They are just an all around great pair of cans, and have garnered somewhat of a cult following over the last couple of years. These are some of the most durable, rock solid, and reliable headphones you can buy.
They are very comfortable. *In my Willy Wonka voice* Go ahead, walk around for hours with them on. You can’t even feel them on your dome after awhile. I can mix with these puppies all night without discomfort. Just a slight adjustment from time to time is all that’s needed.
As far as mixing goes, they are uncolored enough to get the job done. They do give you somewhat of an elevated sound overall, but it never feels cheap or artificial. Once you start to wear these in, they will truly take you places. The low end is clean and punchy, and the highs and mids are very clean. You will start to hear stuff in songs that you didn’t before.
These things are tried and true, and ARE the industry standard. You can find them abundant pretty much anywhere you go.
When I first started getting serious about my mixes, I purchased a pair of these. They are not as durable or rock solid as the M50’s, and the coiled cable can be frustrating. They are also prone to breaking down after awhile as well. The leather ear cup on mine actually fell off after much use. It is possible to put it back on however, and can be glued pretty easily.
The highs outweigh the lows however. These will give you great clarity and are very honest in terms of the reproduction of your mix. They really enabled me to progress as an artist, and overall are some of the most reliable cans you will find in terms of sound quality.
These puppies have been around for over a decade, and don’t plan on leaving any time soon. They have developed a really good reputation for being solid and reliable. One reviewer updated his amazon post after 6 years of using them! He had nothing but good things to say about the sound quality.
These are definitely the flattest and most honest out of the 3. Nothing about them is particularly exciting, and they aren’t as loud as the M50’s or 7506’s. They are however very pleasant, and the sound is crisp and accurate. Just don’t expect to be blown away when you put them on.
Great sound isolation/noise reduction. You can’t hear the outside world at all.
Great channel separation. They reproduce the sound as it was meant to be heard.
Very durable. One reviewer commented that he stepped on them by accident and they were still good as new.
Longevity. They are built to last.
All registers (Lows, highs, mids) have been described as very accurate.
Reveals flaws in the mix. A very honest set of cans, perfect for mixing.
Some people claim a bit uncomfortable after prolonged use.
The long coiled chord can be annoying at times, when in close proximity to your desk.
Ear pads flatten after much use.
pretty bulky, not for on the go use.
Overall, the biggest selling point for the 280’s is longevity. I lost track of how many reviewers said they had these for upwards of 4, 5, 6, and even 7 years. I actually ended up purchasing a pair of my own.
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