Sennheiser HD560 Ovation II

General Information

A quick warning before we continue:
This is my very first review. It'll be written quite badly and be incomplete.
Also, I have an audio-byte of 40db on the 2kHz range in both ears. Genetic, degenerative medical condition.

Gear: Schiit Modi 3, LittleDot mkII+ with upgraded tubes.
Files: 24bit FLAC files from Qobuz or HDTracks. Samplerate 44.1Khz to 192Khz.
Evanescence - Synthesis.
The Doors - The Doors 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition.
Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
Norah Jones - Come Away With me

Here goes.

This is the headphone that I 'borrowed' from my father years ago, when I needed a headphone for playing my very first online games. I was around 18 back then ( 2004 ). Little did I... and my father... know this spoiled me quite a bit.
After the cable broke, my search for a decent gaming/music headphones began, starting with a Beyer DT770.

I'm 33 now and I've been given the Sennheiser HD560 Ovation II by my father. He kept it ever since the cable broke.
Asked me if I could do anything with it. A quick search online and a quite expensive pair or ear-cushions and cable was ordered. I was curious how it sounded, since it had been more than a decade ago that I had heard it.
I was in for a surprise....

First thing I noticed was how light and comfortable the HP was.
I'm coming from Beyerdynamic DT 770-990 an MMX300 line.Now I use a Audeze Mobius. Good.
Next, sound. Playing a few songs the first that came to mind was how ...'poppy' the music sounds. Fast, bright, detailed. Emphasis on the 't' but especially the 's' sounds.
Hey... I could not just hear but understand the vocals now!
This is surprising to me since this has always been very hard with my condition.
Bass was there but again, poppy.
Does not linger what-so-ever and not deep. However, it doesn't muddy up the sound like cheap headphones so.
The details remain and do not overpower the rest of the sound.

Soundstage and imaging:
I'm going to be careful here since I'm still not a 100% sure whether I get this right.
I don't remember much of what the headphones used to sound like when I first got it all these years back, but I do remember that, ever since I used the HD560 in combination with a nForce soundchip back in the day, these headphones would give me an unfair advantage in games. Perhaps it was because of the brightness I could hear footsteps better? In any case, back then wearing these felt like wearing an audio wall-hack in CS:S.

I could hear... everything.

Back to the present: I've not gamed with it, only tried music.
Also, my recording from the door mess up my head a bit since some instruments are clearly 100% located left OR right. So I'm not sure. Projection is not happening, everything felt right next to the head.
Make of it what you will.

Perhaps correct this, so I can learn the lingo a bit better.

Hope this was somewhat informative.

Thank you.


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