Product Review

Sennheiser HD280pro Closed Monitoring Headphones

Right this is my first product review I’ve ever wrote. So please don’t judge me too harshly.

A little about what closed headphones are:

Closed headphones do exactly as the name implies, isolating your ears from the world around you. These pairs usually posses ear cups that completely enclose the ear, preventing sound from leaking out or in.

Id like to start by recommending the seller of this item who I found through Global Mart International INC. I ordered this product on the 18th of July and it arrived in my hands the next day at 9:30, now that’s what I call service.

Now down to my review. The first thing I sore after opening the initial delivery box (which was very well wraped and stuffed) is the massive blue box containing the headphones within. It’s a well constructed sturdy box with a window in the front so you can see through to the headphones, which are held securely in place within.

After removing all the packaging the first thing that hit me is the weight of the product. (not in a bad way) they felt sturdy and unbreakable. The headphones them selves are made of an all plastic construction with soft pads around the ears and below the headband. The wire is a generous 2.5 meters long (which is also a curly cord) and it comes with both a 6mm screw on jack and the normal 2.5mm for mobile devices. Both are gold platted. Each ear piece has a size adjuster attached to it with around 1.5 inch worth of play. So they should fit even the biggest of heads. As well as normal applications the ear cups can be rotated to isolate each side for DJ use.

Right now down to how they felt. As I mentioned earlier these are nice and weighty, they feel sturdy and unbreakable, but this isn’t transferred into the wearing of the headphones. They fit nicely around the ears and are very easy to wear. Only time will tell because I only used them for around an hour last night, but they felt very comfortable and I would think that extended wear wouldn’t be a problem at all. One of the best things about these headphones is there is pretty much now slippage from at all (which as a drummer is great). I don’t know how they manage this as they are not tight at all. So Head bang away my friends.

Now down to the sound quality. All I can say is wow. I will say its quite a flat EQ sound that will take a few people a bit of time to get used to. With no overpowering base. Which if like me you actually like listening to music rather than blowing your ears off with ridiculous base, you will like. (you will definitely hear things you never have before in your favourite songs) The headphones will pretty much handle as much power as you through at them, and can reach a almost deafening volume. (if you like that) I cant wait for them to bed in (normally around the 16 hour mark) to hear exactly how good these headphones really are.

The isolation is brilliant. The manufacturer specification says the headphones cut around 35 DB and I would say that’s about right maybe a tad more, but that probably depends on how it fits on your head. They will of course leak some sound in and out, but the full isolation makes a huge difference which I will now go into.

Now down to my application of the headphones. I brought these predominantly for use while I’m playing along to tracks with my drums. I had a little play along last night and the results I got were brilliant. They cut just enough of the drums that I can hear the music at an average volume perfectly. Thus removing the problem I had of playing out of time due to not been able to follow the tracks I was playing along too.

These headphones will also come in very handy with my amateur mixing projects I work on. Also these have been promoted for use as my general headphones for listening to music. (I will say I wouldn’t recommend wearing them out in the street though, they are quite bulky and you would definitely get some strange looks)

My only criticism, and its only a small one, There is no in line volume control. Which is a tad bit annoying but that’s it. That’s the only thing I would change about these headphones.

Cost Me: £88.00 (rrp £139.00)

Overall Score:

4/5 Very Good.

I will be doing a drum cover over the weekend using these (finally gona get Black and White out the door) so if you want to see them in action check it out.

About ajbennettdrums

I have been playing drums for over 20 years now and currently have over 9 years of teaching experience. I am comfortable playing all styles and am a proficient sight reader of music. I started playing drums at the tender age of 7 and I vividly remember exactly what it was that got me into drumming. One Sunday afternoon I was watching a documentary on classic 80’s bands, equipped with huge Drum Kits taking up most of the stage. I then proceeded to empty out a tonne of boxes in my room, cut holes in them and sticky-tape bits together to create my first drum kit (using pencils as sticks). At that point, my dad thought it would be a good idea to send me off for Drum Lessons and from that moment on I have never looked back.

Posted on July 20, 2011, in Drumming Bits and Bobs. and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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