Beyerdynamic DT 880
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At the far end of the spectrum from folks who like strong bass punch are listeners who want their audio presented with light, detailed buoyancy; enter the Beyerdynamic DT-880. Capable of rendering the sound of a fingernail stroke on gut, the stiction of rosin on a cello string, and the airy spaciousness of sound bouncing off cathedral walls, these venerable audiophile cans deliver dynamics and depth with extraordinary clarity. The DT-880 may also be re-wired for XLR balanced operation. 250 Ohm version.
- Delivers an airy, extremely spacious and accurate listening experience
- Easily replaceable earpads + headband for extended user life
- Optional re-cabling for XLR balanced operation available at HeadRoom
- Engineered and manufactured in Germany
What's In The Box:
- Stereo 1/4" plug adaptor
- Leather padded travel/storage case
- Beyerdynamic owner's manual
Germany's Beyerdynamic has offered up a real contender for world's very best well-priced headphone with the DT880. Although these cans are ever-so-slightly more forward-sounding than what we can call absolutely "neutral", the DT880 serve up a wonderfully engaging audiophile headphone listening experience--absolutely TONS of clarity, crisply-rendered musical detail throughout all frequency ranges, and a very precise, deeply layered soundstage image and, thankfully, not a harsh note to be found! The DT880's mids and upper bass really hold together very well, so overall a seamless and smooth-sounding tonal presentation.
Amazingly expressive dynamics, superbly controlled highs, plus a sweet mid-range snap make the DT880 a very well-balanced can, but perhaps not the most ideal headphone choice for the heavy bass-loving hip-hop/rap/electronica crowd since the DT880 doesn't quite muster up the hefty bottom-end response required for anchoring modern funkitude. We think you'll love these headphones if you seek clear, clean sonics with plenty of airy musical detail, quick dynamics, excellent upper treble range extension, and a lively, ultra-open soundstage presentation. They are especially strong audio performers for classical, symphonic, chorale, chamber, and acoustic folk and jazz recordings.
The DT880 also seem particularly good at speech intelligibility, female vocal textures, and film soundtrack detail recovery for truly immersive movie/DVD watching and will deliver a superb high-end home theatre personal listening experience. Moreover, the DT-880 have become big faves amongst audio professionals doing analytical recording work who demand timbral accuracy, instrumental detail, and precise musical clarity above all else. By the way, we believe the recently revised DT880 to be just a smidgeon stronger in the low-mids/bass than previous DT880 editions--probably due to the extra damping material in the earpiece housing and (maybe?) the "softer", more rounded earcup shape. The revised DT880 headphone also features a simpler plastic/alloy headband design and some fairly minor cosmetic re-workings. Please remember that about 100-200 listening hours are required for the large-driver DT880 to fully 'burn-in' and sound its very best.
The current edition of the Beyerdynamic DT880 now comes packaged in a re-usable soft-sided protective foam-padded box. The earpads are made of a very soft and plush grey velour material with a simple plastic/metal alloy headband that has also been slightly re-designed. Both parts are easily replaced with Beyerdynamic after-market replacement parts if they ever wear out. The DT880 provides multiple fit adjustments for great comfort and the headphones feel really solidly well-built to boot. They'll certainly take a fair beating around the home/office and keep right on trucking that killer Beyerdynamic sound for a long time to come. The 3-meter long (approx 9-ft) single-sided straight cord exits from the left earcup and terminates to a 1/8" (3.5mm) mini-plug. A 2-year manufacturer's product warranty remains standard with all Beyerdynamic headphones. 100% engineered & manufactured in Germany.
- Headphone Type: Full Size
- Manufacturer Warranty: 2 Years
- Connector Type: 1/8
- Weight: 290 grams (w/o cord)
- Isolation: -5dB ~ -10dB
- Detachable Cable: No
- Impedance @ 1kHz: 250 Ohms
- Cord Length: 10 ft. (3 m)
- Cord Type: Straight Left-Side
- Coupler Size: Large
- Ear Coupler Type: Full-Size
- Driver Type: Dynamic
- Acoustic Seal: Semi-Open
- Sensitivity: 96 dB
Posted by Chicago OTL from Chicago on 2011-05-07
Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Good overall sound quality, balance, comfort
Cons: Not as neutral or resolving as better units
Of all the medium-priced headphones I've tried, I like these DT880's the best. They offer a decently balanced sonic presentation that has a little high frequency emphasis to bring out some detail, yet do not "screech" the way some of the competing lower-priced models do when they try to be detailed sounding. Bass is good, and mids clean. Not hard to drive, but will sound best with a decent headphone amplifier. Fairly efficient and middle impedance so they work well with some of the OTL tube amps that can't deliver much current into lower impedance phones.
I find them among the most comfortable headphones I own. Build quality is good but are not "audio jewely" the way some high-end headphones are. They seem rugged enough.
If you're looking to upgrade to the "near high end" from some cheapo phones or earbuds, you should definitely consider these. Or, if you're a connoisseur of high-end gear and want something less costly for travel or secondary use, these should also be on your short list of headphones to audition.
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Posted by NoExpert from Roseville, Ca on 2010-12-21
Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Great sound, in no way overstated or pumped up
Cons: Not much maybe a little hard to drive
I judge these an absolute steal at $299.00...
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Posted by xiphmont from Somerville, MA on 2010-09-01
Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: A midrange like no other headphone I own, durable and comfortable
Cons: build looks a tad cheesy/1970s for $300... might be an issue for the vain
I've owned these cans for about five years now; I have an early generation pair (bought from HeadRoom!) from back when the earcup grills were flat. These are still the primary headphones I use to tune the Vorbis codec. In the midrange, they're champs at exposing flaws I often don't hear on my other sets. It's a weird sort of way to recommend cans to say they make flaws more obvious, but I go to these first when I'm 'listening for trouble'.
I cart them everywhere and two pairs of Sennheisers (580s) gave up the ghost alongside them in that time (both pairs of Senns had drivers fail). I was worried about the headband on the DT880s being durable. I didn't need to. The earcup grills have dented a bit but that's about all. I just bought new ear pads having worn out the originals. They still work and sound like new.
They're light, comfortable, and [another weird recommendation] the easiest cans I have to toss on and off my head in a hurry. They're the closest full-size headphones I own to not feeling like I have headphones on at all. I've worn them for 12 hours at a stretch, no problem.
The bass is not overly deep, but well damped and controlled. Right now, I'm using these alongside a pair of Denon AH-D2000 (for travel, work in public). The Denons extend farther on both ends but the Beyers still reign supreme in-between. And since these arrived in 2005, my pairs of Grados have been in a box in the closet.
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