It's not really apples to apples. The 280's being for monitor usage and the Bose units geared towards consumers.
I'd normally have a negative comment to toss towards Bose, but you can't beat free!
me too, I've really smashed Bose a lot in the past. I know the HD280s are for monitor usage, etc etc, but I think the Bose offers just as accurate of sound reproduction but with punchier bass and noise canceling to boot! I mean, I would never buy it... for a fair improvement in quality and noise canceling... you pay 3x as much as the HD280. But free... completely amazing! My HD 280s are probably going to go where they are intended- to use as a monitor. (computer keyboards aren't the only kind I play
I'm looking at getting a new pair of headphones for my computer (gaming mostly, movies, TV, ect)
I have been looking closely at the HD280's, but still am not sure.
I would like to spend less than $150.
Any good suggestions?
That depends. If you want very accurate sound reproduction and fairly good (though I wouldn't say stellar) bass, I don't have higher praise for anything under $200 then I do for the HD280s. However, they are very
accurate headphones. If you're used to more consumer-level cans, you may find the HD280s sound somewhat "flat", kinda dull, because of how accurate they are. Consumer-range cans tend to emphasize midtones and drop off in bass and high ranges, which means an accurate set of cans might sound funny. But I would give the HD 280s a spin. I bought mine about 6 months ago and I'm extremely satisfied.