Sennheiser HD 280 Professional Over-ear Headphones Review Archive
Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Comparison
By design, the ATH-M50s are quite a bit more durable, as they use a metal skeleton for the band, much heavier plastic, and beefier cable guards that would take a bolt cutter to break. They also do not grip skulls as tightly as the Sennheiser HD 280 Pros do.
Neither set of cans are perfect here, but the ATH-M50s tend to emphasize bass a bit, and have a somewhat flat response. The Sennheiser HD 280 Pros are erratic in each channel.
While the Sennheiser HD 280 Pros have a bit of distortion in the low end, the ATH-M50s have an impressively miniscule amount.
The Audio-Technica cans have a decent tracking response, while the Sennheiser HD 280 Pros have wild channel shifts all over the place.
Sennheiser HD 280 Pros offer about 5dB better attenuation of outside noise overall.
Because the ATH-M50s don't have the same high clamping force with their band, they are more likely to fit bigger heads than the Sennheiser HD 280 Pros are. Still, if your noggin is on the smaller end of the spectrum, you may find the Sennheiser HD 280 Pros aren't so bad.
The Audio-Technica cans certainly have the Sennheiser HD 280 Pros beat in terms of audio performance, and throw in the fact that they're a bit more comfortable and durable and you've got a convincing argument to grab the ATH-M50s. However, if you're really hurting for cash, the Sennheiser HD 280 Pros do come in at anywhere from $20-60 less than the Audio-Technica headphones, so there are a few decisions you have to make before plunking down the coin for a set of cans.