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Deciding between HD558 or DT880 250

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My budget is up to $200 for the headphones and possibly more for a future amp.  My preferences are open backed, neutral sound, and comfortable.  They'll be used for a wide variety of music, but with an emphasis on ambient (Brian Eno / Aphex Twin), drone (Sunn), classical, indie, and post punk.  Would the DT880's be worth the extra $50 up front plus the added expense of an amp or would the HD558's be plenty satisfying for someone who has never owned good cans? 

 

I do have experience listening to high quality audio, but have never owned anything particularly nice myself.  That being said, music will not become a big hobby for me (already got one of those), so whatever I decided on will have to last me a long time.  Any input would be much appreciated.  Thanks!    

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Originally Posted by ves1 View Post
 

My budget is up to $200 for the headphones and possibly more for a future amp.  My preferences are open backed, neutral sound, and comfortable.  They'll be used for a wide variety of music, but with an emphasis on ambient (Brian Eno / Aphex Twin), drone (Sunn), classical, indie, and post punk.  Would the DT880's be worth the extra $50 up front plus the added expense of an amp or would the HD558's be plenty satisfying for someone who has never owned good cans? 

 

I do have experience listening to high quality audio, but have never owned anything particularly nice myself.  That being said, music will not become a big hobby for me (already got one of those), so whatever I decided on will have to last me a long time.  Any input would be much appreciated.  Thanks!    

I own both the HD558 and DT880 Pro 250-Ohm, the DT880s are better then the HD558s, but the DT880s need to be used with a decent headphone amplifier, with the HD558s a headphone amplifier is preferred, but not required.

The HD558s are the oldest headphones I have that I still like to use.

You can get used HD558s from Amazon for $110.

The HD558s come with black rubber tape on the insides of the cups, that covers 40% of the air holes.

Which I'm assuming the tape does two functions, it makes the HD558s a little more bassy and also makes the HD558s sound more different then the HD598s.

(The HD558 and HD598 use the same driver)

So buy used HD558s are remove the black rubber tape.

You might also check out the AKG K612 Pro 120-Ohm headphones, new $180, used $155.

What sources do you have for plugging headphones into?

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I own both the HD558 and DT880 Pro 250-Ohm, the DT880s are better then the HD558s, but the DT880s need to be used with a decent headphone amplifier, with the HD558s a headphone amplifier is preferred, but not required.

The HD558s are the oldest headphones I have that I still like to use.

You can get used HD558s from Amazon for $110.

The HD558s come with black rubber tape on the insides of the cups, that covers 40% of the air holes.

Which I'm assuming the tape does two functions, it makes the HD558s a little more bassy and also makes the HD558s sound more different then the HD598s.

(The HD558 and HD598 use the same driver)

So buy used HD558s are remove the black rubber tape.

You might also check out the AKG K612 Pro 120-Ohm headphones, new $180, used $155.

What sources do you have for plugging headphones into?

Yea the DT 880 is a classic for a good reason, wonderful headphone adn you can find a used one here for under $200 some times around $150

 

but it does require an amp

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For now, they'll only be plugged into my laptop.  The amp is kind of the decision maker.  Thanks to a friend, I can get a good price on an amp (not sure what my options are yet), but will only do that if I go with the DT880's.  If I go with the HD558, then it will be under the condition that I don't get an amp and instead benefit from the savings.

 

Very open to other suggestions, so I'll do my homework on the AKG K612 Pro.  Ultimately it's benefit versus cost.  Assuming the added price of an amp, are the DT880's $100 better than the modded HD558's for what I listen to?  Personal preference must have a lot to do with it, so that may be impossible to answer.  Haven't found a place locally that carries Beyerdynamics, else I'd go for a comparison.  If it matters, my only previous headphone experience comes from a Pioneer SE-MJ5.      

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Originally Posted by ves1 View Post
 

For now, they'll only be plugged into my laptop.  The amp is kind of the decision maker.  Thanks to a friend, I can get a good price on an amp (not sure what my options are yet), but will only do that if I go with the DT880's.  If I go with the HD558, then it will be under the condition that I don't get an amp and instead benefit from the savings.

 

Very open to other suggestions, so I'll do my homework on the AKG K612 Pro.  Ultimately it's benefit versus cost.  Assuming the added price of an amp, are the DT880's $100 better than the modded HD558's for what I listen to?  Personal preference must have a lot to do with it, so that may be impossible to answer.  Haven't found a place locally that carries Beyerdynamics, else I'd go for a comparison.  If it matters, my only previous headphone experience comes from a Pioneer SE-MJ5.      

Something like the Fiio E10 USB-DAC-Amp should give an audio quality boost to any headphone used with the laptop (HD558).


Edited by PurpleAngel - 2/10/14 at 1:16am
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Thanks for the info.  It's good to hear from someone who actually owns and listens to both.  Sounds like I can't go wrong either way.

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