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Originally Posted by Frank I View Post

I had the 880 on two different occasionI I owned them and had them side by side with the T1and the T1 always was more transparent and had better treble and bass and much more refinement than the 880. IMO its Beyer best offering. The HE500 is an excellent phone and  different than the T1 but its subjective what would be better. To many people they prefer the T1 transparency and pinpoint focus while others prefer the HE500. Both are top tier headphones IMO . The 880 may cost less but its not as refined as the T1. I owned the T1 for 2yrs before I sold it and it was a great headphone but I preferred my HD800 slightly. YOMV

I have to agree with Frank on this one.  Also, just to note:  The T1 amp requirements may be more demanding than the 500s.  I find my B22 does in fact bring out the best of the T1. The bass on the T1 is more accurate when compared to the 500s - not as deep in the sub bass area but more accuracy as across the spectrum.  I find the treble on the 500s to be much smoother but the energy is about the same.  Again the T1 is not as forgiving as the 500s are thus make it more transparent - the 500s are a warmer headphone by far.

 

I like the 880s as well but the T1 IMO is a step above. 

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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

Outside of the T1 costing more and having better materials than other Beyer headphones... it's not their best headphone.  The best Beyer in production is the 880/600 and the good news is it costs a lot less ;)

 

The HE-500 is in a whole other league than either though.


I had the 880/600 and gave it up for the T1.  They have similar highs but I find the T1 has that bass that was lacking in the 880/600.  Whether the sonic difference is worth the $$$ difference is another matter.

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I should clarify best and preferred ;)  

 

The 880/600 is the best headphone they make on technicals, the T1 is still preferred by many.  It's the case of preferring looser control, longer decay and added treble dB which has the 'benefit' of greater presence across the board and reinforcing details by having them hang around at a higher level to be 'heard'.  Like an anti HD800.

 

The T1 is not alone by any means in this respect.  So it's more a matter of fact, than an insult.

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Originally Posted by Solude View Post

I should clarify best and preferred ;)  

 

The 880/600 is the best headphone they make on technicals, the T1 is still preferred by many.  It's the case of preferring looser control, longer decay and added treble dB which has the 'benefit' of greater presence across the board and reinforcing details by having them hang around at a higher level to be 'heard'.  Like an anti HD800.

 

The T1 is not alone by any means in this respect.  So it's more a matter of fact, than an insult.

 

DT880/600 is a very good headphone, but I think T1 is clearly superior technically and is more musical/fun sounding as well. I think DT880 sounds a little bland as though Beyer put too much damping material in the cups or something.


Edited by Pianist - 2/3/13 at 10:45am
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Originally Posted by Pianist View Post

DT880/600 is a very good headphone, but I think T1 is clearly superior technically and is more musical/fun sounding as well. I think DT880 sounds a little bland as though Beyer put too much damping material in the cups or something.

Yes I agree, clearly the T1 is more superior than the DT880 in terms of both technicaly and soundquality, but for me the DT880 got it's own charm against the T1 same as the HE-500 to the HE-6, both the DT880 and the HE-500 is among the best sounding headphones under $700 that doesn't demand a high-end setup to make them sings

Just saying, please CMIIW here smily_headphones1.gif
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What's CMIIW - is that a new text thing?blink.gif

post #2932 of 14860
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Originally Posted by Pianist View Post

 

DT880/600 is a very good headphone, but I think T1 is clearly superior technically and is more musical/fun sounding as well. I think DT880 sounds a little bland as though Beyer put too much damping material in the cups or something.

Musical-sounding and fun-sounding are typically somewhat of a dichotomy though; musical typically encompasses a euphonic midrange with bloom, sweet treble, and textured bass with lots of weight; while fun typically points to emphasis in treble, less midrange in general (except maybe upper mids where the bite is) and punchy slightly emphasized bass.

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What's CMIIW - is that a new text thing?blink.gif

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The wait for my HE-500s to come in is awful (was dealing with Headphone Bar and they seem to be out of stock... being a Canadian head-fi enthusiast is pretty inconvenient sometimes). Though, without the Asgard to go with my Bifrost, I suppose it'd be moot anyway. I read this thread once in a while to keep reminding myself the wait will be worth it.

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Call me in i.. way... or something.

post #2936 of 14860
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Originally Posted by Pianist View Post

DT880/600 is a very good headphone, but I think T1 is clearly superior technically and is more musical/fun sounding as well. I think DT880 sounds a little bland as though Beyer put too much damping material in the cups or something.

Actually I tested the 990 and 880 before finalizing myself with the HE-500, I prefer the 990 as it's more fun. Ppl that likes neutrality and delicate sound should go for 880.

Arrgghhh I'm powering up my HE-500 with my O2 and I'm still looking for a good replacement. Ideas?

Thanks
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Call me in i.. way... or something.

 

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post #2938 of 14860
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Originally Posted by snip3r77 View Post


Actually I tested the 990 and 880 before finalizing myself with the HE-500, I prefer the 990 as it's more fun. Ppl that likes neutrality and delicate sound should go for 880.

Arrgghhh I'm powering up my HE-500 with my O2 and I'm still looking for a good replacement. Ideas?

Thanks

 

HE-500 or O2?

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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post

 

HE-500 or O2?

That was totally my question but didn't feel like posting because I thought I was just missing something.

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O2 LOL

Researched and these are the candidates. No way that I can audition most of them.

Audio GD SA-31 / NFB-6 / Compass 2
Burson HA-160 / Soloist SL
La Figaro 339 with TS5998 & RCA5693
Emotiva mini-X a-100
EF-5 US499
Sh1t Lyr
Violectric V200
Botttlehead S.E.X
Edited by snip3r77 - 2/3/13 at 6:21pm
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