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beyerdynamic DT 880 PRO Studio Headphones
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- Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro Professional Studio Headphones. 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.
- Single-sided cable. Velour, circum-aural (around the ear) ear pads. Supplied in a nylon carrying case. Transmission type Wired. Headphone design (operating principle) Semi-open.
- Headphone design (operating principle) Semi-open. Headphone impedance 250 ohms. Headphone frequency response 5 - 35.000 Hz. Nominal sound pressure level 96 dB.
- Cable & plug Coiled connecting cable with mini-jack plug (3.5 mm) & ¼“ adapter (6.35 mm). Net weight without packaging 295 g.
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The Studio Classic
Proven quality over many years - not just the popular choice among professionals.
For years now, professional users all over the world have placed their trust in our classic range: DT 770/880/990 PRO. The studio reference headphones boast extremely detailed resolution and a very transparent sound.
The DT 880 PRO is the semi-open studio headphone that impressively boasts natural and neutral sound.
The reference for the studio
The wide stereo image, neutral sound and the extremely high resolution make the DT 880 PRO a reliable reference headset for studio use. The DT 880 PRO allows mixing errors to be identified immediately, making this headset the ideal companion for mixing and mastering. It is also a reliable tool for every sound enthusiast and a loyal companion for producers in the studio.
Outstanding spaciousness and Neutral sound with no tonal colouration
The headset offers unique spaciousness thanks to the semi-open design, ensuring an excellent and wide stereo image. The sound is slightly more three-dimensional than the sound of the DT 770 PRO. The DT 880 PRO impresses with it's finely graduated tonal depth even at low volumes. It reproduces soundtracks without changing their tonal color. This allows optimum vocal positioning in mixing and ensures every slightest nuance is distinguished.
High wearing comfort - single sided cable
The robust spring steel headband ensures a comfortable and secure fit for the wearer. Soft, adjustable ear cups provide for added comfort when wearing for long periods. The single sided cable allows the DT 880 PRO to be put on and taken off frequently without cables getting in the way.
Compared to the DT 880 Premium Edition
The DT 880 Premium edition headset for use at home and the DT 880 PRO studio headset; both are identical when it comes to sound. Identically designed acoustic transducers are used. However, the Premium edition models have a somewhat softer headband for enjoying music at home while the PRO headset has a slightly tighter fit on the head so that it doesn't move even in case of faster movements in everyday studio use. Moreover, the PRO version is supplied with a coiled cable and the Premium edition version with a straight cable.
|DT 770 PRO||DT 880 PRO||DT 990 PRO|
|Design||Closed (powerful isolation of ambient noises)||Semi-open (low attenuation of ambient noise)||Open (ambient noise penetrates freely in and out)|
|Sound Quality||Very spacious, transparent, detailed||Neutral, relaxed, relatively spacious, deep but clean bass, transparent||Strong bass and treble, analytical, very spacious, voluminous bass, transparent|
|Cable (length and type)||1.6 m / straight cable (32 ohm version), 3 m / straight cable (80 ohm version), 3 m / coiled cable (250 ohm version)||3 m / coiled cable||3 m / coiled cable|
|All parts replaceable||✓||✓||✓|
|Accessories||Stereo 6.35mm jack adapter, drawstring bag, operating instructions, warranty booklet||Stereo 6.35mm jack adapter, drawstring bag, operating instructions, warranty booklet||Stereo 6.35mm jack adapter, drawstring bag, operating instructions, warranty booklet|
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|Item Dimensions||4.7 x 9.4 x 11.2 in||5 x 10 x 8 in||4.49 x 7.05 x 8.9 in||4 x 7 x 8.5 in||8.8 x 9.2 x 4.5 in||4.5 x 9 x 8.6 in|
|Item Weight||0.62 lb||1 lb||1.82 lbs||1.76 ounces||—||—|
|Additional Features||Adjustable Headband||noise-isolation||lightweight, volume-control||Noise-Isolation-Feature||foldable||Tangle-Free Cord, Noise-isolation, Closed-Back, Over-Ear Headphones, Velours Earpads|
The DT 880 PRO 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. Soft ear pads and adjustable, sliding, earpieces together with a single sided connecting cable ensure listening comfort during extended periods of use.
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Next, I currently own these alongside a pair of Sennheiser HD 600's - another recognized great headphone for the price. I also own a pair of Sony MDR 7506 that I use for "utility" purposes. The headphone amp I am using is the Beyerdynamic A20, which IMHO is also a great HP amp if you can get it for the right price. When I saw it temporarily drop to $299, I jumped on it and could not be happier. I also have a Schiit Asgaard, which again is considered a great HP amp for the money, but the was not driving the DT880 600 Ohm well enough for me, nor was it the best match for the HD 600 at 300ohm impedance. I also tried the Valhalla II, but was not wowed because its sound seemed "stuck" between solid state and tube - not tubey enough to be considered a tube amp for me, and with its "low" 14 ohm impedance I was not as impressed with the 600Ohm DT880 than with the Beyer A20. The Valhalla II gave more volume / power, but the A20 just sounded more refined on the highs and mids to me. YMMV.
So, the obvious question - how do I stack up the Beyer DT880 600 Ohm against the Senn HD 600? Well, obviously, they are both great headphones. But for my ears, I like the DT 880 just a bit better after many hours of listening. There are a lot of comments regarding "Neutral vs Natural" when comparing these headphones, and I can see some of that coming through in these two phones. Interestingly, I find the DT880 to be more "natural" than the HD 600 though. I have heard phrases like the "Sennheiser veil" used, and at times I just feel the DT880 is more open, natural and just reproduces the mids and highs a tad better. Now, although price does not make a phone sound better or worse by itself, considering I got the DT880 for $100 less than the HD600 only makes the fact they are so close in performance that much sweeter.
For classical music, I automatically reach for the Dt880. Same for Jazz. For vocals and soft rock I like the HD 600 a little better, for classic rock and hard rock sometimes I like the DT880, sometimes the HD600. Overall I use the DT880 more, and prefer its allegiance to the RIAA curve. But realize everyone's ear are different, and heaphones are about as personal as it comes in audio - moreso than speakers because headphone are right over the top of your ears, revealing much more if there are any flaws in the sound.
When it comes to comfort between the HD600 and DT880, for my head shape and size it is no contest - the Dt880 is like wearing a comfortable pillow, where I find the HD 600 has a little too much clamping force, and the earcups not as comfortable After about 20 min wearing the HD600, I know it is on my head, and I think about it being there - compared to the DT880 which just disappears, and you don't even think about it. Because of the style of ear cup and pad, the DT880 can get a little warmer if the ambient temperature is on the high side, but in most conditions the DT880 is just plain more comfortable. Period. I know everyone's head shape and size is different, but there seems to be a common thread of most finding the DT880 as more comfortable when wearing for long periods.
Next, I do like the detachable cord on the HD600 better, so if you accidentally step on the cord, it detaches instead of potentially damaging it. Plus, the HD 600 has a cord to each cup, which although might result in one more cord hanging down, it also means no need for wiring through the headband, which some claim can be an advantage for longevity. However, the DT880 cord seems better made, is thicker, and has a nicer feel to it.
I am considering trying out a pair of HD650's to compare, I am interested how those stack up. I am a big Senn fan as I also own their RS 185 and Momentum M2 Wireless phones, which are tops in their class for what they are. But I just became a Beyerdynamic fan due to the DT880's performance, and great price. I am apt to try more of their products now that I have had such a great experience with the DT880's and the A20 Headphone Amp.
Great headphone for the money, especially when it drops to the $170 range, which I see periodically. I have no trouble recommending.
Thanks for reading.
After gathering a ton of feedback, I decided that the DT-880's were the right pair for me in this price range. I am very happy with my decision. I run these through my Apogee Duet Firewire interface and must say the sound is really excellent. While I still need to check my final mixes on monitors, I can do 90% of my composing/mixing with these and then just tweak final mixes with my monitors and a couple of other headphones. The Duet powers the headphones pretty well, but not to the same level of many other headphones, so that is something to keep in mind.
If you want a neutral, clear, and detailed sound, I would definitely recommend these headphones. They might not be the most exciting, colored, or "fun" sounding pair, but they work very well for professional applications or for someone looking for a more elegant sound.
These are the real deal. Wonderfully neutral. I don't like words like 'soundstage' or 'imaging' because who the heck knows what those words mean - From a measurable, analytical standpoint, these are super close to flat, and very good at making the entire frequency spectrum audible, even, and clear. That's the kind of sound I like. I use them professionally for mixing because of this. They are perfect for this!
Like some people here have said - there's something going on in the highs.. They become louder or softer dependent on the exact position on the head. Whenever I think there's something going on with the highs, I move them on my head a little and all is well. I personally think this high end that people talk about has more to do with positioning than anything else.
Physically comfortable - I've worn them for 4-6 hours on end mixing, no discomfort.
I got the 220 ohm (Is it 220? Not the low one, not the super high one, the middle impedance one) - They do indeed need something a bit more powerful than a phone to produce a rockin' volume.
I think a lot of headphones tend to make sounds step all over each other - i.e., one frequency might mask another frequency at points - I think that these headphones produce all frequencies clearly at the same time. I hadn't realized this concept fully until hearing something as clear as these.
Great headphones! Anyone serious about sound should own a pair.