Sennheiser HD 560S Is For The Audiophile On a Budget

The HD 560S is the latest to join Sennheiser’s audiophile family. With a price point of only $199.95, this is Sennheiser’s most economical open-back available in their HD line of audiophile headphones.

The 560S is shooting for high levels of accuracy, implementing a 120 Ohm polymer-blend transducer that works to reveal as much detail as possible in your music. This design yields deeper bass while mitigating the distortion that otherwise impacts clarity—a difference only the most discerning listeners can appreciate.

Much like some other iterations of this line, Sennheiser has opted for an open-back design for the 560S, which let the sounds expand more naturally.

In order to achieve the most optimal stage for the 560S, Sennheiser applies The E.A.R. (Ergonomic Acoustic Refinement) angled driver alignment. This recreates the optimal triangular listening position you would find in hi-fi loudspeaker setups and high-end recording studios, with no room treatment needed.

The entire frequency range is honest, complemented by smooth, deep bass extension that reveals what nearfield loudspeakers often struggle to reproduce—especially between 20 and 50 Hz.


Ear coupling: Around-ear
Weight: 240 g (8.4 oz)
Frequency response: 6 Hz – 38 kHz (-10 dB vs 1 KHz)
Transducer principle: Dynamic, open
Transducer size: 38 mm
Sound pressure level (SPL): 110 dB (1 kHz/1 Vrms)
Impedance: 120 Ω
Total Harmonic Distortion: (THD) <0.05 % (1 kHz / 90 dB SPL)

The Sennheiser HD 560S is available for pre-order at Audio 46

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