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Electronic music and Sennheiser HD25-1 v beyerdynamic DT1350

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Hi all. I'm a newbie so I hope I'm posting in the right place.

 

I just watched the informative video by Jude of the Sennheiser HD25-1-II v beyerdynamic DT1350.

 

I liked the review overall. Nice attention to detail. To those who say the review is useless due to the inadvertent mis-wearing of the Sennheisers by the reviewer, I say: "Don't get your knickers in a twist!"

 

The part of the review I take issue with is the conclusion. Jude says (paraphrasing here) "If the bulk of the music you listen to is pop, rock, or electronic, then the Sennheisers are for you."

I think typical stadium rock, punk, metal aficionados like a big bass and a crispish treble for the guitars, though I'm no expert in those genres of music. Indie? Who knows? General top-40 pop may be the same, as the vocals in the middle are in any case cranked during production to be forward in the mix thus radio friendly. So all good so far. But my question is this: what is electronic? Perhaps Jude has visited the Detroit Electronic music Festival and takes that as some sort of definition of electronic. But much of the music there is so far from (say) Faust, John Cage, ambient, Goa trance, Emerson Lake and Palmer, nu disco, deep deep, tech house, futurepop, dub reggae, electro, jungle, dubstep, the list goes on.

Correct me if I'm wrong, and please don't take this the wrong way, but to my ears the review sounds all too American, where Electronic Dance Music is a term used to lump many, or all, types of electronica together, with a correlative assumption that one particular set of headphone characteristics suits all.

 

My recommendation: get someone on board who knows a lot about electronic music to review the headphones specifically for certain types of music that exist in the shade of that broad umbrella.

 

Thanks for reading.

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Good audio components are not fussy about the music.

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Perhaps the headphone comparison is referring to the way that the bass is presented in them and Jude has associated bass with certain genres as being very important?

 

I must admit, I don't like the Beyer DT1350 at all because of the bass and the 'nasal' timbre that I get with them. Rock type music is really not great for me with them. Switch to Momentums and the music sounds fine with the bass response (bass hump) that the Momentums give.

 

I personally find the HD25 easier to live with as far as timbre goes and I'm quite happy to sacrifice a bt of detail for a soud that suits me better.

 

I don't particularly care for reviews that talk about certain music sounding better on this or that headphone. If a headphone reproduces music well, then you'd think most music, if it's well recorded would be fine on them? I don't like changing a headphone for a genre of music - that suggests that no headphone reproduces music well so we use one that accentuates something that doesn't impose on the music too much.

 

So for rock music, we can get by with a bassy headphone since rock might not suffer so much with this 'bias' whereas acoustic stuff could be listened to on a thin, 'insipid' headphone since it wouldn't be noticed so much.

 

Really, a headphone should be as balanced as possible in order to minimise this.

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