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Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones   

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The Sennheiser HD280 Pro Closed-Back Headphones are designed for the professional looking for circumaural headphones to use in the most extreme sound environments. With optimum sensitivity and up to 32dB external sound attenuation, the HD280 can bring out the best of even the wimpiest headphone outs “ the HD280 is loud! Delivering meticulous, true reproduction of speech and music, the HD280s possess smooth frequency response from 8Hz to 25kHz.The Sennheiser HD280 Headphones are ready to hit the road when you are. Collapsible and swiveling ear-cups allow the HD280s to fit conveniently into small spaces, and durable design with easily replaceable parts ensure that the Sennheiser HD280 will meet every demand of the road for a long time to come.

Fill your head with the sound of music!

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 197 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (156)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (47)
  • Comfortable (45)
  • Good value (39)
  • Durable (31)
  • Good bass (27)

Cons

  • Cord too short (5)

Best Uses

  • Music (42)
  • Home audio (37)
  • With my computer (26)
  • Portable devices (16)
  • Relaxing (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Audiophile (20), Gear head (16), Musician (5)
    • Primary Use:
    • Listening to ipod (8), Working out (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (49), Yes (5)

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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5.0

Great for Live Performances

By Signals for Starships

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Audiophile, Gear Head

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Cord Too Short

Best Uses

  • Live Performances

Comments about Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones:

I have a pair of HD 650s that I use for mixing, as they are comfortable, flat, and translate very well to the monitors I have. I tried using them during a live performance and it was a fail, the open back design allows too much sound in and it was near pointless.

Since I love my 650s, I wanted to stick with Sennheiser and after some research I purchased the HD 280s.

These cans are great. They are snug enough to not fall off the head, and they cancel outside noise very well. I'm now using them for live performances as well as just another set of speakers to mix in the studio. The bass performance and flat quality of the Sennheiser brand are excellently implemented in these headphones.

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  • No

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5.0

Fantastic...they live up to the great reviews

By rogdawg

from Ga

About Me Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Good Value
  • Great Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Audio
    • Music
    • With My Computer

    Comments about Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones:

    I'm using these for a home studio, and just for pleasure. They sound great! These headphones seem to be rated very highly by all the reviewers I read while doing my research. Even though many competing headphones are much more expensive, these were always rated at, or near, the top. I understand why, now. They are great!

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    • No

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    5.0

    I would buy these headphones again.

    By FlipSide

    from New Orleans, LA

    About Me Audiophile, Musician and band leader

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Good Value
    • Great Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Audio
      • Music
      • Portable Devices
      • Recording or mixing midi tracks
      • Relaxing
      • With My Computer

      Comments about Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones:

      I use these headphones to transcribe music for band rehearsal and to mix midi back ground tracks.

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      • No

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      5.0

      would recommend excellent

      By Jeff

      from Indiana

      About Me Gear Head

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones:

        Using for recording, listings to music.

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

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        5.0

        exactly what i need for mixing in my home studio

        By none

        from 95822

        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:

          I would recommend these headphones to any body who needs an alternate source for mixing music tracks

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great headphones for live audio

          By XPeteCHP

          from Somewhere, USA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Audio
            • Music
            • Working

            Comments about Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones:

            I use these cans to mix live audio for church and to listen to music. They have a great flat response very similar to the Sony MDR 7506 (I also use these for live audio). These excel Sony because they are more comfortable and have a better sound isolation (30 db drop in ambient noise). I'm able to hear individual channels more clearly with these cans. When listening to music, these headphones perform the same as when mixing live audio and the result sounds lackluster - until you apply EQ to your source. Then these cans are great for listening for enjoyment. I would highly recommend these headphones.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            5.0

            I would definitly order from Musician's friend again

            By booklady

            from iowa

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones:

            I purchased the headphones for my son as a Christmas gift. He's absolutely thrilled with them!

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            • Yes

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            5.0

            VERY PROFESSIONAL HEADPHONES

            By bassman

            from marion n.c.

            About Me Audiophile, Teenager

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones:

              GREAT FREQUENCY RESPONCE THRU ALL SPECTRUMS OF AUDIO RANGE GREAT BASS

              • Primary Use:
              • Listening to iPod
              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              5.0

              Excellent headphones

              By Isaac

              from Ricmond, VA

              About Me Audiophile

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Audio
                • Music
                • With My Computer

                Comments about Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones:

                Awesome quality and value.

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

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                5.0

                Fantastic Performance! Typical Sennheiser

                By Jim AFPC Multimedia

                from Aberdeen, MS

                About Me Multimedia/Sound Person for HOW

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Durable
                • Extremely efficient at noise cancelling
                • Good Bass
                • Good Value
                • Great Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Music
                  • Playing live music (drummer monitor)

                  Comments about Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones:

                  Very comfortable. Fits snug to cut out ALL the ambient noise, but not too snug. Have to wear it for over an hour of playing drums for church and it was not uncomfortable at all, even wearing it that long. I was very impressed with how much noise it blocks, it is right up there with active noise reduction headsets. Clear, crisp sound, with good bass. I was actually able to tune my set better with them on, because of how clear they are. Sennheiser did it again with their superb quality and performance!

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                  • No

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