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Sennheiser HD 25-1 II, Product Overview
The original Sennheiser HD 25 headphones are as far as headphones are concerned as legendary in the DJ world as the Technics SL1200/SL1210 series turntables. Released in 1987, they are the “industry standard” in DJ booths all over the world.
Present day, they are still being made and sold in an updated version. The Sennheiser HD 25-1 II closed back headphones and the Sennheiser HD 25 Aluminium. The latter is just the new name for the Sennheiser Amperior.
These are professional monitoring headphones which can be used in very noisy environments thanks to the excellent isolation of the earcups. It’s no active noise cancellation (ANC) but they do the job more than fine. Sennheiser promotes these as the perfect choice for DJ’s.
With 28 years of service and counting, let’s see what makes these headphones come out on top.
Durability & Longevity
This is an extremely durable headphone. Don’t expect it to be collapsible or even think about flat folding the earcups. Nope, this is a very basic construction. However, you can turn the earcups 45 degrees, making it ideal for DJ’s.
You can pretty much throw this headphone around the room or in your car booth without worrying that it’s going to break. Still, when something should break or is just worn out, like earpads, you can order replacement parts on the official Sennheiser site.
Lightweight & Comfort
The Sennheiser HD 25-1 II weights only 140g without the cable. The vinyl earpads are very comfortable and can be replaced by the included velour earpads for even more comfort. To minimize the pressure, the HD 25-1 II features a dual headband wich is adjustable. This combination makes the HD 25-1 II a very comfortable and lightweight headphone. Crucial when doing your thing in the DJ booth!
I was surprised by the sound quality of the Sennheiser HD 25-1 II. Being relatively small and lightweight the sound is nowhere near small and lightweight! Okay, the soundstage is not very wide, but the sound is very accurate with really good stereo imaging.
The lows are tight and elevated, but not too much so you would miss out on detail. In my opinion, the bass is just right with plenty of detail and depth. For beatmixing it’s essential you can clearly hear the bass and this is no problem for the Sennheiser HD 25-1 II.
The mids are also very detailed and have good clarity. As I said, soundstage isn’t it’s forté, but that’s to be expected. However, in the purpose of things, this is not an issue. I mean, if you want a wide soundstage you should look at a full-size open-backed headphone.
The highs are another story. Unlike the lows and mids, the Sennheiser HD 25-1 II struggles a bit with it’s highs. Sibilance is quite present on specific tracks and there is some graining… Overall it can sound a bit aggressive and harsh, but not too extreme.
Overall sound quality wise, the Sennheiser HD 25-1 II performs very well. It can be interpreted as clinical sounding sometimes, but it is a very fun headphone to listen to.
It’s easy to notice why the Sennheiser HD 25 is still after 28 years the most used headphone in the DJ community. Being pretty much indestructible, super lightweight, comfortable and having great sound quality makes the Sennheiser HD 25-1 II a no-brainer, whether you’re a bedroom DJ or the equivalent of DJ Hardwell.
Priced at $249.95 on Sennheiser’s website, these are not the most affordable DJ headphones. But when you consider the build quality and the option to buy replacement parts in case of disaster, you can rest assure that this is the only pair of headphones you’ll ever going to need in your entire DJ career!
Oh and although the Sennheiser HD-25-1 is more or less a DJ headphone, I would really recommend these to commuters as well. After all, who wouldn’t want to walk around with a headphone that’s very light, durable, has good noise isolation and above all sounds great.
I hope you enjoyed my short review on the Sennheiser HD 25-1 II and I’m curious to know what you think about it. So leave me a comment below if you have any questions or just want to say something about your own experience with these.