Woah, I spent ages looking for this thread, since I couldn't reply at work.
Okay, let me be clear. the DT880 BLOWS away the DT770 Pro 80s in every single regard except bass and positioning for gaming. The DT770 Pro 80 is a a love and hate headphone. Love because their soundstage and positioning for FPS gaming is absolutely INCREDIBLE. Hate, because the bass is too much for competitive gaming, and their clarity is quite lacking.
The DT880 is one that is quite possibly the BEST overall multi-purpose headphone I have ever used, with the exception of one VERY important thing: they have an incredibly hard time discerning between front and rear sounds. This is an absolute deal breaker when it comes to gaming, because for FPS games, being able to tell front and back is a top priority. I'm absolutely stunned that the DT880 couldn't do this right, AT ALL. In contrast, the DT770 Pro is the very BEST headphone I have used (asides from the K701 and AD700) when it comes to being able to tell in which direction sounds are coming from.
If FPS gaming is a priority, don't get the DT880s. For everything else, the DT880s are top notch, gaming wise. The DT770 Pro 80s are good in only a few things. Bass, closed headphone soundstage, and fun factor/immersion. I find the Creative Aurvana Live to be a good replacement to the DT770 Pro 80's I sold (in fact they're better to me), because they are MUCH more balanced, a lot clearer as a whole, the soundstage is still great for a closed can, they are very good at directional sounds, and they only cost me $60. They easily best the DT770 Pros for gaming, in every sense except that powerful bass, and unorthodox soundstage.
For a better gaming headphone than the DT880, the K701 or K702, FOR SURE. They have less bass, but gain an advantage in everything else. They also blow the AD700s out of the water in every regard except drivability. If the bass of the AD700 is a 1, the K701/K702 is a 6, while the DT880/32 is an 8, and the DT770 Pro 80 is an 11.
IMHO, of course.
Originally Posted by SJB610
I'm in need of some help. Every night it is an all out war in my bedroom because of my gaming leaking through my AD700's. I've been looking at the DT770 pro 80's for some good isolation/awesome immersion. I love my 700's, but they do leak alot and they're used for footsteps, and footsteps only. I read KBI's blog many times, and as everyone knows, he recommends the DT880's to the fullest.
Is getting a DT880 more of a sidestep from the AD700's? I have zero experience with high end audio, so there is absolutely no chance of getting an amp. I soley use the astro mixamp. I guess what I want is a headphone that puts you INTO the game, and FEELING the explosions ect ect ect, but still has all the bells and whistles for a good gaming can. How does the DT880 do with immersion and isolation for it being open? If it's a ton better than the 770 80's for gaming, I'll get the 880's instead. It seems that Mad Lust Envy's review of his 770's and KBI's blog for the DT880's are pulling me into different directions. ugh. Replies would be GREATLY appreciated!
**note: If I were to buy the DT880, it would be in the 32 ohm of course.**
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 7/22/10 at 5:29am
I also only use mainly just the Mixamp while gaming. The K701 I have is driven quite well with just the Mixamp, as long as the voice/game knob is leaning heavily towards the Game side.