Excerpt: Other than doing a fantastic job of blocking out noise from the outside world, the headband’s formidable clamping force doesn’t really help matters either. For the first few days of wearing them, the 280s were supremely uncomfortable. So much so that it became painful to wear them for longer than 15 minutes. I did eventually manage to loosen things up after a week or so.
Pros: Goodbye outside world. Bested even the Marleys in sound isolation thanks to some seriously aggressive head hugging force. Travel- ready fold-up design. Made in Germany, but with a sound signature from Switzerland.
Cons: Ugg-lay! A certified head crusher—until we finally broke them in. Noticeable lack of detail at the extreme ends of the tonal range. Non- detachable 10-foot cord is a literal drag.