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 Sennheiser HD 280 Pro are a decent sounding pair of closed-back over-ear headphones. They have a very good and deep bass, a very good mid-range, and a good treble. Additionally, they could sound a little thin and boxy in the lower mid-range, and their treble may sound a bit lacking and sibilant on certain tracks. Also, their performance is prone to inconsistencies across multiple users due to fit and positioning variances, and like other closed-back headphones, they don't have a good soundstage.
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