Originally Posted by pp312
I'm currently trying to decide which to keep: DT880 Pro or HE-500. At least with the orchestral/classical music I listen to, it's not such an easy decision as one might think, or as is implied in these threads. the DT880 is a formidable phone.
Incidentally, has anyone read this review: http://kenrockwell.com/audio/beyer/dt-880.htm I'm inclined to agree with it in principal, though I can't in detail as I haven't heard the HD800.
I'd never seen that before. I'm going to have to sit down and digest it. I'm not surprised, however, that somebody might come to that conclusion. Remember, the advent of ridiculously priced flagships only came about about four or five years ago (leaving out electostats and the odd esoteric design, like the K1000 or HE90). In its time, the DT880 was once one of the best three or four dynamic headphones in the world. You don't just shove that aside because somebody added a fourth figure to the price of the average flagship.
It's like a new generation of processors (in computer terms; forgive me): incremental improvements, problems fixed, and generally better performance, but sometimes regressions and often the pointed question: is it really that much better than what I had? Add the subjective aspect of sound, and it's not too unusual that somebody might come to the conclusion the author there did. The DT880 also, unlike so many headphones to follow it (including the Tesla ones made by Beyer themselves), doesn't have problems with ringing. It just has some spikes in the treble, which can be easily EQ'ed out.
Edited by Argyris - 12/25/12 at 5:53am