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Being a studio owner for many years, I’ve had the opportunity to try out many different headphones. Recording artists come in for tracking, they need headphones out in the live room that will reference what they need to hear properly as well as me on the other side of the glass behind the mixing board. Now don’t get me wrong for me personally, I like using the primary main speakers in the control room but there are times that I want to hear exactly what the band hears in their headphone mix so I throw on a pair of Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones.
The recording artists like the Sennheiser’s because they are comfortable and offer a nice clear neutral sound. The Sennheiser HD 280 Pro’s have a nice firm fit over the head but is not overbearing. It’s funny, I have a client that comes in regularly that has a somewhat small head and all of my other headphones tend to fall off of his head but the Sennheiser HD 280 Pro’s hug right on for the whole session. Don’t worry though you guys/gals with larger heads, the headphones expand out just fine and don’t squash your head as they expand out.
These might not be the best looking headphones. They are plain solid black, look monstrous and have a huge coiled cord. Me personally though, that’s what I like. Something basic, doesn’t stand out visually, comfortable to wear, sounds great and has a nice affordable price tag on them.
Besides using the Sennheiser HD 280 Pro’s for tracking sessions in the studio, I also use them for a couple other sources. While I’m mixing a song I primarily use the main nearfield monitors but at different points of the project I will throw on the Sennheiser’s as a second reference source and really let my ears be surrounded by the mix. Using both speakers in the room plus headphones allows me to double check panning, volume and bass/mud issues in the mix.
Outside of the studio, ARC does quite a bit of audio for film which means lots of on-set dialog recording and capturing other various sounds for sound design and effects/background sounds. Because the Sennheiser HD 280 Pro’s have a nice snug fit and large ear cups (with easy to replace ear pads), they are great for on-set recording. The headphones stay right in place all day long and offer a nice isolation so only hear what the microphone is picking up.
In conclusion these are great headphones that I highly recommend. They are comfortable, neutral, sound good, easy to drive the headphones, look decent, are durable and the cord and ear pads are easy to replace if needed. If you like a slim fancy headphone then these are not for you but if you’re anything like me then you’ll love these things and you’ll love the price.
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