Despite high proclamations by YouTubers, it turns out that the HD560S is much ado about nothing - at least to most of the audience here. One step forward and one step back, at least when compared to the old HD558. Compared to the established standards, the HD600/HD650, the HD560 is one step forward and two steps back. I can't recall exactly, but I thought maybe the HD558 may have had very slightly angled drivers. Regardless, the HD560S takes the cake and pulls of a really impression of the HD800's headstage. Very impressive! From my limited experience so far, the headstage is closer to the HD800 end of the spectrum than the HD6xx end. Unfortunately, this is where the good news stops. The frequency response takes a hit. The HD558, the predecessor to the HD560S, had small an upper-mid peak. This wasn't particularly obtrusive and made a lot of music sound more energetic. @ultrabike owned the HD558 for years and was perfectly happy with it before finally upgrading to the HD600. Still, things aren't horribad like the flaming disaster of the HD700. Tonally, the HD560S sounds like a cross between the old HD558 and the HD800, but more toward the HD558. There is plenty in the highs and not so much of the upper-mid scoop of the HD800. However, keep in mind that the HD560 Sis still an HD5xx class headphone. As such, we are talking about lower-fidelity sound. Less precision, less clarity, lower resolution, somewhat weaksauce presentation. Think car speakers, at least decent car speakers in terms of fidelity. The bass is maybe more extended than the HD650, but I am not quite convinced that it sounds right. Here is a photo the angled driver. The cloth is pretty thin and the driver is right behind it. Sennheiser didn't go with any kind of thick Doggie Treat covering the driver. As such, perhaps there may be a possibility that a light porous foam or similar material may tame the highs.