Reviews and Problems with Beyer Dynamic DT 880 PRO
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Great sound, but a little uncomfortable
TheSleeve, B&H Photo
6 August 2014
Excerpt: The audio quality of these headphones is great. I am able to hear very fine details in a mix across the full frequency spectrum. I use these in tandem with my Sennheiser HD 280 Pros, which are closed-back. The semi-open construction of the DT 880 PROs gives a much more realistic stereo field and open sound, so I now only use the HD 280s for tracking with microphones when closed back headphones are really a necessity.
Excerpt: I use the headphones for 5-6 hours a day in an open office environment (i.e. no walls between coworkers and myself). I've been very happy with this purchase. I have enjoyed the headphones so much that I've gone from listening to music once very couple of days to several hours a day. The comfort and quality of the headphones is such that I experience almost no fatigue or discomfort after several hours of listening. I also really like the open style.
Excerpt: I use these headphones in the studio as a main reference source. Excellent frequency response. A nice tight high end without any squelch or tin. The low end comes through clear, but I find it to lack the presence my DAW reflects sometimes when mixing. Overall, the DT880's provide a nice crisp sound across the frequency spectrum. They are a great tool for monitoring any kind of music accurately.
Pros: Clear Sound, Easy To Use, Lightweight, Versatile
Summary: Make no mistake, these are high quality headphones. Their key strengths are a big, wide soundstage, a silky, airy presentation of female vocals, genuinely deep, extended lower bass and excellent detail across the frequency range. Also supremely comfortable! My reservations are that they are ruthlessly unforgiving of poor sources. Tonally, they are very, very neutral, perhaps a bit lean and slightly recessed in the upper bass/mids.
Summary: The DT880s are the most neutral-sounding headphone I have ever heard, and because of this, I hated them at first. It took me quite a long while to become accustomed to their sound. When I did, however, it was a truly rewarding experience. I still don't believe I have heard everything the DT880 has to offer. The soundstage is quite expansive, though not unnaturally so. The highs are light and fluffy and simply a delight to hear.
Summary: First, the bad. The build is merely adequate, given the price, and the coiled cable is one of the worst design decisions ever. The mids aren't as sweet as they could be. I suppose that's why people call this a "neutral" headphone. Lastly, I would say that these 'phones are smooth almost to a fault; at least, they're smooth to the point where I can't really recommend them for rock. Aside from that, I don't think there are any glaring weaknesses.
Summary: Very nice all-around headphone. Does everything well. The standout for me was the tight, fast, detailed bass, some of the best I've heard. I won't go on about all the good qualities of these cans, others have already pointed them out. I had 2 minor complaints and 1 major problem with these. First, I was disappointed with the dry mids. I heard raves about the sweet vocals.
Summary: These are some very nice headphones. The sound signature is very reminiscent of the HD580/600. However, when compared directly to the HD580, the DT880 has more bass extension, as well as more extended and present highs. The mids are also more detailed and realistic, as well as a tad sweeter overall. I never really understood what people meant by the "Sennheiser veil" until I heard these cans and then tried to go back to the HD580.