Long story short. 2 years with HD-238's with mods until my basset hound decided to destroy them. For a while I've been keen on the HD-25's so I grabbed a pair of aluminum's. I seem kind of underwhelmed by them and perhaps I'm jumping the gun a bit as they only have 20 or so hours on them so far. I find they are quite muddy and the mids feel like they need presence, "lacking" would be a good word. I listen to a lot of trance and with the great sound stage and clarity of the 238's I could "get lost" in the music. with the HD-25's I feel like I'm simply listening to a recording. If I remember correctly my 238's were not great to start with either until they had some hours on them. I had really high hopes for these and I would like to keep them. I really understand that sound is so subjective. Should I amp these and push on and give them time, or perhaps move on to another headphone? (I would like to step up from the 238's so recommendations welcome) Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Why am I not loving my Sennheiser HD-25's? Advice needed.
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I think we need to start with some additional clarity. Which model of the HD 25 did your get? The Sennheiser HD25-1 II is generally considered the best. See:
I've been able to run the HD 25-1-II straight out of an iPhone 4 with not problems. Both this can and anniversary edition are 70 Ohms. If the Anniversary edition also has a sensitivity of 120 dB, it should not be too tough to drive.