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MIGHTY FINENESS OF GERMAN AWESOMENESS

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Well ladies and gents, it's that magical time again - the time that only comes once a year. It's a time of joy, laughter, and sorostitutes driving down the middle of the road in their silver Escalades. The time I speak of is indeed the official end of the school year. And what better way to celebrate than with a brand spanking new pair of headphones?

 

Now, I know what you're thinking. “He couldn't really have bought another pair of headphones... could he?” Yes sir, I could, would, and will again.

 

“But why? A headphone is a headphone is a headphone... right?” Absolutely wrong. Headphones have personality, character, flavor – each has its own unique identity. And there is no one best headphone. Different headphones are suited to different moods, different styles of music, not to mention the personality of whoever bought them(I'm not sure what this implies about people who like to buy multiple headphones. Hmm...).

 

“But where do you get the cash to afford all these mighty fine morsels of musical heaven???” Well my good sir, there are some advantages to being an engineering major who hardly does anything during the semester except study(I think I really spent around $100 in entertainment last semester). All the money I don't spend on movies, parties, concerts, and Carl Jung action figures, and all the stuff I depressingly don't get to do during the semester(but would like to) pays off in the end. And in my case, it pays in headphones.

 

“So what is it that you've bought this time, Jerald?” Glad you asked! Here's a strategically framed, well-composed photograph:

 

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That's right son – made in Germany. Designed in Germany. Engineered in Germany. The Beyerdynamic DT880 is built with big, hairy, sweaty German precision. How hot is that? What's more, Beyerdynamic is a small, family-owned German company, and director Eugene Beyer basically puts his own German heart and soul into every headphone they make. And my name isn't Jerald, moron. Here are some more photos, specially taken for your viewing pleasure:

 

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“Damn that's funky fresh!” Indeed. The DT880 is a sublime beast, no denyin. But the real beauty is in the sound, which is tight, controlled, and as clear as the truth in David Boren's voice. It walks through jazz, frolics with post rock, and sun bathes with indie cello rock, nary a harsh note to be heard. And we don't say “funky fresh” anymore. Damn commie.

 

“And what is that the headphones are lying in?” That's a premier Beyerdynamic headphone case, kid. They come with that. Now I can carry my headphones around with me if I so choose. About time!

 

“How about a more serious review? Should I buy this, or something else?” Tune in next time for a more serious review, captain. Imma go listen to my Beyers :)

post #2 of 24
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Originally Posted by Herakty View PostThat's right son – made in Germany. Designed in Germany. Engineered in Germany.
If it´s not made in Japan, I´m not interested. =D
post #3 of 24
nice! are those 600 ohms? very impressive cans! i am having a difficult time taking mine off my ears... they just sound so great!
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I just received my 250-Ohm versions yesterday.  I like them, but I've noticed some sibilance, through all my sources.

P.S.  Your impressions made me laugh out loud.  In the office where I work.


Edited by Marximus - 5/11/10 at 5:08pm
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LOL

 

Also, those pics look sw33t

post #6 of 24

funny writing :) enjoy your headphone

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LOL.  Enjoy!

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Originally Posted by TheOtus View Post
If it´s not made in Japan, I´m not interested. =D

lol, same here!

 

post #9 of 24

why do only axis power countries make good headphones...japan, germany? j/k those two countries make my fav cans too. grats Herakty!

post #10 of 24

Great post and great headphones ;)

Good laugh in the morning for me :)

The 250 ohms are good but 600ohm version = even better :)

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Just a slightly off topic question here.. Why do the new Beyer Dynamic headphones have a blue ring around them? It's ugly. A few days ago I had the DT-990 32 ohm version.

A year ago I had the same version and there was no blue around it. It just looks ugly and ruins an otherwise good design.

 

I noticed both the DT-880 AND DT-990 32 ohm version had the blue ring. Is it just because they're the newest models?

 

They're good headphones and I can see why people like them. A year back the DT-990 was my favorite and primary headphone. I purchased another pair just recently and hated them.

Perhaps It's just that i've tried so many other headphones to compare them with. I just can't handle all the extreme detail and I'm perhaps too picky.

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The blue ring is only on the 32Ω version.

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oh, wait.  i remember you.  you have the grado sr60, and denon d2000, right?

and you buy a new headphone at end of every school year and were wondering which to get this year.

 

really glad to hear you went with the beyers.  just delightful headphones.

 

@ Marximus:  sibilance is pretty source dependant.  it may go away with burn-in, and it may be your source or amp.

for example, i can make my dt990s sibilant by rolling tubes on my wa6.  some tubes create sibilance, others do not.  my take is that it's a spike in the frequency response that doesn't necessarily exist in the phones, but rather is brought out in the source, amp, cables, or other elements in my setup...

i will admit that the treble in the beyers is the hardest thing to get right in the setup for them...

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I tried them through my Pioneer receiver, my cMoy BB, my Creek amp, and straight out of the uDAC.  It seemed to be present with all those.  I got them used, and I understand there are about 100 hours on them already; I have my doubts as to whether burn-in makes a difference.  But I'm not giving up on them yet, of course.  They do sound very nice.


Edited by Marximus - 5/11/10 at 11:54pm
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Originally Posted by Herakty View Post


 

“But where do you get the cash to afford all these mighty fine morsels of musical heaven???” Well my good sir, there are some advantages to being an engineering major who hardly does anything during the semester except study(I think I really spent around $100 in entertainment last semester). All the money I don't spend on movies, parties, concerts, and Carl Jung action figures, and all the stuff I depressingly don't get to do during the semester(but would like to) pays off in the end. And in my case, it pays in headphones.

 

Way back when I was in taking engineering in university (early '90s now), I was broke all the time. Simply being an engineering student denies you the time to spend money on other things...15 hours of lab, 20 hours of lectures, and 10 hours of tutorials every week. Not to mention the tonnes of homework....oh the homework. I did nothing but study and finish those damn problem sets (glad that's over with) and I was still broke, busted, and poor.

 

Kind of makes me a little bitter!

 

Glad you're enjoying the DT880s!  Great cans indeed. Did you get the 250 or 600 ohm version?
 

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