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post #1126 of 10506
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Originally Posted by roadcykler View Post

I know some folks say it takes a tubed amp to get the best sound but there's no way I could get away with buying a different amp after getting the Matrix last month. I'm sure they'll sound just fine. 


You better pick up some extra shifts or something because you're going to want that tube amp once you here the Beyers! wink.gif

post #1127 of 10506

I think I'll be okay until I go to the Portland meetup later this month. I'm sure someone will have a valve amp for me to plug in to to check them out.
 

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Originally Posted by roadcykler View Post

I know some folks say it takes a tubed amp to get the best sound but there's no way I could get away with buying a different amp after getting the Matrix last month. I'm sure they'll sound just fine. 


You better pick up some extra shifts or something because you're going to want that tube amp once you here the Beyers! wink.gif

post #1128 of 10506

The headphones arrived last night (6:00 pm) and I was otherwise occupied so had to wait until today to break them out and get to listening. I must say, I am very pleased. As I type, I'm listening to Tool via my Creative mp3 player and they sound pretty damn good. The volume is maxed out on the player but the volume in the headphones is easily tolerable. When I first hooked them up I did so to the M-Stage and they sounded great through that too. I may monkey with the gain settings to see how/if the sound changes. So far, so good. Colour me dt880smile.png

post #1129 of 10506

Just ordered mine as well. Hope to make them sing with a uDac2 and Little Dot MK III :)

post #1130 of 10506
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Originally Posted by OldMold View Post

Just ordered mine as well. Hope to make them sing with a uDac2 and Little Dot MK III :)


You've forgotten the "can't wait" pattern... evil_smiley.gif

post #1131 of 10506

I've already got mine so I can't wait - literally...and they are wonderful....

post #1132 of 10506

Has anyone tried these with the M-Stage? I've read that these do well with tubes but I'd prefer to just get a SS

post #1133 of 10506

I think the M-Stage will give them plenty of juice to help quench their thirst. They are power hungry little buggers! Solid state will give you deeper bass as well as a more open and airy soundstage and overall sonic presentation.

post #1134 of 10506


I have an M-Stage and to my ears they sound great, but I've got no other amps to compare them to that is until I go to a meetup on the 27th. If there are any tube amps there I'll get the chance to find out if they sound different/better.

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Originally Posted by rawrster View Post

Has anyone tried these with the M-Stage? I've read that these do well with tubes but I'd prefer to just get a SS

post #1135 of 10506

So, I've been using my new DT880 for more than a week now (BTW, thanks Zombie_X, really nice cable) and first impressions have not been entirely positive.

Bear in mind I'm a HD650 owner and these Senn have been my only headphones in the last 10 months.

 

Initially the Beyers sounded dull, distant, a diffuse soundstage with a hole in the middle right in front of my eyes. The HD650 have a richer midrange, full of harmonics, and the treble of the Beyers was not as hot as usually described. I have to say the HD650 sounded more airy with better extension on the top end

 

Every time I compared the two cans I found myself loving the Senns...But in the last 4 days I decided to listen only to the Beyers and try to get used to their sound.

And I now like what I'm hearing, though I still think the HD650 have a deeper and more 3-dimensional soundstage.

 

Piano sounds definitely better on the Beyers, brilliant compared to the slightly nasal tone of the HD650, and so woodwinds (flutes a re perfect). Strings are very different, violins are brighter but not harsh, and cello is polite and dryer. To my ears the Beyers have less dynamics (or might be better control?), and as a result they're more relaxing. I really don't find these cans bright or fatiguing.

 

They're less forgiving of bad recordings, while the HD650 sound pretty similar with every CD.

 

They are also more responsive to tube rolling, both in my amp (WA3) and in my DAC (Havana). So far I'm using a TungSol 5998 (I used a 6AS7g with the Senns) mostly because of their higher gain. I still haven't found the right drivers, and currently I'm using a pair of Mullard CV2492. Probably a pair of Philips 7308 with their rich midrange are a better match.

post #1136 of 10506

No problem man, hope you will be enjoying them for a long time!!
 

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Originally Posted by realmassy View Post

So, I've been using my new DT880 for more than a week now (BTW, thanks Zombie_X, really nice cable) and first impressions have not been entirely positive.

Bear in mind I'm a HD650 owner and these Senn have been my only headphones in the last 10 months.

 

Initially the Beyers sounded dull, distant, a diffuse soundstage with a hole in the middle right in front of my eyes. The HD650 have a richer midrange, full of harmonics, and the treble of the Beyers was not as hot as usually described. I have to say the HD650 sounded more airy with better extension on the top end

 

Every time I compared the two cans I found myself loving the Senns...But in the last 4 days I decided to listen only to the Beyers and try to get used to their sound.

And I now like what I'm hearing, though I still think the HD650 have a deeper and more 3-dimensional soundstage.

 

Piano sounds definitely better on the Beyers, brilliant compared to the slightly nasal tone of the HD650, and so woodwinds (flutes a re perfect). Strings are very different, violins are brighter but not harsh, and cello is polite and dryer. To my ears the Beyers have less dynamics (or might be better control?), and as a result they're more relaxing. I really don't find these cans bright or fatiguing.

 

They're less forgiving of bad recordings, while the HD650 sound pretty similar with every CD.

 

They are also more responsive to tube rolling, both in my amp (WA3) and in my DAC (Havana). So far I'm using a TungSol 5998 (I used a 6AS7g with the Senns) mostly because of their higher gain. I still haven't found the right drivers, and currently I'm using a pair of Mullard CV2492. Probably a pair of Philips 7308 with their rich midrange are a better match.



 

post #1137 of 10506
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Originally Posted by Zombie_X View Post

I think the M-Stage will give them plenty of juice to help quench their thirst. They are power hungry little buggers! Solid state will give you deeper bass as well as a more open and airy soundstage and overall sonic presentation.


Thanks. I wasn't sure if it would be enough power but it looks like it should. I think I'll be getting them both around when tax season is over so I can enjoy them instead of seeing there sit there as I leave the house for work ;p

post #1138 of 10506

For the price of the M-Stage you could get a tube amp, and if you're set on SS you may as well get the Zero for around $100 as they both use op amps correct?

post #1139 of 10506
Picked up a DT880-600 with about 100hrs of usage last night & have been trying it out with a myriad of vintage amps/receivers. Initial impression tells me these have refined treble, ever so slightly recessed mids & milder bass impact. It seems different amps helps to "shape" the sound by quite a bit. Using my fav Sansui AU-517 amp, soundstage is big & wide but mids are recessed & bass while there, isn't impactful. A Sansui 4000 receiver (late 60 early 70s & suppose to be more 'tubey') brings out the mids & bass giving it a meatier fuller sound at the detriment of a very slighty smaller (but fuller) soundstage & also a seemingly slight loss of upper treble tizz.

Sure am glad I have different amps to try it out as I can see some ppl being disappointed if it's mismatched amped. So far I'm liking it but rock metal r&b techno doesn't seem to be it's forte. How much hrs before it can be considered fully broken-in?
post #1140 of 10506
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Originally Posted by Graphicism View Post

For the price of the M-Stage you could get a tube amp, and if you're set on SS you may as well get the Zero for around $100 as they both use op amps correct?


The Zero is also a dac no? I'd prefer just an ss amp right now. I don't really want to tweak with trying out many tubes and I already do know what op amps I do like so a ss works for me. I do see a tube amp eventually down the future but for now I would prefer a ss. I won't be making the purchase now so I do have plenty of time for more reading.

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