Choosing the Best Studio Monitor Headphones – Sennheiser HD 25, HD 25 Plus


Hi friends! My name is Andrea Gatti, but you can call me Andy ;). I play drums and Afro-Cuban percussions. When I started my career, I played professionally as a percussionist, and since I became a believer I have been playing and studying the drums, performing in the church and on the mission field. As a drummer, like any other musician, I hate when the sound is not clear. Looking for monitor headphones, I tried the Sennheiser HD 25, since then I never went back. In my opinion, these are the best studio monitor headphones on that I have tried, their quality and reliability are amazing, especially considering the price. This is the reason I recommend them.


My experience

Years ago, I was looking for a good pair of Monitor headphones to use for studying and (when needed) for live events. Whenever I’m studying or using any kind of soundtrack, or even a metronome, I require the sound to be of good quality. Usually, I study for long periods, and since I  also like to protect my ears in order to prevent damage to my ears.

Best-Studio-Monitor-Headphones-What-I-Recommend When I study and play, I want to be able to listen to all the small details that I’m playing, and also I love to hear the colours of the sound, especially from my cymbals. I have two microphones on the drumset and by using a mixer, a mix the sound of the microphones with the soundtracks that I’m using to study in order to hear the sound in a clear way and capture the little details of my execution. All this need for good sound quality forced me to search for the best studio monitor headphones, but at the same time without having to sell one of my kidneys to pay for them. 😉

Up to that time, I had tried other headphones (especially for live events), but honestly, I wasn’t very satisfied with the result and thought that in order to have the quality I was looking for, I would have to spend a fortune. With the Sennheiser HD 25 and the Sennheiser 25 Plus I have found the quality that I was looking for, especially since now I also use them while playing electronic drums in my church.

Best-Studio-Monitor-Headphones-What-I-RecommendHaving good quality headphones can make a huge difference in the perception of the sound that we have while playing an electronic instrument. If we have the best equipment, but our headphones or monitors don’t have good quality, probably we won’t be satisfied and we will end being frustrated. Instead, if our headphones are of good quality, we will enjoy the sound and our playing, and we will have a good definition of our executions making our playing very enjoyable.

 


Characteristics

Best-Studio-Monitor-Headphones-What-I-Recommend

  • Sound isolation: the Sennheiser started to create headphones,  they were producing headphones for the Concorde Airline Company so they needed a headphone that would isolate from the airplane noise. Flying on a supersonic plane is very loud and the company wanted to provide a headphone that would protect the listener’s ears from the sonic boom experienced during the flight.
  • Comfort: I wear these headphones for hours and they never left a mark on my ears. The ear cups are soft and comfortable and if it should happen that they wear out, they can be replaced. (I’m still using the original ones after a few year that I have had them).
  • Very resistant: you wouldn’t think it by the look of them, but these headphones are really strong.
  • Many adjustments: the Sennheiser HD 25 and the Sennheiser HD 25 Plus have a headband that is able to split, making them more comfortable and adjustable to head size and shape. The cups offer vertical adjusting and horizontal rotation.
  • Performance: very clear when it comes to definition and at the same time is able to support up to 120 dB. Having the right amount of isolation helps focus on the sound rather than other distractions which makes them the best studio monitor headphones.

Best-Studio-Monitor-Headphones-What-I-RecommendTechnical data

  • Acoustic principle — dynamic, closed
  • Ear coupling — supra-aural
  • Frequency response (-3 dB/1 kHz) — 16 – 22,000 Hz
  • Impedance — 70 Ω
  • Weight — 140 g
  • Max. SPL at 1 kHz, 1 Vrms — 120 dB
  • THD at 1 kHz, 100 dB SPL — < 0,5%
  • Signal cable (just for Plus) — 3 m coiled cable

 


Sennheiser HD 25 vs Sennheiser HD 25 Plus – Best studio monitor headphones

Confronting the 2 models, there is very little difference. The Plus model comes with two cables (one coiled), a bag to carry them, and an extra pair of velour earpads. These are the only differences and all the rest is the same. The ear cups, the materials, the quality, and the technical values are identical. The only differences are the additional cable, an extra pair of earpads, and the carrying bag.

I believe both of them are the best studio monitor headphones on the market, especially considering their price.


My opinion

Best-Studio-Monitor-Headphones-What-I-RecommendSo is it worth spending more on the plus model? I would say that it depends on how you will use them.

The coiled cable allows the musician to move around while playing. Musicians that play many gigs don’t always know how much of a distance there will be between the plug and the actual place where they will be playing; a coiled cable will allow more flexibility since it stretches out. If this is the situation, probably Sennheiser HD 25 Plus be a better solution then the Sennheiser HD 25.

Instead, if you are sure that the headphones will be used only in one place, for example, your church or in your studio, I would say that the HD 25 will do the job since the sound quality is the same as the HD 25 Plus. I honestly believe these are the best monitor headphones on the market.


Conclusions

In this case, like any time we are choosing a product, we have to consider how we will use the product. One model may not be better than another, but one might meet our specific needs more.

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I hope this article has been useful to you. If you already have this model, please let us know what you think about them. Please leave a comment below.

God bless,
Andy


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2 thoughts on “Choosing the Best Studio Monitor Headphones – Sennheiser HD 25, HD 25 Plus

  1. Hi Andy,

    I am a guitar player, and I play lead guitar in a rock band.

    We will be recording our own demos soon at home and I am in need of better headphones. Thanks for sharing this post as I am going to check out these due to your advice.

    I have also forwarded this post to the rest of the band.

    All the best,

    Tom

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