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Re: Mini-review - Sennheiser HD-380 pro
« Reply #15 on: November 06, 2014, 09:44:45 PM »
I have a set of the HD-280 Pro's, have not heard the HD-380's so no comment.

I'm rather disappointed in the HD-280's...hardly any low end, all the emphasis is on mids / tops.
Don't get me wrong, they're don't sound bad, but are very unbalanced.   Also uncomfortable on the ears  (very tight fitting,over ears cans).

IMHO they don't even match up to HD-202's, which are about a quarter of the price of the HD-280's.

But each to his own I guess.    ;)
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Re: Mini-review - Sennheiser HD-380 pro
« Reply #16 on: November 13, 2014, 04:46:19 PM »
100% agree with all the comments at their price, they are a seriously an awesome pair of cans.

Had mine for three years and always amazed every time I listen to them...

I wonder if an amp would make them even better?

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Re: Mini-review - Sennheiser HD-380 pro
« Reply #17 on: November 14, 2014, 07:41:01 AM »
I wonder if an amp would make them even better?

Yes it does :-)
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Re: Mini-review - Sennheiser HD-380 pro
« Reply #18 on: May 15, 2018, 06:07:59 PM »
Mini-review - Sennheiser HD-380 pro


Image nabbed from Gearnuts site because I can never take such a nice pic of 'em

Recently I had to make a bold move and sell my entire project studio setup. Along with the lot went my trusty AKG headphones (K141 & K240). The AKGs always performed well for any job at hand and was great to listen music on - very smooth and laid back but compared to new headphones they sounded dated and tired.

Whilst I was in Joburg for a production I had to get myself a set of proper headphones again because the Blackberry earbuds just didnt do it for me.

For over two years now I had my sights on a set of SENNHEISER HD-380 pro headphones. A brief encounter with them a time ago made me pay attention and then my mind was made up by another brief encounter at a studio in Joburg. I had to get a pair.

Did a bit of research and found the best price at an online store. A set of SENNHEISER HD-380 pro headphones was on their way to me.

They are certainly not a bling-bling affair. Finished in matt black with a coiled cord they look rather plain and uninteresting but put them on and crack up the volume and your head is filled with a kaleidescope of audio-colour. They have the deepest and most life-like bass I have ever encountered in any headphone. And the bass is not "boosted" or sculpted in any way. It is present, fast, punchy and rock solid. Likewise on the other end of the audio spectrum. The treble is crystal clear without ever being harsh or piercing. Never a hint of glare no matter what genre is being played. Midrange is equally good and round off the audio spectrum perfectly with vocals being clearly audible without sounding honky or boxy. They sound amazingly good for the price you pay. R1800.

To boot they can fold flat and pack away in a sturdy travel case included in the purchase. This was another selling point for me as it allows me to pop them into my laptop bag without risk of damage.

The coiled cord is very stout - compared to the majority of mid-line headphones on the market and it stays untangled and does not get under your feet. The cable is also detachable and can be replaced by a factory-supplied part.

The earcup-pads are very comfortable, providing a tight seal that keeps outside sounds out and the 'phones sound in. The headband adjusts easily yet remains fixed at all times. They are lightweight and extremely comfortable for their rather bulky size.

At this price point I cannot fault them at all. I do have a few concerns however. I am a bit weary about the life-span of the ear-pad cushions because they feel very soft and "fragile". And I am also concerned about the mechanical integrity of the hinges and "mechanical" parts. But the set carries a two year warranty and is fully servicable.

It is one of the greatest audio purchases for me in a very long time. Satisfaction from the moment they came form the box.

More info and specs here: http://en-us.sennheiser.com/monitoring-headphone-studio-headphone-professional-audio-hd-380-pro
And the bass is not "boosted" or sculpted in any way.

That's my biggest attraction to this brand! Electrostatic presentation!

Once listened to their exotic branded Orpheus system and got hooked to headphone listening and the brand!

Changing out the cables for custom made Russ Andrews cable on HD600  frankly didn't make much difference in sound quality, stock cable replacement was just fine.

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Re: Mini-review - Sennheiser HD-380 pro
« Reply #19 on: May 18, 2018, 09:13:46 AM »
Anyone have experience with the HD 380's compared to the Audio-Technica ATH-M50S?

I'm looking for something to replace my Sennheiser HD212's with. Must be closed back as I'm using them in the office.
You can't go wrong with the 380's. They're quality monitoring cans that I'd trust in studio, and I've been tempted in the past to pick up a pair.

However, for similar money my recommendation for affordable closed backs are the over-engineered -- and very much underrated -- Samson Z55's.
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Re: Mini-review - Sennheiser HD-380 pro
« Reply #20 on: May 18, 2018, 10:27:55 AM »
You can't go wrong with the 380's. They're quality monitoring cans that I'd trust in studio, and I've been tempted in the past to pick up a pair.

However, for similar money my recommendation for affordable closed backs are the over-engineered -- and very much underrated -- Samson Z55's.

Glad to hear you are still enjoying the Z55 - great cans and as you rightly say, severely underrated.
I regret not snapping up a pair at the discounted price back then... :headbanger:

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Re: Mini-review - Sennheiser HD-380 pro
« Reply #21 on: May 18, 2018, 11:16:18 AM »
I'm sure an equally good deal on these will come to the fore soon -- if not on Takealot than somewhere else.

Unlike say MSR7's (which don't to me sound as good), they weren't exactly flying off the shelves even when they were on sale!
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