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As a bedroom musician I recently invested in a pair of Sennheiser HD 25-II's as a way to create music during the early hours of the morning. Now I by no means would expect a pair of headphones to live up to the clean frequency response as a decent pair of studio monitors would, but if your living situation limits your productiveness to night time shifts, then purchasing a good reliable pair of Sennheiser's will never be a bad choice.
Now my opinion and experience with these phones are very positive, they are of extreme quality for the price and they are also very suitable for DJ monitoring, the design of these headphones make them ideal for filtering out any background noise if you are in a noisy scenario (clubs etc.). They are quite comfortable
but wore for long periods of time can be stressful on the ears, this does not particularly bother me but If you have sensitive ears then I would think carefully before considering these and perhaps compare them with a set of open-back headphones (background noise will never be eliminated as well as closed-back though).
Sound quality and clarity is excellent, frequency response is ideal for serious musicians, my only real critique would be that the low-end frequencies seem to be attenuated, and the high-end frequencies low-passed ever so slightly, but this is not a major problem if you are in the position to A-B with a pair of monitors.
As I have always been a purchaser of Sony products when it comes to headphones, I was a little slow on getting around to trying the Senheiser brand of headphones.
All of my DJ/Producer friends had praised Senheisers for years to me, and I have to say that I really wish that I would have started using them sooner as they are a great pair of headphones.
The sound quality almost blows Sony out of the water as far as keeping in sound and giving an overall depth to the sound that you get from these headphones. You could be in the middle of a gunfight, having these on your head with music blasting and not notice a thing going on around you. That is definitely a good thing when you are trying to mix tracks in a noisy club, but probably not too good for your hearing loss, but who cares about that right? :P
The one thing that I don't really care for with these is that I am not nuts about the ear cups. It is not as comfortable as the Sony headphones, but if you are using these for professional purposes, I almost think that it is just a minor annoyance to deal with compared to the audio quality these provide.
Overall if you are looking for serious headphones that are more than just everyday use, but can't afford the Dr. Dre's then Senheiser is the way to go. They are a bit pricey, but well worth it in my opinion.
I blew my top when I found out that my other half had spent the best part of a £150 on a set of headphones, he might fancy himself as the next Oakenfold but he nearly ended up in an oak casket when I saw this item on his credit card bill.
Having said that I have to admit that the sound quality is pretty exceptional when listening to any sort of genre that you like however for that price I expect the band to put in a personal appearence. The quality is exceptional anmd that is why these are more suitable for the music engineer or DJ than they are the casual listener like myself.
In his defense he has claimed that these are headphones that are built to last and the quality will stay the same for a number of years however given the rate of advance of technology I fear this may turn out to be a false saving as better and thus for him more desirable headphones are bound to come out and he is a chronic early adopter.
They are very comfortable to wear with your ears perfectly cocooned in soft ear muffs and the head strap is spilt in two and very comfortable, also it stays in place even if you are bopping around the living room listening to your music. It also has a generous cable to allow you to move around as well.
This cope with loud music very well and occasionally I do listen to a bit of opera and here the sound is crisp and very emotional in the way that the sounds get inside of your head.
For someone with a top ear for music and an appreciation of quality then these may be worth the cash and they are a quality product but for me they are just too pricey hence the 4 star rating.
Getting close to being the absolute pinnacle of headphones, the Sennheiser HD 25 1 II's are the choice of many studio engineers and deejay professionals. They are a headphone that I have used in club environments and also had the pleasure of using for sound monitoring. Why are they so good then? Well, first and foremost they are built to last so when you buy these you are going to get several years of use out of them, unless of course you're very rough with them.
The comfort levels are superb, with each muff encasing the ear in a perfect shell, cutting off outside sound. This makes them ideal for close attention monitoring when you do not wish to be disturbed. The headband is doubled thronged allowing maximum comfort at all times and you can adjust the band to fit the head and also swivel the muffs which is very handy for live deejaying or even bedroom mixing.
The cable is a sufficient length to give you reach while working and the jack is universal so will run with any larger jack plug on an amp. You can remove it and get a replacement if you wish.
The sound travels very well through well, as you would hope for about one hundred and thirty pounds. The Sennheisers outperform a lot of headphones here because you can push them to the max. If you raise the gain and keep upping it, sound stays punchy and the dynamics do not give way. This is ideal for loud environments when you need the bass, mid and high end all working crisply at a high level. The definition of sound here is also vivid and striking from every angle and it makes listening to music a punchy pleasure.
Definitely a good buy from a studio point of view, for the casual buyer, maybe too over the top, but a very good make of headphone.
The best headphones in this price range bar none.They are comfy stylish not to big and have an unparralelled sound quality.I like and rate these headphones so much i use them when i am djing.They have excellent reliabillity and are very strong.All the parts are easily replace and spares are very easy to get hold of.I have pushed these to the limit and they do not distort or comproise the quality of the sound no matter how loud you have the volume.They are very easy to use in a dj situation as they are perfectly sized and you dont have to faff around with them to get them in a comfy posistion. I would say they are quite bass heavy though,but if that is what you are after, like i am then they are perfect.Once you have them on they pretty much eliminate all background noise letting you drift off into your own little plave,which is good unless there is a fire.
Sennheiser HD 25-1 II
I really love listening to my music but the trouble is not everyone in my house is quite so keen on my music tastes. So I wanted a really good set of headphones for listening to my music at night without disturbing anyone.
I'd had enough of all the cheap headphones or earpieces on wires that fall out of myears, or have cables that break after a few weeks use. worst of all was the bass respnose of the cheap headphones and ear pieces I had -it was either woolly or non existant.
I searched around and bought a Pair of Sennheiser HD 25's from Amazon for £145 and I have to say I'm impressed. The sound and frequency response are great. The high treble end is really tinkly and clear while the bass is really tight and punchy.
The acoustic isolation from outside distractionms really is as good as Sennheiser claim. My mom has to tap me on the shoulder when she brings me a cup of tea up to my room as I can't hear come in -and that's not because my music is too loud.
I love how long you can wear the Sennheiser HD 25-1 II headphones without your ears getting fatigued or stinging. 5 minutes with cheapo headphones usually gives me bright red stinging ears, as well as a crappy sound. But the Sennheiser ones kick ass sound wise and are super comfortable.
I've had no problem with the lead cracking or breaking either -mind you at £145 I should hope not.
I love my Sennheiser HD 25-1 II headphones, my only gripe is the price but fortunatly I got some birthday money towards the cost. But they are professional headphones and I wouldn't be without mine now.
Thank you for reading my review.