Sennheiser HD 280 Pro – Best budget headphone (closed-back)

Sennheiser HD 280 Pro


The famous German audio company named Sennheiser has been around since 1945, and they know what it takes to make the top of the line headphones.

The HD 280 Premium leans on the affordable side of the spectrum & provides a balanced and flat sound depiction. So, why have we placed them first in the list? It comes down to two things – sound isolation and sound.

We could not find any sound coloration in our testing. It’s a perfectly neutral sounding headphone that treats the highs, mids, and lows all equally. Fantastically analytical, for a studio environment this headphone is a great budget entry.

Due to attenuation of up to 32dB, they are great at keeping noise out as well as keeping it in.

And it’s sound is fantastic, but at this price range, not everything can be perfect. Here we found that the headbands had a strong initial force of clamping causing some discomfort even with the ample padding on the headband and the cups. It will take a week or so for these to loosen up.

They are not the most attractive headphones we have seen, on top of that. It is a plain black color, and primarily plastic’s made. However; it is a thick plastic that feels and looks tough resulting in a durable piece of kit and lightweight.

Since their inception way back in 2003, these headphones have been super popular, and it is easy to see why. Isolation meets durable design and quality sound production. Considering the two-digit price tag, you really could not ask for anything more about this product.

It is a perfect tool for recording or for those who are looking for a great pair of headphones, and it is also extremely well priced. That’s why we put it on top; it deserves a number 1 spot here.



  • Excellent noise isolation
  • Durable thick plastic design
  • Fantastic sound quality
  • Great value for the price
  • Light Weight
  • Folds for portability



  • Not the best looking headphones
  • Fixed cable
  • Initial clamping may bother some wearers but will loosen up


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