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.