beyerdynamic DT 880 Premium Special Edition Chrome Version 250 ohm (717258)
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|Model Name||DT 880|
|Form Factor||Over Ear|
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- Designed for Home Stereo and Relaxed Listening
- Semi-Open Back Design with Adjustable Headband and Velour Earpads
- Dynamic Transducer for Increased Fidelity and Performance
- Frequency Response 5 Hz - 35,000 Hz
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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. 250 Ohm Version - Designed for Home Stereo and Relaxed ListeningThis is the 250 ohm version of the DT 880 Premium line, designed explicitly for use with dedicated stereo equipment such as home theater systems and headphone amplifiers. Conventional headphones with lower impedance ratings offer higher volumes at the same level of input, but need heavier drivers to compensate for low impedance or r...
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Overall build and comfort are absolutely superb. These feel very nice in the hand and are super comfortable even for long sessions. The headclamp is just right and they never shift around on me no matter what I'm doing. They aren't as light or comfortable as my looser clamping DT990 Premium 600ohms but they are perfectly nice and feel like luxury on my head and ears. The pads are nice and deep but my ears do contact the drivers if that bothers you. I usually don't mind it and it's not a problem on these either. Nice and soft material.
My sound path is Foobar WASAPI/ASIO -> Schiit Modi Multibit DAC via USB -> Schiit Asgard 2 headamp -> DT880. Using 1ft RCA interconnects from CablesOnline and a Belkin Gold Series 6ft USB cable. So I have a clean path with a very good DAC and a solid headphone amp. At 250ohm these aren't super power hungry but I do need to use High Gain for the most part, so they aren't very efficient either. However I have no problem getting them loud enough in High Gain. In my experience 600ohm Beyers are very hard to power, and require Hi Gain at all times with this amp which sometimes isn't enough. 250 or 300ohm headphones are really my preference because of this. I simply don't like powerful 600ohm capable tube amps on anything but Beyer DT990s, and there isn't another Class-A solid-state I like in this price range.
After reading several comparisons I was concerned that these wouldn't be what I wanted and I'd be forced to the 600ohm models. I was pleasantly surprised overall, and these are easily some of my favorite headphones. They compare very well to my AKG K712s, Sennheiser HD650s/HD599s, and other true mid-fi/lowHi-Fi headphones. Sound-wise the only way I can describe the DT880 Chromes is like my DT990 600ohms after I put them on a tube amp and EQ'd them. Maybe slightly smoother treble and a little tighter soundstage with a little less bass. So basically my ideal headphone. These are excellent. Insane clarity and detail, with very good power handling, and enough quickness to retain most of the sound of the 600ohm Beyers.
These are definitely less open than my other more open headphones. Philips SHP9500S and AKG K712 being obvious examples. The sound leakage is noticeably less than these others. Likewise the sound isolation is better than more traditional open-backs. However, their overall sound signature and way of behaving is very much open-back. These still leak enough sound to bother others, but isolate enough to be very good for immersing yourself in your music.
Treble is perfectly extended right to the edge of harshness. Always detailed but never sibilant or painful to the ears. Some have mentioned that the 600ohm DT880s have better treble, so I feared the worst about these. I was pleasantly surprised. The Beyerdynamic DT series has always had a signature treble sound and these are a perfect example of it done right. These have the same Beyerdynamic bite as my DT990s without the excessive harshness and tube-amp dependence. Just beautiful detail and extension. Potentially fatiguing if you are sensitive, but like sweet honey to the ears of a treblehead. No EQ or other adjustment needed. Gorgeous detail. Exceptionally smooth and well behaved but very fast and spiky when needed. Some of the smoothest, best treble I have ever heard. Every bit the equal to my AKG K712s, HD599s/HD650s, and even the EQ'd DT990s.
Mids are well balanced overall but just a hair recessed, or maybe the treble is elevated a bit. Overall reproduction of instruments and vocals is very crisp and satisfying, with tons of detail. These have just a little growl in the mids, but they are also laid back and calm. A little bit Sennheiser-esque in how smooth and well behaved their mids are. Not overly forward, but with good presence and musicality. The mids are better balanced than on my DT990s, and flatter than my AKG K712s which have a weird hump. Neither are unpleasant in the least, but these have more accurate tuning. Incredibly flat and well behaved. These come across as a hair warm to my ears which is different from the colder sounding DT990s. I imagine the tight-ish clamp and possibly the earpads have something to do with this. Very pleasing.
Bass is very hard to categorize and compare on these headphones. They produce a lot of air movement. Mostly tight with a little mid-bass emphasis/warmth but not particularly fast or impactful, and really low frequencies get a little flubby. Extension is very good and everything is well controlled with excellent texture, but sometimes I'm finding myself wishing these had a little more speed. I imagine the 600ohm DT880 tightens that slow bass up a bit. The T90 headband clamp makes a good difference in my experience, so that's a bonus. These satisfy overall, but I can see where the standard DT880 Premiums would be considered a bit bass-light. These aren't bass-light, but it has no emphasis either. Also, the lowest frequencies sound almost rolled off but they're definitely there. They're just that flat. My low frequency testing songs all pass these headphones with flying colors. So pretty solid marks for bass response, but these are the opposite of a basslover's headphone. I was able to improve bass response on these a bit with some modest EQ adjustments, enough to gain some bump without any noticeable distortion. These headphones EQ very readily so overall a satisfying improvement. Good or maybe even great bass, but not amazing. The other aspects of this headphone outshine it. All that said, they do get rumbling pretty good with rock and roll. ZZ Top sounds insanely good on them, helped in part by how these handle bass.
Imaging and soundstage are both very good. Not amazing but well above average. Separation is clean and it's very easy to place sound elements and instruments within the area. Soundstage is relatively wide but also somewhat contained. Very much like their semi-open nature would suggest. Dynamics within the space are nice and robust, with accurate panning, and elements appearing inside and outside the stage area. Sometimes positioning is a little slushy or fuzzy but never poorly defined. These present music with a certain lushness that's hard to describe and easily rival my other more expensive headphones. These compete very well in the Mid-Fi/Hi-Fi realm. No special tricks just good old fashioned design. I'll just note that my 600ohm DT990 Premiums had a far wider and more open soundstage while retaining the good imaging these have. Not really better or worse IMO, just different.
Also, as always PRAT needs to be considered. Pace, Rhythm, Attack/And Timing. That feeling that gets your hips swaying and your toes tapping. With classic rock and other mostly acoustic music, these have it. With heavy metal and other distorted ear-banging music, these have it. With electronic, rap, RnB and other bass-heavy music, these have it. These have awesome synergy with my Schiit Asgard 2, and the combo is to die for.
I paid $150 for these Used-Like New from Amazon Warehouse Deals. They were in perfect shape and clean. It was an absolute steal, and one of the best headphone purchases I've ever made. These are a classic example of a premium headphone done right. Great balance, with excellent detail. They also scale very well with better equipment. These sound great with nearly all types of music, but excel at acoustic, classic rock, jazz, and other detail-heavy music.
Many will say the 600 ohm version is totally superior to these. I have since spent some extended time with a pair. It does have slightly smoother treble and faster bass response. However these are relative comparisons. The real world differences are pretty small and all versions of the DT880 will sound similar. This Special Chrome Edition, with its tight clamping T90 headband and maybe different earpads, remedies one, possibly two of the 250ohm Premium's worst issues somewhat. It's also a step above the Pro due to the updated build.
Outside the 600ohm Premium, it's probably the best model currently available. Everything about it is an upgrade over the stock Premium or Pro models. What beautiful, wonderful headphones. Me love them long time.
7/2018 update-not even after 6 mos. after purchase, the right ear cup already produces static. I've read a comment here and seen YouTube reviews about the build quality of these newer cans - looks like I ended up with a lemon. my dt 990 is about 4 years old and had much more extensive use than this unit and to date I have had no issues with the 990s (sans an earpad replacement soon). I contacted a BD repair center and will update the rating again based on my support experience (since I'm past the 45 day mark for returns to the seller). needless to say i'm very disappointed with this most recent BD experience and am more chary of my next BD purchase. switching over to the AKG K7xx for my classical and jazz listening since these are now out of the rotation.
8/2018 update-just received the DT 880s back from an authorized service provider and they were the saving grace for this product. I got my headphones back in a week and the communication was seamless. the headphones are back in working order and it remains to be seen how long this lasts. I bumped the rating from 1 to 3 stars - it's still too soon to have these things break.
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Extremely detailed, clear highs, balanced neutral mids, tight fast bass that extends. Imaging is awesome which makes them great for gaming.
Very comfortable as this particular set has better earpads than the usual DT880/990.
Relatively easy to power at 250ohms(still need an amp though)
They look great due to the black/chrome.
The cable is quite poor. Just basic rubber, not very thick and non-detachable.
Build quality is decent but could be better(but then again the price is low)
Overall this is an amazing headphone and spectacular value. I call them the the "mini HD 800" because they have a similar sound signature. Hell, I think I actually like these more than the HD 800.
Si vous voulez évaluer la qualité du mixage, c'est un outil parfait! Si vous cherchez des écouteurs qui offrent des sensations accentuées pour l'écoute personnelle, comme on peut retrouver avec des Beats ou des Bose, ce n'est pas l'objet qu'il vous faut.
Moi je ne ressens plus le besoin d'acheter une autre paire que celle-ci. J'en suis ravi!
En résumé, ça faisait des années que je cherchais ces écouteurs-là.
Look forward to enjoying them every evening. Great phones.