xd400 versus beyerdynamic dt770 lows and highs, does anyone know?
Mar 28, 2006 at 5:04 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 30

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Hi everyone,

I'm about to put an order for the dt770/80 older body style tommorow. Unfortunately I gotten the xd400 and wasn't pleased with it. I also have the denon ahd-550.

Please convince me
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that the highs and the lows will be better than the xd400. My denon was better than xd400 mind you.

Also I'm unable to find the new body style dt770 anywhere. I suppose its safe for me to get dt770 old body style compared to the new one?

THANKS!!!!
 
Mar 28, 2006 at 5:20 AM Post #4 of 30

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Originally Posted by jagorev
The DT770 has highs?
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uh-oh, am I going to buy another dissapointment here? Please note: I'm comparing it to the xd400.

Should I go with the dt880 then?
 
Mar 28, 2006 at 5:22 AM Post #5 of 30

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Originally Posted by jagorev
The DT770 has highs?
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It's definitely got highs. Not the most accurate, but they're there and they are enjoyable.

The mids are recessed.
 
Mar 28, 2006 at 5:22 AM Post #6 of 30

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Originally Posted by timcodes
uh-oh, am I going to buy another dissapointment here?


You won't be disappointed if you're a basshead. It does have highs, but the mids and highs sounded recessed to me, sort of dominated by the bass.

If you're looking for a more balanced sound, there are better options at this price imho. ATH-A900, Senn HD595, Grado SR225, all come to mind.
 
Mar 28, 2006 at 5:26 AM Post #7 of 30

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Thanks again for your quick responses. Anyone have the xd400 to compare it to on the highs and lows? I primarily listen to dance & jazz btw. I really like high mids and low lows. The mids recessed in general, since I put on the equalizer usually.

As long as it has better highs than the xd400, I'm pretty happy or maybe should I just use the equalizer on the dt880? anyone?
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Mar 28, 2006 at 6:39 AM Post #9 of 30

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Originally Posted by jagorev
The DT770 has highs?
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certainly...
its the lower mids that are recessed 400-900Hz
 
Mar 28, 2006 at 2:34 PM Post #10 of 30

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DT 770/80 Pro is an awesome set of cans.

It absolutely has highs, but the mids, as others have reported, are recessed. Bass is truly dominating on these cans, and the soundstage is wonderful to my untrained ears.

I listen to a lot of rock, pop, dance, and alternative stuff, and I really am happy with the phones. For music where vocals are the primary focus - e.g. Patsy Cline, Frank Sinatra, etc. - the DT 770/80 Pro is adequate, but I find myself turning to my E4c's because I like the way they present the vocals better. They put them upfront, rather than have them blend in with the other parts of the spectrum.

Aesthetically speaking, the cans are kinda old-fashioned looking, but they feel very sturdy and they are very comfortable - especially considering their size and substance.

Sorry I don't know about the XD400. But I can say that if you are looking for a top-notch, versatile, fun set of cans, the DT 770 probably won't let you down. I'd say the DT 770 is like an SUV that can actually go off-road and survive (i.e. X-Terra, 4-Runner, Grand Cherokee, etc.). You'll be happy with what you can do in the dirt, sand, and mud, but you have to realize that you'll give up speed and handling through the slalom course when compared to a sports sedan.
 
Mar 28, 2006 at 3:32 PM Post #11 of 30

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For the "V-shaped EQ" crowd, the DT770s with their bathtub-like response (like the open DT990s, see Headroom's Build-A-Graph) should be just right. Just don't claim they're neutral...
 
Mar 28, 2006 at 5:13 PM Post #13 of 30

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Originally Posted by timcodes
Thanks again for your quick responses. Anyone have the xd400 to compare it to on the highs and lows? I primarily listen to dance & jazz btw. I really like high mids and low lows. The mids recessed in general, since I put on the equalizer usually.

As long as it has better highs than the xd400, I'm pretty happy or maybe should I just use the equalizer on the dt880? anyone?
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This is a very bad idea. Do not EQ the DT880, it simply cannot become what you want it to become.

Trust me, it's a better can then the one you've got now. Is there a Guitar Center near you?
 
Mar 28, 2006 at 5:18 PM Post #14 of 30

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I'm by no means a discerning audiophile, just started
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. But I used to have a PX100, then got a XD400. They were decent cans but the DT770-80 I got two weeks ago just does everything better. I had each of them for not more than a month each so my observations wouldn't be too in depth.

I haven't tried too many other cans to base a comparison to, but between the two to my untrained ears; the highs on the 770 are a bit higher. Bass it's a clear cut winner, the DT770 hits the lowest of lows in songs. It's great for dance songs, esp. if you like to hear/feel that low end 'thump'.

People have mentioned they really shine with an amp. So that's something you might want to consider. I use a PA2V2 and I find it gives it more of a soundstage, and cleans up the bass a bit.

Also, comfort wise, like people mentioned they're very comfortable owing to the velour pads. Especially against the XD400, which I found had me removing and airing out my ears every two hours or so due to the pleather cushions. Although they're a bit heavier than the XD400, the beyers are definitely more sturdier and have a better construction.
 

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