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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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


When I first bought these I put them inside my vocal booth and didn't remove them for almost 2 years. Recently tried using them to mix down a record and wow...They are so revealing and true. I am so impressed with these headphones from Sennheiser that I am now in the market for one of their open back hi end models.
Music background: DJ, Producer, Engineer, Pianist

Best in this range

For audio comparison and "A-B-ing" tests, I own a ATH-M50x, AKG K240, Sennheiser hd650, and Beyerdynamic DT 770 Studio. The K240 and hd650 are open back so not apples to apples. But the 770 and m50X are similar closed back like the HD 280 Pros. For my ears the hd650 are amazing, VERY flat, smooth accurate, super detailed, the best for truly accurate listening and mixing. I use them to compare sound of other cans. The only closed back sets I have found that are even close in sound to the hd650's are the HD280's. No, they do not sound the same but they have the most natural mid range and hi end of the other two closed back I own. To me the M50x phones are very hyped in the high end and low end, mids seem scooped. The 770's have better mid range and hi end but a tad less low end than the 280's. I like the larger ear cups of the HD280's and 770's. The smaller ear cushions on the M50x's are not as comfortable. The M50x's may be better for tracking due the the more pronounced hi end, but for general listing they are to hyped for me...almost harsh. As far as tracking with drums, non of these closed back are great at blocking out loud drumming but I find the HD280's a tad better than the 770's and M50x's. Between the 3 closed back can's I own the HD280 are the most comfortable. All around if I'm traveling, mixing live etc and can only take one set of can's with me, I always go for the HD280's.
Music background: Graduate of MI Hollywood CA, Live/Studio drumming. Live and Studio
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