Summary: We saw some complaints at Amazon.com that the plastic headband is vulnerable to cracking, but if this happens, the damage is covered under Sennheiser's two-year warranty. Aside from this problem, durability is excellent; one owner who claims to be "pretty rough with my equipment" says they're still in good shape after six years.
Pros: Good sound quality, Passive noise blocking, Durable build
Excerpt: Sennheiser’s HD 280s are a perennial favorite among budget-minded audiophiles. And listening to their balanced, flat tonal presentation you can see why. If there’s any hint of coloration (anywhere), I certainly couldn’t find it. That’s great if you happen to be mixing an album. It’s not so great if you just want a pair of general purpose cans to play some highly compressed audio files on. Granted, plenty of people love a clinical headphone.
Excerpt: These are very well-made and most comfortable headphones I have ever worn and can wear them for hours while twiddling and tweaking parameters in wee hours of night without neighbors thinking aliens have landed. These have in my opinion, the same neutrality in highs, mids and lows; exactly what I hear from my studio monitors with no insanely dist...
Conclusion: Still, though, if you'd like some packable, wearable, isolating,
good-sounding 'phones for the office, LAN party, crèche, server room or
long train trip, you could do a lot worse than check the HD 280 Pro out.
Excerpt: It is rare when, as a studio owner, a new headphone comes along that provides enough value and quality to make you consider ditching your current collection. Sennheiser's new HD 280 Professional headphone ($199) may do just that..
Conclusion: Overall, these headphones have been outstanding and I am very happy with them. They have gotten many hours of use over the last 2 years, and they have been completely reliable with no degradation in sound quality or comfort. They are a bit pricier than other headphones, but are worth the investment if you plan to do a lot of listening at home and enjoy the higher level of sound quality that a good pair of headphones can provide.
Conclusion: The Sennheiser HD280 headphones have a frequency response of 8Hz – 25000 kHz. Not only that, but they offer an impedance of 64 ohm and a sensitivity of 113 dB. These are the perfect headphones for all of your studio needs. The great thing about these headphones is that you can find them for just under $100, making them some of the best priced, “quality” studio headphones that you can buy.
Excerpt: Over the past couple of weeks I have been playing with the Sennheiser HD280 Pro Headphones. These are some fairly heavy duty professional monitor headphones offering reasonable attenuation of background noise and a very visually uninspiring brick-outhouse build quality that boasts user-serviceable components.