Submitted May 12, 2012 by Martyn C in Guildford, NA
"An excellent pair of headphones for tracking and mixing."
I picked these up about a month ago and I have to say I'm extremely satisfied. I use them primarily for creating dance music, as well as sound FX design & orchestral music for videogames. They are versatile, capable and durable with a very high quality, detailed and unbiased character.
I would specifically describe the sound as clear. A quick check of the frequency chart included in the manual suggests slight dips in the mid bass and at about 3 - 5 Khz, and listening confirms this. The dips themselves are very subtle but do go some way to defining the listening characteristics of the HD280 Pros, which slightly accentuate the deep lows and high mids. Mixes that sound suitably clear and spaced on these will translate well onto most systems, although I prefer to do the bulk of the early mixing on my monitors, as tracks created from scratch through these headphones tend to sound overly 'scooped', probably due to the aforementioned presence in the high mids. Overall, the level of detail is exceptional, and the presented sound is very easy to use effectively once you grow used to it.
The HD280 Pros come with an excellent reference manual, a screw-on 3.5mm to 6.3mm adaptor, and have a folding / rotating can design which allows you to fit them into small spaces whist travelling.
Ease of Use
Obviously there isn't a great deal of ways you can make a set of headphones difficult to use. I suppose the folding cans could annoy you briefly if you aren't very skilled at putting things on your head.
The HD280 Pros are clearly very well built. As they are new, I have yet to be unlucky enough to test their durability, but from my impressions I'm pretty confident that they'll stand up to most of the idiots that come into contact with them. I could definitely see them lasting 3 to 5 years without developing any faults, even with the odd drop or spill added in for pessimistic measure.
For under 100 pound in the UK, these represent fantastic quality. The Sony cans around the same price sound a little silkier, but are no better or worse sounding and certainly don't seem as solidly constructed.
Have not had to contact Sennheiser.
The Wow Factor
There is nothing about any headphones that makes them stand out from the crowd really, but great sound, excellent build quality and good value for money are a significant combination.
Producer / Composer
EDM, Orchestral Filmscore, Sound Design
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