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Sennheiser HD 280 PRO

Sennheiser HD 280 PRO

4.5 from 31 reviews

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Cant get better comfort, fits budget, ok for monitoring.

I use these headphones to mix my tracks and play back various instruments and sound sources, occasionally i listen to internet radio on them or my Flac and Mp4/ALAC collection, also for referencing.
These are by far the most comfortable headphones i have ever worn and i can wear them for up to six hours easily, maybe eight? they just "fit", they are snug and also they don't create excessive sweat. Sweat generally doesn't get in the way when wearing these i find. As far as their reproduction qualities, i find them a little flat, which is exactly what i am looking for in a pair of studio monitor headphones. I lent these headphones to some friends to break them in.. they made a point of mentioning how great they sound and also their comfort. Overall regular end-user iTunes/GooglePlay music listener experience is excellent. They seriously didn't want to give them back and i had to hassle them for quite a while. I am glad i chose these over the similar priced Sonys, these have a far superior comfort but also don't "sparkle" like the Sonys. I love the sound of the Sony MDR-7506 and i want to buy a pair next, however these Sennheiser HD 280 Pro's are way more comfortable (you can buy replacement/high quality ear pads for the Sonys from Beyer Dynamic) and they are FLAT, not heaps flat.. just Flat. so it should be easier to mix and master on these and has proven to be so far.

I have used these headphones while recording guitar, software instruments, synths, percussion and voice. there has been no bleed on any of the recordings. i.e the sound of the headphones does not get recorded if fitted properly on your noggin und over ze ears. don't quote me on that, i haven't double checked or specifically tested that. I've just done a fair bit of recording whilst wearing them and haven't noticed anything when mixing down.

I paid about $150 for mine from storeDJ / Mannys, this is a very good price but they can be got a little cheaper still if your'e patient and set up alerts or whatever it takes to monitor the price which i vaguely recall gets down to 120? don't quote me on that either.

I give these headphones three and a half out of five.. Why? because they're FLAT, not so flat as to be awesome, they're still comfortable to listen to, so they're disappointing when i compare them to the great overall sound and clarity of the Sony MDR-7506's. This isn't really all that bad when you think about it. they sound good, they're a bit flat which is what you want in the studio, they're the most comfort you will get with headphones in this budget range and then some.

Purchased in October 2018 for $149.00.

Build Quality
Value for Money
Sound Quality

Great Pair of Headphoens

The sound of these headphones are brilliant, I researched the sound frequencies and these came on top for the best value for money. They are comfortable and have very nice ear cups. They are also well-built and reasonably sturdy with a plastic frame.
This pair is pretty much perfect, except for the one thing - the cord. The cord is coiled and gets in the way when you are studying or video editing. It also makes a noise when it rubs on your arm or body.

Date PurchasedJul 2017

O.K. Keyboard Headphones

1. Comfortable - don't hurt after wearing them for a long time
2. Excellent treble sound!
3. Comes with a bonus 1/4 inch adapter for musical instruments!

1. Poor bass when using with a keyboard (I'm currently using a Yamaha YDP-163)
2. Feels a bit flimsy on the plastic outer section

Date PurchasedSep 2017

Fantastic headphones!

I use these for my digital piano (Yamaha YDP-163) and they work wonderfully!
The best part of the headphones is that they don't hurt your head after using them for a while, unlike other headphones that I have tried such as Beats Pro.

The only negative is that you can't use them as wireless headphones, but this is expected considering that they are a wired model.

Date PurchasedSep 2017

Best headphones i've owned

i use these for listening to either game sound, samples for audio files i have converted or music.

so far these have been the most comfortable (after they're broken in) headphones i've ever bought and they have surely earned my recommendation to anyone, i have friends who have bought these and loved them to bits

sound quality is the best i've ever used, overall comfort is excellent and the coiled cable is really convenient and comfortable to use.

Date PurchasedJul 2016

Perfect studio quality

I am a producer and vocalist and whether I'm producing at home or visiting an external studio to record vocals, these classic headphones are always preferred. They're comfortable to wear for hours on end and deliver great quality. However, I have trouble hearing some lower frequencies with them and if I'm producing a bass-heavy song I prefer to use different pair of headphones.

Date PurchasedMar 2016

Not Bad Entry Level Closed Cans

The Sennheiser HD 280 PRO are a great first set of closed back cans if you are new to the audophile scene.
+ Detail to sound, sporting better on lower frequencies (think better bass rather than treble)
+ Relatively cheap (sub $150)
+ Doesn't need an amp to drive (although one doesn't hurt!)

Some downsides:
- Ears can get sweaty over long periods of use
- Pads flatten over time, increasing clamping effect you might feel
- Pleather can become flaky over time if not taken care of
- Muffled/muddied sound (but this could be due to the nature of the closed back, along with price range)

Overall, these are not a bad set of closed back cans. Even though there were more downsides, they were mostly minor, and the quality is there. For this price, it's hard to go wrong.

Date PurchasedNov 2013

Clean and comfortable

These just feel really comfortable on- simple as that. Sound is nice and detailed. Thank goodness there is no extra bass boost- you get what you get. Pretty happy with them straight away. Use them with my iphone and laptop mostly.
Purchased at JB HI Fi- they seem to know their stuff.

Date PurchasedJan 2016

As Sir Cliff Richard would say, "I'm wired for sound!"

Received my Sennheiser HD 280 headphones as a gift (Thank you dear brother of mine!), and used them pretty much instantly.

People, when you purchase these headphone, please keep in mind from which device you are plugging them into, will dominate the quality of the replication of the audio.

1. Laptop/Tablet/Other portable technologically challenged portable devices (mobile phone)
Sound will be great, probably need to moosh the headphones into your eaars a little bit if you want to hear glimpses of 150+ dB's. Your head will not explode as the audio capacity of these devices won't allow it!

2. 2.1 Speaker systems/PC Speakers with small audio jack
Now we move up a notch in the dB belt. Depending on what type of 2.1 speaker system you have, and how grunty it is, again will control the audio capacity in which you can use them. I plugged mine into some logitch 2.1's which were connected to my laptop. not too bad. Content with the sound, but could be better. I'm hungry for dB's. No ear pads mooshing required to pick up some decent dB's at the lower end of the audio range.

3. 5.1+ Home Theater System with Built-In Amplifier with Audio Jack
Absolutely no ear pad mooshing required!
plugged these into my Logitech 5.1 Home Theater Speaker System and was VERY satisfied with the audio replication! Even had to turn the volume down. Very good sound, crisp, clear, loud and does a fantastic job of blocking outside sounds like human voices.
Can't hear a thing, it's great.

4. And finally, 5.1+ Home Theater System with separate Amplifier with Audio Jack
Yes, this works well for my ears. dB's so low, I had sound circles in my glass of water and half expected a T-Rex to show up somewhere unexpectedly. Thankfully, this was just my Sennheiser HD 280's making sweet, sweet love to my ears. i don't have to explain what I heard, you need to try it for yourselves. You won't be disappointed, trust me!

In summary, it really depends on what you plug them into and how powerful the device is. Don't be upset if you don't get Cinema-level sound when you plug them into your laptop, but expect an audiogasm when plugged into a powerful, "fully sick bro" sound system that secretly skips off to a gym called something like "Danny's World Gym" and lifts weights while you're sleeping.

Date PurchasedDec 2017

Good Quality

I’ve tried different headphones and I find that this model is one of my favourites. There’s no extra boost like most consumer headphones so the sound is what it is. If you’re also into music production, then this is really good for mixing. I also can’t hear my brother yell at me, so that’s pretty great.
The materials used for the headphones are really good quality too, I often find that most headphones tend to wearout easily. Sennhesier has always been a pretty reliable brand.

Date PurchasedMar 2017

Unbeatable quality at this price

Through over 10 years of use, my HD 280s produced consistently detailed, pleasing sound and withstood a great deal of punishment. The sound isolation is good enough to use as earmuffs in a pinch! I love that spare parts are availalbe so you can replace the earpads, band and cable - everything except the drivers, which you will want to preserve after wearing them in.

Sadly, after a hard life and many knocks my beloved cans have lost their *oomph*, and my listening needs have changed, so I will be moving on. These 'phones are great for monitoring and absolutely unbeatable at current prices - I originally bought mine for $250, and now they can be had for about $150!

So five stars for quality and value, but be aware that they are a bit bulky and unweildy for casual outdoors listening and travelling.

Date PurchasedJun 2006

You want 2!

High quality audio.
Couldn't recommend any other Headphones.
Great for djing, producing. And general listening to.
I let my brother borrow them a lot, he loves them, so you may want to get 2.
1 for yourself and someone else who loves music.
Durable as well, I've had other "high quality" Headphones that have broken in less than a month of having them.
Super sonic sound that pinpointing where the sound is located.

Date PurchasedOct 2016

Fantastic headphones

Sennheiser are always on the ball when it comes to excellent sound quality. The bass notes are super on these in particular and these are a sound junkie's dream. If you enjoy crisp and clear audio these are definitely for you. Though they are a bit on the expensive side, you get what you pay for and that is: quality

Date PurchasedMar 2017

Best bang for buck headphones out there

These headphones are great for listening to music and movies as well as monitoring for music production and playing instruments. I bought mine to provide a good but basic way of editing music but they have proved valuable for so much more. The tight fit can make your ears ache at times but it is a feature that also provides great bass response and limited noise pollution from outside. An upgrade to these would be something that has manual noise cancelling. I recently bought replacement ear cushions from a generic seller on eBay and they seem as good as the originals for a fraction of the price.

Date PurchasedJan 2016

Blocks out EVERYTHING on the other side of the piece

I love these headphones!! At first I was bothered by the super long cord but I figure it's beneficial for studios or 20m walks whilst leaving your phone/iPod on a table in another room hahaha

The audio is brilliant - it does block everything but what you want to hear ~ my exact reason for purchase (I travel on public transport regularly)

I recommend these headphones!

Date PurchasedFeb 2016

One of the greatest headphones ever built

I bought my HD280 pro's back in 2007 when they were quite expensive, they are still going strong today in 2017. That's 10 years of constant use and abuse, the only thing that needs to be replaced is the ear cushions. Bass could be a tad stronger, but for noise cancelling, comfort and clarity there really isn't anything else out there these days for this price.

Date PurchasedApr 2006

Extraordinary audio quality

Really happy with the noise cancellation and level of treble that can be heard. Wish there was a little bit more bass. They do get a little sweaty at the gym but overall, excellent. Wish they came in more colours and styles. I would recommend this product to other people.

Date PurchasedDec 2016

Everything they were promised to be: solid!

I wanted headphones that would, to a reasonable extent. block out some background noise but give clear sound for listening to lectures.
These are great! They fit over my ears really nicely and are comfortable. The sound is clear and separated. They block out a reasonable amount of background noise. Best of all they are wired headphones - I get headaches and other symptoms from wireless/wi-fi products so it's great to find a good quality, solidly made headphone with a cable with good reach. Very happy.

Date PurchasedAug 2016

Best Phones I've had

I picked these up at a garage sale for $5 so are the cheapest phones I've ever bought, but the best sounding. The earpad and top pad coverings have a little wear, but can be replaced when I can be bothered doing so. I can't fault the sound, but my aging ears are not the best guide. They are no more uncomfortable than most other closed phones. They fit over the ear well.

Date PurchasedDec 2016


My grandaughter love the hd ear phones, and i must admit so do i. When hailee is on her tablet she has to have it so loud, but now i don't hear a peep out of her while she is watching you tube . Thanks to this product we all have peace in the house.

Date PurchasedApr 2016

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Questions & Answers

Are these good for general day to day music listening?? (Like linking park, maroon 5, skillet n Adele??
1 answer
They are good for the price but not exceptional. Mine mostly just gather dust because I prefer my (cheaper) Sony headphones (from JB-hifi) because: the sound quality is better for music, they don't squash my melon and they are much lighter. I'm not unhappy with getting the Sennheiser HD280 and occasionally I use them for listening to lectures, but not for music. My housemate agreed, pretty good but not exceptional. They work ok as earmuffs to keep ears warm and passively block a moderate amount of outside noise.


HD 280 PRO
Price (RRP) $199.95
Colour / Finish Black
Frequency Response8Hz - 25kHz
Weight285 g
Jack Plug3.5mm and 6.3mm
Cord Length 1.3 m
Manufacturer Warranty2 year(s)

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