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Beyerdynamic DT880 600-Ohm Headphones

Beyerdynamic DT880 600-Ohm Headphones

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Will this drop again?
Are those different ohm version just same driver with a few cheap resistors or are different drivers that made with different sizes of coil?
I didn't know soft ear pads were a spec. So that must mean all the headphones that don't list that have hard, uncomfortable earpads
Again Massdrop?? It is called proofreading!! And the world is watching….
Between my Sennheiser hd598 and these. The Beyerdynamic is way more comfy, stylish and better build quality. I have Senn 6XX on the way but I’m still thinking I will feel the same way about build, looks and comfort.
BrettP
Change the HD6XXear cup into Dekoni hybrid pads and I couldn’t be happier. Comfortable and looks great from outside to the inside.
Massdrop need to edit the title. This unit is the "premium" version.
EDIT : Also the specs, it says 32 ohm instead of 600 ohm.
Is this headphones 600 ohm or 32 ohm?conflicting specs with title.
Rick_Sanchez
Not absolutely sure, but I think 600 because the note and title say 600-Ohms. I think the specs say 32-Ohms because they just copy/pasted the specs from a different drop or Beyers' site.
buydig on ebay, 159,99$ - DT990 600 Ohm special chrome edition (which looks best).
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Yeah i know, but DT880s are for my taste a little too "boring" as they are too neutral (much better for mixing tho). The DT990s are more "fun" lets say. Ofc everyone to his taste.
what? the materials are exactly the same, full metal except the chrome ring which is plastic, but its also plastic on the vanilla beyerdynamic's headphones, the ring there is also plastic.
I can buy these on amazon for $170 so why would I buy them here? For a group buy the price needs to be much lower like $150.
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this is a different version
Not the same version.
Ah yes, my defacto go to headphones even "better" than the Massdrop 6XX Sennheiser cans...buy em somewhere else when they are below $170 w/ free shipping...nuff said
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Yes I agree. In terms of comfort, the DT880s are *much* more comfortable - even luxurious - out-of-the-box than my HD6XXs (because of the clamp force), but my 8-year-old HD650s are more comfortable than both - there's no squishy clamp force on them after years of use. The main point of difference (when clamp force is no longer an issue) is the Sennheisers have the nice foam on the headband so there's very little pressure on the top of the head, which I get from the DT880s on occasion.
I've found that even my 250ohm DT880s need more volume than the HD650s, which of course are rated at 300ohms - I'm not sure what mechanics are involved there to cause that, but it's true. I can only imagine how much grunt it would take to get decent volume and fidelity through to 600ohm cans.
But either way, they are very different cans from each other and that's why I own both (as well as several other brands and models, like most of us here do haha) - I love mixing things up for my ears and hearing different things from the music I'm listening to.
SmithyNZ
Yup, ditto...
Less than 150 quid in the uk delivered, next day If you have prime
Price is to close to amazon etc
I bought these on Amazon for $179 the other day. Then they went up to $219. BuyDig has the chrome black edition for $169 shipped. They don' have the wings or the molded Made in Germany, though...just a sticker. BuyDig also has the chrome black T90 for $299. I bought those and they are superior to the DT 880 and super sensitive for being 250 ohm. My iPhone 8 Plus drives them great and the DacMagic XS even more.
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newegg set is sold by beach cam. the shiny chrome black version not this. they also have it in this style and version for 219usd
sghound
Exactly. Beach Camera is BuyDig! I wanted to reiterate that the chrome black version of any beyerdynamic is the cheaper made one . The "chrome" looks China-made with a scratched finish on the metal...or plastic...I don't know what it is. It's not smooth, and it looks bad. My T90 look like a Dollar Store Toy.
Got the 990s and they sound awesome! Not an open-back superfan, but I think I may keep these long term
What is the different between 32 ohm and 250? Does it sound different? Because I want to use my phone for normal listening
Kimrous
For your phone, get the 32 ohm. The 250 ohm are for studio gear and headphone amps. You'll have to pretty much max out your volume with those, and they won't sound as good as the 32 ohm on normal volume.
raansire7
Thank you
This is more expensive than Amazon when you look at shipping to NZ and normal shipping to USA. I'm really struggling to see the relevance of many of these drops. SMH.
What is the deal validation process like at Massdrop??
menial
Curious to see the motivation of the 15 people who have partaken in the drop.
This is not a drop.... This is normal price...
Lol, what is this? Not only is this the price of the headphones new on Amazon but only the 32 ohm version is available on here. The 600 ohm versions (or more hardware compatible 250 ohm version) are way better for using proper audiophile/hifi equipment with.
silverbot01
Not the point of low resistance drivers. My 26 ish ohm HD598Cs sound crystal clear. Scary clear in fact. I bought them new for 114USD, now they're 184USD. I added a 3d printed earpad adapter and HM5 hybrid pads. These are my go to headphone over having two pairs of higher impedance headphones. Low resistance drivers are meant for portability and device compatibility.
How are the 880’s for gaming? I play Pubg destiny battlefield type games so footsteps are the most important. I have the HD 650s but are not good for gaming IMO. Been thinking about an IEM for gaming (not many reviews or opinions on IEMs for gaming online) for the comfort/versatility if I can’t find a good audiophile headphone for gaming $225 or less.Gaming headsets are not an option as they’re trash plus I would like to use them for music sometimes as well.
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RareAirs
Personally running HD598Cs with a modhouse audio earpad adapter (long story short, gave idea, guy engineered, got pair for free, you can buy them) and also added a nice pair of Brainwavz HM5 hybrid pads. For a closed headphone, these out perform my open HD558 that I modded for bass and soundstage. I've heard footsteps in fire fights behind me and to the left while bullets fly by at two and six o' clock. Unfortunately, my 114USD 598Cs, are now selling for 184 or so. Adapter, 17USD, ear pads are about 25USD...
RareAirs
AKG7XX are very detailed and have a huge soundstage so great for gaming. I have the Q701s
Yo... These only cost $5 more on Amazon... and they won't take a millennium to ship either. https://www.amazon.com/Beyerdynamic-880-Premium-250-ohm/dp/B0024NK358?th=1
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Why is it pointless? What's the difference with the 250 ohm version?
maartenbe99
He's exaggerating but an audio purist would say that the 250 ohm version with an amp would sound better than the 32 ohm version. Most people wouldn't notice the difference.
Can anyone speak to the sound leak on these? They seem like they are a cross between open and closed back. Looking for a decent set of cans for the office but dont wanna annoy the coworkers. For this reason my 6xx must stay at home but I am curious about these.
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Poi50n
I have the DT880 and HD600. DT880s leak like open cans. Marginally less than open sennheisers, but your coworkers aren't going to notice the difference.
shimage
I agree with shimage; I have the DT880's as well (250 Ohms), and these leak so much like open cans, after first trying them out, I had to re-verify their technically semi-openness on their site due to all the complaints I was getting from co-workers. I usually don't ruffle too many feathers with other semi-open cans.
Are the 32 ohm any good? or i should wait for 600 ohm drop?
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Maybe I should try a pair. Only have the MX50 and based my purchase on reviews.
Dublin_Bob
I'd go for some better headphones than either, honestly.
How good are they without AMP/DAC, how do they compare to senheiser 6xx and other open-backs at the similar price range and which one dt880 or dt990 are objectively better( if it is) ?
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I can confirm.
I totally agree. If I could only own one good set of headphones they definitely be the Sennheiser HD-650. You can get a small tube amp to maximize the sound.
Get the DT990s on Amazon for $145 (shipped in two days with Prime)
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AshMatthews
Not just 250-ohm, but 250-ohm pros, which are a cheaper model than the premium versions being sold here.
I don't think there's ever been a dt880/dt990 drop where someone hasn't made that mistake...
I don't see $180 for DT880s at your Amazon link right now, cheapest price appears to be $200.
Will the DarkVoice OTL amp be at least a decent match with these? From what I understand that amp works best with high impedance cans....
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Great, thanks for the advice! I've got the DV on order through Massdrop, I'll order this to go along with it. Just in time for my birthday :)
adamand
coolio! And Happy Birthday!
BREAK UP NOTE :-( it's you, massdrop, not me. i like you but it is difficult to love you. you are terrible at product descriptions: 32 ohms or 600 ohms, premium or pro. you must be clear and confident if you are to get my voluptous $179.99. we had a good run with a few things, fostex t-x0, sennheiser hd6xx., but I need personal time right now, hopefully we keep in touch, dont call me, i might call you.
J_December_why
I almost choked on my pizza while reading that!
OKAY! As promised, I will now post up my "Review"/Impressions and Comparisons of these DT880, 600 ohm version headphones. Warning: Its Pretty LONG.
.......but it's pretty thorough.
Let's start with a brief set of remarks about my reviewing process. I have a Set List of musics that I ALWAYS use as my 'test music', because it provides me with a consistency of sounds that demonstrate the capacity of whatever the item is, track-to-track and side-by-side comparison value. It's stuff I have some essential familiarty with, since I think it's tricky to say much about what music is doing inside of headphones or source components if you don't really understand how that music works and what's good or bad about how you are hearing it.
When I am comparing two or more components, I will listen to them side-by-side, track-by-track, so that I can have a distinct sense of how the components differ in their production of the music. It's hard to say how one set of headphones sound differently from another if you don't well remember what was going on in the first song because you listened to too many things before picking up the other set of cans. If it's headphones I am evaluating, I use the exact same source components. If it's source components, I use the exact same sets of headgears, and sample them all identically.
I usually don't post up graphs and spec sheets; the readers can look up that stuff for themselves, and my assessment of how stuff sounds is more to the point of why we review anyway- while you can read masses of data, for free, you can't always get your hands on a set of headphones, certainly not cheaply, so having another person who has experienced a set of gear tell you their impressions in an accurate and rather clinical way one can help steer decision making on expensive purchases. Graphs and stats don't aways translate well into what our ears are appreciating, they tell us the physics of what the component is doing to make the sounds. MY BRAIN ISN'T INTERESTED IN THE MATHS WHEN I AM TRYING TO DECIDE HOW I LIKE THE MUSIC I'M HEARING.
Remember- this is all subjective. we all have different ears and brains and will always hear music a bit differently from our neighbour, and will always have something that differs in our preferences. Where some prefer warmer sounds, others will favour analytic reproduction... I tend toward production that is ACCURATE, neutral... and offers a more honest repro of the recording. I'm not always going to agree with somebody else's appraisal of what's being heard, and others won't always hear things the way that I do! And that's cool. :)
Now...... on to it! Kind of Music chosen; (Yes, I copied this list from the Topping review, because it's THE SAME LIST I ALWAYS USE),Lots of classical with much strings, voice, Beethoven through Bernstein and Glass. Lots of electronic music a la Wollo, Boddy, Roach, Serrie, etc. Much Leo Kottke guitar happiness, with some Bluegrass and Appalachian schtuff tossed in. Classical piano. Silk Road Ensemble. Popular and Rock, from Joplin to Foo Fighters to Neil Young to classic Santana, to The Killers to Maroon 5 and so on. Jazz and Blues , Muddy Waters, early Severin, Puente. I don't really do Rap, Dub, or Hip-Hop, although I did run a little Black Eyed Peas and Outkast through it. Source Components; Production- iTunes and Songbird lossless and FLAC music files from my iMac out to DACs and amps listed below iPod Classic 5th gen. with the Wolfson, upgraded to 128 gig, amped as listed below. A Denon 1940CI SACD/DVD player. DACs- From the iMac only, as the iPod needs no DAC....I am using either a Woo Audio WA7 Fireflies purely as a DAC, or also as a DAC/Amp, the Schiit Modi 2, and the Schiit BiFrost, Finally, JDS LabsThe Element, a DAC/Amp. Amps- Woo Audio WA7 Fireflies. Woo WA2, Woo WA6, The JDS labs The Element, JDS O2, Schiit Lyr
About this item, the DT880 600ohm headphones; These are a semi-open backed headphone, so one experiences rather the best of both worlds, when talking about stage and intimacy. They don't have quite the breadth of "space" and "stage" that one notes when listening to fully open-backed cans, but offer a more intimate, and somewhat warmer sound,(from a Beyerdynamic!), a feeling of being closer to the performance and with less intrusion of outside sound. These are most often described as being the most neutral of the DT line-up, with a good bass, a very nice and present midrange and treble, all ranges being very well balanced. These headphones are fast and accurate. They are very responsive and are true to the performance being rendered, the detail offered is FANTASTIC. I believe that part of the reason that the detail is so handily presented is the partially closed back of these cans- your ear can hear the little squeaks and frictions of fingers on strings, for instance, because it's "closer in" to your ears. The build, while light and comfortable, is still very sturdy and with a structure that does not intrude annoying buzzes, or creaks or microphonics into the listen. Classical music is presented beautifully, and I have found that amplification with a tube amp lends an organicity, a more fluid and warmer sound that suits the organic qualities of classical/acoustic musics quite nicely. These keep up with rock music and electronic music effortlessly, with very adequate bass presentation. The bass is NOT forward in any way, but adequately present, so that they are fun to have on the head when grooving through Santana and Yes. The responsiveness of these cans allows Tito Puente's blazing percussion work to be enjoyed with perfect crispness, clarity, and, even at volume, I hear no distortion in percussion, vocals, or towering Mahler finales. WHEN PROPERLY RUN-IN, there's no unfortunate sibilance, no shrillness to high soprano vocals. One of my best audits of this quality involves the Vivaldi "Glorias", #1, Gloria in Excelsis Deo, performace by the Academy of Ancient Music, Choir of Kings College Cambridge, et al. If you don't get shrill with THAT at volume, you just won't get it anywhere. Loud, fast, thumpy acoustic guitar music is better produced using a tube amp with these also...but is very happily presented with the O2, really nice on The Element. No worries with Schiit... but I felt that Woo did it more justice, if only because of the power + organicity offered. That being said.... you would be very pleased with what you hear from these on almost any amp with sufficient power, as I found no fault from any of the components I attached the DT880's to. For electronic/digital music, especially that which uses a lot of fast sequencer generation,(Klaus Schultze, Wendy Carlos, Erik Wollo), I tend to find strictly solid state amplifiers more appropriate for production, as digital music does not really WANT added organicity/fluidity. That's a PERSONAL preference, but it at least allows me to evaluate how the headphones themselves accurately present the digital music I am hearing, and these cans do so very well. I would say that accurate and "fast" rendering of electronic/analytical music is a serious strength of the DT880, and a fair number of audiophile listeners find them, at times, TOO analytical, dry. For me, these qualities are more of a bonus than they are a drawback. I would, at times, describe the mids and highs as having something of a "sparkling" quality present with these cans, much as one hears described as an attribute of the Grado 325 metal back.
Build; Comfortable, sturdy, stable, fairly light. easily adjustable for headsize, The velour pads are very easy to kick back in. No rotation of the cups,(no gimbals), but I don't feel that's particularly a problem. Many people criticize the one-sided wiring, but I will say this about it- I gravitate toward two-siders myself, but there doesn't seem to be any problem with the way these sound because of the way they are wired, and it's actually easier to wear a one-sided headphone, from an ergonomics perspective. AKG seems to get away with it and many many people love the AKG cans.
And Now For Some Comparisons; vs. The Beyerdynamic T1 Tesla; both V1 and 2, because they aren't very much different from each other, really. The T1 is a wide open backed headphone. Thusly, it offers a wider stage, a more open presentation. T1 is very very accurate and fast, clear at volume....but the DT880's are no less so, and I often gravitate to the 880's over the T1 because of that intimacy factor mentioned above. It's like, because the sound is "closer in", it seems more detailed, even though, technically, it ISN'T. Because the T1's are fully open backed, outside noises are more intrusive. Where I feel the T1's beat out the DT880's is in large choral works, large scale symphony productions, and live performance large orchestral and rock concert music. The Foo Fighters at Wembley stadium, the U2 Paris , Joplin,(any Live recording), all are better on the T1's because the greater wider stage is quite the THING for live performances. You do indeed gain a better sense of the ever elusive headspace with the T1's, when listening to live performance.
vs. The DT770; Totally closed back, so you will not have a very great sense of stage. It's ALL intimacy, with a very nice responsiveness and clarity of production. You will be able to listen to the 770 on the bus, and it seems a bit more warm sounding than does the 880. This is probably because of the somewhat muting quality of the materials in the build and, well, to be frank, your face. I love my 770's but find myself preferring the somewhat more crisp presentation from the 880's. I will use my 770's when in a more noisy,(or fan cooled), environment. The 770 bass is somewhat lacking, and I think the 880's sound BETTER over all.
vs. The DT990; The 990 is NOT neutral. More bass forward. Trebles and mids maybe a bit weak-ish, but listenable. These are a more "fun" headphone, more likely to hit a happy spot with the bass-headed rock listener, but still useable for most music, albeit less seriously. They have a wider stage than either the 770's or 880's as they are fully open-backed cans. They do not have the breadth and clarity of the T1's. I listened to my variety of musics faithfully on the 990's for this review... and then happily hung them back up on their hook, because I, personally, prefer all of the other Beyerdynamics that I own to them. They did do a nice, presentable job with 70's and 80's rock music, they were pretty nice with solo blues performances. If I didn't have the other Beyerdynamics headphones to compare them with, I would consider them nicer than I do, having that comparison.
How I power the DT880 600ohm cans; Well, my list is above. My PREFERRED way to hear them is with either the Woo tube amplifiers , especially the WA2, or via the JDS Labs 'The Element'. The O2 also does a very nice job and I like how well it does it, so I am using that amp on my bedhead,(from the iPod Classic), with the 880's as I drift away, or for serious music on the recline.... these are maybe a bit more comfy, and again, intimate, than the T1's so they are a perfect late evening companion. The O2 has done a very nice job of powering what is often described as being a very demanding headphone. Schiit equipments are all adequate for the task from a power perspective... but I prefer the sound sig of the other equipments, and I don't feel like the Schiits are quite as lucid as are the JDS gear or as beautiful as the Woo. *
Summary; I own these. I LOVE them. I will never part with them, and I am actually considering picking up this drop just to have another set of them. That probably tells you how I regard these. Objectively.... This is a very good price point on a very nice set of headphones. These headphones offer a very lucid, neutral,(so get out your equalizer, arready!), accurate,and crisp presentation with a nice taste of the higher-end Beyerdynamic sound. They offer a very lucid sound and, if you attend to the power requirements for them, you can count on a beautifully detailed sound quality, with a solid build quality and a happily comfortable kick-back listening experience.
WHEW!that was a lot! cheers, and I hope this helps anybody who is interested.



* that being said, the Schiit Lyr is THE way to listen to the Audeeze LCD1 and 2, considered by many to be the golden pairing for the LCDs.
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I would go with the WA6. I have 2 of them because I love how that amp works with my headphones collection, and MILLIONS of tube rolling choices. I think you will find that the WA6 has more in the way of support and community than the DV. There are many reasons for going with Woo.
TiffanyPoodleslide
Yet....a great read, thank you! I've been contemplating on a beyer for a while now!
For people on here who are trying to decide between these and the DT990s. There's a deal for the DT990s going on right now for $169 USD w/ free shipping within COTUS: https://slickdeals.net/f/10599660-beyerdynamic-dt-990-600-ohm-over-ear-headphones-169-free-shipping?src=rcm_category_h
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thanks pal :)
DinoJoe
I got a coupon for my purchase from buydig.com and i will not use it. Don't know if if it's unique or a generic one but I thought you could use it or anyone here if they wish; for order $100 or more get $10 off. valid for 30days -->(KJ0157042054DT)
So...are these 32 ohm as in specifications, or 600-Ohm as in title?
How are these vs the sein 650 In terms of detail and accuracy and bass? I'm signed up for the 6XX drop and I'm unsure if I should get these to compare.
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If you like strong bass you should probably be looking at Beats... not studio grade Headphones.
You can go to a local consumer store, like Best Buy, Target, and others and sample Beats.
I prefer flat flat reproduction of the recorded music, but if I wanted more bass I’d listen to Bose, Beats, Sony... there are quite a few that boost the base.
HispanicPanic
The closed DT770 80 ohm have more bass and sometimes sell for less.