Let’s start with the basics. Everybody knows that Sennheiser makes good quality headphones, right? It’s basically common knowledge. The great thing about Sennheiser is their price points. These headphones (Sennheiser HD280PRO Headphone (new model)) are only about 100 US dollars.
Compared to other offerings, the HD 280 Pro headphones are a pretty good deal. I’ve had my pair for about 7 months now, and here is my take on them. They come with a 3.5mm connector that can be adapted to the quarter-inch size with an included threaded adapter, so it’s nice and snug.
Comfort is probably one of the best aspects of these headphones. I can wear them for hours at a time without noticing any sort of pain or discomfort. These headphones are so comfortable primarily because they’re pretty lightweight. They only have 2 small synthetic leather pads in the headband rather than a full-length pad, but in all honesty I can’t notice a real difference between headphones with a big pad and these ones.
2. Sound Quality
Obviously, sound quality is extremely important when it comes to studio-quality monitoring headphones. These headphones have an amazingly flat frequency response, I find myself noticing things in music that I never noticed before. These headphones are meant for listening to your own tracks and honing in the sound, so it isn’t too surprising that they sound so good. The bass is excellent and the mids and highs come in clean and crisp. The noise attenuation (that is, how much outside noise is cancelled out) is absolutely incredible considering that these aren’t active noise cancelling headphones. I find myself listening to music at a much lower volume than usual because it isolates the sound so well.
Let’s be honest, these headphones aren’t exactly designed for style. They’re made mostly of black plastic and synthetic leather, with a couple of subdued Sennhesier branding on either ear cup, as well as “Sennheiser” written on the headband.
4. Pricing & Conclusion
In this day and age, you’d be hard press to find a better pair of studio monitoring headphones for the money ($100).
The only downside to these headphones is potentially their durability. Don’t go throwing these down a flight of stairs. I handled mine a little too roughly, and now a buzzing sound comes through the right earcup during bass-heavy parts. Still, I give these headphones a 9 out of 10. Consider buying them through my affiliate link if you want to support my website and career! (link)