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post #16 of 141
As a fellow HF-1er I am interested in your comparison thoughts. The HF-1 is my first high-end set-up and I wonder if I might like the 880s. I love the HF-1s but might like more detail and a bigger stage. What do you think?
post #17 of 141
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Originally Posted by coco
As a fellow HF-1er I am interested in your comparison thoughts. The HF-1 is my first high-end set-up and I wonder if I might like the 880s. I love the HF-1s but might like more detail and a bigger stage. What do you think?
Depends on your musical preferences. They can sound thin and lacking in bass with heavy metal and guitar-based rock (possibly due to poor production values with some of that music), but for just about everything else they're excellent. They aren't as forward as Grados, and have a huge soundstage... it would probably take some adjustment, but you might love them.

P.S. If I were gonna fault the DT880 somewhere, it would be in the (lack of) 'weight' or 'heft' of the bass. They remain airy sounding even with music that would sound better with more bass authority... the only real fault I can think of. That's an area I think would easily covered by your HF-1s though.
post #18 of 141
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Originally Posted by fewtch
For classical, film soundtracks, jazz, ambient electronica, new age... superb.
This is really what I would like to hear and makes me want to buy them that much more! Everybody that's gotten them, I assume you guys got the 250ohm version? The Beyerdynamic site seems to offer 32, 250 or 600ohm versions. They say the 600 are more for the true audiophile, but does the higher impedence mean better sound quality? What's the coorelation there?

Also, are there any amps you could recommend with the DT880 for $200 or less price point?
post #19 of 141
Do the DT880s sound very different than the HD650s?

Now that I've got a pretty good setup for my HD650s, I'm wondering what to get next, say for my home setup. Actually I don't mind the sound from my HD497s, but they're not very comfortable.

I'm thinking of the DT880s or else Sony SA5000s, just for a real contrast with the 650s. I'm especially interested in the SA5Ks since I just found out that Iron_Dreamer prefers them to HD650s, even with the DAC-1.

If I use these at home, I'd probably be using my Gilmore Lite amp for now, and probably just the AV710 sound card for source (not the best, I know). Actually I might resurrect my DVP-S7000 DVD player too -- it's old but a pretty fair redbook source.
post #20 of 141
my DT880s should come in a week or so..you guys are making me sooo antsy >_<
post #21 of 141
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Originally Posted by kukyfrope
This is really what I would like to hear and makes me want to buy them that much more! Everybody that's gotten them, I assume you guys got the 250ohm version? The Beyerdynamic site seems to offer 32, 250 or 600ohm versions. They say the 600 are more for the true audiophile, but does the higher impedence mean better sound quality? What's the coorelation there?

Also, are there any amps you could recommend with the DT880 for $200 or less price point?
The impedance options on their website are for the new version, which is unavailable so far I believe. Everyone has the "old" version, which is indeed 250 ohms.

Also - the DT880 is very power-hungry, it will be very disappointing without an amp, and it might not even get very loud.
post #22 of 141
ilove my dt880 very much

i got other cans and i let myself listen more and more with the dt880 then the others ... this days ..

i switch between them alot also ..for a couple of resons..:
im stil want to find every espect of the difrence between them all ...
and for the love to my other can's i need to show some efection to the them .

i am going to buy some grado in the near near future so i guese its will be hard to show my love to all of them in the same day , maybe i need to split them for a difrent day on the week :

(600) sunday
(340) monday
(225) middle week
(dt880) week end
and for the next week to switch position :-)

post #23 of 141

880

double post ====sorry
post #24 of 141
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Originally Posted by byrdparis
and for the love to my other can's i need to show some efection to the them .
I know the feeling... I have a lot of trouble though switching to my HD580s after long term listening of the DT-880. The treble is just too tame with HD580, and the lack of lowest bass combined with slight midbass hump makes HD580 bass weird as well.

The AKG K501 is much easier to switch to... the tonal balance of the two cans is so similar, it's like the K501 is a "baby DT880" (with less low bass and detail). The only thing K501 does better is midrange, but it's a good enough headphone that there's no pain switching between the two . My ears sweat less with K501 too... those DT880 pads get steamy after long listening sessions.
post #25 of 141
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Originally Posted by fante7
I did consider that, and a search turned up no results, so I figured I'd start one
BeyerDynamic owners unite...
http://www6.head-fi.org/forums/showthread.php?t=112834

post #26 of 141
Yeah, DT880 rule!. Great headphones. The only problem with them is that your ears get warm and hurt a little after a couple of hours of listening. Great sound, otherwise I would never put them on that long!
post #27 of 141
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Originally Posted by OracleGuy
Do the DT880s sound very different than the HD650s?

Now that I've got a pretty good setup for my HD650s, I'm wondering what to get next, say for my home setup. Actually I don't mind the sound from my HD497s, but they're not very comfortable.

I'm thinking of the DT880s or else Sony SA5000s, just for a real contrast with the 650s. I'm especially interested in the SA5Ks since I just found out that Iron_Dreamer prefers them to HD650s, even with the DAC-1.

If I use these at home, I'd probably be using my Gilmore Lite amp for now, and probably just the AV710 sound card for source (not the best, I know). Actually I might resurrect my DVP-S7000 DVD player too -- it's old but a pretty fair redbook source.
In my opinion yes, the DT880s sound quite different from the HD650s. I personally find the latter to be somewhat muddled and dark, with a flabby mid-bass. The DT880s on the other hand lean slightly bright and have tight bass that can sound a bit lean in comparison precisely because it's not bloated.

The SA5000s are even more different from the HD650s - maybe diametrical opposites! Very fast, cold, and analytical, again with a very taut bass that can seem lean compared with the HD650s, at least until your mind is calibrated to it.

The DT880s are much more forgiving than the SA5000s, certainly a consideration on less than ideal recordings. I own and enjoy both but find that the DT880s are enjoyable with pretty much all of my music, whereas the SA5000s really excel on about 25% and can seem harsh and unforgiving on the rest (probably more the fault of the recordings than the headphones).

I'm actually more a Grado guy and I find the HD650s quite overrated (in fact, my pair is up for sale along with the Zu Mobius cable) but I enjoy the DT880s and the SA5000s quite a bit as well. But I may be a bit of anomaly, as I also prefer the HD600 over the 650.
post #28 of 141
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Originally Posted by fjf
Yeah, DT880 rule!. Great headphones. The only problem with them is that your ears get warm and hurt a little after a couple of hours of listening.
I get the warmth, but not the pain (thankfully).
post #29 of 141
I got mine today!! Same day as my Red Wine modded iPod!! The iPod is charging so I am using them with my regular iPod and pa2v2.

The first thing I noticed is how beautiful they are!! I didn't get the aluminimum case but the padded leather is pretty nice. They seem very well built, very German!. Second thing I noticed is how true it is that they are heard to drive and show up source weakness. The pa2v2 seemed to be struggling to drive them and some ipod tracks sounded harsher than I remember.

The new iPod with lossless should solve some of these problems. I have ordered a supermini too and hoped I would be getting it soon but I fear Xin is backed up and it may still be a few weeks away. I am also going to get either an XCAN v3 or a Meier Corda Aria in the next few weeks to complete my home set up, can't wait!!

Should I go for the Aria or the XCAN???
post #30 of 141
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Originally Posted by OracleGuy
Do the DT880s sound very different than the HD650s?
Yes they do. They're more detailed, brighter, have a little wider soundstage but they do lack bass a little bit.

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I'm thinking of the DT880s or else Sony SA5000s, just for a real contrast with the 650s. I'm especially interested in the SA5Ks since I just found out that Iron_Dreamer prefers them to HD650s, even with the DAC-1.
SA5000 definitely has better contrast with 650s than DT880. They're pretty much an opposite compared to 650s.

SA5000: detailed, fast (bass is also fast), accurate, pretty narrow soundstage, somewhat bright
650: not so detailed, not so fast (larger amount of bass but it's not so fast and accurate), wider soundstage, dark and warm sounding

I use SA5000 only for rock/hard rock/metal. 650s goes with everything else.

But if you want something to complement 650s then SA5000 is your choice.

Sorry for offtopic.
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