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Sennheiser HD25-1 II Closed-Back Headphones by Review Summary ,  Sep 13, 2015

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Sennheiser HD25-1 II Closed-Back Headphones
Report Date: 12/16/2015
Based on 263 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.6
Returned or considering to return: 3.0%

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Individual Feature Rating
Fit5.0   above average
Portable4.7   average
Audio4.6   above average
Weight4.6   average
Comfortable4.5   average
Light4.5   average
Music4.5   above average
Quality4.5   average
Sound4.4   average
Design4.3   above average
Durability4.3   above average
Loud4.2   average
Price4.2   average
Size4.2   above average
Noise4.0   average
Cable3.3   average
Listening3.0   mediocre


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Audio

Audio:
"I started audio editing with a high-grade consumer set from another company, and I didn't realize until later that an excellent listening headphone is not the same as an excellent audio production headphone."
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"I analyze audio and must be able to pickup very subtle voices from digital recorders."
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"I am using these for audio editing in video game content, and I have been very happy with them."
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"If you want to create good sound tracks with a rugged set of headphones whose audio you can trust, these are an excellent choice."
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"This may be an apples to oranges comparison given that the two headphones are likely intended for different audiences, however it's fair to say that the Sennheisers have great audio quality."
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"the sennheiser HD25-1 mark two sound crystal clear even with the built in audio card on my computer (but ever better with an external soundcard)."
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Cable

Cable:
"The MAJOR issue is the cable: all the hd25 have this problem, it becomes lossy and one ear cup stops playing..."
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"oh, one complaint: i really wish they came with the coiled cable!"
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"I have used it's predecessor, the HD-25, for years before, which also sounded great BUT had some serious design flaws, resulting in broken or loose cables."
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"My main problem was that the cord was too long to walk around with them, and had to be shoved into my pocket."
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"Cons- Cable Side: As someone used to headphones with a left-side cable, these have been annoying to adjust to."
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"Also, every part of the headphone is replaceable, making it easy to buy parts that wear out or break unlike other headphones which become utterly useless if you mess with the wrong cord."
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"Sound still good, but cord messed up over time."
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"I appreciate detachable cables."
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"All replaceable parts, and a cable that is super tough, and great fail-safe connectors (1 4 & 1 8), round out this proven design."
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"The only cons I have are that they do not fold up, but being as small as they are, Im able to stuff them in my jacket pocket no problem, also the cord, while its replaceable, its a proprietary cord, i would have preferred something more universal."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"The downside is that they are not comfortable."
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"The headphones are comfortable but not perfect - to be fair though I've yet to find a perfectly comfortable portable headphone."
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"Sound quality and comfort both outstanding!"
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"The 25-1 II are more comfortable and are just as portable, perfect for commuting or other loudish environments."
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"Comfortable, high-quality sound, and outstanding block-out of room noise."
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"He said the sound was amazing and that they were very comfortable."
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"I am so delighted with their performance, sound, comfort and durability."
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Design

Design:
"The design of the pair does not appear impressive and the quality feels very flimsy."
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"In regard to their design, they're not pretty."
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"I have used it's predecessor, the HD-25, for years before, which also sounded great BUT had some serious design flaws, resulting in broken or loose cables."
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"Good sound isolation, I have to dj in a club with a sound system designed to sound great for 1000+ persons per event each weekend and it's great how I can hear and monitor every song with them, without external sound bothering me at all."
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"All replaceable parts, and a cable that is super tough, and great fail-safe connectors (1 4 & 1 8), round out this proven design."
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"I'd give these a 5 star rating if they didn't seem to be intentionally designed to break easily."
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"The design seems very good overall."
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"It lives up to its reputation, really sturdy design and amazing sound clarity."
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Durability

Durability:
"You'd have to look long and hard to find a better headphone for $200.Sound - 10 10Durability - 10 10Comfort - 10 10"
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"However, these headphones were produced with the intention of good sound isolation and durability (and great sounding of course) but the problem is that they are very upfront and in your face."
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"This could be your last headphones you ever buy (But where's the fun in that).2) B&W; P5's - The steal construction gives you great confidence in it's durability."
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"I am so delighted with their performance, sound, comfort and durability."
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"You'd have to look long and hard to find a better headphone for $200.Sound - 10 10Durability - 10 10Comfort - 10 10"
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"However, these headphones were produced with the intention of good sound isolation and durability (and great sounding of course) but the problem is that they are very upfront and in your face."
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"Sound: 10Comfort: 8Durability: 10Isolation: 9Stays on: 10These are not necessarily built to sound good."
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Durable

Durable:
"Besides sound quality, I was looking for headphones that were durable and allowed for parts replacement in case of failure or damage."
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"Great sound and extremely durable!"
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"However, that plastic is pretty darn durable."
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"Lightweight, durable with exceptional fidelity."
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"Good headphones, and for the price are pretty good, they are expensive, but they are very durable, I have put them through a lot and they still work as well as when I bought them, Usually by this point I need to get new headphones because mine usually break."
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"They definitely clamp hard on the ears early on, but once they break in they become the most durable and best sounding headphones in the price range."
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Fit

Fit:
"I've heard of both customers that could wear them indefinitely as well as other reports of squeezing pain, so the fit experience seems to vary depending on one's ears."
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"Overall I heavily recommend these headphones, but it would be a good idea to find somewhere you could try them on to see if you enjoy the fit."
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"Pros:* Light weight* Fits very comfortably* Very well made (made to last)* The sound is not as bassy as some other headphones, but the ear cups fits very snugly on the ears and insulates outside sounds very well, the pros of that is that you can wear this headphones from longs periods of time* Top head strap has very conformable cushions and it splits for a better fitCons:* It looks cheap"
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"Rather just a nice strong fit, which is what you want for good sound isolation."
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"Everything from the sound they produce to the comfort on your ears you get...EVERYTHING simply fits perfect in for my standards and requirements ... Definitely recommend them ! "
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Light

Light:
"Could never use these good sounding and light headphones as the hurt my ears even with stretching."
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"At first I was concerned since most of it seems flimsy and is light plastic, but after weeks of use, everything is still just as it was when I first used it."
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"On a whim I decided to drop some coin, pleasantly surprised on their balanced sound, light weight, comfort, and isolation."
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"GOOD:portable, light, accurate sound."
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"these sound great, can get very loud if you need that, and are extremely light."
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"they are light and comfortable."
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"highs are were they need to be, the bass isn't muddy or crowding the sound, and since its super light I have no problem using them for long periods at a time."
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Listening

Listening:
"Just so you know these headphone are ugly and look cheap, and it might not sound the best for everyday music listening BUT, if you are a producer these headphones are a must have."
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"I started audio editing with a high-grade consumer set from another company, and I didn't realize until later that an excellent listening headphone is not the same as an excellent audio production headphone."
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"These are suited well to editing and engineering because of their transparency, although for casual listening that same feature may make the sound uncomfortable for those accustomed to more traditional consumer headphones."
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"In regard to personal listening, these aren't the most fun things to listen to."
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"They do become uncomfortable for my ears after long listening sessions, however."
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"I started out with a pair of sennheiser HD 280's, which sounded good, but gripped my head like a vice, and were too uncomfortable for long listening sessions."
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"Listening to music is such a pleasure."
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"My opinion is that these venerable old ugly ducklings are a perfect all around, daily listening headphone."
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"They have low profile cannons that look and feel great for extended listening."
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"I am not a DJ which is my mistake, therefore purchasing these was not the right choice when looking for excellent headphones for just listening to music."
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"You definitely get all of the frequencies down to the lowest of lows, and most likely quite accurately but I'm used to slightly stronger bass for listening pleasure at low volumes."
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Loud

Loud:
"These headphones might not be the best for really loud bass type of music, but it's good enough for me since I'm not much of bass pleaser."
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"Really amazing- Passive noise canceling (-40db or so)- Comfortable for long listening- As loud as you can standThese are without question the best headphones I've ever owned."
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"Everyone talks about how good these are in a loud environment, but I haven't got to test them that way yet."
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"The only thing I don't like about them is that they are very bassy, when you're using them in quieter environments (I like flat headphones), but when you're DJing, it's usually pretty loud and that makes them even out."
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"these sound great, can get very loud if you need that, and are extremely light."
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"They will play very loud very clearly, with a good bass response that is just right in level, and is also tight and well detailed."
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"super light, super comfy, loud and feel really durable."
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Music

Music:
"Just so you know these headphone are ugly and look cheap, and it might not sound the best for everyday music listening BUT, if you are a producer these headphones are a must have."
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"The sound, while richer than anything I have ever owned before, is not great for rap music (and that's mostly what I listen to)."
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"These headphones might not be the best for really loud bass type of music, but it's good enough for me since I'm not much of bass pleaser."
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"Its painful to find music while wearing these, and then when you try to show a friend through their s**** laptop speakers, it doesn't come out the same..and you're like I promise this music is delicious!"
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"The only problem is that I only want to listen to music through these."
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"The tight fit means that even when working with loud equipment, (my job requires some metal fabrication) the noise levels with these on remains quite comfortable, with music or spoken word remaining coherent in loud environments."
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"Listening to music is such a pleasure."
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"As far as sound goes, I just love the way they sound, very tight punchy bass, they are great for fast music like metal, you will hear every instrument clearly and double bass is nicely resolved with nice quick punchy snaps, unlike cheaper headphones where the double bass sounds like an old type writer and the music is just a big mess."
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"They really make music sound good, lively and fun to listen to."
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"Really, none of these things need be said, as the HD25-1 IIs are synonomus with durability, quality and electronic music."
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Noise

Noise:
"Couldn't distinguish one noise from the other; however, with the sennheiser hd25 I could listen to the hidden bits of a song that I didn't know were there."
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"Boy was I wrong, these are sexy as hell, great noise cancellation and perfect sound."
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"I went for noise isolation over active noise cancellation because the more I read, the more I was worried that the noise cancellation feature would negatively impact sound quality."
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"When playing music, it had to be fairly loud to really block out background noise which was slightly disappointing to me, but that was expected as these are noise isolating, not active noise cancelling."
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"Great headphones, noise cancellation, awesome crisp sound... great buy...They broke for me after a year though."
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"BUT, that famous brand noise canceling set that I own (and love for different reasons) simply doesn't compare with sound quality."
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"Im happy to report that they can really put out some noise even with the relatively anemic amp built into the galaxy s5.So overall they are very good cans, only ruined by my big head."
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"The tight fit means that even when working with loud equipment, (my job requires some metal fabrication) the noise levels with these on remains quite comfortable, with music or spoken word remaining coherent in loud environments."
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"But the 25-1s still sound very good, and with their noise isolation, they can put you in a different world than your surroundings."
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Plastic

Plastic:
"Really, nothing wrong with the plastic but it feels cheap."
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"And when I opened up the box, I was greeted with a flimsy looking plastic pair of headphones that has Made in Ireland printed on it."
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"At first I was concerned since most of it seems flimsy and is light plastic, but after weeks of use, everything is still just as it was when I first used it."
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"The headphones are plastic and ugly looking, but very durable."
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"at first I thought I would break them because they are plastic but they have held up very well."
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"However, that plastic is pretty darn durable."
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"Although they feel light, don't let the light weight fool you, the plastic used to make these is good stuff."
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"The head brace piece feels like cheap plastic that'll easily snap, and at this price you'd expect a more solid feel and quality workmanship."
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Portable

Portable:
"However it is a necessary drawback of having some of the best noise isolation that portable headphones can achieve."
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"GOOD:portable, light, accurate sound."
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"The 25-1 II are more comfortable and are just as portable, perfect for commuting or other loudish environments."
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"The V-Moda's are portable, but their comfort (or lack thereof) left a lot to be desired."
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"Though these headphones do fine portable without an amp, I would definitely recommend one."
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"I originally bought these to use as portables, but they sound so good that I use them all the time now."
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Price

Price:
"Just so you know these headphone are ugly and look cheap, and it might not sound the best for everyday music listening BUT, if you are a producer these headphones are a must have."
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"Really, nothing wrong with the plastic but it feels cheap."
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"The sound is very decent but certainly they are not the best sounding for this money."
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"Give them some time and they will blow your mind, the sound becomes perfectly balanced and the lows are amazing and just rightAfter some use my ears got used to them too (or the headphones to my ears I'm no sure, and now I can wear them for hoursI'll do this really short as I don't have a lot of experience with this stuffSound: I honestly expected more for the price, the bass is ok maybe a little missing not punchy enough and not quick or accurate enough, for some maybe even weak."
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"The ear pieces are made of fairly low grade material for the $250 price tag, so wearing them becomes somewhat uncomfortable, especially due to how hard they press on the sides of your head."
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"Terribly dissappointed and both a waste of time and money for me."
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"The quality is fantastic for it's price point, and will satisfy audiophiles everywhere."
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"Still has a great price for whatever quality it offers."
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"As a value recommendation this is not a cheap pair of headphones and I think it's use in professional settings and DJing have kept the mark up high."
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"I am by no means an audiophile, so take this for what you will, but I haven't heard a pair of headphones sound this good in this price range, based off of the handful of pairs I have tested."
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"They help a ton with background noise, don't get me wrong, but they do not work anywhere near as well as the noise cancelling headphones in the $300-ish price range."
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Quality

Quality:
"The design of the pair does not appear impressive and the quality feels very flimsy."
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"These headphones have one of the best - if not the best - sound quality."
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"I was looking for quality not mass marketing junk."
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"It adds another layer of potential problems, you're now relying on the quality of the extension, dust etc gets in the connection, and the connection adds heaviness to the feel by pulling on the headphones because there is extra weight in the middle of the cable."
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"The sound quality from them is superb; unfortunately, even after several months of break-in time, they still are incredibly uncomfortable for me to wear."
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"I was a little disappointed with the quality build once again in comparison with the cheaper Klipsch."
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"My husband said he loves the sound quality and that they are not bulky at all."
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"Excellent sound quality."
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"Sound quality and comfort both outstanding!"
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"Sound quality is great."
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"The quality is fantastic for it's price point, and will satisfy audiophiles everywhere."
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Range

Range:
"I may have made up that last genre but the point is, unless you're listening primarily to hip-hop you will find these phones make a wide range of genres sound really, really good."
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"I am by no means an audiophile, so take this for what you will, but I haven't heard a pair of headphones sound this good in this price range, based off of the handful of pairs I have tested."
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"If you don't care about noise cancelling, I think these are the best headphones in the $200 - $400 range money can buy."
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"But if you don't care about visuals, and want a pair of headphones in this price range, I think you will be very happy with these."
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"They definitely clamp hard on the ears early on, but once they break in they become the most durable and best sounding headphones in the price range."
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Response

Response:
"Not only are these headphones great on the bass response, they are excellent in clarity of the mids and highs."
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"However, the very low-bass response on these headphones is a bit weak."
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"They do not boost the bass or lower mid-range response in an attempt to appeal to bass-heads."
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"excellent sound pressure and isolation - great monitoring unitbase response is pretty full and may not accurately reflect all conditions."
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"They will play very loud very clearly, with a good bass response that is just right in level, and is also tight and well detailed."
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"The bass response is excellent."
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"Accurate responses and translations."
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"Awesome frequency response, perfect noise dampening, ideal dj and production headphones, must buy for serious audio engineers and music lovers"
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Size

Size:
"A little uncomfortable on the ears after 1 hour of use is the small downside."
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"Rachmaninov's piano concerto sounded the worst: as if the whole orchestra and the pianist recorded in a small bathroom."
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"A little small on the ears, but amazing sound! "
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"The only cons I have are that they do not fold up, but being as small as they are, Im able to stuff them in my jacket pocket no problem, also the cord, while its replaceable, its a proprietary cord, i would have preferred something more universal."
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"good sound, the size is a little bit small than i expected, maybe because i have big head :S"
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"Pros- Light- Strong- Amazing sound- Replaceable parts, every one of them- Screw on 1 4 inch adapter- Comfortable- Very low sound leakage- Carry bag included- Small- Very comfortable to wear on one ear- Manufactured in a first world countryCons- Rest on ear- Can be fatiguing on ear, not ear drum- Look cheap- Cables showingI have used these headphones for over a year now as my primary pair of headphones."
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Sound

Sound:
"Just so you know these headphone are ugly and look cheap, and it might not sound the best for everyday music listening BUT, if you are a producer these headphones are a must have."
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"Great headphones, noise cancellation, awesome crisp sound... great buy...They broke for me after a year though."
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"These are suited well to editing and engineering because of their transparency, although for casual listening that same feature may make the sound uncomfortable for those accustomed to more traditional consumer headphones."
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"The sound is very decent but certainly they are not the best sounding for this money."
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"Love them, quite disappointed for some construction details, but great sound indeed."
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"They have the most accurate sound ever, trust me."
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"My husband said he loves the sound quality and that they are not bulky at all."
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"Excellent sound quality."
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"Sound quality and comfort both outstanding!"
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"On a whim I decided to drop some coin, pleasantly surprised on their balanced sound, light weight, comfort, and isolation."
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Weight

Weight:
"I podcast a lot and these headphones are ideal, my ears don't sweat I love that they weigh 5 ounces what a game changer"
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"On a whim I decided to drop some coin, pleasantly surprised on their balanced sound, light weight, comfort, and isolation."
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"Their low weight, isolation, and adjustability make them great travel headphones."
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"Extremely clear sound, lightweight, versatile and highly sought after by DJ's and audiophiles for a reason."
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"Lightweight, durable with exceptional fidelity."
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"Light weight - great sounds."
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