Sennheiser HD25-1 II Closed-Back Headphones have been designed in 1988. The first idea was to create headphones for movie production and cameramen that needed excellent isolation to work in loud work environments such as a film set.
They soon became popular to the more ‘Minimal orientated’ DJ’s for their exceptional sound quality and because of their basic design, that suited the minimal spirit. Certainly not made to show-off , they haven’t been changing anything about their design since then. The quality of these headphones sooner or later had to be recognized by all, and they became a must-have in all categories of DJ’s and producers.
They have been an industry standard for decades now. Used by the most respected DJ’s for years, they kept on following the newest generation of DJ’s which still makes them one of the best headphones ano 2015. More than that, they are iconic!
The Sennheiser HD25 are build of plastic and vynil-covered foam. This makes them light-weighted headphones that are much more robust than they look. When looking at them at them at first, they might look cheap and they don’t look as ‘cool’ as some other, newer models of headphones you might find on the market (thinking about the V-Moda LPfor example) but even thought their aspect doesn’t reflect quality, those headphones are just indestructible! Trow them on the floor, hit them on a wall, put them in your bag without protection or accidentally sit on them, they will not break! I have heard many DJ’s saying that even after years of intensive use and after having carried them in the worst conditions sometimes, they still look exactly like the day the bought them. And if they break, it is very easy to find replacement parts.
The HD25’s have smaller ear-cups than the average over-ear or circumaural models. The headband can split in two, with a capsule that is rotatable for one-ear listening and the left cup can swivel forward and backward. They come with an adapter for 1/4″ (6.3 mm) stereo jack plug, carrying bag, 1 pair of soft ear pads, warranty. The cable is exposed.
Although the ear-cups are small, they possess an excellent noise isolation. They can feel a bit tight and you might need a break in period to adapt to the size of your head.
How do they sound?
The sound quality is truly outstanding. They are capable to handle very loud levels of sound, delivering an accurate, clear and neutral sound, punch mids and crips highs. Maybe too much? Highs can be a bit too present sometimes and the neutral sound might not please everyone.
Some might regret the lacking of width of the the soundstage . Too narrow and small , though the instrumental separation is excellent, even for tracks that are densed and have a different instruments playing at the same time.
Apart from this, they will deliver a sound that can hardly be beaten by any other headphones in the same price range.
Though they might not be the first choice for music production and they are considered more as DJ headphones, if you are a DJ/music producer, and you can’t afford only one pair of headphones, the HD 25 will be a good choice.They are able to give you the best conditions to do both!
The newer model, Sennheiser HD 8 DJ headphones, upgraded in quality of the materials, cables are now hidden and detachable. Instead of being able to rotate just 1 ear cup, you can now rotate both. Comfort of the headband is also improved but they are even more designed for DJ’s than production and cost almost 300 $…
Price quality wise the HD25 can difficultly be beaten, and sound wise there is not such a big difference. The HD25might even sound better.
Although there are some improvements, especially in comfort, the HD25 have proven to be so reliable, that there is not really a reason to pay almost 300 $ to upgrade unless you are looking for that extra comfort.
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