Introduced in 1988, Sennheiser’s HD 25 headphones have attained iconic status as the choice of DJs and music professionals the world over. Audio specialist Sennheiser is celebrating the 25th birthday of its HD 25 headphones with the launch of the HD 25 ALUMINIUM, a new version featuring a unique aluminium finish. Built to withstand even the most demanding professional use, the HD 25 ALUMINIUM delivers peerless sound quality in headphones that are durable, comfortable and now even more desirable.
To mark the 25th anniversary of the HD 25, Sennheiser has created the new HD 25 ALUMINIUM. Improving on the best, Sennheiser has combined the longstanding sound signature of the HD 25 with a distinctive premium aluminium finish. Individually lathed from single blocks of aluminium, the metal earcups give the headphones a unique appearance while taking the clear sound to new heights by further minimizing the resonances in audible range.
Describing the history of the HD 25, Paul Whiting, President Global Sales explains: “This headphone initially conceived for professional broadcasters was also championed by top DJs for its incredible sound and durability – a performance that has scarcely been equalled in 25 years as the HD 25 has continued to evolve and set the standard. Meanwhile, the story of the HD 25 also mirrors that of club culture: over a quarter of a century, the world has seen the rise of the superstar DJ, as the technical skills and artistry needed to bring music to life took centre stage. The HD 25s have travelled on this journey: they have accompanied many of the world’s leading DJs throughout their careers – from the small venues where legends were born, to the world’s biggest arenas. With the HD 25 ALUMINIUM, the journey continues as we honour that heritage with a new look for the future.”
The history of the legendary HD 25:
- The HD 25s made their commercial debut in in 1988. They were originally developed for outside broadcasting, featuring rotatable capsules that were ideal for one-ear monitoring and offered impressive attenuation of background noise, while staying comfortable for long periods of use.
- Soon the HD 25s would establish themselves as THE standard for sound recordings in film, broadcast and television, used by sound engineers for monitoring work.
- With growing demand, Sennheiser introduced the HD 25 SP, a more affordable version for professional use with simplified magnets, copper inductor and reduced weight.
- From 1989 to 2004 British Airways used the HD 25 BA for passengers on board their Concorde flights. Due to their excellent performance in high-noise environments, they were perfectly suited for passenger use on planes, blocking engine and wind noise with their closed design and secure fit. Music professionals and performers travelling in style took notice. Passengers liked them so much; they occasionally took the headphones with them.
- From 2000 the headphones were increasingly seen behind the DJ decks of famous clubs. DJ fans include superstars such as QBert, Bob Sinclar and Luciano.
Published monthly since 1991, our famous AV industry magazine is free for download or pay for print. Subscribers also receive CX News, our free weekly email with the latest industry news and jobs.