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  
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