Sennheiser HD 569 Review
Sennheiser is a revered name in the audio industry and for years has produced some of the best headphones time and time again. A company with Sennheiser’s pedigree has a lot to lose and producing a bad quality headphone is not going to go well for its brand image. Having said that, today we take a look at the Sennheiser HD 569 closed-back wired headphones. Where most of the industry is innovating in the wireless space, how do these classic wired headphones hold up? That is exactly what we will be looking at today. This review will touch on the unboxing, build, quality, sound performance, and signature.
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The design of the box itself is super-premium, something that you would expect from a brand like Sennheiser. It is mostly black with small streaks of blue at the bottom. You have the headphones themselves proudly displayed at the front with very minimal texts. At the back, you have all the usual mentions of the specs and features that these headphones have – if you cannot wait to know how these sound, keep reading.
To open the box, you pull the top lid up and you are presented with the headphones right dead center. They are tucked inside what seems to be a foam material. It keeps the headphones very well protected. At least you can rest assured that there won’t be any damage during shipping. In the box, you also get your mandatory manual and some additional paperwork. There are two included cables as well, a 3-meter cable with a 6.3mm jack and a 1 meter 3.5mm jack, both of which are removable.
Signature Design and Build
If you are paying this much for a pair of headphones, the better are built well with a premium design. While reviewing the Sennheiser 569 headphones’ design and build we mainly looked at a couple of things. How sturdy these are, do they creak and show any signs of poor manufacturing tolerances. Also, we looked at how well designed they are. Would you want to be seen rocking these in public and of course how comfortable they are?
There is no point paying hundreds of dollars for headphones if they are not comfortable to use, now is there? Having set our testing methodology, let us take at the design first. Design-wise we actually quite like these. They are not the most muted of closed-back headphones we have seen, but they are not tacky either. The Sennheiser HD 569 strikes this perfect balance between professional and a modern aesthetic that is very Sennheiser-like. We love how the headband swoops in and wraps around the earcups. It is the little details like these that give these headphones some personality.
You can wear these almost anywhere, whether you are a professional working at an office or an artist working on your next hit single at the studio. It even works great for casual listeners at the subway. On top of that, you will want to wear these for long periods given how comfy they are. The earcups sit very snugly over your ears and the headband clamping force is just right. The padding is very thick on the band and even on the earcups themselves.
It is made of this felt material that feels very smooth to the touch. We are quite okay with the design and comfort of these. One small gripe we have with the earcups is that they do not fold up. That could have made them easier for carrying around. They might not be the most luxurious headphones in the market, but they are pretty well built for a plastic pair of over-ear headphones and are comfortable too.
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Sound Performance and Features
Let us get one thing out of the way at first. Yes, these are wired headphones. So, you won’t be seeing any fancy wireless functionality like Bluetooth 5.0 or any such. What you do get is a very good sound signature with rich details in the different tones. The audio performance is all thanks to Sennheiser’s 38mm, 23 Ohm transducers. These drivers are very capable and awesome at what they do and these are proprietary transducers.
The sound quality is very crisp which makes these the ideal choice to listen to vocals on these headphones. They take the center stage with the HD 569. These are closed-back headphones and sound like it too. There is no active noise canceling, although you get some noise isolation. Overall if you are too listening to them in the subway at a busy restaurant, they should do the job just fine. There are no Bluetooth options as mentioned either.
It feels like the sound signature of these prefers to put attention on the vocals and clarity of mid and high tones of a song. Listening to music like acoustic and some rock and roll is a great joy with these. As for the bass, it isn’t the best. Having said that, it isn’t disappointing though. The bass was full enough to provide a fun listening experience but if you are a true bass junkie, these might not be the best choice.
When the headphones are dealing with lower frequencies the bass is very rich and punchy. However, it loses some of its touches when you take it up a notch in the mid-high and high tones. Overall though, the sound signature is very good and even the bass response is commendable if we are being completely honest.
Audiophile-level headphones do not come cheap. So, when there is a product in the market that allegedly has audiophile-level performance at a good price, we are sure to check it out. These Sennheiser HD 569 closed-back over-ear headphones were just that for us. Coming in at under $200, these sound very good indeed. The sound is balanced with very good and maybe not a thumping bass.