A long-time recommendation for under-$100 full-sized sealed headphones, the Sennheiser HD 280 Pro is a solid performer in any monitoring application. Although extra-expensive high-end sealed headphones have come a long way in the past few years, these dependable cans continue to hold their own at this pricepoint with a balanced audio presentation, 'flat' tonal delivery, and very good isolation from outside noise. Big fave with film/ TV audio recordists and location sound engineers.
What We Think:
Every once in a great while somebody makes a small 'mistake' of sorts that somehow gets things more right than they perhaps ought to be. Well, CRASH!BOOM!BAM!BING!SPLAT!... These headphones sound dang good for sealed full-size cans under $100! Although missing a bit of audio detail at the extremes of the musical range, the HD280Pro remains a smooth-toned sealed can that delivers a non-harsh presentation from low to high frequencies. It's an enjoyable set for all typical sealed [aka 'closed'] headphone uses: noise-blocking when commuting on planes, trains, & automobiles; for watching movies in bed; or for listening in quiet workplaces, study halls, or in noisy ambient environments where listening isolation is key. The HD280Pro remains efficient enough to be used with most portable audio players and laptop computers BUT -- at 64 Ohms impedance rating -- it will definitely sonically bloom and become more musically lively and dynamic when paired with any dedicated (portable) headphone amp. The HD280Pro also rates as the headphone choice of many audio, film, and location recording/mixing professionals due to its clear, flat tonal presentation, effective ambient noise attenuation properties, and durable build quality. Even after a decade in the field, the Sennheiser HD280Pro remains a workhorse sealed headphone at a fair price.
Despite its somewhat thick headband, the Sennheiser HD280Pro is a comfortable wear for most listeners. The circumaural ('around the ear'), sealed/closed earcups are covered in glove-type padding surrounding the ear which also serves to provide a good degree of ambient noise isolation and attenuation. Sizing adjustment rails move in & out of the headband for fit; we found the headband design perhaps a bit creaky but very secure on the head, decently comfortable and tough-built in final assessment. The earcups on the HD 280Pro fold up via hinges on the headband, so the headphone can be stowed in a compact, lumpy bundle for transit or storage. The headband can also be gently bent (gently!) to better accommodate those preferring a less tight clamping force. Handy HeadRoom Tip 122: Let the headphones stretch while clamped over a thick stack of books or on a basketball for several days to help to slightly loosen the headband for bigger melons.
The Sennheiser HD280Pro's non-detachable headphone cord is a coiled cable that stretches to around three meters (approximately 9ft) and terminates to a 1/8' [3.5mm] plug with a threaded 1/4' full-size plug adapter handily included.
- Driver Type: Dynamic
- Impedance @ 1kHz: 64 ohms
- Sensitivity: 102 dB SPL/V
- Isolation: -12dB ~ -15dB
- Connector Type: 3.5mm (1/8")
- Cable Length: 10 ft.
- Cable Style: Single Sided Straight
- Weight: 9.9 oz.
- Manufacturer Warranty: 2 year
- Very good sound and isolation for a headphone at this price.
- Efficient enough for use with portable players.
- Folds up for convenient carry.
- A good headphone for use in non-critical audio professional applications.
- 2 Year Warranty
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