The Sennheiser HD25-1 II lives up to the demand for cheap and comfortable headphones!
Good comfortable headphones are a must for anyone who works with music. With closed headphones you can hear things in the mix, which is not always so easy to hear in a pair of speakers and musicians hear the backing better when they record. The most expensive is still the best, but when the budget does not extend into the sky, then headphones for about $200 as far as you want to stretch.
That the headphones are closed is a distinct advantage. So dim ambient noise much better, you hear more sounds in the ear, and the work becomes easier. Sennheiser HD25-1 II is light and is well suited for the requirements of good and cheap headphones for studio use. They are not suited for iPods. They are just too heavy to carry, and nor do they have a mini-jack adapter.
The headphones are very comfortable. The weight is relatively low, and they sit well on a medium-sized head like mine. Muting is moderate, but effective enough in environments without too much noise.
The soundstage is big and rich and warm sounding. No pronounced monitor sound, but it makes them easier to work with over time. Listening fatigue takes a long time to set in.
The Sound Is Not Loud Enough
The main drawback of HD25-1 II is the low sensitivity, which, combined with that they just tolerate 120 milliwatts power means that the volume does not always reach the level you want. And if you play higher than the headphones like, then the bass starts distorting audibly.
This is stupid, because they sound nice. Relatively balanced sound, combined with sonority, get vocals to stand forward in the soundstage. Acoustic instruments sound fine, with noticeable reverberation where it should be, and even if the finest details drown little in the soundscape, one hears shades well.
The headphones are not primarily suitable for discerning listeners. They usually want a more neutral sound, while HD25-1 II sounds a little more closed and less transparent. For the price, there is not much to say about the headphones, but if the budget is low, we prefer Shure SRH440 or better yet, Audio Technica ATH-M50, which costs more, but sounds much better than Sennheiser HD25-1 II.