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Beyerdynamic DT880 Pro Limited-Edition Black

Beyerdynamic DT880 Pro Limited-Edition Black

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Hi Guys, There are some question regarding the lineups of DT880 series and their performances. I'm looking for Headphones for music production, so FLAT one is needed.
  1. Is DT880 Pro more suitable for Monitoring and mixing work, than DT880?
  2. Between Audio-technica's Ath-m70x and DT880 Pro, which one would be nicer for work?
SteveLee
Let me edit the question... among these two and HD6XX, which one is the nicest for production?
SteveLee
Amazon has the 600 ohm version of the DT 880 (Premium) for $176.34. This is the model I have been using in my studio for several years. 600 ohm>smaller wire>tighter windings>stronger electromagnetic field>more detail and less distortion according to CNET. You need a headphone amp with decent output. I use mine with a Universal Audio Apollo Twin and a Schiit Valhalla 2. Very accurate for mixing and mastering. I wrote more below.
Wow it sure shipped fast
I've been using a pair of DT 880's (600 ohm version) for five years in my studio for tracking, mixing and mastering. I also own a pair of DT 1990's (250 ohm) and DT 990's (250 ohm) that I like very much. All have the same basic sonic signature. The 600 ohm 880's are the most clinical and accurate. They also have minimal clamping force and the widest soundstage of the lot. Treble extension is remarkable which is great for engineers. You can hear what's happening with the hi hats, ride cymbals, and transients. I suppose some users would describe that as "bright," but modern recording and playback gear is capable of squeezing out a lot of information at the extremes, and if you want to hear all of it, most Beyers will oblige. If you desire a more burnished sound, go for some other brand. I'm guessing that the 250 ohm versions are probably a bit more emphatic and less subtle in their delivery, but for less than $200, the 880's are a great deal no matter which version or where you purchase them. A few years back, they went for $269 ($299 for the 600 ohm premiums).
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how durable is the cable? i'm interested in this but definitely dont want to deal with broken/irreplaceable cables later down the line.
notsofast
Given its fixed, not the most durable in the world, but the 880 Pro line is coiled. Meaning that it's technically longer than a straight, but has quite a bit of give to it. Just as long as you're not constantly tugging, yanking, or running over it with your chair, it should hold up to moderate use. I would keep it away from floor traffic when not in use however.
These or the 6XX ? What is the best headphone under 200 (maybe 250)?
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If you listen the music at normal volume you don't need an DAC/Amp for Custom Studio, but if you listen at higher volume you'll need some too (Schiit Fulla 2 should be perfect for the Custom Studio)
Jawad
These are waaay more cozy than the 6xx cans by far. The will require amping to get the best sound out of these. Very detailed and balanced, definitely not tweaked to be either too bassy or trebled. An all around excellent pair of headphones for the price. The earpads are oh so comfy! Not fatiguing by any means either. Oh, btw these are still made in Germany! Ja, Deutschland ueber alles!😁
dt880 premium chrome edition is $179 on amazon currently, prime. Same 250ohm as the pros.
I’ve had the dt880 pros for many years, and while I remember them starting relatively harsh, they’ve remained my favorite pair of headphones even against higher price point cans.
Hey, I currently own a pair of 6XXs (paired with the Schiit Fulla 2) and I'm simply in love with them. The only issue I have is that when the TV is turned on (beside my setup), I can hear everything playing. Based on personal usage, do any of you think these cans would be a good alternative to swap with my 6XXs when the TV is turned on? Or does the semi-open design not isolate enough? Would love to hear some feedback even though there's roughly 24 hours left on the drop! :)
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Maxime-DLH
The Beyerdynamic DT-1350 portables isolate well due to clamping factor, but keep in mind even the most isolating headphones will leak in some surrounding noise. You may want to look into noise canceling, like from Sony and Bose (the new WH-1000XM3s are getting rave reviews).
stalepie
Too late now :P I joined the drop. Hopefully I won't regret it! Thanks for the suggestions though, I'll look into those when I'm on the market for an new pair of headphones.
The DT880 should have been called the DT8800 for the wide treble peak centered at 8800 Hz. While they have well-presented bass and mids, the DT880 are substantially bright. Don't let anyone convince you otherwise.
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I've been curious about Beyerdynamics for a while because they have a good reputation especially for electronic music (and because I'm basically addicted to buying random shit). I've suddenly turned into a bit of a bass head but I'm also sensitive to overly bright treble which the Beyers also seem to have a reputation for.So for me, DT880 are definitely out. And really I think I've answered my own question. I should just find a way to audition a pair, maybe the DT770s, before I order any online since I'm so concerned about it. I'll have to look around!
cwelton17
Correct, most Beyerdynamics are a bit bright. But I remember the DT770 being quite transparent and neutral, without excessive bass or treble. Would you be using your next headphones mostly at home? Do you prefer around-ear headphones? Do you want the headphones to have more-than-neutral bass by default... or would or be fine with engaging a bass boost with software or hardware?
Does this version have the coiled cable? I read through the description and looked at the pics, but didn’t seem to find the info.
nicdub
I purchased these from the last drop. Yes, the Pros use a coiled cable.
what price can i expect these to be compared to the regular version i can find elsewhere?
Mecha_Emperor_Palpatine
199
Update: It's the Premium Special Edition that are the most comfortable. Those are the ones that Massdrop should drop.
Update 2: People on Amazon seem to like the Pro better, so maybe the Premium Special Edition is too loose. Feel free to comment.
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That is quite true, it all falls into what the person's ears are attached too... we all perceive sound differently, especially when it comes to being an "audiophile" of sound.
Uhuh
I'm broke right now, but this is Beyer's best headphone, not the 990. This also has a more relaxed fit fof a more comfortable feel at home. The Studio version has a different clamping mechanism and is tighter, though both are comfortable. These should last for 20 years or more. Replacement earpads are easy to come by and snap right on. These are a little more accurate that the DT 990s, which have a slightly elevated bass response. The 990s are more intended for musicians and live broadcast engineers, who need to be able to hear the sound to stay with the beat, in the case of musicians, or make mixing adjustments on the fly, in the case of live broadcast engineers. They are designed so the s ound is sure to be heard, though, overall, they are accurate headphones.
The DT880s are more accurate and made for mix mastering engineers. They sound like nearfield monitors. This is the home version.
These stand alonside such headphones as the Sennheiser HD 580, 600, 650, AKG 701s, the better Audeze, and the better HiFi Mans 400) as being the most accurate headphones in the world. These are the home versions. I've been waiting for them to come up, but I just don't have the money right now. If I did, I'd plunk my money down. I'd probably never need to buy a pair of home headphones again.
Anybody who can afford these should buy a pair. They should be part of Massdrops's permanent, or perpetual, collection.
Go to: https://reference-audio-analyzer.pro/en/param6.php?idhp2=796
This is a Russian measurement site but it offers translation to English. You can compare different headphones. Their method of measurement is slightly different. They put the microphone at the entrance to the ear canal for headphones, so the boost and notch in the treble is a little bit different. But it's all relative.
Notice how smooth the DT 880s are in the midrange and bass. Nearly perfect. You can compare them them to the 650s and HE-400s.
The earphone measurements are about right because they use a different method--a simulated ear canal. Look at the Advanced Sound M4. That practically matches what Advanced Sound has on its website. And a good pair of earphones too.
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Assembled in stock form, the HiVi DIY 3.1 are bright speakers and are not classified as near-field monitors. Treble quantity of is not analogous to treble quality or detail. Detail on the DT880 is above average for their cost, but they simply have too much treble and do not reproduce this range properly. From personal experience, I can confirm this.
My statement that the 'DT880 are very bright headphones and do not sound like near-field monitors' is factual. Just look at frequency response graph that shows a wide treble peak starting at 5 kHz:
https://www.innerfidelity.com/images/BeyerdynamicDT880250ohm.pdf
mattris
Fair enough. What headphones do you like?
This is available on Amazon for $179.
EDIT: Nevermind! Thats the DT990! My bad!
I'm looking for a decent set of over-ear headphones to start using on my commute to and from work on the Long Island Railroad (~3 hours a day total). Would a semi-open back design, like these headphones, be a poor decision in those tight quarters? I know there would obviously be sound bleed but how obnoxious would that be? Any help here is much appreciated!
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Thanks for the info!
I happened to pick up Bose QC 25's on Prime Day. Clearly not the most hi-fi but couldn't turn down the price for probably the best wired ANC headphone available.
You wouldn't happen to get on at Ronkonkoma, would you? I see someone get on every morning wearing 770 Pros. Haven't brought myself to bothering him at 6:15 AM yet.
Hank_Mardukas
ha, I used to catch the Port Jeff line and transfer to the train from Ronkonkoma on the way to Hunterspoint/LIC. I've since moved to BedStuy and only catch the LIRR to visit the parents now. The inconsistency of the trains was a contributing factor to my move.
May I know if the wire are coiled? Or it's straight
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Yeah, that is true for the 770 and 990s (which I also own) but the 880 is specifically coiled. Not sure why they made that distinction.
devolutionary
I learned something today then :)
Just got these for 178 shipped with Ebay's flash sale discount code.
I thought mass drop was the Mecha of digital deals. The fact thisproduct can be obtained some place else more quickly and cheaper let’s kind of deflates the image of being able to provide sweet deals. Glad I saw this.
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Quinny
The 'Pro' version of the DT880 is normally $250 USD, so this looks like a good deal. The 'Premium Edition' version of the DT880 is usually cheaper at about $180 USD. This drop is for the Pro version in black-on-black. So it's both different and cheaper than usual.
rongon
Granted it's been a while since I was in the market for a dt 770/880/990 but over the years the prices have typically fallen into these buckets: Pro - standard edition 250 ohm - typically the cheapest in all three models Premium - 600 ohm typically the most expensive and all resistances generally more expensive than vanilla Pro but varies with any "special edition" Pro/Premium pricing.
while they may (depends on who you ask) not look as sleek /nice if it was me.. I'd get the DT880 Premiums over the Pro Limited.. the Pro's are comfortable..until you try the premiums and you think oh man this is better isn't it.
I have owned the DT880 Premium 250's for awhile and they are very good.. if you pair them with a warmer amp.. the trebble on these with a brighter Solid state amp is pretty piercing.. I stopped listening to mine for awhile before getting a DarkVoice 336SE and some vintage NOS tubes for it.
if you don't mind the grey I'd totally recommend the Premium / edition model however ~same money on amazon
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atarione
well, if you'd like some DT 880 premiums with the all black colorway, why not vote on this poll and comment?
https://www.massdrop.com/vote/Which-model-should-MD-and-Beyerdynamic-collaborate-on
Any idea how these compare to the ATH-M50’s?
croot
they kinda don't pretty different headphones.. ... but whatever, these are much more neutral than the M50's the treble can be harsh with the DT880's pairing with amp is important (I only like mine with my DV336 tube amp or vintage warm~ sounding stereo reciever(s) .. I find the treble to much when paired with brighter SS gear. The DT880's have a vastly better sound stage than the M50's
These are semi open and much sound leaks out... so much that it is hard to use mine because they disturb my wife in another room. So be aware if using these near others..
I love Massdrop, but why this price? I can get these on Amazon.com for $170.
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You posted a link to the premium. You were wrong. Price has not changed.
Motorrad
OK. You are right. I am wrong.
still made in Germany?
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Bloody marvellous. Makes Germany great again! German engineering, Japanese refinement, Chinese manufacturing and America to sue everyone if when things go pear shaped or not to their liking.
swiftsword69
Ha ha ha! So true! Wisely spoken
what's with the obsession with detachable cables? Headphones worked just fine years before all that shit came on the market. I'm not completely against them, but not something that would determine me picking up or skipping on a pair of cans.
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Sorry that I don't subscribe to a claim that is unsupported by scientific evidence. If the listening experience is more pleasurable for you because you think there are sonic differences in cable swaps and attached cable headphones are more "true to the intended sound." Then go for it, but it doesn't make it true.
If you can offer something more evidence based than "trust me, I have the greatest ears", I'm open to having my mind changed.
onrul
I'm not the only person out there saying swapping cables makes a difference in sound, just the same as you aren't the only saying they don't.
I really hope they make the cable detachable. I have the dt 770 and the cable is absolutely horrendous, I have it coiled in my pocket in the most awkward way when I take them out anywhere, and I broke it once already by stepping on the jack. If they do fix the cable then it would be a no brainer.
I don't know why you'd order them from here. You can get the DT 880 600Ohm version for $165 on Amazon, and you wouldn't have to wait nearly as long for them.
DT880 600Ohm when?
kim-kim
When you have an amp that can drive them. The high ohm eliminates noise as the resistance is greater then the ambient noise you may hear on lesser systems. There is also a change in sound. Others may be able to describe it better technically but its a density in presentation as I hear it. A feeling your in a vacuum listening to the music in a smaller space however your sound stage is still wide before you as far as instrument separation is concerned. I like it but it may not work well for someone looking for an open, airy presentation. Its something to explore if your able to pick up a 600 ohm and expect "not" to use them exclusively for all your listening needs. To limiting as far as driving them is concerned. Keep in mind these are semi-open when in fact they basically provide no isolation. I can't listen to these if I am around environmental noise since the presentation is dense causing be to concentrate into the music but hearing something outside the cans messes with my brain. Its like watching an intense movie that has your focus but someone is sitting right behind you chewing and slurping. Drives me nuts.
I love their sound but they sit unused at home most of the time due to being open and requiring a good amp.
kim-kim
Right now on Amazon.
These are my love but I have got the 4xx over them unfortunately
We seriously need MD x BD, need those detach cables on these and other BD cans and maybe also tame little bit of those treble. I would 100% buy them.
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satseh
I would love to see a MD version of the 1990. Maybe change some coloration, like with the Elex, for $499.99. I would buy them in a heartbeat.
I just received it and wow! It is greater than my Grado SR80e! I am not sure whether it is because of the over ear and on ear design, the sound is better on DT880.
Cancerlania
Can you expand on "better"?
Is the sound signature SR80? I would love to have a comfortable version of the SR80. Are the DT 880 the answer?
mindhead1
Definitely DT880, much more comfortable and sound way better.
I have owned the DT880 250omhs (premium) for some years.. for myself I am quite fond of them..
I will advise / warn that depending on your preferences / hearing the treble can be pretty harsh if paired with a brighter Solid state amp... I can't listen to these with my FiiO E07K/E09K stack.. too harsh
They are listenable /not bad with my 80's vintage Kenwood KR-V106R receiver
They are delightful with my DV336SE (RCA 6SN7GT and GE 6AS7GA) the highs are tames the sound stage is good the lows quite good.
blah blah... these are best (imho) when paired w/ tube amp if possible or warmer Solid State amp.. bright SS gear should be avoided.
comfort is quite good
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Thank you! I believe DT880 250 ohm edition will be the right choice for me as I will use them for music production as studio headphone and I need them as flat and neutral as possible.
Timewalker
They should do quite well for that... the DT line maintains a pro audio focus. They claim the 770 is best for monitoring, 880 for mixing and 990 for mastering. The first two make sense to me but the last one would only be good for revealing problems with the bass and treble frequencies due to the strong V sound signature IMO.
Lots of different reviews about this all over the internet. I'm interested in a comparison against the HD6XX, which I already have, I think we can say for sure their treble is more prominent, but are they piercing? I'm very sensitive to treble, but I'm looking for something to make contrast with the HD6XX, but still pleasant to hear.
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Nice, thanks for the heads up, I'll look into it, based on the opnions I've got here and other reviews, I think this are the only Beyer I could have, I'm happy with the HD6XX, but I'm looking for something less bassy, I'm even considering to buy the HD600, I think I'll end getting the DT880 as well.
Fenriz
I just grabbed some DT 880s (600 Ohms) a few weeks ago, and am powering them with a Schiit Stack (Modi2U/Magni3). The brightness of them definitely took a bit of getting used to. For the most part, once you get used to it, they sound pretty great... but on occasion the brightness of them can make certain tracks (or parts of certain tracks) sound unpleasant.