"A Universal set of Cans for almost anyone"4.0 starson by usb123
Pros: Linear Sound reproduction, Good Spl, Comfortable headband and earcups
Cons: Not the greatest looking, not exactly " Pro " level
Summary: First off, if your looking for a pair of Sound isolation headphones, then these should be top of your list. Good linear sound curve, tight bass, and awesome reproduction of Dvd's and music.
Now for the people looking for headphones and dont really care about sound isolation. While the specs say 32db of isolation ( which by the way means you hear nothing around you with even mild sounds playing ), thats pretty much the best part of the phones. The bass, while tight, is a little weak. the mids and highs are balanced, but the highs and extreme highs arent as crisp as they could be. I play music professionally, and to see where these phones fell, i used them against several hundred-dollar pairs of select grados and sonys, and these are far from what some others were. The lack of bass in these are more pronounced as you pump up the volume and the power into the drivers. Of course, these phones werent made for that type of situation, but it was a good test, and made its shortcomings easier to diagnose. For most, the bass outta these will be enough in most situations, and i do love their accuracy in dvds, but be careful how much power you put to them, a good headphone amp in a pro stereo will bring these to a hault.
They are quite comfortable, and ive used them for almost 8 hours straight and found them to be better than most in terms of comfort. If you've ever worn headphones for an extended period of time, then you know how much most can hurt after a period of time, and these are no different, but it is better than most. Sennheiser even says the headband and drivers are replacable, which i cant attest to, but that along with the screw on 1/4" adapter give it a few points in the pro headphone dept.
Overall, a very worthy set of cans for most people who want to watch dvds of listen to music. since thats 99% of us, these will perform great. if you tend to like alot of bass, then there may be better choices, but the HD280s strengths may even win over that crowd.
One word of advice, however, do NOT use these for a studio, monitoring, mixing, or any other super acurate situation. the bass out of these at that level are not accurate and sound like complete crap when compared to studio monitors or a PA.
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