Please help me choose between DT770 en DT880
Jan 26, 2010 at 11:44 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 25


New Head-Fier
Jan 26, 2010
I know there are many threads about these cans and I've read lots of them, but I still can't decide which can is the best for me.

I've listened to the DT770 PRO/80 and that one has a little too much bass for me. When I listened to the DT770 PRO/80 and I kept the earpads about one milimeter from my head, I liked it a lot more. There was still enough bass, but not that overwhelming. So was wondering: maybe the DT770 Premium/250 would be a good choice for me? Or is the difference in bass between the PRO and the premium not that big?

If not, I will probably go for the DT880. After a lot of reading, I understand these cans are very very good and there is only one reason to choose the DT770 instead of the DT880 and that is being a basshead. Well, I'm not. I like bass, but not overwhelming. Now, when I'm reading about the DT880 on this forum, most of the time it's not really clear if you guys are talking about the PRO or the premium ones. Can someone tell the main differences between them? Beyerdynamic says it's the same as with the DT770. So the PRO's are more clamping, but does that mean they give more bass like the 770 PRO? How can one describe the bass you get with a DT880 PRO? Is it overwhelming, like with the DT770 PRO?

Oh yeah, I'm also thinking about the HD650, but maybe that one has also too much bass for me? It's a shame there aren't any shops anymore where you can listen to all these cans. At least not in my neighbourhood.

I hope someone can answer these questions. I will use the cans on my Marantz SR5005 receiver.

Btw, sorry if I'm my English isn't perfect. I'm not a native speaker.
Jan 26, 2010 at 1:04 PM Post #2 of 25
Is there a DT880 PRO 80 Ohm? I didn't know about that one.....
Jan 26, 2010 at 1:17 PM Post #3 of 25

Originally Posted by Helmore /img/forum/go_quote.gif
Is there a DT880 PRO 80 Ohm? I didn't know about that one.....

Yes, you can find it here.
Jan 26, 2010 at 1:46 PM Post #4 of 25

Originally Posted by Weps /img/forum/go_quote.gif
Yes, you can find it here.

That one is 250 Ohm.
The problem with the Beyerdynamic DT770, DT880 and DT990 is that there are many many different versions of them. Way too many I think.
You have the PRO versions of them, with the DT770 PRO in both 80 Ohm and 250 Ohm, while the DT880 PRO and DT990 PRO are both only in 250 (AFAIK). Then there is the Premium lineup, where you have the 2003 models and the (current) 2005 models. There is a difference in sound between the 2003 and 2005 version, but they luckily all are in 250 Ohm (AFAIK).
After that you get the Manufaktur lineup, the Manufaktur lineup goes through a little better quality control and you can customize it to your liking with different colors and stuff like that. The Manufaktur versions of the DT770, DT880 and DT990 call all be had in 32, 250 or 600 Ohm.

All are a bit different. The difference between some versions is bigger than between others and some can sound very much alike. There are users reporting the DT770 250 Ohm to be bass light, while most will agree that the DT770 PRO 80 Ohm are very bass heavy. About the DT880, a couple of Head-Fiers have said that they like the 250 Ohm 2003 version better than the 250 Ohm 2005 version, while other prefer the PRO version and quite a few report that the Manufaktur DT880 600 Ohm is the best of them all. In the end though, what you like best can only be judged by you. That's a bit of a problem though, as it is pretty much impossible to hear them all and I don't think anyone has heard every single version of each of those headphones.
Jan 26, 2010 at 1:54 PM Post #5 of 25
I voted for the HD650s based on your list...if the DT880 600 ohm option was there, I would have voted for that instead.
Jan 26, 2010 at 2:11 PM Post #6 of 25

Originally Posted by Helmore /img/forum/go_quote.gif
That one is 250 Ohm.

You're right!

I know there are a lot of versions and that is indeed the problem. That's why I made a final selection for me: DT770 PRO/80, DT770 Premium/250, DT880PRO/250, DT880 Premium/250 and HD650.

The main question is: what's the bass difference between all these cans? Maybe someone can make a ranking? As said before: I need a headphone with a "normal" proportion of bass. The DT770 PRO/80 has too much bass for me. But I don't know about the DT770 Premium/250. Is there anyone who has tested both cans?
Jan 26, 2010 at 6:29 PM Post #7 of 25
You know, a good compromise between the 770 and 880 are the 990. Get the cheaper version, according to Beyer themselves the only difference between pro and edition are the headband and how much pressure the pads have. The pressure might slightly influence bass response, but not to a high degree, but the drivers are the same.
Jan 26, 2010 at 8:18 PM Post #8 of 25
The DT880's should have a normal amount of bass.

I don't think there is a DT880 PRO/80 ohm...

When people talk about the DT880, they talk about the regular consumer/premium 250 ohm one.
Beyerdynamic | DT 880 Semi-Open Dynamic Headphones - | 481793
this one. AFAIK, it's not ussually marked as anything.
Jan 28, 2010 at 3:22 AM Post #9 of 25
No one is going for the DT770 Premium/250? I thought that one might be "good enough". I'm only a bit worried about too much bass...
Jan 28, 2010 at 12:59 PM Post #11 of 25

Originally Posted by yelin798 /img/forum/go_quote.gif
the bass of the dt770 Premium/250 won't be too much for me and even a just fine.

the dt880 Premium/250 got a less bass if compared with the dt770 Premium/250.

Do you think you can show the difference by a scale of 1 to 10?
Jan 28, 2010 at 1:46 PM Post #12 of 25
the dt770 pros tend to have a bit more boomy/over-bloated bass--so pro might be out of the question.

Why not try the DT770/250ohm (Premium) and see if you like it or not. Moon-Audio/Amazon has them for $250, If you think it's still too bassy, return them and trade them for a DT880 (preferably 600ohm) if your amp is sufficient enough. They might be perfect for you.

What i love about the Dt880's is that the bass is richly textured and blends excellent with the mid vocals. Never leaving you with too much nor too little. just about riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight kind of feeling
Jan 28, 2010 at 2:20 PM Post #14 of 25

Originally Posted by chinesekiwi /img/forum/go_quote.gif
DT880 600 ohm!

Only $20 more than the DT880/250...don't be silly here!

$53 to be exact

Amazon has them for $265 or so O_O

it all boils down to what amp OP has tbh. If it's fairly sufficient, he should get the 880/600, otherwise the 770/250 should suit his needs since the 600ohm of the dt770's don't make a noticeable difference.
Jan 28, 2010 at 11:37 PM Post #15 of 25
Thank you all so much for your advice. I narrowed my choice to the DT770 Premium/250 and the DT880 Premium/250. I've ordered them both and will than decide which one I'll keep and which one I'll return.

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