beyerdynamic DT 880 Edition 250 Ohm Headphone

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beyerdynamic DT 880 Edition 250 Ohm Headphone

beyerdynamic DT 880 Edition 250 Ohm Headphone

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Dt880 will profoundly disappoint anyone serious about their quest for natural, balanced and rich sound. Highs- The violins are very playful, there is a lovely bright and airy nature to the Dt 880, detail retention is top notch. They reach deep, but the bass is never exaggerated; if anything it can be quite lean for some tastes.

That mantle usually brings with it a lack of bass presence that can disappoint some people in the musicality department. Low-treble is well-balanced, but treble is over-emphasized by an average of 5dB, peaking at 12dB around 9KHz. This type of presentation will be useful for mastering or critical listening, and utility for musical pleasure is quite not the same. The soft ear pads are made from breathable and skin-friendly velour, effectively keeping any build-up of heat away from your ears and allowing you to enjoy music for hours. The drivers are suspended by another steel portion that is securely fastened to the ear cups with screws.In this case, the slight potential increase in amplifier distortion is outweighed by being able to play the headphones loudly enough in the first place. They're not meant to be used while exercising or running, and the non-detachable cable is cumbersome and will yank the headphones off your head if it gets hooked on something. However its timbre is quite unnatural especially when there are cymbals in tracks, it can feel quite dark in the higher frequencies compared to its lower treble. in A Major, Op92, Allegro Con Brio" - From the very beginning of this track the DT880s display a wonderful sense of both powerful energy and delicate detail. The headphones differ to a much greater degree in their design, materials, and craftsmanship than their audio fidelity.

Driven from a high quality amplifier and the treble sparkles with the best of them and renders an articulate performance. Bass prior to break-in is slightly more sterile, and eventually it becomes more more in body, Mids will sound more open, airy. For casual listening and mixing purposes, I would love my headphones to sound as close as possible to my Focal monitors, for a seamless transition. Even if there is a reasonable level for my ears (I usually listen to music at relatively low levels) when I use it even though my MacBook's output, the sound improves significantly when I drive it with the ADI-2 Pro FS. It looks identical but the 880's are more "plush" to the touch, even more so than the more expensive HD 600.size=medium] I was surprised that even some portable devices get away with adequately driving the 600ohm DT880s. The Beyerdynamic DT770 pro is somewhere between the M-80 and DT880, but neither the M-80 or DT770 pro could be described as 'bass-head' or 'DJ' headphones.

I am comparing some of the best headphones in their respective class, which all sound great in their own right. The DT880's drivers are described as 'semi open', as far as sound isolation goes there isn't really much to speak of so they might as well be fully open in my opinion. I can very much compare them to my stereo hifi system at home ( exposure 1010 and q acustics concept 20) in terms of detail, sound separation, although these headphones do seem to be analytical, no colour at all which is very good. The DT 880 look similar to the DT 990 PRO but have enough unique touches to feel like a different design.The hifiman he400i is better for critical listening with more forward microdetails and better timbre however it suffers from a more artificial imaging and the high energy is a double edged sword, it is more resolving but is more prone to fatigue. The top sounded 'cotton candy'ish' to my ears and unnatural and the bass was too loose for my tastes. This can contribute to a slightly 2D stereo imaging or even the 3 blob effect, however in classical and well mixed and dynamic tracks it is great in handling it and contribute to a concert-like image.

The soundstage is MUCH wider on the Q701s, notes hang in the air more, and the treble, while bright, is more like a plateau, and not a mountain range of spikes.

Both HD600 and DT880 are neutral (or near neutral), but they present sound in different kind of presentations or signatures. This also is supposed to provide a more "powerful" sound (whatever that means) - but I suspect it may have more to do with bass presence and tighter soundstage.

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