So I got myself a pair of the DT880s :D . Thank you, JerseyD for a quick and easy transaction, it was a pleasure!
Originally Posted by askjeebs
a neutral amp will pretty much just let you raise the volume - my ears confirm this so far. Pairing it with the dt880s, which are also quite neutral, might sound flat or unappealing for many people. Do you have another pair of headphones? If you do, it might pay to try a range of amps and see if you'd prefer a neutral one or maybe something with more colour.
Yes, I also have esw9 and hd280. After a short listen and a comparison between them to some electro swing, I can see what people mean about their highs. They are certainly a little strong. Other than that, i like them, they were extremely comfortable, with a great natural, airy sound. A great first open can experience. The bass instruments, and the female vocals sounded more pleasing on the esw9, though it may be I'm more used to the closed sound. I read on here that leather pads might help subdue the highs.
About the amp, if it just raises the volume, how loud does everyone listen to their music? There was a certain change in volumes when I switched between headphones, as they each have their requirements. But even my ipod, at max was giving more volume than i wanted to listen comfortably for a long period. I've stood next to speaker/under woofers in clubs, but it always had a temporary impact on my hearing, no need to repeat at home.