Sennheiser HD 25 Range Gets Streamlined

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Everyone knows the Sennheiser HD 25 (read my review) as being a classic DJ headphone of cult status. But these days a lot of customers were asking themselves ‘Hey, which of these is the real HD 25?’. And I don’t blame them. Sennheiser has seven variations available on the HD 25. Yes, that’s right SEVEN!! No wonder people were lost on finding the original version and ended up going home with the wrong headphone.

Luckily, Sennheiser responded and the whole range gets streamlined to only three variations.

HD 25 Light
This is the entry-level version for people that are a bit more cost-minded but are still looking for a great headphone for mixing and monitoring. It does not have the iconic split headband but instead comes with a simpler single headband. It also comes with different drivers with a frequency response of 16-22,000Hz and an impedance of 68 Ohm. But according to Sennheiser, these still provide accurate bass and detailed highs and, therefore, are still very usable for monitoring and mixing purposes. A 3m straight cable and a 3.5 to 6.3mm (1/8” to 1/4”) adaptor is provided

HD 25
This is the classic version that DJ’s, professionals and enthusiasts all over the world are loving since 1987! It has the split headband with the double padding and lightweight aluminium voice coils with a frequency response of 16-22,000Hz and an impedance of 70 Ohm. Sennheiser did make a small improvement on the headband ends to make sure the earcups always lock properly. Besides the headphones, you only get a 1,5m straight cable and a screw-on 1/4 inch jack adaptor in the box.

HD 25 Plus
This is the same HD 25 as above but you get some extra goodies! An extra pair of quality velour ear cushions. Two cables so you can switch between a standard 1.5m straight cable and a 3m coiled cable. The 3m cable is, of course, excellent for in the DJ booth. Also provided is a carrying pouch to protect your investment.

As you can see, having only three versions will make life a lot easier for people to find the right version. However, I fear it could be some time before we actually see this in the real world. As you can probably guess the shops are still having a lot of older stock that needs to be cleared out first. Keep that in mind when you go shopping for the HD 25.

Until old stock has been cleared, the Sennheiser HD 25-1 II is the one to get if you’re looking for the original one. If you have any questions on these headphones, please feel free to ask in the comments below.

4 thoughts on “Sennheiser HD 25 Range Gets Streamlined”

  1. Loved your post! I’m a Voice Over professional and have a home recording studio. Which headphone would you recommend? Would one of the reviewed Sennheiser models be appropriate…if I can find them in stock somewhere. I’m currently using a Shure SRH440—which is OK…but not great. I use the headset while recording and editing. Also, they’re important to use during my daily Meditation.
    Thanks for any help you can offer!

    1. Hi Diane, for studio use the Sennheiser HD 25 is an excellent choice. If you want to know more about them, you can read my review . If you’re looking for a more budget-friendy studio headphone, I can really recommend the Superlux HD661. You can also check out my review . The Superlux costs a fraction of the Sennheiser. It does not have the same build quality, but the sound quality will not disappoint!


  2. I am a big fan of Sennheiser but the 25 range really did have some unique problems – it’s not like this company to get things wrong! I found that ss well as the seemingly random loses of signal, it is also guaranteed to lose signal when a loud transient is received.

    What is your experience – have you encountered similar faults? (I’m certainly not alone with this problem!)

    1. Hi Chris, I have not experienced these problems. I have only tested the HD 25 for a few weeks. However, I did see numerous people on the internet talking about these issues. Most of these are people that have used their HD 25 very intensively over the years. Some people have had success by replacing the cable. Others are talking about a buildup of a layer of tarnish over the years and unplugging/plugging the cable a few dozen of times could solve the issue. There are even some DIY websites, but this requires soldering and stuff. Not really user-friendly 🙂

      Not sure if Sennheiser has solved these issues in the new version. Could not find any info on it.


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