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Sennheiser Collapsible Headphones HD 380 Pro Black by Review Summary ,  Jun 16, 2015

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Sennheiser Collapsible Headphones HD 380 Pro, Black
Report Date: 01/01/2016
Based on 689 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.4
Returned or considering to return: 4.9%

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Individual Feature Rating
Size5.0   exceptional
Video5.0   above average
Vocal5.0   above average
Audio4.7   above average
Comfortable4.7   average
Quality4.7   above average
Value4.7   average
Weight4.7   average
Fit4.6   above average
Music4.6   above average
Portable4.6   average
Price4.6   average
Response4.6   above average
Listening4.5   above average
Sound4.4   average
Design4.2   average
Durable4.2   below average
Frequency4.1   average
Noise4.0   average
Cover3.8   average
Treble3.8   below average
Cable3.7   average
Loud3.3   below average
iPod2.9   below average
Heavy2.7   below average


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Audio

Audio:
"I didn't want to pay for the Beats headphones just for the name (plus I HATE Monster Audio...overpriced crap)."
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"Audio quality wise, you'll either love it or hate it."
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"Very easy to drive - even worked great on the plane audio systemFairly comfortable, if a little tight."
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"I am very happy with the sound of the audio produced."
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"Amazing audio quality and insanely comfortable."
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"Very good sound for audio recording studio; lightweight and good quality."
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"I also have v-modas, shures, and Audio Technicas that are great, but I always seem to enjoy the sound of the hd380s the most."
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Cable

Cable:
"Pros:- Portable- Amazing sound quality- Travel Case- Closed noised isolationCons:- Weak ear pad fabric, have replace over time- coiled cable can be annoying when further away from the source, bought straight cables to complement the headphones"
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"Coiled cord is really annoying."
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"The coiled cable is heavy and inconvenient, I think it can be replaced."
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"Super - long cord also was a hassle."
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"My only real complaint is the cable and finding an alternate cable to the coil cable included has been trouble, they say some of the other sennheiser models have such cables, but they're sold separately in some distant website stores and at least for me have been hard to find."
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"Pros:- Portable- Amazing sound quality- Travel Case- Closed noised isolationCons:- Weak ear pad fabric, have replace over time- coiled cable can be annoying when further away from the source, bought straight cables to complement the headphones"
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"In the studio i love the braided cord, all the while on planes or in cars it can be a little cumbersome."
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"the cable is of decent quality, and the ear pads are respectable."
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"Way too strong for me - but for somebody else with smaller head it can be ok. All in all this cans are very sturdy - AND VERY LIGHT - and this again compare to any of the cans i mentioned above - again if it would not be for strong clamping power i would keep them as spare headphones for my Shure 1540 - also Senheiser HD 380 Pro is good as portable - i like the cord and that this cans can be folded and very nice travel case."
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"These are pretty light weight but the bulky cord that comes with these need to be replaced, it weighs down the headphones and can displace them if you move around too much."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"At first they seemed to be comfortable, but as the minutes ticked by, the irritation and discomfort from those pressure points built until it was all I could think about."
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"The only problem I have with this product is that it isn't as comfortable as I expected."
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"Now despite super comfortable ear pads one thing that ruined for me was a clamping power."
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"At the beginning they felt too tight and I couldn't keep them on for longer than half an hour, but after a week of use they broke in and now they're the most comfortable headphones I've ever had."
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"These headphones are certainly comfortable but the biggest problem I have with these is the sound."
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"m50x is more comfortable when first put on, but gets more uncomfortable the longer you wear them, hd380s are the opposite, they feel little rough at first but seem to get more comfortable the longer you wear them, they are also lighter and grip your head better."
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"But for the combination of great sound, solid construction, comfort, and sound isolation, the 380 is an unbeatable value."
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"I would say the best thing about these headphones is the outstanding sound isolation, followed by comfort, then sound."
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"These are great headphones if you are looking to combine comfort, sound isolation, solid construction, and sound fidelity."
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"I simply love these phones.....very comfortable and the soundstage for a closed phones is incredible! "
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"Very easy to drive - even worked great on the plane audio systemFairly comfortable, if a little tight."
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Connector

Connector:
"I replaced this cable with a shorter light weight cable because I use the headphones primarily with my iPod and the original 5mm would likely damage the iPod headphone jack, which are notoriously weak to begin with."
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"Jack fit nicely into the iPhone."
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"They have decent sound and don't jack up the bass - highs and mids come through."
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"The headphone jack is detachable as well, so you can also connect a bluetooth receiver, and now you have a truly remarkable high-end bluetooth headphone."
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"The cord itself is easily replaced, it has a 2.5mm jack on the headphone end that unplugs."
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"The jack adapter is a nice and easy-to-use feature as well and ensures a nice, clean connection when you screw it on."
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Cover

Cover:
"I've had these for 4 years and the only thing that is wrong with them is a little screw cover that popped off."
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"These have an unbearable pressure that makes them uncomfortable, although the ear pads do cover my large ears."
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"The only downside is that they are pretty big but they are designed to cover your entire your ear so I guess it's not that big of a deal."
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"I wanted to love the Grados, but they don't cover the ear."
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"Ear pads are very comfortable and large enough to cover my entire ears as well as deep enough so my ears dont touch the back of the headphones - actually the only headphones so far that was perfect in the size of the ear-pads for me - and i am comparing it to Denon 600 , AKG 553PRO, OPPO PM-3 and Shure 1540 ."
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"They cover the ear and are comfortable to wear for long periods of time, like several hours at a time."
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"Headphone covers the entire ear so it's more comfortable then some other headphones."
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"It should be noted that these are some of the largest ear pieces I've worn and they cover my elephant ears comfortably."
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Design

Design:
"Not the best design."
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"It is very sturdy and intelligently attached to the headset, but it is a proprietary design so not easily replaced."
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"Very annoying 'collapsible' design that does nothing but collapse into a weird shape every time you go to put them on."
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"I will admit that the cord design is not very good if you use them on the go, but it is still short enough to toss in you're pocket if you don't want to sacrifice quality for portability (although in my experience I had to replace the cord after 2 and a half years due to stress on the connector)"
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"The only downside is that they are pretty big but they are designed to cover your entire your ear so I guess it's not that big of a deal."
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"How they could have failed so monumentally on the design of a $350 set of phones?"
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"...I was looking for cheaper pair of headphones for a gift, saw these and checked out price and reviewsTo the headphones...i was blown away by a lot of negative views and misinformation on 380 pro...enough to write my 1st review about a product that has worked excellent for me for 2 years now.1...these are designed to be studio headphones....i produce music and needed a good set of headphones to master my songs."
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"but when it comes for the recording purpose, great sounding closedback design headphone for its price range."
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"When I returned, I tried to return it and my 30 days were up, so I am stuck with it There are many earphones out there that do the job with better design and comfort."
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"Very durable and innovative design."
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"They have a good sturdy design, and they fold up to fit in the great case that comes with them."
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Durable

Durable:
"They're probably strong and durable enough, just not pleasant to touch or use; they feel cheap."
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"They're not as comfortable, but they sound better and they seem more durable."
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"Durable, Great sound quality and great fit! "
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"Regardless, the case they come with is nice and flat, and the cable feels extremely durable (though the lack of a detaching cable is a bummer)Criticisms about form-factor aside, I absolutely couldn't stand to keep using these."
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"There's not much else I can say besides these were the most durable, reliable headphones I've ever used, and that I would recommend them to anyone in a heartbeat."
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"Sound great, extremely comfortable and durable."
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"Durability: m50x feels more durable, but Ive had my 380s for 2 years and they are not showing any wear on them whatsoever."
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Fit

Fit:
"But my problem was with the fit."
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"Downsides: You need to wear left on the left ear all the time because these are angled to only fit your head one directly , annoying sometimes with how I sit at my desk."
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"The fit isn't perfect, but it's what I expected."
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"My one major drawback however is the coiled cable, while it is very well built and fits into the HD 380 Pro's nicely, Sennheiser made it a 2.5mm input and made the cable fits in with a very proprietary lock and I didn't find it very pleasant for mobile use because it's heavy and it swings around a lot while I move."
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"They simply fit around your ears very nicely, and (aside from excessive headbanging) they sit sturdily on your head."
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"No deal-breaker, and it wasn't even really annoying to me - and I'm very picky about how my glasses fit are adjusted."
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"For me personally, these headphones fit great and i can wear them for 8 hr stretches w no discomfort."
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"They fit completely over the ear and seal out sound very, very well."
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"Durable, Great sound quality and great fit! "
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"Pros: Cons:Great Bass Response Heavy Coiled CableFULL over-earAudio quality 100%Angled ear cups to fit over-earPadded head bridgeSounds great on pc, amp, and mobileConclusion:I would buy these over and over again! "
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"(These headphones do all of these things very well, especially limiting noise leakage to my neighbors)I have to wear them 4-8 hours a day so they need to be comfortable for long periods (although not super cool looking, these headphones are not too tight on my rather large head and they fit in a way that allows comfort for a long period of time)I am an audiophile and I love all different kinds of music (these headphones give awesome sounds, slightly lacking on bass, but making up for it with crisp treble and clarity amidst many simultaneous instruments playing loudly)All around they were a great investment and the travel case for them allows me to bring them to and from work with ease."
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Frequency

Frequency:
"Also, I listen to a lot of classical music, and the sound profile was truly terrible for the range of frequencies."
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"I don't know what it is, but there's a narrow band of missing frequencies in here somewhere."
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"The sub bass frequencies can be heard, but are not amplified, which is great for mixdowns."
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"Of course, you can never compare mixing on headphones to monitors, but the frequency range is so wide and very accurate it was hard to be fooled."
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"These headphones have a nice, comfortable fit with a flat frequency response."
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"Nothing exaggerated, except perhaps magnificent very low frequency (VLF) content."
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"These are great for field recording because they're over the ear closed back so they block out external sounds quite well and they have a very neutral frequency response."
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"But the extended frequency range of the HD380 means you get plenty of good clean bass the Seenheiser way."
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"The lower frequencies are awesome but the higher ones Good lord."
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Heavy

Heavy:
"From my experince with 380's u get what the producer gives u for each song u listen 2...and they dont pretty anything up, so if a band is very bass heavy after productions, u will know3."
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"The coiled cable is heavy and inconvenient, I think it can be replaced."
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"When I did, I found it is heavy, clumsy, has a ridiculous curled wire that is also heavy and it squeezes your ears as you listen."
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"I always liked the sound and isolation of the 280, but disliked the heavy, coiled cable and extreme tightness on my head."
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"Only complaint is the heavy cable but I found a replacement on ebay and all is well now."
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"Pros: Cons:Great Bass Response Heavy Coiled CableFULL over-earAudio quality 100%Angled ear cups to fit over-earPadded head bridgeSounds great on pc, amp, and mobileConclusion:I would buy these over and over again! "
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"I always liked the sound and isolation of the 280, but disliked the heavy, coiled cable and extreme tightness on my head."
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"Only complaint is the heavy cable but I found a replacement on ebay and all is well now."
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"The cord is very very heavy, tangles easily, and is far too long for my application."
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"great sound but heavy coiled cable."
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Level

Level:
"I'm hoping the clamping will further lessen, it's still not not there level of comfort...but this is more the fault of the warmth they create."
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"I guess most other people feel that they have too much bass, I find that I have to turn them up to uncomfortable levels to get the bass where I want."
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"I've had several entry level audiophile headphones that I was satisfied with, but putting these on was like the first time you go to the eye doctor and put on a pair of glasses, before you realized that your vision was lacking."
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"These are my first Pro level headphones and I love them!"
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"Comfort level is where I had a hard time with the headphones."
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"That means you will have to play your iPhone or smartphone at a very high levels to get a decent volume from the headphones."
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"They isolate you so well from the environment that you can wear them to mow the lawn or in other loud environments, and still hear your music at reasonable levels."
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Listening

Listening:
"-- Great bass - I've had problems in the past with listening to music that sounds tinny due to the headphones not handling lows well, but this one does a great job!"
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"I wouldn't recommend for listening without an amp tho."
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"these aren't you're average easy listening headphones, although your iPhone or iPod can power them, the cord is heavy and bulky and it really feels awkward having these on and hauling the thick cord around while you're doing anything but sitting and listening, so they're not great for things like listening on the go."
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"It's hard to imagine that very low volume, like listening to soft music in bed, would contribute to the burn-in time."
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"I had never heard of sennheiser when i received my 380's, and after reading reviews and listening for myself these are perfect for that."
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"These r great studio headphones...and great all-around headphones if ur listening to people who know what they're doing in the studio."
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"You can wear these for long listening sessions with no discomfort at all."
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"They sound good enough for home listening, but what really sold me on them was the comfort."
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"Music from classical, to rock alternative, to jazz to easy listening all sound great."
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Loud

Loud:
"I needed headphones that block out the noise well enough to keep me concentrated, but not so much that I can't hear anything when music is not playing out of them and not so loud that my neighbors hate me."
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"These just took forever to get broken in so they were loud."
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"These, I can keep it down at 16% and they're comfortably loud, zero distortions, zero problems, not really any desire to crank them up, other than maybe to see how much they could take."
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"The sealed design also lets you clearly hear the audio at lower volumes (great for when you are using a device that does not turn up very loud or has no pre-amp).My only real criticism comes from using both my Sennheiser PC-350 and PC-360."
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"When anyone complains that these headphones weren't loud enough, they should have been using a booster amp like a FiiO."
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"They isolate you so well from the environment that you can wear them to mow the lawn or in other loud environments, and still hear your music at reasonable levels."
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"I am not big audio guy but this headphones gives good isolation and loud sound for passive headphone."
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"If you like to loud music at work, this will be perfect."
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"Not overly loud but nice smooth sounds with great range from highs to lows."
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"I had to crank Windows to 50%-ish to get a level I felt was comfortably loud, yet not going to be overdriven or risk damaging them."
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Mixing

Mixing:
"The play every instrument clearly and without exaggerations - excellent for mixing."
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"The HD-439, as mentioned, are intentionally bass-emphasising, so they'd make horrible mixing headphones."
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"The isolation is outstanding - these would work very well for live concert mixing."
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"Excellant for sound mixing and listening to music."
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"Ok the bad news, these will NOT fulfill the quest for the perfectly flat cans for recording and mixing BUT I will use them a TON."
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"They're great for mixing in general and great for blocking outside noise."
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"Im a student at Berklee College of Music and I will say the Headphones sound amazing when Im producing, mixing, Gaming or just listening to music."
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Music

Music:
"They will not flatter badly produced recordings so beware because most modern music is not mixed and recorded well."
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"The 10 feet cord allows you to move around while you listen to your favorite music; you must get the 10 feet cord or you will regret it later."
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"-- Great bass - I've had problems in the past with listening to music that sounds tinny due to the headphones not handling lows well, but this one does a great job!"
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"You could damage your hearing by enjoying your music too much."
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"One thing I did not expect, these things block at sound surprisingly well, if I have music playing while I walk, I won't be able to hear a car 15 yards away from me, but if a noise is loud enough, you will hear it."
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"The sound is excellent, but they are a monitor and not well suited for the wide genre of music I listen to."
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"I listen to a really broad array of music and the 380s sound great with all of it."
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"...I was looking for cheaper pair of headphones for a gift, saw these and checked out price and reviewsTo the headphones...i was blown away by a lot of negative views and misinformation on 380 pro...enough to write my 1st review about a product that has worked excellent for me for 2 years now.1...these are designed to be studio headphones....i produce music and needed a good set of headphones to master my songs."
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"They will not flatter badly produced recordings so beware because most modern music is not mixed and recorded well."
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"The noise isolation is good and I can keep my music down while I am studying in a mildly noisy setting."
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"(These headphones do all of these things very well, especially limiting noise leakage to my neighbors)I have to wear them 4-8 hours a day so they need to be comfortable for long periods (although not super cool looking, these headphones are not too tight on my rather large head and they fit in a way that allows comfort for a long period of time)I am an audiophile and I love all different kinds of music (these headphones give awesome sounds, slightly lacking on bass, but making up for it with crisp treble and clarity amidst many simultaneous instruments playing loudly)All around they were a great investment and the travel case for them allows me to bring them to and from work with ease."
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Noise

Noise:
"My complaint with the HD 380 Pro is that I believe the 32dB ambient noise attentuation is very overstated."
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"Truth be told, the guy next to me uses an old IBM Model M keyboard (buckling spring mechanical - one of the loudest keyboards ever built AND he's a wicked fast, prolific programmer) - so this is a real challenge in the noise cancelling arena."
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"The one drawback for me is outside noise leakage."
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"Problem is there's almost no isolation of outside noise, and worse - sound leaks outside."
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"They don't work well as a noise reduction solution, but the sound is good."
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"Unfortunately these headphones worked for a few hours before losing the treble, then a terrible static noise developed."
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"It was my hope get a good, closed back over the ear headphone with good enough passive noise cancelling to muffle the sounds of an open plan office."
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"Probably needed to ensure a good seal for noise isolation though?"
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"Sound isolation is really good but hasn't come close to a real noise cancellation headphone."
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"The noise isolation is good and I can keep my music down while I am studying in a mildly noisy setting."
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Portable

Portable:
"I ordered these headphones because they come highly recommended, but when I received them, they were not as comfortable or as portable as similarly priced Audio-Technica headphones."
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"Pros:- Portable- Amazing sound quality- Travel Case- Closed noised isolationCons:- Weak ear pad fabric, have replace over time- coiled cable can be annoying when further away from the source, bought straight cables to complement the headphones"
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"Way too strong for me - but for somebody else with smaller head it can be ok. All in all this cans are very sturdy - AND VERY LIGHT - and this again compare to any of the cans i mentioned above - again if it would not be for strong clamping power i would keep them as spare headphones for my Shure 1540 - also Senheiser HD 380 Pro is good as portable - i like the cord and that this cans can be folded and very nice travel case."
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"In use on a plane, you will hear surrounding noise, BUT you will also hear excellent quality music, which is why a portable headphone amp would assist in a circumstance like this."
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"Oh, they fold flat and fit nicely in my portable kit."
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"Very comfortable, and for cans of this size and quality, very portable with the included case."
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Price

Price:
"Don't cheap out and get something that is ineffective and uncomfortable that they won't wear."
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"to me It just sounds a tad better than the m50x, and has a less fatiguing treble, but both cans are great and you cant go wrong with either so it might just come down to price or personal preference of sound, brighter or little darker."
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"They're probably strong and durable enough, just not pleasant to touch or use; they feel cheap."
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"I couldn't be more pleased with these headphones, which had a great price tag on Amazon."
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"It's good to think about things, weigh the good and the not so good, features vs price but if you need a set of headphones for studio use, home audio, stage use ... save yourself time and money and just buy these."
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"As far as negatives I don't have any they have met our expectations price was good shipping was quick and the product was great what more can you ask for."
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"In summary, if you seek really good sound at a reasonable price w o ANC, I think most people will be very pleased with the 380."
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"And the price is extremely reasonable for the quality you get."
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"If you are purely after the best sounding headphone in this price range, there are probably others I would recommend first."
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"At that price, FIVE STARS, excellent buy."
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"the construction is quite good, regardless of price."
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Quality

Quality:
"They are definitely not real studio sound quality - just average and not a good value at $100."
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"The quality of the bass sound is not as good as Sony."
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"My headphones that I was using prior to these Sennheiser headphones had great sound quality, but they were not comfortable after two or three hours of use."
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"Love 'em... no headphone is perfect, but the sound quality and balance is what makes me so happy."
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"Sound quality, to me, is not horrible but not great either, though I think the V-Moda m100s spoiled me there."
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"* Noise blocking, without sacrificing sound quality, which is the problem with noise cancelling headphones -- meaning I needed headphones that could accomplish blocking out noise through design, rather than through electronic means (something that I didn't find very successful anyway in noise cancelling headphones owned previously)."
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"Pros:- Portable- Amazing sound quality- Travel Case- Closed noised isolationCons:- Weak ear pad fabric, have replace over time- coiled cable can be annoying when further away from the source, bought straight cables to complement the headphones"
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"And the price is extremely reasonable for the quality you get."
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"Good sound, great quality, it's a Sennheiser."
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"And that neutrality is wonderful with a good quality recording and decent system."
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"All in all, wow, they are expensive, but, if you have a good reason for them (e. g., comfort and quality), then they're worth it."
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Response

Response:
"Accurate sound response without good, but not booming, bass."
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"But mids and upper bass are relatively weak and thin, and even though it has more bass response, punch is weaker than HD380.HD380 pro is also closed phone but designed for professional use like studio mixing or mastering."
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"Pros: Cons:Great Bass Response Heavy Coiled CableFULL over-earAudio quality 100%Angled ear cups to fit over-earPadded head bridgeSounds great on pc, amp, and mobileConclusion:I would buy these over and over again! "
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"Nice and well balanced response."
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"Once you seat them properly on your ears to let the most amount of space between your ear and the driver, the bass response is very nice."
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"These headphones have a nice, comfortable fit with a flat frequency response."
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"These are great for field recording because they're over the ear closed back so they block out external sounds quite well and they have a very neutral frequency response."
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Size

Size:
"Ear pads are very comfortable and large enough to cover my entire ears as well as deep enough so my ears dont touch the back of the headphones - actually the only headphones so far that was perfect in the size of the ear-pads for me - and i am comparing it to Denon 600 , AKG 553PRO, OPPO PM-3 and Shure 1540 ."
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"I have fairly healthy size ears and they fit well."
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"Great sound, size, and construction."
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"Im a big guy, with a wide head and above average size ears, its so nice to have something that works."
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"The fit is quite snug, but comfortable on my pumpkin size head."
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Sound

Sound:
"Tight, crisp sound with what I call dead on bass reproduction (Not too bassy like Bose and not underpowered like entry level Sony)."
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"Doesn't sound that great with Iphone.."
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"Sound isolation is very weak, it's not like HD280."
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"They sound terrible with every genre:rock, electro, jazz and classical."
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"More comfortable than MD7506, better isolating than AKG's, Less harsh sounding than KRK, round full bass sounds missing from higher priced headphones."
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"In addition, they are not very efficient and require considerable sound power to operate."
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"Pros:- Portable- Amazing sound quality- Travel Case- Closed noised isolationCons:- Weak ear pad fabric, have replace over time- coiled cable can be annoying when further away from the source, bought straight cables to complement the headphones"
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"I listen to a really broad array of music and the 380s sound great with all of it."
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"In summary, if you seek really good sound at a reasonable price w o ANC, I think most people will be very pleased with the 380."
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"Decent sound, but clamps your head."
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"Good sound, great quality, it's a Sennheiser."
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Tone

Tone:
"The 595s are a disappointment - similar in overall tone at first to the 565s, but very muddy soundstage, much worse w. r. t. detail."
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"but realize you won't be able to hear yourself singing along unless you are mic'd and plugged in, so i absolutely do NOT recommend these for tone deaf a-holes who sing along to their music."
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"I am able to hear notes and tones in the mid and high ranges that are not as distinct with other speakers and headphones by other manufacturers."
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"I'll update after the second pair come in) First the good news, I have NEVER heard tones that takes my 2k sub to deliver!"
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"Ana Victoria - Roxanne (Pop Vocal): Spacious sound, good bass tone and impact, and the vocal sounds very natural."
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"Candy Dulfer - Lily Was Here (Jazz): Narrow soundstage, but excellent detailed instrumental tone."
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"Michael Tilson Thomas - Rhapsody In Blue (20th Century Classic): Great sound and soundstage, and terrific piano playing and tone, brought to life by the HD380."
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Treble

Treble:
"Unfortunately these headphones worked for a few hours before losing the treble, then a terrible static noise developed."
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"to me It just sounds a tad better than the m50x, and has a less fatiguing treble, but both cans are great and you cant go wrong with either so it might just come down to price or personal preference of sound, brighter or little darker."
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"If you are missing a sparkle in the treble and the mids you might want to buy an amp."
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"I have some open cans that sound better than these, but for closed cans these cant be beat for under $150.The way I can describe the sound on these is, smooth, detailed, slightly warm and dark, bass goes very deep and is very tight and punchy, mids are clear, and treble is clean, detailed and smooth without being harsh or painful."
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"to me It just sounds a tad better than the m50x, and has a less fatiguing treble, but both cans are great and you cant go wrong with either so it might just come down to price or personal preference of sound, brighter or little darker."
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"Sennheiser took a little bit lower driver sound profile rather than the 280's higher treble and good mids."
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"Good bass, clean mids and treble."
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"Summarizing the sound of the HD380, with a modest treble boost it's marvelous, but even when played flat it's quite good, especially for the price."
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Value

Value:
"They are definitely not real studio sound quality - just average and not a good value at $100."
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"But for the combination of great sound, solid construction, comfort, and sound isolation, the 380 is an unbeatable value."
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"I'm confident I could find a better value out there."
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"Good value depending on tastes."
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"These are a great value."
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"For 95 dollars, best value if you're looking for hi-fi quality you'll hear things in your songs you never did before."
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Video

Video:
"It's good for all types of music and good for movies as well."
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"However, these over-ear noise isolating headphones are GREAT, especially when playing video games."
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"I also use them in lieu of Bose Quiet Comfort headphones when traveling, as their isolation and superior sensitivity allow me to hear movie dialog better than the active noise cancellation of the Bose product."
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"From light rock, to dubstep, from classical to qawwali, audiobooks, lectures, amateur videos and podcasts all sound good."
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"Mine have held up perfectly for about a year (music, movies, games via PC - Creative Sound Blaster Z) and as the ultimate endorsement, I bought a 2nd pair for someone else who was impressed after trying mine."
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Vocal

Vocal:
"vocals are good, as are acoustics."
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"So with that in mind, I find they are more clear, by that I mean - I can focus on a specific part, maybe the low end of a song, and be able to clearly hear it, or the vocals, or whatever."
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"Vocals sound a little more distant on the m50x, but on some recordings I found it to be more pleasing, both cans reproduce vocals very well and sound natural."
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"The vocals and details are amazing, but the overall music experience was just blah for regular listening."
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"The vocals are really clear!"
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Volume

Volume:
"It's hard to imagine that very low volume, like listening to soft music in bed, would contribute to the burn-in time."
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"At one part of the music, I decided to listen at the lowest possible volume to find out at what volume would I not be able to hear the bass anymore."
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"at more modest volume, leakage is not a problem."
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"I like them because I don't feel a lot of pressure on my ear drums, and the sound is good at low volumes."
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"That means you will have to play your iPhone or smartphone at a very high levels to get a decent volume from the headphones."
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"When used with my iPhone 6, I had to turn the volume up to almost maximum to get them to sound good."
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"And they managed to get to a volume level that I was happy with, and could even go WAY beyond that if I so chose."
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Weight

Weight:
"It's good to think about things, weigh the good and the not so good, features vs price but if you need a set of headphones for studio use, home audio, stage use ... save yourself time and money and just buy these."
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"The headphones are very lightweight, comfortable to wear, sound isolation is very good (for non-active headphones), the carry case is really handy."
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"These are pretty light weight but the bulky cord that comes with these need to be replaced, it weighs down the headphones and can displace them if you move around too much."
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"Lightweight on your head and amazing sound quality."
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"Comfortable and lightweight."
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"great sound... great noise canceling ,,, very light weight and comfortable!"
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iPhone

iPhone:
"Doesn't sound that great with Iphone.."
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"these aren't you're average easy listening headphones, although your iPhone or iPod can power them, the cord is heavy and bulky and it really feels awkward having these on and hauling the thick cord around while you're doing anything but sitting and listening, so they're not great for things like listening on the go."
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"I'd have to press it sideways to make it properly work which would damage my iphone, ipod, etc."
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"Jack fit nicely into the iPhone."
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"However, I discovered the Bose OE series mini-cable is also a 2.5mm to 3.5mm male male, so I ordered that here on amazon and now these cans are great for use with my iphone."
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"That means you will have to play your iPhone or smartphone at a very high levels to get a decent volume from the headphones."
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"I then played different types of music that I know well using an ipad mini, an iphone and an ipod."
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"Great sound with overall quality sound both from iphone and ipad as well as a TV."
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iPod

iPod:
"these aren't you're average easy listening headphones, although your iPhone or iPod can power them, the cord is heavy and bulky and it really feels awkward having these on and hauling the thick cord around while you're doing anything but sitting and listening, so they're not great for things like listening on the go."
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"I replaced this cable with a shorter light weight cable because I use the headphones primarily with my iPod and the original 5mm would likely damage the iPod headphone jack, which are notoriously weak to begin with."
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"I'd have to press it sideways to make it properly work which would damage my iphone, ipod, etc."
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"This being said, an iPod will have no trouble running these headphones, as is a problem with some higher impedance headphones (>64 Ohms).I wholeheartedly recommend these headphones, for both their clarity and comfort."
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"They are great for listening to compressed music from your iPod and mp3 players."
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"Works Well Powered By Laptop, Better By Ipod, IPad."
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"These sound good - playing my ipod."
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"I love the collapsible feature, THICK cord with rather nice gold plated male tip (can unscrew this for us with a smaller hole e. g. iPod).So glad that I overcame the price which now seems very reasonable for what I got in return."
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"I then played different types of music that I know well using an ipad mini, an iphone and an ipod."
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