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post #151 of 237
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can anyone compare/contrast these 880's vs Sextetts ?
I might be buying some Sextetts in the next couple of days, so if I get them I'll put up some impressions for you.
post #152 of 237
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what did you get it recabled with
Mogami star quad - cheap at around $50 shipped. these are 4x24ga cables. compare that to stock which is 3x27ga. I had wired each to go to the drivers.

nice full sound.
post #153 of 237
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I might be buying some Sextetts in the next couple of days, so if I get them I'll put up some impressions for you.
please do.

I am happy with my DT880 Pro for my an all-around open can
post #154 of 237
Hi everyone,

I'm pretty much brand new to the whole headphone game as I'm sure you can tell by the fact that this is my first post here on head-fi (been lurking for a few weeks but just joined a few days ago). I heard about this site over at overclock.net and suffice it say, I'm incredibly impressed with the wealth of headphone knowledge that's so readily available as well as the general congeniality of most of head-fi's members.

Anyway, I visited a friend of mine a short while ago and discovered the sheer awesomeness that is a pair of dt880 pros coming from a zero dac hooked up to a gilmore lite. I must say that it left me rather smitten. So much so, in fact, that my intention is to replicate my friend's system once I have the funds to do so (unless of course I find a better option in the mean time).

While perusing the internet for a good deal on the dt880's I came across these.

I keep reading about the different versions of the dt880 pros ('03, '05, '07), but I've never read anything about dt880 premiums. The relatively cheap price piqued my interest, but I'd rather pay extra than receive an inferior product. Is anyone familiar with these phones? How do they compare sonically with the more popular versions of these phones?

Any and all help is greatly appreciated. Thank you very much for your time.
post #155 of 237
the premiums are the '05 editions there is no such thing as a '07 edition :P if there is, the person probably meant '05, because they haven't changed since then

I'd say go for it, ~230 is good deal, although I've seen them for ~210 on Amazon a few weeks ago.

Hope that helps
post #156 of 237
You should consider switching up your amp or dac from his Most people recommend using a tube amp for the 880's.
post #157 of 237
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the premiums are the '05 editions there is no such thing as a '07 edition :P if there is, the person probably meant '05, because they haven't changed since then
Apparently beyer told someone on here via email that the "pro" version is new/different from 07 on and it features a "more balanced sound" or something to that effect. Don't quote me on this, though.. I'll look for the post. I think it was in one of the numerous "dt880: which version?" threads.
post #158 of 237
I dunno what happening with the DT-880s on head-fi :P, most people used to have the regular version, but recently I've been seeing more people with pro versions popping up. They both have the same drivers, it's just that the pro has a coiled cable and a different headband. I really doubt they'd differ much at all.
post #159 of 237
DT 880 are the best.. :P better then DT 990 cause they are NEUTRAL in sound. DT 990 have more punch but they are not neutral and are not ment to be so. I have the DT 880 Edition 2005 and they are everything i could ask for.
post #160 of 237
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Originally Posted by Caution View Post
the premiums are the '05 editions there is no such thing as a '07 edition :P if there is, the person probably meant '05, because they haven't changed since then

I'd say go for it, ~230 is good deal, although I've seen them for ~210 on Amazon a few weeks ago.

Hope that helps
Thank you. That definitely puts my mind at ease.

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Originally Posted by n3rdling
You should consider switching up your amp or dac from his Most people recommend using a tube amp for the 880's.
Well, the Gilmore lite is a little over $400 shipped. I can't really afford to spend too much more and, quite frankly, I'd rather start lower on the amp totem pole and work my way up.

I've done a fair bit of homework on amp prices and the only tube amps that I've seen in that price range and (according to the reviews I've read) appear to be of similar quality(that aren't diy options) are the darkvoice line up and the little dot amps. There's also the added hassle of having to buy new tubes and figuring out which tubes sound the best.

As someone who's a self-admitted noob with regards to high end audiophile equipment, I'm not sure that I'm willing to foray into the world of tubes just yet. Then again, I could be making a mountain out of a mole hill and tubes may end up being right up my alley. Either way, I have plenty of time to make my decision so I don't intend to rush it.
post #161 of 237
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Originally Posted by TheCool View Post
Well, the Gilmore lite is a little over $400 shipped. I can't really afford to spend too much more and, quite frankly, I'd rather start lower on the amp totem pole and work my way up.

I've done a fair bit of homework on amp prices and the only tube amps that I've seen in that price range and (according to the reviews I've read) appear to be of similar quality(that aren't diy options) are the darkvoice line up and the little dot amps. There's also the added hassle of having to buy new tubes and figuring out which tubes sound the best.

As someone who's a self-admitted noob with regards to high end audiophile equipment, I'm not sure that I'm willing to foray into the world of tubes just yet. Then again, I could be making a mountain out of a mole hill and tubes may end up being right up my alley. Either way, I have plenty of time to make my decision so I don't intend to rush it.
Just get the Eddie Current Lunchbox II, plug your DT880s in and be happy.

The Gilmore Lite will likely just add to the sibilance problem with the DT880s. You need an amp that tames them, and tube amps (or tube hybrids) do just that.
post #162 of 237
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Originally Posted by shomie911 View Post
Just get the Eddie Current Lunchbox II, plug your DT880s in and be happy.

The Gilmore Lite will likely just add to the sibilance problem with the DT880s. You need an amp that tames them, and tube amps (or tube hybrids) do just that.
I've read a handful of your posts about the dt 880s. You seem to hold them in high regard. I also happen to recall you mentioning that your amp was made by someone else for a really good price (I think it was $200ish). What are the chances that I'd be able to commission someone to make me something similar?
post #163 of 237
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Originally Posted by TheCool View Post
I've read a handful of your posts about the dt 880s. You seem to hold them in high regard. I also happen to recall you mentioning that your amp was made by someone else for a really good price (I think it was $200ish). What are the chances that I'd be able to commission someone to make me something similar?
I do, the DT880s are great headphones.

Put up a "WTB: Builder For SOHA" thread in the Amplification section of the For Sale forums.

Your chances are very high that a builder will contact you. We have a lot of very competent DIYers around here.

Depending on whether you get a fancy case and boutique components (Blackgates, etc.), you could probably get it at a little less than $200. With everything I got it with, including the Blackgates I paid for and sent to the builder, the total cost was $230. Basically, the best deal ever.

Make sure you get a SOHA with the JISBOS buffers, I heard a SOHA without them and it wasn't nearly as good.
post #164 of 237
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Originally Posted by shomie911 View Post
I do, the DT880s are great headphones.

Put up a "WTB: Builder For SOHA" thread in the Amplification section of the For Sale forums.

Your chances are very high that a builder will contact you. We have a lot of very competent DIYers around here.

Depending on whether you get a fancy case and boutique components (Blackgates, etc.), you could probably get it at a little less than $200. With everything I got it with, including the Blackgates I paid for and sent to the builder, the total cost was $230. Basically, the best deal ever.

Make sure you get a SOHA with the JISBOS buffers, I heard a SOHA without them and it wasn't nearly as good.
That sounds great. Thanks for your help .
post #165 of 237
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Originally Posted by Caution View Post
I dunno what happening with the DT-880s on head-fi :P, most people used to have the regular version, but recently I've been seeing more people with pro versions popping up. They both have the same drivers, it's just that the pro has a coiled cable and a different headband. I really doubt they'd differ much at all.
They have more clamping force, so to replicate the Pro sound with the normal DT880s slightly press the outer rims of the DT880 earcup with out touching the corugated metal.

There you go, that's basically the only difference from what I heard.

It would be interesting if what the poster said, that the new Pros have a more balanced sound, was true.

How much more balanced can they get it?
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