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SennheiserHD 380 Pro Circumaural Monitoring Headphones
 
4.5

(based on 66 reviews)

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    (16)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (52)
  • Lightweight (36)
  • Durable (30)
  • Easy to use (29)
  • Versatile (20)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (37)
  • Professional recording (24)
  • Amateur recording (20)
  • Outdoor events / games (17)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (33), Novice (15), Professional musician (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

"Monitor like Pro"

I needed an excellent headphone for tracking in my home studio. I sought recommendations from highly regarded industry professionals and read several online reviews from reputable sources. Based on the information, I decided...Read complete review

I needed an excellent headphone for tracking in my home studio. I sought recommendations from highly regarded industry professionals and read several online reviews from reputable sources. Based on the information, I decided to purchase the Sennheiser HD 380 Pro.

Firstly, the built quality of this headphone is 'pro-grade'. It is flexible yet extremely durably. This was built to withstand the rigors of the professional music environment. It is also easy to transport in the included travel case.

Secondly, the design of the HD 380 Pro fits my head comfortably. It does not squeeze and can be worn for extended periods without discomfort.

Most importantly, the frequency response of this headphone exceeds the Human-Audible-Spectrum. I am able to hear the distinction among the low, mid and high frequency sounds very well. Though I will not recommend these for mixing, I use them for monitoring effects placement in a mix and when correcting noise, sibilance, and distortion in a signal.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great portability, average sound

I have an HD650 and an Audio Technia ATH-M50 at home. The former is set up with a DAC and a headphone amp for music listening, the latter is used with a mix...Read complete review

I have an HD650 and an Audio Technia ATH-M50 at home. The former is set up with a DAC and a headphone amp for music listening, the latter is used with a mix station, set up as a backup for nearfields, when I have to work late at night, or when my wife complains.
Now my day job has become so stressful that I need music beyond normal dose of caffeine. At first I brought the HD650. Bad idea, it broadcast so loudly that the whole floor turned against me. My boss ordered that I need to "keep music to myself." The ATH-M50 came in next. It made peace with my coworkers, sounded nice with the bonus of ambient isolation, yet I need to take it off once in a while to relax my sweaty ears.
This is when HD380pro caught my attention. On the surface it's very promising for my case. Closed back should "keep music to myself," Over-the-ear design, similar to HD650, is proven to be more comfortable for extended listening. As added bonus it folds into a flatter case, making it easier to fit into a briefcase. It's priced above ATH-M50 so the sound should be OK - It's a Sennheiser, isn't it?
I bought it and, surprise, it sounded horrible! Granted any comparison with HD650 would be unfair. Against ATH-M50, however, it simply sounded like ear-buds. Mids were so over emphasized that highs were barely audible. I put the unit under a 48-hour break-in, at the same time researched on the web. Other ATH-M50 owners also observed the same, but most put it positively. They said ATH-M50's highs were overkill, HD380pro made it right, and ATH-M50's mids sucked (which I concur comparing with HD650), and HD380pro made female vocal shine...Could break-in do the trick?
Two days later it definitely sounded better. Mids settled a bit and highs came out. If I turned up the volume it actually sounded OK. But under a volume that I felt safe for longevity of my ears ATH-M50 was still a clear winner. What volume could not compensate, was an echo in the 800-1000Hz range, which makes vocals sound like from a tin can.
Am I doing justice to such a highly reviewed product? If my use case is unique, what could it be best for? I suspect it would really work well for DJs. At high volume highs and lows are both boosted and it should sound fabulous. Effect of the echo could also get relief as ambient echoes leak in anyway.
Now for the stars. I knock off one for not fitting my use case of extended listening, and the other for value. It's priced 40% more than the ATH-M50 yet it does not deliver much more IMHO. It's more comfortable and portable, but short on the most important aspect - sound. I understand this could be subjective and I hope people who like its sound don't take offense.
Last but not least. I will always buy from B&H. I have used almost every online shop with a name. No other online retailer comes close to the service they provide. Wish I could visit NY somedays to thank these nice guys in person.

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5.0

excellent, clear sound

By B-Dub

from Sacramento, CA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Sennheiser HD 380 Pro Circumaural Monitoring Headphones:

    These headphones will not let you down, especially for the price. With jacks for both types of devices, these headphones do the job well with treble and bass sounds mixing well for a balanced and clear sound.

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    4.0

    Great for silent guitar practice

    By rduncan

    from MD

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Sennheiser HD 380 Pro Circumaural Monitoring Headphones:

      I purchased these headphones to quietly practice bass guitar. I wanted a set that would hold up under the low end frequencies and did not want to spend $300+. So far so good, but time will tell. For replay of recorded music, the sound is very neutral, like studio-grade headphones. Construction quality is good and you can buy replacement cords and ear pads when they wear out. They also fold nicely and come in a hardshell bag that is great for traveling. A little uncomfortable to wear for several hours though. Overall a great compromise between cheap, throw-away over-the-ear headphones and the more expensive $300 variety.

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      5.0

      Awesome Headphones

      By fubar24x7

      from Troy, VT

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Sennheiser HD 380 Pro Circumaural Monitoring Headphones:

        I got these headphones for mixing. They are great. I can hear everything.

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        5.0

        Awesome Headphones! B&H rocks!

        By MusicListener

        from New York, NY

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sennheiser HD 380 Pro Circumaural Monitoring Headphones:

            I use these for listening to music on the go and at my laptop. They have great isolation and sound awesome. I love them! B&H is also such a great store, so pro and quick!

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            5.0

            Fantastic headphones!

            By Vicky

            from Chicago

            Comments about Sennheiser HD 380 Pro Circumaural Monitoring Headphones:

            The other reviews were exactly correct. These headphones sound unbelievable!

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            5.0

            Good!

            By Ken Hsu

            from ny

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Sennheiser HD 380 Pro Circumaural Monitoring Headphones:

            Not Bad!

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            4.0

            Great headphones for the money

            By Mike the Listener

            from El Sobrante, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about Sennheiser HD 380 Pro Circumaural Monitoring Headphones:

              I had a pair that I gave to a friend and then I had to buy another because I missed them.

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              5.0

              Great for the price

              By smiles

              from San Francisco, CA

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Sennheiser HD 380 Pro Circumaural Monitoring Headphones:

              I'm using them mostly while playing guitar (plugged into my amp). I've also used them for recreational listening, and they work fine for that as well. They are fairly comfortable, though extended use can make your ears a bit sore for a few minutes or so.

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              5.0

              This is our 2nd one!

              By RussR.

              from Vallejo,CA

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

                Comments about Sennheiser HD 380 Pro Circumaural Monitoring Headphones:

                We use it for amateur recording ,home recording monitoring and personall listening pleasure. We are very satisfied. Read a lot of positive reviews prior purchase and they are really true. Nothing negative to say, really.

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                5.0

                Sennheiser HD 380 Pro

                By Fletch

                from New York

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Sennheiser HD 380 Pro Circumaural Monitoring Headphones:

                  Great cans, Awesome clarity at this price!

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                  1.0

                  A Ferrari in a volkswagen.

                  By apobib

                  from Newport, Or

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound

                  Cons

                  • Pricey / Poor Value

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Sennheiser HD 380 Pro Circumaural Monitoring Headphones:

                  Terribly uncomfortable headset, but great sound. My big ears fit into the oval cup, but the pressure against my temple is horrible. I called up Sennheiser and they told me to spread them apart and they would get better in time...what's that all about. I see $ headset that look more comfortable. The build is high density plastic throughout as far as I can tell, and something like these headsets would have cost $ years ago and be considered junk. I run the HD 380 through a Xenyx 502 mixer, which cost about $, and they make one great headphone amp. So the sound is superb for the price, but that is the only plus. My HD 100's sound just as good on an iPad as the HD 380 does un-amplified. The case is nice, but who needs a case for these behemoths.

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                  5.0

                  Phenomenal Headphones!

                  By Chris the Guitarist

                  from Chicago, IL

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Sennheiser HD 380 Pro Circumaural Monitoring Headphones:

                    Before this purchase, I made the mistake of buying Beats Pro Headphones for $ for my home recording studio. I am so happy I made the transition to Sennheiser because they have spacious ear cups, a comfortable headband, and they don't clamp your head like the beats do. More than anything, the sounds quality is unrivalled. Perfect for anyone in need of tracking headphones for a studio.

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                    4.0

                    Great headphones!

                    By Allen Markel

                    from Portland, Oregon

                    Comments about Sennheiser HD 380 Pro Circumaural Monitoring Headphones:

                    Good deal too! I'm glad I bought these

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                    5.0

                    Great Headphones

                    By Frish

                    from Norwich, CT

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound

                    Cons

                    • Specific Replaceable Cabl

                    Best Uses

                    • Any Recording

                    Comments about Sennheiser HD 380 Pro Circumaural Monitoring Headphones:

                    I bought these headphones for tracking and they sound great. Very comfortable and isolate sound well too. Only con, and it's a very small con, is if you have to replace the cable you'll have to buy a specific cable made just for these headphones. But it's a plus that the cable can be replaced..

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                    5.0

                    Good headphones!

                    By Richard

                    from Sugarloaf Key, FL

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording

                      Comments about Sennheiser HD 380 Pro Circumaural Monitoring Headphones:

                      I use these headphones primarily to record outdoors, and they are a big help in determining just what my microphone is picking up, and for setting proper gain levels ahead of time (if I have the opportunity to do that). They are comfortable, they sound good, and the fact that they fold flat and store in the zippered container is a defnite plus, as it allows me to take them with me without getting them damaged or dirty.

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                      4.0

                      Does what it says on the can(s)

                      By GWL

                      from Mercer County, NJ

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good bass
                      • Good value for money
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • none

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Sennheiser HD 380 Pro Circumaural Monitoring Headphones:

                      Great set of closed headphones - used for home studio

                      Good quality sound, including very good bass

                      excellent fold-away design with soft carrying/storage case

                      Good value for money

                      I intend to buy more

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                      5.0

                      They sound great

                      By Jay

                      from Brooklyn

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Sennheiser HD 380 Pro Circumaural Monitoring Headphones:

                          They may just replace my old standbys, the AKG K240s.

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                          5.0

                          Great monitor Headphones

                          By goldmatte2000

                          from Glenview, IL

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                          • Bulky/Heavy

                          Best Uses

                          • Events
                          • Home Studio
                          • Mobile DJ

                          Comments about Sennheiser HD 380 Pro Circumaural Monitoring Headphones:

                          Nice volume, great response, decent price. The carrying case is awesome and very rigid. It has a fairly flat frequency response for fairly inexpensive headphones so they're great for monitoring live events.

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                          5.0

                          Great sound!

                          By Marty

                          from Cleveland OH

                          Comments about Sennheiser HD 380 Pro Circumaural Monitoring Headphones:

                          I replaced my Sennheiser HD 250 headphones with these. My old headphones very good; these are even better. As a musician I really appreciate the accurate, full- range if sound. Also, these are comfortable!Very pleased with my choice.

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                          2.0

                          Not impressed

                          By BN

                          from Pittsburgh

                          Comments about Sennheiser HD 380 Pro Circumaural Monitoring Headphones:

                          I was disappointed and had to return these. Overly strong mid-treble. Missing mid-bass. These are not flat reference headphones. They have color that excentuates vocals. Ok for tracking, but that's it. Extremely comfortable, just wish they sounded better.

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