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post #61 of 7913
If you returned the D5000 for overblown bass, then you do NOT want the DT990, for sure, and I would say probably not the HD650, either. Actually, the DT880 might be just the ticket. They are definitely good all-arounders, and really quite neutral, with maybe just a bit less bass and a bit more treble energy that strictly neutral. Really greah headphones though!
post #62 of 7913
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I have had balanced 880/600's for some time, and I agree they are excellent, really remarkable. I bring them to all the NJ and NYC meets, and everyone who tries them loves them.

I got them from the beyer MANUFAKTUR German Site (more color choices than U.S. site), and had them re-cabled/balanced by Larry at headphile. Drew at moon-audio has also re-cabled/balanced other HPs for me, so since you can now order 880/600s directly from him that is another way to go. Both fellows are wonderful at their craft.

The amp I use with them is SS, specifically designed for 600-ohm phones and nothing else: QESLabs (made in Italy -- super stuff -- owner is Val, email him!).

I love high-Z ohms cans.
The amp you are using (Qes) is really particular, since unlike other SS amps, it is an audio current source.
I read something in a thread about the advantages of driving electrodynamic transducers in constant current mode rather than constant voltage mode.

I tried the Hpba-2 in a recording studio owned by a friend of mine, with DT770 cans. A killer beast!
With the 880/600 I think they are terrific
post #63 of 7913
I got mine today and I really like it.
I think it sounds more balanced than my HD600. The HD600 sounds much darker, I prefer the DT880.
post #64 of 7913
I see you already put your HD600 for sale on the boards. Mine will also be there very soon.
post #65 of 7913
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I got mine today and I really like it.
I think it sounds more balanced than my HD600. The HD600 sounds much darker, I prefer the DT880.
Are you driving the Beyers with the DIY OTL amp in your profile? What is the design?
post #66 of 7913
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I see you already put your HD600 for sale on the boards. Mine will also be there very soon.
Yes, I compared them for a couple of hours and came to the conclusion that I prefer the DT880.

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Are you driving the Beyers with the DIY OTL amp in your profile? What is the design?
Yes, it's basically this amp link with some modifications. But I want to build a balanced Beta-22 in the near future.
post #67 of 7913
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Just ordered a Manufaktur DT880/600 today (090909!). Now the 2-3 week wait...
Scratch that. They arrived today! One week from custom order date to in-hand, including the weekend, from Germany to the US - amazing!
Funny that the Manufaktur site still says they haven't shipped

Now I'm looking for a new amp to drive 'em. My NX-02 is struggling to power such a high-impedance load.

Sonically, out of the box they are surprisingly warm sounding. Mids are natural, highs pleasant. Bass is a little muddy. Very different from my old DT880/250 '03 model. Could be my current setup though.

Thought I'd want a tubed OTL amp to power these, but I'm not sure I want to go in that direction. Now I'm thinking SS again.
post #68 of 7913
I'm considering a pair of DT880/600s. Will my millet hybrid power them sufficiently, and does anyone have any experience/insight with this combo?
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post #69 of 7913
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Sonically, out of the box they are surprisingly warm sounding. Mids are natural, highs pleasant. Bass is a little muddy. Very different from my old DT880/250 '03 model. Could be my current setup though.
Congrats! The bass will clean up nicely after about 120 hours break-in.
post #70 of 7913
Jpelg - SPL Auditor has plenty of oomph for these cans - 1.7 w @ 600 ohm and it costs 900 $ .
post #71 of 7913
Anyone listen to the "chill" CD that comes with the Manufaktur Beyers?
post #72 of 7913
I am on the verge of buying either a 990/600 or 880/600. I am leaning toward the 990/600 for its bass but not certain yet.

Could anyone compare the sound of either of these phones to the new Shure 840's?

A particular preference of mine is to avoid any grain/glare/harshness/brightness in the upper mids and lower highs. I also tend to like full yet controlled bass.

I like the 840's at their price point. If I had a complaint it would be that they are somewhat unforgiving of poor source material (I think some of these studio engineers have attended too many loud concerts).

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

I have read the Manufactur are preferred due to impedance matching of drivers. Is this a legitimate concern or am I safe ordering stock 600's from Moon?
post #73 of 7913
Still considering OTL

The 880's are tightening up already.

Any thoughts on the Earmax Silver Edition to drive these? The Silver model is supposed to have higher gain, lower noise floor, beefier power supply, and better tubes than the Earmax Pro. I love the idea of a little powerhouse.
post #74 of 7913
I doubt that stock tubes are better than Pro has. Silver Edition indeed has better power supply, higher gain and lower noise floor, but it comes with unmarked tubes tbh. It was Earmax Anniversary Edition that came with great NOS tubes and had different color scheme + flight case. Otherwise Silver Edition and Anniversary are said to be same. Earmax Pro and Silver Edition tube prices vary from rather cheap to very expensive, I myself haven't done any tube rolling , cause I have had other priorities so far.
post #75 of 7913
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Sonically, out of the box they are surprisingly warm sounding. Mids are natural, highs pleasant. Bass is a little muddy. Very different from my old DT880/250 '03 model. Could be my current setup though.

Thought I'd want a tubed OTL amp to power these, but I'm not sure I want to go in that direction. Now I'm thinking SS again.
The better your amp, the better they'll sound so really, if an SS amp is best for the budget buy that. If a tube amp is best (including tube rolling if wanted), buy that. I'm still personally an SS amp advocate.
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