Sennheiser HD 380 Pro Collapsible High-End Headphone for Professional Monitoring Use (Black)

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Sennheiser HD 380 Pro Collapsible High-End Headphone for Professional Monitoring Use (Black)

  • Extended frequency response for accurate, reliable sound reproduction.
  • Increased sound pressure level (110db) to handle demanding use.
  • Exceptional comfort for extended listening.
  • Carrying case included for engineers on the go.
  • Easily replaceable parts for long service life.


You can talk on your cell phone while operating a vehicle such as a car.

Questions to Consider

  • Does the cell phone ear piece stay on your head?
  • How easy is it to use?

The HD 380 Pro provides an extended frequency response with increased sound level for accurate sound reproduction in all kinds of demanding use.

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3 Responses to “Sennheiser HD 380 Pro Collapsible High-End Headphone for Professional Monitoring Use (Black)

  • Review by Travis James

    I’ve been a huge fan and user of Sennheiser headphones for the last three years, and have had many of their headphones (HD200, HD201, HD215, HD280, EH150, CX300 – All still work fantastically, I’ve just been expanding my collection) as well as a few other brands and models (Sony MDR V700, Pioneer HDJ1000). That being said, I will be reviewing the 380s and how they compare to the HD280s.

    First, the construction and design – the 380s have been entirely reworked from the previous 280 design. The ear-pads now sit at an angle to the headband, meaning that they cover the ears completely while still allowing the band to sit comfortably on one’s head. Additionally, while they do sit tightly on the ears, there is less of a “vice grip” effect that was heavily criticized for the 280s. Another improvement is that now, while the ear-cushions sit around one’s ears, the actual pad on the inside of the cup does not touch one’s ear. This arrangement is much more agreeable than the 280s, where the ear-pad was in constant contact. Also, the swivel on the 280s has been reversed in direction. While this is a bit strange, there is still enough give in the cups to allow one ear monitoring (as a DJ, this is invaluable). Just out of curiosity, I compared the noise cancellation to both the Sony MDR-NC7s and the Bose Triports – they were just as good as either of these models (although the Triports leather is much more comfortable). Finally, while they are a bit heavier than other full headsets (7.7 oz), they do not feel as heavy as they should. In fact, they feel much lighter than the 280s (7.8 oz), perhaps because of the new design.

    Now, the sound – HUGE HUGE HUGE improvement over the 280s. The 380s provide an even clearer and more analytical sound than their predecessor. Another change has been the soundscape within the ear-cups. The 280s project the sound (in my opinion) as if it were a beam right into the ear canal: the 380s create an environment of sound that surrounds one’s ear and draws the listener in. By doing this, it creates a much more enjoyable experience while not sacrificing the clarity of the music. Finally, the bass impact and response have been improved and given some force. Whereas an equalizer had to be used to “correct” the 280s, it is not needed for the 380s. That being said, they are not bass-heavy, just accurate.

    Finally, some things to consider. The price tag is $200, so even if you’re into music production or DJing (that’s why I got them), the price may still be a bit steep. Also, if you do buy these, you MUST increase the bitrate of your MP3s. Anything less than 192 Kbps is just too low, and you WILL NOTICE the lack of clarity (I rip at 320 Kbps, or preferably WAV or FLAC). This being said, an iPod will have no trouble running these headphones, as is a problem with some higher impedance headphones (>64 Ohms).

    I wholeheartedly recommend these headphones, for both their clarity and comfort. If you get a chance, swing by your local Guitar Center and give them a listen. I guarantee you’ll be in love. If these aren’t what you need, be sure to hit […] and look around. Great info there. Good luck with your decision, and enjoy if you do buy them!!

    EDIT – I can’t believe I’m actually saying this, but no, I am not paid for my opinions nor in any way do I make money in any audio-related field (as was suggested in one review, though not at me specifically). I’m a grad student in chemistry, and I only purchase items after hours of research. If I seemed somewhat knowledgeable in the field of headphones, it’s only because of lots of reading done at and comparing the sounds of different brands. I prefer accuracy (i.e. the “true” nature of the sound) so I love my Sennheisers.

  • Review by Dominick

    I am going to compare this model to the HD 280 Pro, which I have owned for several years.

    My pair of HD 280 Pro’s were getting a bit beat up from wear, so I decided to try this updated version. Compared to the 280, these are a more sleeker design, and appear to be better to handle frequent use. The 280 will eventually have cracks in the plastic headband – easily repaired with super glue, and may eventually need taping to hold the parts in place, but this is only a cosmetic flaw. Also, the pads will not fall apart like most Sony and cheaper headphones. The 380 has no parts in the headband to easily break or come lose, so durability is improved. The 380 also comes with a carrying case, that provides a tight fit for getting the coiled cord inside. The 380 is also lighter and requires a little less power from a flash drive player than the 280.

    One reason I bought these was because they were advertised to surround the ear, whereas the 280 would rest on my ears (but not uncomfortably so). The 380 does surround the ear and the band provides a tight and fairly comfortable fit for long listening times. Surprisingly, I found that the 280 had a slightly better ability to block the sound of an air cleaner fan in my listening room, otherwise, both models provide good isolation for you and outsiders.

    As to sound quality, there is a significant improvement in the bass response of the 380, while the upper frequency response has remained very good. Both models will easily play on a flash or CD player and do not need a separate amplifier. They offer detailed sound reproduction that cheaper headphones lack, and you will notice the difference between lower end MP3 bit rates and higher ones, such as 128 kbps vs. 192 kbps.

    The HD 380 costs twice as much as the older model, but I think it is worth it, especially if you are deciding between the two. Better design, better bass response, carrying case, and fit over the ears. While I have high quality earphones, I still prefer the feel of bass sounds delivered by headphones, especially for trance, rock and other kinds of music that heavily use percussion.

  • Review by Jerry Alessandro "Brooklyn"

    In my quest to search for the best closed, non-noise-cancelling headphones that will do a satisfactory job of isolating the engine rumble of the bus that I take to and from work, I found that the choices are very few. I ultimately decided on purchasing two pairs, the Sennheiser HD 380 pro and the Shure SRH840. Prior to testing the differences between these two headphones, I ran both of them through my home audiophile stereo system at high volume for over 50 hours each plus another 20 hours each of casual listening to and from work.

    First, the dimensions of each can. The Senn’s are bigger and more oval shaped than the Shures. The Senn’s cans measure approximately 4 9/16 inches by 3 7/16 inches, while the Shure’s is more roundish, although still oval, measuring about 4 2/16 inches by 3 1/2 inches. The longer length of the Senn’s may bother people like myself who suffer from TMJ syndrome (jaw problem due to clenching), which may also be further induced by its vice like pressure. The Shure’s are not long enough to reach my jaw, and they fit more loosely but still snug enough to keep firmly on my head. The depth, the length of the outside of the leather that covers your ears to the felt of the inside of the can, is 1 1/16 inches in the Senn’s and only about 3/4 of an inch for the Shures. This is a huge difference. My normal size ears actually touch the inside felt of the Shure’s, but this rarely bothered me. This vast difference led me to believe that the Senn’s will have a better soundstage; however, I was not able to detect any difference. The Senn’s have a very thin and porous felt, and it is easy to see the speaker. However, the Shure’s felt is thicker and far less porous, and therefore, it is not possible to see the speaker. Perhaps the speaker in the Shure’s is further recessed, which may be the reason that I was not able to detect a difference in the soundstage.

    I like the fact that the Shure’s wire is a screw on, so if the wire breaks, it can be replaced. I believe that the Senn’s wire is a permanent fixture, but I am not certain; however, I do know that they are not the screw on type. Although they both come with a case, I much prefer the Senn’s case. It is a somewhat hard case, but at the same time somewhat soft – difficult to explain. Anyway, it is very cool. It even has a strap like handle – very cool. It fits very easily in my briefcase. The headphone case has a zipper and can be completely enclosed. The Shure’s case is leather with a draw string, but it cannot be completely enclosed, and takes up a lot more space in my briefcase, and is not nearly as cool. I was not impressed.

    In my subjective casual listening to these headphones during my commute to and from work, I felt that the Senn’s isolated the outside sounds of the engine rumbles of the bus perhaps 10%-20% better than the Shures. I did a more objective test in my house, as I put the headphones on without music and listened to my air conditioner. The Senn’s clearly isolated better. Still, the Shure’s did a satisfactory job.

    Now it was time to test the sound. First, I wanted to know if the headphones would sound different through an mp3 player (320 bit rate) compared to through my stereo system. I did a blind test. The difference was clear – it took me only between 5 and 10 seconds to know which sounded better. I came up with the same results time and time again. The headphones sounded superior, much cleaner and sharper, when connected to my home stereo. I am not sure how much of the difference was due to the mp3’s compressed sound of the copy or to the huge difference in the quality between my audiophile stereo amplifier to the low quality amp of the mp3 player. However, my test may lead me to one day buy a portable amplifier for my headphones, if a company ever comes up with a high quality amp that uses a rechargeable battery instead of a 9v battery lasting only a week or two.

    I wanted to know which is more efficient ( obtaining more headphone volume at the same amp volume setting.) I raised the volume in my amp until I was able to hear something. This test proved to me that the Senn’s are efficient but only sightly. I used music with only midrange in this test.

    Now I wanted to see which headphones sound better – at least to my ears. To me, better means more faithful frequency response, extended bass, and crisp and open sound. I used my audiophile stereo system as the reference. I listened to songs that I am very familiar with – Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, Chicago, Elton John, Melissa Manchester, Kelly Clarkson, Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, George Winston, and Johann Sebastian Bach. I listened for many hours. I listened at high volumes and at very, very, low volumes. There is definitely a huge difference in the sound. By far the biggest difference is in the middle to high part of the bass, such as sounds.

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