Sennheiser MX 560 review: Sennheiser MX 560

Typical Price: £20.00
3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Good performance for the price; nice bass; coated cabling and accessories.

The Bad Not the most comfortable or the most attractive.

The Bottom Line If you've lost your bundled earphones and are used to their performance and styling, you won't be unhappy with these £20 offerings, with better bass and a few nice accessories. If you're looking to move up in the world of earphones, a tenner or so more will get you into more exciting, sound-isolating waters

7.5 Overall

If you've lost the white buds that came with your iPod, then £20 is a decent price to spend on some entry-level earphones. The MX 560s from Sennheiser ring up to around just that price and they come in a range of colours, too. Do they perform decently too?

For bottom-end ear-pleasers in red, white or black, the MX 560s are affordable without being cheap. In fact, they offer better sound quality than standard iPod earphones, despite costing around the same price. Most notably, they offer good bass, along with a moderately clearer high end, resulting in a fairly powerful sound for earphones of this ilk.

Mark Knight's Party Animal, a dance track with a hard-hitting bass line, sounded meaty for a pair of £20 earphones, and a couple of steps up from what Apple's earbuds are capable of producing. The Sennheisers are already the better option.

Moving on to some good ol' rock 'n' roll -- Don't Wait by Dashboard Confessional, to be precise -- we heard fairly bright tones, with Chris Carrabba's haunting vocal harmonies more prominent and audible through the 560s than through the iPod's stock 'phones. They're not the loudest earphones on the planet, but they retain their decent clarity even at high volume.

Editors' Top PicksSee All

  • Sony MDR-1A

    4.5 stars

    The supercomfortable $300 MDR-1A looks very similar to its predecessor, the MDR-1R, but...

  • Sennheiser Momentum 2.0

    Starting at: £183.33
    4 stars

    Thanks to some design tweaks, the second-generation Momentum is now more comfortable to...

  • Beats Studio Wireless Series

    4 stars

    It may seem overpriced at $380, but the Beats Studio Wireless Over-Ear is an excellent...

  • Beyerdynamic T51i

    Starting at: £189.95
    4.5 stars

    While it's fairly pricey at $300, the German-made Beyerdynamic T51i is one of the best...


Discuss Sennheiser MX 560

Conversation powered by Livefyre