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Need Advice Quick! About to buy K701 or Beyer 880/990 (prices are the same!)

post #1 of 22
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I'm buying right now and am completely torn and need some advice from you nice people.

 

As the subject mentioned - the K701 whites versus the 880 or 990 - and the price is virtually equal.  Both would be in new condition.

 

My listening habits are primarily hip-hop, electronic, jazz, indie (kind of all over the place).

 

Please help any input will do!  I'm leaning toward the K701's as they seem to be more tried and true....

post #2 of 22

 

This doesn't help much...since the OP started a new thread. 

 

OP, whats your source? you have a headphone amp? 
 

 

post #3 of 22
Thread Starter 

Hey classakg -

 

No amp as yet, but am going to buy an amp after I decide which cans to go with.  Source will be a PC with no discrete audiocard....

 

Any further tips on that setup?  Thanks so much in advance for your help...

post #4 of 22
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Originally Posted by stasis View Post

I'm buying right now and am completely torn and need some advice from you nice people.

 

As the subject mentioned - the K701 whites versus the 880 or 990 - and the price is virtually equal.  Both would be in new condition.

 

My listening habits are primarily hip-hop, electronic, jazz, indie (kind of all over the place).

 

Please help any input will do!  I'm leaning toward the K701's as they seem to be more tried and true....


You won't be happy with a K701.  I've never heard the DT880 but I've heard so many good opinions that I can't think you'd go wrong with it. And as far as "tried and true.." the DT880 has gobs of love and respect in this community and has for a long time.

 


Edited by cswann1 - 3/18/11 at 11:33am
post #5 of 22

Currently owning both the k701 and dt990 (and having heard the dt880) I would say k701 with a doubt ...but my preference is more towards jazz and classical (music that tends be well recorded).  I also use them with pretty high end equipment.  The k701 is more demanding than any other headphone I've owned.  Plug them into a PC or cheap DAC/amp and you're sure to be disappointed.  Likewise you might not enjoy how revealing they are of the typically poor sound quality of pop music.

 

Also if you want more bass and treble sparkle the dt990 will give you that.  The k701s, on the other hand, are pretty much ruler flat.

post #6 of 22

DT880: I have the 32 Ohm version. It does jazz well, but if you want the womp-womp-womp of modern hip-hop then neither the DT880 nor the K701.

Bass is important? Denon D2000.

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Originally Posted by rds View Post

Currently owning both the k701 and dt990 (and having heard the dt880) I would say k701 with a doubt ...but my preference is more towards jazz and classical (music that tends be well recorded).  I also use them with pretty high end equipment.  The k701 is more demanding than any other headphone I've owned.  Plug them into a PC or cheap DAC/amp and you're sure to be disappointed.  Likewise you might not enjoy how revealing they are of the typically poor sound quality of pop music.

 

Also if you want more bass and treble sparkle the dt990 will give you that.  The k701s, on the other hand, are pretty much ruler flat.



I pretty much agree with everything you said about the K701.  It is great for stringed acoustic, classical, Jazz and female vocals and really does need a high quality source and amp to realize their potential.  With that said I can't think it's a good recommendation for the OP.  The K701s phenomenal detail and resolution comes from the speed of the drivers. That speed has a trade-off in decay.  Fast decay is great because it keeps the bass clean and tight but makes it sound very lean.

 

Here are FR graphs of the two phones. While the K701 is a flatter curve, for the OP's music tastes I think the DT880 would be the better choice and would likely require less of investment in source and amp to get the most from it.

 

graphCompare.php?graphType=0&graphID[]=2751&graphID[]=703

 

EDIT:  I couldn't get a graph on the 250ohm version of the Beyer but it would probably be the better choice as it would likely mesh better with more sources, like DAPs laptops/PCs.


Edited by cswann1 - 3/18/11 at 12:01pm
post #8 of 22
Thread Starter 

You guys are the best - thanks for the help....

 

Buying the 880s....

 

Now I have to figure out my amp situation!  heeh

post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by stasis View Post

You guys are the best - thanks for the help....

 

Buying the 880s....

 

Now I have to figure out my amp situation!  heeh


 

You will not get great bass response with these unless you EQ the lower frequencies.

post #10 of 22

Congrats on your new purchase!  What version of the DT880 did you order(as in Ohms)?

post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by 3602 View Post




 

You will not get great bass response with these unless you EQ the lower frequencies.


Geez, are you trying to ruin it for him? Nothing wrong with the DT-880's bass, but of course it varies between models. 32 ohm version has more than enough bass for me. Definitely NOWHERE near bass light.

 

I also bought a pair new a few days ago. I'm really liking it. More than the HD-650, which stinks for me because I just bought it. Not saying it's better...just different.

 

post #12 of 22

Unless I am too old to "appreciate" todays hip-hop music, the amount of bass required to "listen" to such pieces are somewhere around the level of a 10" woofer in the trunk of some Hyundai. Either that or my ears are seriously screwed because I can find the Turbine Pro-Gold and XB700 to be bass-light.


Edited by 3602 - 3/19/11 at 7:04pm
post #13 of 22
Thread Starter 

Digital Pride -

 

Went with the 250 ohm model - based on what you guys had said and also some of the research I did online.  It sounded like an impedance of 600 ohms is very high and beyond the scope of what I'm trying to achieve with this buy (i.e. not have to spend a lot MORE money on additional top-of-the-line DAC/amp equipment to justify that level.

post #14 of 22

Good choice!  When you get your new stuff in, maybe you'll want to show it off with some pictures perhaps?wink_face.gif

post #15 of 22

I was in the same boat as the topic creator, but I went the K701 route

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