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Originally Posted by Foe-hammer View Post
Guitar Center doesn't sell the DT880s - they are no where on their site.
Guitar Center doesn't sell the DT880's. What I did is print the best deal I found from other sites in the internet and took it to GC in San Bernardino. They did not carry the 880's but special ordered them for me at a better price than the internet deal. It took some extra effort but it was worth it. I may be wrong but I though I mentioned that in my previous post. If you are willing to go the extra mile, they might be willing to match somebody else's deal. By the way, the advertise the AKG 701 for more than 400.00. I showed them the deal I found in the internet (about 250) and they were willing to match that price too. At the end though, I decided to go for the 880's based on head-fi's comments and don't regret my decision a bit. I love my 880 Pro's.
post #123 of 237
What is the difference in the dt-880 premium and the dt-880 pro?
post #124 of 237
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Originally Posted by adanac061 View Post
The dt880's are next on my neutral headphone hitlist.

What are first impressions on k701 vs dt880??
This is sorta tricky. They are very similar, and I personally wouldn't recommend someone buying both. IMO the DT880's have more bass "depth", "crispy highs", but the mid-range is sorta week. When I say bass depth, I don't mean in a bass-head sorta a way. Both the DT880's and K701's are air-head cans.

The K701's are more of an all-around type of can. The K701 are not as comfortable, and don't do one particular thing (bass, mids, uppers) very well. It's strength is that it does everything as a whole very well. So for me, the K701's is a good reference/balanced sound/netural, but sometimes can be boring.
post #125 of 237
Add one more here for the DT880 Pro
just the right balance of bass,mid and treble.

My D2000's go lower and has more solid bass energy in the lower registers, but the DT880's soundstage is really great.
post #126 of 237
New DT880 owner here. Every time I put these on they make me smile uncontrollably. If there is a "Club DT880", I'm in! For years I've been listening to EX51s, and the difference is night and day. I used to think that the EX51s were pretty decent, but now I have been enlightened. Sure, they have more bass, but that bass is bloated and muddy. The DT880 are have so much more clarity. The sibilance the EX51s had is now gone.

Sorry that I can't give a comparo to other high end cans, I am still a recent convert. I must say though that I'm in love with these cans!
post #127 of 237
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Originally Posted by technobarbie View Post
This is sorta tricky. They are very similar, and I personally wouldn't recommend someone buying both. IMO the DT880's have more bass "depth", "crispy highs", but the mid-range is sorta week. When I say bass depth, I don't mean in a bass-head sorta a way. Both the DT880's and K701's are air-head cans.

The K701's are more of an all-around type of can. The K701 are not as comfortable, and don't do one particular thing (bass, mids, uppers) very well. It's strength is that it does everything as a whole very well. So for me, the K701's is a good reference/balanced sound/netural, but sometimes can be boring.
Must be a synergy issue because the midrange on the DT880s in my system is absolutely breathtaking.
post #128 of 237
Would my Zune power these adequately without an amp? I've been wondering how the bass is compared to my SR225s, because there never seems to be enough "kick" with them.
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Would my Zune power these adequately without an amp? I've been wondering how the bass is compared to my SR225s, because there never seems to be enough "kick" with them.
There won't be any bass out of your Zune.

Frankly the entire sound signature is recessed, cold, and uninvolving without a proper source and amplification.

Your SR225s will sound better until you get better gear to use for the DT880s.

The SR225s also scale well with system upgrades.
post #130 of 237
I see, I figured my SR225s would sound a little better with an amp but most people told me they didn't get much better with an average amp. I guess I'll look into that first.

Off to go find some less expensive amps.
post #131 of 237
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I see, I figured my SR225s would sound a little better with an amp but most people told me they didn't get much better with an average amp. I guess I'll look into that first.

Off to go find some less expensive amps.
Grados like current and portable players can't really supply the amount they need.

A home amp will give the Grados more current and even if it is a cheap one the impact of the bass will increase satisfyingly.

A good home amp will refine the entire sound spectrum by amplifying the source material better, but that means you need good source material to begin with.

A source upgrade (CD player, USB DAC) also makes a huge difference and if you upgrade both your source and your amp you will be incredibly happy with the improvements.

My amp isn't all that expensive, it was $230 total to have it built for me, but it has made a HUGE difference over my portable amp (Minibox-E). With the Minibox-E there was literally no bottom end with my DT880s, but now it's impactful, realistic, and just plain great.

The SOHA with the JISBOS buffers is supposed to be great with low impedence phones like your Grados and because it is a tube hybrid it will warm up the sound a bit. I think you'd be surprised what the SOHA could do with the SR225s.

So basically, buy an amp, you won't regret it.

If you're using the SR225s with the Zune portably and enjoying it, don't buy a portable amp because the differences will be subtle (imo) but if you put your money into a home system it will go a lot further.

Home systems sound better per dollar because they don't have to miniaturize the components.

Hope that helps.
post #132 of 237
These really are amazing 'phones with a decent amp. Just wish I had more time to listen to them.
post #133 of 237
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Originally Posted by gilency View Post
Guitar Center doesn't sell the DT880's. What I did is print the best deal I found from other sites in the internet and took it to GC in San Bernardino. They did not carry the 880's but special ordered them for me at a better price than the internet deal. It took some extra effort but it was worth it ...
That is what I did when I bought my DT-880 about 3 years ago. I sent an email to my local GC and received a phone call the next morning with a deal that I could not pass up...it was as good as the best price that I could find online. I paid around $200 for mine after sales tax and the $5 special order fee.

I bought my HD650, DT-770, Aphex 204 & Central Station all for very nice cost by getting GC to match prices.

2003 880 FTW.
post #134 of 237
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Originally Posted by shomie911 View Post
Grados like current and portable players can't really supply the amount they need.

A home amp will give the Grados more current and even if it is a cheap one the impact of the bass will increase satisfyingly.

A good home amp will refine the entire sound spectrum by amplifying the source material better, but that means you need good source material to begin with.

A source upgrade (CD player, USB DAC) also makes a huge difference and if you upgrade both your source and your amp you will be incredibly happy with the improvements.

My amp isn't all that expensive, it was $230 total to have it built for me, but it has made a HUGE difference over my portable amp (Minibox-E). With the Minibox-E there was literally no bottom end with my DT880s, but now it's impactful, realistic, and just plain great.

The SOHA with the JISBOS buffers is supposed to be great with low impedence phones like your Grados and because it is a tube hybrid it will warm up the sound a bit. I think you'd be surprised what the SOHA could do with the SR225s.

So basically, buy an amp, you won't regret it.

If you're using the SR225s with the Zune portably and enjoying it, don't buy a portable amp because the differences will be subtle (imo) but if you put your money into a home system it will go a lot further.

Home systems sound better per dollar because they don't have to miniaturize the components.

Hope that helps.


Thanks, I was looking at mobile ones since that's mainly where I use my headphones, but I guess I could get a desktop one. $230 is about the most I'd be willing to pay, but not for awhile due to other purchases lately.

I still want to find a store with the DT880s just to try them though.
post #135 of 237
I just got my pair of DT880 and I'm a little disappointed in its lack of bass and midbass.... Overall the 880 has better midtone response than my Denon's but it really falls short on in the bass department. I listen to alot of rock and with the 880's the bass drum doesn't come though as well..Is it 'cuz I haven't burned them in enough (50 hrs)? Will the bass come though more? Currently its being powered though an iBasso D2 amp....any advice would be great!
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