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The Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones are circumaural headphones designed for professional monitoring applications. With up to 32dB extern...Read More

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Fill your head with the sound of music!

The Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones are circumaural headphones designed for professional monitoring applications. With up to 32dB external sound attenuation, it's perfect for use in noisy environments, at live shows, and by DJ mixers! The HD 280 PRO features rugged design and optimum sensitivity that'll make even those wimpy headphone outs on synthesizers come alive - these babies are LOUD! The HD 280 PRO delivers detailed, natural reproduction of music and speech, and boasts a smooth frequency response from 8Hz to 25kHz.

Ready to pack it up? The collapsible ear cups make it easy to stow in your gig bag! And all those parts you normally wear out - such as the ear pads, headband padding, and cable - are easily replaceable.

Due to its collapsible earpieces, the HD280 PRO is very space-saving when it comes to transportation. All parts subject to wear and tear such as earpads, headband padding, and cable are easily replaceable, thus ensuring long service life.

FEATURES
  • Closed back
  • Circumaural design
  • Efficient design delivers loud sound
  • Single-sided, straight-coiled-straight cable
  • Fold-up design
  • Up to 32dB attenuation

Precision German engineering and design by Sennheiser--the HD 280 PRO will be music to your ears. Order today.

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SennheiserHD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones
 
4.6

(based on 186 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (145)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (37)
  • Comfortable (36)
  • Good value (29)
  • Durable (22)
  • Good bass (20)

Cons

  • Cord too short (4)

Best Uses

  • Music (33)
  • Home audio (29)
  • With my computer (20)
  • Portable devices (13)
  • Relaxing (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Audiophile (15), Gear head (14), Musician (4)
    • Primary Use:
    • Listening to ipod (5), Working out (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (41)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

First Impressions

Overall, i will give them a perfect in terms of how they sound, how the feel and for my application usage, i won't be negative about the burn in process as it did...Read complete review

Overall, i will give them a perfect in terms of how they sound, how the feel and for my application usage, i won't be negative about the burn in process as it did not effect me very much, though admitingly it was scary to get a $100 pair of headphones that sounded like something made in a basement, Read Quality about burning in the head phones ot increase thier performance.
I love how the cans swivle, it helps with pressure against your head, everybody has a different shape which makes us unique and these compensate for that uniquness. The high's and Mid's are amazing, but read the "Quality" part of my review on more about this. It comes with a 1/4' screw on adapter which is hand, plug it into your MP3 player or PC and use the adapter for your intruments.
I urge anyone purchasing headphones, whether these or another, to read this

The Quality, when i first pulled these out of the box i felt like i wasted $100, they didn't sound much better than a $15 pair of wal mart ear buds, even the bass was bad, it was distorting the entire reverb on any note, playing classical music, no problem, playing a R&B song, sounded like someone blowing in your ear at best, i had a 192khz/24bit raw sample available of many different sounds and it was bad, i mean real bad.

Here is the thing, little did i know you have to "burn-in" headphones, yeah, news to me, well i followed a guide which you can google "Burn in headphones guide" or something of that nature and come up with some information. I do NOT suggest using white noise, pink noise or any of that garbage, set a playlist of several different types of music, some with guitar, some with bass, some with female singers, male singers, get a good 100 hours of music and put it on repeat for about 5 or 6 hours, put the volume at normal listening volume (it doesn't need to be any louder than that!) and just leave it, come back and let your headphones "rest" for about 30 minutes, if you want, you can continue stressing, this time for 10 hours, do an increase in time after each pause but start alittle lower (3-5 hours) work up to 10 until you have stressed it for a total of about 80-100 hours including normal usage.

I did this for 8 hours today after my initial dissapointment and i honestly had zero hope it would make any difference, but holy cow it did!, the bass on these picked up to a nice smooth woof like it's supposed to be, it isn't a hard hit but it's enough to know its there and feel it in your head without distorting the rest of the sounds like it was doing. I was more interested in the highs and Mids because i am a pianist, but i'm considering these for netflix and other multimedia purposes now. I don't think they are quite where they should be and from my limited knowledge they will get a massive leap in quality around 50 hours, at this 50 hour point if they continue to gain in performance like thye did before i'm going to think they are more valuable than i paid for them.

I can't stress enough how much of a difference it made, there is no need to turn them up very loud, i had them at about speech volume in my ears which isn't very loud, just normal usage volume. Turning them up to much isn't going to help or make the burn in go any faster, it juust risks ruining your headphones.
At first i thought i got ripped off, see Quality above. you really need to burn these headphones in to hear what they can really do.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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See my "features" comments. These are some of the best sounding headphones I have ever heard. Nice and clear, plenty of volume and a well balanced sound. They blow my...Read complete review

See my "features" comments. These are some of the best sounding headphones I have ever heard. Nice and clear, plenty of volume and a well balanced sound. They blow my higher-end akg's out of the water. They isolate pretty good and are comfortable to wear for long periods. No special effects here to make them sound good. Just some really good headphones.
For the price, you absolutely cannot buy a better sounding pair of headphones. Great amount of distortion-free volume available. Good isolation, clarity and detail, even in the bottom end. I love these things! This is my second pair and would never hesitate to buy another pair if and when needed. I have a set of AKG k270 studios and the hd280 blows them out of the water, especially in the bottom end and volume departments.
top notch
won't find better at this price

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4.0

Great headphones !

By 

from Willard MO

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Great Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Audio
    • Music

    Comments about Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones:

    Good product, fast delivery

    • Primary Use:
    • Listening to iPod
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Comment on this review

     
    5.0

    THE PRICE IS RIGHT!

    By 

    from OATMAN, AZ

    About Me Semi Pro Recording

    Ask me a question

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Great Sound

    Cons

    • Earpieces Get Twisted

    Best Uses

    • Music

    Comments about Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones:

    I LOOKED AT SEVERAL IN THIS PRICE RANGE,AND I'M GLAD I CHOSE THIS ONE. THE SOUND IS CRISP AND CLEAR AND PLENTY LOUD.THE ONLY PROBLEM I SEE IS THE EARPIECES GET SOMEWHAT TWISTED AND BECOME A LITTLE TRICKY TO STRAIGHTEN, SO IT TAKES SOME TIME TO GET THEM ON.EVEN THAT DOES NOT MAKE ME SORRY I BOUGHT THEM.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Excellent Buy

    By 

    from Texas

    About Me Gear Head

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Flat Precise Monitoring
    • Good Value
    • Great Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Music
      • With My Computer

      Comments about Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones:

      These headphones add no extra bass. Everything is clear and precise. You need phones like this for mixing down tracks (when you don't want to disturb others or you don't have good studio monitors).
      I've got Sony headphones with bass boost and they're useless for mixing. If you're used to lots of bass, be careful with your mixing with these phones, because you can add too much low-end using flat frequency response phones like these.

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      5.0

      excellent set of headphones

      By 

      from Wellsville, NY

      About Me Occasional user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Good Value
      • Great Sound
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Audio
        • Music
        • Portable Devices
        • Relaxing

        Comments about Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones:

        I am not an "Expert" audio-industry person, so i will leave technical talk to those other reviewers. I got this for listening to wide range of music while working, traveling, or occasionally playing drums to relax. As other reviews stated, these do seem to warm up and sound better as they burn in. My burn-in has consisted of just listening to a wide range of music normally and normal volumes, nothing fancy or out of the normal use range.
        These sound excellent as far as you can range of instruments and frequencies you can hear. From the faintest string pluck to the deepest bass thump. Gives a great sound experience. I also know these are not the "sound canceling" type that are marketed everywhere, but i will tell you that they don't need to be. when they are on it just naturally reduces outside noise and music is clear as can be.
        The folding up and different positions are a plus as well for storage when done. Very nice little touch.
        For the price/quality you can't beat it. Only think i think would be a nice bonus would be a little storage bag or dust cover for them when not in use, but i wouldn't call it a deal breaker as that is easily corrected.
        i can't speak to longevity, durability, or professional applications at this time, so i won't comment on that. For me they are excellent and sound great. Hope this helps the average listener.

        • Primary Use:
        • Listening to iPod
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        • No

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        5.0

        Best for the money by far

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        from Portland, OR

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Durable
        • Good Value
        • Great Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Audio
          • Music
          • Portable Devices
          • With My Computer

          Comments about Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones:

          Several friends have bought these since I recommended, and none have been disappointed. Great sound and isolation. I wear these at work in a light industrial environment and they save my ears.

          Only downside, I just wish the cord could be swapped for a shorter straight instead of long and coiled.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great Headphones

          By 

          from Chipley, Florida

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones:

                I use them while playing the drums at Church. They are comfortable to wear and provide great sound. Being behind a drum shield with a top, I hear just about nothing that doesn't come through the soundboard.

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                5.0

                Good choice for drummers

                By 

                from Texas

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Good Bass
                • Good Value
                • Great Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Audio
                  • Music

                  Comments about Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones:

                  I got these as a Christmas gift for myself. I didn't want to spend a lot of money so I picked these up. I use them for playing drums to recorded music and couldn't be any happier. They mute the drums well and there is still plenty of volume for all types of music.

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                  • Yes

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Perfect match to my Alesis Monitor One

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Great Sound
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Flimsy Construction

                  Best Uses

                  • Music

                  Comments about Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones:

                  Nice and flat EQ. At least, they sound amazingly similar to my Alesis Monitor One speakers. These have become my "go to" cans for headphone studio monitors. Flimsy plastic IMO, compared to Sony MDR-7506 which seem better Q in build with metal parts. Not hyped in any particular EQ range - mind you, not measured by any spectrum analysis, just my opinion. Bought on SDOTD for good price.

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                  5.0

                  replaced my HD280 pro with HD280pro

                  By 

                  from cheshire, oregon

                  About Me Audiophile

                  Pros

                  • Classic Design
                  • Comfortable
                  • Durable
                  • Good Bass
                  • Good Value
                  • Great Sound
                  • Killer Sound
                  • Not For Lightweights

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Audio
                    • Music
                    • Portable Devices
                    • Relaxing
                    • With My Computer

                    Comments about Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones:

                    i just replace my 10 year old-sennheisers that have seen ridiculous amounts of use mixing, mastering, recording,tracking etc on a daily basis. fortunately they still make the exact same model so i was more than happy to buy them these headphones sound excellent, sometimes too good if you are a perfectionist engineer. of course, i never recommend mixing music strictly in headphones, but i find the frequency response in these headphones to be similar to what i get out of some good (and bad monitors). the best buy in the field of audio, bar none.

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                    5.0

                    HD 280 PRO CLOSED-BACK HEADPHONES

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                    from Covington, Ga.

                    About Me Gear Head

                    Ask me a question

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable
                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Great Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Audio
                      • Music
                      • With My Computer

                      Comments about Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones:

                      High quality, professional with great sound.

                      • Primary Use:
                      • Listening to iPod
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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