sort of digital device.

Cons: These phones probably won't rock your world if you are looking for big bass.


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 3.542" x 4.531"
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Mic For Taking Calls Yes
iPhone Control Yes
Lightning Connector No
Android Control Yes
Frequency Response 10-28k Hz
Sensitivity 115 dB
Impedance 23 Ohms
Weight 11.7 ounces
Cord Length 120" + 51"
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Volume Control No
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

Product Research


Overview: The new Sennheiser HD 5 series of headphones feature a contemporary design with a soft, padded headband and ear cups. Featuring Sennheiser's proprietary transducer technology and E.A.R. (Ergonomic Acoustic Refinement) design, the HD 5 series headphones deliver excellent sound quality from your smart device or home stereo system. The HD 569 model comes with two interchangeable cables: a 10' cable with a 1/4" (6.3mm) plug for your home stereo, and a 51" cable with an in-line remote/mic and 3.5mm straight plug for your portables.

Closed Back Design: The HD 569 headphones feature a sound-isolating, closed back design that keeps ambient sound from spoiling your listening experience, while at the same time, keeping the music inside your headphones so it won't disturb others. Sennheiser's E.A.R. technology directs the sound directly to your ears to give you a natural sounding listening experience, similar to listening to well-placed loudspeakers. The high-end transducers used in the HD 5 series delivers deep, satisfying bass with clean, smooth mids and highs.

Stylish: The elegant look of the HD 569 is highlighted by the large soft padded detachable ear pads with comfortable black microfiber covers. The wide padded headband adds to the overall comfort.

Interchangeable Cables: The versatile HD 569 comes with two cables. The high-quality 10' cable has a full-size 1/4" (6.3mm) plug, designed for plugging into your home stereo equipment. You can also use the headphones in the recording studio for mixing or monitoring live performances. The shorter, 51" (1.2m) cable has a 3.5mm plug and an in-line remote/microphone to let you control music and make calls on your smartphone or other portable device. The 1-button remote is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. The single button lets you play/pause your music and skip to the next track, plus accept or reject incoming phone calls. It has additional functionality (fast forward/reverse, and skipping to the previous track) for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


  • Frequency Response: 10Hz - 28kHz
  • Impedance: 23Ω
  • Sound Pressure Level (1 kHz/1 Vrms): 115dB
  • THD (1 kHz/100dB): <0.2%
  • Weight: 11.7 ounces

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Why did you buy this?

Have always held Sennheiser in high regards and the specs, price and comments for this model were a great match for my upgrade needs. Appreciate finding it and look forward to hearing it. [ James  Jul 22, 2018 ]
Have enjoyed my Grado SR80's (i and e) but thought I'd take a step up, plus go closed back for less bleed-through. The review in Inner Fidelity caught my attention. It turned into a toss up between these and the Audio Technica ATH- M50x. I'm looking forward to their arrival. [ Jon  Jul 11, 2018 ]
closed back great brand good price [ Stephanie  Jun 06, 2018 ]
I have a pair of Sennheiser HD555 (open back) and am hoping for the same quality of headphones with closed back for isolation purposes. Hopefully the HD569's will do the trick [ PAT  Mar 17, 2018 ]
Advice from Doc on brand sound, and online comments and critic writings. I have Sennheiser HD 555s which I like a lot but I need a closed-back headphone for listening in bed. [ DAVID  Nov 16, 2017 ]
Sennheiser reputation. Technical specifications compared to similar products. Price point. [ Jack  Mar 03, 2017 ]