Sennheiser HD 560S Open-Back Reference Headphones

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HD 560S – With linear acoustics tailored to extended listening sessions and smooth, gratifying bass performance, the HD 560S was crafted for the analytical audio enthusiast.


  • Natural and accurate reference sound
  • All-new transducer with high-strength magnet effortlessly reproduces deep, defined bass and brilliant treble
  • New polymer-blend transducer membrane offers highly-linear excursion for superb control
  • Angled transducers recreate the optimal listening position every time, without the need for acoustic room treatment
  • Open earcups facilitate the natural expansion of sound waves
  • Superb detail retrieval with fast, clear bass response
  • Lightweight design and velour earpads for all-day wearing comfort
  • Detachable 3m cable with 6.3mm jack plug and 3.5mm adapter with flexible, 15cm lead

Reveal the truth in your music

Today’s audiophiles monitor their music with measured purpose on a wide range of devices from headphone amplifiers, audio interfaces, computers, and more. The HD 560S delivers the linear performance required by analytical audio enthusiasts at a breakthrough value, allowing the listener to have an honest look inside their music whether for pleasure or productivity.

Open earcups for open minds

The HD 560S features an open-back design that provides natural propagation of sound waves. The E.A.R. (Ergonomic Acoustic Refinement) angled driver alignment recreates the optimal triangular listening position you would find in hi-fi loudspeaker setups and high-end recording studios. This combination creates a wide, articulate soundstage without the need for room treatment, letting you hear the neutral version of your music unaffected by the artifacts of a confined space.

Signature sound

The HD 560S transducers are specifically tuned for accuracy, offering dependable A/B comparisons of components, mixes, and media formats. 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. The 120 ohm transducer is all-new, featuring a specialized polymer blend in its membrane for linear excursion and improved brilliance above 10 Hz. The drive magnet offers highly efficient power while its steel mesh damping system manages ventilation—this combination yields deeper bass while mitigating the distortion that otherwise impacts clarity—a difference only the most discerning listeners can appreciate. Whether grading a new hi-resolution master or revisiting a vintage audiophile preamp the HD 560S offers a fatigue-free listen that you can depend on.

Comfort is king

Although the HD 560S sound is rooted in the reference-level DNA of the beloved HD 660S, its comfort mechanics are based on the chassis of our ultralight HD 599. A headphone this neutral deserves a distraction-free fit and a “barely there” feel on the listener’s head. Even the velour earpads have been carefully considered to keep all contact points soft to the touch. The open, around-the-ear design offers benefits beyond natural sound—the ventilated cup remains cool without ever needing to touch the wearer’s ears.

It’s all about connection

Because audiophiles frequent a variety of sources, we developed the HD 560S to provide an exceptional experience regardless of the playback system. The detachable 3 meter cable (9.8 feet) provides the perfect amount of freedom to access your gear, no matter how it may be oriented within your setup. The 6.3mm / ¼-inch plug lets you connect to headphone amplifiers, audio interfaces, and most hi-fi sources while a flexible 3.5mm / ⅛-inch adapter ensures you can extract the most out of your reference material on portable digital audio players and countless other audio devices.

What's in the box?

  • HD 560S headphones
  • 3 m cable with 6.3 mm plug
  • 6.3 to 3.5 mm adapter

Technical Data

  • Impedance
    120 Ω
  • Frequency response
    6 Hz to 38 kHz (-10 dB)
  • Sound pressure level (SPL)
    110 dB (1 kHz / 1 V RMS)
    • THD, total harmonic distortion
      < 0.05 % (1 kHz / 90 dB SPL)
    • Jack plug
      6.35 mm with 3.5 mm adapter
    • Transducer principle
      dynamic, open
    • Weight w/o cable
      240 g
    • Ear pad material

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Sennheiser HD 560S Open-Back Reference Headphones

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Richard M.
United States United States
Great value for neutral sound.

Build feels kind of cheap (compared to 6XX and 58X), but results in a very lightweight set. Clamp is tighter than I prefer, even after stretching them out on a yoga block. The sound is as advertised; it’s neutral, clean, transparent, open, etc. The soundstage has good width; they can be a little sharp in the upper midrange – treble on occasion. I like that they have good bass extension. However, I still prefer to increase the bass a few dB with EQ. I replaced the cord w/ a shorter one for desktop use (found on Amazon for cheap). These phones sound quite different from the warmer 6XX and 58X and they’re definitely worth having in my collection.

William F.
United States United States
Accurate but not quite my taste.

I've enjoyed my Sennheiser HD 560S, but prefer the sound signature of my HD-6XX. The HD 560S is comfortable and they are easier to drive than the HD 6XXs. But i prefer the mid range and treble response of the HD 6XX. Your mileage may vary.

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Rein D.
United States United States

These headphones are awesome! They arrived within a week of ordering. Try these with the swooping bass on track 6, Unfamiliar Wind (Leeks Hill), on Brian Eno’s Ambient 4 — this is my test track for any speakers or headphones. Ive never heard this bass sound so great on a pair of headphones! Bought them as a gift, now I’m buying a pair for myself!

Shuo J.
United States United States

Lives up to the hype. Great imaging.

Michael J.
United States United States
Sennheiser - HD 560s

Great reference headphones


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