Sennheiser has quietly released two new mid-range headphones that, based on reviews, seem to be real winners.
First, following the discontinuation of the Amperior, the company has released the “true successor” to the long-running HD-25-1 II DJ headphones: the HD-25 Aluminum. While the Amperior was designed as a portable, consumer-oriented version of the DJ headphones, the HD-25 Aluminum comes with stronger cables and an improved sound. At $329, it comes in at a similar price point as the Amperior, which brought it under some fire. Since there are only a few slight changes to the original HD-25, it is a big question mark whether it is worth the extra $$$ compared to the original version, which can be had for $180. That being said, the price may drop over time, as the Amperior did.
The HD-26 Pro, on the other hand, was designed for professional monitoring applications such as radio and television broadcasts. It MSRP’s at around $500, with the key feature being ActiveGard© technology, which prevents audio peaks of more than 105 dB from being produced by the headphone.