Summary: My comprehensive review of the Sennheiser HD 280 Headphones
BURN-IN TIME - Took about 3-4 days to burn in so maybe 12 or so hours for me
Upon receiving these as a gift for my birthday (so I paid nothing for it). But as of December 2014 it's usually around $100 US - $125 US as far as I know.
Pros: Great sound, Clear Highs, not too overpowering bass, mids are clear and not too colourful
Cons: little to no soundstage, doesn't preform well on lower volumes, leaks sound (not too much though), Highs just disappear or is blurred sometimes
Summary: I've owned these cans over 2 years and I've watched them mature like fine wine sitting in the barrel. When I first bought them I was surprisingly disappointed. I was expecting a lot more but found their sound to be tinny and weak.
Pros: Great sound isolation, deep head vibrating BASS, nice treble, mids are slightly recessed but sound OK, great price to performance ratio
Cons: lacks much of a soundstage, can get somewhat uncomfortable after a few hours
Summary: The first of these that I have are going on 5 years old, I am also listening to them while I type this review. I am basing my opinion on this pair. I received a NIB pair about a month ago but have not listened to them yet. I really like everything about this headphone.
Summary: Had these for a few months. Not "burnt in", though I'm not sure they need it. According to some, they do. I personally found these didn't have the deep bass that they're famous for, not bad, but not basshead worthy
Pros: very well built; analytical and detailed sound; layered audio sounds great; isolation is pretty good; instrument seperation is great
Cons: cold sounding, not very engaging; overall SQ heavily depends on audio mastering; definetly not for bassheads
Summary: I like these headphones when I know that I'm going somewhere where I wouldn't dare to take one of my more delicate headphones (e.g. Sr225is's). The primary reason being that they have never once fallen off of my head.
Summary: I've owned two pairs of these over the last 10 years (one channel on the first pair died) and I've used them without an amp or any knowledge of audio electronics. Essentially, they were the first pair of decent headphones I've experienced prior to entering the world of HiFi only recently.
Pros: Deep bass; Good isolation; Affordable
Cons: Overly-tight clamp (uncomfortable); Only comes in coiled cable; Recessed mids and slightly harsh treble; Small soundstage
Summary: I'm a pro-sumer, not an audiophile, so I will not discuss the sound, really. These were purchased new, are still stock, not modded.
I have owned these cans for 2 years, so burn-in is complete. Full head of hair, no glasses, no TMJ.
Summary: First, let me start by saying I am a total noob. These were my first and still are my only pair of real headphones. Now that I look back, I probably should have bought the ATH-M50S considering what people have said about it. These cost somewhere around $120 when I bought them.
Pros: Very flat frequency response, nice isolation, accurate, detailed.
Cons: Can get uncomfortable after a while, not a very exciting sound, lack of decent soundstage.
Summary: These are...ok. I expected great things from these, and if they were my first pair of real headphones, I guess I would like them, but compared to many others, including the similar Amperior, they're simply missing something.
Pros: I guess you could call them confident at reproduction