In the ever expanding market of headphones, Sennheiser has maintained its reputation for its dynamic range continually used by professionals all over the world. Fundamentally the Sennheiser HD 380 PRO is a lightweight headphone for on-the-move recording engineers and professionals.
Features such as folding earcups and a closed-back make a practical headphone aimed at carrying on Sennheiser’s HD-Series. Originally released in 2010, the 380 PRO has managed to be revered as one of the best headphones under $200.
In this review, we will cover all of the aspects of these headphones and why they are recommended by professionals all over the world.
Sennheiser HD 380 PRO Specs
|Item Weight||1 pound|
|Product Dimensions||6.9 x 3.9 x 8.9 inches|
|Shipping Weight||2.2 pounds|
The HD 380 PRO is nearly a full sized over-ear headphone which can fold up flat or coiled in which can fit into a big pocket. Out of the box, the HD 380 PRO includes a detachable full-length cable, while the headband and earcups are fully padded.
Making a lengthy listening experience exceptionally comfortable, despite the overly strong spring. Yet the build quality is surprisingly lightweight and fairly sturdy. Metal swivel points give a premium feeling to listening, though the rest of the HD 380 PRO is made out of plastic, which was quite disappointing given the price point for this headphone.
They also include a travel case to further the lightweight and traveling aspect of this package. Though while taking off the HD 380 PRO, the ear cups don’t swivel vertically. Making situations when you need to speak to somebody difficult, due to the earcups not being able to flip up, unlike the ATH-M50x.
After weeks of wearing it and stretching out the hand band, it still has remained firm and comfortable. Weighing in at only 0.5 lbs, making an extremely portable headphone perfect for on-the-go music lovers. While padding was sustainable on the head and ears, the earcups offered plenty of room without pressing my ears against the edges.
However, prolonged listing for more than two hours tends to get very hot and sweaty for users. To put that in perspective, the testing of this headphone was done in an air conditioned office, so if you were to take these outside on a warm day, your ears would drip sweat.
Visually the HD 380 Pro appears very large on the head, but this due to headband not being able to form to the dimensions of the listener. When listening, you can manage to put several fingers in between your head and the headband itself. Causing a hot spot on top of your head as well as the sides from prolonged listening. Although, due to the lightweight design, little to no discomfort is felt while in use.
If you were expecting to get the next best Sennheiser headphone in the HD-Series, Sennheiser HD 380 PRO does not disappoint. The bass on these headphones is tight and controlled, yet slightly over-emphasized at times. Though this would never affect my music experience, while the kick drums always supported the bass with a sharp snap. Mids are evenly leveled and supported by a solid presence to give drums, guitars, and vocals deep emphasis without being too harsh.
Compared to other headphones such as the Photive BTH3, which entirely to not capture enough emphasis on instruments. Sennheiser also manages to capture a smooth treble, though it could be stronger on mobile devices.
Sound Isolation is average while being slightly below the Beyerdynamic’s DT 770. What was particularly notable was the 380’s EQ response. When listening to bass heavy music, turning up the EQ will result in crisp highs and compensate for better mids. Though it all depends on your personal taste when listening. The soundstage of the HD 380 is far ahead of Sennheiser’s HD 25 and not too far off from the Sennheiser’s prestigious HD 600 PRO. Considering that the 380 is a closed-back headphone, it still manages to provide great separation. Lows are also great and go as low as 8hz, staying responsive and tight.
Sennheiser HD 380 PRO’s compatibility was very versatile. Providing Sennheiser’s quality sound to both PC and Mac users. Sounding strong with both iPhone and Android devices, but as I mentioned above, the treble could be captured better on mobile devices. They also sound extraordinary on newer platforms such as the Playstation 4 and Xbox One. Greatly accentuating the smallest details in gaming and movies.
Honestly, if you are looking to buy the best headphones for under $200, Sennheiser HD 380 PRO is a top contender. Sennheiser’s HD-Series had long been considered top tier headphones in the eyes of many professionals.
With the price point of under $200, there are a lot of specifications to love about the HD 380. After reviewing numerous headphones, it seems that Sennheiser always remains in the top 5 for each coming year. Due to their high reputation, sound lovers will keep buying and Sennheiser will keep selling. Making their head competitors Beats by Dre, Audio Technica, and Beyerdynamic.
With the market expanding each year, the consumer is bombarded with so many different varieties of headphones to choose from, it can be seriously overwhelming. Despite being released in 2010, there has many successors to the 380. So why buy these headphones that were released over 5 years ago? Well, the HD has recently dropped in price and still remains one of the best headphones on the market for the price point.
Though other headphones like Sony’s MDR V6 and Sennheiser’s HD 598 offer slightly better sound quality for a similar price range. While for $150 more, you can purchase the 2nd successor of the HD 380, the HD 600. For the price, the sound quality will exceed your expectations, but as far as the build quality there is nothing special and is mostly made of plastic.
Evaluating all aspects of Sennheiser hd380, we have formed a solid analysis about these headphones. Many features have changed since the original HD 280, from portability to sound quality, Sennheiser HD 380 PRO has some major improvements. The appearance of the 380 is still simple and the build quality does not offer anything special or premium. Though the sound quality surely makes up for its plastic build. The bass is tight and controlled, Highs and mids are evenly leveled, lows are great and go as low as 8hz, while the EQ response is excellent. But where the bass quality truly shines is during gaming or movie watching. 380’s portability is convenient, lightweight and foldable for on-the-go use. While the value of is most likely the best aspect of the HD 380, averaging around $150.
If you looking for headphones with excellent sound quality without emptying your wallet, Sennheiser HD 380 PRO is for you. Though if you are looking for headphones for professional studio use for under $200, I would recommend Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro or the Sennheiser Momentum over the HD 380. Particularly for those who have been within the music industry for awhile. Overall, I would recommend these headphones for music lovers seeking a convenient and portable headphone with excellent sound quality for under $200.