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