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Beyerdynamic DT880 = Wow!

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by nelamvr6, Jul 16, 2007.
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  1. cooperpwc
    Comfort is a strong suit of the DT880s. They really have a lovely relaxed fit. This is a little dicussed benefit.

    Beyond that: balance, detail and soundstage are what the DT880s are all about. nelamvr6, I'm glad that you like them so much.
     
  2. XENOPHOS
    gah, now I want them back =( . The treble was too much for me when
    I had them so I sold them to get some k701's. the 701's are great but i'm still missing the 880 sound.
     
  3. denl82
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    Originally Posted by nelamvr6 /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    I like the DT880's better.

    DT880's are a LOT more comfortable, and the sound is more relaxed and yet just as detailed. I think the bass has more heft yet still maintains it's agility.




    x2 on your opinion of k701 vs dt880.

    Recently I have been on a search for a new headphone setup to replace my current dt880/headfive that I want to give to my cousin. Then yesterday, I decided to try entertainment mode on my x-fi, with CMSS-3D and reverb on, and all I can say is WOW! The soundstage is kinda funny--it's much bigger than the unmodified one, but the instruments are also a lot bigger. So in some sort of paradoxical way, the soundstage is wide AND upfront at the same time(there is noticeably more height to it too). The clarity, something I thought was excellent already, just soared off. And the instrument separation also increased pleasingly. I didn't know this can had so much potential. I decided "bleh forget other cans, I REALLY like the DT880s," so much so, that I think I'm just going to get another one[​IMG]

    Oh, and I'm also one that thinks the DT880s does bass really well. After I rediscovered these x-fi settings, I was listening to drum and bass, and during this song, I was hearing this low rumble that I thought was coming from a passing truck or something outside. But I kept hearing it! So I took off the headphone to see What was going on, and it stopped. So I said "wow, that was my dt880s??" I was very pleased at that point. Bleh, my experience may seem crazy, but it did happen[​IMG]

    *edit* The tweaks I'm now using on my x-fi have lead me to believe that one will probably need a VERY good source to REALLY take advantage of the dt880's strengths.
     
  4. vcoheda Contributor
    i just don't see the bass on the dt880. i have both versions. the rs1, k701, and hd650 all have more bass. agree? also, the dt880s are great headphones to recable. my '03 version with cardas definitely saw a noticeable improvement. the result was more bass and less stringent highs. both big pluses.
     
  5. nelamvr6
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    Originally Posted by vcoheda /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    i just don't see the bass on the dt880. i have both versions. the rs1, k701, and hd650 all have more bass. agree?



    Well, no.

    I agree the HD-650's have more bass, but the RS-1's and the k701's don't. At least not while they're on my head.

    As for the HD-650's, I found them to be a bit boomy, I though their bass lacked control. Sure, it was there in spades, but I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as I enjoy the bass on the DT880's.
     
  6. fuzydice
    very good headphones indeed [​IMG] Love my pair.
     
  7. vcoheda Contributor
    maybe there is a bigger difference between the '03 and '05 models than i previously thought. i listen mostly to the older model and assume that you are using the newer one. i have spent a lot of time with the '03 model on various setups and have never found the bass to be anything but average. either that or we are hearing vastly different things. to me the strength of these headphones is the great clarity of sound it displays. and that is why i keep on coming back to them.
     
  8. nelamvr6
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    Originally Posted by vcoheda /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    maybe there is a bigger difference between the '03 and '05 models than i previously thought. i listen mostly to the older model and assume that you are using the newer one. i have spent a lot of time with the '03 model on various setups and have never found the bass to be anything but average. either that or we are hearing vastly different things. to me the strength of these headphones is the great clarity of sound it displays. and that is why i keep on coming back to them.




    Well we certainly agree on that, the resolution is almost startling, but not a trace of fatigue, at least not for me.
     
  9. splawren
    Congrats on the DT880 - great detailed phones. I really enjoyed testing them out. Personally, I'm a bit more of a bass fan myself, causing me to consider the DT990 more heavily before leaving Beyerland and heading with the Denons. . . It does seem as though the Beyers have a lot of upgrade potential (start the Darth Beyer train rolling. . . ). That may entice me back to Beyerland. . .
     
  10. kamal007
    imo the 880 and 990 sound too similar too me and ive decided to keep the 990 since they look nicer
     
  11. d-cee
    for a while the DT880 was the flagship until the new revamped line up came out in 2005

    the DT880 are considered the most accurate and flat headphones, whereas the DT990s trade some of that for a more coloured sound

    price depends where you buy them, here in aus there's only a few dollars difference between them
     
  12. elbrickodaviso
    My interest in the DT880 is growing to the point where I must at least audition them. I understand there's a big difference in the ~'03 and '05 models, but are the differences between the 250 and 600 ohm versions that drastic? I'd love to save all that money but a little part of me wants to get all black 600 ohm dt880s with green alluring [​IMG]
     
  13. HiFiRE
    Are the 880 overly bright and sibilant like the 990?
     
  14. Pibborando
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    Originally Posted by HiFiRE /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    Are the 880 overly bright and sibilant like the 990?



    No, and I believe that's part of the appeal (was for me). They're very neutral and detailed but at the same time smooooth with totally non-fatiguing highs.
     
  15. lemur
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    Originally Posted by Pibborando /img/forum/go_quote.gif
    No, and I believe that's part of the appeal (was for me). They're very neutral and detailed but at the same time smooooth with totally non-fatiguing highs.




    I have the new 880 and I really like their headroom, detail and bass.
    Very analytical headphones. Extremely comfortable too!
    Unfortunately I'm very sensitive to upper treble so I have to sell them.
    I guess I'm holding on to my 595 for a while longer, it's less refined but a good allrounder.
    PM me about my 880 if interested.
     
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