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  Thanks for the heads up on these products, as I confess I'd never heard of 95% of them (nor cared much really). I can well guess why they're being produced, however, especially in the case of majors like Marantz, and it's not because they think the headphone outs on their integrateds and receivers are crap. It's because they see a market, and the market is...well, you actually,,,that is, those who believe unless something is dedicated to a purpose from conception it...
Really? Perhaps you could reel off a list of them for us.   Don't use up all the bandwidth though. 
It's easy to see why there might be conflicting views about brightness. The 600 is clearly brighter in the upper midrange (2 - 5khz), the 880 in the higher treble (6 -9khz). This explains why the 600 has more detail and a more forceful sound, but also why it sounds (to my ears) harder and 'shriekier'. For my preferred genre, classical, I find the 880 just a much more subtle, refined phone.  
Er, I think he was being sarcastic.
What!! An old man 50-60 years old! Why you young whippersnapper! I ought to take your pants down and give you a good paddling!    And at 68 I'm just the old man to do it too.  
 This was actually discussed in an earlier thread on this subject and it was pointed out by one poster, correctly I think, that large speaker amp manufacturers have much better scale of economy than small dedicated HP amp manufacturers. In short, Marantz can make a 100W integrated just as cheaply as your average dedicated amp manufacturer can make a 5W HP amp, with just as good components.  I was not just a consumer in the 70s & 80s but an occasional contributor to a Hi-Fi...
 This is a very nice post, but there are a couple of things I just can't let pass. The first popular consumer headphone was the Sennheiser HD414 in 1968. By the 80s the headphone market was booming, with just about every major manufacturer having several models and interlopers like Stax grabbing the top end with their electrostatics. There was no 'afterthought' about headphones or headphone jacks. However, all this is moot if you simply accept that right from the beginning...
 You know, I'm not even sure that's true. The theory is that a) the tuner will take power from the power supply, but if you look inside you find the tuner is powered by its own mini power supply with separate transformer; and b) the tuner components will somehow contaminate the amplifying side, but again, if you look inside a good receiver you'll find more than enough shielding to prevent that happening. I've had as good results from receivers as integrateds.  
What he said.
Obviously you should have bought the 250 ohm DT880.   Actually I'm telling lies when I say I couldn 't pick a fault with derbigpr's remarks. I've certainly found a greater variation of performance than he seems to suggest, but he's right in saying that the sound of the amplifier with speakers is the sound you're going to get with headphones--at least 90% of the time. Obviously that means you need to choose a good sounding amp if you want good sound. There is nothing...
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