Sennheisers limited edition HD 25 headphones have a pop of retro color

 theverge.com  06/01/2020 08:00:00   Jon Porter
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In celebration of the companys 75th anniversary, Sennheiser is releasing a limited edition version of its HD 25 headphones. While they usually feature a nondescript all-black design, the limited edition will come with an extra pair of bright yellow ear pads inspired by Sennheisers other iconic headphones, the HD 414. The company is also reducing the price of the headphones while its selling the limited edition models, from $149.95 to $99.95.

The catch is that Sennheiser isnt going to offer a foolproof way of getting your hands on the limited edition model. Its not selling them separately. Instead, if you want a pair, youll have to order a regular pair of HD 25s from Sennheisers store and cross your fingers that one of the limited edition models shows up. Sennheiser says its producing 25,000 limited edition pairs to be sold around the world.

The HD 25s have a pretty interesting history. According to Sennheiser, the headphones were supplied to Concorde passengers between 1989 and 2004 because they worked well in loud environments. They dont have active noise cancellation like many modern headphones, but Sennheiser says their design is excellent at passively blocking out background noise  handy when youre traveling on a supersonic aircraft that creates sonic booms. This same quality has made them popular with many DJs.

The HD 414s date back even earlier to 1968, and, according to CNET, theyre the first pair of headphones to have ever used an open-back design. Sennheiser no longer produces the HD 414s, but in their heyday, they were reportedly some of the bestselling headphones of all time.

Sennheisers limited edition HD 25s will be available through the month of June, after which, theyll revert to their standard $149.95 price point.

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