Audio-Technica ATH-M50x vs Sennheiser HD 280 PRO

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x review
vs
Sennheiser HD 280 PRO review

Let me share with you my opinion after having a chance to test the wired, over ear, closed headphones Audio-Technica ATH-M50x vs Sennheiser HD 280 PRO.

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Features

If we compare specifications, Audio-Technica ATH-M50x has a lower impedance vs Sennheiser HD 280 PRO, 38 vs 64 Ohm, and the latter is also stronger in sensitivity (99 vs 113 dB) and total harmonic distortion (0.3 vs 0.1%). The range of frequency response of Sennheiser is also wider, 15Hz-28KHz vs 8Hz-25KHz.

Sound

The sound of Audio-Technica ATH-M50x is very detailed and clear. I completely agree with their purpose of audio monitoring. They emphasize each sound transparent. However, at high volumes the trebles are even too bright that makes them annoying for long use and hardly suitable for relaxing listening. The mids and highs go backward the stage and the soundstage itself is very narrow so the sound goes directly in your head. Though the imaging is distinct.

The sound I hear in Sennheiser HD 280 PRO is relaxing. It is transparent, neutral, and engaging. I can tell they are pretty good for audio monitoring as well as fun listening. There are neither harsh trebles, nor pumping bass, and the mids are not recessed. Also the pretty well noise cancelling makes their use very comfortable in different environments. The sound does not seem boxy.

Comfort and design

Both headphones are very light, 285 g. They have adjustable headband and are foldable with swivel cups. But the cups of Sennheiser feel softer, tighter and more well-fitting than Audio Technica’s, but it has no detachable cable like ATH-M50x.

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x pros and cons

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x pros and cons

Pros

  • Large cups and not tight headband make them fit most heads quite comfy
  • Balanced lows, mids, and highs for critical listening
  • The cups swivel, lay flat, and fold, plus a carrying bag makes it not bad in the terms of portability

Cons

  • Too bulky for traveling and sports
  • There are no audio control buttons and options

Sennheiser HD 280 PRO pros and cons

Sennheiser HD 280 PRO pros and cons

Pros

    • Well-done and quality materials
    • Quite portable for the type of over-ear headphones for the foldable cups and a bag in a set
    • Good soundstage for the closed design of cups

Cons

  • Feel tight on the head
  • Do not have any controls

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Headphones comparison chart

Overall
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x
8.3
Sennheiser HD 280 PRO
7.5
10
8
Sennheiser HD 280 PRO

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Common

Product

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x
Sennheiser HD 280 PRO

Model

ATH-M50x
HD 280 PRO

Brand

Audio-Technica
Sennheiser

Reviews

14076
4415

General

Wearing style

over ear
over ear

Enclosure

closed back
closed back

Wireless

Wired

Specifications

Transducer

dynamic
dynamic

Driver size, mm/inches

45/1.7

Impedance, Ohm

38
64

Frequency response, Hz

15Hz-28KHz
8Hz-25KHz

Total harmonic distortion (THD), %

0.3
0.1

Sensitivity (SPL), dB

99
113

Magnet type

neodymium

Weight (headphones), g/oz

285/10
285/10

Comfort

Adjustable headband

Foldable

Noise cancelling

Active noise cancelling

Adjustable noise cancelling level

Microphone

Built-in microphone

In-line microphone

Detachable microphone

Cables

Detachable cable

Audio cable length, cm/ft

300/9.8
130/4.2

Jack connection (TRS)

3.5
3.5

Balanced connection

Control

Built-in control buttons

In-line control

Touch control

Voice control

App control

Control functions

Wireless connectivity

Bluetooth

has not
has not

Bluetooth version

has not
has not

aptX

has not
has not

aptX HD (Hi-Res Audio)

has not
has not

Bluetooth profiles

has not
has not

NFC

Wi-Fi

Battery

Battery type

has not
has not

Battery life, hrs

has not
has not

Charging time, hrs

has not
has not

Charging port

has not
has not

Charging cable

has not
has not

Speed charge

has not
has not

Battery free listening mode

has not
has not

Battery level indicator

has not
has not

Additional features

Water resistance

Light indication

Additional audio features

In the box

Audio cable

Carry case

Charging cable

has not
has not

1/4 Adapter (6,35 mm)

Interchangeable ear pads

User manual

Manual

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x
Sennheiser HD 280 PRO
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x
Sennheiser HD 280 PRO

Headphones HeadphonesArena comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 8.3
  • 7.5
  • 8.3Audio-Technica ATH-M50x
  • 7.5Sennheiser HD 280 PRO

The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x is better headphones in this comparison. Check Audio-Technica ATH-M50x price