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post #2101 of 2428
I've spent some more time with the HD25, and I've got to say, I really don't know if it's the can I was looking for.

The HD25 has a character that I've really never heard in any other headphone before. It seems to be scientifically engineered to enhance the livelier, more aggressive features of any music piece. Simply put, it's IMPOSSIBLE to relax with the HD25. Nothing sounds laid back on it, not even tracks that are MEANT to be relaxing and laid back! Piano sounds edgy, vocal sounds sparkling, bass is tight and fast and punchy. This is truly a DJ headphone through and through.

Even the reproduction of detail is unlike any other can I've heard. I can clearly hear things I could never hear before, even in tracks I know very well. I can hear a pianist turn pages and breathe in the background of piano tracks. I hear details I never knew were there. The balance of the HD25 is in a league of its own. With all my other cans, it was always a matter of more or less bass, mids and highs, of larger or narrower soundstage, but the overall sound reproduction was comparable. I could say that one headphone sounded better or worse than others in some aspects. The HD25 simply sounds... DIFFERENT. Nothing on it sounds like it does on my other headphones.

I've found an excellent deal on a pair of Amperiors, and I pulled the trigger. I want to hear for myself if the Amperior really is less grainy than the HD25, maybe a bit mellower.

Don't get me wrong: i really, really like the HD25. The problem is, i don't feel I can use it for every type of music, which is what I ask of a portable can. If a piece of music is supposed to be relaxing, I want it to sound relaxing. The HD25 seems utterly incapable of this! It has its very own way of making music sound involving, but it's not necessarily the best way for everything - or anyone. This is an excellent can, but certainly not a jack of all trades. Not even close.
post #2102 of 2428
Looking forward to what you think of the Amperiors ^^
post #2103 of 2428
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Originally Posted by roma101 View Post

Looking forward to what you think of the Amperiors ^^

It's easy.

The Amperior is warmer and less edgy with music, but with vocals, it's even more sibilant than the HD25 ^__^

That's really too bad, because apart from sibilance, the Amperior ticks a lot of boxes right for me. Vocals could be more forward, especially when amped, but impact, instrument positioning, presence and PRAT are exceptional.

Unfortunately, I can't listen to neither of them at more than moderate volume. I can take the K518 DJ to relatively high volumes without it getting shrill or fatiguing, but the Senns? No way.
post #2104 of 2428
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Originally Posted by egokun View Post


It's easy.

The Amperior is warmer and less edgy with music, but with vocals, it's even more sibilant than the HD25 ^__^

That's really too bad, because apart from sibilance, the Amperior ticks a lot of boxes right for me. Vocals could be more forward, especially when amped, but impact, instrument positioning, presence and PRAT are exceptional.

Unfortunately, I can't listen to neither of them at more than moderate volume. I can take the K518 DJ to relatively high volumes without it getting shrill or fatiguing, but the Senns? No way.

 

Maybe you want to check out the Beyer DT1350s?

 

BTW, I'm a HD25 lover...

 

Or maybe a cable upgrade to 100% copper?

post #2105 of 2428
Will a copper cable tame the sibilance?

I've seen copper cables ranging from 25 euro for a cable from England, to about 80 euro for the Oyaide cable from Japan. I read good things about the Oyaide, but don't want to spend that much for a cable...
post #2106 of 2428
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Originally Posted by egokun View Post

It's easy.

The Amperior is warmer and less edgy with music, but with vocals, it's even more sibilant than the HD25 ^__^

That's really too bad, because apart from sibilance, the Amperior ticks a lot of boxes right for me. Vocals could be more forward, especially when amped, but impact, instrument positioning, presence and PRAT are exceptional.

Unfortunately, I can't listen to neither of them at more than moderate volume. I can take the K518 DJ to relatively high volumes without it getting shrill or fatiguing, but the Senns? No way.


Yeah the Amperior, while smoother is still very aggressive. I would say take a look at the DT1350 or the Momentum. They don't have that edginess problem in the vocals at all.
post #2107 of 2428
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Originally Posted by egokun View Post

Will a copper cable tame the sibilance?

I've seen copper cables ranging from 25 euro for a cable from England, to about 80 euro for the Oyaide cable from Japan. I read good things about the Oyaide, but don't want to spend that much for a cable...

 

Nope.

post #2108 of 2428

Thought I would share my new Toxic Cables balanced White Widow re-cable.

This is the first of its kind and I think possibly the only one of its kind currently!

 

 

 

 

AppleMark

 

 

 

 

AppleMark

 

 

AppleMark

 

post #2109 of 2428

^^^^ Awesome!!! I bet that's a great combo with the ibasso...

 

I wonder if Toxic would do the same thing for me, but with mini 4 pin for ALO/RSA?

post #2110 of 2428

Thank you BUJ wink.gif

 

The 25's sound awesome in their own right, But balanced they really do go all out to impress you...

Bear in mind this is a brand new cable and a one off so far so there is zero burn-in.

But going by how they sound currently, I know Im in for more treats in the coming weeks/months :)

 

Frank already does the ALO/RSA connector as an option on his existing re-cables.

I have no doupt he would do the same for your self.

 

And I can vouch for his craftsmanship, build quality, comms, and customer care. 

Frank's a Sound & Generous fella biggrin.gif

 

Take a look in the Toxic Cables Appreciation thread and ask the others their opinions. 

 

By the way, I warn you now, Once intoxicated, there is NO vaccine  lol very_evil_smiley.gif


Edited by Paul Graham - 5/2/13 at 5:47pm
post #2111 of 2428

I think its time for me to do a cable upgrade for mine too.  I emailed BTG Audio about a cable that will accept multiple ends, and hopefully soon I'll have balanced HD25s too...

post #2112 of 2428

Just joined the HD25 club, really loving these as a easy to grab portable!
 

post #2113 of 2428
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Originally Posted by moriez View Post

 

I have something to throw in as well. Recently replaced the velour with new ones from Zomo and have to say I'm satisfied.

Really gives them the needed and pretty make over. Headbands are easy to stick and earpads just need that inside out approach for most easy fitting. Note that these earpads are closed with a thin fabric enabling you to replace the original padding inside the headphones if you want to. Set for another couple of years of the bestest headphones!

 

Just a headsup. After comparing Zomo velour pads to the original pleather ones I much prefer the sound of the latter. A clear difference in sound, the bass is back and so the enjoyment is back.

post #2114 of 2428

Quick tutorial if you have problems with cups and sliders:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/665349/sennheiser-hd25-fixing-slipping-sliders#post_9469172

 

post #2115 of 2428

Could anyone give me some advice about upgrading hd25?

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