Sennheiser HD 25 - Overview of differences between the models

Now that the Sennheiser HD 25 has been available for more than 25 years (launched in 1988!) and several versions have been offered over the years, the overview of the differences between the classic headphones has been somewhat lost.

For a long time there were only 3 models available, namely the Sennheiser HD25, the Sennheiser HD25-13 and the Sennheiser HD25 SP, but in 2007, shortly before its 20th birthday, a number of new features were introduced. Over the years, there were also a few special models and various accessories for the DJ headphones with which you can tune the HD-25 to your personal taste.

In 2016 the models were reduced again and from now on there are only 3 different Sennheiser HD25 models to buy. The corresponding versions and differences are explained here in detail.

Which current models of the Sennheiser HD-25 are available?

Current versions

Currently, Sennheiser only offers the HD25, HD25 Plus and HD25 Light models. The HD25 and HD25 Plus are identical products and only differ in the accessories.

The HD 25 Plus version has an additional bag, velour padding and a spiral cable included.
The HD 25 Light is a simpler version of these DJ headphones, formerly sold under the name HD25 SP.

The Sennheiser HD25 Light differs from its big brother in its lower weight. It also lacks the expandable headband with the rotating ear cups and the single-sided cable. 

On the other hand, the light version is of course really a bit lighter and above all cheaper!

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Sennheiser HD-25

  • Sound pressure level: 120 db
  • Frequency range: 16 -22000 Hz
  • Cable: 1.5 meter - guided on one side
  • incl. 6.3 mm Adapter
  • Weight: 140 grams

Sennheiser HD-25 Plus

  • Sound pressure level: 120 db
  • Frequency range: 16 -22000 Hz
  • Cable: 1-3 meters - Reversible cable
  • incl. 6.3 mm Adapter
  • 1.5 meter steel wire cable
  • 1 pair of soft ear pads
  • Carrying bag
  • Weight: 140 grams

Sennheiser HD-25 Light

  • Sound pressure level: 120 db
  • Frequency range: 16 -16000 Hz
  • Cable: 1.5 meter - guided on one side
  • incl. 6.3 mm Adapter
  • Weight: 120 grams

Discontinued models of the HD 25 series

  • Sennheiser HD 25 SP
  • Sennheiser HD 25 SP II
  • Sennheiser HD 25-1 LE
  • Sennheiser HD 25-1 II LE
  • Sennheiser HD 25
  • Sennheiser HD 25-13 II
  • Sennheiser HD 25-1
  • Sennheiser HD 25-1 II
  • Sennheiser HD 25-1 II Basic Edition
  • Sennheiser HD 25II
  • Sennheiser HD 25-C II

Special editions

Sennheiser-HD25-Blue EditionHD 25 Blue Edition

The Blue Edition was a special edition that was limited to 25,000 units. It came with additional blue ear pads and a special Blue Limited packaging. Unfortunately, this version is no longer available.



Sennheiser-HD25-HeritageHD 25 Heritage Edition

The Heritage was a limited special edition based on the legendary Sennheiser HD414. Included were additional yellow ear pads and a special retro style packaging. Unfortunately this version is no longer available.



HSennheiser-HD25-Aluminium ProduktfotoD 25 Aluminum

This is a special model of the Sennheiser HD25, whose speaker housing and joint covers are made of aluminium and finished in stylish silver.

A 2 meter long, smooth cable and a nice headphone bag are included. Unfortunately this version is no longer available.



Sennheiser HD25 Adidas Edition ProduktfotoHD 25 Adidas Edition

The Adidas special edition of the Sennheiser HD25 was distributed via the Adidas network and is unfortunately no longer available.

The headphones were also identical to the Sennheiser HD25 and only differed in blue earpads and headband pads and a blue 1.5 meter cable. The scope of delivery also included a simple protective cover with Adidas print.


What are the differences with the Sennheiser HD 25?

HD25 Ersatzkabel von Zomo


Original cables from Sennheiser are available in three different versions for the HD 25:

  • 1.5 meter- Smooth cable
  • 2 meters - Smooth cable
  • 3.5 meters - spiral cable

For the HD25 Light (formerly HD25 SP) there is also the 3 meter long cable available, which is led on both sides.

We offer further cables from the brand Zomo in the accessories.


HD25 ErsatzpolsterSennheiser offers both synthetic leather and velour ear pads in black for the HD-25. In addition, the blue ear pads and head cushions from the Adidas Edition are also available as spare parts.

Many more colours of ear pads and head pads for the HD25 are available in the Zomo assortment. So the HD-25 can be designed individually and tuned to an absolute eye-catcher.




In addition to the wide range of ear pads, head pads and cables, there are also various bags and pockets for headphones and various adapters for the plug. Among other things also an ergonomics adapter, a so-called angled plug.


Since the introduction of the new HD 25 Light version in 2020, there is no longer any difference between the models, at least in the frequency range. The only differences are the weight and the included accessories.

Which version of the Sennheiser HD 25 is the best solution for the DJ?

Both versions can be used very well as DJ headphones. Of course the large version is better suited for use on stage. The single-sided cable also turns out to be a great advantage of DJ headphones in everyday use.

The HD 25 Light version is also often used as hi-fi headphones for everyday use and on the road due to its lightweight design and long cable.

HD 25 spare parts - What to do when your headphones get old?

The good thing about the Sennheiser headphones is that they are easy to care for and maintain, which you can do yourself quickly and easily. Both Sennheiser and Zomo offer a wide range of spare parts and accessories for the popular DJ headphones.

Almost everything on the headphones can be exchanged relatively cheaply and replaced by new parts, so that the "relatively" high price is relativized by the easy and inexpensive care and maintenance.

The following Sennheiser HD 25 spare parts are currently available

  • Spare ear pads in PU material
  • Spare ear pads in velour material
  • Replacement Capsules
  • Replacement bracket
  • Replacement Headband
  • Spiral cables in different lengths
  • Smooth replacement cables in various lengths

Manches bietet Sennheiser selbst an, manches ist exklusiv von Zomo erhältlich.

Sennheiser offers some of the products itself, some are exclusively available from Zomo.

Sennheiser itself, for example, offers its ear pads in velour or PU material and only in one colour. The extensive Zomo assortment can convince with many more colours and materials which can not only improve the wearing comfort but also optically upgrade your headphones.

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