Sennheiser HD280PRO Headphone Review

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Adam’s Take – “If you are looking for studio headphones that are affordable, reliable and high quality, the Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Headphones are your best bet.”

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Sennheiser HD280PRO Headphones

Finding a good pair of studio headphone can be quite the challenge.  Sometimes the most expensive ones aren’t the best and sometimes the cheap ones are just plain cheap.  Fortunately, I think we found the best set of studio headphones for right around the $100 mark, which is a steal!  The HD 280 PRO closed studio headphones are dynamic stereo headphones that are ideal for studio monitoring and just enjoying music in leisure.  The headphones are very accurate which is important for mixing and have linear sound reproduction with ambient noise attenuation.  I have not found a device these headphones do not work with and they are super comfortable which is essential for long days of mixing.  The adjustable design is also nice for having some extra cans in the studio for musician tracking, especially because the isolation is great and there is little concern for bleeding into your tracking when you use these headphones with live instruments.

The reliable headphones have become one of the most popular headphones amongst my musician friends and I see them used in a lot of music studios.  The sound quality is great, the isolation is great and the are very comfortable, which is essential for the critical listening and hours of wearing headphones it will take to get the perfect mixes for your music.  There are some other headphones I’d recommend but for the price, it doesn’t get much better than these.

The Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Headphones have the flat frequency response that is essential to getting true mixes.  When headphones have bass boosts or filters built in, you can be certain of how you do your EQ in the studio as the sound can change drastically when you play your music on other devices and speakers.  While the lows are strong, it is balanced with clear mids and crips high frequencies.  These headphones were definitely designed for the studio with both engineers and musicians in mind.  As a drummer, I’ve been very impressed with how I’m able to hear my mix while drumming.  Some headphones I’ve used have allowed way to much room noise in, which has a two fold effect.  It makes it harder to perform as you are adjusting how you play to be able to hear better, but what gets in can also get out, meaning, if you can hear the room inside your headphones, there’s a good chance the room can also hear what’s inside your headphones, which means there is more room for error and “bleeding”.  Bleeding in terms of working in the studio as many know, is when mics pick up noise from other instruments.  Not only has the isolation served me well as a drummer, but has also worked with for guitarists and bassists with loud amps, and even singers and many vocal mics pick up EVERYTHING!  (I put “EVERYTHING” in all caps, because you only have to ruin one good take with headphone noise bleeding into the mics before you start to pull very strongly about making sure it never happens again)

Sennheiser HD280PRO Headphone Features:

  • Dynamic, closed-ear headphones.Weight w/o cable: 285 g
  • Lightweight and comfortable, ergonomic design, Cord Length – 3.3 – 9.8 feet Coiled
  • Extended frequency response and warm, natural sound reproduction
  • Around-the-ear design with padded ear cups – Dynamic, closed-ear headphones with up to 32 dB attenuation of outside sound
  • Ear pads, headband padding, and audio cord are easily replaceable, ensuring long life


FAQ Frequently Asked Questions

Is this an 1/8 inch or 1/4 inch headphone?

The headphones come with an adapter, so both actually!

Adam’s Take

These are the best value in studio headphones.  They don’t cost too much money which is great.  They are comfortable and can be word for hours without wearing out your ears and head.  They are balanced with a flat EQ.  The isolation is amazing.  These should be in every studio.

9.1Expert Score
Adam's Take - "If you are looking for studio headphones that are affordable, reliable and high quality, the Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Headphones are your best bet."
  • - Comfortable
  • - Affordable
  • - Balanced
  • - The high end could be a little better
  • - Every so often a pair come out "duds" and don't last as long as other pairs
  • - A little heavy if you are just looking for a consumer product

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