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Sennheiser HD 25-1 II Professional Headphone Reviews

MadeInMachines

Very Good But Not Perfect

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Pros: Versatile, Lightweight, Solid Exciting Sound, Great For DJs & Exercise

Cons: Not Good For Mixing, Not For The Fashion Conscious, Intermittent Audio Issue, Expensive Replacement Parts, Low Volume On Portable Audio Devices

I've owned 2 pairs of these headphones over the past 10 years so feel I've gotten to know them pretty well. Apart from the cheaper SP version these are the only decent headphones above a budget level that I've really tried.   Looks   I don't think this headphone is for the fashion conscious but they do have a cool look of its own in an industry standard geeky DJ kind of a way.   Durability   This is a mixed bag for me although maybe it is harsh to complain about a pair of headphones that last so long. Overall they are pretty indestructible and I regularly take them to the gym and put them in there and take them everywhere without a second thought. You don't...
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Voyageur

Classic

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Pros: Solid audio performance; good imaging and details; tight and fun sound; excellent isolation; durability; user replaceable parts; value for money

Cons: Soundstage

Design/durability: They look professional. As for the build quality, these are certainly the most rugged headphones on the market. It is practically indestructible, and if a part comes to break it is possible just to replace the part itself (ear pads, cable, headband, you name it). They can be thrown in a bag and not be worried about. Designed to last a long time, if not a lifetime. Fit/comfort: Average. Many complain about the clamping force of the HD25, but I find it to be okay after a few months using them. The headband becomes more loose and flexible, although it still has more pressure than on other headphones. Definitely not the most comfortable cans around, though....
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kite7

One of those closed back headphones everyone should at least try

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Pros: Good all-around headphones with a smooth midrange (minus classical), fun to listen to. Great in trance/dubstep genre.

Cons: Prominent midbass can get in the way

My impressions is that these don’t sound significantly different than the cheaper SP version in terms of sound signature. The biggest difference is detail, more extended highs and smoother mid. If you didn’t like the SP version’s general sound you probably won’t like this either.   Comfort: I personally don't like on-ear headphones that much because of sweat and heat reasons and this is no exception. These will keep my ears reasonably warm on a rainy day. Takes a little fiddling around to get a good seal. My ear gets warm over half an hour. The clamping force is just right, not loose or vice grip.    Build: Everyone says these are built like a tank and I agree. These...
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Nimbu

High quality headphones which are build to last.

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Pros: Clear and detailed pure sound, solid build quality, light weight, decent isolation, serve a great purpose as DJ headphones

Cons: Neutral sound is not for everyone, narrow sound stage, clamping force takes time to soften up.

I'll make this clear - the sound signature of these headphones will not blow you away. I was expecting a lot from these (after reading the many positive reviews) and when i first listened to them i felt a little underwhelmed.   We've all had that experience where we listen to a piece of music and think...meh it's ok - and then months later you're putting in your top 10 all time favourite list. Well i've had the same experience with these cans. I have grown to love them!     Design - They're lightweight, surprisingly portable and have a minimal look and feel. They can be used as DJ headphones due to their tilt cup design (the left headphone can be tilted away from...
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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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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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