The essential headphones: Sennheiser HD 25-1 II

The humble Sennheiser HD 25-1 II.

Sound-engineers, DJs, musicians and audio-enthusiasts worldwide love these headphones. At Rubadub it’s probably one of our favourite bits of equipment. They are insanely durable, every part is user-replaceable, they provide almost unparalleled isolation from outside noise and they sound tremendous. Almost all of the Rubadub staff own a pair, which speaks volumes, and if you only ever want to buy one pair of headphones for mixing records, for production, for the daily commute or, well, whatever really, then you need to own a pair of these.

This post was inspired by the fact that my HD-25s are now coming up for their thirtieth year(!) and we thought it would be worth writing a wee tribute as a result.

Sennheiser HD 25-1 II BE

Sennheiser HD 25 Buyer’s Guide

Find it complicated working through the maze of options? Here’s our handy guide:

Sennheiser HD 25SP II Professional Monitor Headphones
£109.00
>> Entry level. They don’t have the split headband and cables can’t be replaced.

Sennheiser HD 25-1 II Basic Edition Headphones
£114.00
>> Value option. Cables and all other components can be replaced.

Sennheiser HD 25-1 II Closed Back Professional Headphones
£159.00
>> The top drawer version. Comes with replacement ear pads and a nylon carry bag

Sennheiser HD 25-C II Pro Headphones with Coiled Cable
£159.00
>> The top drawer version but with a coiled cable.  Comes with replacement ear pads and a nylon carry bag

Sennheiser HD 25-II Closed Back Professional Headphones
£159.00
>> The top drawer version but with a 2M Cable.  Comes with replacement ear pads and a nylon carry bag

Sennheiser HD 25 Aluminium Headphones
£179.00
>> The top drawer version but with Aluminium ear cups.

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