I'm looking for an upgrade from my ATH-m50's and I want to know if the DT880 and DT990 are good upgrades. The problem is, I can't really decide which is best from all the comments and review given in the forums. Confused, to say the least!
For what I have read, the DT990 '05 and DT880 '03 are rated as the best headphones for musicality and detail. I personally have no experience with either, but I have listened to a DT880 '05 Pro unamped from a laptop. The DT880 '05 Pro sounded okay but in my opinion it needed more bass and a tad more treble in the upper most extremes around 12 KHz to 16 KHz. The perceived slight lack of treble air could be a result of the treble boost in the middle and lower treble so I could be wrong. At any rate, if the DT990 '05 or the DT880 '03 does compensate at all for this shortcoming, please recommend it.
All in all, though, I was somewhat satisfied with the sound on the DT880 '05. Hall ambiance was readily apparent without any sibilance and vocals were smooth and yet brimming with detail. Very audiophile, but it was not involving enough on the utmost extremes for my tastes.
If this information is any help, my listening preferences include classic rock, bubblegum rock, 70s pop, and also a little modern hard rock by an obscure band called Crush 40.
I totally hated the SR325i and SR125 and I also disliked the SR225i. I found the midrange in particularly the upper midrange overbearingly "pistonic" if that makes any sense and the treble shouty yet slow to the point that they sounded like cardboard.
Unamped is the way I want to go. I don't have my an outboard amp, but I've got nearly all the parts gathered for a PPA V2 amplifier. My best sources currently are a Sansa Clip V1 and an X-Fi XtremeMusic sound card. Still, if the 32 ohm version of the DT990 '05 is comparable to its 250 ohm sibling, I'm more than willing to give it a shot.