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What Beyerdynamics are for me

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I have been looking at the DT 770's, DT 880's, and DT 990's. The only problem is that I cannot fiqure out what one is for me. My budget is around $300 including a good amp/dac (What OHM?). The use for these headphones is for monitoring sound, so I need them to be crystal clear so I can catch every detail. One thing that I also have heard about these headphones is that they are supposed the be some of the most comfortable headphones made, right? For right now I'm looking at the DT880's because of the high regard for there extrodanary comfort and sound, are these the right ones?

post #2 of 31

for monitoring sound, you'd need a balanced sound as well so the DT880's, but particularly the DT880/600.

post #3 of 31

Both DT770's and 880's are very balanced sounding but if you want details, go for the 880's.

 

They are the most comfortable headphones I have tried, period.

post #4 of 31

yup: comfortable is top notch with these. dt880 sounds more neutral than dt990 :)

post #5 of 31

DT880, though I can not imagine how you will fit them & good DAC into the $300 budget.

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Originally Posted by Abovetheair View Post

I have been looking at the DT 770's, DT 880's, and DT 990's. The only problem is that I cannot fiqure out what one is for me. My budget is around $300 including a good amp/dac (What OHM?). The use for these headphones is for monitoring sound, so I need them to be crystal clear so I can catch every detail. One thing that I also have heard about these headphones is that they are supposed the be some of the most comfortable headphones made, right? For right now I'm looking at the DT880's because of the high regard for there extrodanary comfort and sound, are these the right ones?


If you want crystal clear, the DT 990s are the most clear out of the three(and the majority of headphones out there). Their highs extend well past most other headphones and you hear everything...good and bad. If your budget is $300, I've been very happy with a Mini^3 powering my DT 990 250 ohms. You do need a good source however, paired with the wrong source and/or amp and the DT 990s can be sibilant. Paired with the E-MU 0404 USB however and there is no sibilance to speak of 

 

Although, the 600 ohm versions are supposed to be smoother and have even better bass. So consider those(and a bigger budget for a bigger amp) if you're using them for serious monitoring.

 

 

Yes Beyers are ridiculously comfortable. I've put them on sometimes when I'm not even listening to anything...

post #7 of 31

And yes, they are very comfortable, unless you have dome-shaped crown, like I do. You may mod a headband though. Strap it down at the top with a piece of isolating tape or anything else to create a notch.

post #8 of 31

Figure out how they will be amped first before deciding on the ohm rating of the headphones so you can match your amp effectively if you want the most accurate detail.

post #9 of 31

All of those headphones have an impedance of at least 250 ohms (although they offer 80 ohm versions, but those are generally regarded as inferior) so you don't have to worry about the output impedance of any headphone amp you choose. Even OTL tube amps have output impedances way less than 250 ohms. You can't get a real amp/dac within your budget, so maybe get one first and save up for the other. Don't try to skimp by buying some cheap thing like a uDac because the 250 ohm Beyers need lots more power than a portable amp can provide. Look into getting something like a Dynalo, M^3, or Millet Hybrid on the FS forums here.

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Would a Schiit Vahella match good with DT880's (600OHM)?

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Yes Beyers are ridiculously comfortable. I've put them on sometimes when I'm not even listening to anything...


x2

 

How are you going to get a DT990 or DT880 with an amp for 300$? Or did I misread? The Valhalla alone will cost you more then that...and then you still need a dac.

I'm thinking you need more like 500$ at least


Edited by Ultrainferno - 9/10/10 at 1:26am
post #12 of 31
Thread Starter 

Yes a $300 amp (When I looked into it, I was impressed). I still need a DAC? What is a good one for $100?


Edited by Abovetheair - 9/10/10 at 3:18am
post #13 of 31

^ Try the uDac or uDac2 from Nuforce

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I've been looking at these on sites such as ebay, should I be concerned of fakes?

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I've been looking at these on sites such as ebay, should I be concerned of fakes?


A lot of IEMs and some of the bigger brands (e.g. Bose and Sony) have fakes, but I haven't heard of any full-sized fakes for other manufacturers.

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