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Looking for durable replacement for HD280

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Unfortunately, my trusty HD280's seem to have kicked the bucket. I thought it was a driver issue, so I got a new one from Sennheiser...I just soldered it up and the left ear still isn't working. Oh well, I've had them for something like 7 years now, and they've been through a lot of abuse. I mainly use them to plug into my Line 6 POD when I'm playing guitar, so they usually end up getting left on the floor with the POD when I'm done.

 

Anyway, I need a cheapish (~$100) replacement for these guys. I use SE535's when I'm *actually* listening to music, so I don't need anything great, just something durable and relatively flat-sounding. I thought it was interesting that the HD 280 wasn't mentioned in the latest Head Fi gift guide...curious if there's something different you all would recommend?

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The gift guide isn't objective or even necessarily comprehensive. That said, Sony MDR-V6/7506 headphones would serve you perfectly, I feel. They fit your budget and they're comfortable, sound neutral, and could stand up to some wear and tear over time. They also isolate surprisingly well. Don't worry about which of those "two" you should get, they're basically the same.

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Unfortunately, my trusty HD280's seem to have kicked the bucket. I thought it was a driver issue, so I got a new one from Sennheiser...I just soldered it up and the left ear still isn't working. Oh well, I've had them for something like 7 years now, and they've been through a lot of abuse. I mainly use them to plug into my Line 6 POD when I'm playing guitar, so they usually end up getting left on the floor with the POD when I'm done.

 

Anyway, I need a cheapish (~$100) replacement for these guys. I use SE535's when I'm *actually* listening to music, so I don't need anything great, just something durable and relatively flat-sounding. I thought it was interesting that the HD 280 wasn't mentioned in the latest Head Fi gift guide...curious if there's something different you all would recommend?

 

Takstar Pro 80 (Gemini HSR-1000) closed headphones ($75-$95)

They seem to be the same headphones, jut sold under several different names.

post #4 of 5

Hi,

 

You should consider Gemini HSR-1000 (Takstar Pro 80)

 

Best Luck!

post #5 of 5

Its going to be hard to beat the HD280 as a guitar monitor in terms of neutral-flatness. Its one of the most flat measuring (and sounding IMHO) dynamic cans I've owned, with a little bit of deep bass emphasis below ~65 Hz.  So if thats what you are after, I think you should just get another 280.

 

Others for you to consider in that price range are the MDRV6 and K240s.  Both are more colored than the HD280 though, and between the three the V6 I would say is the most durable.  But its also the most colored sounding of the 3, and I always found it had a slightly more pronounced "V" curve compared to the 240s or the flat HD280.

 

 I owned an MS1 for a while that I was using for guitar practice and it really excelled in that role sonically and sounded great.  But the "Y" cable kept getting in the way of the upper guitar horn against my body so I sold them.  And in terms of durability, Grados in general are not as durable/robust as the other cans mentioned above.  Not sure which POD you are using, but mines a 2.0 from about 10 years ago and it has plenty of  power and headroom for all my cans.  I usually use a K701 though, very detail revealing, and neutral enough for my tastes. 

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