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Beyerdynamics DT880 - 250ohm or 600ohm?

post #1 of 68
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I decided to get the Beyerdynamics DT880 but don't know which version (250ohm or 600ohm) is best for my DAC/amp.  I have the Peachtree Nova.  Specifications for the headphone amp section (from Peachtree's website):

 

Headphone Amp (shared with the Pre-Out stage)

Suitable for all electro-dynamic headphones 
Frequency response: DC ~ 100 kHz +/- 0.1dB 
Voltage gain: 10dB 
Maximum output voltage: 7Vrms 
output impedance: <30ohms 
Maximum output power: 100mW into 8Ohm / 300mW into 150Ohm / 150mW into 300Ohm 
Class A output stage 
6922 Tube is in circuit

post #2 of 68

Regardless of what 'kind' or amp, so long as they are adequately driven, I don't think you'll find many (if any) who having heard both, prefer the 250 ohm.

(Long sentence meaning...) Get the 600 ohm. Generally speaking, the highs are less strident and the bass is a bit more pronounced.

 

shane

post #3 of 68
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Originally Posted by lmf22 View Post

Maximum output power: 100mW into 8Ohm / 300mW into 150Ohm / 150mW into 300Ohm 


More than sufficient for the 600 ohms.
 

post #4 of 68
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Originally Posted by shane55 View Post

Regardless of what 'kind' or amp, so long as they are adequately driven, I don't think you'll find many (if any) who having heard both, prefer the 250 ohm.

(Long sentence meaning...) Get the 600 ohm. Generally speaking, the highs are less strident and the bass is a bit more pronounced.

 

shane


Agreed (and the mids aren't as recessed). Someone should really make a sticky for new beyer owners to ONLY buy the 600 ohm versions.

post #5 of 68
Agreed. This is what makes Beyers special - the 600 ohm versions are all (770, 880, and 990) definitely better sounding.
post #6 of 68

What the above said. No brainer really.

post #7 of 68

Not that I've heard them, but hey, all aboard the 600ohm train 

post #8 of 68

well, go for the 600 ohm beyers :D

 

i came from the 250 ohm version of the dt880, and i find the 600 ohm versions to be better in sound quality. unless you can get the 250 ohms on a very big discount...

post #9 of 68

Yeah get the 600Ohm version for sure. They are as everyone has said, better!

post #10 of 68

These 600ohm discussions are getting me more and more into buying one to try out myself. Oh well, need to get some fund from the boss first

post #11 of 68

Go with the 600 ohm version.

post #12 of 68

Im sure the differences are subtle but go with the 600 ohm version unless you can find the 250ohm for much cheaper.

post #13 of 68
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Originally Posted by JayB18 View Post

Im sure the differences are subtle but go with the 600 ohm version unless you can find the 250ohm for much cheaper.


The differences are not subtle, for me the DT880/600s are great cans and the DT880/250s are "meh". I've owned both.

 

I would hold out for the 600 ohm versions...don't make the same mistake I did...and then sell off the 250s at a loss to get the 600s.

post #14 of 68
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post




The differences are not subtle, for me the DT880/600s are great cans and the DT880/250s are "meh". I've owned both.

 

I would hold out for the 600 ohm versions...don't make the same mistake I did...and then sell off the 250s at a loss to get the 600s.

 

Did you use them from the same equipment. Are you sure the differences weren't due to the amp driving different impendences differently. From what I have read all the versions share the same basic sound signature and have very similar FR graphs. There might be minor differences but I doubt they are going to be a whole different phone. Sorry for the skepticism but people here exaggerate stufff all the time.  For example the DT250-80 and DT250-250 (they sounded almost exactly the same to me but people claim the 250 ohm version is so much better).
 

post #15 of 68

Same equipment...see my sig for what I'm using. The 250s were too "U" shaped for my liking and the treble was overly "tin" like. The 600s had more pronounced mids (though still slightly recessed) and the treble was not as tin-like (though at times could still be, but not as much).

 

I'm not saying that the 250s = bad and the 600s = good, but for the rather small amount of extra cash (likely less than 50 bucks), I would stick with the 600 ohm version.


Edited by MacedonianHero - 7/4/10 at 6:57pm
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