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post #706 of 10430

The DT880/600 are better integrated across the frequency spectrum than the K701, IMHE.  The K701 have a disruption/glare in the upper midrange that gets unsettling.  This translates into a harshness that grows with higher volume levels.  Overall, the DT880/600, IMHO, are better balanced as well.  

 

With the ZXAC UP-OCC "Nucleotide" re-cable, the DT880/600's midrange balance and integrity markedly improve, as well as their rendering of detail, together with the size and placement specificity/spatial rendering of their sound stage.  The DT880/600 also do not "break up" at higher volume like the K701 and definitely render more bass slam (although I hesitate to say more absolute bass extension).

 

 

 

post #707 of 10430

I see you are loving that fresh cable ;) 

post #708 of 10430
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I see you are loving that fresh cable ;) 


Z_X,

Yes, I certainly am!  Thanks again.  The cable is really opening up and filling out now.  God willing, I'll try to post a short/preliminary review soon.  Your cable is "just what the doctor ordered" for the DT880/600!  : )

PAB

post #709 of 10430

dang it, patrick!

you're making me want to recable my DT880 AND DT990!!!! 

post #710 of 10430

I will never understand all those crazy expensive after market cables... 160$ for a recable is way too much. That cable is more expensive than my K701. :p

 

As far as K701 vs DT880 goes I am with you btw. The 'treble glare' you speak of is exactly what I hear and don't like about the AKG. The K701 sounds stunning but just doesn't sound balanced.

post #711 of 10430

I'm all for having decent cables, but I think things start going overboard when the cables alone cost half the price of your headphones. If you are willing to do the soldering yourself, are there any nice sleeved semi-cheap replacement cables around, say maybe something around $80?

post #712 of 10430

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Originally Posted by Sesam View Post

I'm all for having decent cables, but I think things start going overboard when the cables alone cost half the price of your headphones. If you are willing to do the soldering yourself, are there any nice sleeved semi-cheap replacement cables around, say maybe something around $80?


Given the material costs for the cable itself (which, at $2.50/ft. for excellent UP-OCC wire) and the 1/4" plug, plus fair labor charges, my cable was very reasonably priced, I think.  Plus, I don't mind supporting Head-Fi businesses.

 

For a 7 foot, quad-braided cable with ZXAC termination, you're looking at about 28 feet of cable and about $11 for the plug.  That's about $80 in materials.  So if you supplied the labor yourself, you could get an excellent cable for about $80.

 

The UP-OCC is very coherent, balanced-sounding cable, IMHE, really doing the DT880/600 justice.  I have solid silver for my K501 and stranded copper for my DT880/600.  IMHO, decent cables like these help get the best from what the headphones have to offer.  

 

If you really like a product, one that will serve you for years to come [like the DT880/600], then you shouldn't scrimp on the wire.  Otherwise you will spend lots of head time with headphones performing below their potential.

post #713 of 10430

 

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dang it, patrick!

you're making me want to recable my DT880 AND DT990!!!! 


Wuss,

Given the headphones in your signature, we're talking about mere "pocket change" for you to get your Beyers recabled.  : )

 

PAB

post #714 of 10430

well... every bit of pocket change was has been used up for 2010.  haha. 

 

time to check the couch cushions... 

post #715 of 10430
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As far as K701 vs DT880 goes I am with you btw. The 'treble glare' you speak of is exactly what I hear and don't like about the AKG. The K701 sounds stunning but just doesn't sound balanced.


Also, the sound stage/element separation with the K701, while excellent, is a bit arid by comparison to the ZXAC re-cabled DT880/600.  The Beyers seem to fill up the space more thoroughly, with better synergy between instruments/performers.  The recable brings improved cohesion and more musicality to the DT880/600 compared to their stock presentation.

post #716 of 10430
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time to check the couch cushions... 


And scour the parking lots.  : )

post #717 of 10430
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Originally Posted by TheWuss View Post

time to check the couch cushions... 


Ha! In my house all you'll find there is ....
 

post #718 of 10430
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Originally Posted by apatN View Post

I will never understand all those crazy expensive after market cables... 160$ for a recable is way too much. That cable is more expensive than my K701. :p

 

As far as K701 vs DT880 goes I am with you btw. The 'treble glare' you speak of is exactly what I hear and don't like about the AKG. The K701 sounds stunning but just doesn't sound balanced.


I personally find $160 very reasonable, if it includes labour to install the cable. Anything over $300 and I think it is too expensive. Apart from DIYers, the most likely only place I would get headphones recabled would be by Alex at APureSound. He knows what he is doing and does very good work. Cables aren't too expensive either. Then again I am getting Patrick82's AKG K1000 this week (hopefully) and they have a $1500 cable on them, so really I can't talk 

post #719 of 10430

Long time lurker, first time poster. I've come to realize my marriage depends on not waking my wife (VERY light sleeper) and I am known to game into the wee hours some nights (PS3, XBOX). I am quite certain I want to get either the DT-880 or DT-770 after reading lots of threads concerning what they can do for gaming. My one big question follows...

 

I have a 5.1 yamaha receiver (with silent cinema) that I will drive these speakers with. I do not plan on using them with portable audio sources or on a computer, and the receiver's manual lists the phone jack with the following rating: 400mV / 470 ohms.

 

So, with that will I do better to get a 250ohm or 600ohm version? I do not expect I'll be buying anything further (such as an extenal amp) for this setup...

 

Any insight is much appreciated! Thanks,

post #720 of 10430

My Yamaha with the same specs drives the 600 ohm version of the DT990 just fine.  They are definitely the way to go.

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