Sennheiser HD 599 vs Sennheiser HD 280 PRO

Sennheiser HD 599 review
vs
Sennheiser HD 280 PRO review

The wired over ear headphones Sennheiser HD 599 vs Sennheiser HD 280 PRO have the main difference in the enclosure. The model HD 599 has opened back while HD 280 PRO closed one that defines the main difference in the sound quality.

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Features

Sennheiser HD 599 vs Sennheiser HD 280 PRO has a lower impedance, 50 vs 64 Ohm. The frequency response of the first one is a little higher, 12Hz-38KHz vs 8Hz-25KHz. The sensitivity is 106 vs 113 dB. However the total harmonic distortion is equal, 0.1%.

Sound

Sennheiser HD 599 headphones have a very clean and focused sound with a little emphasis on lows and highs. The mids are acceptable but with some tracks their second plan makes the sound a bit muddy. They are not the best in sound stage, but have a strong bass impact.

Sennheiser HD 280 PRO headphones are noise-attenuating and reduce up 32dB of ambient noise. They reproduce a transparent, neutral sound. The sound stage is wider than HD 599 for their closed type.

Comfort and design

Both headphones have soft, large ear cups with good padding and are super comfortable. Both have an adjustable headband. Both are not very stable for running and sports but also not too tight to wear for a long time.

Unfortunately, HD 599 doesn't fold. However, it has a detachable cable that allows it to disconnect if needed. It comes without a case or bag to carry safely.

Sennheiser 280 PRO seems to be very bulky but is partly foldable with twisting cups. Though the joints of cups to band seem to be weak.

The headphones are very light, 250 and 285 g.

Sennheiser HD 599 pros and cons

Sennheiser HD 599 pros and cons

Pros

  • Great, neutral sound clarity for critical listening
  • Feel premium to touch
  • Looks very stylish with its original design and beige color

Cons

  • Have not any noise block that makes them not good for loud environments
  • Bulky and too unstable design

Sennheiser HD 280 PRO pros and cons

Sennheiser HD 280 PRO pros and cons

Pros

  • Durable built and quality plastic
  • Neutral sound make them great for critical listening and classical music
  • Good isolation from noise makes it good for use in and out
  • Foldable cups and a bag in a set make them quite portable as for the type of large over ear headphones

Cons

  • A poor soundstage will not make you feel the effect of live music

Votes 1 1
Rating 5 5

Headphones comparison chart

Overall
Sennheiser HD 599
7.5
Sennheiser HD 280 PRO
7.5
7
8
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Product

Sennheiser HD 599
Sennheiser HD 280 PRO

Model

HD 599
HD 280 PRO

Brand

Sennheiser
Sennheiser

Reviews

1376
4415

General

Wearing style

over ear
over ear

Enclosure

open back
closed back

Wireless

Wired

Specifications

Transducer

dynamic
dynamic

Driver size, mm/inches

Impedance, Ohm

50
64

Frequency response, Hz

12Hz-38KHz
8Hz-25KHz

Total harmonic distortion (THD), %

0.1
0.1

Sensitivity (SPL), dB

106
113

Magnet type

Weight (headphones), g/oz

250/8.8
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

Sennheiser HD 599
Sennheiser HD 280 PRO
Sennheiser HD 599
Sennheiser HD 280 PRO

Headphones HeadphonesArena comparison rating

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  • 7.5
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  • 7.5Sennheiser HD 599
  • 7.5Sennheiser HD 280 PRO

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