For Sale or Trade:
Beyerdynamic DT480; Will Trade for Wooden Grado Cups
Will Ship To: Anywhere
Hi! Up for sale or trade is this lovely Beyerdynamic DT480. I expected these to sound a little more exciting than they do, but as it is, they're quite good, but I'm not the biggest fan of the sound signature, and they're too big to be used as a portable, so I'd like to either sell them or trade them.
This is the 200ohm version, and catechresis wrote a little about them:
Bubba, I've got 4 pairs of the damn things now: 3x 250 Ohm and 1x 25 Ohm (who knew such things existed?). The 25Ohm pair is most like the DT48As I have, and I really suspect that the metal drivers used in the DT48s and the DT480s are identical.
I just think that it has been poor judgment of you to have written a review of these cans, when your single experience has been of a pair with a dead channel.
The 25 Ohm pair is not particularly 'colored', but it is what I would characterize as glassy and two-dimensional--entirely in the manner of the DT48As. By contrast, the 250 Ohm variants are much darker and, indeed, 'colored', but they are hugely engaging. They catch every nuance, and what they cannot replicate because of the limits of the drivers, they simply distort. They are the worst choice for symphonic classical music. But they are *MONSTERS* for electric guitar and pop classics recorded before the dawn of digital. They have gloriously controlled mid-tones, sonorous bass, and *decent* treble. I have always been a treble-head, and these were the cans that committed me to praising the virtues of the closed-can.
NOTE: Good quality amplification helps. The M^3's bass tone control is very useful. Last, better quality cables can have significant influence on the sound quality. Fortunately, Beyer's modular studio cable is easily detached from the phones, and schpankin' new cable can be installed using the original, crucial six-pin connector.
I'm pretty sure he meant the 200ohm model because there isn't a 250ohm one, but I'm in agreement. They are dark, darker than the HD650 I had (though my pair was brighter than the other pairs I've heard), but I don't I've heard a better closed headphone for metal under $300 than this. They're much more engaging than my ZMFs for metal, but they can't really handle complicated music without smearing. Also, these suck out of a DAP. I don't know why, but they're actually almost unlistenable from my HM700 but shine from my EHHA. I slapped on some HM5 pads because the stock pads were basically flat and my ear pressed against its large metal driver, which was very uncomfortable. The result was a much fuller sound and a big leap in comfort. I'll keep them on because I've decided to use LCD2 pads for my ZMF so the HM5 pads were not being used.
I bought them for $100 locally (I've wanted to hear them since 2009 so didn't really think rationally...), but I can sell them for $70. I'll cover PayPal (or if you gifted, that'd be pretty cool) if you pay for shipping. I'll also accept trades for nice wooden Grado cups or portable headphones or a portable amp.
Edited by Ishcabible - 5/6/14 at 7:16pm