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Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones  

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  • Closed back
  • Circumaural design
  • Efficient design delivers loud sound
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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
       
      4.5

      (based on 175 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (135)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (19)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (10)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (4)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (7)

      84%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Comfortable (29)
      • Great sound (27)
      • Good value (23)
      • Durable (17)
      • Good bass (17)

      Cons

      • Cord too short (4)

      Best Uses

      • Music (24)
      • Home audio (23)
      • With my computer (16)
      • Portable devices (10)
      • Relaxing (10)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Audiophile (14), Gear head (12), Musician (3)
        • Primary Use:
        • Working out (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (31)

      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

       

      look no further

      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

      Reviewed by 175 customers

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      5.0

      Look no further

      By David G

      from Jupiter, Florida

      About Me Studio Engineer

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      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Durable
      • Great Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Audio
        • Music
        • Relaxing
        • With My Computer

        Comments about Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones:

        I bought several headphones. ADK88, CAD310, Sony 7506 and these for home studio recordings. The ADK sounded ok but didn't have any defintion. They also had a balance problem. The CAD310 are nice but don't have the definition either and have to have the volume pumped. The Sony sound great on the top end but that's it. However, the Sony are lighter and the cord stretches better. The 280s have awesome definition. They also do well when you don't have too volume power. Initially I thought they gave a cupped sound to them but it's ok now. They have more sound rejection which contrubuted to that impression. What's nice is that I can hear sound across the spectrum so I don't miss bass, mid, or treble in the mix. After using the Sonys for a year these ones replaced them almost immediatly. Don't get me wrong the Sonys are good too even if not as light and comfortable to stretch the cord with. My only complaint is that they are slightly bulky (but not heavy). And the cord is long but hard to stretch. I love these headphones. I wouldn't think of upgrading to more expensive ones. There's a reason that 280s appear in many studios. Sound isolation is incredible too. These are keepers.

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        2.0

        Sound OK, Weak Construction, No Case

        By feelnfly

        from SLC

        About Me Audiophile, Gear Head

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Flimsy Construction
          • Uncomfortable

          Best Uses

          • Home Audio

          Comments about Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones:

          Was very disappointed by these. I have owned Sennheiser headphones for over 20 years. The construction of these is questionable, They are not comfortable and did not come with a case. Best used in home studio sound is OK but I wouldnt want to take them on the road or to a gig so I sent them back

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          5.0

          Great Headphones!

          By MicheleC

          from Mahopac,NY

          About Me Non-proffessional Musicia, Non-pro Musicai, Non-pro Musican, Non-pro Musician

          Pros

          • Adaptable
          • Comfortable
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Good Bass
          • Good Value
          • Great Sound
          • Lightweight
          • Stylish

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Audio
            • Music
            • Portable Devices
            • Studio Private Listening
            • With My Computer

            Comments about Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones:

            These headphones plug easily into both my amplifier for private practice and my computer for listening. Great quality and versatility for the price.

            • Primary Use:
            • Listening to iPod
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            5.0

            5 yrs and going strong

            By gravydb

            from PA

            About Me Audiophile, Gear Head, Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Good Value
            • Great Sound
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Audio
              • Music

              Comments about Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones:

              This is actually my second review of these headphones. My first was in 2010 after owning them for 2 years. 4 yrs later I feel compelled to write another glowing review as my usage has changed and I've been doing a lot of long-duration studio recording.

              Prior, I was just doing short home-recording sessions, and I was happy with the isolation capability, IE recording a mic'd acoustic guitar while listening to a click track or guide track, with no bleed from the headphones. Since then I have been doing a lot of long studio sessions where I am appreciating the isolation from the other direction, IE despite standing next to a live drummer for hours on end, I can hear the audio perfectly in the phones! And I can wear them for hours with no discomfort.

              Additionally, they have a very "flat" response, which makes them ideal for mixing. I do not perceive any enhancements in the lows, mids, or highs. And that is good!

              Durability: They still look brand new. I take very good care of them, but still, they have seen a lot of use over the past 5 yrs and they could pass as being new. Sooner or later they'll start to show their mileage and I'm glad that the wear items (ear pads, cable, etc) can be replaced when needed.

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              4.0

              Best Value

              By Joel

              from Oregon

              About Me Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Good Bass
              • Good Value
              • Great Sound
              • Stylish

              Cons

              • No Replaceable Cord

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones:

              I've bought these headphones for years for audio mixing, live performance and any other general use. The quality is great for the price and the construction is solid. I especially like how they don't have all these extra exposed components like so many headphones. As a result they don't snag on things very easily. The sound isolation by the large muffs is excellent and the bass response is good. I can feel and hear the bass. My only complaint is that they don't have a detachable cord that can be replaced. I've had cords go out as they all do with headphones and it's always puzzled me why manufacturers of professional grade headphones don't have a detachable cord that can be replaced easily. However, if you treat them well they will last for years and you can always solder a replacement plug as I've done before.

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              5.0

              Repeat Customer !

              By Stewart Foster

              from Vermont

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Good Value
              • Great Sound
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Audio
                • Music
                • With My Computer

                Comments about Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones:

                This is the second set of these that I have purchased recently. You don't go back to the same choice unless you're completely happy, and I have been just that. Besides the great sound and comfort, the feature that was attractive was the replaceable ear cushions and cord. My prior headphones (not Sennheiser) still sounded pretty good but the ear cushions deteriorated badly and were not replaceable. I had to throw out an otherwise good set of headphones. They cost the same as the Sennheisers. I find these a great value for all the reasons above.

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                5.0

                These are great headphones .

                By JV

                from Long Island New York

                About Me Audiophile

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Good Bass
                • Good Value
                • Great Sound
                • Lightweight
                • Stylish

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Audio
                  • Music

                  Comments about Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones:

                  These phone are really great. Excellent quality and exceptional good sound reproduction. Then what else would one expect from a German built product like these HD 280s. Use these 280s primarily when practicing with Base guitar, listening to Blues while working out.Love these phones.

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                  • Working out
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                  5.0

                  Good isolation - Great for Roland V-Drum

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Good Bass
                  • Good Value
                  • Lightweight
                  • Stylish

                  Cons

                  • Decent Sound

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Audio
                  • With My Computer

                  Comments about Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones:

                  After my seond set of Vic Firth Isolation Headphones broke, I decided to look for another product.

                  This fits the bill. The sound quality is similar. However,t he build quality seems much better in this 280.

                  The sound isn't amazing. It's still good, though.

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                  4.0

                  Well Balanced Monitor Headphones

                  By RectifiedGTRz

                  from Knoxville, TN

                  About Me Gear Head, Hobbiest, Musician

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Good Value
                  • Great Sound
                  • Stylish

                  Cons

                  • Cord Too Short

                  Best Uses

                  • Music
                  • Reference Mixing
                  • Tracking

                  Comments about Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones:

                  I wanted something to replace my AKG240 headphones, which I used for tracking and practicing my guitar. I purchased these because of the price as well as online reviews.

                  Overall, I am very happy with my purchase! The only bad thing is the cord is really too short, but since everything I need is contained in a small space, it isn't a worry for me. The cord is coiled, so it does reach longer than it looks. I took one star away for the cord.

                  These provide a pretty neutral sound and are great for a 2nd reference when mixing. They are also quite powerful, at least more so than the AKG's I was using (of course those were blown for a year). I wouldn't use these exclusively for mixing, however. I can wear these when practicing electric guitar for hours, and they don't slip off. They also take out a good portion of the ambient sounds around me. Between these, my Mackie Studio reference monitors and the beyerdynamic DT770 PRO I feel like I've got all my bases covered. I don't think I would purchase them for audiophile listening, however.

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                  4.0

                  I would consider repurchasing

                  By sonic

                  from New York, NY

                  About Me Audio Engineer, Audiophile, College Student

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Compact
                  • Good Bass
                  • Great Sound
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Audio
                    • Music
                    • Traveling
                    • With My Computer

                    Comments about Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones:

                    I enjoyed my time with the product; it had the clarity I looked for in pair of headphones. If I recall correctly the high's frequencies were a bit flattered; you can get a pretty decent mix from the pair.

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