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Sennheiser HD 25 II Reviews
First off, I just want to say what the design flaw is. There isn't eugonh space between the ear and the front of the speakers. What happens is that the ear makes contact with the front of the speaker, and after a few hours this can become a bit painful however, it's a small price to pay for the sound. Also, I got these at best buy here are my impressions: I was very reluctant to get them at first. Initially I was looking to see if I could quickly pick up a pair of the acclaimed SennheiserPX models. They didn't carry those. I mostly was reluctant to get the 203s simply because they are identical in appearance to the EH150s, which I already own (which aren't bad either). However, on impulse, I bought them, assuming they had to have at least a different driver type, just utilizing the same design. Well, I've put in several hours of listening on them now, and I think I was right. I am pleased to say that while they share sound signature similarities with the EH150s, they are not the same pair of drivers. They sound too different to me to be the same. The comfort is a bit better than the 150s, only because the ear pads on the 203s are a bit thicker and more rounded. But it's just eugonh extra distance between the outer ear and the speakers to make an appreciable difference. Otherwise, they are exactly the same. That said, while I can wear them a bit longer than the EH150s without feeling bothered, I still think this should be addressed. The build quality, while all plastic, is sturdy and rugged. They can stand up to abuse pretty well. I'm not particularly careful with my stuff, and the 150s have stood by me for a couple of years through running and long trips. Now for the sound. They have the characteristically dark Sennheiser sound. Where they differ from the 150s, (and the HD 205s as well) is that they don't have nearly as thick a veil over the sound. On those models, it has always seemed to me that the sound was hiding behind a thick coloring. I have never liked that. It's not too bad on the EH 150s, but it's noticeable. I barely notice any sort of sound coloration with the HD 203s. These headphones are actually very balanced from what I can tell. The Bass is very present, but it doesn't seem to take over other ranges. I can hear the details fine. The mids are actually quite extended and forward. This is especially noticeable with Metal or hard rock; the rhythm guitars in GnR (Guns n Roses) stand out incredibly well where with a lot of other headphones, they take a back seat to the lead guitar, bass, and vocals. As I said, the sound is dark. However, it's also incredibly rich sounding. Not overly thick or colored, but everything just has a really nice, rich and colorful tone without sacrificing clarity or accuracy. The sound is crystal clear. The highs well, they are there. They sound very neutral. But still clear. The place where the richness of sound stands out the most is in Jazz, with regards to the bass and drums. I was listening to an album called a duke ellington songbook , an album where the duke's classics get modern facelifts. The sound was astonishing. I could hear just about every movement of the acoustic guitarists hands over the frets, every minute detail on the bass (timbre and the sounds of string muting), and the drums had a lot of depth without being grating to the ears (they could get quite loud!). On some of the recordings I could even hear notes of on the piano that were some sort of recording artifact where the notes that were about to sound were playing very, very quietly right before they sounded. I had never noticed that before. They work well for any type of music. I listened to Beethoven's 6th symphony, and one thing that stood out is that I could almost get an impression of the individual playing of each bassist or each violinist. In lesser headphones I've owned, it would sound like one large mass of sound, as it should since it's a section. But I was able to pick out anomalies in the playing where I could hear one instrument stand out. The bass sound had a nice thud effect, and the violins had a very smooth, yet sharp quality. One last tidbit: They are incredibly easy to drive. They can get very, very loud, and I have to listen at half volume most of the time. I'm very happy with these, and I haven't had any time to burn them in. They set me back only $50. I would recommend them wholeheartedly! Bravo to Sennheiser for making an awesome product.
Lovely definition and wide sound, just what you\'d expect from Sennheiser. Well-constructed enough that I don\'t feel the need to handle them like radioactive waste.
It feels like you\'re doing something right when you use these!
Having explored (and destroyed in heavy use) a number of headphones the HD 25 appear to finally meet my expectations. Great sound quality, suitable for both listening for pleasure as well as serious mixing work. Fantastic build quality. Very good isolation. Capable of very high volume even with low power devices. Bottom line: If sound is your preference over the look, BUY those.
best headphones ive ever used. many headphones on same level with similar quality and price but none anywhere near as lightweight an confotable. not to mention these sell spare parts! always good when you spend this much on headphones. more then anything. tried buying these from 4 different places before and all went out of stock or other stpid problems. these arrived next day!!! spectacular service. will use again...
These headphones are quite simply amazing. The definition and clarity of audio through these headphones is absolutely stunning.
Built quality is rock solid, I know these headphones are going to last me many years before I will ever need to do anything to them. The headphones are user serviceable, so you can replace all the parts (cable, earpads, headband etc) should any components wear out.
It may seem an expensive initial amount to pay, but you save in the long run. You could keep buying cheaper sets, which may last a couple of years, then wear out and then you have to replace the whole set of headphones. With these they have amazing build quality, but are also user serviceable, so technically they will last me a lifetime.
Not just that, but the sound quality you get from these is worth every penny.
I recommend you buy these headphones, it'll be the last set of headphones you ever need to purchase.
I would say a must have for everyone who is working in the business. My headphone has been flying around in my flight case tool kit for quite some time. the only thing that broke over time was the cable and the pads! Both are available as spares! I have to say, I am pretty rough with most my equipment, but that is engineering brilliance!
It sits on the head very nicely, one ear is movable, so you can keep the feel to the sound in the club or venue, but it shields well too when you put both on!
The sound is an absolute treat and even the weakest mixing desk amp will make enough base to hear it with 120 dB around your ears!
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