Beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium 250 ohm Review
These ear pads could be considered as a high-end upgrade to bring the convenience level of these complete size over-ear earphones to the best I have actually checked in a very long time. One of the most significant grumbles with over-/ on-ear headphones is generally about ear pads and how hot and sweaty they get after a prolonged listening duration.
They did pair nicely with a dedicated X5 DAP, and I was even able to drive them in low-gain mode at about 85% of max volume setting, but directly from my Note 2 I was making it out in volume and internal Smartphone’s DAC was striking saturation area, not the cleanest sound.
The AKG was amazing in its time, great and comfortable sounding. Earphone sound and comfort are extremely subjective. The earphones are a semi-open design, so you can hear ambient sound (sound around you) as well as the music through the earphones.
That said, the DT880/600 sound really balanced, with a tonal clarity and micro-dynamic subtlety that are rather unique, and which assist in making the listening session practically enchanting from time to time. Treble and bass are detailed, articulate and adequately extended. The DT880/600 seem to do well with all the musical genres I’ve tossed at them up until now– barring hip-hop, rap and trance, which I do not listen to regularly.
I purchased the Beyerdaynamic DT 880 Pro 250 ohm in 2015 after the best era of my cherished Sennheiser HD 590’s began to give out after 12 years of heavy use. Sennheiser does an excellent job of backing up its items with replacement parts, and so on, however, I didn’t think it worth the money to change a driver and didn’t even check out it. I was aiming to match the supreme comfort and lightweight of the HD 590s, the best I had actually ever tried in that regard and came very close with these. The Beyerdynamic DT880s are just slightly much heavier and or comparable in comfort and fit, with comparable velour circumaural pads. The fit was tight initially, which interfered with convenience, but it has actually loosened with usage and greatly improved.
The headband convenience is padded well enough, but exactly what makes it comfy is more of how light these earphones are. I find headphones like the HD598 more comfortable due to the size of the earpads, which will fit your whole ear inside while still giving you the very same lightweight convenience. That metal tab when used to slide the arm will push against the headband will cause it to halt the sliding procedure. The bag is a very small complaint as I find it to be one of the best pads that come with an earphone.
I can compare these to a handful of other earphones I own – all standard models – this product simply knocks them out of the water. I can also say that the listening experience – the sound phase, the detail and texture of the sounds, and the incredibly balanced frequency spectrum make these headphone a satisfaction to use for extended listening. I use these to listen and mix tracks to commercial music in the studio – and it holds true, I have heard things in my old preferred tracks that I had not discovered before. You can really see through the mix. The sound is fantastic. The sound space is amazing. It sounds like the entire room is generating the music instead of the phones on your head.
The DT 880s are an amazing pair of headphones. You’ll have a tough time enjoying listening with other setups after trying them out. Keep in mind if you’re purchasing the 250 or 600 ohm versions (I bought the 600 myself), then you will likely need a DAC and Amp in order to drive them. Bought the 880 250ohm headphones four years ago. Was listening to music through my Peachtree nova, then switched to my IPhone 3G. Given not the very best “source” but the phones get loud and sound great. My only grievance is their damn long cord! But I enjoy them and would tell anyone to run, not stroll, in order to obtain these.
They are not based upon the tone modifying impacts of pigmentation. The distinction in detail between tier 1 and tier 2 earphones is considerable, as fragile detail present in the former is missing from the latter. Tier 3 thru tier 5 headphones have excessive coloration for anything beyond shallow listening. The tone reducing headphones are prospects for vacuum tube amplifiers. Vacuum tube amplifiers have a significant amount of harmonic distortion. Harmonic distortion is tone raising and its rich, silky sound can help mask or reduce the effects of the bad noise of tone decreasing pigmentation. Nevertheless, it cannot bring back lost information. The DT880’s high openness, dynamic sound equipped with tone controls and bass boost is thrilling. It is by far the most exciting set of earphones in this review to listen to music with. When straight compared to the tier 2 designs in a high end audio store without tone controls, it sounds brilliant!
The earphones come in a good padded case and are exceptionally light. Regarding the sound (I’m not any kind of an audiophile), this set blows away anything you might be used to if you’ve never tried out HiFi level headphones. The open (or semi-open as I cannot truly tell the difference) back is much different than any closed back earphone and make for a really natural sound. The sound stage is scenic and really steady exposing instrument and voice placement extremely well. I also use these to keep track of while I recover and modify my lp collection to computer. Everyone likes excellent quality sound no matter who you are. I myself am not an audiophile but I do like impressive quality. These things from package sound simply fantastic. The mids and highs on basically all music (specifically metal) sound extraordinary. The bass is relatively lacking. It is absolutely there and is extremely clean but does not strike like you might desire them to. Then you may want to go somewhere else as the rate wouldn’t be understandable, if you desire some excellent quality bassy earphones. These are VERY justifiable if you are an audiophile or just truly enjoy hearing every instrument clearly in the center of your skull. I have a $40 pair of headphones I obtained from walmart that punch a bit harder than these and actually sound amazingly well for the rate. The discernible distinction, however, is how everything you hear in a song isn’t simply MASHED together.
The 600 Ohm model of the DT 880 has been my primary set of cans for the past two years, and I might not be happier! I carried out an extensive search prior to buying it and if you choose a neutral/linear presentation, I remain confident that absolutely nothing else in this rate range compares. The sound quality and versatility throughout music categories is far much better than I’d anticipate at this rate. I often drop what I’m doing to get lost in music that I never noticed before, or just marvel at how fantastic my favorite songs sound! Harmonic distortion is tone raising and its lavish, smooth sound can assist mask or reduce the effects of the bad sound of tone reducing pigmentation. I have a $40 pair of earphones I got from walmart that punch a bit harder than these and in fact sound remarkably well for the rate.