Beyerdynamic DT-880
Nov 6, 2008 at 1:46 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 11

psu63

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Hi

how would You compare Beyerdynamic DT-880 to:

1) HD600
2) AKG 701
3) Sony MDR-CD3000

would USD 150 be too much for 2 year old pair?

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Nov 6, 2008 at 2:04 PM Post #2 of 11

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I do not own any other pairs of headphones besides the DT880, although I bought some K701's, but they have not arrived yet. I bought mine for $250 new and I thought that was a good deal. $150 is an excellent price though. The DT880 is very accurate, nice detail, powerful bass. They really do need a headphone amp to perform their best, although they still sound great out of my X-Fi Prelude as well. I would start with the DT880 since it is a steal for $150 (the going rate is ussually around $185 used) and seems like a safer choice than the K701 and much cheaper than the HD600. The K701 is very picky with amps and some people say that it sounds thin as in the music doesn't have enough "body". You could always order all three from headroom because they have nice return policy and keep the one that you enjoy the most. Make sure to let the headphones burn in for a few hundred hours before making final judgements whether or not you find the headphone enjoyable to listen to. The DT880 will be already burned in however, also the K701s needs around 400 hours of burn in to sound at its best. Good luck
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Nov 6, 2008 at 2:13 PM Post #3 of 11

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Quote:

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Hi

how would You compare Beyerdynamic DT-880 to:

1) HD600
2) AKG 701
3) Sony MDR-CD3000

would USD 150 be too much for 2 year old pair?

cheers!
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The DT880s have sparkling treble, somewhat recessed mids, and the bass is tight, but fine. I would not call it booming bass. Excellent detail.

I had the HD-580, which is similar to the HD-600, and did not care for it. I'll let others speak to the 600s. I found the 580s dull and uninvolving, but to my ears not neutral as others have suggested.

Have not heard the K701s. I have heard the K601s and own the K501s. If the 701s follow suit then the mid range will be sweet with good soundstage. Bass on the 501s is anemic compared to the DT880s but the K601 has a very organic sound and bass just sounds right.

Can't help you with the Sonys.

The price seems fair if they are in decent condition.

Now, what kind of music are you listening to, from what source and do you have an amp? Depending on your answers the DT880s may or may not be the best option for you.
 
Nov 6, 2008 at 2:28 PM Post #4 of 11

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$150 is an extremely good deal!

You should like them. If you don't, throw them on the For Sale forum, and you'll get your money back... or maybe even a little more.
 
Nov 7, 2008 at 9:19 AM Post #7 of 11

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DT880's and K701's are very different.

The DT880's have very nice tight bass, sparkly highs and fairly dry and boring mids. They also have loads and loads of detail and a decent soundstage.

K701's are fairly neutral overall with a huge expansive soundstage and a good amount of detail but not as much as the DT880's. Some describe them as boring.

In my opinion the DT880's are better. But it all depends on what type of music you listen to and your preferences.
 
Nov 7, 2008 at 12:30 PM Post #8 of 11

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The DT880 is a nice headphone but you should know that it's not the fastest headphone around! I have the older version and the deep bass can be a little bit slow from time to time.

It really depends on what kind of music you're listening to! If it's, let's say, rock, pop, jazz of the "normal" kind you'll think that it's a really good headphone!
But things change when you're listening to really fast electronic music or maybe metal. The music will still sound very good but a phone like the Audio Technica W5000 e.g. will sound way faster and better in that case while the W5000 might sound a little bit thin if you're listening to slower music.

The HD600 sounds more relaxed by the way. Some prefer that sound signature and call it natural and neutral.
But hey, those are your ears
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I haven't heard the K701 btw. But I'd say for that price, go and get 'em! You could sell them later anyway and you're not going to lose a fortune
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Nov 16, 2008 at 9:37 PM Post #10 of 11

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150 is a very nice price, regardless of what version they are (Pro, '05, '03)

In comparison to the HD600s, the 880s are less focused, have more mid bass, and thiner mid range, more soundstage, the bass in general was leaner on the 880s by a bit as well.

The k701s sound very clean and sterile in comparison to the 880s.

Haven't had the chance to hear the CD3000s so can't help you there.
 
Nov 17, 2008 at 10:26 PM Post #11 of 11

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I have DT880s, K701s and K501s. I think the DT880s are good phones, and they are very similar to the K701s, but whenever I do a direct comparison between the K701s and the DT880s I prefer the K701s. To me the K701s seem to be a bit better in most respects. I have the DT880s next to my bed and the K701s in my sitting room, and I listen to the DT880s a lot and I'm happy with them, although between them I would choose the K701s. Recently I've been rediscovering the K501s and for some types of music I may prefer them to the K701s.
 

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