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Why am I not loving my Sennheiser HD-25's? Advice needed.

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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.

post #2 of 12

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:

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/sennheiser-hd-25-1-ii-and-adidas-original-hd-25

post #3 of 12

My guess is that he owns the 25th anniversary edition of the HD25. 

 

Where are you plugging them to? being 70ohm some amplification is not a bad idea. 

post #4 of 12
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I have the anniversary edition and for the moment they're just being plugged into an iPod and an iPad.
post #5 of 12

Don't know anything specific about that flavor.  They first arrived earlier this fall.

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Originally Posted by fabio-fi View Post
 

My guess is that he owns the 25th anniversary edition of the HD25. 

 

Where are you plugging them to? being 70ohm some amplification is not a bad idea. 


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.

post #7 of 12

I find my friend's HD25-1 II to be clear but lacking in presence or fullness. Have you burnt them in? It should tighten up the bass.

post #8 of 12

I suspect that Op was used to the sound signature of his HD238. Give the New cans more time, or leave them playing music at night and see if you notice a difference. 

post #9 of 12
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OK. So I've had them playing music continuously for about 24 or so hours at a moderately high volume. I had a listen to them and they are definitely sounding better. They seem to be opening up more and starting to sound really nice. All that muddiness is starting to fall away and a lot more detail is coming through. I'll give them another 24 hours and try them again and see how they are.
post #10 of 12

Super! I like to use pink noise too from http://simplynoise.com/ on a little higher than normal volume. Some members use white noise too, but I'm iffy about that.

It surprises me when people don't believe in burn in, but I don't believe in arguing. :k701smile: 

post #11 of 12
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Thanks for all the advice, much appreciated. The story continues...so I let them burn in for about another 50 or so hours and they seem much, much nicer. For me they seem to be lacking somehow, I've taken my time with them and not rushed to any hasty decisions but they just don't excite me. I do get it though, these are quite phenomenal but I think I will sell and try something else. I'm kind of disappointed as I wanted to love these so bad as they have a lot going for them. Can someone recommend a fair price for a set of used HD25 Aluminuims and throw out some other headphone recommendations? Thanks!
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Also has anyone had any experience with the new Sennheiser DJ phones and are they going to sound pretty much the same?
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