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post #1 of 17
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.................. of which 24 have been pink noise burn in at 85 db per earpiece. These phones scared me when I first plugged them in - sooooo bright and top end fizzy. Now after this burn in I am convinced at last that burn in does work - the top end is sooo sweet now. I have just listened to Mozart's String Quartet K590 'Prussian Nr 3' played by Eder Quartet on Naxos - I use this piece for comparisons and am very familiar with it. These DT880s are superb in out-of-head frontal soundstage and the extended but so sweet treble is giving my K701 phones real concern. The ability to separate the instruments is better on the 880 than the 701 - the overall tonal balance of the 880 brings out the sound of the wood in the instruments superbly. I will continue with pink noise burn for 150 hours and make a much more detailed comparison with the K701 (400 hours burn in) at the end. So far I get the feeling that the DT880 might be a better phone for me than the K701 - I would never have believed that I would be saying this. By the way - the DT880 is a bit harder to drive than the K701 on my HA-2 MkII SE.
post #2 of 17
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91 viewings and not a single comment ??
post #3 of 17
I'm getting some later around March, but I needed some closed cans to replace the V6 I'm planning on using at work.

-The Grinman
post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by Dregur View Post
I'm getting some later around March, but I needed some closed cans to replace the V6 I'm planning on using at work.

-The Grinman
Thanks
post #5 of 17
Yes, they are great headphones. How do they compare to your stax?.
post #6 of 17
I thought the K 701 recovered more detail then my DT 880s, but I liked the tonal balance of the latter better. Glad you are enjoying them, and can't wait for your comparison
post #7 of 17
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Yes, they are great headphones. How do they compare to your stax?.
Long time since I tried the Stax - will get them out and try at weekend.
post #8 of 17
Nice avatar jirams. Einstein right?

Should be interesting to see what your 400 hour comments are.

Now, in terms of comfort, do you prefer the beyer's over the Senn's and AKG's?

~Enjoy
post #9 of 17
1. I'm glad you are enjoying your DT880s!
2. I agree with you about burn-in with the DT880.
3. @Towert7: I find the DT880 slightly more comfortable than my K601 - it does not press on my head via the headband as much as the K601. Both are very comfortable, though.
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by Towert7 View Post
Nice avatar jirams. Einstein right?

Should be interesting to see what your 400 hour comments are.

Now, in terms of comfort, do you prefer the beyer's over the Senn's and AKG's?

~Enjoy

Yep - the very man

Comfort wise - the Beyers have a slight edge. I must say that the K701 has a rather over-complicated way of adjustment, the pads of the 880 are much softer. The Senns are too close around the ears, resulting in trapped heat which builds up over time.
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by fjf View Post
Yes, they are great headphones. How do they compare to your stax?.
Way ahead of my Stax - better in bass definition and the upper treble with the Stax is too smoothed over - too 'glossy'.
post #12 of 17
I had the DT 880's 05-edition (isn't it?) But I returned after two days. The sound they provided was just not my taste at all. The low-end was non-existent, the mids were weak, and the highs were...ZZSZSZSSSZZZ sharp as hell!! I wanted to hear more of the lows and the mids, so I turned the volume up - but then the highs went up as well and it felt like knifes in my ears. But then again, I'm not a jazz/orchestral - listener.

Anyway, after purchasing the A900's shortly after, I was in heaven. But hey, different taste, different needs. Enjoy music
post #13 of 17
You make me want to try out a pair od Beyers, which I will be soon at a family friend's house. I have to compare my k701's to his dt880's and k1000...
post #14 of 17
I had some '05 DT 880s and sold them after a few months. On some recordings they sounded great; on others the top-end "shimmer" became objectionable. So, I moved on to K601s for all-rounders and have generally been pleased. No one can does everything well...at least, none that I have owned. I may buy another pair of DT880s (or whatever Beyerdynamic's top can is at the time) down the road.

I'd be interested in hearing from the OP on how he thinks the DT 880s compare with his HD 600s. I've never heard 600s or 650s and have come close to ordering one or the other. I used to have some 590s, but they really didn't do a lot for me.

And yes...the DT 880s were a bit more comfortable than the AKGs. The 880s are probably the most comfortable cans I've ever owned.
post #15 of 17
I love my 05 DT880's, but it took 2 things to really get me to love them:

1. I use them with leather earpads instead of the stock velour. It provides MUCH more bass impact and slam.

2. I use them with a tube amp. They love tubes.

The 05 DT880 right now are paired with the ASL MG Head OTL III - yummy.
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