Summary: I upgraded from the HD 280 to the HD HD 380 and I'm very pleased. I compared these to Dre/Monster and Bose and believe the Sennheisers provide a better overall value relative to sound quality, style and price. I would not hesitate to pull the trigger on these.
Pros: Awesome sound. The clearity of the all of the tones is exceptional. The bass is great also, it doesnt muffle or sound like garbage even when u turn it up all the way. Even at full volume the sound is still great unlike most headphones. Very comfertable. Covers your ears fully, and makes it so any outside noise is unoticable so you can conentrate on your audio. Nice case, and it folds up smoothly - very good design. Durability looks great. I also use these for games an...
Cons: Although the sound is superb, it is still kind of expensive. The comfort and portability is what seals the deal for me though.
Summary: Really though, I'll edit if something comes up, haven't held them long enough.
Pros: I am an audiophile... well, a real audiophile would consider me a poser, but within my budget, musical equipment and electronics come secondly only to food/rent/bills. I did a lot of research into what would be my first set of high fidelity cans and it came down to these and some model of Shures. NewEgg had a sale for Thanksgiving and I took the bait.
Summary: I was originally looking at the HD 515's but then after much deliberation and review study I settled for the HD 380's. When I first got the phones I was not too thrilled as they sounded very brash specially in the mid rage with over emphasised vocals. Over the next few weeks of use the brash sound slowly faded away as the cans started to break in. Now the sound is much warmer and the mids have evened out so they are no longer accentuated.
Pros: Decent sound isolation, sounds is detailed, neutral enough for the price
Summary: I have to start once again with saying that I love the sound signature of Sennheiser so I might have a biased opinion with these headphones. I think these are a definite step up from the 280’s. The sound from both sides of the spectrum and everything in between is just smooth and sounds great. I do not listen to any EDM or anything with a lot of electronic beats, etc… I mostly listen to adult contemporary, country, rock, alternative, and jazz.
Pros: Sound, fit, comfort, build quality, design with carrying case.
Summary: This was recommended to me by a friend and because of the other great reviews on the web I purchased a pair. What I can say is that it really brings out the details in music. Those low bit rate MP3's will not sound too good now. Bass is not exaggerated and highs are nice and smooth. The quality of the DAC is very important for this set of cans.
Pros: Good amount of detail and also great passive noise isolation.
Cons: They will not sound good unless you use high quality sources. Minor coloration.
Summary: I chose the HD380 Pros to replace my Audio-Technica M50s, and have not looked back ever since (except to compare the M50s to the HD380s with songs). Sound-wise the Senns are superior to the M50s in every way. More realistic bass, non-flabby but without losing impact, MUCH better mids, more refined treble, and the ear cups on the 380s are tremendously better than those on the M50s.
Pros: Balanced sound, treble sparkle, silky smooth female voices, very detailed, tight mid and sub bass, very comfortable ear cups
Cons: Not very adjustable, clamping force, slight echo to the vocals (Senn trait), not the best noise isolation, ear cups get a little hot
Summary: I was torn between the HD 280's and the 380's. They had the 280's out on display and they sounded very clean and had crisp highs even compared to the Monster Beats. I actually liked them over the beats. But I was curious to how the 380's could sound any better. After a few times of stopping into the Musical Instruments Store at Best Buy Lancaster and being ready to make a purchase on some recording studio gear, my curiousity got the best of the guys back in M.I and they...
Pros: Portable, sound quality and it comes with a case
Cons: Not as comfortable as i would like for a $200 pair of professional headphones