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Sennheiser HD 280 Pro vs KRK KNS 8400

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Sennheiser HD 280 pro are  fine  cans for the  money(especially 

at current prices)  good bass extension reasonably tight well 

controlled bass smooth slightly rolled off treble fairly  

balanced midrange . 
They do require a long break in and get better after months of 

HD 280 pro's  have  the Sennheiser signature sound and a  

slight evidence of the notorious "sennheiser veil " not much 

though , some like it some don't .
Sennheiser  has been making phones probably longer than almost 

anybody and seem to have a complete product line and in the 

case of the HD 280 pro is a well made very comfortable phone 

you can wear for hours on end although some say the clamping 

force is a little high,  there is some validity to that argument 

but the clamping force decreases  over time
 These Sennheiser phones sell at a relative bargain price for 

what you get performance wise .and are a good studio workhorse 

staple also  they play well above the  current price level IMO  
they also come with a 2 yr warranty from Sennheiser .
. I have some KRK KNS 8400  they are Harsh, lifeless,and have 

flabby bass (what there is of it )  and are shrill by 

comparison and lack soundstage ,sort of OK for tracking (for 

very short intervals ) but fail at listening because of 

harshness  and are extremely uncomfortable for any length of 

The 2 pc headband cushion on the KRK's is very uncomfortable to 

the point of being painful at the top of my head after a short 

interval very poor design compared to venerable Sennheiser 

studio workhorse phones IMO. 
The KRK KNS 8400  headband is one the worst I've ever worn 

comfort wise KRK decided to put a gap in the center of the 2 

piece head band  cushions rather than making a one piece 

cushion like Senns . '
Ear pads hold up  better on HD 280's KRK needs to go back to 

the drawing board. 
KRK does not  have the decades of expertise  behind them 

Sennheiser does and it shows  It's immediately apparent comfort 

wise when you slip the Senns on it is also  apparent KRK 

completely missed the boat here  on comfort.  The Sennheiser HD 

280's have been around a while and updated twice , good 

products often have a long product life cycle like the HD280 

Both the Sennheiser HD 280 pro and the KRK KNS 8400 are low 

impedance phones and can be driven by a PDP or phone . 
both come with 3.5mm plugs and 1/4 inch adapters 
and decent cords with the KRK's being detachable 
and straight and the Sennheiser being fixed but replaceable 
and coiled . 
Senns HD 280 pro  for the money   9.5
 KRK  KNS  8400     for the money  5.5  

Edited by preferred user - 6/13/14 at 3:58am
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