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Beyerdynamic DT-880 Edition B-Stock

B-Stock with full warrantySlight traces of use

Equipped with precise and balanced sound characteristics of the DT 990, DT-880 has semi-open design, combining the strengths of open and closed headphones. The complete sound spectrum is reproduced in detail from the deepest sub bass to the highest highs.

Hi-Fi headphones

  • Semi-open
  • Circumaural (full size)
  • Dynamic
  • Frequency range: 5-35000 Hz
  • Impedance: 250 Ohm
  • Peak SPL: 96 dB
  • Cable length: 3 m
  • 3.5 mm Jack
  • Weight with cable: 358 g
  • Weight without cable: 297 g
  • Incl. adapter to 6.3 mm jack and carry bag

Further information

Design / Construction Over Ear
System Semi Open
Impedance 250 Ohms
Frequency range 35000 Hz – 5 Hz
Adapter Yes
Replacable Cable No
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Great sounding, very comfortable premium headphones

Christopher982, 01.06.2013
Hi

I now have three pairs of quality headphones, the Sennheiser HD650, the AKG K701 and these Beyers. All three look quite attractive despite being very different. The Beyer earcups are bare metal, probably aluminium and look very solid. They are round and slightly smaller than the round AKGs and oval Sennheisers but still fit my quite large ears. These Beyers are the most comfortable of the three as they are light both in terms of their deadweight and clamping pressure.

The cable is a flat 10ft OFC design terminating in a 3.5mm mini jack which is fixed permanently to the left earcup. The cable caused no audible noise when tapped and there is a gold plated adapter included which screws securely over the mini jack to convert to the larger ¼ inch jack size.

I listen to music using a Windows 7 PC and the Foobar 2000 music player. These headphones deserve a decent headphone amp. Initially I was not impressed with the sound of the Beyers as they seemed a little flat and dull and lacking in punch and excitement but this quickly changed. I don't know why this happened - it could be something as simple as increasing the volume as these seem slightly harder to drive than my other headphones.

I now really enjoy the sound of these headphones. In terms of sound signature they are more similar to the AKG than the Sennheiser being punchy, clear and exciting but perhaps lacking a bit of bass weight. The Sennheisers have a much warmer, darker, meaty sound. The Beyers probably have more detail than the AKGs and are more airy in presentation. If you look at graphs of the frequency response of the three models the AKGs have a pretty flat response whereas the Sennheisers have a tilted profile with more emphasis on bass and lower mids. The Beyers have an unusual scooped profile where there is a deliberate dip in the midrange. Apparently hearing is naturally most sensitive in this range and the dip allows more audible detail in the treble region. I can attest that this is indeed happening as I hear details on some recordings that are missing with the other two headphones.

Some reviews say the Beyers have too strong a treble and little bass. I think this comes down to personal taste as I like the tonal balance. I'm also using a very neutral amp, the open source solid state O2 from Epiphany Acoustics, which has plenty of power and a low output impedance which doesn't colour the sound. The headphone I am reviewing is the 250ohm version but they are also manufactured in 32ohm and 600ohm variants. The 32ohm version is designed for portable players and the 600ohm version might be more suited to high output impedance tube amps. There is also a 250ohm Pro version with a curly cord rather than a flat cable which some might prefer.

The only problem I have had was with the slider mechanism. The cups adjust on a slider and are supposed to click firmly into place. However the left cup was too loose and would not hold its position well. It became annoying to constantly have to check and reposition the cup prior to listening. Beyerdynamic themselves are sending me a replacement part to fix this. I bought these as B stock so I have only reduced the score by one star in regard to this quality issue.

Overall I think the Beyer DT880 is a great sounding headphone and I would heartily recommend it. I now have three pairs of headphones and I like all three and appreciate the sound differences each offers. If pushed to recommend one of the three I would say the Beyer. This is not because it is obviously superior to the others but the Sennheiser is more of an acquired taste which some may not like and while the sound signature of both the Beyer and AKG seem very neutral and natural to me the Beyer is more detailed and more comfortable when worn for long periods. The Beyers are great all rounders with no obvious flaws. As long as the source material is fairly well recorded these headphones sound good.

Hope this helps

Christopher
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Beyerdynamic DT-880 Edition 2005 DT-990 Pro vs. AKG K-701

Bernhard aus W., 29.10.2009

Beyerdynamic DT-880 Edition 2005 Tragekomfort: Ähnlich wie beim DT-990, allerdings mit etwas weniger Druck. Für mich der angenehmste Kopfhörer im Test, was den Komfort anbelangt.

Beyerdynamic DT-880 Edition 2005 Verarbeitung/Material: Von den drei getesteten KH, jener, der bei mir den besten Qualitätseindruck hinterlassen hat. Viel Aluminium, top verarbeitet, dafür ein bisschen schwerer.

Beyerdynamic DT-880 Edition 2005 Design: Finde ihn schöner als den DT-990, aber noch Welten hinter dem AKG. Aber das ist schlussendlich natürlich eine Frage des persönlichen Geschmacks....

Ich hoffe ich konnte dem einen oder anderen seine Kaufentscheidung damit etwas erleichtern! Die Eindrücke entsprechen natürlich meinen persönlichen Präferenzen." data-mt-lang="en-x-mtfrom-de" data-translated="I had the opportunity to compare the above headphones extensively with each other. The following report will provide information about my personal experiences with these headphones. The criteria for selecting the correct headphone according to importance: 1. sound, 2. wear comfort, 3. workmanship / material, 4. appearance <br><br> Material used: Source: CD, music styles across my collection, mainly jazz, electro, pop, rock; Hardware: Yamaha CDX-396, NAD C320 BEE <br><br> Beyerdynamic DT-880 Edition 2005 Sound: Very nice! Top sound, detailed reproduction of the mids and trebles, still powerful basses. The choice between the AKG and the DT-880 was very difficult for me. I once read "the rock headphones" - which I can only connect. Beautiful mids, hard drums, beautiful heights, without getting annoyed. Less bass than the DT-990 Pro, still more than enough available. This makes it not unpleasant even with very long listening sessions, which can happen with the DT-990 due to the unexpected bass reproduction. The DT-880 differs from the sound picture and / or the room still from the AKG. My personal impression: While the AKG believes you can stand in front of the stage and find instruments well, the DT-880 believes you are in the middle of the action. The first impression is that the Beyerdynamic provides a "fuller" sound, while the AKG appears in a direct comparison somewhat "thin". When listening to it for a long time, it was something "too much sound" - to say it with my words. Since I am then again gladly moved to the AKG. Conclusion: Top headphones with which ultimately the personal taste and the preferred music direction decides. <br><br> Beyerdynamic DT-880 Edition 2005 Carry Comfort: Similar to the DT-990, but with slightly less pressure. For me, the most comfortable headphones in the test, in terms of comfort. <br><br> Beyerdynamic DT-880 Edition 2005 Processing / Material: Of the three tested KH, the one who has left me the best quality impression. A lot of aluminum, top processed, but a bit heavier. <br><br> Beyerdynamic DT-880 Edition 2005 Design: Find it more beautiful than the DT-990, but still worlds behind the AKG. But this is, of course, a question of personal taste .... <br><br> I hope I could make one or the other his purchase decision to facilitate something! The impressions naturally correspond to my personal preferences." > I had the opportunity to compare the above headphones extensively with each other. The following report will provide information about my personal experiences with these headphones. The criteria for selecting the correct headphone according to importance: 1. sound, 2. wear comfort, 3. workmanship / material, 4. appearance

Material used: Source: CD, music styles across my collection, mainly jazz, electro, pop, rock; Hardware: Yamaha CDX-396, NAD C320 BEE

Beyerdynamic DT-880 Edition 2005 Sound: Very nice! Top sound, detailed reproduction of the mids and trebles, still powerful basses. The choice between the AKG and the DT-880 was very difficult for me. I once read "the rock headphones" - which I can only connect. Beautiful mids, hard drums, beautiful heights, without getting annoyed. Less bass than the DT-990 Pro, still more than enough available. This makes it not unpleasant even with very long listening sessions, which can happen with the DT-990 due to the unexpected bass reproduction. The DT-880 differs from the sound picture and / or the room still from the AKG. My personal impression: While the AKG believes you can stand in front of the stage and find instruments well, the DT-880 believes you are in the middle of the action. The first impression is that the Beyerdynamic provides a "fuller" sound, while the AKG appears in a direct comparison somewhat "thin". When listening to it for a long time, it was something "too much sound" - to say it with my words. Since I am then again gladly moved to the AKG. Conclusion: Top headphones with which ultimately the personal taste and the preferred music direction decides.

Beyerdynamic DT-880 Edition 2005 Carry Comfort: Similar to the DT-990, but with slightly less pressure. For me, the most comfortable headphones in the test, in terms of comfort.

Beyerdynamic DT-880 Edition 2005 Processing / Material: Of the three tested KH, the one who has left me the best quality impression. A lot of aluminum, top processed, but a bit heavier.

Beyerdynamic DT-880 Edition 2005 Design: Find it more beautiful than the DT-990, but still worlds behind the AKG. But this is, of course, a question of personal taste ....

I hope I could make one or the other his purchase decision to facilitate something! The impressions naturally correspond to my personal preferences.
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