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Headphones item created by , May 5, 2010
Pros - A lot of bass, good velvet pads, good build quality
Cons - Vocals and mids fade in the middle of bass, lack of soundstage, too strong clamp.
These were my first pair of cans that I consider my baptism of audiophile stuff.
I used them with Fiio E10 as dac and Schiit Asgard as amp.
Yes, they sounded good, but not as good as my friends Sennheiser HD580.
Don't try to use then in computer onboard's audio, cause the impedance is a bit higher (I heard about the 250 ohms, but mine was 80 ohms).
I listen to psychodelic rock, progressive and all, but I didn't felt the details on it.
When listening The Doors, I didn't heard Jim's gourgeous voice very well.
So, I just recomend for eletronic or anything like this. For an incipient audiophile addiction, these can be used for 6 months. After this you'll probaly want another one with more details.
Pros - Awesome with every kind of music, super deep and controlled bass, crystal clear highs
Cons - Headgrip is a little too strong right now, need amping
To this day, I have owned a couple of "pretty good" headphones (in my opinion pre-DT770 :
* Sennheiser HD555
* Sennheiser HD448
* Shure E2-C IEMs (lost/stolen)
* Ultimate Ears Super-fi 5 IEMs (lost/stolen)
I also own an Fiio E7 DAC/amp, which I used along with my HD448 at work.
Needing a closed headphone for work, I decided ot purchase a pair of DT770 250Ohm after a lots of reading on here and arround the web. So, I've pulled the trigger on those and the much praised Modi/Magni duo. I actually got the Modi2/Magni2 straight from Schiit's website (note to all canadians: they might not be as cost effective to us with the new USD/CAD change rate and duty import taxes - a suprisingly high 75$ CAD, ouch!).
So, yesterday I finally received my Modi 2 + Magni 2 and today came my DT770 250ohm.
So, my expectations were pretty high after reading so many reviews and impressions; I've have always found the Sennheiser sound signature to be pretty awesome for mid and highs, and totally lacking bass. Being what you guys would consider a basshead, I've been disapointed a lot with the HD555 ever since I've had them (5 years+). I've do appriciate them a lot more with jazz/cuban/electronic music, much less so with rock/hiphop/dubstep, because of the lack of deep controller bass.
Impressions / mini-review
Now for my impressions. When I toyed around with the modi/magni yesterday with my Sennheiser cans, I was somehow afraid I would be disapointed with the DT770. I truly couldn't see any difference between my Fiio E7 and the modi2/magni2; my set of HD555 is only 50Ohm impedance, so it doesn't really benefit from being amped.
But today, I finally got to give a try to the DT770, and holy sh*t, those things are simply awesome! I've never listened to anything sounding as clean and tight as those. The bass is so precise, deep and controlled. The highs are at least as good as the HD555 (which I can't A/B test right now, left them home), and those cans truly make the HD448 feel and sound very cheap. It's simply in another league.
The build quality is, like said many times before, very solid. And the comfort is pretty good. I kinda feel like they grip a little too much, but I'm sure it'll loosen up with time. Oh, and the sound isolation is exactly what I wanted: very close to IEMs in isolation level, but much easier to remove/put on the cans; which is a must at work when a coworker needs my attention.
And finally, I can actually appreciate *any* type of music with those cans: from hiphop to jazz, it just doesn't matter. I really don't mind them having a V-shaped sound signature, I guess; I just use the DT770 without any sort of EQ and the sound signature fits my taste. So, that's it for now. I'll post more impressions as they get burned-in and as I listen to them more.
Price paid : $219 CAD / $175 USD
Note : My source is a retina macbook pro, 256/320/16bit mp3s mostly, tons of 16bit lossless FLAC/ALAC, and some 24bit lossless alac rips from SACD. I'm using iTunes on OSX, with the OS setup to output 192KHz/24-bit signal to the modi2 through a fairly cheap USB cable (I got some 32awg coming from monoprice, but I really doupt those make a difference at all). Oh, and I got the Psyst RCA cables from Schiit to to connect the modi2/magni2.
PS: Sorry about my most likely bad or lackluster use of adjectives regarding my audio impressions, I'm french canadian so bear with me
Pros - nice tight, deep bass. Awesome clarity and definition
Cons - overpronounced sharp presence
I'll write more about them in a few days…
Pros - Does most music well.
Cons - Doesn't do anything perfectly. Expensive
Having realized that I'd never like Sennheisers because of their lack of bass,
I went off to find Germans that appreciated bass.
Enter the 770s. The folks at Beyer realize that if you want a headphone to be all "mids" then all you have to do is use your default ipod earbuds. The true mark of garbage headphones are the ones that cannot do frequencies on either end of the spectrum. Either too high or too low. They sound like clock radio speakers, if you will.
The 770s are not those. These have low lows and high highs, to the point of being sibilant. I had to roll my treble off a bit to be comfortable. But once you do that, these phones are awesome. I ended up selling these after A/Bing with my 880s. The 880s have a little LESS bass, and a tiny bit MORE mids. The treble is about the same on both.
If I had money to buy one can, it would be the 770s. Since I'm not limited to just one can, I opted for 880s and another set to do low bass properly.
These are great all round cans, but a bit pricey. They are pretty comfortable over long sessions as well.