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Sennheiser 380 Pro's, why so little info on them? Yay or nay?

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Hi guys, 

 

This is my first post so I apologise If I ramble on. I am looking for my first quality set of headphones and have stumbled upon the HD 380 Pro's. I first looked at the usually recommended ATH-M50's but they aren't really sold here in South Africa, and those that do sell them charge over 200 dollars for essentially +-120 dollar headphones... Sennheiser is popular and well established here, and a friend who works for a local radio station is able to get the HD 380 Pro's on discount for me which would bring down the price under 150 dollars which seems more acceptable to me.  These headphones don't really seem popular here on Head-Fi? The ratings are pretty good but only a handful of people have reviewed them here on Head-Fi, and I have read a few threads where people were not really happy with the sound quality. The ratings on Amazon for the 380's are highly favourable and so are reviews I found on WhatHiFi, Tech Radar etc. Other popular headphone sites such as Headfonia and InnerFidelity dont have anything on them either which concerns me a bit. Would I be making a mistake by purchasing these headphones? I was able to demo my friends pair and they sounded amazing to me playing through his old Macbook, but then again I am new to more expensive audio equipment so anything might sound good to my virgin ears! I listen mostly to metal, post-rock, electronica, jazz, movie soundtracks and scores, and ambient stuff. I have already ordered a Fiio E07K to use as an external sound card for my PC. Any advice will be great guys!

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I've used them for live sound monitoring and they seemed good (that's what they're made for). Can't really comment on music playback though. Build and comfort are decent.

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Originally Posted by guitarshredda15 View Post
 

Hi guys, 

 

This is my first post so I apologise If I ramble on. I am looking for my first quality set of headphones and have stumbled upon the HD 380 Pro's. I first looked at the usually recommended ATH-M50's but they aren't really sold here in South Africa, and those that do sell them charge over 200 dollars for essentially +-120 dollar headphones... Sennheiser is popular and well established here, and a friend who works for a local radio station is able to get the HD 380 Pro's on discount for me which would bring down the price under 150 dollars which seems more acceptable to me.  These headphones don't really seem popular here on Head-Fi? The ratings are pretty good but only a handful of people have reviewed them here on Head-Fi, and I have read a few threads where people were not really happy with the sound quality. The ratings on Amazon for the 380's are highly favourable and so are reviews I found on WhatHiFi, Tech Radar etc. Other popular headphone sites such as Headfonia and InnerFidelity dont have anything on them either which concerns me a bit. Would I be making a mistake by purchasing these headphones? I was able to demo my friends pair and they sounded amazing to me playing through his old Macbook, but then again I am new to more expensive audio equipment so anything might sound good to my virgin ears! I listen mostly to metal, post-rock, electronica, jazz, movie soundtracks and scores, and ambient stuff. I have already ordered a Fiio E07K to use as an external sound card for my PC. Any advice will be great guys!

I'm going to "guess" the 380 Pros offer Bassheads some good thump, but I think for the price they use to go for, near $200?, there are other headphone that offer more audio detail? in their sound.

But if you like the 380 Pro sound, might as well get them.

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I think the ATH-M50 sounds comparable to the HD380's. I prefer the straight cable of the Audio-Technica's if I'm at a desk. And I like tge HD380's more for like on the go.
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Thanks for the input guys! Think I'll be getting the 380 Pro's, 35 percent discount is a steal and I did enjoy them when I tried them out! And considering that the exchange rate here in South Africa is causing a lot of electronic equipment to jump in price then I better jump on this deal. Does anyone know if the ATH-M50's have a harsh treble? I have read that before and therefore don't feel bad for passing on them as I prefer dark sound signatures.
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Originally Posted by guitarshredda15 View Post


I owned the 380 first just for sound listening not for mixing or monitoring, I liked the build quality. The sound? Not that much. Even after I burned it in the well-known Sennheiser "Veil" is there. And then I heard about the M50's and how good they were and Holy schmokes! The first time I put on the M50's I was smiling all over my ears I just can't believe what I'm hearing! The voice clarity is so good, no veil sound. And the treble is not harsh at all, if it's harsh, it's because of the bad recording of the music..
post #7 of 8
I just bought a pair of these hd 380 pro yesterday for my ipod classic and just audio uha120.
I think they sound good. They have very smooth and gentle highs which is nice when using an ipod as source. Mids are present and clear and the bass goes deep without being boomy or anything like that. Overall good soundquality and highly musical. It actually leaves a reminiscense of beyerdynamic dt150... not bad at all...
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them if you want a reasonably priced closed-back headphone, unless you want an analytical headphone that forces detail on you.
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So guys I ended up purchasing the 380's for a pretty good price, been running it through a Fiio e07k as desktop DAC. I must say I am highly impressed with the clarity of the sound. The bass is deep but natural sounding and not overpowering. Mids are clear and the treble thank goodness isn't too bright, I cant stand tons of treble on audio equipment! I think the 380's will be a great introduction into the world of high quality audio! Maybe there are better products out there in the 380's price range but I am highly satisfied so far, will be interesting to see if headphone "burn in" is real and whether the sound changes over time. Does anyone have experience with the E07K/E09K combo? Would I benefit at all from purchasing the E09K? The impedance on the 380's is only 54 ohms. 

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