The Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones have been around for many years, but reviewers say they stand the test of time. The 280s feature a circumaural (around-the-ear) design, which means that they can block out some ambient noise. Reviewers and users alike find that they are effective at this, though not to the same degree as headsets from industry leader Bose. Sound quality and fidelity are widely praised. Some note that the HD 280 Pro isn't as durable as more expensive headphones, but other critics like that many of the parts that tend to wear down are easily replaceable. These Sennheiser headphones are intended for reference applications, and they are too bulky and heavy for use on the go. The HD 280 Pro may be uncomfortable after long use, reviewers report, as some find it feels tight after awhile.
Though they are an older model, the Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones remain reviewer favorites. CNET and PCMag.com both praise them highly in brief but balanced reviews, as does OnHeadphones.com, whose own review follows years of use. We found hundreds of enthusiastic reviews at Amazon.com that span the many years of the HD 280 Pro's availability.
CNET's Steve Guttenberg gives the Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones an Editors' Choice award and 4 out of 5 stars. Guttenberg says that the 280s are equally good for listening to rock, classical music or even action scenes from movies. He says that the headphones' price is a sticking point, but that has gone down since the review was written. More than 100 user reviews also give the HD 280 Pro a high average rating.
Review: Sennheiser HD280 Pro, Steve Guttenberg, June 22, 2004
This review of the Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones is shorter than many PCMag.com write-ups, but it still gives a good sense of the model's performance. Bill Machrone says that the HD 280 Pro headphones have excellent sound, but are also heavy and can be uncomfortable after long listening sessions. They have some passive noise-blocking ability, Machrone adds, though not as much as Bose headsets. He awards the HD 280 Pros 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Review: Sennheiser HD 280 Pro, Bill Machrone, June 22, 2005
OnHeadphones.com gives the Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones a perfect 5-star rating, in addition to a Staff Recommend designation. The reviewer says he has been using the headphones for two years, and that they remain the best of their type and price range. Fidelity is very good, even at high volumes: "they get piercingly loud before they start to significantly distort."
Review: Sennheiser HD 280 Pro, "jerdei", March 5, 2011
More than 600 users post reviews of the Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones, going back nine years. The HD 280 Pro gets a high average score, 4.5 out of 5. Most like the sound, though opinions vary as to fidelity. The most frequent complaint concerns the fit, as a number of owners say the headphones are too tight.
Review: Sennheiser HD-280 Pro Headphones, Contributors to Amazon.com