A review of my new (old model?) HD-280 Pro, a nice headphone with very cheap earpads. http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/forum/headphone-reviews/1828-sennheiser-...
Final Audio Pandora VI, Beyer T51p, Harman/Kardon Soho, Thinksound ON1, v-moda M80, Bose OE2i, Audioengine D3/Microstreamer/FiiO E07k DAC/amps.
Interesting, as usual.
Perhaps a few words in comparison to price similar phones such as the new Logitech UE (non-ANC)?
Pretty ... and pretty proud of it
The HD280 is much more hi-fi than the UE4000, although the UE4000's earpads are far, far better quality (sigh). If only I could get the 4000-quality earpads to fit the HD280, the 280 would sound even better. The UE4000 has enough treble rolloff to require a treble boost for me - even with the treble boost the 4000's highs are not hi-fi, but they're good enough for walkabout portable listening. The 4000's bass is strong and pretty even, not having the dip in the upper bass to lower mids like the HD280 does, but the 4000's bass doesn't have the detail and quality of the HD280's, so it's a mixed bag. In the $100 USD range, which is what these two cost in the U.S., there isn't much I'm familiar with. The new Beyer DTX501p is another competitor for the UE4000, having comparable bass and treble rolloff. So I'd say the HD280 is the best bet for sound with a couple caveats - not portable like these other two, and in a dry environment it may take the HD280's earpads a while to achieve a good bass seal to overcome that hollow midrange.
Did Youtube video today: http://youtu.be/kn8HaQtdFsU
You probably could throw in the V-Moda for comparison.
Keep your reviews coming
Those pads on the 280 and the suckout in the lower mids, plus the non-portability and big coiled cable, give lots of advantage to the v-moda M80. But, because the 280 is half the price, sounds bigger, and with patience to get a good seal sounds more hi-fi, has its own advantages.
I bought the HD280pro after the PX100. The range was impressive and the isolation great, but they sounded flat and lifeless to me.
I now have the Sennheiser HD25-1-II which is a MUCH better closed headphone, and well worth the price difference, I never touch the 280pro any more, gave them to my daughter.
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