Sennheiser HD 280 Pro
Sennheiser HD 280 Pro

HD 280 Pro, Studio headphone from Sennheiser in the HD series.

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Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 37 reviews )
 22 reviews59 %
 9 reviews24 %
 5 reviews14 %
 1 user review3 %
Value For Money : Excellent
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namnibor's review"Very good for sound design/synth"

Sennheiser HD 280 Pro
These are very well-made and most comfortable headphones I have ever worn and can wear them for hours while twiddling and tweaking parameters in wee hours of night without neighbors thinking aliens have landed. These have in my opinion, the same neutrality in highs, mids and lows; exactly what I hear from my studio monitors with no insanely distorted bass nor aliasing highs--can hear everything clearly at ALL levels of volume. Very good bang for buck and am going to pick-up an extra set as a back-up.
Sennheiser have been sticking to what they do very well for many decades; mics and headphones, unlike many other manufacturers whom also side-step into making all kinds of speakers for sound systems--professional and commercial, and Sennheiser does this well.Sennheiser has never used the newest "seller-point-gimmicks" of having artists in certain genres "endorse a product" while forsaking their legacy. Have gone through a few other types in past that just to don't cut it when I am using multiple modulation sources/destinations in higher-end synths that also just happen to be of German origin.
Sennheiser provides a print-out of the frequency response across spectrum and if one used that in relation to setting-up the bands in a wide spectrum equalizer for just regular listening of music, will see why these are indeed the way studio monitor speakers are in being "flat and equal" with no exagerated lows or highs. You simply can hear everything, even at very low volume. The true test was using them with my newly added Dave Smith Instruments Mono Evolver Keyboard that I now have polychained to a Desktop Evolver. True stereo path for a mono/duophonic voice where half oscillators are real analog, the other half digital, in-fact, wavetables--with true analog filterson both sides because this instrument can make the deepest juicy bass as well as in a good way crazily distortion laddened output hack highs--with these headphone not breaking a sweat with that and infinite possibilities therein.
The noise isolating/canceling is very good and can see why DJ's and sound guys at the helm of the band on-stage love these as well.
Only wished I had learned about these before going through a few other brands and yes, would purchase these for twice the going price. It's rare to be able to wear set of headphones for really long periods without feeling uncomfortable, nor encountering "listening fatigue", and Sennheiser makes/stocks replacement parts if needed for these, and yes, even for products of theirs still in-service from the 70's. Simply love them still--more than a year later, having put them through alot of synth sound programming. There's a reason the term "Pro" is utilized in product name!

sw80's review"wear them forever"

Sennheiser HD 280 Pro
The Sennheiser HD 280 PRO just got introduced to me a few weeks ago when I was in a local studio. I currently use a few different headphones that I am not too happy with so hearing the sound of the HD 280 Pro was “music to my ears”! They are circumaural headphones that you can fold up and take with you anywhere. They are very durable and will last you a long time. As soon as I put them on my head I notice how comfortable they are, I could where them for hours without them getting uncomfortable or irritating.

The frequency response on them is 8 Hz to 25 kHz, they provide some really low frequencies that I really love. When it comes to bass in headphones I am very picky because sometimes headphones can really overdue the bass and that is great for just listening but when it comes to mixing a track I don’t like overdone bass. The bass on the HD 280 is very clean and crisp. It still has that low end thump to it, but it does not have a muddy sound at all. I am fully comfortable with mixing a bass track in these headphones after just using them one time. The tone is very consistence with all types of different music and styles.
The come with a 1/8 and ¼ adapter and the cord is about 10 feet long making them great for live use as well as studio use because you can stretch them anywhere. These headphones are very affordable and I would choose them over any set of headphones that I have purchased in the last 3 years (and I have went through a lot of headphones). I am going to purchase a few pair of these headphones in the future for my studio. They are comfortable with a great sound, clean highs, well balanced mids, and warm low tones. They are a must have.

MountAnDewMe's review"Great cans for your DAW and more."

Sennheiser HD 280 Pro
I got these as part of a combo deal partnered with a two microphone set. I had a different set of cans I was happy with at the time and figured they would just be back ups when needed. Well, being curious in nature I had to test them out before putting them in the closet and well I was very impressed to say the least. These instantly became my primary set and my others were exiled to the self.

For starters these are nice full sized headphones with a closed back design. The ear cushions are insanely comfortable and the head band is not uncomfortable. There is a coiled cord that comes down from one side. I am not a fan of wearing cans mainly because I do sweat a bit much. I did tend to sweat a tad bit more in these than other sets I have owned but that truly is the only down side to them.

The main reason I personally need cans around is for situations that arise regularly in my home were there is no way I can run any volume at all. I have small children and usually I get to record in the late hours when the house needs to be quiet. My usual complaint about the headphones I have owned in the past is that there always seems to be a coloring in the sound. Not a small amount but usually a big peak or valley of color that really pigeon holes the uses they are good for.

The Sennheiser HD280 Pro headphones in my experience, while not perfectly flat, are the closest things to using a set of near field monitors. The tone is mostly even across the spectrum. The lows are full and rich while not being boomy. The mids are pronounced without being overbearing, they fit in the pocket. The highs are well accentuated and not harsh with nice timbre in the high end harmonic overtones. These are not only good for tracking but can be used to get a nice rough mix together that I found once I learned the sound left only minor adjustments when I was able to crank up my monitors. Feel free to use them for any other multimedia purpose as well, they sound great for general music playback and rule for listening while watching a movie.

I love these headphones and while I have not owned a ton of higher cost headphones I feel I can safely call these a best value for the money. They have lasted me for more than a few years and see a ton of use in my home. They are a definite keeper.

mtebaldi's review"Sennheiser HD 280 Pro"

Sennheiser HD 280 Pro
I'm a drummer. I'm originally from Brazil. I play in a band called Glint.

The Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Headphones is the ones I've been using for the last couple of years for rehearsals, studio recordings and live performances. I don't have to mention how important is to a drummer hear the rest of the instruments while playing the loudest one, with the only exception of the ear-piercing guitar solos coming from an amp pointing directly at you. These headphones besides isolating, what I can bet, yours overly worked ears, they can deliver a clean and accurate mix from, not only what the rest of the band is playing, as what your drum sticks are producing everytime you excite the skins of your kit. You can play with them for hours and they are super comfortable, and because of its robust and impermeable construction, it makes very resistant to sweat, what for a drummer, ends up being very important. I had headphones in the past that starting to literally desintegrate after long hours of playing.

The 280 HD pro are in the market from a price around $150.

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Besides giving clean monitoring these headphone seat comfortably on your head and give a great isolation from noisy sources.

With 8Hz to 25Khz frequency response, these closed, dynamic headphones are really well built. They are collapsable and come with a coiled cord.

The comfort and quality of this headphones make them a great buy for various monitoring applications.

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moosers's review

Sennheiser HD 280 Pro
I've been using the Sennheiser HD 280 Pro studio headphones for three or four years. I found these headphones to be useful in a number of different situations. It is great for simply listening to on when recording, but I have also found it useful to A/B mixes to see if they sound good on listening devices other than my studio monitors. They portray an accurate picture of the audio you are playing, although they seem to have a huge low end presence for headphones. They also works great for just simply listening to music on the go. The headphones are built well and won't break easily if you treat them right. The cans are big and will fit just about anyones head with the adjustable top. I would compare these headphones to a pair of Sony MDR-V500DJ studio monitors, as they are a similar price and are made at a similar quality. While they are both great sounding headphones, I like the HD 280 Pros best because they are extremely full sounding and cover a great deal of low end response for a pair of headphones. It is crisp and clear across the frequency spectrum and has an impressive overall response for such a small set of speakers. I have grown to love the products that Sennheiser makes, from headphones like these to the high quality microphones they make. I trust them to make good products at a good price, and this pair of headphones is a prime example. The price is beyond reasonable and has actually been coming down in price for a little while. I can't say enough about how impressive these headphones are for such a cheap price. I would recommend these to anyone who needs studio headphones for any type of use at all, as they are a great for any type of overall listening use.
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Sennheiser HD 280 Pro
They have a really long forgiving cord! gold plated screw on 1/4&quot; jack.. I've yet to find a better hadphone for the price!


I like these for the fact that they are fully enclosed, and really easy on my ears, I use them for dj'ing, and production..

user replaceable parts..

Very sturdy, Yet super comfy, kind of bulky.. Made in swisserland..

nuff luv, nuff luv Ill never need anything else... I'm scyched!

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Pat Flam10/08/2013

Pat Flam's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent headphone."

Sennheiser HD 280 Pro
I had a 280 hd for several years, he finally give up the ghost.
I went on the Ultrasone Pro 900 after different opinions ... BIG MISTAKE, I bought a 280 hd is better without common measure, and 4 times cheaper than the pro 900.
I practice using headphones, I among others:
excellent Sennheiser HD 600 (perfect for listening to mix or simply listen to the music)
I also have rolls of STAX electrostatic headphones sr 507 with a tube amp (over € 3000 ...).

So I comparables for neutrality headphones, the Ultrasone is unlistenable for me, the 280 HD is EXCELLENT and more isolated masterfully.

This headset is underrated for 109 €, it is a sacred matter.

This is only my opinion, but I urge you to listen and compare ...
Good zic.

Used for recording sound and listen to clean defects taken.
Quite comfortable to wear, it is not tiring extended for a closed headphone listening.
Exceptional insulation, virtually no repisse

Very solid.

I find the sound of this very precise and neutral headphones.
I do not understand the reviews that say this headset is not low, on the contrary, they are strained, the serious down low, without the inflated lower midrange effect hollow sound, unlike the Ultrasone Pro 900 I has also, which for me is unlistenable.
The acute medium is perfect, I am very satisfied.

Greg_db's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Sennheiser HD 280 Pro
- How long have you use it?
I use it for about 4 hours and first impressions are downright excellent.

- What is so special that you like most and least?
the +: the cable that does not measure 2m50
the sound: treble impeccable, medium and ditto bass are excellent (including infra)
quality / price ratio

the - the weight is not an anvil, but we feel that There's weight

- Have you tried many other models before buying it?
I had a Sennheiser HD200, which is a very good headphone, but that does not suit me for the components they tps (learning mastering tjr is better to have a studio headphones DJ plustôt a headphone ...)

- How would you rate the quality / price?
very good, nothing more to say

- With experience, you do again this choice? ...
In 4 hours you do not speak of experience, but it is quickly notice and this notice is very positive, so yes I do it again this election easily. I will even recommend it to relatives who are looking for headphones.

3lbriga's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Sennheiser HD 280 Pro
- I just got this headphone
- I was previously the Sennheiser HD-200 has just let me go

I confirm that passive insulation is very good, no music sounds are attenuated, but much less active as well as insulation on the latest BOSE.

To bounce off some of the comments, the music is faithfully reproduced, the sound is very clear, detailed highs, middles, however the set back from the sound of my HIFI. The bass are very good against contrary to what I read. I do not use a studio, but after listening to Cujo - Adventures in foam (very good first album by Amon Tobin), which makes extensive use of infra low, they are very well reproduced, near a large HIFI quality.

As an amateur of music (but required) this headphone perfectly meets my expectations:
1. I am isolated from my colleagues in open space
2. My colleagues do not understand what I listen to
3. The music reproduction is faithful
4. The headset is comfortable
5. The coiled cable is convenient
6. The size is right for transport
7. Value for money good or very good

nicoubass's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Sennheiser HD 280 Pro
Closed headphones super great for its decision (the best for my taste), goodbye repiss ...

A multi-directional super.

This headphone compresses a little for my taste.

Its sound is really good, very surprising, given its price (compared to a Sony 7509, it holds up, even though the Sony is much better for me) a certain finesse in the treble, good midrange, but compressed a little too serious for my taste, so
Hard to mix these frequencies on the other hand ideal for listening mastering ...

Another good thing, which we never think, is that it moves really well on small heads ... Let me explain, every time I recorded the singers before, I was spinning their headphones that did not over their heads, still too big ... Sennheiser suitable for all the heads ... (I know it sounds silly but it is actually not that much)

Pan well respected, much less good than the 7509 but frankly much better than elsewhere (Beyer or AKG)

Otherwise, I do not agree with the previous opinion on a lot of bad things (but it's a matter of taste):

Weight: no it is not too heavy, and frankly for making taken for days and days, it is very nice, it isolates you completely from the rest of the world's great ...

The look ... You will have the air con with any headphone on the head for recording ... you really work the headphone to look like the end??

I find it extremely comfortable (more than 7509 and yet I love more than the 240 I do not like ...)

The best value possible. I absolutely love these headphones, however I will go and buy another (on e-bay you'll find it at bargain prices ...)

Final score: 9 / 10 on the overall but 12 in this price range