Wire­less Noise-Can­cellers of the Year

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Th­ese de­cid­edly su­pe­rior open-backed home head­phones from the Ger­man can­meis­ters get the full and large hard case treat­ment, the all-en­com­pass­ing black­ness of the HD 660 S de­sign nestling into black foam in a pre­sen­ta­tion which says ‘Wel­come to an au­dio­phile head­phone’. Which is ex­actly what you get for your $799.95 (sig­nif­i­cantly less on the street); sound is vis­i­bly first with the HD 660 S. Through the hex-grille of the head­shells the rear of the newly de­vel­oped driver is vis­i­ble; this uses a spe­cially man­u­fac­tured pre­ci­sion stain­less steel fab­ric adapted to the con­tour of the di­aphragm, backed by “ex­tremely light” alu­minium voice coils. You have the choice of ca­bles with a full-size 6.35mm plug or a 4.4mm Pen­ta­conn bal­anced stereo plug, and they proved able to de­liver tunes both old and new as if piped fresh from the stu­dio, re­mind­ing you of the ben­e­fits brought by re­mov­ing that re­flec­tive closed-back (though see the HD 820 over­leaf!) — mu­sic feels ef­fort­less and free, and en­tirely non-tir­ing. A joy­ous head­phone. More info: www.sennheiser.com.au

“Open-backed home head­phones which de­liver tunes both old and new as if piped fresh from the stu­dio, with mu­sic flow­ing ef­fort­less and free. A joy­ous head­phone.”

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