HD 280 Proby Sennheiser

  • HD 280 Pro
  • HD 280 Pro
  • HD 280 Pro
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VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
80%
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PROS

  • Even with the volume cranked up to the max, the highly realistic-sounding audio doesn't break up or distort. You won't get much sound leakage either.
  • With the adjustable headband and swivel-mounted ear cuffs, these over-the-ear cans are comfortable on the whole. While they contain plastic parts, the construction is durable.
  • The headphones are easily foldable and collapsible for easy transport. The earpieces are detachable.

CONS

  • The 10-foot cord is not detachable.
  • Accessories are limited to a threaded twist-on style 1/4-inch TRS stereo adapter. Sennheiser neglects to include a carrying case.
  • These headphones can start to feel warm on the ears after extended use.
If you think you need to pay several hundred dollars for a pair of fine headphones from Sennheiser, think again. The Germany-based manufacturer, well known for its pricier audiophile-oriented products, offers the HD 280 Pro for only $100. Tooled to studio and DJ use, these over-the-ear cans go over well with many consumers, although those who thrive on bass might want to look elsewhere. The HD 280 Pro is notable for producing highly accurate sound, with well-balanced highs, middles and lows. First released way back in 2001, these headphones are doing a remarkable job of withstanding the test of time.
NameHD 280 ProATH-M50xLegend ANC Over-Ear HeadphonesHesh 2 WirelessStudio
ManufacturerSennheiserAudio-TechnicaHouse of MarleySkullcandyBeats
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List Price$100$239$280$100$300
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The company’s current lineup includes headphones that range from budget portables to models costing well above $1000. The HD 280 Pro sits at…

The company’s current lineup includes headphones that range from budget portables to models costing well above $1000. The HD 280 Pro sits at the lower end of that range, but it’s no cheapie, and the Pro in its name isn’t merely marketing—this rugged headphone is equally suitable for home and studio use.

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There are pairs with more plushness to the ear pads, like the NuForce HP-800, but the HD 280 Pro is unlikely to be described as uncomfortabl…

There are pairs with more plushness to the ear pads, like the NuForce HP-800, but the HD 280 Pro is unlikely to be described as uncomfortable by many users, and it passively blocks out up to thirty decibels of ambient/room noise. If you blast these while recording near a mic, there will be some sound leakage, but they don't bleed like an open pair would—their circumaural (around the ear), snug fit prevents most sounds from escaping, provided you listen at moderate levels. The ear cups are swivel-mounted, which allows for an even more secure fit as they adjust automatically to the shape of your head.

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Sennheiser's ruggedly constructed HD 280 Pro high-performance headphones feature comfortable leatherette ear cushions, a headband, and a fol…

Sennheiser's ruggedly constructed HD 280 Pro high-performance headphones feature comfortable leatherette ear cushions, a headband, and a foldable design for compact storage. Weighing a relatively lightweight 10 ounces, this $199 model has a 10-foot coiled cable fitted with a 1/8-inch miniplug. Sennheiser also includes a 1/4-inch adapter for use with a home stereo.

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If there’s any hint of coloration (anywhere), I certainly couldn’t find it. That’s great if you happen to be mixing an album. It’s not so gr…

If there’s any hint of coloration (anywhere), I certainly couldn’t find it. That’s great if you happen to be mixing an album. It’s not so great if you just want a pair of general purpose cans to play some highly compressed audio files on.

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Comfort-wise, these are as good as any circumaural sealed 'phones I've used. Which is to say, they don't float on your ears like fluffy clou…

Comfort-wise, these are as good as any circumaural sealed 'phones I've used. Which is to say, they don't float on your ears like fluffy clouds, but I nonetheless don't mind wearing them for hours on end (unlike certain ear-squishing Beyers I could mention).

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Maybe it was our Quasimodo-like heads, or maybe it was a problem with the band, but the Sennheiser HD 280 Pros have a good amount of clampin…

Maybe it was our Quasimodo-like heads, or maybe it was a problem with the band, but the Sennheiser HD 280 Pros have a good amount of clamping force, and are liable to make those with larger skulls recoil. Because they have relatively soft leather and large ear cups, we believe they could be quite comfortable for those of you out there with smaller noggins.

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