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
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.