I'm on the verge of taking the plunge and buying myself a Beyerdynamic DT880/600. I am 99% (without auditioning) sure this is the best purchase.
I listen mainly to EDM, some Jazz, Tango, Classical - mostly lossless.
I currently own Sennheiser HD202 and I am desperately craving something with more detail and that is more open. The HD202 just sounds closed (since they are) and it makes some detail disappear.
My priorities are:
- Transparency/Clarity/Detail (and no grain/noise)
- Instrument separation / soundstage
- Build quality
I'm in the UK and don't have a lot of options in the price class:
I've read many comparisons and seems that dt88 is the best fit, however, I also read at THE BATTLE OF FLAGSHIPS that it lacks detail/transparency, is not noise free and the soundstage is inaccurate - exactly the opposite of what I want. Are those comments only as compared to the most high end ones?
I am really hoping for a noticeable upgrade. I've tried Yamaha HPH-200 and they're a big improvement but I my ears tell me that there is still a bit to improve on.
For amp/dac I'd use the E10 at first then upgrade later. I'm convinced the E10 will work at least temporarily based on others' comments.
Based on what you say that you want, the AKG is the best choice, although I would go with the Q701.