May 18, 2020
My impression of closed over ear headphones Sennheiser HD 280 PRO is a bit controversial. Being a gr...Read More
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x is better headphones in this comparison. Check Audio-Technica ATH-M50x price