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post #4936 of 8106

FYI you can also see the uncompensated curves in Tyll's datasheets:

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/headphone-data-sheet-downloads

post #4937 of 8106

Hi all, new to the Head-Fi community (felt I would join after reading these threads so much). Just ordered a pair of dt880's (600ohm) yesterday as an upgrade to my ATH-M50's (also ordered a Magni-Modi amp/DAC combo to power them). Thought I would let people know (hopefully this is a good thread to do it on) that I was able to pick them up new for $250 (Canadian dollors) from NCIX (seems to be a weekly special, link below):

 

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=81347&vpn=491322&manufacture=Beyerdynamic&promoid=1313

 

Anyways, my student's wallet hates me right now, but that seems to be a curse among audiophiles. Once I figure out how to describe sound (mids, highs, etc.) I think I will attempt to give my impression of the Beyers and how they compare to my ATH-M50's...really hope I am in for an enlightening experience.

 

(Also, I am open to recommendations of albums/material to put these things through their paces...I tend to listen mostly to rock, with Rush, Zepellin and The Who being some favourites, but I also wouldn't mind some recommendations in classical or jazz music so that I can dip my toe in those genres)


Edited by RJ58 - 10/17/13 at 8:16am
post #4938 of 8106
There's some really nice movie soundtracks.

Orchestral Stuff :
Inception,
Man of Steel,
The Dark Knight Trilogy,
(Hans Zimmer does great stuff)

Nicola Benedetti - Violin centric albums.

Live stuff is fantastic :
Clapton - One More Car, One More Rider
Dave Matthews Band - Live at Wrigley
Tegan and Sara - Get Along

Those are on my daily play list, all can be found on Spotify. Enjoy! dt880smile.png
post #4939 of 8106

Hi, I just got a DT880 pro 250 ohm and am trying to decide between ALO International and Pico headamp dac/amp .. does anyone know which would suit better with DT880? I had a chance to audition ALO but not Pico. Thanks in advance. 

post #4940 of 8106
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Originally Posted by RJ58 View Post
 

(Also, I am open to recommendations of albums/material to put these things through their paces...I tend to listen mostly to rock, with Rush, Zepellin and The Who being some favourites, but I also wouldn't mind some recommendations in classical or jazz music so that I can dip my toe in those genres)

 

If you're looking at classical, here's a few to try:

 

-Gustav Holst - The Planets suite (the Dutoit / OSM version is my personal favorite)

-Johann Sebastian Bach - The Four Great Toccatas and Fugues (performed by E. Power Biggs)

-Johann Sebastian Bach - Bach: Violin Concertos (out of dozens of recordings, this one is a personal favorite and sounds like maple syrup on nice headphones)

-Gabriel Faure - Requiem Op. 48 (there are many recordings; I like this one)

-Felix Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto Op. 64 (Itzhak Perlman's version is pretty nice)

 

I picked these particular selections both because I happen to like the performances and, more to the point, because they're particularly good sounding recordings, which is what you asked for. The Holst and first Bach will show off the balance and wide frequency bandwidth of the DT880, which are important with full-scale orchestral and organ music, respectively. The Holst, the first Bach, and the Faure will demonstrate the bass extension of the DT880--it goes deep, even if it's not hyped up. The second Bach, the Faure, and the Mendelssohn will demonstrate the upper midrange presence and treble extension, which are important for a realistic rendering of midrange instruments like the violin in the Bach and Mendelssohn, and the choir in the Faure.

 

EDIT: I forgot to mention that the Bach Toccatas and Fugues is an awesome recording for another reason. The chapel in which it was recorded has four separate organs, in four separate quadrants of the space, all controlled by a single console. The organist can play any individual organ, all at once, or any combination. The recording actually conveys spatial information about the locations of each instrument--it's not quite like a binaural recording, but if your equipment has good enough imaging, you can pick out which direction the music is coming from. You can even hear parts that sound like they're coming from somewhere just behind your shoulder, which is pretty eerie for a stereo recording.


Edited by Argyris - 10/17/13 at 10:11am
post #4941 of 8106

My DT 880 250 ohm is in the mail! I bought it from Arecibo on here. :) I am SO excited. :D :D :D :D 

post #4942 of 8106
Quote:
Originally Posted by MrEleventy View Post

There's some really nice movie soundtracks.

Orchestral Stuff :
Inception,
Man of Steel,
The Dark Knight Trilogy,
(Hans Zimmer does great stuff)

Nicola Benedetti - Violin centric albums.

Live stuff is fantastic :
Clapton - One More Car, One More Rider
Dave Matthews Band - Live at Wrigley
Tegan and Sara - Get Along

Those are on my daily play list, all can be found on Spotify. Enjoy! dt880smile.png

 

Thank you for your suggestions, will give this stuff a listen (too bad I can't get Spotify in Canada :(). In regards to soundtrack music, I have the Two Steps from Hell "Invincible" album, so that could definitely be a fun (and probably intense) listen with the Beyers.

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Originally Posted by Argyris View Post
 

 

If you're looking at classical, here's a few to try:

 

-Gustav Holst - The Planets suite (the Dutoit / OSM version is my personal favorite)

-Johann Sebastian Bach - The Four Great Toccatas and Fugues (performed by E. Power Biggs)

-Johann Sebastian Bach - Bach: Violin Concertos (out of dozens of recordings, this one is a personal favorite and sounds like maple syrup on nice headphones)

-Gabriel Faure - Requiem Op. 48 (there are many recordings; I like this one)

-Felix Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto Op. 64 (Itzhak Perlman's version is pretty nice)

 

I picked these particular selections both because I happen to like the performances and, more to the point, because they're particularly good sounding recordings, which is what you asked for. The Holst and first Bach will show off the balance and wide frequency bandwidth of the DT880, which are important with full-scale orchestral and organ music, respectively. The Holst, the first Bach, and the Faure will demonstrate the bass extension of the DT880--it goes deep, even if it's not hyped up. The second Bach, the Faure, and the Mendelssohn will demonstrate the upper midrange presence and treble extension, which are important for a realistic rendering of midrange instruments like the violin in the Bach and Mendelssohn, and the choir in the Faure.

 

EDIT: I forgot to mention that the Bach Toccatas and Fugues is an awesome recording for another reason. The chapel in which it was recorded has four separate organs, in four separate quadrants of the space, all controlled by a single console. The organist can play any individual organ, all at once, or any combination. The recording actually conveys spatial information about the locations of each instrument--it's not quite like a binaural recording, but if your equipment has good enough imaging, you can pick out which direction the music is coming from. You can even hear parts that sound like they're coming from somewhere just behind your shoulder, which is pretty eerie for a stereo recording.

Thank you very much for such a detailed reply...I am really just starting to listen to classical music, so it is always good to hear what other people enjoy (and what they think are good recordings). I will definitely have to give these a listen, especially since my gear is just starting to get respectable:smile_phones:.

post #4943 of 8106
Quote:
Originally Posted by MrEleventy View Post

(Hans Zimmer does great stuff)

 

 

Hmm. Perhaps you should tip-toe with me over to the Film Score Monthly Forum where the opinion on that is distinctly divided. Over there they tend to regard Zimmer much as we regard Beats.  ;)

post #4944 of 8106
Quote:
Originally Posted by RJ58 View Post
 

Hi all, new to the Head-Fi community (felt I would join after reading these threads so much). Just ordered a pair of dt880's (600ohm) yesterday as an upgrade to my ATH-M50's (also ordered a Magni-Modi amp/DAC combo to power them). Thought I would let people know (hopefully this is a good thread to do it on) that I was able to pick them up new for $250 (Canadian dollors) from NCIX (seems to be a weekly special, link below):

 

http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=81347&vpn=491322&manufacture=Beyerdynamic&promoid=1313

 

Anyways, my student's wallet hates me right now, but that seems to be a curse among audiophiles. Once I figure out how to describe sound (mids, highs, etc.) I think I will attempt to give my impression of the Beyers and how they compare to my ATH-M50's...really hope I am in for an enlightening experience.

 

(Also, I am open to recommendations of albums/material to put these things through their paces...I tend to listen mostly to rock, with Rush, Zepellin and The Who being some favourites, but I also wouldn't mind some recommendations in classical or jazz music so that I can dip my toe in those genres)

Congrats man :) You'll love the DT880's. I have the M50's and i consider the Beyers to be better in ever possible way. Definitely an upgrade you'll be happy with. 

 

I don't listen to a lot of classical or jazz, but Daft Punk's tron album is pretty epic. This song sounds incredible on the DT880's (Its not very well recorded so turn the volume slightly louder):

 

 

 

A lot of new DT880 owners. Hell yeah :beerchug: 

post #4945 of 8106
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Originally Posted by xkonfuzed View Post
A lot of new DT880 owners. Hell yeah :beerchug: 

 

We're pretty good at roping them in. :smile: 

post #4946 of 8106
The TRON album is great, but I enjoy the R3CONFIGUR3D version more.

Both are indeed a great listen on the Ultraso... Sorry DT880's biggrin.gif

Some 6Ж5П's arrived today, so I'm going to slap them into the Little Dot, plug in the 880's, spin up a little Disturbed's Asylum album and read xkonfuzed's comparison.
beerchug.gif
Edited by TrollDragon - 10/17/13 at 6:07pm
post #4947 of 8106
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Originally Posted by Argyris View Post
 

 

We're pretty good at roping them in. :smile: 

 

Agreed, read these threads and couldn't resist (that, and I was able to get the 600ohm premiums for $250 new...would have probably had to drop $400 for a new pair of any else comparable)

post #4948 of 8106
Quote:
Originally Posted by TrollDragon View Post

The TRON album is great, but I enjoy the R3CONFIGUR3D version more.

Both are indeed a great listen on the Ultraso... Sorry DT880's biggrin.gif

Some 6Ж5П's arrived today, so I'm going to slap them into the Little Dot, plug in the 880's, spin up a little Disturbed's Asylum album and read xkonfuzed's comparison.
beerchug.gif

I didn't know the DT880's could produce Ultrasound tongue.gif

Haha thanks bro, and enjoy! biggrin.gif
post #4949 of 8106
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Originally Posted by RJ58 View Post
 

 

Thank you for your suggestions, will give this stuff a listen (too bad I can't get Spotify in Canada :(). In regards to soundtrack music, I have the Two Steps from Hell "Invincible" album, so that could definitely be a fun (and probably intense) listen with the Beyers.

Thank you very much for such a detailed reply...I am really just starting to listen to classical music, so it is always good to hear what other people enjoy (and what they think are good recordings). I will definitely have to give these a listen, especially since my gear is just starting to get respectable:smile_phones:.

you can get spotify in Canada. just use a vpn redirect and download it and when starting spotify. Thx 90210 helping canadians get free spotify for years

post #4950 of 8106

How good are the mids on the dt 880? I was thinking about getting the premium version, I am currently undecided between the q701, or the 880's even considering some 535's. I mentioned to Tyll, that I like headphones with a really accentuated and forward midrange but don't lack dynamics and he recommend these. I am actually a amateur singer and I love intimate forward sounding vocals above all else, I love to play attention to the lyrics.

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