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: After a break in period of 100hours, the DT880(2005) is the most balanced headphone I've used and owned in all registers - Low, mid, high. It reveals exceptional midrange detail with clarity and focus. The bass is realistic and ample, but with great damping characteristics. The highs are present without edginess or harshness. The unique feature of these headphones are the ability to convey spaciality and large soundstage without sacrificing much focus.
Summary: I'll echo the previous comment: Amazon.ca marketplace sellers must think that Canadians are idiots. Don't be an idiot. Buy from the US and have them shipped here. I bought these headphones from Amazon.com & even with shipping, they were cheaper than what you'll find here. A.com calls these headphones "neutral and clear", and I'd completely agree with that assessment. They're not warm, they're not bright, but (as the proverbial Goldilocks said) just right.
Summary: I own many pairs of headphones, among them several Sennheisers including HD650, Grado SR325is and AKG Q701. These are all fantastic headphones and I love them all in different ways; the Senns are laid-back and relaxing with crisp but non-aggressive highs, the Grados are forward, exciting and in-your-face with a smaller, more intimate soundstage, and the AKGs are detailed, airy and very neutral (which if I had to choose would be my preference overall).
Summary: Buy them on eBay... 279 with free shipping... Don't know why Canadian sellers always try to rip us off, don't they realize people do their homework before buying now? Don't they realize they would sell a heck of a lot more if they would be fair in their pricing??? 400$ for 270$ headphones... RIDICULOUS!! Should be ashamed of yourselves! They're AMAZING headphones.. But not made for pushing you iPods, these are studio cans.
Summary: I've read a few reviews of the DT880 and many of them mention a thin, narrow, or pinched quality to the bass. I was hugesly disappointed when I got mine to find this true. My in-ear Klipsch 'phones made a much better impact though less detail and rougher through the rest of the spectrum. BUT these Beyer's need running in. 3 months later its like a different pair of phones altogether. Where the recording instructs they deliver !
Pros: No colouration, perfect window on the original sound