Beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium 600ohm (With ZXAC Fully Balanced Recable) [$235 Used]
I recently re-purchased my Beyerydanmic Dt 880’s back! And this time I made the upgrade to the 600 ohm variant.
Pros: Airy sound, delicate mids, speed, sense of openness, sound stage and layering. Timbre
Cons : no isolation, bright [I like bright cans but some don’t] lacks intimacy, bass for some may not be heavy enough
Classic Beyerdynamic Build quality, although these are a tad more fragile than my pro series headphones, the adjustment device is located outside of the head band, as opposed to the pro series which feature the extension mechanism within the head band. In addition the head band itself is not as well padded. The headphones are very well built and comfy like the pro series.
Semi-Open Back Dynamic Operating Principle
600 Ohm Impedance
96 db Sensitivity
5 - 35,000k response
Ease of Use [Comfort/Fit/Isolation] [4.5/5]
Simple and to the point, extend the head band and slap em on! There is no isolation due to the semi open back design, and the fit is very simple and straight forward. Despite being the Premium Model, it’s almost as comfy at the Dt 990 Pro, yet the DT 990 Pro is still my most comfortable headphone!
Price to Performance : [5/5]
Top notch, versatile enough to handle any genre, and tough as nails.
Sonic Test Process
Source Win 7[Foobar2000 WASAPI] -> oDac -> MonoPrice Premium Coaxial Cables -> Matrix M Stage [Lme 49990 OpAmp]
In addition, I always like details presented in all frequances
Highs- looking for and evaluating air, nice extension and good energy and placement within sound stage
Mids- looking for and considering weight, body and tone
Bass- listening for, control, texture and punch/impact
Sound Stage- reported after listening to all tracks
Imaging –Track #3 and #4 are well mastered for 2D and 3D imaging
Instrument Layering-reported after listening to all tracks
Timbre- realism of sound, fun versus real
Speed- ability to retain mirco-details in ultra fast tonal shifts
Sound Signature- Very clean, a slight tilt towards the upper mids and treble, although the headphone features a lower mid resonance which adds a nice touch of body to the lower mids and upper bass. The headphone is also very quick, and light on its’ feet. Over all an incredibly balanced and airy sound, filled with many details and excellent 2D and 3D sound stage. Brighter than neutral
Dynamics- quick and effortless
Timbre- very real, mids are life like, treble how ever may be slightly brighter than natural but is not fake or exaggerated
Speed- very quick, shows quickness with all genres
Sound Stage: A wide sound stage, great instrument separation, and good 3D and 2D placement of instruments.
Amplification Need or Suggested –for the Beyerdynamic Dt 880 Premium an amp is required, as a 600 ohm headphone it requires an amp with a large voltage swing, OTL tubes pair nicely with the Dt 880 600 Ohm
Highs- airy with a touch of bright sweetness, great energy. Brighter than neutral
Mids- very real, a delicate sense of weight, good timbre tone and body. Not intimate
Bass- VERY deep and tight, great impact and solidity. Too lean for EDM without eq
In addition comparative notes will be in italics and only included in the full Head Fi review and mentioned in the Video Reviews.
Recommend Genre ; Jazz