HD560 Ovation(not II) is the most accurate & musical Sennheiser dynamic,
Developed by the same HE60/HE90 team.sound is natural, clear & sweet.
way better than hd650/600s
It's the only Sennheiser dynamic which can compete with the stax lambda series
it costs 300 Euro in 1989
The second best Sennheiser dynamic is the 1993 German made hd580 (new hd580 sucks)
it has the best vocal, but the highs & bass are not as refined as the hd560
hd800 is something like an upgrade version of HD540, a monitoring can, best clarity, but the sound is lacking life
As a fellow who listen to the HD560(too bad not my unit), HD560 2 and HD540~ I agree with all the thing pkshan wrote~ Hd560 tonal balance, and accuracy is great! The instruments sounds as real! The vocal is clear and with emotions~ its wayy better than HD600 and HD650. HD560 Ovation 2 have the same veil sound as HD650 but IMO it's still sound better, better tonal balance and more accurate.
Although HD580 sound great~ but still lacking behind HD560! But at some point I cant totally agree that HD580 sounds better than HD650 as a recable HD650 sounds slightly more refined
HD800 have the same sound signature (not quality) with HD540~ great monitoring headphone but again like wat pkshan said lack of life, or put in my words lack of emotions~
But if I have to choose I would say each of them hv their advantages~ smt I still use HD540 for music listening~ its a great tool to enjoy your amp/DAC after you tune it... you can get the exact feeling of my sound tuning.
I also own the HD250 Linear 1... well its sounds great for modern musics! haha
Again I would like to ask pkshan, what's your opinion on HD560 Ovation 1 and Ovation 2? Ovation 2 got 2 version, Germany made and Ireland made... here I would like to compare Germany made 560~ :)