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Sennheiser HD 25-1 II Professional Headphone Reviews

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ljokerl

Still the total package

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Pros: Indestructible, comfortable, well-isolating, great detail and clarity

Cons: Fairly analytical sound, treble can be aggressive and unnatural, small soundstage

The HD25-1 has been my favorite (trans)portable headphone for quite a few months. I spend a few nights a week away from my home rig and the HD25 works wonders with my iBasso D10 and netbook. Hi-fi on the go has never been so rugged and simple. Best of all is their sonic versatility – though my backup portables, the AKG K181Dj, excel with certain genres and recordings, the Sennheisers perform more than adequately with anything I can throw at them.Build Quality: When it comes to build quality, Sennheiser’s flagship portables can do no wrong. The structure of the HD25 is painfully elementary. They are neither flat-folding nor collapsible, with very simple rotating joints and removable...
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gabrielnorena

Durable great portable sound.

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Pros: Detailed, portable, great isolation.

Cons: Not really confortable for long periods of time.

I have own the Sennheiser HD 25-1 II for more than 6 years now, and everything is still in perfect condition. I have always love the analytical sound this unit delivers... These have turn to be my personal favorite headphones for tracking live instruments and recording vocals, but I use them to listen to music when traveling, and they are my favorite portable headphones as well.   They are not really that confortable, I find them to be a little uneasy to wear for long periods of time, but they isolate really well and sound great with theire slightly v shaped sound signature. I will recomend this headphones for anyone looking to something portable and with great sound isolation.
dreamwhisper

Grand-daddy of Quality Closed Headphones

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Pros: Neutral, detailed, non fatiguing, comfortable velour earpads, cable can be replaced with sennheiser HD650 cable

Cons: Not much soundstage

This is my reference for what a portable closed headphone should be. It's neutral and sounds good on all genres. It's not a giant killer like the DT531, but keep in mind it is closed and portable and has the most durable build quality of anything I've seen. Also, it has the cheapest, most cost effective upgrade available for it, the upgrade to an HD650 cable. In my opinion it is the second best deal to be had in headphones for a beginner to this hobby, second only to the Beyerdynamic DT531, if you can find it. The Beyerdynamic DT531 has better high range sparkle and soundstage, but less midrange realism, depending on the genre you're listening to. Anyways, neither are a perfect...
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aeromaniac

Should be the Norm

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Pros: balanced, isolated, easily repairable, neutral (a bit redundant, no?)

Cons: clamp force, looks and other aesthetics, accessibility

Summary: These headphones give an accurate picture of what the producers had in mind when they mixed their music because they have a well-balanced, present, but not over-powering bass.   Songs Used for Listening/Critiquing: Stuck on You - Michiko Unlike Any Other - Jeremy Ellis Garden - Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Basically, **** You - Deru Flashlight - Parliament Creator - Santigold Petrified - Fort Minor Jamba - Tyler, the Creator Ballad of NGB - Stateless I'll Never Leave You - Rogue Wave BloodStream - Quartet Session - Stateless Blue Ridge Mountains - Fleet Foxes Sunburn - Muse Rhino - Solander   I know that headphones are truly the best...
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RayMusicLover

Real headphones for 'Music Lovers'

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Pros: Durable & Hard Wearing, Good Looking, Excellent Sound Quality, Good Sound Isolation,

Cons: None that I can think of

OK I've never reviewed headphones before but think that the Sennheiser HD 25-1 II are the perfect set to start out with, I really love these headphones, I think they look good and as for sound quality they are really great all round performers, great bottom end, good mids & good tops. I'm not gonna get technical with bright, dark, veiled, sibilant etc etc. I'm not good with all these terms, my ears tell me I like them, I wouldn't say they were sound perfection but I've yet to find a pair that could be described that way. I actually own/have owned many headphones, all of them have some kind of flaw. If I had to describe the flaw with these I would say they have a 'very slight screechy...
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directmusic94

Perfect portable headphone for Electronic Music.

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Pros: Clean low end, fun to listen to, detailed sound, high quality, light.

Cons: Clamping, bad with glasses.

I love my HD25-1 II Headphones. They are, in my opinion the perfect portable headphone. I am not a huge fan of on-ear headphones but I do quite enjoy them. The sound quality is addicting, they are easily driven by an iPod or iPhone and have quite a bit of low end (perfect for modern electronic music), but when put on a proper amp the low end levels out the headphone becomes much more accurate.   The only real problem I see with them is they have quite a clamping force and when put on with glasses can become very uncomfortable. I use them for a max of 2 hours.
rigodeni

The Last Closed Headphone You Will Ever Need

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Pros: Durability, Comfort, Portability, Style, Versatility, Isolation

Cons: Price keeps going up, not as good a value as it used to be

  The HD 25-1 is more than a great sounding headphone, it has stood the test of time, and proved to be one of the worlds most durable and versatile headphones. There's many detailed reviews of this classic headphone, so I won't go too much into the details. In short, all I can say is the hype and praise these headphones have received is well deserved. After owning these, I began noticing professional DJ's and Sports Announcers on TV wearing these all the time. Funny I never noticed that before, but I can see now that they use them for a good reason. I think the reason these are so well regarded is more so because of their design/comfort/durability/versatility vs their sound...
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LTTan

My favorite closed can

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Pros: Comfortable and entertaining

Cons: Could be more neutral

Good sound quality and good comfort. It is fairly lightweight but durable. The stock cable has some horrable mechanical transported contact noise (Some call it microphonics but microphonics is where mechanical vibration is transformed into electrical signal) so i replaced it with the HD650 stock cable. Yes i had to reverse the cups to make it fit. I use it with a rockboxed iPod video and the RSA Hornet. Listening with crossfeed on i can listen to this combo for hours. I listen mainly classical music. Opera, orchestral works, string quartets etc. In my opinion, a closed can does not need to be perfect. i use a closed can to be isolated from outside noises but no...
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scuttle

Dramatically better!

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Pros: Superb sound; portable

Cons: Unfair UK pricing; sound stage may not match orchestral music

  I'm still burning my 25 in (and I do believe in burn in - partly because NwAvGuy says that he does, partly because I *thought* I noticed a difference with phones I burned in left connected to my PC when I picked them up a week later) but already I'm in love with them.    They're often cited as being a superb rock phone and having a rather Grado-ish signature instead of the laid-back Sennheiser house style. I'm going to eschew words like "forward," "dark, aggressive" etc because they're meaningless, subjective, and subject to change by EQing.    Instead:   - You can make the 25s sound bassy, mid-range dominated or trebleish by using your...
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