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Sennheiser HD 25-1 II Professional Headphone Reviews

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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cocolinho

Perfect on-the-go headphones

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Pros: Sound quality, construction, spare parts available

Cons: do not fold

Old timer which is still the best. I love its dynamic sound but can brings fatigue after some hours. Every things is there :bass, mids & highs with good details. Every parts can be changed to make sure it will last long, The only complaints I have : it doesn't fold    I think it is still the best on-the-go headphones  
Tilpo

Sennheiser HD 25-1 II

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Pros: Relatively cheap, indestructible, good comfort, nice bass impact, good isolation

Cons: Bad soundstage, spikey treble, annoying cable

Sennheiser HD 25-1 II Review Introduction I bought these headphones about a year ago to enjoy my music with decent isolation, comfort and sound quality on my portable rig. I was very satisfied with them, and have been up until I got my IE80's. The IE80's are simply better in terms of sound quality and portability. However, these cans are still absolutely awesome in other aspects. Before I'm going to do away with my trustworthy HD 25-1 II's, I thought it'd be worth the effort to write a review about them. I tried to keep this review short and clear, without leaving anything out. I'd like to think I succeeded, but like always I kindly ask for your input. Listening setup I wrote the...
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alvincapalad

Legend ENG lives on

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Pros: accurate, very good imaging, portable, replaceable parts

Cons: comfort for others

The HD 25 series has been around for 15 years and this has been my 2nd purchase of the famed dual-band headphone.     Value: 10 years ago, if you are purchasing a $200 headphone it would've sounded absurd. Thanks to Beats by Dre, $200 headphones are now a steal. For $200, you get 2 pairs of ear pads (1) velour and (1) synthetic, also you get a nylon carrying bag, and of course the star of the show, the HD 25-1 II.   Audio Quality: HD25s are a favorite among DJs and broadcasters, although it is primarily designed for studio use, I rarely see this headphone used for mixing and remastering. The most common headphone, I see in studios are the ATH-M50 and...
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purrin

Too much bass, strident treble

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Pros: Kinda of OK - there are much worse out there

Cons: Too much bass, treble is an assault upon my ears

Too much bass, strident treble. I guess it could be worse. Midrange is not bad. It might sound OK straight out of my out of my cheap Android phone which lacks power and sounds kind of muddy.   The treble hurts me. I wouldn't keep them though, even if someone gave them to me for free. I wouldn't give them to my kids either because I don't want to destroy their high frequency hearing.   Really ugly too.
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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Thing Fish

amazing

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Pros: Everything

Cons: Nothing

I bought these puppies just before Christmas and they have been a revelation.   I can't tell you how much they suit my listening tastes. I love close listening with lots of treble and tight bass and these deliver this in abundance.   Never before have I been this sad to take a pair of headphones off.   I used these for traveling to work but have been using them more and more inside as my main headphone. I can appreciate that the sound may not be for everyone (no sound is) but if it is then, sweet baby Buddha are you in for a treat.   The build quality is exceptional and the anti urban styling spot on. I even (unlike most) like the pleather comfort! ...
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