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post #46 of 295

Wow, this was a pretty interesting review.

 

The weird part was that I was listening to the EXACT recording that you wrote in your review (BPO Abbado conducting Mahler 5) when I opened up to read this thread haha.

 

Thanks for the review, I will definitely keep these in mind and try to audition a pair when the opportunity comes.

post #47 of 295
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Originally Posted by maestrochoy View Post

Wow, this was a pretty interesting review.

 

The weird part was that I was listening to the EXACT recording that you wrote in your review (BPO Abbado conducting Mahler 5) when I opened up to read this thread haha.

 

Thanks for the review, I will definitely keep these in mind and try to audition a pair when the opportunity comes.

Haha that's pretty wild!
 

 

post #48 of 295

Thanks David for your review. A few people looked keen for the DT 660, but no real reviews

after your sterling effort.

 

knowhatimean, how do you find the DT 660 compared to DT 1350? How do both headphones

respond to HP-P1? Lately I have thought to get the DT 1350 and a Fostex HP-A3, as my only

real source is a laptop. I listen to lots of classical, a little jazz and blues, so I am

interested how the two Beyers compare. I have also read that one reviewer somewhere preferred

his 660's direct to iPod un-amped.

post #49 of 295

These sound to me like a closed version of the dt880...maybe? They probably would not suit my preferred sound signature. I bought the dt770 and dt990 but passed on the dt880. I will also pass on these.

post #50 of 295
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Originally Posted by Mannish Boy View Post

Thanks David for your review. A few people looked keen for the DT 660, but no real reviews

after your sterling effort.

 

knowhatimean, how do you find the DT 660 compared to DT 1350? How do both headphones

respond to HP-P1? Lately I have thought to get the DT 1350 and a Fostex HP-A3, as my only

real source is a laptop. I listen to lots of classical, a little jazz and blues, so I am

interested how the two Beyers compare. I have also read that one reviewer somewhere preferred

his 660's direct to iPod un-amped.

unfortunately, i don't believe ive ever heard the 1350:(

 

but i think the dt660 sounds decent out of an ipod, unamped.  it's a bit light on the bass, but very natural.

post #51 of 295
Curious to know whether anyone has tried these for gaming. If they are decent, I'll grab these headphones.

Thanks biggrin.gif
post #52 of 295
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unfortunately, i don't believe ive ever heard the 1350:(

 

but i think the dt660 sounds decent out of an ipod, unamped.  it's a bit light on the bass, but very natural.

Bought the DT660's on your suggestion.  $180 and some change on amazon with my free 2-day shipping.  Got 'em today.  

 

Spoiler alert:  I'm a Grado fanman.  

 

These are very impressive, especially for that price.  Comfy except for the too tight clamping.  I assume one can bend the center part of the headband out a little bit.

 

Bass light?  I don't think so. Of course, Grado's are not known for their bass but these 660's go deeper and the bass sounds more natural than my PS500's.  This is very preliminary, but, wow.

 

Perhaps more later as I get a grip on these.

post #53 of 295

I own both the 770s and 880s and would consider the 660s, but here is my problem. My wife plays violin (quite well, some feel she has perfect pitch), but when I listen to her small collection of classical music, it all sounds so poorly recorded. I once worked with a man who was a classical music lover and he warned me that there were far more bad recordings than good. As I would like to try listening to classical music could David, or anybody of course, please give me a few suggestions for classical music? Keep in mind that I will be using an Auditor amp and either my 650s or 880s. And if you do make any suggestions, would you be kind enough to include the label the album is from?

post #54 of 295
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Originally Posted by Sonic Defender View Post

I own both the 770s and 880s and would consider the 660s, but here is my problem. My wife plays violin (quite well, some feel she has perfect pitch), but when I listen to her small collection of classical music, it all sounds so poorly recorded. I once worked with a man who was a classical music lover and he warned me that there were far more bad recordings than good. As I would like to try listening to classical music could David, or anybody of course, please give me a few suggestions for classical music? Keep in mind that I will be using an Auditor amp and either my 650s or 880s. And if you do make any suggestions, would you be kind enough to include the label the album is from?

labels such as:

 

Bis, Chandos, Pentatone, and Hyperion tend to have very high standards with regard to audio fidelity.

 

In fact most labels from the past 10 years produce very high quality results

 

a few things to look out for are LSO LIVE or CSO Live, the concerthalls are not particularly good...anything recorded in Lincoln Center is usually sub par...

 

whereas anything recorded at the concertgebouw usually records well.

 

 

If you buy anything from Pentatone, you can be sure you are getting a well recorded interpretation, 

 

BUT 

 

don't count out the older recordings.  sometimes sound quality is not the most important thing when it comes to these things.

post #55 of 295

Curious...

How would you compare the DT660 to the D7000?

You mentioned the D7k early in the thread, but I really can not make out a comparative statement.

 

I've heard cans that are very slightly better than the D7000 for acoustic and classical, but they are 50% or more higher in price, and always open backed.

The D7000 are to my ears, the best in their class and produce a cello, piano, viola da gamba, whatever... almost flawlessly.

I have the DT880 and find them extremely good, but the upper register is too exaggerated.

I would like to find another closed back that is as good or better than the D7k... that would really astound me.

 

Thanks.

post #56 of 295

I've never heard the 660s, but if I regret selling a single pair of headphones, that would be my DT440s. I bought them at the same time as a pair of Ultrasone DJ1s, a headphone with a lot more instant 'wow' factor for someone looking for coloration and bass impact. It was interesting to find myself increasingly reaching for the Beyers over the DJ1 and my SR325is - they may not do any one thing spectacularly well, but I felt they were a lot more balanced than my other cans. I've never spent too much time looking at frequency curves, and I acknowledge that my other cans may simply have been so far from 'neutral' as to render that description useless - I also listen to mostly guitar-based rock and very little classical. Many dislike the headband but I had no problems - be aware that the 440s leak sound as profusely as any pair of Grados I have owned. I wouldn't rate them as highly as my ATH-AD900, but rank them ahead of the MS1/SR60/SR80.  I have owned all 3 for lengthy periods, with and without mods. The 325is is a better headphone technically, but cost me double the price I paid for the DT440, and the latter never ambushed me with HF at unexpected moments. 

 

Lesson learnt on selling every headphone you own to start again - think long and hard and don't assume that headphones which cost more will automatically be better.   wink.gif

post #57 of 295
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Originally Posted by shane55 View Post

Curious...

How would you compare the DT660 to the D7000?

You mentioned the D7k early in the thread, but I really can not make out a comparative statement.

 

I've heard cans that are very slightly better than the D7000 for acoustic and classical, but they are 50% or more higher in price, and always open backed.

The D7000 are to my ears, the best in their class and produce a cello, piano, viola da gamba, whatever... almost flawlessly.

I have the DT880 and find them extremely good, but the upper register is too exaggerated.

I would like to find another closed back that is as good or better than the D7k... that would really astound me.

 

Thanks.

I'll step in and comment, having owned the D7000, I'll just give you my opinion.  I loved the sub-bass and for a closed HP it had a pretty wide soundstage.  The highs weren't too bad, a little tinkly.  What I didn't like was the U shaped mid-range.  The DT660 has sub-bass, just not quite as much, the mids are similar to my 325i and the highs are pretty bright but not as emphasized as the Grado.  From what you have written, I don't think you would like the 660.  Perhaps a planar magnetic would be your next step, if you can like that kind of texture.

post #58 of 295
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Originally Posted by shane55 View Post

Curious...

How would you compare the DT660 to the D7000?

You mentioned the D7k early in the thread, but I really can not make out a comparative statement.

 

I've heard cans that are very slightly better than the D7000 for acoustic and classical, but they are 50% or more higher in price, and always open backed.

The D7000 are to my ears, the best in their class and produce a cello, piano, viola da gamba, whatever... almost flawlessly.

I have the DT880 and find them extremely good, but the upper register is too exaggerated.

I would like to find another closed back that is as good or better than the D7k... that would really astound me.

 

Thanks.

 

The DT660 is better for classical music for sure.  The D7000 is a bit more transparent overall.  I have attempted to compare all the headphones I presently own... both of those I own.  Im hopeful that the whole comparison will be up very soon.

post #59 of 295
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Quote:
Originally Posted by shane55 View Post

Curious...

How would you compare the DT660 to the D7000?

You mentioned the D7k early in the thread, but I really can not make out a comparative statement.

 

I've heard cans that are very slightly better than the D7000 for acoustic and classical, but they are 50% or more higher in price, and always open backed.

The D7000 are to my ears, the best in their class and produce a cello, piano, viola da gamba, whatever... almost flawlessly.

I have the DT880 and find them extremely good, but the upper register is too exaggerated.

I would like to find another closed back that is as good or better than the D7k... that would really astound me.

 

Thanks.

 

The DT660 is better for classical music for sure.  The D7000 is a bit more transparent overall.  I have attempted to compare all the headphones I presently own... both of those I own.  Im hopeful that the whole comparison will be up very soon.

Looking forward to it. popcorn.gif

post #60 of 295
Funny, I was talking to my cousin about this. He is a diehard stereo audiophile who loves classical music and has a gramophone guide for classical recordings. The guide ranks and recommends recordings for a given composer and gives listening notes for each record they review. But it does help to have an audiophile store who has good tate smily_headphones1.gif
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