The Sennheiser HD 280 Pro are decent studio headphones with no remarkable features. Sound reproduction is average and offers nothing out of the ordinary. Their build quality is sufficiently sturdy for everyday wear and tear, but feels bulky and easily falls off your head. They also don't block much noise, which makes them unideal for use in loud environments.
- Decent build quality.
- Moderately comfortable.
- Poor isolation.
- Mid-range heavy audio reproduction
- Bulky, unstable design.
The Sennheiser HD 280 Pro have a bland studio design that feels solid but is a little bit bulky. The dense plastic used for their build can withstand a couple of drops without damage, and the large ear cups are moderately comfortable. Unfortunately, these headphones easily fall off your head during any physical activity and offer no control options for your audio.
The HD 280 Pro are moderately comfortable. They have large, well-padded ear cups that easily fit around most ears. However, the detachable padding on the headband is relatively thin. The headband is also a little tight on the head. It's not too noticeable, but it may become uncomfortable during long listening sessions.
These headphones are not very stable. They easily slide off your ears, during high-intensity activities like running or jumping. They maintain a stable fit during casual use but will slightly move around if you tilt your head. They also do not have a detachable cable, which causes the headphones to be pulled off your head if something hooks the cord.
The Sennheiser HD 280 are somewhat portable but a little bulky. They are on the larger side of over-ear headphones. Fortunately, they fold up into a more compact design which makes them easier to carry around. They will fit comfortably in a backpack but are a too cumbersome for pockets even larger jacket pockets.
Decent build quality. These headphones feel sturdy and won't get damaged by a couple of drops. The headband and ear cups are made out of dense plastic and can handle a fair amount of physical stress. However, the ear cup joints are the weak points where these headphones are most likely to get damaged. The swivel hinges are also a little thin.
The HD 280 have minimal distortion but an awkward sound reproduction. They overemphasize the mid-range, which results in a boxy and honky sound quality. Bass is slightly lacking but would not be as noticeable if the mid-range wasn't so overpowered. On the upside, this makes instruments and vocals sound forward and have a lot of presence but feels slightly unbalanced with most tracks.
Average performance. The low-end cutoff of 57Hz is rather high for a headphone. They also lack in low-bass and bass, which means these headphones are light on bass and don't have a deep thump to them.
Poor performance. The 6dB bump in low-mid which continues into mid does not quite make up for the under-emphasized bass, and instead gives a boxy quality to the sound.
Decent performance. The response in low-treble is balanced and consistent. In treble however, around 8KHz, there is a peak which could make these headphones slightly sibilant.
Good performance. Very good response at 90dB SPL. At 100dB SPL, there is a general rise in distortion especially around 100Hz, however, it remains within good values throughout the spectrum.
The HD 280 Pro only offer passive isolation. The ear cups' seal stops a little bit of high-frequency noise but sadly it's not enough. They are not ideal for use in loud, noisy environments like traveling by plane or train. On the upside, they don't leak much, but they may be audible to the people around you at high volumes.
Poor isolation. These headphones don't have active noise cancelling, however, they are marketed for their passive isolation. There is no noise isolation happening below 300Hz. Starting 300Hz, the passive isolation of ear cups start to kick-in reaching a good maximum isolation of -38dB at 20KHz.
Decent leakage. The majority of leakage occurs in a relatively narrow band, between 1KHz-4KHz. The overall level of leakage is low too, making these headphones suitable for most situations.
No active features.
No compatible app.
In the box
- Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Headphones
- 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter