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      14.06.2013 12:13
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      The headphones to buy when only the best will do

      Being an audiophile with no nearby music store, it took a lot of research before I concluded that I was best depleting my bank account and purchasing the Sennheiser's HD-25-1 II. I'm a very critical vocalist, who is forever playing about during the day in my home studio with the aim of achieving perfection, so I needed something that was comfortable to wear for long periods and allowed me to hear every nuance and inflection in my voice. Their reputation preceded them, known as the industry standard and priced around the £125-£145 mark, so when I parted with my cash they had a lot of reputation to live up to.

      When they arrived, the first thing I did was plug them into my Ipod, and find one of the few music tracks on there. The sound quality was superb, clear and articulate with a high output in the mids and trebles and a strong bass that doesn't overpower or muddy the sound. In the studio, I found the backing tracks and vocals became more tactile and present creating a fullness and clarity, which in turn made it easier to seek out perfection in the overall sound. Dense textures became penetrable, and I could fully appreciate the overall sound. Being closed back also means that the ambient sound isolation is superb.

      For long periods of use, they are exceptionally comfortable, previous headphones have left me with headaches as they clasp desperately onto you head in an attempt not to slip off. The sennheisers are not only light weight but also fully adjustable and the ability to split the headband make them more secure for the more mobile worker. However, being particularly fond of rocking out in my studio, I did find that the lead connecting the headphone to the desk was rather short, at 1.5m it's overkill to a portable device in a pocket, but to a Stars in Your Eyes wannabe, who isn't stood in front of a microphone stand and is opting to freestyle or just move around the room without removing her headphones, I do find that quite often gets pulled taught.

      The good news is I ever do reach that little too far and break the lead, which hasn't happened in the three years I've had them, all the parts are replaceable, making this a product for life.

      Living in small flat with neighbours on three sides, I'm fully aware that the noise I create can be a nuisance, so it's a bonus that one of the ear pieces can be swivelled both backwards and forwards so I can hear the volume of any non amplified instruments in the room quickly without disrupting the recording. It also makes them ideal for professional DJ's who want to cue the next track using a monitor.

      To paraphrase Spinal Tap, these head phones do go up to volume 11, with only some distortion at the very top end, to protect your ears it isn't advisable to have them this loud, but it's always reassuring to know you have more room to play with when you are listening to music, in the studio or in a busy nightclub environment.

      Sound wise, and longevity wise they are worth every penny, I'd highly recommend them to anyone who is serious about sound reproduction.

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        27.08.2010 12:56
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        overall a good buy for the recording pro

        Probably my preferred make of headphone to work with for studio or deejaying purposes, Sennheisers are built to last and also deliver outstanding quality of sound. They provide pefrect audio monitoring for engineers and those who have to work in the recording industry, like myself.

        The reason I rate Sennheiser is because they tick all the boxes for what a recording professional is looking for. The HD 25's are available in this form, or as the upgraded mark two editions, but there is not a drastic difference between what the two offer for the user. This pair are very lightweight and easily carried in a case or loose, if you wrap the cord around them to protect them. You can use the large jack in any standard amp or desk and the plating on the jack is superb for conducting the sound and also very robust.

        The headband is durable, slightly flexible with movement and also comfy to wear for long periods. I have always liked the way that you can position the muffs with acute precision on this model. The closed cups also block out external noise which make these ideal for the studio or for close attention monitoring.

        My quibble with them, is the wires around the muffs do tend to get mixed up and twist if you do not treat them well, this can be annoying when you like to work without them pulling around the neck! The sound quality is great though with a superb dynamic range. This pair really attune to the bass and low levels well and due to the closed muffs will allow you to pick up on sounds you might miss with a conventional pair of headphones. With a crisp and magnetic stereo production of sound, these really do sound amazing when tested at volume. Expect to pay one hundred and twenty pounds for a new pair or around half that for a second hand pair. Recommended for engineering and studio work.

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        11.08.2010 23:26

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        Must buy if your a music lover like me

        If your not afraid to prance around in these they are great for on the move. Completely shutting out sound with only half cups and really comfortable on the ears and light. They are really well built. I've had mine for 2 years now and quite honestly they still seem brand new.
        As for the sound, It is truly wonderful. The bass response is incredible and with 320 MP3 you will not be disappointed. The aux plug is strong too and haven't had any problems with loose connection etc. I also DJ abit and they are perfect. Nice and loud and clear, these headphones are definitely going to be the loudest and best quality you will find.

        Comes with a nice bag to keep them in when not in use (although I've always used them) and I also received furry ear pads for them i guess for the winter months!

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        20.10.2009 19:11
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        Brilliant robust headphones

        After owning several pairs of headphones from Sony, Stanton and Technics, I decided to buy the Seinheiser HD25's. These headphones were hailed as the headphones to buy in DJ magazines so I had high expectations.

        Got them home and plugged them in to my mixer. The headphones are very comfortable to wear. Sound quality was crisp and clear with little or no distortion at high volume (essential for playing in clubs).

        Since buying these headphones I have tried them out at several clubs and house parties and are a joy to use. One major advantage is the parts are replaceable making a cheaper alternative to buying new headphones altogether if something breaks.

        A small gripe is with the cable length, which I find is too short. You have to remember to take them off if your kneeling down to your record box because the cable won't stretch.

        I have now had my HD25's for 4 years now and had no problems whatsoever. They have lived up to their reputation so I would highly recommend them.

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        14.01.2008 22:25
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        A Great Pair Of Headphones. Prepare To Be Amazed

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        Replacable parts, great sound, versatile.

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        On the expensive side.

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        Sennheiser's HD-25 headphones are a legend in the pro audio world and became the industry standard almost as soon as they were released.

        The first truly lightweight headphone, comfortable enough for prolonged use and delivering a sound quality that enables critical listening. Having used AKG, Beyer and many other headphones these are my favourite.

        Why? First the build quality is superb almost every part of the unit can be replace if damaged, so if you snap a cable or tear off an ear pad you just buy another and they are as good as new.

        Second the comfort factor. When clambering around recording sound FX or sitting for a couple of hours in a cold church recording choral music these phones still feel good and don't leave you with a migraine because your head has been crushed. The more energetic will find that the ability to split the headband is a real boon as this keeps the headphones firmly on your head even when leaning out of a boat or climbing a mountain.

        Another useful feature for serious users is the provision of an earpiece that can be swivelled backwards or forwards. So a DJ for example, can flip one earphone back to hear what is going on around them whilst preparing the next disc. (Not visible in the illustration accompanying the review that picture is in fact of the budget HD 25-SP model)

        Finally, and probably most important the sound quality is super. A natural balanced sound with extended bass and high frequencies mean that these are perfect for monitoring or listening purposes. You will hear things you didn?t hear before. Positional information is also rendered very well offering the listener a clear image of the sound stage. The overall balanced sound making these a lot less fatiguing to wear than some makes.

        Being closed back the HD 25?s give good attenuation of surrounding noises and can deliver very high levels of sound if required. Remember however, listening for extended periods to hig
        h levels of audio can damage your hearing.

        Niggles, the cable could be a tad longer 1.5 meters is provided. A single cable comes out of the right hand earpiece to plug into the amplifier. I would prefer that to have come from the left hand side.

        In conclusion these are the best headphones that I have heard though I am always willing to be introduced to better products. Mine have been stood on, run over by a Land Rover, dropped in mud yet still work perfectly. They have had new pads and a cable to be fair but they are 3 years old. A best buy in my book even at between £125-£145 a pair, they will go on forever and serious users shouldn't consider anything else.

        For those who are more budget conscious try the HD 25-SP version. They have a less versatile and slightly less robust headband and slightly lower specified transducers in the earpiece. I suspect these are the headphones reviewed earlier by those who found the build and sound quality less than satisfactory. The HD 25 proper looks like the illustration above.

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          07.01.2004 21:56
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          Sennheiser's HD-25 headphones are a legend in the pro audio world and became the industry standard almost as soon as they were released. The first truly lightweight headphone, comfortable enough for prolonged use and delivering a sound quality that enables critical listening. Having used AKG, Beyer and many other headphones these are my favourite. Why? First the build quality is superb almost every part of the unit can be replace if damaged, so if you snap a cable or tear off an ear pad you just buy another and they are as good as new. Second the comfort factor. When clambering around recording sound FX or sitting for a couple of hours in a cold church recording choral music these phones still feel good and don't leave you with a migraine because your head has been crushed. The more energetic will find that the ability to split the headband is a real boon as this keeps the headphones firmly on your head even when leaning out of a boat or climbing a mountain. Another useful feature for serious users is the provision of an earpiece that can be swivelled backwards or forwards. So a DJ for example, can flip one earphone back to hear what is going on around them whilst preparing the next disc. (Not visible in the illustration accompanying the review that picture is in fact of the budget HD 25-SP model) Finally, and probably most important the sound quality is super. A natural balanced sound with extended bass and high frequencies mean that these are perfect for monitoring or listening purposes. You will hear things you didn?t hear before. Positional information is also rendered very well offering the listener a clear image of the sound stage. The overall balanced sound making these a lot less fatiguing to wear than some makes. Being closed back the HD 25?s give good attenuation of surrounding noises and can deliver very high levels of sound if required. Remember however, listening for extended periods to hig
          h levels of audio can damage your hearing. Niggles, the cable could be a tad longer 1.5 meters is provided. A single cable comes out of the right hand earpiece to plug into the amplifier. I would prefer that to have come from the left hand side. In conclusion these are the best headphones that I have heard though I am always willing to be introduced to better products. Mine have been stood on, run over by a Land Rover, dropped in mud yet still work perfectly. They have had new pads and a cable to be fair but they are 3 years old. A best buy in my book even at around £125 a pair, they will go on forever and serious users shouldn't consider anything else. For those who are more budget conscious try the HD 25-SP version. They have a less versatile and slightly less robust headband and slightly lower specified transducers in the earpiece.

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          The closed-back HD 25s are purpose-designed, professional monitoring headphones offering high attenuation of background noise. Capable of handling very high sound pressure levels and of extremely robust construction, these headphones perform exceptionally well in high-noise environments, e.g. ENG, sound reinforcement, studio monitoring and audio equipment testing. The capsule is rotatable for one-ear listening. HD 25s are ideal monitoring headphones for cameramen and DJs.

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          Product Description: Sennheiser HD 25 - headphones
          Product Type: Headphones - wired
          Recommended Use: Professional audio system, home audio system
          Localisation: English
          Headphones Type: Headphones - binaural
          Headphones Form Factor: Ear-cup
          Connectivity Technology: Wired
          Sound Output Mode: Stereo
          Frequency Response: 16 - 22000 Hz
          Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years warranty
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