There seems to be plenty of debate whether the Sennheiser HD280 pro or the Sony MDR-V6 is better. I have the V6 and have not heard the HD280. I have read several web pages comparing the two, and based on price, sound quality and size, the V6 seems to be a better choice than the HD280 Pro. The V6 is $70 on Amazon vs $95 for the HD280 pro. The HD280 pro is much larger than the V6 and doesn’t fold, while the V6 is more compact when is use, and much more compact when folded. The HD280 pro is listed as being 64 ohms 102 db/wm efficiency, while the V6 is listed as 63 ohms 106 db/mw efficiency. When used with the Fuze, the V6 does not seem at its best, when compared to how it sounds when connected to my home stereo. At time there isn’t enough volume, while at other time it just seems like the headphone isn’t as dynamic as it could be. I imagine the situation is similar with the HD280 pro.
I guess either of these though would be a good choice for use with a home stereo. I do question how practical they are to use with a Fuze, especially in warm weather. The V6 makes ones ears overheat with extended use, especially in warm weather(there are replacement velour earpads by Beyerdynamic which fit the V6 that decrease this). Reviews of the HD280 pro also mention the problem of hot ears with extended use. I guess these headphone could be used in cold weather instead of earmuffs.
When walking around, even the smaller V6 seems quite bulky. I can’t imagine how bulky the larger HD280 pro would feel when one is very active.
I am a fan of Sennheiser headphones and have a few of them, including some old high quality open ones, the PX100, and the CX300 earphones. Imo the PX100 or CX300(or some other Sennheiser canalphone or earphone) seems like a much more practical choice for portable use than the HD280 pro or V6 due to their much smaller size and that they seem much easier for a low powered portable to drive than these 64 ohm full sized headphones. It seems like the Fuze usually does a much better job powering efficient 16 or 32 ohm earphones or headphones than powering 64 ohm headphones.
As for Sennheiser headphones, it seems like the company is known for its quality open headphones, with their closed headphones not achieving such enthusiastic reviews. It seems like the open HD555 open headphone might be a better choice for a headphone to use at home rather than the HD280 pro. The HD555 is around $35 more though. I guess the HD555 needs to be compared to the Sony 7509 HD rather than the much lower priced V6 for a fair comparison.
There are many reviews of these headphones on the Amazon website. I guess many will disagree with me.
With headphones, sound quality isn’t the only factor Comfort and size as well as practicality for portable use are also important.
Message Edited by JK98 on 08-08-2010 12:56 PM