Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Closed-back Studio and Live Monitoring Headphones

Closed-back Circumaural Headphones with Folding Design and 32dB of Acoustic Isolation
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These Headphones Deliver Pro Performance!

There are many reasons that Sennheiser HD 280 Pro monitoring headphones are so popular among recording professionals. Comfort, isolation, reliability, and accuracy are all major reasons why Sweetwater Sales Engineers are quick to recommend them. When it comes to critical listening, HD 280 Pro headphones give you the kind of accurate frequency response you need to really climb into your mixes. On the other side of the glass, when you need to keep your monitor mix from bleeding into your microphones, there are no better affordable headphones to track with than Sennheiser HD 280 Pros.

Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Studio Monitoring Headphones at a Glance:
  • The sound quality you need to make critical mixing decisions
  • Superior isolation that's essential for recording
  • Extreme comfort that lasts through long listening sessions
The sound quality you need to make critical mixing decisions

When you're trying to iron out the fine details of your mix, there's no substitute for a good set of headphones. Sennheiser's HD 280 Pro headphones give you exactly what you need: expressive lows, clear-cut mids, and focused highs. What's more, their relatively flat frequency response lets you make important EQ tweaks with confidence, knowing that what you hear through your HD 280 Pro headphones will translate back to your studio monitors and beyond.

Superior isolation that's essential for recording

Sennheiser built their HD 280 Pros to provide you with truly extraordinary isolation. A full 32dB of acoustic isolation makes HD 280 Pros real studio workhorse headphones. For guitarists and especially drummers, this kind of isolation is absolutely critical, allowing you to clearly hear your headphone monitoring mix no matter how loudly you play. For vocalists, 32dB of isolation means never having to worry about your headphone mix bleeding into your sensitive vocal mic. It's easy to see why Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones are considered essential studio gear by many of today's top recording studios.

Extreme comfort that lasts through long listening sessions

You're going to love how natural these headphones feel, especially if you're in the habit of wearing headphones for extended recording or detailed listening sessions. Ultimately, all of the acoustic isolation and detailed sound quality in the world doesn't mean a thing if you can't stand wearing your headphones. One thing you simply have to experience to fully appreciate is the way that HD 280 Pros seem to magically disappear after you wear them for a while. Talk about zero ear fatigue! Do yourself a favor and pick up a pair of HD 280 Pros today.

Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Studio Monitoring Headphones Features:
  • Professional-quality studio monitor headphones you can use for mixing, recording, DJing, and any other critical listening
  • Thick, widely spaced earcups offer exceptional comfort while providing you with a staggering 32dB of acoustical isolation
  • Linear frequency response gives you the accuracy and detail you need to make serious mixing decisions
  • Lightweight plastic and neodymium-magnet drivers add extra comfort without sacrificing quality
  • Swiveling earpieces allow single-ear monitoring
  • Folding design makes storage and transportation easy
  • Detachable cable and replaceable earcups allow for convenient servicing and maintenance
  • Included adapter allows you to use your HD 280 Pro headphones with both 1/4" and 1/8" headphone jacks
  • Simply one of the best bang-for-the-buck headphones available - a great value!
From professional recording to casual listening, Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones are the perfect choice!

Additional Media

Headphones Buying Guide
Live Sound Monitor Buying Guide
Studio Monitor Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Open/Closed Closed
Fit Style Circumaural (Around the Ear)
Frequency Response 8Hz-25kHz
Impedance 64 ohms
Features Folding/rotating ear cups
Cable Type Coiled
Replaceable Cable Yes
Cable Length 9.8'
Plug Size 1/8" (1/4" Adapter Included)
Color Black
Weight 0.49 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 506845

Customer Reviews

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My "answer" to the MIX problem!

Awesome. That's the only word I would use to describe these headphones. For the price, they can't be beat, and with a freq. response of 8hz - 25Khz, you can be sure that NOTHING in your audible range is deadened by cheap microphones. I am a musician (guitars, Electric & acoustic, 6&7 string, Bass, Keyboards, Mandolin, name it) for almost 50 years, and a home recording maniac. Short Story; Using Live 9, Scarlett 2i2 USB for recording and mixing was ideal for me since I'm NOT "flush" but mixing/mastering and reviewing through an old Onkyo stereo, then taking a burn disk to my car stereo, wife's car stereo, and home theater system was driving me nuts! No matter how "basic" I made the EQ's on the players, the resut always left something flat, or overdone, or just NOT RIGHT. I went to headphones DIRECT out of the 2i2, and that helped, until I realized I was still HORRIBLY limited on the response of the 2 cheap Sony sets I had. One so bad, everything sounded like MUD. They werre NOT THAT cheap (price) either. I talked to my Sweetwater rep (Doctor DAVE WALENT!) who also does home digital recording, and told him I didn't have much wampum to spend and what could he recommend. He pointed me to these babies! I am now happily mix/mastering and making my songs come out RIGHT and with excellent range on ALL systems (considering their own EQ settings) and I couldn't be happier with them. WHEN... I become rich and famous I might make a higher priced move, but they'd have to be substantially better than the HD280Pro for me to even consider it, and that's a stretch. You can't go wrong with these babies, and I know how to LISTEN HARD! I've heard a million mixes, the good the bad and the ugly. As for the "not so attractive" looks of this set? I am NOT a DJ so when I have them on, I can't see them! And I don't care! Even if I was, "The sound is what matters."


They were so much louder and reproduced everything with so much detail I thought that some thing was wrong, that someone had turned all of my equipment all the way up. I was using Audio Technica closed back that I had purchased around ten years ago. I liked them but the contrast was amazing.
Music background: Former full time professional now occasional

Amazingly clear

These headphones have more of a flat sound profile so they aren't geared towards heavy low end "thump" but the clarity is off the charts! If you don't believe me plug a pair in and listen to a recording of your favorite singer song writer with an acoustic guitar and you will have no more doubts. You will hear things in music you never hear there before. As for mixing you would be hard pressed to find a better pair at this price point. Perfect for a home studio and just listening to music alike.

Expected Good, Got Awesome

There are a lot of good reviews. No actually, there are a lot of GREAT reviews on these headphones for a reason. When I bought these I was expecting to get good headphones.But they're honestly awesome. For their price range, I was told they're the best. and so far, I haven't been able to prove otherwise. 1. They're very comfortable. I've almost fallen asleep wearing them. 2. They're pretty tough. I've dropped them a couple of times already. 3. They're versatile. They work great with my tascam 8 track when I'm recording guitar or vocals, my computer when I'm hearing sweetwater gear demos or tracks I've recorded, and my iphone when I'm jamming out. 4. All the parts are replaceable. So in case something breaks, you can fix it yourself. But, these will last you a long time before you get to that point. 5. They sound great and flat/balanced. It took me a little getting used to because I've never heard flat sounding speakers or headphones before. BUT NOW, I hear all of the instruments and little things like panning, double tracking, and layering, things that I've never noticed or heard before. These headphones have brought me a new appreciation and perspective to the work people put into making and recording music. Lastly, it does all of this while isolating (not noise cancelling) the music from background noise really well. Honestly for the money, you can't go wrong with these.If you're on the fence about buying them, just buy them and save yourself some time from reading a lot of reviews like I did. You'll be glad you did. Plus, sweetwater is awesome to buy/order from.
Music background: Singer, Guitarist, Bassist, Songwriter

Just bought them.

Perfect headphones for breaking into the recording world or in your home studio!
Music background: Producer, Guitarist, Bassist and Drummer
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