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post #16 of 533
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Originally Posted by amartignano
Great headphones.

I've sold mine because I feel the highs rise a bit too much for my tastes, but otherwise I must admit that it's a truly high class headphone.
Andrew,

How would you compare the 990 with the 880 you mention on your signature?

I have the 990 and sometimes notice the highs do rise a bit to my taste. But the 990 bass seems to be just right for me.

Thanks!
post #17 of 533
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Originally Posted by smartins
Andrew,

How would you compare the 990 with the 880 you mention on your signature?

I have the 990 and sometimes notice the highs do rise a bit to my taste. I do like the bass of the 990.

Thanks!
I'll help Andrew if he doesn't mind
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post #18 of 533
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Originally Posted by Andrew_WOT
I am not so sure about that:
From Beyer web site:


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There was a post a while ago discussing all these differences and which model is considered higher.
That's not what they told me when I emailed them, but remember that point in headphone history when the dt531 became the accidental sweet spot?
post #19 of 533
*taps his foot impatiently* Mine should arrive in about a week.
post #20 of 533
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Originally Posted by GIGANTOID
Does anyone else feel the highs are a little 'shrill' sometimes. It may be my material though. But sometimes I feel that way. The bass is really nice and clear and full and don't seem to overpower the mids to my untrained ear. And the highs are definitely there.
For me it was the bass response that bothered. Too much for my taste after burn-in. So I sold 'em.

I tend to be in Andrew's (amartignano) camp with regard to preferring the DT880's. No shortage of proper bass on these, imo, and far more accurate across the entire spectrum. I don't find them boring unless the recording is boring. That's the point - they DT880's sound different with every CD because every CD is different! The DT990's make everything sound similiar.

Glad you all are enjoying the DT990's though, especially those who got the B&H deal. Remember, just because many of you got in at a bargain price, doesn't mean you should pair them with inferior components upstream.
post #21 of 533
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Originally Posted by plainsong
That's not what they told me when I emailed them, but remember that point in headphone history when the dt531 became the accidental sweet spot?
In the end they share the driver and it all comes to the preferences on whether you like slight bump in bass and highs. From what I've collected so far DT880 is more accurate but 990 might be more fun. Thus personally I decided to go for 880.
Here goes the frequency response comparision between two.
post #22 of 533
I have listened extensively to both the DT880 and the DT990 (both 05 versions) on my rather modest gear.

It is quite easy to hear the difference;

The 880 is clinical sounding - very detailed and precise. Maybe a bit bright sounding. Extremely good at reproducing female vocals and electronic sounds. Not very good at reproducing rock music - it just sounds flat. For my taste the DT880 is a bit boring. I imagine this would be the perfect headphone for sound analysis, studio work, amateur musicans etc.

The 990 is far more, i dunno how to put it, "brash". Much more oomph in the bass region. Possibly a bit more siblant than the 880. Overall it presents the music quite differently than the 880. However to my ears it does this with style and restraint. The 990 is NOT an 880 with the "loudness" button on!
Overall i "tap my foot" more when listening to the DT990s - and thus it gets the most hours of use.

The DT880 is the studio monitor. The DT990 is the live band.
post #23 of 533
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Originally Posted by Torm
I have listened extensively to both the DT880 and the DT990 (both 05 versions) on my rather modest gear.

It is quite easy to hear the difference;

The 880 is clinical sounding - very detailed and precise. Maybe a bit bright sounding. Extremely good at reproducing female vocals and electronic sounds. Not very good at reproducing rock music - it just sounds flat. For my taste the DT880 is a bit boring. I imagine this would be the perfect headphone for sound analysis, studio work, amateur musicans etc.

The 990 is far more, i dunno how to put it, "brash". Much more oomph in the bass region. Possibly a bit more siblant than the 880. Overall it presents the music quite differently than the 880. However to my ears it does this with style and restraint. The 990 is NOT an 880 with the "loudness" button on!
Overall i "tap my foot" more when listening to the DT990s - and thus it gets the most hours of use.

The DT880 is the studio monitor. The DT990 is the live band.
Nice review. I have the older DT880s and think they are pretty darn nice, but I agree about them being analytical and not as involving and fun sometimes. I am really interested in picking up a pair of the new DT990s.
post #24 of 533
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Originally Posted by F1GTR
Beyerdynamic now considers their DT990 to be their top of the line headphone, above the DT880.
I would agree with that. If you go to the Manufacture website (http://www.beyerdynamic.com/cms/MANU...r.0.html?&L=1#) and mouse over the two headphones, you'll see the following descriptions

DT 880: "This top headphone combines the strengths of open and closed headphones."

DT 990: "This ultimate headphone features a three-dimensional sound, that is, it reproduces all details of the various instruments of an orchestra as a unity."

It's all marketing talk, but at least it seems to indicate that Beyer is marketing the DT 990 over the DT 880.
post #25 of 533
I have the '03 DT-880s and '03 DT-990 Pro. The 880s are more neutral and serve as the better reference phone, but the 990s are more fun for rock, conveying that sense of excitment.

I'd say if one were to own both phones (regardless of model year) that person wouldn't need any other headphones since the two complement each other so well. That's not to mention their incredible comfort and extraordinary build quality. The HD650 sounds good but that plastic shell is easily scratched and cracked, not so with the Beyers. In the long run, this is a real plus.

As a side note, I forgot where I read this but the DT880s were touted by Beyer as a breakthrough because it is supposed to replicate all the benefits of electrostatic headphones in dynamic form. I'd say this claim is quite accurate save the slightly sluggishness of attack and decay.
post #26 of 533
I have both 06 880 & 990. I've had the 880's for a few months and they had a real breakthrough at 300 hr's. I got the 990's with the B&H "big buy" and am currently breaking them in too. I'll have 300 hr's on them by the weekend. I only listened to them for about 20 min after 100 hr's. On a fantastic classical recording, there was a clarinet solo that was shockingly real! Since that brief listen, it's made me think that my 880's, 701's, and hd600's might be less real than I previously thought. Well, I'll find out for sure next week but, it may be the one I've been looking for too!
post #27 of 533
I had the DT990 Pro and now have the new '05 DT990's thanks to B & H. All I have to say is AWESOME!!!!!
post #28 of 533

My 990s

I have it too.
After 150Hours of burn-in, it sounds great!!

Lush vocals, great extension in the high and lows, it's damn musical to my ears!
post #29 of 533
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Originally Posted by smartins
Andrew,

How would you compare the 990 with the 880 you mention on your signature?

I have the 990 and sometimes notice the highs do rise a bit to my taste. But the 990 bass seems to be just right for me.

Thanks!
hi,

the DT880 has one of the best mid to highs transition I've ever heard, smooth, musical, airy, defined and correct, only a bit on the bright side (but in a wonderful way).

But the DT880 has not the bass of the DT990, is a lot more controlled, but it is also a bit deeper. The best will be a DT880 from mid to high and a DT990 in the bass (maybe with a bit more extension)... maybe an hint for the DT1100?
post #30 of 533
Now I can hear violins and drums the way they sound live. The DT990's sound like all of the music is recorded in a recording studio with the best accoustics possible. Plus the music is felt in my body.

My SA5000's cost $350
My K701's cost $300
To my ears the equivilant value for what I hear with the DT990's is close to $600. Sorry Sony and AKG, you got the highs but missed the midrange and bass.
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