Summary: Coming from a pair of decent Sennheiser HD 558 I didn't expect such a jump in sound quality but I couldn't be happier with the change. Even paired with a low end sound card like the Asus Xonar DGX the DT880 will blow you away. Music, Games, Movies. Especially games, the immersion is fenomenal with these. My friend who was a skeptic about any investment in sound quality was blown away speechless after gaming on my setup for an evening. Do yourself a favor!
Summary: A great choice for an entry level audiophile grade headphones. 32ohm will provide users the portability option, however, it's semi-open in design so it may not be the best choice to use in a noisy environment.
Pros: Excellent sound quality - Made in German. Closer to linear response. 32ohm is relatively easy to drive and does gain a huge boost in SQ with proper amp. Great sound stage, clarity, detail, separation, and image. Excellent build quality (Metal headband)
Cons: Headband clamp is a bit tight and uncomfortable wearing for longer session. This will fix itself overtime once the headband has been stretched and paddings settled in.
Excerpt: Used primarily for classical music listening and for editing classical music live recordings. The performance of these headphones is outstanding. However, note that I am using the 600 Ohm version with professional audio equipment that can drive a 600 ohm load to levels of up to +20 dBm (~7.73 volts into 600 ohms). The 250 ohm version of this headphone requires significantly less voltage and has identical performance.
Excerpt: I have close to a couple hundred hours on these headphones now. While I would have been happy with the sound if it had remained the same as when new, the sound has smoothed out, gaining more depth and becoming more musical. I use them with a Bellari HA540 tube amp and another tube amp I built from a kit. In other reviews I read, the recommendation was to use these with a tube amp to get the best sound and this combo seems to be working for me.
Pros: Clear Sound, Excels across the board
Cons: Not for Portable Use, Requires good components
Excerpt: I've spent a few weeks listening to my new DT 880 headphones, and they're wonderful. Comfortable, well-made, and remarkably transparent sounding. The only major complaint I have is that they can be just a little bright -- not enough to be irritating most of the time, but they will accentuate sibilance somewhat. That, and the considerable cost -- but since you can use a good pair of headphones for ten years or more, it's worth budgeting a few dollars for the best.
Excerpt: Although I am not an audiophile, I enjoy my stereo system(s) and have prior experience with Beyerdynamic. Very well made product. If you've read the other reviews, I mostly agree. These cans are slightly bright, but very tight. Sound mellows over time. I am driving with Parasound 2100 preamp or directly off Marantz SA8004 SACD player and usually don't turn the volume up past half.