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5.0 out of 5 stars Neutral, detailed, excellent soundstage, exciting, 8 Aug. 2012
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This review is from: Beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium Stereo Headphones (600ohm, 100 mWatt, 96dB) (Electronics)
I own many pairs of headphones, among them several Sennheisers including HD650, Grado SR325is and AKG Q701. These are all fantastic headphones and I love them all in different ways; the Senns are laid-back and relaxing with crisp but non-aggressive highs, the Grados are forward, exciting and in-your-face with a smaller, more intimate soundstage, and the AKGs are detailed, airy and very neutral (which if I had to choose would be my preference overall). I hadn't yet tried the Beyerdynamics and wanted to add them to my collection, so I bought the DT880 600 Ohm directly from Beyerdynamic "Manufaktur", which is custom configured on-line. Out of the box, I was taken aback by how crisp, detailed and (to my surprise) exciting they sounded.

Neutral, analytical headphones like the DT880 and Q701 are often considered "boring" but trying various types of music from Vivaldi to AC/DC to Lasgo I regularly became immersed in the *music* with even the occasional shiver down my spine. Bass is taut and deep (not boomy or excessive, which bass-heads will *not* like), mids have great clarity (not notably recessed on my setup) and treble is lovely and sparkly. Of course, much has to do with the source which in my case is an Audiolab M-DAC reading flac files through asynchronous USB, fed into a Graham Slee Solo Ultra-Linear Diamond Edition headphone amp. With this setup, it really is a spectacular experience and I could listen for hours and hours with immense enjoyment of tracks I am well familiar with - and without experiencing fatigue or getting bored. The fact that the cans are supremely comfortable to wear significantly contributes to the pleasant quality of the experience. If you have a decent set-up and, like me, you like a highly detailed, neutral, analytical presentation of your music, I can't imagine you will be too disappointed. In many ways, I personally feel that out of all my cans the DT880 600 Ohm is the best "all-rounder".

In summary, the newer cans such as the HD700/800 and Beyer T70/T90 may well improve on the DT880 significantly but I have yet to experience the honour of hearing those. However, if you don't want to spend that much, the less than £300 it would cost for the DT880 is worth the money. Note the 600 Ohm version requires a decent headphone amp to drive them adequately.

EDIT: The more I hear these, the more they seem to put my other cans in the shade. They are beautifully balanced, neutral, detailed and exciting. I couldn't ask for more.
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Initial post: 20 Feb 2016 16:46:06 GMT
Last edited by the author on 20 Feb 2016 16:49:54 GMT
RA says:
Hi, thanks for your review... i'm curious if the M-DAC is powerful enough to drive these DT880 600Ohm by itself, or is the extra headphone amplifier necessary? I'm upgrading from DT770PRO 80Ohm, with the M-DAC cranked as it is... perhaps going for the 250 Ohm would be the wiser choice, would appreciate your input :)
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