Product Type: Sennheiser headphones
Newest Review: ... side-by-side with sony earphones of a similar price, for example, the victor is clearly the Sennheisers. In a noisy environment, the po... more
The ideal all-round perfomer
Sennheiser MX 560
Member Name: dannylee
Sennheiser MX 560
Advantages: Tough and great sound for your money
Disadvantages: Foam earbud covers can slip off, but just about all earphones suffer from this
I make it a rule to have actual experience in using a product before casting judgement and sharing that opinion with others, and one such item I can feel that way about are the Sennheiser MX560s - what are surely the best all-round earphones you can get with a great result in style, quality, durability and price.
Sennheiser are a brand more akin to high-end pricey audio equipment but they do still turn their hand to the lower-priced end of the market. This line, the MX560s, seem to have been going for a long time now, and having owned a pair for a few years now I can see why they work.
The first comment I feel that has to be put to you is of durability; these have them in spades. My pair have survived loads of accidental impacts, coil binding, etc. Every other day the wire is tightly wound around the device it accompanies and bunged in a bag or pocket. There've been countless times where I've accidentally whipped them off a door frame or caught the cord with my hand or a table corner through my own carelessness, but it hasn't left a scratch. The wire has been in all sorts of shapes and knots as you will get with pocket audio, but there is zero sign of fraying or splitting rubber. Numerous times I've fell asleep with these things in my ears and awoken led on top of them or tangled around my wrist or scrunched up at the bottom of the sheets. Previous earphones have shattered, broken or split by now - I can only imagine that it's owing to the structurally tough shape and quality of components that the MX560s keep going, even better when you consider that they are not just rough-edged, unrefined electronics as you'll discover below.
The sound quality produced by the MX560s is definitely above average. The spacial positioning of sound is starkly opened up and brought to life - music sounds bigger, more ephereal. Bass and mid-low output is very soothing and present, whilst improving vastly on the high-end clarity and clearness compared to what might have been chucked in free with your phone/MP3 player. Certainly when stood side-by-side with sony earphones of a similar price, for example, the victor is clearly the Sennheisers. In a noisy environment, the powerful mid and high sound range that these earphones pack is handy, yet in the silence of a late-night chillout the way they expand your sound and bring all ranges to bear is a great acheivement from such a small package. They are fit for purpose in almost any situation and for almost any variety of music.
As for extra accessories, Sennheiser throw in a small 'carry purse', presumably for storing the earphones when not in use to protect them. However it's a bit of a redundant accessory as the very nature of portable audio doesn't lend itself to meticulous care of your belongings. Despite me never using my super-duper carry purse, longevity has in no way been affected, but it shows they do take things seriously at Sennheiser HQ.
Foam earbud covers are included aswell to make wearing a little more comfortable, to try and take the slight sensation of plastic in your ears away from impeding on your listening, but because they are not embedded in the earphone (show me any other pair which are, after all) they are a little too easy to lose when not wearing them. It only takes an errant grip to strip the foam clean off and onto the floor somewhere, never to be found. Regardless, I've been soldiering on just fine without any cushioning for many, many months now so I can safely say they are not an essential, though easily replaceable.
If you can indeed get them for £15 or under, they are a steal. I bought mine a good while back for £30 and I have had my money's worth, believe me.
Summary: A great all-round perfomer with good durability and output.
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