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Sennheiser HD 25-1 II Professional Headphone Reviews

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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simonm

For DJs only

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Pros: Very good isolation, reasonably dynamic

Cons: Painful on-ear clamping force, harsh treble peak, closed sound

These headphones are clearly designed for DJs in dance clubs and I can't recommend them for general or casual use.  They get 3 stars for doing what they're designed to do well enough but could be much better.   They are very isolating as a result of a strong clamping force that crushes my ears to the point of pain after 10-15 minutes.   The sound is very forward and punchy.  Good for techno/dance but lacks refinement, subtlety and space.   They are overly bright and there's a treble peak that causes sibilance and is very unattractive.  Though I didn't use a high quality amp this peak seems to be recognised in frequency response charts and other reviews...
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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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The Shane Train

Buy these. Stop looking for any other headphones.

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Pros: Amazing sound, split headband, rotatable cups, indestructible, crazy light.

Cons: Can be uncomfortable after an extremely long time wearing them, but still very comfortable.

Best headphones I have ever used. Ever. Period.  You will not use better headphones than these.  I directly compared these to Beats Studios the other day and the Beats almost made my eardrums bleed after using my good old Sennheisers.  OK, that was an exaggeration, but you get the point.
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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shasha

Calling them a great value is an insult

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Pros: sensitive, durable, modular replacement parts

Cons: headband can be a bit tight when new

I'm pretty far from what I'd consider to be an audiophile.  I know that based on the extremes that people can go with this stuff that I'm never going to bring myself to justifying that kind of obsessive behavior, but I do believe in quality and performance and when you find something that works that the price is usually well worth it.  These headphones are the definition of money well spent.  I had bought blister pack junk in the $50-100 range for years with about every single year requiring replacement.  Not only did they not hold up, but they just never really sounded great.  I think that the sound quality has been discussed to death on these over the years as...
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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.
paulmvg

What can I ask for?

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Pros: Sound quality, changeable parts

Cons: confort maybe? and narrow soundstage

I never thought that there's such a headphone like this existing! Everything that I'm looking for for a headphone, I found it all on this hp. Cool looks (at least for me), changeable parts (especially the cables), superb clarity with excellent bass response, and lastly, known for its superb durability.  
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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