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The Sennheiser HD25-1 II… A high end, professional set of headphones. I’ve wanted a pair of these for years and i must admit, they sound great. but i’m a little disappointed with a few things considering these are priced anywhere from £150 to over £190. In short, they look ‘cheap and crappy’. I’ve since heard the look of the plastic finish can vary greatly which seems strange – different factories and processes? i don’t know.
UPDATE ( 2/10/13): After a week of using these headphones, i completely forgot about my initial shock of how the plastic looked. I still use these headphones nearly everyday and they one of the best things i ever bought! The isolation is fantastic and bass response is like no other headphone in my opinion. They can also be worn for hours without any discomfort. Check out the full star Amazon reviews
I was a little surprised to find nothing else in the box but the headphones. No instructions, frequency plots, warranty etc. Is that normal?
On closer inspection i was convinced i’d been sold a counterfeit product. The finish looks, well, really shit! I mean, poorly finished plastic with sharp edges and rough blemishes. Where is the £150 going?
COME ON Sennheiser. This IS NOT the finish of a high end product. As my friend put it, they look ‘cheap’
Brand new out the box and the cable already has damage from the poorly finished plastic on the headband – again, not something i’d expect to see on a quality product.
More badly finished plastic. These are meant to be made in Germany and Ireland. It doesn’t say anywhere on the headphones where they are made. If it wasn’t for the sound i’d be absolutely convinced these are fake.
Here’s the email i sent to Sennheiser (sent on 5/05/2012): _____________________________________________ Hi there, I recently purchased a pair of Sennheiser HD 25-1 II from a UK pro audio retailer (brand new). However, i am greatly disappointed with the overall finish and feel of the product. I have made an entry on my website regarding the issue. I am told these could actually be a counterfeit version. Please take a minute to view the photographs on my website at http://jugglingpirate.net/electronics/hd25/
I Look forward to hearing back from you
-Mike Hudson _____________________________________________ Reply from Sennheiser (9/05/2012)
Thanks for writing us. The model you have has a serial # that traced back to Best Buy…it would appear you purchased it from a 3rd party seller on Amazon. I have not seen any counterfeit HD 25 headphones (they are too expensive to copy) and they are indeed made in Ireland. The HD 25 is a rugged studio headphone, so it will have a different feel and finish than say, an HD 650. The design is also modular, so it is easy to remove cables, etc for fast replacement in the field. The headphones certainly use plastic, however they are considered the most rugged in the industry, so don’t be afraid to take them out and about– they can take it. In fact, we have seen HD 25’s in operation for 15+ years. We promise you they will last and hold up to daily use with ease.