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beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium Edition 250 Ohm Over-Ear-Stereo Headphones. Semi-Open Design, Wired, high-end, for The Stereo System
beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium Edition 250 Ohm Over-Ear-Stereo Headphones. Semi-Open Design, Wired, high-end, for The Stereo System
beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium Edition 250 Ohm Over-Ear-Stereo Headphones. Semi-Open Design, Wired, high-end, for The Stereo System
beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium Edition 250 Ohm Over-Ear-Stereo Headphones. Semi-Open Design, Wired, high-end, for The Stereo System
beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium Edition 250 Ohm Over-Ear-Stereo Headphones. Semi-Open Design, Wired, high-end, for The Stereo System
beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium Edition 250 Ohm Over-Ear-Stereo Headphones. Semi-Open Design, Wired, high-end, for The Stereo System
beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium Edition 250 Ohm Over-Ear-Stereo Headphones. Semi-Open Design, Wired, high-end, for The Stereo System
beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium Edition 250 Ohm Over-Ear-Stereo Headphones. Semi-Open Design, Wired, high-end, for The Stereo System
beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium Edition 250 Ohm Over-Ear-Stereo Headphones. Semi-Open Design, Wired, high-end, for The Stereo System
beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium Edition 250 Ohm Over-Ear-Stereo Headphones. Semi-Open Design, Wired, high-end, for The Stereo System
beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium Edition 250 Ohm Over-Ear-Stereo Headphones. Semi-Open Design, Wired, high-end, for The Stereo System

beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium Edition 250 Ohm Over-Ear-Stereo Headphones. Semi-Open Design, Wired, high-end, for The Stereo System

beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium Edition 250 Ohm Over-Ear-Stereo Headphones. Semi-Open Design, Wired, high-end, for The Stereo System
beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium Edition 250 Ohm Over-Ear-Stereo Headphones. Semi-Open Design, Wired, high-end, for The Stereo System
beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium Edition 250 Ohm Over-Ear-Stereo Headphones. Semi-Open Design, Wired, high-end, for The Stereo System
beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium Edition 250 Ohm Over-Ear-Stereo Headphones. Semi-Open Design, Wired, high-end, for The Stereo System
beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium Edition 250 Ohm Over-Ear-Stereo Headphones. Semi-Open Design, Wired, high-end, for The Stereo System
beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium Edition 250 Ohm Over-Ear-Stereo Headphones. Semi-Open Design, Wired, high-end, for The Stereo System
beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium Edition 250 Ohm Over-Ear-Stereo Headphones. Semi-Open Design, Wired, high-end, for The Stereo System
beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium Edition 250 Ohm Over-Ear-Stereo Headphones. Semi-Open Design, Wired, high-end, for The Stereo System
beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium Edition 250 Ohm Over-Ear-Stereo Headphones. Semi-Open Design, Wired, high-end, for The Stereo System
beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium Edition 250 Ohm Over-Ear-Stereo Headphones. Semi-Open Design, Wired, high-end, for The Stereo System
beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium Edition 250 Ohm Over-Ear-Stereo Headphones. Semi-Open Design, Wired, high-end, for The Stereo System
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Features

  • Frequency Response - 5 - 24,000 Hz and Impedance - 16 ohms

Description

Proving that not all headphones are created equal, the award-winning Beyerdynamic DT 880 high-end headphones combine the strengths of both open and closed technologies to reproduce the complete sound spectrum in stunning detail. The high frequencies sound crystal clear without ever coming across as unpleasant, the balanced mids sound analytical and strong, and the bass is voluminous without being too obtrusive. In total, the phones produce a rich frequency response of 5 Hz to 35 kHz, making everything from classical music to hip-hop to big-budget movie soundtracks sound rich and immersive. The DT 880 headphones are also extremely comfortable during extended listening sessions, with a single-sided cable, replaceable soft ear pads, and a padded headband. And as an aesthetic bonus, the phones offer classic grilles made of high-grade steel. Other features include a semi-open back design, an innovative bass-reflex system, a gold-plated 1/8-inch mini stereo jack plug, a 1/4-inch adapter, and a black carrying case. Made in Germany, the phones weigh 10.4 ounces and carry a two-year warranty. Sound coupling to the ear : Circumaural


Product Dimensions 7 x 4 x 8.5 inches


Item Weight 1.72 pounds


Manufacturer beyerdynamic


ASIN B000F2BLTM


Item model number DT 880 Premium 250 ohm


Customer Reviews 4.5 out of 5 stars 875 ratings 4.5 out of 5 stars


Best Sellers Rank #566 in Over-Ear Headphones


Is Discontinued By Manufacturer No


Date First Available December 19, 2005


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Features

  • Frequency Response - 5 - 24,000 Hz and Impedance - 16 ohms

Description

Proving that not all headphones are created equal, the award-winning Beyerdynamic DT 880 high-end headphones combine the strengths of both open and closed technologies to reproduce the complete sound spectrum in stunning detail. The high frequencies sound crystal clear without ever coming across as unpleasant, the balanced mids sound analytical and strong, and the bass is voluminous without being too obtrusive. In total, the phones produce a rich frequency response of 5 Hz to 35 kHz, making everything from classical music to hip-hop to big-budget movie soundtracks sound rich and immersive. The DT 880 headphones are also extremely comfortable during extended listening sessions, with a single-sided cable, replaceable soft ear pads, and a padded headband. And as an aesthetic bonus, the phones offer classic grilles made of high-grade steel. Other features include a semi-open back design, an innovative bass-reflex system, a gold-plated 1/8-inch mini stereo jack plug, a 1/4-inch adapter, and a black carrying case. Made in Germany, the phones weigh 10.4 ounces and carry a two-year warranty. Sound coupling to the ear : Circumaural


Product Dimensions 7 x 4 x 8.5 inches


Item Weight 1.72 pounds


Manufacturer beyerdynamic


ASIN B000F2BLTM


Item model number DT 880 Premium 250 ohm


Customer Reviews 4.5 out of 5 stars 875 ratings 4.5 out of 5 stars


Best Sellers Rank #566 in Over-Ear Headphones


Is Discontinued By Manufacturer No


Date First Available December 19, 2005


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Delivery

Unless otherwise stated above, most products arrive within 2-3 business days. Larger items may take 6-9 business days. Tracking information will be automatically provided as soon as your order ships.


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Features

  • Frequency Response - 5 - 24,000 Hz and Impedance - 16 ohms

Description

Proving that not all headphones are created equal, the award-winning Beyerdynamic DT 880 high-end headphones combine the strengths of both open and closed technologies to reproduce the complete sound spectrum in stunning detail. The high frequencies sound crystal clear without ever coming across as unpleasant, the balanced mids sound analytical and strong, and the bass is voluminous without being too obtrusive. In total, the phones produce a rich frequency response of 5 Hz to 35 kHz, making everything from classical music to hip-hop to big-budget movie soundtracks sound rich and immersive. The DT 880 headphones are also extremely comfortable during extended listening sessions, with a single-sided cable, replaceable soft ear pads, and a padded headband. And as an aesthetic bonus, the phones offer classic grilles made of high-grade steel. Other features include a semi-open back design, an innovative bass-reflex system, a gold-plated 1/8-inch mini stereo jack plug, a 1/4-inch adapter, and a black carrying case. Made in Germany, the phones weigh 10.4 ounces and carry a two-year warranty. Sound coupling to the ear : Circumaural


Product Dimensions 7 x 4 x 8.5 inches


Item Weight 1.72 pounds


Manufacturer beyerdynamic


ASIN B000F2BLTM


Item model number DT 880 Premium 250 ohm


Customer Reviews 4.5 out of 5 stars 875 ratings 4.5 out of 5 stars


Best Sellers Rank #566 in Over-Ear Headphones


Is Discontinued By Manufacturer No


Date First Available December 19, 2005


abunda_amazon_reviews After owning the DT 990 Pro 250 for a year, I decided to get these to compare and obviously keep. While I read that the DT 880 are light on bass, according to my ears, they're only light on impact. The bass is there, ALL OF IT, but it's not felt...doesn't fill the ears like the DT 990 Pro. So by result, the bass is more detailed and nuanced. The trade-off is worth it. The DT 880 600 ohm are what my ears expected of the DT 990, which has too much treble for my liking. My Schiit Asgard 2 rounds off that treble nicely, though. The DT 880 are BRIGHT on their own. If you have heard them and consider them too piercing, the DT 990 are DT 880s on steroids. The bass is big and also the highs...while the midrange is thinner. That is what I like about the DT 880...that they are as revealing as the DT 990 but without sounding so thin in the middle. They're flatter, while the DT 990 sound V-shaped. Lots of people say the DT 880 are the boring ones and the DT 990 are the fun ones. While I get what they mean by that, I don't consider the DT 880 boring at all. They're flatter-sounding, but they do not sound...flat. They're way livelier and more intense than a lot of headphones. If you want to experience truly boring headphones, try the super flat and revealing Senal SMH-1200. Those make any music sound boring and lifeless with their empty, dry sound signature...but are awesome as audio loupes. Anyway, I agree with beyerdynamic's descriptions: the DT 880 are for reference monitoring and the DT 990 are for critical listening and mastering. Having music production as a hobby since 2002, it makes sense to me and their sound signatures are the proof. Oh, I wanted to mention that good conversion/amplification gets rid of the "metallic tone" and sibilance of beyerdynamic headphones. It's been established that the Sennheiser HD 650/6XX scale up with gear, and they do scale up, but so do these, and more noticeably. The better the equipment and the more power, the better they sound. Thanks for reading. God bless you! [EDIT-June 13, 2020] I like to read reviews, sure, but ultimately, I trust my own ears/brain. I completely disregard what other ears/brains hear. What use are they to me, right? I've been comparing these with my beyerdynamic T90 Jubilee using the beastly Tascam UH-7000 and the original Schiit Asgard, which sounds great. The DT 880 are less exciting in terms of energy, since the sound is not so "in-your-face", but there is something about the DT 880's presentation that I like more. They sound more "out of the head", "wider" side to side and more "layered" from foreground to background. The DT 880 are just more balanced from lows to highs frequency and energy-wise, as if they had a transparent compressor. Weirdly, to my surprise, they also translate more emotion, even if they are reference headphones and not Hi-Fi headphones like the T90. Those I admit are more musical-sounding, BUT, musicality and musical emotion are two different things in my book. The sound stage on the DT 880 is not so "zoomed-in" like in the T90, so they don't sound as full, but that "distance" in the sound presentation makes the DT 880 transmit something that the T90 lack. The DT 880 sound more "lonely" and not as ear-filling, which is something that kills a lot of headphones for me, but somehow, I precisely like that about them. It might seem like an undesirable trait, but I am sure that, regardless of experience level, trained ear or not, anyone could understand what I mean if they were to compare both side by side. The DT 880 simply affect me more emotionally even if the T90 are the obvious winners in the technical performance department. Is this preference of mine due to the DT 880's design PLUS the drivers having way higher impedance and requiring more juice from the amp, which results in the drivers behaving differently in a way above my knowledge level? I have no clue. All I know is I somehow feel some kind of relief taking off the T90 and wearing the DT 880 even if they sound "smaller", more "distant" and less ear-filling. I can wear the T90 and go, "Wow, these sound incredible". Then I take them off, wear the DT 880 and go, "Aaaaah, I SO missed this...whatever THIS is." The T90 are tonally clearer, but the DT 880's overall sound presentation is clearer, as if filtered. They are very, very different headphones. The T90 sound better technically, but the DT 880 emotionally take me to a better place. Ever since I got the DT 880, I've been saying to myself that they are special. It just took me a long while to figure out what it was. Yeah, the DT 990 are no slouches, but they don't transmit the emotion that the DT 880 do. The DT 880 simply touch my feelings in a unique way. Just wanted to share this with you guys!;;Reviewed in the United States on December 22, 2017;;5.0 out of 5 stars;;Bright, balanced sound that brings smiles...how I expected the DT 990 to sound! [EDIT-June 13, 2020];;CIMC7;;;I am a musician and producer/engineer. I got these mainly to use for editing and programming as well as a mixing reference. They are extremely comfortable as I often do hours of editing...headphones allow you to hear consistently without keeping your head in one position. These make bad edits very easy to hear as well. The clarity of these headphones makes bright distortion and over-limiting very obvious. Same goes for low frequencies....you can hear overloads and you can hear separation between low instruments like bass and drums for instance. A lot of negative reviews are from people that don't understand impedance matching and are used to bass-heavy cans. I hope mine don't BREAK though :);;Reviewed in the United States on March 22, 2017;;5.0 out of 5 stars;;Accurate;;John M. Painter;;;Let me start off by saying I’m a huge beyer fan. I’ve owned every version of the DT880 (250,600 and now 32 ohm). In addition I have a DT770/80, Amiron Home, DT1990 and A20 amp. The DT880/32 is probably my favorite. Their presentation is almost electrostatic in the highs - super light, airy and not harsh at all. The bass is very deep but on the accurate side rather than being boosted, which I also prefer. Then the mids. Oh the mids. They’re dry, but beautiful. I’ve never heard a headphone that I’ve personally enjoyed as much as this one. This particular one. The 32. It sounds nearly identical to the 250 and 600... but I can run it off my iPhone. That’s a huge plus. The sound improves slightly with the amp - but man it’s negligible and if I didn’t have it to compare directly, I wouldn’t miss it. I love headphones that I don’t have to use a bunch of equipment to make them sound good - and these fit that bill. Boy, do they ever. Just buy them already.;;Reviewed in the United States on May 22, 2018;;5.0 out of 5 stars;;My Favorite Beyers!;;Randy;;;Wow, the first time I put it on... booom! It was like, the thick blanket around my ears through the years had finally been lifted. Everything is so clear, I can really hear the singers inhaling, moving their lips and tongues, and the fingers caressing the strings. I listen to all kind of music, ranging from classical to rock, metal (think of Dimmu Borgir, Wintersun, Amorphis...) and everything in between. My quest was to find a detailed, revealing headphone, and I A/Bed several headphones in stores, using Fiio X3 2nd gen as I tried to find something efficient enough without the need of amplifier: * Sennheiser HD598: smooth, but boring for most rock with virtually no bass. * Audio-Technica ATH-M50x: overrated, the sound was too constricted and the bass was bloated. It gave me headache just after 5 minutes of listening. * Grado sr80e: Gosh! It was like somebody was using chainsaw right beside my ears. Couldn't stand 1 minute. * Grado sr325e: smoother than sr80e, OK but a bit too metallic to me. * V-Moda M100: OK, good thumps, a bit less detailed than HD598 and sr325e. Looks good too. * Sennheiser Momentum On Ear: the bass was very good, detailed, strong, fast, but the mids was a letdown, too distant and overwhelmed by the bass. I could not enjoy any classical piece with it. * Audeze Sine: perhaps the Fiio X3 2nd could not handle that, because this headphone sounded like a $30 to me. I also own Sony XBA-A3 - a hybrid IEM with one 16mm dynamic driver and two balanced armature ones, and Skullcandy Grind. To me, the DT 880 is clearer by a wide margin, to the point that I use it to see the differences more than to enjoy the music. You can find the frequency response graphs of DT 880 and equalize it to achieve a smoother experience (that is, increase the bass and decrease the treble around 8kHz for better thump and less sibilance) without losing detail. I use the DT 880 mostly for films and classical music, and when my head is strong enough, rock and metal. The details are sometimes excessive, so to listen to music to relax, I use the XBA-A3 for a stronger (but slower) bass and smooth treble. The Skullcandy Grind is only for audiobook on my phone, merely because of the convenience (easy to put on/off, has button on the phone) as the bass on this phone is too much for any kind of music (good for those who want Beats bass but lack the money).;;Reviewed in the United States on December 14, 2016;;5.0 out of 5 stars;;The best purchase of mine!;;Bui Hai Anh

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Top Amazon Reviews


5.0 out of 5 stars
By CIMC7 - Reviewed in the United States on December 22, 2017
Bright, balanced sound that brings smiles...how I expected the DT 990 to sound! [EDIT-June 13, 2020]
After owning the DT 990 Pro 250 for a year, I decided to get these to compare and obviously keep. While I read that the DT 880 are light on bass, according to my ears, they're only light on impact. The bass is there, ALL OF IT, but it's not felt...doesn't fill the ears like the DT 990 Pro. So by result, the bass is more detailed and nuanced. The trade-off is worth it. The DT 880 600 ohm are what my ears expected of the DT 990, which has too much treble for my liking. My Schiit Asgard 2 rounds off that treble nicely, though. The DT 880 are BRIGHT on their own. If you have heard them and consider them too piercing, the DT 990 are DT 880s on steroids. The bass is big and also the highs...while the midrange is thinner. That is what I like about the DT 880...that they are as revealing as the DT 990 but without sounding so thin in the middle. They're flatter, while the DT 990 sound V-shaped. Lots of people say the DT 880 are the boring ones and the DT 990 are the fun ones. While I get what they mean by that, I don't consider the DT 880 boring at all. They're flatter-sounding, but they do not sound...flat. They're way livelier and more intense than a lot of headphones. If you want to experience truly boring headphones, try the super flat and revealing Senal SMH-1200. Those make any music sound boring and lifeless with their empty, dry sound signature...but are awesome as audio loupes. Anyway, I agree with beyerdynamic's descriptions: the DT 880 are for reference monitoring and the DT 990 are for critical listening and mastering. Having music production as a hobby since 2002, it makes sense to me and their sound signatures are the proof. Oh, I wanted to mention that good conversion/amplification gets rid of the "metallic tone" and sibilance of beyerdynamic headphones. It's been established that the Sennheiser HD 650/6XX scale up with gear, and they do scale up, but so do these, and more noticeably. The better the equipment and the more power, the better they sound. Thanks for reading. God bless you! [EDIT-June 13, 2020] I like to read reviews, sure, but ultimately, I trust my own ears/brain. I completely disregard what other ears/brains hear. What use are they to me, right? I've been comparing these with my beyerdynamic T90 Jubilee using the beastly Tascam UH-7000 and the original Schiit Asgard, which sounds great. The DT 880 are less exciting in terms of energy, since the sound is not so "in-your-face", but there is something about the DT 880's presentation that I like more. They sound more "out of the head", "wider" side to side and more "layered" from foreground to background. The DT 880 are just more balanced from lows to highs frequency and energy-wise, as if they had a transparent compressor. Weirdly, to my surprise, they also translate more emotion, even if they are reference headphones and not Hi-Fi headphones like the T90. Those I admit are more musical-sounding, BUT, musicality and musical emotion are two different things in my book. The sound stage on the DT 880 is not so "zoomed-in" like in the T90, so they don't sound as full, but that "distance" in the sound presentation makes the DT 880 transmit something that the T90 lack. The DT 880 sound more "lonely" and not as ear-filling, which is something that kills a lot of headphones for me, but somehow, I precisely like that about them. It might seem like an undesirable trait, but I am sure that, regardless of experience level, trained ear or not, anyone could understand what I mean if they were to compare both side by side. The DT 880 simply affect me more emotionally even if the T90 are the obvious winners in the technical performance department. Is this preference of mine due to the DT 880's design PLUS the drivers having way higher impedance and requiring more juice from the amp, which results in the drivers behaving differently in a way above my knowledge level? I have no clue. All I know is I somehow feel some kind of relief taking off the T90 and wearing the DT 880 even if they sound "smaller", more "distant" and less ear-filling. I can wear the T90 and go, "Wow, these sound incredible". Then I take them off, wear the DT 880 and go, "Aaaaah, I SO missed this...whatever THIS is." The T90 are tonally clearer, but the DT 880's overall sound presentation is clearer, as if filtered. They are very, very different headphones. The T90 sound better technically, but the DT 880 emotionally take me to a better place. Ever since I got the DT 880, I've been saying to myself that they are special. It just took me a long while to figure out what it was. Yeah, the DT 990 are no slouches, but they don't transmit the emotion that the DT 880 do. The DT 880 simply touch my feelings in a unique way. Just wanted to share this with you guys!

5.0 out of 5 stars
By John M. Painter - Reviewed in the United States on March 22, 2017
Accurate
I am a musician and producer/engineer. I got these mainly to use for editing and programming as well as a mixing reference. They are extremely comfortable as I often do hours of editing...headphones allow you to hear consistently without keeping your head in one position. These make bad edits very easy to hear as well. The clarity of these headphones makes bright distortion and over-limiting very obvious. Same goes for low frequencies....you can hear overloads and you can hear separation between low instruments like bass and drums for instance. A lot of negative reviews are from people that don't understand impedance matching and are used to bass-heavy cans. I hope mine don't BREAK though :)

5.0 out of 5 stars
By Randy - Reviewed in the United States on May 22, 2018
My Favorite Beyers!
Let me start off by saying I’m a huge beyer fan. I’ve owned every version of the DT880 (250,600 and now 32 ohm). In addition I have a DT770/80, Amiron Home, DT1990 and A20 amp. The DT880/32 is probably my favorite. Their presentation is almost electrostatic in the highs - super light, airy and not harsh at all. The bass is very deep but on the accurate side rather than being boosted, which I also prefer. Then the mids. Oh the mids. They’re dry, but beautiful. I’ve never heard a headphone that I’ve personally enjoyed as much as this one. This particular one. The 32. It sounds nearly identical to the 250 and 600... but I can run it off my iPhone. That’s a huge plus. The sound improves slightly with the amp - but man it’s negligible and if I didn’t have it to compare directly, I wouldn’t miss it. I love headphones that I don’t have to use a bunch of equipment to make them sound good - and these fit that bill. Boy, do they ever. Just buy them already.

5.0 out of 5 stars
By Bui Hai Anh - Reviewed in the United States on December 14, 2016
The best purchase of mine!
Wow, the first time I put it on... booom! It was like, the thick blanket around my ears through the years had finally been lifted. Everything is so clear, I can really hear the singers inhaling, moving their lips and tongues, and the fingers caressing the strings. I listen to all kind of music, ranging from classical to rock, metal (think of Dimmu Borgir, Wintersun, Amorphis...) and everything in between. My quest was to find a detailed, revealing headphone, and I A/Bed several headphones in stores, using Fiio X3 2nd gen as I tried to find something efficient enough without the need of amplifier: * Sennheiser HD598: smooth, but boring for most rock with virtually no bass. * Audio-Technica ATH-M50x: overrated, the sound was too constricted and the bass was bloated. It gave me headache just after 5 minutes of listening. * Grado sr80e: Gosh! It was like somebody was using chainsaw right beside my ears. Couldn't stand 1 minute. * Grado sr325e: smoother than sr80e, OK but a bit too metallic to me. * V-Moda M100: OK, good thumps, a bit less detailed than HD598 and sr325e. Looks good too. * Sennheiser Momentum On Ear: the bass was very good, detailed, strong, fast, but the mids was a letdown, too distant and overwhelmed by the bass. I could not enjoy any classical piece with it. * Audeze Sine: perhaps the Fiio X3 2nd could not handle that, because this headphone sounded like a $30 to me. I also own Sony XBA-A3 - a hybrid IEM with one 16mm dynamic driver and two balanced armature ones, and Skullcandy Grind. To me, the DT 880 is clearer by a wide margin, to the point that I use it to see the differences more than to enjoy the music. You can find the frequency response graphs of DT 880 and equalize it to achieve a smoother experience (that is, increase the bass and decrease the treble around 8kHz for better thump and less sibilance) without losing detail. I use the DT 880 mostly for films and classical music, and when my head is strong enough, rock and metal. The details are sometimes excessive, so to listen to music to relax, I use the XBA-A3 for a stronger (but slower) bass and smooth treble. The Skullcandy Grind is only for audiobook on my phone, merely because of the convenience (easy to put on/off, has button on the phone) as the bass on this phone is too much for any kind of music (good for those who want Beats bass but lack the money).

Top Reviews


5.0 out of 5 stars
By CIMC7 - Reviewed in the United States on December 22, 2017
Bright, balanced sound that brings smiles...how I expected the DT 990 to sound! [EDIT-June 13, 2020]
After owning the DT 990 Pro 250 for a year, I decided to get these to compare and obviously keep. While I read that the DT 880 are light on bass, according to my ears, they're only light on impact. The bass is there, ALL OF IT, but it's not felt...doesn't fill the ears like the DT 990 Pro. So by result, the bass is more detailed and nuanced. The trade-off is worth it. The DT 880 600 ohm are what my ears expected of the DT 990, which has too much treble for my liking. My Schiit Asgard 2 rounds off that treble nicely, though. The DT 880 are BRIGHT on their own. If you have heard them and consider them too piercing, the DT 990 are DT 880s on steroids. The bass is big and also the highs...while the midrange is thinner. That is what I like about the DT 880...that they are as revealing as the DT 990 but without sounding so thin in the middle. They're flatter, while the DT 990 sound V-shaped. Lots of people say the DT 880 are the boring ones and the DT 990 are the fun ones. While I get what they mean by that, I don't consider the DT 880 boring at all. They're flatter-sounding, but they do not sound...flat. They're way livelier and more intense than a lot of headphones. If you want to experience truly boring headphones, try the super flat and revealing Senal SMH-1200. Those make any music sound boring and lifeless with their empty, dry sound signature...but are awesome as audio loupes. Anyway, I agree with beyerdynamic's descriptions: the DT 880 are for reference monitoring and the DT 990 are for critical listening and mastering. Having music production as a hobby since 2002, it makes sense to me and their sound signatures are the proof. Oh, I wanted to mention that good conversion/amplification gets rid of the "metallic tone" and sibilance of beyerdynamic headphones. It's been established that the Sennheiser HD 650/6XX scale up with gear, and they do scale up, but so do these, and more noticeably. The better the equipment and the more power, the better they sound. Thanks for reading. God bless you! [EDIT-June 13, 2020] I like to read reviews, sure, but ultimately, I trust my own ears/brain. I completely disregard what other ears/brains hear. What use are they to me, right? I've been comparing these with my beyerdynamic T90 Jubilee using the beastly Tascam UH-7000 and the original Schiit Asgard, which sounds great. The DT 880 are less exciting in terms of energy, since the sound is not so "in-your-face", but there is something about the DT 880's presentation that I like more. They sound more "out of the head", "wider" side to side and more "layered" from foreground to background. The DT 880 are just more balanced from lows to highs frequency and energy-wise, as if they had a transparent compressor. Weirdly, to my surprise, they also translate more emotion, even if they are reference headphones and not Hi-Fi headphones like the T90. Those I admit are more musical-sounding, BUT, musicality and musical emotion are two different things in my book. The sound stage on the DT 880 is not so "zoomed-in" like in the T90, so they don't sound as full, but that "distance" in the sound presentation makes the DT 880 transmit something that the T90 lack. The DT 880 sound more "lonely" and not as ear-filling, which is something that kills a lot of headphones for me, but somehow, I precisely like that about them. It might seem like an undesirable trait, but I am sure that, regardless of experience level, trained ear or not, anyone could understand what I mean if they were to compare both side by side. The DT 880 simply affect me more emotionally even if the T90 are the obvious winners in the technical performance department. Is this preference of mine due to the DT 880's design PLUS the drivers having way higher impedance and requiring more juice from the amp, which results in the drivers behaving differently in a way above my knowledge level? I have no clue. All I know is I somehow feel some kind of relief taking off the T90 and wearing the DT 880 even if they sound "smaller", more "distant" and less ear-filling. I can wear the T90 and go, "Wow, these sound incredible". Then I take them off, wear the DT 880 and go, "Aaaaah, I SO missed this...whatever THIS is." The T90 are tonally clearer, but the DT 880's overall sound presentation is clearer, as if filtered. They are very, very different headphones. The T90 sound better technically, but the DT 880 emotionally take me to a better place. Ever since I got the DT 880, I've been saying to myself that they are special. It just took me a long while to figure out what it was. Yeah, the DT 990 are no slouches, but they don't transmit the emotion that the DT 880 do. The DT 880 simply touch my feelings in a unique way. Just wanted to share this with you guys!

5.0 out of 5 stars
By John M. Painter - Reviewed in the United States on March 22, 2017
Accurate
I am a musician and producer/engineer. I got these mainly to use for editing and programming as well as a mixing reference. They are extremely comfortable as I often do hours of editing...headphones allow you to hear consistently without keeping your head in one position. These make bad edits very easy to hear as well. The clarity of these headphones makes bright distortion and over-limiting very obvious. Same goes for low frequencies....you can hear overloads and you can hear separation between low instruments like bass and drums for instance. A lot of negative reviews are from people that don't understand impedance matching and are used to bass-heavy cans. I hope mine don't BREAK though :)

5.0 out of 5 stars
By Randy - Reviewed in the United States on May 22, 2018
My Favorite Beyers!
Let me start off by saying I’m a huge beyer fan. I’ve owned every version of the DT880 (250,600 and now 32 ohm). In addition I have a DT770/80, Amiron Home, DT1990 and A20 amp. The DT880/32 is probably my favorite. Their presentation is almost electrostatic in the highs - super light, airy and not harsh at all. The bass is very deep but on the accurate side rather than being boosted, which I also prefer. Then the mids. Oh the mids. They’re dry, but beautiful. I’ve never heard a headphone that I’ve personally enjoyed as much as this one. This particular one. The 32. It sounds nearly identical to the 250 and 600... but I can run it off my iPhone. That’s a huge plus. The sound improves slightly with the amp - but man it’s negligible and if I didn’t have it to compare directly, I wouldn’t miss it. I love headphones that I don’t have to use a bunch of equipment to make them sound good - and these fit that bill. Boy, do they ever. Just buy them already.

5.0 out of 5 stars
By Bui Hai Anh - Reviewed in the United States on December 14, 2016
The best purchase of mine!
Wow, the first time I put it on... booom! It was like, the thick blanket around my ears through the years had finally been lifted. Everything is so clear, I can really hear the singers inhaling, moving their lips and tongues, and the fingers caressing the strings. I listen to all kind of music, ranging from classical to rock, metal (think of Dimmu Borgir, Wintersun, Amorphis...) and everything in between. My quest was to find a detailed, revealing headphone, and I A/Bed several headphones in stores, using Fiio X3 2nd gen as I tried to find something efficient enough without the need of amplifier: * Sennheiser HD598: smooth, but boring for most rock with virtually no bass. * Audio-Technica ATH-M50x: overrated, the sound was too constricted and the bass was bloated. It gave me headache just after 5 minutes of listening. * Grado sr80e: Gosh! It was like somebody was using chainsaw right beside my ears. Couldn't stand 1 minute. * Grado sr325e: smoother than sr80e, OK but a bit too metallic to me. * V-Moda M100: OK, good thumps, a bit less detailed than HD598 and sr325e. Looks good too. * Sennheiser Momentum On Ear: the bass was very good, detailed, strong, fast, but the mids was a letdown, too distant and overwhelmed by the bass. I could not enjoy any classical piece with it. * Audeze Sine: perhaps the Fiio X3 2nd could not handle that, because this headphone sounded like a $30 to me. I also own Sony XBA-A3 - a hybrid IEM with one 16mm dynamic driver and two balanced armature ones, and Skullcandy Grind. To me, the DT 880 is clearer by a wide margin, to the point that I use it to see the differences more than to enjoy the music. You can find the frequency response graphs of DT 880 and equalize it to achieve a smoother experience (that is, increase the bass and decrease the treble around 8kHz for better thump and less sibilance) without losing detail. I use the DT 880 mostly for films and classical music, and when my head is strong enough, rock and metal. The details are sometimes excessive, so to listen to music to relax, I use the XBA-A3 for a stronger (but slower) bass and smooth treble. The Skullcandy Grind is only for audiobook on my phone, merely because of the convenience (easy to put on/off, has button on the phone) as the bass on this phone is too much for any kind of music (good for those who want Beats bass but lack the money).