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If you value your music, if you deejay or if you want to get the most from your stereo system then you need a pair of Sennheisers in your life. Mine have gotten be through work and home use and have been a dependable pair of headphones.
When you choose a pair of headphones, you need to select the type that is right for you. If you are really not fussed about sound quality and hearing the audio dynamics then do not spend eighty pounds on these. Because a new set could set could set you back up to eighty pounds. Mine came boxed, with a metre long cable and a year long warranty.
The sound quality of these headphones is crisp, pure and second to none. Due to the closed headphones, which slot over the ears, outside sound is literally shut off and you are compressed inside the headphones, being exposed only to the sounds.
From an engineering perspective, they allow me to listen for glitches in audio production work and deliver a superb sound dynamic. The balance of high to low end frequencies has been atuned here perfectly and the mid cuts through with clarity and depth. Listening to speech or music becomes a real experience.
The headphones are comfortable to wear with an adjustable size setting and they do not clamp the hair down or pinch the ears either. On the downside, the coiling around the ears does get tangled and I am often unravelling these and trying to get them in order. The same can be said for the over long cable, which I have tripped over a few times.
The headphone jack is heavy duty and fits an standard larger headphone jack socket, this is included with the headphones, so you can plug in immediately. There is no facility to pan on the headphones, so you hear the same at all times throughout both headphone pieces. If you wish to deejay with one ear, you can easily swivel the headphones as they rotate 360 degrees with no hassle.
I recommend them if you want a decent pair of industry standard headphones but do not want to go over the hundred pound mark. Durable, so light to hold, clear sound and lovely to wear, they are the expert's best buy and will last you years too. Expect to pay seventy to eighty pounds for this make.
Sennheiser are kinda cool when it comes to things in the music industry. Their microphones are really nice, both the cabled ones and a new affordable range of radio mikes too. But, in my opinion, where they've excelled for domestic stuff is with their headphones. They do have a lot of models, a lot of which are mentioned in this cat of DooYoo, but out of all of them, the HD25's and the HD25sp's are by far the most superior. Why? Well, the reason they're better than the other ones in the range (apart from 2 I think) is that they are closed back headphones. Now, you have to remember that I'm writing this from the perspective of a Dj working in clubs, not someone who's working in a studio, so having them closed back is VERY important. Why? Well, consider having around 100dB of noise flying roudnd your head. If you've got an open backed version of any headphones, then a lot of that will seep into the ear, making it harder to monitor the cued signals in your phones. But, if you have a well designed pair of closed phones, they act as mufflers which cancel out a lot of the exterior noise, making life a lot better for Mr Dj. But, the 25 series didn't win my heart becasue they were closed. What got me was the sound quality of them. In another review, I talked about how I started Dj'ing with a pair of £6 Phillips headphones, and then moved to using the Sennheisers. The difference in sound was incredible. Not only at high sound pressures, but also at a less ear splitting one. The important thing when Dj'ing is that your headphones can produce a lot of bass, not too much mid-range, and not distort at hight volumes. The sp version of the HD25's do get a bit heavy in the mid range when really cranked up, but the more expensive HD25's are great when cranked up. Of course, it's not only the Dj'ing thing that these phones are good for. Look around a lot of recordi
ng studios, live gigs, football and Baseball matches, and you'll see performers, producers, commentators all using the HD25's as their headphones (they can have a boom mic attached onto them for commentary and live performances if you so desire). Apart from the sound thing, one of the great aspects of the Sennheiser HD25's is that they are completely user serviceable. If your cable busts, you can buy a new one, and plug it in. If your foamy bits come off, buy new ones, put them back on. If your headband snaps, again, buy a new one, and fix it. If your drivers bust...guess what? Yup, you can replace them too. Every single part is user replaceable. Fantastic! My only real problems with the HD25's are that a) The sp's have a lead coming out of both phones, meeting in a V shape round your neck - which twists up like hell throughout the course of the night, unless you're careful, leaving you feeling slightly strangled unless you sort it (the HD25's have a single cable, making it not a problem) and b) The actual speaker bits you put over your ears are a little too small for my liking. It's never really caused a problem, but they're basically just the same size as your ear, meaning they're just covered, and no more. I just like a more substantial headphone than these ones - well, once I broke my HD25's beyond repair, and bought the Sony's, I realised what I'd been missing in regard to size anyway!! If you look through Dj magazines, and take a look at the headphones that the Dj's are using, I'll bet you that at least a third of them are using either the HD-25's, or the HD25sp's. (The other two thirds are using the Sony MDRV700 phones - but that's another review........) So, yeah, for £90, get the sp's, great sound, light, comfy, if a bit prone to trying to strangle you, or if you've got about £150, get the HD25's - which sound great, feel great,
and won't grate on your nerves!!! C.ya Recess www.recess.co.uk
The HD 25 SP are closed dynamic headphones for monitoring, recording and outdoor applications. They are a lower-cost alternative to the HD 25, featuring a simpler headband and a slightly different capsule design.