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Beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium (600 Ohm version) or Sennheiser HD 600?

post #1 of 10
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Hello everyone,

 

I recently purchased a pair of Beyerdynamic DT 990 premium (32 Ohm version) headphones and I was quite let down, mainly because of rather tinny symbols and a unbalanced sound signature (wherein the weak sounding symbols and drums drown out everything else). I should mention that I used these exclusively with my iPod Classic, unamped. All this being said I have found a buyer and plan to sell them.

 

With the funds from this, I was debating between the Beyerdynamic dt 880 premium (600 Ohm version) and the Sennheiser HD 600. I can purchase the former locally used for about 200$ to 225$ total, and the latter new online for about 350$ total. I also plan to use either pair with an Objective2 Amplifier. I was wondering what people would recommend, noting my disappointment with the tinny symbols and how predominant they were, and the amount I can secure these other headphones for. I should mention that the new headphone will be used exclusively for listening to music, via the O2 and my iPod Classic with loseless files.

 

Any thoughts?

post #2 of 10

I have dt880 600ohm, and it does have a neutral sound signature, if that's what you prefer. I haven't listened to hd600 but it's known for its neutrality too. However I'm not sure whether O2 will pair perfectly with iPod classic with its own built-in amp. So, it is likely that you'd want to plug headphones directly in ipod. In this case hd600 should be more easily powered by ipod itself.

post #3 of 10

Either is a good choice with the O2, though I would get the DT880-250 instead as the sound difference is minimal and it should pair better. Neither is a good choice straight from an iPod.

 

Both have their admirers, so I can't tell which you'd prefer. It might help to know what sort of music you listen to most. I prefer HD600.

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Either is a good choice with the O2, though I would get the DT880-250 instead as the sound difference is minimal and it should pair better. Neither is a good choice straight from an iPod.

 

Both have their admirers, so I can't tell which you'd prefer. It might help to know what sort of music you listen to most. I prefer HD600.

 

+1 - great summation.

 

I have both the DT880 250ohm and HD600.  I'm a former owner of the DT880 600ohm.  Unless you already own an OTL tube amp, or intend getting one (OTL - not hybrid) - then there is no real point getting the 600 ohm.

 

As far as really rough comparison goes (in my subjective opinion) .......

 

DT880 very neutral, slightly brighter presentation than what I'd call natural sounding.  Very detailed.

HD600 also quite neutral - but more natural sounding (timbre of instruments).  Less highlight on the top end than the Beyer, and does have a slight mid-bass hump.

 

HD600 definitely easier of the two to drive.

 

Really you can't go wrong with either - both are fantastic headphones.  If I had to pick between mine, I'd probably keep the HD600.  They just do everything so naturally.  Great all-rounders.

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Either is a good choice with the O2, though I would get the DT880-250 instead as the sound difference is minimal and it should pair better. Neither is a good choice straight from an iPod.

 

Both have their admirers, so I can't tell which you'd prefer. It might help to know what sort of music you listen to most. I prefer HD600.

I figured it would sound awful without amping the iPod. I wish the 250s were an option, but I'm only drawn to the 600 Ohm version because I can find a pair locally for a fantastic price (200 to 225 used, when a new pair costs 350 to 400). Will the objective2 be suitable for the 600 Ohm version?

 

Also, in terms of music, I listen to a fairly wide array. I will say that most of it tends to be fairly modern (nineties and onward) and I find that most music from this time is mastered in such a way that sound stage is irrelevant.

 

Thank you for the responce

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I figured it would sound awful without amping the iPod. I wish the 250s were an option, but I'm only drawn to the 600 Ohm version because I can find a pair locally for a fantastic price (200 to 225 used, when a new pair costs 350 to 400). Will the objective2 be suitable for the 600 Ohm version?

 

Also, in terms of music, I listen to a fairly wide array. I will say that most of it tends to be fairly modern (nineties and onward) and I find that most music from this time is mastered in such a way that sound stage is irrelevant.

 

Thank you for the response

 

Both of these are fairly neutral and resolving, but I'm not sure how music from that period will sound.

 

I haven't tried the O2 with a 600 ohm load. It plays fine with 400 ohms, and the newer O2s play a good deal louder because of production variations in pentiometers. Although it should be fine according to the specs, it's probably not the best pairing. The 250 ohm Pro is about $200 new at Amazon. But if not, I would go with the HD600 instead as it's much easier to drive and will pair fine with O2.

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Both of these are fairly neutral and resolving, but I'm not sure how music from that period will sound.

 

I haven't tried the O2 with a 600 ohm load. It plays fine with 400 ohms, and the newer O2s play a good deal louder because of production variations in pentiometers. Although it should be fine according to the specs, it's probably not the best pairing. The 250 ohm Pro is about $200 new at Amazon. But if not, I would go with the HD600 instead as it's much easier to drive and will pair fine with O2.

 

Would pairing the Objective2 with my current headphones (Beyerdynamic DT 990 premium (32 Ohm version)) lead to an improvement in sound at all?

post #8 of 10

I think there should definitely be some benefit if you amp DT990 32ohm. It's just that the difference is more remarkable for higher impedances.

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Would pairing the Objective2 with my current headphones (Beyerdynamic DT 990 premium (32 Ohm version)) lead to an improvement in sound at all?

 

Yes, everything sounds at least a little better amped.

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Yes, everything sounds at least a little better amped.

And I tend to think headphones with deep bass extension and bass emphasis even more so over the amps in most DAPs if one listens to bass heavy music.
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