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Around-the-ear headphones

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by Ralph Graves
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Sennheiser's HD 280 stereo headphones are great for anyone who listens to music on-the-go. The padded earcups significantly reduce external sound, so the headphones can be used in high-noise environments, such as airplanes and buses. They also swivel for single-ear monitoring, and allow the headphones to fold flat for easy storage. And whether you're at home enjoying a new CD, or just listening to your favorite MP3 while traveling, these headphones deliver the sound of your music with clarity and fidelity.

From the review Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Headphones: Comfortable sound

"The HD 280 Pros are a good, basic set of headphones that can be a marked improvement over the earbuds that come with most portable audio devices. Even if you're not a DJ in a club, the tight seal of the earcups and the solid sound reproduction of the headphones make a winning combination. Whether you're looking for a good set of headphones for work, or just want better-than-average headphones for on-the-go listening, consider the Senneheiser HD 280 Pro headphones."

— Ralph, Crutchfield Blog Editor and A/V Writer

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Highlights:

  • around-the-ear design with padded earcups
  • adjustable padded headband
  • closed earcup design
  • up to 32dB ambient noise attenuation
  • headphone minijack with full-size adapter
  • frequency response: 8-25,000 Hz
  • 9.8-foot single-sided cord (replacement cord available from the manufacturer)
  • impedance: 64 ohms
  • weight: 10 oz.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Fit Style
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Around-the-Ear
Earcup Type
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Closed
Noise-canceling
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No
Bluetooth
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No
Frequency Response
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8-25k Hz
Sensitivity
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102 dB
Impedance
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64 Ohms
Weight
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10 ounces
Cord Length
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118"
Airline Adapter Included
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No
iPod Control
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No
Volume Control
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No
Built-in Microphone
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No
Parts Warranty
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2 Years
Labor Warranty
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2 Years
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What's in the box?

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  • Headphones with an attached 9.8' coiled cord terminated with a gold-plated 1/8" mini plug
  • Gold-plated mini to 1/4" Adapter
  • Manual (English/German/French/ Spanish/Italian/Dutch)

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Features

Design: The Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones adjust to the shape of your head, with their joints, flexible materials and extendable arms. The closed design attenuates ambient noise up to 32 dB. They are very comfortable, even if used for long periods due to their light weight, soft, circum-aural ear cushions, and padded, adjustable headband.

Magnet System: These headphones use neodymium magnets, offering high efficiency and light weight.

Eliptical Circumaural Earcups: The HD 280 Pro headphones feature an around-the-ear design, with soft ear cups to provide optimum comfort in those places where sturdy material would rest on your head.

Impedance: With a 64 Ω impedance, the HD 280s are compatible with nearly any source.

Collapsible: The headphones fold for easy storage.

Single-Sided Cord: The coiled cable attaches to only one side (left), so it's less likely to get tangled when you move.

Full Size Adapter: The 1/4" adapter is threaded so it locks in place.

Replaceable Parts: Sennheiser headphones are modular for long service life. Ear cushions, headbands, and cables are easily snapped out so new ones, which can be ordered from the manufacturer, can take their place.

Specifications

Specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 8-25,000 Hz
  • Power Handling Capacity: 500 mW
  • Impedance: 64 ohm
  • Sensitivity: 113 dB
  • THD: < 0.1%
  • Weight: 10.05 oz
  • Connector: 3.5mm mini-jack (gold-plated) with 1/4" adapter
 

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Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Headphones

Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Headphones

by Ralph Graves
 
Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Headphones

Looking for a better-than-average set of basic headphones? Me too. That's why I gave the Sennheiser HD 280 Pros a try.

 
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4 out of 5

I really like these!!

Written By Reynasmama, rohnert park on Sunday, August 10, 2014
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These were a gift and, after researching all brands, I dont think I could have made a better choice myself.
Pros:
With the clarity, quality of sound, and comfort combo, these were perfect for my needs. Especially within the price range.
Cons:
The only con is the heavy cord makes it less mobile.
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5 out of 5

Great Choice for the Musician

Written By Reid L, Bridgewater, VA on Friday, May 23, 2014
 
I am a musician and purchased these headphones mainly to monitor music as I practice. Very comfortable and nice sound quality. I like that they do not totally isolate the sound as I have the music coming through a sound system as well. Allows enough of the sound of the acoustic drums to mix with the music through the phones. These headphones replaced my previous Sennheiser phones that I had for 10 years. Makes playing comfortable and totally enjoyable for long periods. Just a terrific product.
Pros:
Very good sound quality, quality construction, MAXIMUM comfort, as pointed out by others - excellent for monitoring music if you are a musicians, great value!
Cons:
Sound spectrum could be a bit wider but for the money - very good!
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5 out of 5

Choice of the pros, best-kept headphone secret on the market

Written By Matt, Lakewood, OH on Wednesday, February 12, 2014
 
In one sentence: These are the best headphones you can buy at anything close to this price. Let me qualify this review before I start... I'm a professional sound tech/engineer that does everything from setting up large scale concert sound systems and mixing bands on said systems to high profile corporate meetings. I regularly set up and mix on the large sound systems you hear at concerts and other large scale events, often in support of touring acts that are coming through Cleveland. As a result, I meet a lot of touring sound engineers and other folks. These headphones are probably one of the top three most popular that I've seen amongst them because of their accurate reproduction, reasonable cost, excellent noise rejection, and exceptional durability. I love them for the same reasons. If I'm mixing a band and I want to solo something in my headphones, these attenuate the main PA enough for me to hear what I want, even if it's a big boy PA running at 105 dB. When powered by a proper headphone amp (for me, the phone amps in the Midas, Digico, and Yamaha consoles really lights these cans up properly), they're very accurate and powerful. Your iphone will not drive them properly, just like any other real headphones. I suggest an external amp for critical listening. They are also very durable; I toss them in my toolbox all the time and they have never broken. You can beat them if you want to spend $500 and sit in a quiet room, but in the real world, they can't be beaten.
Pros:
The pros use them, why shouldn't you? The guy mixing the band you're seeing live on a $500,000 PA thinks they sound good. He/she also uses and abuses them every day, and they ask for more. Relatively light considering the amount of isolation you get.
Cons:
Hmm... the screw on 1/8" - 1/4" adapter is hard to replace if you lose it. Pro tip: Don't lose it. Perhaps a bit too bassy for some, I don't mind it, and you appreciate it in a loud environment.
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4 out of 5

Worth Every Penny (and then some)

Written By Anonymous, St. Louis, MO on Wednesday, January 22, 2014
 
These are really designed more with audio engineers and musicians in mind. I bought these for home studio use and they do the job that I bought them for.. and do it well. Providing a good deal of detail, especially for the money, they have a fairly flat, even response throughout the humanly audible range of frequencies (like good monitor headphones/speakers are supposed to). I'm not saying that they can't be used for pure listening enjoyment. I just thought it was important to note that they are essentially studio type headphones used for mixing and monitoring purposes. So don't expect some extra thump to your bass due to some hyped-up build specs. They will do quite fine in that area, however, bringing honest justice to any sounds sent through them. I've owned a pair of these for several months now. At first, they did seem to feel a little tightly clamped when putting them on. It wasn't overbearing to my average-size head though and was a non-issue after only a few days. The sound is more detailed than my ATH-M30 monitor headphones, as to be expected, and in ways draws near to my Beyerdynamic open-back which cost about twice as much. The Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones aren't quite as airy or crisp as the Beyerdynamic dt-990s which really make some sounds sizzle like fresh crisp bacon on a snowy Christmas morning. They do come close though. With a bit warmer feel, the band or orchestra could very well be right there with you.... and your HD-280 pros.
Pros:
sound quality, more than decent durability, fairly revealing (mixing/mastering on budget) high quality monitors for music professionals and honest sound for everyone, good value
Cons:
a hard carrying case would have been cool; a straight cable to compliment the curly one would be nice as well
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5 out of 5

My Second Pair

Written By mdray, Hollywood, Al on Friday, January 03, 2014
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This is my second pair of HD 280 Pro phones (first pair was damaged beyond repair in flooded basement). The phones are great for the average listener, good mid range and tight bass. While maybe not as bright and articulate as some, the price more than makes up for it.
Pros:
Well built, comfortable and compact when folded.
Cons:
Lacking a bit in the upper ranges.
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5 out of 5

Love them

Written By Mom of teens, Dublin, Ohio on Monday, December 30, 2013
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Overall, these headphones are a great value. For the price, they provide really good sound quality. We have heard headphones that sound a little better, but they cost a whole lot more. We have three teens (17, 15 and 13) and all of them agree that these are excellent headphones, especially for the price. The kids also agree they are very good at blocking out noise.
Pros:
Comfortable fit; very good sound quality, especially for the price; good at blocking out noise
Cons:
The cord is a little long; the fit is a little big for our 13-year-old daughter, but older boys like the fit; they may be too good at blocking out noise, as the kids can't hear me call or talk to them when they are wearing them. LOL
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5 out of 5

Sennheiser HD 280 Pro-The best for me

Written By Louis L Bullard, Greenville SC on Thursday, October 17, 2013
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I am 51 and that puts me in a different genre than some. I have had Grados, good, Bose, Sony and audio techs. People please understand things have changed, even my ears but the Sennheiser 280 kick some serious butt. The around the ear feature and design keep out unwanted noise. The bass is tight and dead on, the mid range is outstanding and the highs a tad bright but you will survive. I listen to jazz,ZZ-TOP,Sade, and yes hard rock to. I use a thousand dollar receiver with them, that says a lot. I would never skateboard or go running with them Crutchfield has to many lighter choices, earbuds etc. I always call one of the kind phone staff,who know. I will never bad mouth a company, they have employees and are meeting a bottom line to. Read Read Read and find what you want.I have ordered from Crutchfield for five years and I know I am not near don't approach the high end shopper. I am at least as happy as one.L Bullard
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4 out of 5

Pretty good

Written By Zivkam, Plano, tx on Saturday, September 21, 2013
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The headphones work great with both my home stereo (included adapter) and iPhone. A little heavy on mid range and minimal bass but you can still hear the bass from a DJ Magic Mike song. Nothing earth shattering but audible. Very good noise canceling but can still hear the kids yelling while a movie is going.
Pros:
Included stereo adapter
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

senn. hd 280 pro

Written By cl, maui on Friday, September 06, 2013
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What a great headset for under150 $. Fabulous sound quality, hard to find a better set than this for this price!!
Pros:
Nice sound
Cons:
Bulky
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4 out of 5

Nice Headphones

Written By gman, Baltimore, MD on Monday, August 05, 2013
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Nice headphones. I didn't want to spend a fortune on them and I wanted a closed design. I use them at home when my wife is also in the office and she wants me to turn down my speakers. I did consider some others, but they were all at least twice as expensive. I am very happy with these.
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5 out of 5

Sennheiser HD 280 Pro

Written By Anonymous, San Diego, Ca on Friday, July 12, 2013
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Bought for my husband's birthday. We both own Bose noise canceling headphones, but they are some big to wear around the house. We love these Sennheiser, and will be traveling with these now.
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4 out of 5

good headphones

Written By Bob, Houston, Texas on Monday, July 08, 2013
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These headphones are comfortable and sound pretty good. There doesn't seem to be a lot of bottom end coming from them, but you get over that pretty quickly. Headphones are generally pricey, so for the price of these phones, I think they're a good buy. Overall, good product.
Pros:
Good noise reduction. Good sound. Comfortable.
Cons:
I wish they had a little more of a richer sound.
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5 out of 5

HD280 PRO

Written By JD, Santa Ana Ca. on Tuesday, January 08, 2013
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I just got them Just before Christmas and the sound is great. I some music that go down to 10db and they reproduction of sound is fantastic and my girl friend loves them too :)
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4 out of 5

Great Headphones at a Great price

Written By PT, Marysville, Ohio on Thursday, December 06, 2012
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It's just a very good pair of headphones for a very good price. You can spend more and fool yourself into thinking an "Audiophile" pair were better...but most humans don't have that sensitive of hearing. I listen to allot of old vinyl LP's with these...and they transport me back into that world, nice imaging and good noise cancellation. When listening to digital music these really expose how harsh some of the mixes today really are. You won't regret buying these.....at least a normal person wouldn't.
Pros:
Price, Sound Quality and overall construction
Cons:
I really couldn't find any....especially at this price point.
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2 out of 5

Not What I Expected

Written By Zo, Star Ranch, Idaho on Saturday, December 01, 2012
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Previously, I had Sony MDR-V600. Aside from always feeling too big (and thus, not "tight"), they lasted well over a decade of daily use and the sound quality wasand still is superior, especially in comparison to my recently purchased Sennheiser HD280 Pro phones. In fact, I still have the Sony phones and will keep patching them up with electrical tape and ignore the foam shedding near the ears. I will miss the the Sony pair, already do. It will take some getting used to the reduction in sound quality with the Sennheiser, if that is in fact that's even possible. Oh well. (Hear: Fleetwood Mac)
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5 out of 5

Amazing Sound Quality. A Great Value

Written By Juice2288, San Diego, CA on Wednesday, March 28, 2012
 
I purchased these about six years ago and till this day, they continue to give me a fantastic listening experience. I own and have owned more expensive headphones from fine brands like AKG, Grado and Sennheiser. But for this price range, nothing else come close. They are not the sharpest looking headphones. They are a bit heavy. But the fit is comfortable and I can wear them for hours comfortably; I did all day at work. You get a true and rich sound unlike those of some of the new headphones that have artificially enhanced sounds. These headphones will provide and excellent clarity throughout all types of music. I listen to everything from classical to punk and have enjoyed each type through these headphones. I can't recommend them enough.
Pros:
Sound quality. Portability; folds-in. Comfort; well padded. Long cable.
Cons:
Weight; a bit heavy, Style; a bit ugly.
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4 out of 5

Good Utilitarian Headphones

Written By Duff B, Hudson Valley, NY on Thursday, March 15, 2012
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I play the bass and I practice using headphones so I don't drive the family nuts. I got these to replace a pair of Bose Noise cancelling headphones that had started to fall apart. They are fine now, but it took some adjusting. When I first used them, I found it really hard to play solo (as opposed to against a track on an MP3 player). The sound seemed to blast my ears and I would get head aches. I played around with volume - by turning my input and output volume low, I was able to find a comfortable volume that still had a nice tone balance. I also noticed that the cups have a fair amount of pressure to them and that seemed to be causing the headache sensation, which I would get if I just wore them without playing any music (and boy does that cut out sound). Knowing that the headaches weren't some sign of hearing loss was reassuring, and as I use them more, the feeling is much less bothersome - and the sound quality is as good a the Bose - which were 3x the cost.
Pros:
Inexpensive, high quality headphones, broad, flat frequency response esp low freq. Cut out ambient sound effectively
Cons:
Ear cups are fairly tight. May take some getting used to.
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5 out of 5

Awesome product

Written By Earlene C, Cumberland, MD on Saturday, February 04, 2012
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Got this for my son for Christmas and he absolutely loves them.
Pros:
Great sound
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4 out of 5

Personal Use Sennheiser 280 HD Pros

Written By Chris, Columbus, OH on Sunday, January 29, 2012
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I was very impressed with the "bang for buck" factor here. I did not listen to them once until I had broken them in with 100 hours of white noise. They have a very very natural response and really let you hear all frequencies at an equal level. There is no muddiness that I can tell. For me the highs are a tiny bit too sharp but, again, crystal clear. Though I broke them in for 100 hours, they have continued to improve their response for all frequencies. They also have a very strong grip on your head which was something I was looking for. I guess this could potentially give people a headache. Also, thank you crutchfield for a speedy delivery and rgeat service. No hasseling whatsoever. 5 stars to you
Pros:
Great range and response to it Long chord 1/4" adapter Loud Natural sound
Cons:
The higher frequencies are a little sharp the bass seems a tiny tiny underpowered in a few cases They may squeeze a little too tight
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5 out of 5

Sennheiser HD280 Pro Headphones

Written By Don, Albany, NY on Saturday, January 28, 2012
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The headphones look and work great. The cord is extra long and also detachable.
Pros:
Sennheiser quailty and detachable cord
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

great for all purpose

Written By ScottF, Seattle WA on Wednesday, January 25, 2012
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I have used these headphones both in my in-home studio for recording purposes (excellent, clear response), and on a plane, where the ambient noise reduction was blissful, even without music plugged in!.
Pros:
Excellent quality, sturdy, comfortable.
Cons:
A little big for portable use, but this wasn't my primary purpose.
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2 out of 5

Don't buy this model ... higher quality a must.

Written By Maggi, Stillwater, MN on Saturday, January 21, 2012
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I purchased for my kids (16 & 13) for listening to iTunes, iPod etc. They are okay. I purchased two pairs. The headphones are heavy to wear, do not block out surrounding sound and their sound output is okay. Would I suggest them, no I would not. You get what you pay for! If you want to use often, spend the money and get a better quality headphone.
Pros:
none
Cons:
Too heavy, poor sound quality.
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5 out of 5

Good value, good sound reproduction

Written By RE, Washington, DC on Friday, January 20, 2012
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No headphones or any other audio product will satisfy everyone. However, these headphones satisfy me. I use them to listen to Internet radio (classical and jazz) from Denmark while working in a bullpen environment. My requirements when shopping for headphones were (1) to avoid a boomy, muddy bass sound, so popular with rock music fans and hence with certain other manufacturers, (2) to be able to hear relatively clear mid-frequency sounds, (3) to be able to wear the headphones for an extended period, (4) to avoid audio seepage, and (5) not to have to mortgage my house. The Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones fit the bill. Sure, the sound is not as transparent as that produced by my $2,000 electrostatic room speakers, but it's darn good. Yes, the plastic ear cups don't feel like leather and they heat up a bit after several hours, but they are comfortable enough and there is no audio seepage. My order with Crutchfield was shipped the same day and arrived the day after that, and my purchase didn't break the bank. What's not to like?
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1 out of 5

Don't Waste Your Time or Money!

Written By FrankD, Dunn, NC on Tuesday, December 06, 2011
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I thought Sennheisers were supposed to be high end headphones. These are the worst sounding headphones I have ever heard. They shear the highs, overemphasize the mids and are bass shy. I'm running a Cambridge Audio Sonata CD30 with a Pro-Ject headphone amp so my equipment isn't the problem....Sennheiser what a disappointment!
Pros:
-Nothing
Cons:
-Sheared off Highs -Overempahsized mids -Bass shy -Uncomfortable
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4 out of 5

Great sound

Written By MikeD, Kennett Square, PA on Thursday, December 01, 2011
 
Great sound quality for the price. Well made headphones. Fold down for storage. Still quite large for use on flights.
Pros:
Great sound quality compared with other cheaper headphones I have used. Good quality. Fold down for storage.
Cons:
Still quite large for travelling
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5 out of 5

Good Cans!

Written By whitedk57, Franklin, NC on Wednesday, November 09, 2011
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If you really want bass response without getting a separate headphone amp, then these are probably not for you. But with the proper amp, these babies are awesome!

I play bass, so I need a practice set of headphones that could articulate the bass clearly. Of course, I needed to get the amp to go with it, but now I have practice cans that won't disappoint.
Pros:
These headphones are constructed with heavy duty plastic that feels very solid. I especially like the ability to fold these for more compact storage. The cans can also be pivoted, which provides a more precise fit. The sound quality is exceptional for the price point at which I purchased these ($79). I don't profess to be an audiophile, but these cans provide music detail that rivals more expensive ones.
Cons:
The bass response on these cans is somewhat lacking. But that doesn't mean that they aren't capable of producing head-pounding bass. What I did was buy a decent headphone amplifier from JDS Labs (cMoyBB v2.03). The headphone amplifier has a bass boost that brings out all of the richness of these headphones.
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5 out of 5

Great Set of Headphones

Written By Troy, Herndon, VA on Monday, November 07, 2011
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The Sennheiser HD 280 Pros I find to be excellent. They are everything the manufacturer claims they would be. I was looking at first for noise cancelling headphones and ran across these. With the over the ear fit in my opinion they do just as well. The sound is awesome with all low, mid, and high frequencies. I am a drummer and they are perfect for practicing. I can hear what I am playing w/o drowning out the music I am playing along to. I think they are an excellent choice for just listening to audio, noise reduction, and practicing music as I do. The other part that I like about them is almost all the parts are replaceable in the event something goes wrong. Nice job Sennheiser and Crutchfield.
Pros:
I think the product was very well priced for what these headphones do as well as their comfort and noise reduction.
Cons:
Nothing.
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5 out of 5

Great 'Phones

Written By Bob, Thousand Oaks, Calif. on Tuesday, October 11, 2011
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Bought my first pair of earphones in 1972. That first Sony pair was very comfortable with fair sound quality. This Sennheiser HD 280 Pro is the best pair I've ever owned. Comfortable, outstanding sound, and the cord is LONG. Great stuff.
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3 out of 5

They are good but..

Written By Sunny, NY on Friday, August 12, 2011
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These headphones are much better & cheaper than the Bose AE2 model. But when it comes to listening to good music comfort is also very important. I have had these 280's for about 2 weeks now & the sound lives up to my expectation as a audiophile teamed up with a headphone amp, but its just not comfortable. These feel like a clamp around my head & puts a lot of pressure to the point i cant wear it over 10-15 minutes or I start to get a headache due to the pressure. I have tried to stretch it out and put it over a stack of books as advised by Sennheiser but so far it has not made it any looser. On the other hand the 380's would be a good option even though they are almost double the price you get good value for your price & Sennheiser is a much better option than Bose in my opinion if you believe in paying for ''quality not ''research''. As always Crutchfield's customer service & tech team's are extremely knowledgeable and helpful but I wish they offered better prices or price matched that way I would shop with them more often as everyone else I shop where the prices are better.
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5 out of 5

Good Fit, Great Sound !!!

Written By DanLS, Denver, Colorado on Tuesday, February 08, 2011
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Ear phones found in my area are not what I was looking for they didn't fit my head. the clarity
and sound and comfort did not measure up to the quality and price that I found in clutchfield
head phones. I'm very satisfied in chosing the right ones from your conmpany.
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3 out of 5

worth the money

Written By jerryt, milwaukee, wi on Tuesday, February 01, 2011
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I have a hearing loss; therefore, I depend on phones when watching tv. the phones met my
expectations for the price, but they lack the comfort and the noise reduction of the Bose
phones that I also use for tv viewing.
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4 out of 5

Sennheiser HD 280

Written By Mr. Bill, South Texas, NJ USA on Thursday, November 11, 2010
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I've have my Sennheiser HD 280 headphones for a couple weeks and couldn't be
happier with them. I purchased them based on the recommendation of the very
knowledgeable I spoke with before ordering.

I visit a few forums online that are frequented by people much more experienced than I
and comments from these folks about the HD 280s are positive. They use many
phrases to describe how headphones sound that are over my head. I just know they
sound very nice..

I use my headphones to listen to Apple lossless files on my unamped IPod and WMA
lossless files on my business computer... Shush, don't tell the boss.

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5 out of 5

Great bang for the buck

Written By Jim, Near Pittsburgh, PA on Thursday, September 23, 2010
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This is my second set of HD 280 Pro's. My original cans are still in use, I just wanted a pair
for home as well as playing out. Of course I had to replace a few ear caps and headband
(which is a great feature) after many years of use but they still sound great (they will sound
even better when broken in). l've used many but few compare to these. Probably one of the
best features is noise isolation and great frequency response and of course comfort. I'm
sure there are better headphones on the market but honestly, I doubt if "anyone" could tell the
difference in sound if put to a test. Crutchfield is a solid company to deal with. I've bought
televisions and other large ticket items without a hitch. Support is top notch. . . and no I don't
work for the company. :)
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5 out of 5

Good Drummer Headphones

Written By Tom H., Atlanta on Monday, August 30, 2010
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We use these headphones for our drummer. The frequency response range is good,
with enough bass for the drummer to hear the Kick drum & bass player. More
importantly, the over-ear design clamps on the head just tight enough to block out
ambient drum sounds enough that the drummer can hear other instruments and vocals
in the earphones without turning the volume up too high to drown out the drums. I also
like the sturdiness of the build - seems to take more abuse than some of the other
headphone designs. Price seems resonable for what you get.
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5 out of 5

Great Headphones

Written By Mark, Lawrence, KS on Wednesday, March 24, 2010
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These headphones sound amazing. Full, rich highs and middles. The bass is not overpowering, but it is still there just fine. I've tried other headphones that had too much bass, and it distracts from the music for me.

Let them burn in for a couple of days, and they sound even better.

The only minor quibble I have is that my ears get sweaty in the earcups, but that is pretty minor--and native to these kinds of headphones in the first place.
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5 out of 5

Sennheiser HD 280 Pro

Written By Debbie, Jackson, TN on Monday, January 18, 2010
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I bought these for my grown son for Christmas. He says they are great, and he is very
hard to please. He likes everything about them. He also likes the fact that you can buy
replacement parts.
Crutchfield shipped the same day I ordered and also guarantee customer satisfaction
with their products.
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4 out of 5

Sennheiser HD 280 Pro

Written By James, Hartford, CT on Friday, January 15, 2010
 
I use these headphones for late night movie/tv watching and video gaming without disturbing the household. They sound great and fit comfortably. Only minor drawback is the coiled cord makes it tough to get the full 10' extension.
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5 out of 5

Sennheiser HD 280 Pro

Written By Alaskan05, Anchorage, AK on Thursday, December 18, 2008
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These headphones rock. The bass isn't boomy, but it isn't lacking either. The sound is very realistic and clear. These are some of the best cans that I've heard (so far). For the money, they are the best you can get. Would definitely recommend, and how can you go wrong with Crutchfield's free shipping? In Alaska, this is practically unheard of. 5 Stars all around!
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5 out of 5

Incredible audio experience!

Written By Erich, Sterling Heights, MI on Sunday, November 30, 2008
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Crutchfield rocks and so do these headphones. They arrived in three days
and produce superb sound, with sharp, clear highs and deep, thunderous
lows. I can easily crank up the volume to the point where it feels like my
ears are going to start bleeding without worrying about whether it's too
much for the headphones to handle. They're quite comfortable and do an
excellent job of insulating you from the surrounding environment. And I
guess these must be the most sophisticated headphones I've ever bought,
because I don't recall ever getting a printed manual before. In short, I'm
very satisfied with my purchase.
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3 out of 5

worth 99 bucks

Written By Tony, Sunny FL on Monday, May 26, 2008
 
Ok, I put these phones up against a pair of Bose on ear triports. Here's what I determined about the HD280:They are a nice set of musically accurate headphones. Bass: Flat which is ok however the mid-low bass exhibited a muddy or blah response when listening to Bond Casino royal during the tanker truck scene. this would be the same muddied or blah response you would get trying to recreate bass over a audio system without the help of a sub woofer. "kind of like thud thud thud vs pound pound pound" Also Bass needed a +8-+12db re-eq to sound presentable sorry i live in 2008 not 1975 and a sound system without bass is useless.
Mid: a very tad bit middy and some mids are a bit harsh (genesis, trick of the tail, entangled; dsd sacd remastered version) I noticed some ear piercing mids from this track Highs: perfect

For 99 bucks you will find these hard to beat. The audio quality is going to beat anything else in this price range however at 200 standard price this all changes. The downfalls are
>lack of decent bass without re-eq
>big old school design difficult to travel with or transport
>they get uncomfy very quickly

in conclusion I found these to be a great deal at 99 bucks however, in the end, i opted to spend the additional 80 clams for the Bose on ear triports as i found the Bose overall superior in every way and enough to justify the 80 clams extra for them.
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3 out of 5

plastic disintegrates quickly

Written By Robert, New York, NY on Monday, January 21, 2008
 
I bought these in September 2005, and while I have no complaints about the sound (sound isolation is great), the plastic disintegrated quickly (within a year). They fold compactly, and I would carry them in my backpack often, so I may have contributed to the damage by being a little careless. Still, I had higher hopes for their durability. I patched them up with black gaffer's tape. They still sound fabulous, but I use them primarily at home. If you're looking for headphones that will travel well and be durable, these may not be the best choice.
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3 out of 5

A bit of a damper on the hype on these headphones

Written By Ron, Nashua, NH on Wednesday, October 17, 2007
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Ok, I just bought these headphones (have had them for 2 weeks) after reading all of these reviews. To others like me: let me help you set realistic expectations or you will be disappointed like me. The manufacturer's intent for these headphones (as stated in the documentation that accompanies them) is to reproduce music *accurately* for the purpose of studio monitoring.

And they are superb at doing just that: they are even across their tonal range and frequency response so those who are interested can hear each sound distinctly. To me, they are not *that* good for listening to music for pleasure because of this. I don't like booming, distorting, or exaggerated bass or clinky treble, but I expected more than these provide. Metaphorically, the sound produced by these headphones is like putting all your paint colors on a canvas in separate circles so you can carefully compare each color scientifically. I wanted an artistic painting, so to speak.

Again, these are superb quality headphones, but I wanted fuller sound. Even with various equalizer settings on my 5G ipod, they are still ho-hum. And all the hype about "burn-in" is a controversial urban legend, backed by some theory on the settling of the sound production materials, but those who think they are hearing a meaningful or even noticeable sound difference I think are hearing what they want to hear. I burned them in them for a couple days (playing continuous music at mid-volume)...no discernible difference even to one musically trained.

On a good note, the world disappears when I have these on. They are magnificent at sealing around the ear and attenuating distracting ambient sound in the office except when I am wearing my glasses when the sound leaks in. Although I think would be the case with any circumaural headphones with eye glasses.

Anyway, synthesize my review with the many others here and make your own decision, borrow a pair or try in a store for yourself. But they were a bit of a let down for me after reading all the hype from all these other reviewers. Sorry to say...
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5 out of 5

Best Headphones for the Money by Far

Written By John, Dallas, TX on Tuesday, June 26, 2007
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I looked and tested every headphone up to around $400/pr, and these Sennheisers blew every other one away. I don't mean they are somewhat better, I mean these absolutely were no comparison to the others. The Bose were not even close to these, not even in the same arena. Bose is known for their spatial sound and good bass, but the Sensheisers have bass that is real, not boomy, but as you hear live, the real thing. Across the audio frequency range these headphones are simply outstanding. You cannot go wrong with these, no matter the music. I listened to Van Halen, then Dave Brubeck, then Diana Krall, then some Zeppelin, and finished with the Chicagoo/Solti recording of Beethoven's 9th Symphony, and I heard instruments with these phones I have never heard before. Well done Sennheiser. Oh, and did I mention that they are really comfortable, and also eliminate any outside noises.
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5 out of 5

Incredible Sound for Your Ears to Enjoy!

Written By Jim, Topsham, Maine on Monday, May 14, 2007
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Thank you to all previous reviewers of these Sennheiser HD 280Pro head phones. Your comments about the quality & sound of these phones sold me and know I must tell you to save a $100. or more on the world of Bose and buy these phones. I now watch all my sports, movies and TV shows with them taking me into a world of sound I have never experienced. You won't miss a beat, background effect or anything intented for the ear to hear with great balance of bass & tremble. End your search here, take the wife out to dinner with the savings and write your own review. The Cruthfield staff was superb in handling my questions and supported the ratings with great insight. Now back to the ball game!
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5 out of 5

Excellent for Sound Isolation

Written By Accumbens, Nashville on Wednesday, March 14, 2007
 
The main reason I got these was to keep sound out (fairly loud office - I like quiet) and to get great sound at the same time. These headphones are great for it - I briefly considered the Bose active noise canceling phones, but when I saw how much these dampened - I jumped on them. I haven't done a direct comparison, but a friend that owns the Bose says they seem similar and the HD280s are much cheaper.

Like others said, let them burn in. Also, while they don't need much power (my video ipod sounds great with them), they do need some equalization. They sound very flat without compensation for both bass and treble. This is fine on the ipod (I use the "rock" setting with these as opposed to the "flat" setting when using other headphones or plugged into the stereo). Also I readjusted itunes to compensate. The only time this eq issue matters for me is when listening to pandora online - where I can't change bass/treble settings. It's not horrible, but you don't get the great sound these are capable of.
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5 out of 5

Sennheiser HD 280 Pro

Written By Bryan, Salt Lake City, UT on Tuesday, March 06, 2007
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I really like these cans. Definitely remember to let them burn in, however. I left mine playing for a few days just on shuffle at half volume, and they sound a million times better. Everything is clear. The bass is nice and clear, and not too much. If you are looking for some big phones to replicate the subs you have in your '95 honda civic, go get something else. These phones are for people who appreciate how music is supposed to sound.

The only thing I don't like is that they look kinda funny on your head-- they stick way out. But I am willing to sacrifice the looks for the quality of sound these have for their price. They also squeeze your head pretty good, but that makes it so you can not hear anything at all practically.

Overall, I think these phones are a great buy. Highly recommended, especially for the price.
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4 out of 5

Great Sound by uncomfortable

Written By Marvin, Virginia on Tuesday, February 27, 2007
 
The sound in these headphones was great. I was looking for something closed for my commute on the bus. Unfortunately, while sounding great these are not the most comfortable headphones to wear for any extended period of time. I ultimately returned them on account of the comfort but would have kept otherwise. Crutchfield was great about the return, they get 5 stars.
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5 out of 5

Sennheiser HD 280 Pro

Written By Robert, Santa Barbara, CA on Friday, December 01, 2006
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Headphone worked perfectly with my new Apple nano-iPod!
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5 out of 5

Great sound. Noise dampening sets it apart from others.

Written By Michael, Oklahoma on Wednesday, July 26, 2006
 
The Sound is great, the frequency response is pretty rediculous. One thing that is very different about these headphones is that they seal against the head very very well and the earcups have a great deal of dampening properties, like 32dB outside noise. But what no one mentions is that the headphones are just as good at dampening the outside world from YOUR music. This was the main reason I chose these headphones because I am a programmer working in a cubical next to many other people in a very quiet office environment and these headphones allow me to listen to music really loud and no one else is bothered by it. It's great because everyone knows loud techno music produces better code.
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4 out of 5

Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Flexible, Great Audio but Cumbersome

Written By Stephen, Austin, Texas on Monday, June 19, 2006
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After researching and comparing some 15 headsets, I chose the Sennheiser HD280 Pro for my listening pleasure. About 70% of the time, I listen to a high quality portable Panasonic CD player and 30% of the time to a Nakamichi CD deck. I like the sound quality and the audio isolation from ambient noise. I also like the fact that the impedance and power rating of this headset should make it work efficiently with an iPod. On the downside, the bulkiness makes this unit a stay-at-home primarily for providing isolation and great sound quality when I want to seriously relax with my music. The force applied by the headset band is a little more than I was expecting, but I have become used to it. Still, for travel and walking outdoors, I will stay with my old earbuds, street phones or purchase a new, lightweight head set.
The heavy, coiled cord and oversize headband and ear surrounds make this a bit too inconvenient for, say, sitting in a coffee shop or riding on a bus. The unit does what I expected of it.
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4 out of 5

Good Headphones for the Price

Written By Eliezer, Vega Baja, Puerto Rico on Thursday, May 25, 2006
 
After too much headphone research, I decided to bet on the HD 280. At first I wondered if I had chosen correctly because they didn't sound as great as they were supposed to. That changed in about two weeks. It's true what they say about this model. You have to do some serious Burn-In. I made a custom CD with the kinds of music I listen to more often and sat back. I let the CD play for hours at a higher-than-usual volume and, about 50 hours later, they started sounding much better.

I gave it a 4 out of 5 because I mainly use them with an Ipod. I tried them with a more powerful source, and I'd say it's really more like a 4.5 out of 5. They are a good choice for $100 budget if your main concern is noise reduction (like myself). If you don't care about noise reduction, you should take a look at the Sennheiser HD 485. They supposedly sound better than the HD 280, and you can find them here for $20 less.
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5 out of 5

Sennheiser HD 280 Pro

Written By Chris, Missouri on Wednesday, April 26, 2006
 
The headphones are a steal at $100. It's like having maybe $200 speakers on your head, and a subwoofer! Great sound, great comfort. A+
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5 out of 5

Great set of Headphones

Written By Patrick, Nashville, TN on Saturday, November 19, 2005
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I have found these headphones to be true to reviews and their price on Crutchfield. These cans are large and sturdy, yet amazingly light and very nimble with their rotating earcups and easy fold-in design. Very good sound, just be sure to perform a "sonic break-in" for about 48 hours, playing them continuously with the music you prefer. And yes they may look a bit silly in public (the "Princess Lea" effect)but hey, since these headphones can be powered even by portable players, when walking outside you need headphones like these on windy days--they won't blow off your head, and they muffle the outside sound especially the wind. Many may still consider these too "retro" in look and feel, prefering earbuds, in-the-ear, and the many variants of headphones out there. Still, these are Sennheiser, where design and sound are a cut above, and the HD 280 pro has all replaceable parts, which is not true of all Sennheiser headphones.
Crutchfield followed up the quick delivery of my headphones with a call, and seem to be a leader in quality customer service. Their prices are not the lowest out there, but there is much to say about good solid customer service.
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5 out of 5

Exceptional sound, realiable headphones

Written By Justin, Lenexa, KS on Wednesday, October 12, 2005
 
Excellent pair of headphones. Hope this is helpful.

Justin
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5 out of 5

Great sound

Written By Mike, Phoenix, AZ on Friday, August 26, 2005
 
I listened to alot of headphones before I chose these. For $100, they sound as good as anything anywhere near their price range. They also have replaceable parts which is a big plus if you travel with them. The around the ear design cuts way down on ambient noise. I have found that I don't have to turn the volume up so high.
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2 questions already asked

I am looking for a set to use on long airline flights, how would these do? [ Gene  Mar 19, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Jeff Staff  Mar 24, 2014 ]
Can other people in the room hear the tv still even when you have the headset on? [ Nancy  Mar 04, 2014 ]
3 answers
  • Yes. [ James   Mar 14, 2014 ]
  • Not sure I understand the question...? Other folks in the room not wearing the headphones will surely be able to hear the television... they will not hear the music/noise coming from the headphones... those wearing the headphones will not hear the television and will only hear the source of the audio they are listening to with the headphones. I love mine. They're large and you look a bit like an offensive coordinator on the field of a football game, but for private listening within the house they do the trick of great audio and shut out the rest of the noise in the house. [ JUSTIN   Mar 05, 2014 ]
  • No. The sound isolation properties ( as well as the fidelity, and sensitivity in terms of using these headphones with an MP3 player or similar device ) of these headphones is very good, I originally bought these for a plane flight to Ireland. I do have to say that the pressure on the area around the ear limits the amount of time that you can wear the headphones. You can try to stretch the headband, but be careful not to distort or over bend it. If you purchase these headphones also purchase a 10 or 20 foot non-coiled ( or straight ) extension cord because the coil cord built in when stretched put a torsional force on the headphones ( makes them want to turn on your head ). I would purchase these headphones again and recommend them to others. Nancy if you have any more questions don't hesitate to ask. [ EDWARD C   Mar 05, 2014 ]

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