The Beyerdynamic DT880 Discussion thread
Nov 1, 2021 at 9:03 AM Post #12,212 of 12,214

thehexagonal

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OK. I think I may now be a few pages closer to the community on this thread than what I was before. I MIGHT be on the on the same page, but I leave that up to you all to say.

I did further burn in on my 250ohm 880s and nothing changed. I also changed the pads to a worn pair of velours from my former 770-32s I had. Nothing much of a difference. I also tried them directly from the Roland Super UA interface and the Roland Mobile UA interface. Same sound signature. Maybe a bit less bass with the other two compared to plugging them to the A20 amp.

I still think these 880 250s are heavy on the bass, that leaks onto the mids. I think these are bass-emphasized, boomy, headphones. If consumer headphones to me usually sound like 80% bass and 20% the rest. The 880 250s are 55% bass and 45% the rest. "Clear" is not a word I would use for them. This impression is further cemented by the fact that I got a 600ohm 880 pair here for a few days. From the first listen I could immediately tell that THIS is the headphone I have been reading about.

I think the 600ohm version is what I was looking for from the very beginning: a neutral-ish, not so clinical, revealing, tight bass representing headphone. I wonder why I did not research this further a few years ago as I could have just skipped the 250 and gone for this one from the start. I suspect it is because the largely held believe that these headphones require specialty amps to drive.

Last week I thought I was either insane or deaf: "Surely the 880s online are not the ones I have. Am I too sensitive to bass? Are those guys bass deaf? Is my pair fake? Why does rain come from above? When will we evolve into a type II civilization?"

I don't think these (600ohm) are lacking bass. Perhaps it is my understanding of what "having bass" is what makes me doubt I have the same impression as others. I can hear what's down there with these. I love it that they show me that there is bass but it is not pushing the bass so as to push for excitement, which is what I hear the most from the consumer market. I feel the bass, I hear it, but it is not affecting the rest of the spectrum. Love it!

Also they seem to have a certain speed to them that the 250ohm or my previous 770s do not have. Mmmmm

Now curious about them 990 600s....
 
Nov 1, 2021 at 10:36 AM Post #12,213 of 12,214

Kammerat Rebekka

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Only real difference I hear between the 250 and 600 ohm models is that the latter is brighter and comes with slightly better bass quality. Then again maybe you got one of the much older 600 ohm variants from back when the 880 was an insanely bright headphone with no bass whatsoever…or maybe you got the black edition 250 ohm which is tuned differently with warmth in mind.
Otherwise your post does not make sense to me. Sorry.
Either way…seems like you found a keeper. That’s all that matters really:)
 
Nov 1, 2021 at 12:44 PM Post #12,214 of 12,214

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Only real difference I hear between the 250 and 600 ohm models is that the latter is brighter and comes with slightly better bass quality. Then again maybe you got one of the much older 600 ohm variants from back when the 880 was an insanely bright headphone with no bass whatsoever…or maybe you got the black edition 250 ohm which is tuned differently with warmth in mind.
Otherwise your post does not make sense to me. Sorry.
Either way…seems like you found a keeper. That’s all that matters really:)
600ohm is as recent as Amazon has it in stock.

My 250ohm is the grey/silver Pro, perforated cup, as standard issue as it gets, bought in 2016 from a beyer dealer store.
 

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