Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Studio Headphones - Closed-Back


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Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Studio Headphones

The Sennheiser HD 280 Pros has been on the market for nearly 2 decades and they continue to sell well at most online music gear stores.

These headphones have grown to be a favorite among studio audio engineers, live sound engineers and audiophiles alike owing their market longevity to great construction and materials, good passive isolation and portability.

They are designed to be collapsible and have swivel ear cups.


  • Type: Closed Back
  • Driver Type: Dynamic
  • Driver Diameter: 40mm
  • Magnet Type: Neodymium
  • Frequency Response: 8 Hz to 25 kHz
  • Maximum Input Power: 500 mW
  • Sensitivity: 102 dB
  • Impedance: 64 Ohms
  • Weight: 0.95 oz
  • Cable: 1/8” (3.5 mm) with 1/8’ (3.5 mm) to 1/4” (6.3mm) adapter- gold-plated
  • Magnet Type: Neodymium


Customer reviews center around the quality of the audio and the durability of the product. In fact many reviewers compared the Sennheiser HD 280 Pro favorably with the industry standard Sony MDR-7506 though the Sennheiser has an edge over the Sony for its smoother high end and better isolation. They are well liked for both monitoring and tracking.


Some concerns on fit were brought up by users with varying experiences. Some say the headphone clamps too tight, others felt like it was too big for them. This speaks to the limited headband adjustment range of the headphones.


These are a good choice if you want durable headphones with high level of noise isolation, which is very useful for tracking and live monitoring in loud environments. For tried and tested studio headphones on a budget, the Sennheiser HD 280 Pros are an excellent and consistent choice.

Although these were previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guides to Cheap Studio Headphones and The Best Closed Back Headphones for Recording / Tracking.

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I've been an audio engineer for 20 years specializing in rock and metal recordings, and also I play guitar and produce original music for my band and other content creators.