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Beyerdynamic DT-880 Pro Headphones (250 Ohm)
- Semi-open, diffuse-field studio headphone
- Analytical sound
- Comfortable fit due to rugged, adjustable, soft padded headband construction
- Robust, easy serviceable construction as all parts are replaceable
- 2 year manufacturer warranty only when purchased from an authorized beyerdynamic dealer.
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It all started with the talkie: electrical engineer Eugen Beyer started his own company in Berlin in 1924 to build cinema speakers. His Elektrotechnische Fabrik Eugen Beyer laid the foundations for a world leading manufacturer of headphones, microphones and conference systems – and for today's beyerdynamic GmbH & Co. KG.
beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro Semi Open Back Headphones
Semi-open reference headphone for monitoring applications.
- Semi-open diffuse-field studio headphone
- Comfortable fit due to rugged, adjustable, soft padded (leatherette) headband construction
- Robust, easy serviceable construction as all parts are replaceable
- Velour, circumaural and replaceable ear pads
- Available in different impedances
Comfort that must be experienced
While we are known for great sounding headphones, we also make some of the most comfortable in the industry. The combination of our Velour Earpads and a lightweight design, result in the best listening experience imagined.
What is a Semi Open Back Headphone ?
Our Semi Open back ear cups are ported and lined with an acoustic baffling to retain some of the acoustic energy. We are know for making some of the best closed and open back headphones in the world. The DT 880 possesses the best qualities of both.
The balanced reduction of environmental noise guarantees a perfect spherical sound, while the complete sound spectrum is reproduced in great detail from the lowest sub bass up to the highest frequencies. The higher frequencies are crystal-clear without being unpleasant and impress with a very smooth sound. The precise balanced mid frequencies are analytical and supportive, without being predominate. The bass is voluminous without being too obtrusive.
Made to Measure in Germany
The Made in Germany quality promise applies to product development and manufacture: the designs of beyerdynamic engineers and designers in Heilbronn are then built by approximately 180 highly qualified employees in Germany – mostly by hand.
All products and key technologies are developed in Germany at the company headquarters in Heilbronn. Instead of outsourcing design assignments or purchasing finished solutions from third-party manufacturers abroad, beyerdynamic retains the know-how of its personnel in-house.
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The DT 880 PRO 250 by Beyerdynamic is a reference class, semi open studio headphone which combines all strengths of open, transparent headphones with those of more powerful, closed headphones. Specially designed housings and an improved system equalization turn this "remake" of the studio classic DT 880 into an ideal studio monitoring headphone, with analytical qualities. The balanced reduction of environmental noise guarantees a perfect spherical sound. The higher frequencies are crystal clear with a very smooth sound. The precise balanced mid frequencies are analytical and supportive and the bass is voluminous without being too obtrusive. Soft ear pads and adjustable, sliding, earpieces combined with a single sided connecting cable ensure listening comfort during extended periods of use. Since 1924 Beyerdynamic has remained a German family owned company committed to continuous research and innovative developments for the audio market. All over the world, Beyerdynamic is known for the use of the latest technologies and a high quality standard. All Beyerdynamic products are made in Germany.
Top Customer Reviews
These DT 880's from beyerdynamic are actually only my second pair of high-end (?) headphones I have ever owned. Actually, my preferred way of listening to music is via headphones. I live on my own, I do have a pair of wonderful speakers (the exquisite, clean and clear-sounding Monitor Audio Silver RS6 - in a sense they sound quite like the headphones under review here), but one does have to take the presence of neighbours into account ;-) For those reasons I expect - and are constantly on the lookout for - the best (for as far as my relatively limited wishes are concerned). I think I now may have found it.
My 'infatuation' with the luxury of 'best possible sound' reproduced by headphones began only a few years ago, when, after careful consideration, I decided to buy myself a pair of Grado SR-80's. I think they are simply some of the best - not even taking into account the 'low' price of this set (certainly for such great sound). But as goes in these things, somehow I wanted even more, like maybe a little less harsh or direct sound (more 'rounded') and a better sense of soundstage (both very desirable for things like opera and symphonic/orchestral music), while at the same time retaining the same clarity and refinement of the Grado SR-80's, and so I began to look out for something even 'better'. Better is of course a relative term, certainly when comparing these two wonderful sets of (differently priced) headphones, both with their own distinctive 'character'.
ABOUT THE QUALITY THEY OFFER. These DT 880's are more expensive than the Grado SR-80's, but they are indeed better: they do offer more for the extra money (they are about twice the price, but certainly worth it, IMHO, certainly if one can spare the money). Well, they certainly sound different. To me, the DT 880's sound finely analytical, but at the same time 'relaxed' and 'civilized' or 'refined', offering a fine balance between the highs, middles and lows, without favoring any of those in any obvious way, thereby 'drowning out' any other element within the sound picture, like singing voices (which are, actually, like everything else, reproduced wonderfully crisp and clear, revealing more of their finer nuances and details than other headphones). I certainly like this very much; it is just what I want. Nothing is ever too much 'in your face' and at the same time you get the chance to hear a wealth of detail without getting fatigued. This last thing may have something to do with the fact that the reproduced sound is set - unlike any other set of headphones I have ever tried (up to now) - within a naturally wide and open soundstage: the feeling of 'as if you were there yourself', especially pleasant with opera-recordings and movies. This quality of the DT 880's is especially obvious in (live) recorded performances set within a wider acoustic space. The natural and honest sound-reproduction really pays great dividents here: one does really get a sense of the acoustics of the space the recording was made, adding greatly to the enjoyment, at least to this particular listener.
Maybe one slight 'disadvantage' of this honesty of reproduction may to some people be that any possible shortcomings of a recording (like hiss in analogue recordings) also become somewhat more apparent than with other headphones. But I personally have not found this to be annoyingly so, comparing the difference with my other headphones.
IMHO, one cannot go wrong with these headphones. They are really, really great. They offer an extremely clear, honest, wide-ranging and detailed sound picture that is extremely pleasing and refined (don't read 'bland'!) to the ear, but which truly brings out the best in any recording of any kind of music, I think.
I have grown to love them. If you can or would only want to spare the money for just one great set of high-end headphones that will serve all your needs, then these are the ones, I believe. Please try these for yourself and be amazed. Highly recommended.
I listen to all kind of music, ranging from classical to rock, metal (think of Dimmu Borgir, Wintersun, Amorphis...) and everything in between. My quest was to find a detailed, revealing headphone, and I A/Bed several headphones in stores, using Fiio X3 2nd gen as I tried to find something efficient enough without the need of amplifier:
* Sennheiser HD598: smooth, but boring for most rock with virtually no bass.
* Audio-Technica ATH-M50x: overrated, the sound was too constricted and the bass was bloated. It gave me headache just after 5 minutes of listening.
* Grado sr80e: Gosh! It was like somebody was using chainsaw right beside my ears. Couldn't stand 1 minute.
* Grado sr325e: smoother than sr80e, OK but a bit too metallic to me.
* V-Moda M100: OK, good thumps, a bit less detailed than HD598 and sr325e. Looks good too.
* Sennheiser Momentum On Ear: the bass was very good, detailed, strong, fast, but the mids was a letdown, too distant and overwhelmed by the bass. I could not enjoy any classical piece with it.
* Audeze Sine: perhaps the Fiio X3 2nd could not handle that, because this headphone sounded like a $30 to me.
I also own Sony XBA-A3 - a hybrid IEM with one 16mm dynamic driver and two balanced armature ones, and Skullcandy Grind. To me, the DT 880 is clearer by a wide margin, to the point that I use it to see the differences more than to enjoy the music. You can find the frequency response graphs of DT 880 and equalize it to achieve a smoother experience (that is, increase the bass and decrease the treble around 8kHz for better thump and less sibilance) without losing detail.
I use the DT 880 mostly for films and classical music, and when my head is strong enough, rock and metal. The details are sometimes excessive, so to listen to music to relax, I use the XBA-A3 for a stronger (but slower) bass and smooth treble. The Skullcandy Grind is only for audiobook on my phone, merely because of the convenience (easy to put on/off, has button on the phone) as the bass on this phone is too much for any kind of music (good for those who want Beats bass but lack the money).