Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Reviews4.4/5.0 based on 120 customer reviews
My HD280Pro headphones have survived it all: Being dropped on a bar room floor during live shows, everyday studio use, surviving the rigors of field recording, and one really angry drummer. They still sound great after six years of use and abuse!
I use the HD280 Pros in my studio all the time. With an attenuation of 32dB, they give me great isolation when miking acoustic guitar or vocals.
from Seattle, WA
May 23, 2013Music Background:
My FavoritesI love these cans! Good isolation and good sound
from Coldwater, Mi.
May 5, 2013Music Background:
Drum instructor, Pro musician, Clinician.
Beyond description!Hey musicians! Great to hear the positive feedback about these headphones. I own 4 pair for my studio. So great to use for so many applications. They really do hold true when mixing. A mix you can take to the bank. Or better yet, straight to your studio monitors. These headphones will enable you to make your frequency corrections spot on the 1st time. The fidelity is awesome for listening to any genre of music. I'm a drum instructor, All of my students love them. I use in ear monitors when playing drums, however these are great for drumming too, as long as you have a quality headphone amp. The HD 280 Pros want power running through them. They sound fantastic listening to music with your I pod. I've tried and owned just about everything out there. Headphones costing 3 to 4 times more than these. The HD 280 Pro's are something special. Enjoy!
from Boston Ma
April 18, 2013Music Background:
Singer/Vocalist of all things that unleashes my soul
Unbelievable Studio Vocal HeadphonesOwned 2 pairs 7 years ago, HUGE MISTAKE Lending them to the daughter of a family friend, bought them elsewhere for 250.00 apiece.She destroyed them and took no responsability for her actions, but the saddest part was the parents didnt hold her accountable. Shes lucky she didnt grow up in my house, lesson learned forme and saw the same headphones on Sweetwater for 99.00 Dollars.i was amazed at this price because even at 250.00 their a bargain.What can I say Except Sennheiser and Sweetwater are two companies ill be with for a long time.Great tech support from the engineers and shout out to Lindsay my Sales Rep
from Southeast Michigan
April 5, 2013Music Background:
10+ years guitar and piano playing, rookie sound-engineer.
Best headphones for the price!I did weeks of research before deciding on these. The sound quality is quite unbiased and very balanced. Some people might think there is not enough bass but these bad dads provide a great balanced level of sound. You can really hear nuisances in music that you never knew existed. I am using these for mixing and home recording. They fit snug but not to the point to where they get uncomfortable after hours of use. I could not be happier with my purchase.
from Chicago, IL
March 7, 2013Music Background:
Musician, sound engineer
Everything they say is trueRight tool for the right job. I record, edit, and mix with these cans. Virtually no bleed from them during recording. Uncolored and faithful reproduction of sound. Allows me to hear everything in a mix at any volume. Comfortable to wear for 2 - 3 hours. And at $99 the price is in the sweet spot for project studio DIYers as an easyily justified investment. Total winners!
February 27, 2013
GreatSound great and are working well
February 23, 2013Music Background:
1 year laterI wrote a review in August 2011. Now I've had them over a year. I'm an avid classical listener that bought them to block airplane noise and deliver good sound quality. They don't quite block airplane noise but nothing really will, they do well. They've become bedroom speakers - they are great. You can't do better, they sound great!
from Defiance, Ohio
February 16, 2013Music Background:
Songwriter / Musician
Sennheiser HD 280 PRO HeadphonesPurchased these as a second pair of recording headphones. Upon listening, they replaced my Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro's as my main phones. Super buy for the money! Recommended by my sales rep (Greg Baum). He is a total genius!
from United States
February 12, 2013Music Background:
Television audio engineer
Just Right!I bought these on the recommendation of my sales rep Sam Rogers, (whom I trust greatly,) and they are exactly what he and all the reviewers said. The only negative thing I can actually say about them is that my wife said I looked dorky with them on. Not why I bought them. I DID buy them for editing and mixing. To that end, they do not color the sound like Bose or Sony. They give faithful, flat, true response and that's what I need. Plus, just listening to my iPod is a new experience. The 280 Pro does not disappoint!
from Milwaukee, WI
February 7, 2013Music Background:
Hobbyist, Recording Engineer, Music Production
The best headphone for a vocal boothThese headphones pump loud at every aspect and I have not gotten any bleed out from these.
from Fayetteville TN
February 5, 2013Music Background:
guitar, vocal, sound, keys, recording writing and some bluegrass , and road worthy
GOOD STUFFGood headphones , good price, good sound and rugged . Get them if you can !!
November 27, 2012Music Background:
Recording engineer and Musician
AllenwrenchThis was a PERFECT choice!! I don't write reviews but after reading so many positive reviews from other buyers I took a chance and boy were you all right!! My recordings are so awesome now I'm going to buy another!!!
from NASHVILLE, TN USA
October 17, 2012Music Background:
AUDIO PRODUCTION STUDENT
WONDERFULLY FULL OF SOUNDTHE ABSOLUTE BEST SET OF HEADPHONES I'VE EVER OWNED!
from United States
October 14, 2012Music Background:
Student, Private Lessons teacher, Semi-pro
Best Headphones I've EVER UsedI play bass and so finding good headphones is a challenge but these work very very very well for me. they are comfortable, I can wear my glasses and the headphones comfortably which I can't do with many other head phones. The sound these headphones put out is better than my car stereo. The Acoustic Isolation is nice too, although it makes trying to communicate during practice with these a bit difficult but that is hardly worth docking the rating for. I brag about these headphones I recomend them to just about everyone
from Charlotte, NC
August 27, 2012Music Background:
Voice Over Artist
A Smart PurchaseQuality sound for a reasonable price! They are great for isolating the sound without breaking your wallet.
from Charlotte, NC
August 27, 2012Music Background:
Voice Over Artist
A Smart PurchaseQuality sound for a reasonable price! They are great for isolating the sound without breaking your wallet.
from United States
August 17, 2012Music Background:
, Pro Musician
Sennheiser HD 280 PROgreat for tracking!!
from Syracuse, New York
June 25, 2012Music Background:
Web Casting, Live Streaming, Live Audio, Recording
Great Bass and HighsSo great that I had to buy a second one.
from United States
May 29, 2012Music Background:
Great headphonesFor this price you get studio quality Senheissers headphones. No questions about it in my opinion!
from Sumner County, Tennessee
May 17, 2012Music Background:
Producer, writer, publisher
A BreezeFrom ordering to delivery and followup after the sale, Sweet. Sweetwater rules. You get the impression that they actually care. Go figure!
from Lakewood WA
April 9, 2012Music Background:
The Best Period!!These headphones were so good I had to buy a second pair. The best I've come across for the price. Very good quality and durability.
from United States
February 27, 2012
Great headphonesSound great and do a good job of blocking out the ambient sound.
from Muncie, Indiana
February 13, 2012Music Background:
Amazing product from an amazing companyThis is a great purchase! The sound quality is amazing. Not only do I use it while mixing, I use these headphones while I'm just listening to music at the house. Great price, worth every penny.
from Buffalo NY
February 10, 2012Music Background:
previous tenor sax musician & lifetime music lover- serious listener
Amazing !Gave MYSELF a pair for my 70th birthday. Now, lets get this straight....my hearing (thank God) is excellent and I've been buying headphones since I was at least 10 yrs old. I've had so called upscale & cheapie sets.....I go STRICTLY by SOUND, not looks or style ....These cans bring out stuff in stuff like Stevie Wonder's FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE that I've never heard before. Even works great on my ipod (forget that crap that they will not push mp3 devices)
January 23, 2012Music Background:
Amazing BuyWhat can I say? These are by far the best headphones I've ever bought, and you'd never know looking at the price. I'm amazed that with no audio interface I can have such high quality sound and they fit very comfortably.
Darran L. Wilson
from Redford, MI USA
January 21, 2012Music Background:
Sennheiser HD 280 ProI needed a pair of headphones in the vocal booth and these worked extremely well! These phones sound great and are very comfortable. The closed in ear isolation is excellent when tracking vocals, no bleed from the ear cushions at moderate levels. Excellent product for the money. I want to thank Delvin Wolf at Sweetwater for ALWAYS providing excellent service. Sweetwater rocks!!!
January 5, 2012Music Background:
Long time guitar player and music lover
Excellent ValueVery pleased with the HD 280 headphones. I use them with my stereo system and with two guitar amps. The sound reproduction is very good at the bottom. mid and high end. They are light for a full sized, closed back headphone and comfortable. For the price, you really can't go wrong.
January 3, 2012
HD 280 PROA gift for grandson. He was very well pleased.
from Buffalo, NY
January 3, 2012Music Background:
Producer, Recording Engineer
Awesome HeadphonesI've had mine for years, great quality, really comfy, really reliable, really really really good headphones. If something ever happened to mine, I would buy another pair.
from Kansas City, MO
November 3, 2011Music Background:
Film Sound Engineer, Film Score Composer, Live Sound Engineer, Recording Engineer, Musician
The Best I've UsedThis pair of headphones have changed the way I listen to music and the way I edit music/dialogue/SFX. The first time I used them I listened to a professional recording of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and it felt like the first time I heard it. The playback is as good as it gets. This is one of the best deals I've found for headphones and I highly recommend it.
from United States
October 21, 2011Music Background:
Mixing and Mastering Engineer, Musician , Hobbyist
Amazing HeadphonesThese Headphones are awesome! Once i learn how to mix on these babies the sky was the limit. The are very accurate on high end and bass gets real low. Also they are very comfortable and easy on the ears. I can mix all day on these phones. Definitely a bang for your buck. Worth every penny.
Lloyd Michael Fletcher
from Warsaw, Indiana USA
October 3, 2011Music Background:
Minister, vocalist, guitarist, recording hobbyist
Sennheiser HD 280 Pro HeadphonesAccurate, very good ambient nose attentuation for tracking, excellent clarity of sound, comfortable, but tight, quality craftsmanship and a very comprehensive manual. Price is very competitive for the fine quality of the Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Headphones. I am very pleased with my purchase of these headphones and recommend the product to others. I would purchase this product again. Excellent service and prompt shipping by Sweetwater adds to the value.
from Los Angeles, California
August 11, 2011Music Background:
Sennheiser HD 280 PROVery very pleased with the Sennheiser headphones - pleased with the clarity of sound - they hug on tightly, good isolation of sound. The customer service and delivery with Sweetwater was excellent! Will purchase again. Thanks so much.
from Raleigh, NC
August 11, 2011Music Background:
Just love music. Professionally am involved in photography and video.
Sweetwater experience was greatOK - so everyone here loves these phones. They should - they're great. I would tell my momma to buy them. But what is really different is this. I ordered on-line over a weekend. A live person called me Monday to confirm the order was correct. Asked if I had any questions or concerns. Gave me a name and number in case I did later. Then I got an email saying the same. They arrived when he said they would. They live up to the description easily. In a day when the norm is indifferent customer service this really stands out. I work for a branding firm and have lectured companies on how to improve customer service. This was an excellent experience that is quite rare in today's marketplace.
May 28, 2011Music Background:
Review The Sennheiser HD 280 PROFirst, Sennheiser HD280 Pro is very comfortable to wear and because of its circumaural (fits around your ear) design, it blocks out a lot of the outside noise (especially when music is playing) and other people can't listen to what you are listening to.Sennheiser HD280 Pro is my best choose!~
Then I discovered Sennheiser, a name I had never heard of before. Ratings for all products were through the roof, so I decided on the HD 280 Professional set. I'm blown away. Music, movies, you name it come in crystal clear and booming bass. Comfort is quite nice and they really block out any external noise. Given the high quality (German of course!) the price point was perfect. They even sound amazing when hooked up to your iPod or iAnything. I HIGHLY recommend buying these either for yourself or a music lover. You won't be disappointed! I love them so much, I plan on getting my dad a pair of Sennheiser HD 380 Pro Collapsible High-End Headphone for Professional Monitoring Use (Black) for Father's Day.
January 9, 2011Music Background:
Great HeadphonesIncredible sound from these headphones. The high end response is amazing.
December 21, 2010Music Background:
student, recording engineer, producer, musician, songwriter
Great headphones.I've tried a lot of headphones, and these by far are the best I've ever had. They're super comfortable, and provide a very accurate replication of the stereo image. The frequency response is very even. Nothings noticeably louder than the other in terms of frequencies. Great for mixing and tracking, and also ideal for good old-fashioned casual listening. Look at the price! Unbelievable!
from Minneapolis, MN
August 8, 2010Music Background:
Audio Engineer/ DJ
fantasticI used a pair of these while DJing a wedding in a very nice venue. the sound is incredible! you can truly here each and every detail in every song. Not to mention the effects such as reverb and delay sounded like you were right in the room while the song was tracked. 5 stars, I know I will be buying these when my Sony MDR 7506's wear out.
April 23, 2010Music Background:
Better than I expected!I was looking for a good pair of monitors for mixing and headphones for listening to music on a general basis with great noise isolation. When I first opened the box I was underwhelmed, they sounded good but there was just no bass and they midrange was terrible. I ran them for about 20 hours at half volume for a "break in" period. They really opened up and sound out of this world! Every detail is audible and all frequency bands sound very natural. The construction is tough too! Pick some up.
April 20, 2010
Phenomenal!For $100 you just can't beat these. I found them super comfortable, and the sound quality is truly amazing. Very flat frequency response, and every instrument stands out in it's own right when listening.
December 20, 2009Music Background:
Musician, Home Recording
The Sennheiser HD 280 PRO is in 'da house'This headset is by far the best value I have seen in the market today. The frequency response is great and it's perfect as both a monitor headset while recording, as well as a stellar mixing headset, allowing me to do an accurate well balanced mix of my recordings without annoying the rest of the family or my neighbours.
My only negative comment is the jack - Sennheiser, please also offer one with just a quarter inch!
from Parkersburg, WV
October 28, 2008Music Background:
Musician, recording engineer
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!The best headphones! I've tried sony, samson, koss and akg, but these are just great. I use mine for tracking and some mixing. They have great bass response and they aren't muddy. They dampen outside noise very well. Don't bleed into the mic either. I used these to track bass the other day and I will continue to use them for this purpose! I could here the kick drum and the bass guitar really well and it helped me get the timing and groove much easier. I love tracking the Vdrums with these as well. The kick drum impact is awesome and they don't need to be very loud to get a great sound. Some say they are tight, but I love it. They don't slip off when tracking drums even on the wildest of fills. I will be buying more!
Michael W Pierson
from Jackson MI
October 7, 2008Music Background:
Long time musician, Hobbyist Engineer
More than worth the moneyBeen looking for a pair of 'nice all purpose' headphones for awhile now. Would go to local stores and try every different type on and never get what I wanted. Once again taking Sweetwater's advice is the farthest thing from a shot in the dark. Was a little nervous buying headphones that I've never seen, but these were exactly what I wanted, some excellent all around studio cans. To my untrained ears they sound like I want them to, bass is present but nothing more than I originally added to the mix.
from Pittsburgh Pa
September 22, 2008Music Background:
great headphoneswas thinking about spending 225 for some akgs but sales rep talked me into these and i loved them every since
from Orem, UT
August 5, 2008Music Background:
Recording Engineer, Producer, Teacher, Percussionist
Saved Me From The Click a Million Times and Sound FantasticFor this price, you can't beat it for tracking headphones. I love the isolation these things have. I have recorded a lot of acoustic/vocal tracks. I use to always run into the problem of the click bleeding into the microphones from headphone bleed. Of course, you wouldn't ever hear it until you added the compression and limiting at the end. However, once I got these, that problem has almost completely vanished. I don't ever crank the click in headphones, but I can give plenty of click without sweating it. Out of all my tracking with these, I have never had a problem with the click track bleeding into my microphones.
Next, the durability is great! I own 4 pairs of these. One pair I have had for 2 years and clients have abused them to death. None of them have yet had any problems
Finally, they sound great. I don't doubt there are better sounding headphones out there, but these sound fantastic and have been accurate for referencing some of my mixes (I still mainly mix from my monitors). To get anything a little bit better will cost you an arm and a leg.
from Trinidad And Tobago
June 20, 2008Music Background:
Producer and Composer
The best Headphones I heardThese are the best headphones. i got 2 Sennheiser HD 280 PRO my sweetwater engineer Mike Picotte advise me to get these over the Sony MDR -7506. I have used sony headphones for a long time they are good but these are better, i compared them to my home theather wharfedale diamond 8.1 and i heard things i didn't hear with them, these headphones are really accurate and the sound seems come from around you not direct on your ears. Trust Me you will love them
from Scotts Valley, CA USA
March 8, 2008Music Background:
Tight, accurate, detailed sound...I've had my Sony MDR-5206 phones for years, having been steered to them by my Sweetwater rep at the time. When I needed some additional phones, my current rep steered me to the Sennheiser for their superior detail and sound isolation. I still like the Sony phones, but for my use the Sennheiser's tight reproduction is just plain superior.
This is another reason I always use Sweetwater: Great service and prices, but even more so professional advice that has never steered me wrong!
Mary Lou Huntington
from Nevada City, California
October 5, 2007Music Background:
30 years as a semi-pro horn player. Band manager for five years.
Excellent, Best I've foundI am a retired french horn player so I am used to hearing every instrument in the band or orchestra all around me. The bass, the treble and everything in between. I was looking for head phones that would allow me to hear all those sounds. I tried some Sonys and they just didn't do it for me. Then my son told me to try his Sennheisers, what a thrill, the 280 HD Pros put me back into that world of sound I was so used to. I bought some. They're a great product, even the packageing. Go easy on the volume tho, these are SERIOUS headphones, save your ears.
from brazil, são paulo , capital
August 3, 2007Music Background:
great yes.sony mdr is great too, but hd280 have a perfect bass, and best spl .
April 11, 2007Music Background:
Recording for years...
Great sound.. Durability...Ok i've had my hd280's for nearly 2 years now... And so far they have given me nothing but greatness. I generally record hip hop and the bass response is very nice (not taking away from mids and highs). Since I rap myself, I sometimes have these headphones on for HOURS, and yea they get a little tite sometimes, but what set of headphones wouldn't feel a little uncomfortable after 3 hours on the dome??
February 9, 2007Music Background:
Multiple Frontman, Mastering, Production...
FlawlessI tried these headphones out and was awed at how accurate its sound was to my top of the line computer sound system. I've already started to save up for these :)
PLUS: They eliminate outside noise better than most of the noise canceling headphones I've used!
from Nashville, TN.
December 18, 2006Music Background:
Sound Engineer. Musician.
The HD 280 Pro.Honestly I think I would pay a lot more for these headphones. I planned on buying the Sony V900 which were 230, but they did not have the bass response that i was looking for. I tried these headphones out and everywhere the sony lacked, these headphones made up for them. They are awesome. I mix constantly at night with the headphones. When I use my Blue Sky Monitors(FANTASTIC) it sounds almost identical, except for the fact that my monitors are about 20 times the price. So There you go, from a sound heads point of view, these are TOTALLY worth $100. Another great item from Sennheiser.
from bangor, me usa
October 11, 2006Music Background:
hd 280 prosometimes i like to mix at 2:30 in the morning my monitors quickly were ruled out by the landloard these headphones allow me to mix and have it sound good when i listen to it the next day on speakers and that is the ultimate test.
from LA, CA
June 23, 2006Music Background:
Most comfortable, Clean percise headphones on the marketThese are by far some of the best headphones you can get in this price range. Excellent response, cones have a tight responce giving a clean bass responce that does not mess with the upper range. Use them all the time in the studio, extremely comfortable. PLUS you break any part on it, very easy to replace. Kicks butt when you abuse headphones like I do.
from Jacksonville, FL USA
May 6, 2013Music Background:
Pro Musician, Live Sound Engineer
HD 280 Pro = Great BuyCan't be happier with the HD280 Pro's. I use them to mix my band while playing drums. The isolation is great, I can listen to mix clearly and make changes when needed.
I love the headphones. Best that I have ever owned.
Mario Zamora Rios
from Watsonville , CA
March 12, 2013Music Background:
Good , Good , Really GoodIm really happy with my new sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones , they have really good pro sound quality , but one thing it misses is bass it needs a little bit more bass but still its really a good product. Thanks sweetwater for really good service
from Frederick, MD USA
January 10, 2013Music Background:
Just a listener
The things I've been missing....Forty years old, and I've owned some nice audio gear... Rotel, Adcom, Dynaudio, Focal, etc. But can you believe it, these are the first phones I've owned. I asked for them on a whim for Christmas, and oh boy. My enthusiasm is no doubt enhanced by the "newness" of the headphone sound, but I am thrilled with these cans. They keep out the ambient noise exceptionally well, and they render the sound with exquisite detail that most speakers cannot match ... especially at lower volumes. Now I'm wondering what else I might be missing that even better phones may provide, but I don't care right now. I'm keeping these. They fit well, and they sound great. BTW, my source is typically high bitrate mp3 and AAC files playing through an AC892 chip on the momboard. I also ran these off the DAC in the B&W MM-1s, but I couldn't discern a difference. In both instances, noise and crosstalk was non-existent, while the bass, mids, and highs were very natural and very enjoyable. Lovin' em.
from Puerto Rico
November 4, 2012Music Background:
Recording Engineer , Music Producer
Great HeadphonesI have used this headphones for 3 years now. Great for music production and for starting a mix (not for the end result). Durable and great value. Easy to adapt to them and get a good sound out of them.
from Green Mountains of Vermont
October 26, 2012Music Background:
Live sound engineer, pro low-brass player, piano technician
Outshines My Other Headphone SetsLive sound, mostly for an 18-piece bigband, is my sound engineering gig. (I'm a piano tuner/technician by day. Yes, I have very critical ears!) After using a number of other headphones over the years, I'm endorsing the HD 280 PRO cans as the best I've had for my purposes.
The aural impression is one of clean, clear, crisp and flat response over the entire spectrum. I have a fine pair of vintage Koss Pro 4AA that I'm fond of for their accuracy, and if I had to choose, I think I'd take the Sennheisers instead. And the HD280 definitely wins the contest for comfort, being much lighter.
I also have a pair of Behringer phones that I've liked for their comfort, but here the Sennheisers win the prize for their very substantial isolation. A bigband is a plenty loud and complex mix and the isolation is critical for detailed EQing and balancing the 24+ channels of inputs.
Are there any downsides for the HD 280 PRO? Very minor ones. I'd like to see easily interchangeable cables for this model. It comes with a high-quality coiled cable; no complaints with it at all, but I prefer a straight cable for the way I work. Also, these phones come with a mini stereo plug plus a screw on adaptor for 1/4". This is probably the best and most secure adaptor out there. But in my experience all pro gear has 1/4" phone jacks for headphones, so why not provide 1/4" plugs as the default? This is almost too picky a criticism and certainly should not dissuade anyone from selecting these great phones.
from SF, CA
September 11, 2012Music Background:
Great Headphones!I need rugged studio headphones that can handle the abuse my band dishes out. We are clumsy and headphones get dropped, thrown and stepped on a bit. These are about as good as they come for $99
from Champaign, IL USA
August 13, 2012Music Background:
Hobbyist and performer
Sennheiser Headphones (HD 280 PRO)The description says it all. These headphones are so comfortable, you can wear them for hours. I feel I'm in complete issolation while playing guitar and practicing new riffs. The sound quality is outstanding. Thanks Sweetwater for another great product.
from Fort Collins, Co
July 3, 2012Music Background:
Very Nice Isolation HeadphonesAfter listening back to some of my vocal tracks on other recordings in which I used other headsets, I noticed quite a bit of bleed through the headsets to the mic. I knew I needed something better. After a bit of research I felt these would do the job I needed, and I was not wrong. This headset is GREAT at isolation and they remain comfortable when wearing them for extended periods of time. I was very pleased with the results I obtained when using them.
May 23, 2012Music Background:
bachelor in music theory and composition
Tried and True...Sound is amazing, since I already have had a pair for a while now. The closed design really does isolate you from the ambient room noise. I gave these a 4.5 soley on the fact that my old pair is losing its cosmetic plastic where the extenders/adjusters are. Please don't hesitate to buy these, even if you haven't heard them (yet).
from Amishtown, PA
April 25, 2012Music Background:
Musician, Studio Owner
Great Sound.Really great sound. Unlike any headphones I've ever used in studios. Great Bass. Listening to a movie through these is an experience. I mixed a whole album through a pair of cheap headphones. Never again. Worth the money.
from United States
April 4, 2012Music Background:
Drum N Bass, Dubstep, Hip Hop, House, Rock, Metal Producer
Bangin'!I have to say for the money they are the most true sounding headphones that I have tried. They are fantastic for studio work. The -32db of outside sound reduction is super helpful for anyone that does not have a dedicated studio room. Only minor quibble is they are not DJ friendly, so you may want a lighter set of headphones for everyday listening or DJ'ing.
from Perris, CA USA
March 30, 2012Music Background:
Music Producer & Sound Engineer
Great for StartersI use these Headphones for my Pro Tools class and I have no problem with them. These Headphones have a great sound.
from Chicago IL
March 21, 2012Music Background:
Awesome.Spent too much on other headphones after listening to these...
from Houston TX
February 25, 2012Music Background:
Flat Response - Low NoiseVery nice set of phones for the $$. Fairly flat response from lows to highs and no noticable noise. Also works well when needing to tune out the wife too. High quality for the price. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another of these.
from WI, USA
January 26, 2012Music Background:
Musician, Hobbyist, Home Recording
ComfortExcellent sounding. Love the stretchy coiled cord.
Not as squishy nice comfortable as my ATH-M40fs which I
also really like.
from Cleveland, Ohio
August 24, 2011Music Background:
Pro Musician, Recording Engineer
Best choice for the money in my opinionFor the money- best in its class. That's my opinion.
The closed design enforces bass response.
Ear fatigue is something to be aware of with closed designs.
Good enough to use as a reference during our albums mixing process.
from san fran, ca
July 18, 2011Music Background:
Great Tracking and Basic Mixing CansThese headphones are perfect for me because I do a lot of tracking and some mixing and I need something that does both really well.
They are primarily great for tracking because they fit comfortably over many(!!) hours. The speakers are very detailed and powerful, without fatiguing the ears too much and the extreme isolation means no more click in the vocal takes. They are not too heavy on the bass sounds, which is actually perfect when tracking because you can hear higher frequencies with clarity and definition
They're great for rough mixing or if you need to check a mix against your monitors, especially when you want to hear the panning of the stereo or m/s more accurately. The lack of bass response is pretty easy to compensate for once you get used to it, too.
If you are planning on doing a lot of mixing and less tracking there are better options, but if you need some pretty rugged and comfortable tracking headphones with occasional mixing duties, you can't go wrong with these cans.
from Bergen County, NJ, USA
December 29, 2010
Needs Time To Break In, But Worth The WaitWhen I first put these on my head, I noticed two things 1) It fits very tightly, to a point that it's uncomfortable 2) It's annoyingly bright. After reading all the rave reviews about these headphones, I was pretty disappointed at the let down. However, I kept using them, and after a while I noticed that the highs were toned down and the headphone fit had loosened just a bit to make it wearable for extended periods. Now they sound great, and because of the fantastic job these things do with noise isolation, it's great for tracking vocals.
from Austin, TX
December 10, 2010Music Background:
Freelance Engineer, Drummer
Great for trackingThese are almost perfect for tracking drums. They don't bleed into the mics and they attenuate the drums just enough to where you can hear what you're playing as well as click and scratch tracks.
from Grand Rapids, MI USA
November 3, 2010Music Background:
YOU HEAR EVERYTHING!These are a serious pair of headphones. I've had mine for 5 years and they still work great. I use them for everything from recording, to mixing, to general listening. You really hear every little detail. They make everything sound good! Which is why I would never use these as my sole mixing audio but as a reference they are good. I would absolutely buy a if I were you!
from FL, USA
March 22, 2009Music Background:
Recording/Mixing Engineer / Pro Musician
Great, but Frequency Response!The sound of these headphones is absolutely stellar! The only issue is that they cut both low end and a small band of mid-range. You have to really learn them to get a mix to transfer, but that's a small price to pay for the superb sound quality and durability!
March 25, 2013
Great HeadphonesVery Comfortable. Sound realy good.
from United States
March 14, 2013Music Background:
Producer/Engineer/Musician - studio owner
Good isolation - light on the bassTitle says it all really. I have 3 pairs of Sony 7506 which I like a lot but they're sometimes lacking in terms of isolation/bleed when recording. The HD280s hug your head a lot tight, which is less comfortable but it makes for a tighter seal and therefore less bleed. The sound I find is not as pleasing as the SONYs though, particularly as they are much lighter in the bass. Which one is more "accurate" I neither know nor care. I'm not trying to mix on them and no one ever should. For recording purposes it's always helpful to have more low end for locking to the timing of the kick and bass. Still, they serve the purpose I bought them for and a little variety is always nice too.
from williamsburg, va
October 19, 2012Music Background:
recording engineer student
hd 280 proexceptional sound and accuracy for the price. The only flaw was they were very uncomfortable. The part that goes on the top of your head gives me a headache. I can't wear them for more than 15 minutes without a headache. Even when adjusting the sides it still puts pressure on my dome piece.
from United States
October 15, 2012
Comfortable but sound is not the bestI got these because my Shure440 are anything but comfortable. These feel great on your head, they are a little tight though and I don't have a big head. Compared to the Shure headphones they have more true low end but overall sound quality is a noticeable difference. The sound isn't as bright and clear. If you're looking for the best sound quality and great comfort look elsewhere, and tell me when you find it.
from Middletown, CT
October 1, 2012Music Background:
Guitarist and recording hobbyist.
Great all abound headphone.Things become accepted standards for a reason, and that's why the HD280's are the standard for studio headphones. They have great isolation for tracking and a nice, flat EQ response for mixing. They handle high volume well and are extremely comfortable.
from Virginia, USA
September 4, 2012Music Background:
Great headphoneThis is really a great headphone, And totally unbeatable for the price. Response is really quite good but I've noticed after much more than 2 hrs the highs can really become harsh and fatiguing . great for checking things in a live situation or handing them to a drummer for some tracking. Just watch the impedance. I have managed to blow a headphone amp.
glenn richard edwards
from United States
August 15, 2012Music Background:
I've played guitar for 50 years (I'm 63 and still rocking)
great headphones for home recordinggreat headphones. I'm on my second set and will never buy
anything else from now on. Plus the price is great....
Your not going to be sorry if you buy the Sennheiser HD 280
from bronx ny
August 9, 2012Music Background:
greatSolid all around.
from Ivins, Utah
May 15, 2012Music Background:
Great headsetGreat sound quality.
from Memphis, TN
February 16, 2012Music Background:
All around music lover (pianist, guitarist, AND listener)
Sennheiser HD 280 ProI would have given the Sennheiser HD 280 Pro 5 stars but this is my third pair in about 10 years. The connection cord tends to "wear out" and you can only hear in one ear and/or the sounds fluctuates (annoyingly in and out with static).
However, in Sennheiser's defense, I use their headphones at least 2 to 3 hours daily if not more, Also, my first pair lasted almost 5 years and I do tend to stretch the cord probably further than it needs to go.
Super comfortable with outstanding sound, this is a true bargain for under $100. You will NOT be disappointed.
from Los Angeles, CA
February 15, 2012Music Background:
Recording Engineer, Guitar Player, Band Member
Great HeadphonesThese sound great. Been a Sony 7506 user for about 12 years and was ready for a change. The sound isolation of the 280's make them perfect for recording in a noisy environment, such as having your guitar amp in the same room as your recording gear, which we've done a lot. Sound is balanced and crisp/clear.
from Hampton, VA
February 8, 2012Music Background:
Studio Owner / Hobbyist
Repeat purchaseI own three of these headphones. It is a solid product. Great sounding and pretty durable. I had to replace the ear pads once, but I had that pair for almost two years and had used them almost daily, so that is not unreasonable. They give good isolation, so you won't have your vocalists cue mix bleeding into the microphone while tracking. A very good value.
from Chicago Heights, IL
January 19, 2012Music Background:
Playing and recording for over 40 years.
Quiet and comfy.These block external sound during recording. They don't squeeze my head too much in the process of keeping the noise out. Very nice for the price...I have 3 sets now.
January 11, 2012Music Background:
Singer/songwriter AMD recording in home studio
Heavy bassLove everything abou these headphones but let it be known the bass end is really pronounced.
from Pensylvania, USA
October 25, 2011Music Background:
musician, songwriter, hobbyist
Good Phones for a Good PriceI was looking for a decent set of headphones that I could use for tracking. The cups fit firm and tight around your ears and I haven't had a problem with bleed into the microphones, but then I never put the headphone volume on blast level either. They are comfortable to me, though someone else might say they are too tight. They sound excellent, seem pretty sturdy. The cable is long enough but oddly because of the spiral design tends to bounce around a little more than a straight cord. I'm happy with them and I'd definitely recommend these for the studio.
from Van Nuys, CA
September 26, 2010Music Background:
Recording Engineer, Pro Musician
SolidThese headphones are great for tracking, as they provide a ton of isolation. If you are looking for headphones to use for mixing you will want to look elsewhere though, as these lack the low frequency response you would need.
from Asheville, NC USA
November 5, 2008Music Background:
Amazing headphones for the buckYes, I have to say that I am blown away with these headphones. The sound quality is superb and beyond my expectations. I've rarely heard such clarity in my recordings. These headphones are a gem. On the other hand, because I don't use monitors in my home studio because of my neighbors, I still find that it's rather difficult to get an accurate mix. But that's normal, we're talking headphones. These headphones can reproduce or approximate what you would hear through good monitors, but again that's where I find that the sound sometimes in my headphones can be a little misleading. It doesn't overdo on the bass or the highs at all or it doesn't exaggerate them neither, thank god, but the sound is so clear and good that often my mixes, if I become overly reliant on the Senheisers without constant checking with monitors, can lead to poor low volume mixes. But overall, with outside monitors, these Senheisers are a gem, and with a real keen ear, one can really achieve good-to-great mixes, but make sure to always check with a pair of outside monitors, even computer monitors will do.
Another thing with these headphones is the cord that comes with it; I wish the coil could be detachable and a bit longer. Other than that, the sturdiness, the ability to fold the headpieces, and the sheer outside noise cancellation that is achieved makes these headphones a true gem to behold. If it weren't for the few critiques I offered, I'd give these headphones a 5 without even batting an eye.
April 25, 2008Music Background:
GREAT SOUNDThese phones are great,the flat sound makes it nice for mixing.Besides,you cant beat the price.
from United States
November 21, 2012Music Background:
recording engineer, live sound engineer, hobbyist, student, musician
the truth lies somewhere in betweenthese headphones are nice. Ive used them before for a live mix, and i have to admit, the lows were a little more subdued than usual, but the isolation was very good. These headphones are not the greatest ever made, nor are the disgusting. Like all monitors, they are a reference. they give you an idea of the sound, which you should take with a grain of salt. that being said, I like them. their frequency response is good, the highs are clear, the lows are there but a little subdued, but they have a good soundstage and are a decent reference.
from Houma, La
August 7, 2012Music Background:
Pretty goodThese are great for listening to music and tracking instruments. I pretty much listened to my entire itunes library again because they sound that good on recorded music. They a little heavy on the bass end so you will have to compensate for that if you choose to mix with them. They are very comfortable for long sessions. The cord is much shorter than I expected. You are basically stuck within a few feet of your amp or interface. Which isn't too bad if you are in a small space but if you have equipment spread out it's a pain. These are great entry level headphones for home studios.
from Los Angeles
July 6, 2012Music Background:
Recording Engineer, Producer, Sound Designer
Not bad Not badThey can become uncomfortable. You can't wear them for too long as they start to hurt from squeezing your head (on any setting). They have good bass reference, mids are ok, and highs are not too bright or harsh. They pretty much cover the whole ear and from the tight squeeze--they block out a lot of ambiance.
from Houston, TX
December 14, 2011Music Background:
Project Studio Engineer/Producer, Student, Hobbyist, Musician, Audiophile
Lack's Bass ResponseSo, I've had these headphones for a couple of years now and I like them. They are durable, clear and sound pretty darn good. My only issue is the bass response. Now, I'm not one of those people who wants the "Boom-Boom-Pow" in my headphones, but I do use a Subwoofer when I mix and think that having that low-end power is essential to a quality mix especially if you are working pop or electronic or hip-hop/rap genres. These headphones however don't provide that low-end power. They are perfect on everything from the high-end lows to the high-end, but they lack that low-end punch that you may get from other headphones. But for tracking and some mixing, they work great. Just run your mix through a system with a sub if you can before calling it done.
Alex C. Bonner
from South Miami, Fla
August 18, 2011Music Background:
Sennheiser HD 280 PROI purchased these recently and have been using Sennheiser products Headphones exclusively for monitoring in my DAW. They are quite good but a little uncomfortable. I find them to be louder than other Headphones but this is probably part of the noise attenuation built into their design. I think they are priced right however, and I will continue to use Sennheiser products.
from Indianapolis, IN
July 22, 2011Music Background:
Great isolationThe sound isolation is very good. The headphones tilt and swivel in enough spots to get a comfortable fit on anyone. The coiled cord can be a bit heavy at times. If you are close to the source plug or even sitting, the weighty cord is not much of a problem. If you are standing at a mic, the cord sways and can be a bit distracting. Good quality.
from United States
May 15, 2013Music Background:
Good listeningI don'ny have any experience on studio headphones. These are my first pair. These headphones have a medium strong clarity with louder lows that are clear. The rest of the sound is really even.
These seem to me like they would be good as a reference for quality headphones or for mixing ina club or bass heavy environment.
After having them for a few years the cushion on the headphines came off. Now I have to glue it back on. The cord is real long and is quality as well as the connection. Works well with my M audio Bx5a's (studio monitors). It's decent for listening to myself sing. I haven't maxxed mine out but they can get loud, I dont know about for a club scene though, but maybe. I would recomend this for the price range.
from Pevely, Missouri
March 28, 2013Music Background:
REALLY?OK maybe it's just me but i am going to be totally honest. I am not going to sugar coat just to have a review posted. These are good but not great! I hear everyone say how massive they sound. Not so and i hope you are not going to trust your mixes with headphones. i decided to try them out on some final mixes before trying to mix with them. The highs were so pronounced that they sounded like a transistor A.M. radio from the 1960's. As far as Bass goes where was it? My bass was gone out of any of my final mixed projects. Now don't get me wrong, these are great for tracking and recording, an excellent choice for doing vocals. BUT do not mix with them! But then my opinion is mix with studio monitors not headphones. I can tell you this... if any of my projects were mixed with these they would have been darkened mud, due to the fact the bass is lacking and highs are so thin in makes me squint. There was no balls to the music when i first plugged them up. Unless they need to seriously break in I fail to see or actually HEAR what all the hype is over these cans!!! I will keep them but i sure won't be doing any serious mixing or E.Q. ing with these at all!! Maybe i just got a bad pair but i am not hearing at all what everyone is saying about these cans. although Sweetwater service is the best 2nd to none this product was a big disappointment to me...
March 9, 2012
Not BadThis is a 100 dollar set of phones, not a 500 dollar set of phones. I use mine to learn new songs, adjust my effects and not drive the wife crazy playing through my amp. Good dollar value.
from North Carolina
March 26, 2010Music Background:
Engineer, Producer, Professional Musician, Radio Host
280 Pro's Build Quality?While I like the isolation and overall frequency balance of these cans, I must question the build quality of these, having had two to go out simultaneously this past week. In both, the right side quit working. I purchased 4 pairs three years or so ago, and while I do track the occasional rabble-rousing bunch in the studio here, they are hardly destructive! All cans will get kicked around a bit...invariably. These just don't make the grade for holding up well for me and mine, despite the pleasing sonics.
from San Francisco, CA
September 7, 2007Music Background:
Flamenco guitar, engineer/producer
Good Enough For the PriceI've had em for 5 years, and they just broke. Always treated them right, but for some reason the right ear just went out. I'm looking into more expensive models this time, mostly for mixing with another point of reference since I'm concerned about my room acoustics, and some cheaper ones to pass around for tracking in my home studio.
April 2, 2007Music Background:
Recording Engineer & Drummer over 30 years.
Good, but not great.My first pair of these headphones had a problem, but Sennheiser replaced them free of charge. The second pair worked better, but now that I've lived with them over a year, I realize there are better headphones out there for the same money. The HD-280's lack clarity in the midrange area. They sound scooped. A lot of people like that sound I guess, but I'm not one of them. For the same money, you can get a MUCH better pair of headphones in the Sony MDR-7506. The Sony's are much more accurate, especially in the midrange. The Sennheiser's block out sound really well, but they can get a bit uncomfortable after a while. They really hug your head! They are a bit heavy too. For general purpose listening, these headphones are fine. I wouldn't use them for any monitoring requiring accuracy though.
from New Jersey & NYC
November 21, 2011Music Background:
Recording engineer/producer, guitar player/musician
Ok headphones, NOT as good as they are hyped to be.I purchased these because I had some cheaper Sennheisers that I liked for the money and the reviews on these were practically flawless.
The first issue I have is they are NOT as durable as some people state. They are very light and although the frames were fine one speaker blew out after about a year and a half of use. I sometimes listen at loud levels, but am very gentle with handling them, and I did not share them with others or let people track with them. So they were not physically damaged and not faulty from the start and they only lasted over a year.
My next issue is the frequency response. When I first got them I didn't like the sound so much but wore them in a little and it didn't get that much better. There is very bad detail in the midrange, and poor bass responce while the highs are overly hyped. The sound ok but not good to track with, and not even that great to listen with (I have heard better).
All in all these things are ok for the money, but if your looking to mix with them I would look tword something else. Sony MDR-7506 are standard studio headphones at the same price and sound better to me. But for 60 dollars more there are the audio technica ath m50's ($160). These blow away anything in any close price range for studio headphones.. they are super flat response and are built 100 times more durable.
All in all I recommend trying out a few pairs yourself, but for me same price I would do the sonys.. they dont isolate as well but sound better. Really though I would spend another 60 to get the ath M50's if your looking for WAY better headphones.
from Rexburg, ID
February 8, 2007Music Background:
Hammond Organist, Recording Engineer - Rock House Recording
The Sony cans sound better.I recently bought the HD 280 Pro's, and was disappointed with what I heard. I own some of the most expensive cans on the market, and comparing $100 heaphones to those is an apple to oranges proposition, but comparing cans that are competitors with the ideal as a reference has helped me out a lot.
Simply put, the Sony MDR-7506's sound better. They don't hold a candle to headphones four-eight times the price. But compared to the Sennheiser's, they sound better. Noticeably better. The Sennheiser's had a muddy mid-range, though the sparkles still come through. The Sony's are a little on the bright side, but the mids come through with A LOT more detail. I'm sending back the 280's for the Sony. It really is that obvious.
May 18, 2012Music Background:
Hobbyist, Recording Arts BS Student
Not so greatI got these given to me by Full Sail University which is where I attend school. I really don't like them at all. They sound OK I suppose but they literally have barely any bass response unless you turn your volume up really loud. This is a problem because my mixes always tend to sound way too bass heavy on any other monitors or headphones because I end up EQ-ing the nonexistent bass frequencies back in because you just can't really hear them in these headphones. Distorted guitars end up sounding sort of featured in almost every song, they sound really harsh to me with these headphones, and they have very little punch and sound very thin. I've heard much better from Sennheiser. If you are looking for a better punchier sound go for the HD 205's, those things sound great and for half the price of these. Be warned though, they are uncomfortable to wear for an extended period of time.
from Ft Richardson Alaska
September 11, 2009Music Background:
Recording engineer,song writer, piano and bass player
clarity and comfortlove the feel and width of the sound coming out . very comfortable during long sessions great on outside noise reduction. my only issue is the low freqs not enough room for the low end but over all they are ok !
October 12, 2008Music Background:
Not accurateI`ve owned these phones for about 6 years now. They are built really well and offer great isolation. I have several issues with these headphones:
1. They are way too bright in the 2k-5k region
2. Isolation makes them good for live sound but difficult to track with especially if you`re doing vocals or acoustic guitars.
from United States
August 8, 2012Music Background:
earphonesThey are very hard for me to put on my head (bad arthritis in my shoulders) This was caused by 40 years of drumming under air conditioning in the club where we worked.
from Chicago, Il,
April 21, 2006
sony is betterI bought a pair of these when I lived in NC when my local music center didn't carry Sony headphones. Because they were the same price as the Sony MDR 7506's, I bought them in haste. What a waste of money. no bass response what so ever! Not good for R&B and Hip Hop. I've lost them since then. I'm mad about that but now I'll get the Sony headphones. The ones I wanted in the first place.
March 25, 2006
HD280These are fantastic sonically. These used to be rather tight on my head, but after wearing them and breaking them in (put them on a soccer ball for the weekend) they feel great. A+
The seal is amazing, and you don't get the over-hyped sound of the MDR7506's that we all loathe
from Bay Area, CA
February 24, 2006
Vice Grip on my headThese headphones sound very good. I purchased them to use in a project studio situation-- DJ gear, samplers/workstations, etc. Unfortunately, they are like a vice grip on my head. I'm writing this in the morning and my upper jaw is still feeling the effects of using them last night. Although I'm a fan of the way these things sound, I'm going to have to send them back. They physically hurt my head-- not just my ears-- if I wear them for any length of time. Too bad.
from Salt Lake City, Utah USA
November 1, 2005
Very accurate BUTI say but because I only discovered after try to track my voice, that if you have a lower middle to low voice range, these exacerbate resonance produced by your nasal cavity through your head. Sounds weird but let me tell you, there is NO amount of EQ compensation that will removed the muffled sound you will hear when trying to track your vocal as these really couple to your head like no other headphone I've ever tried. For listening, monitoring or even mixdown they WILL tell it like it is, and are indeed superb. Just that caveat about the vocal tracking on lower frequency voices........
from Byron bay
August 1, 2005
Sennheiser HD280 proWow, these take some getting used to. For a year I was using "The sony's". The sony's seem to have exessive highs, also the bass is more audible. The sennheisers, they feel more natural, like listening to the mix through monitors instead of headphones. The sony's give you a "headphone" type of thing going on. The sennheiser are more "monitor". I feel like I can trust them alot more than sony.
Alas, now I have both! I can rule my world!
from Newport News
July 1, 2005
NiceI wanted headphones where I could mic an amplifier right next to me without a lot of bleed, these are the ones that get the job done! I can turn my Music Man Amp 130watt RMS to 5 and use a Shure SM57 3 feet from me and hear most sound through the cans... and that is a job well done. I use them for vocals too where I follow a pre-recorded track, these cans wont bleed onto the new track... Less Bright than the old Sony ones I had, but good in their own right in sound...buy them all you home studio owners! The candy that Sweetwater sent me was an added bonus...:=)
July 1, 2005
fragile...I bought my "HD 280 PRO" headphones a year ago, I was really happy with them at first, mostly because the frequency response is so flat and the padding would keep loud noises out. But after 4 months the hard plastic started to crack on both sides of the headphones, it seems the opening movement to put them on would damage them. I was lucky that the people at Seinnheiser gave me new ones, but then again, Ive been using these new pair for 5 months and they are starting to crack again, so... I´ve been only using them in my homestudio and handeling them with care. So I am a little disapointed.
from Flagstaff, AZ USA
June 1, 2005
In Your Own WorldWhen you put these headphones on, you're in your own world. Whether blasting your way through the pit of Hell in Doom 3 or mixing down techno tracks, the outside world is shut out, and you're alone with some KICKIN' bass and very nice mids and toppy top end. A well-balanced set of 'phones for the price. I've tracked with a bassist and drummer while sporting these puppies, and my guitar couldn't kill my hearing for the rest of the night. So, they serve a double purpose: you can hear everything very clearly defined while they also protect you from "cymbal death." Very nice. They're comfy, adjustable, and easy to get used to, and I forget that I have them on, even after four straight hours of "Delta Force: Blackhawk Down" online. Highly recommended.
from kansas city, KS usa
November 1, 2004
amazingThese headphones are some of the best I've ever used--at least in live sound mixing. They really block out the external noise when I'm mixing a band, and need to hear what is being recorded as well. I love how well they are made and the sturdy collapsible design.