Sennheiser HD 25-1 II Closed Back Headphones Review

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Sennheiser hd25-1-II boxProduct: Sennheiser HD 25-1 II
Type: High-end Closed Supra-Aural Headphones
Preferred Use: Portable / DJ / Studio
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My Rating: 9 out of 10


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.

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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!

Velour vs Vinyl earpads

Sound Quality

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.

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Adding to the durability, the cable conductors are made of steel


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.

26 thoughts on “Sennheiser HD 25-1 II Closed Back Headphones Review”

  1. I just ordered HD8 as a gift to my partner without doing much research. Stumbled into many reviews about HD25 after.

    If you are the receiving end, which model will make you happier? ?
    Maybe I should keep the HD8 and purchase him the classic HD25 instead? Any 2 cents? ?

    1. Hey Jill, gifting your partner an HD8 is pretty cool!

      Although the HD25 and HD8 are both professional DJ headphones, they’re also quite different. For starters the HD25 is an on-ear headphone, meaning the earpads rest on the ear, instead of completely going over the ear, like the HD8. Due to its size, the HD25 is also a bit more portable.

      If I had to make a choice I’d probably go for the HD8 because of the better comfort over longer listening periods, but honestly, in the end, both are great headphones.


  2. Hey Jurgen,

    It’s funny, I recently did a review on the Sennheiser CX200 Earbuds and today stumbled across your Sennheiser review.

    Anyways, these look like a quality set of headphones. Have you worn these for extended periods of time like for 4 or 5 hours at a time?

    I saw that you listed they were comfy but I’m curious about longer listening sessions, I tend to wear headphones for a large part of the day usually. 🙂

    Enjoyed reading this review thanks,

    1. Hey Dom,

      Part of me doing a review is that I wear the headphone while working on the review. As I tend to take my time in making notes, listening to music and writing the review, it’s very common that the headphone is on my head for whole afternoons 🙂

      Although the vinyl pads are very comfortable, a bit of heat on the ears can occur after long periods. The velour pads however don’t have this little issue.


      1. Okay, I definitely hear you on that, pun intended.

        Glad to hear that they don’t get too uncomfortable after longer listening sessions!

        People wear velour clothing so I guess that makes sense that velour ear pads would be super comfy…

  3. Great review, having been a Dj in previous life i can certainly appreciate a good pair of head phones. The Sennheiser HD series are a fantastic bit of kit. They have managed to role with innovation from competitors over so many years. With Dre Beats coming out i can imagine that being a massive worry, sound quality aside the robustness of the headphone’s are outstanding.
    Many Thanks

  4. I am no very tech savvy and do not know a lot about head phones. I thought your review made it very simple for someone like me to navigate through all the tech lingo. It was simple to understand the features without throwing big words at me or specs I don’t get. So thank you for that. I was surprised that the price was much less than I was expecting. These sound like great head phones so I was thinking they would carry a much higher price tag. Great review!

    1. Thanks Heather! I try to keep my reviews as easy to understand as possible because I don’t like big words either 🙂 They are indeed not super expensive, so I’m glad you think the price is right. They are indeed great headphones and almost impossible to break 😉

  5. Thank you for such a straight-to-the-point review. I found myself to fully understand everything and I am extremely tempted to invest in the Sennheiser HD 25 headphones. Comparatively, the price isn’t even too much when I think of how much I’ve spent on other headphones. I will definitely be tempted to try these out.

  6. Hi Jurgen.

    I use Sennheiser headphones.

    In fact, most people do. But, your website promotes this in a very clear, concise and unique manner 🙂

    You don’t waste time with advertising, techical mumbo-jumbo. Instead, you put yourself in the shoes of an ordinary headset user (which, I’m guessing you are :=). This makes your website stand out from others!

    Anyone who wasn’t Sennheiser before, would certainly start using it after reading your posts 🙂

    Nice job!


    1. Hi Steve, thank you for your nice complements. But I do have little advertisement on the right side of the page, but you probably are using an ad-blocker 🙂 But that’s about all the advertisement I will allow on my website. I don’t want it to interfere with the user experience.

  7. I love Sennheiser headphones. I have been using them since I was very little and I will keep on doing so. There is only 1 thing I don’t like about my headphones. When I test them in the store they always feel very comfortable. However, after using them for more than an hour they start hurting my ears. I don’t mean pain inside my ears (I always put the volume very low) but because of the pressure on my ears and head. Is there anything I can do about this? It’s been annoying me for such a long time I really would appreciate some help.


    1. Hey Vincent,

      That’s the problem with on-ear headphones. They press on the outer ears and so can cause discomfort after an extende period. Some people are more sensitive to this than others. You can try to readjust the earcups a bit, to see if that helps. If the clamping force is too strong, you can try to loosen it a bit. See Tips & Tricks.

      All the best,


  8. I may not look like it but I do enjoy my head phones. And I do have a problem with dropping and throwing it every where. So having a headphone that is reliable and can still give quality is two thumbs up. Thanks for the review and look forward to see what other things you have.

  9. I’ve been using sennheiser cans now for the last three years for simple monitoring and mixdown from my DAW projects on a laptop.
    At first I really didn’t expect much due to their budget price and design. I quickly changed my mind!
    They are rapidly becoming a rather impressive budget end company for headphones – I have no complaints with them 🙂

  10. Hi!
    Actually, I never give much thought about headphones before, now after reading your review on headphones, I think the Closed-back headphone would be good for watching movies from my laptop which I enjoy doing on my free time 🙂 I sure have learned something new today 🙂

    Thank you and all the best to you.


  11. I like your review on sennheiser hd-25 1 closed back headphones. It is excellently written and it is very informational. I am particularly happy reading it because I have always been advising people against excessive sound especially those working in noisy environment like musicians and DJs; while advising them on the use of headphones. This is complementary to my work. Thanks.

  12. I really appreciate your review on these Sennheiser headphones. I have owned a pair of Sennheiser’s, although they were not the same class as the HD-25’s, they were very good headphones. In fact, it took my two kids quite a while before they were able to destroy them, and that’s really saying something 🙂

    I have been looking for a good set of headphones that I can use with a guitar multi effects pedal that I have. This way I don’t disturb anyone else in the house. Do you think the HD-25’s would be good for this type of usage?

    1. Hey Kevin,

      You can’t go wrong with these. They are closed-back so they have no sound leakage and they have an above-average isolation to block outside noise.

      All the best,


  13. I am in the market for Headphones that serve my purpose. These Sennheiser HD 25-1 II headphones are right up my alley. I like the price and durability factors as some members of my family are not as careful as I am. I intend to purchase this product this week. Will the shipping envelope tell me where I can purchase replacement parts if needed? I am bookmarking this site because your reviews are excellent….

    1. Hi Kitty,

      You can just go to the official Sennheiser website to order spare parts. It’s really that easy. However, I’m sure you won’t need to do that for quite some time, as these are build like a tank 😉

      All the best,


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