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post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 

I am interested in recommendations on which version of the 880 -- 600, 250, or 32 ohms -- would be best for music listening with an AV receiver.  The music I listen to is mostly vocal jazz, folks, blues rock.

 

TIA.

post #2 of 24

You asked this on AVS recently, right? I think if you're plugging straight into a receiver, the 250 ohm would suit you best. 32ohm is more for portable use, and 600ohms DEFINITELY need an amp of sorts. Receivers I think are made to handle up to 300ohm.

post #3 of 24

i owned the 250 ohm, and now own the 600 ohm. 

the 250 ohm were surprisingly easy to power.  and were more forgiving of source and amp than the 600 ohm.

 

post #4 of 24

I plug my 600 ohm's into my Outlaw RR2150 all the time. I used to plug my 250's into it as well.

No substantial difference in drive-ability between the two. Also no real difference between the receiver and my HP amp / DAC, or Xonar STX when driving either. The big difference was just between the two cans, not what was driving them.

 

That said, the Outlaw is a pretty powerful Stereo receiver. Not multi-channel.

post #5 of 24

My oldschool '92 Kenwood receiver drives the 990~600 as well, ofcourse it isn't like using a hp amp.

I suggest you try it before you order an amp, maybe it's good enough for you

post #6 of 24

The 600OHM really isn't harder to drive than the 250 ohmers.

post #7 of 24

Less chance of hiss too.

post #8 of 24

Most receivers tend to be built around 120Ω output for some reason, so getting a 32Ω headphone will be off: when the headphone swings in impedance, every single peak and trough will be below the output of the receiver - not a great match. The 250Ω is pretty easy to drive, but the 600Ω tends to sound great from anything unless you listen to very loud music. I've not heard it sound bad from any source/amp I've used from portable to DAP (quiet, but sounding great) to massive tube amps to stereo receivers.

 

600Ω is a sweet spot with relatively less impedance swings than the other headphones. 

post #9 of 24

 

 

International standard on audio interfaces, IEC 61938 (formerly IEC268- 15) calls for an intermediate-impedance source of 120 ohms and a source voltage of 5 V rms.

post #10 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by apatN View Post

The 600OHM really isn't harder to drive than the 250 ohmers.


this.

 

do yourself a favor and get the 600ohm whenever possible. Don't make the same mistakes me and Macadenionhero made


Edited by David.M - 6/14/10 at 1:49am
post #11 of 24

Another favor would be to ditch the AVR & get a good tube amp.

I have been using my DT880 600 ohm with my AVR & out of that there mids sounded slightly recessed & the imaging was muddy.

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to listen to them on a nice transformer coupled tube amp & the mids were filled nicely & the imaging was razor sharp almost as good as my orthos.

post #12 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by David.M View Post

do yourself a favor and get the 600ohm whenever possible. Don't make the same mistakes me and Macadenionhero made


You can add me to the list as well... 
 

post #13 of 24

I have the DT 880 in 250 ohm.  They sound ok through my AV receiver, but really shine with a good amp.  They struggle from my iPod.  I think 250 would be fine for your use.

post #14 of 24
Thread Starter 

I have not found any on-line vendor who have the 600 ohm in stock.  How long does it take Beyerdynamic Manufaktur to ship an order placed directly with them?

post #15 of 24

I don't know where you're from but Amazon.com, Amazon.de &  Amazon.fr have them in stock.

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