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Beyerdynamic DT-880 Pro Headphones (250 Ohm) by Review Summary ,  Aug 21, 2015

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Beyerdynamic DT-880 Pro Headphones (250 Ohm)
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 207 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.7
Returned or considering to return: 4.8%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price4.4   average
Sound4.4   average
Comfortable4.3   average
Frequency4.3   above average
Listening4.2   average
Quality4.2   average
Cable4.1   above average
Music3.5   below average
Volume3.0   below average


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Cable

Cable:
"Only complaint: the damn long cord!"
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"Only complaint is the cord is too short and too flimsy."
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"On the downside, I think the cable is way too long, something like 10 feet so I have to deal with a heavier cable as I try to move it around."
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"I've checked the cables and they're still fine, so the failure appears to be within the driver itself."
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"On top of the great sound, they are very comfortable wearing, just the right weight, and as a little bonus, I find a coiled cord to be much easier to deal with than a straight."
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"I like that the velour earcups are replaceable, I have no issue with the long straight cable, though I wish it was detachable, and I appreciate the 3.5 6.35 mm screw type plug."
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"And at this price, please make the cable detachable Beyer."
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"I want to be able use a shorter cable if I want to."
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"The only advantage of the Pro version is the shorter cable."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"The only (slight) negative is that I believe they will never be quite as comfortable as the HD590s mainly due to their additional weight."
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"The only real downside for me is that I expected them to be more comfortable over long hours of use, but they're quite heavy and they slightly hurt my cheekbone and ears (from smushing them, not from loudness)."
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"I decided to spend the fairly big bucks, because the cheap Sonys didn't fit right, the Audio-Technika ATH-M50 had unacceptable distortion and was uncomfortable, and the noontec zoro HD had the same distortion and comfort problems."
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"I've had mine for about a month now and they're completely broken in and insanely comfortable."
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"But there is a slight problem with both of these headphones in terms of comfort -- especially with the DT880."
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"Very comfortable, these are really nice."
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"Absolutely phenomenal sound and comfort."
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"Beautiful Sound and comfortable to wear"
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"I was looking to match the supreme comfort and light weight of the HD 590s, the best I had ever tried in that regard, and came very close with these."
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"They're extremely comfortable as well."
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Distortion

Distortion:
"It is my belief that I may not be able to hear a distortion level below 1%."
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"TIER 1: The tier 1 headphones have a coloration distortion level that I am not able to discern."
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"I decided to spend the fairly big bucks, because the cheap Sonys didn't fit right, the Audio-Technika ATH-M50 had unacceptable distortion and was uncomfortable, and the noontec zoro HD had the same distortion and comfort problems."
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"distortion, maybe it's a bigger problem with me because I enjoy classical piano music."
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"The 880s power-handling is excellent and I really had to push them to create any type of distortion (Coldplays Magic will buzz the heck out of my Senn HD 598s well before these 880s or my HD 600s)."
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"I decided to spend the fairly big bucks, because the cheap Sonys didn't fit right, the Audio-Technika ATH-M50 had unacceptable distortion and was uncomfortable, and the noontec zoro HD had the same distortion and comfort problems."
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"distortion, maybe it's a bigger problem with me because I enjoy classical piano music."
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"It goes amazingly low with no distortion and plays it just perfectly, even when pushed very loudly."
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Fit

Fit:
"I decided to spend the fairly big bucks, because the cheap Sonys didn't fit right, the Audio-Technika ATH-M50 had unacceptable distortion and was uncomfortable, and the noontec zoro HD had the same distortion and comfort problems."
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"Overall fit and finish is not perfect, but everything is solid and looks like this thing will last a long time."
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"I have moderately large ears, and these fit me just barely but still comfortable!"
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"The Beyerdynamic DT880s are only sightly heavier and otherwise similar in comfort and fit, with similar velour circumaural pads."
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"The fit was tight at first, and that detracted from comfort, but it has loosened with use and greatly improved."
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"Five stars for good sound and comfortable fit."
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"They are also comfortable, fitting around my ears instead of pressing against them."
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Frequency

Frequency:
"Only problem was that they were too sparkly and bright for my tastes, and the higher frequencies spiked too much."
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"Overall feel of sound pressure is not very forward with a perfectly flat frequency response."
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"Driven by a FIIO E09K, they are capable, responsive, produce a very nice even sound in every frequency, are not fatiguing, and have a lovely punchy bass response that is tight and impactful."
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"I can also say that the listening experience - the sound stage, the detail and texture of the sounds, and the extremely balanced frequency spectrum make these headphone a pleasure to use for extended listening."
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"No doubt the rest of the frequency spectrum was detailed and well defined, but they are not a full-range headphone, and that I can't get past."
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"Great frequency response, including fantastic bass."
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"they have great clarity and good frequency response."
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Level

Level:
"It is my belief that I may not be able to hear a distortion level below 1%."
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"TIER 1: The tier 1 headphones have a coloration distortion level that I am not able to discern."
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"It can easily get to ear damaging levels for everything but lowly recorded classical, and that also goes very loud."
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"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."
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"It can easily get to ear damaging levels for everything but lowly recorded classical, and that also goes very loud."
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"When I first got my Yamaha HS80Ms, I was amazed at the level of detail present."
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"this are a superior level of h. p. but i have a sensation of brightness and shrill sound and i don't be 100% sure that they're beat my senn HD600."
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"comfort level is superb too!"
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Listening

Listening:
"They do absolutely nothing in terms of discomfort, to take away from the listening experience."
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"Recommended highly for Mixing and critical listening, but not for pleasure listening."
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"It didn't 'blow,' like most headphone failures, but completely cut out while I was listening to music the other day."
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"Due to this, I find it not only fatiguing listening to both, but find it not as enjoyable due to something being left out in the sound."
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"This sound also enables greater perceptive depth in the listening experience."
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"They are wonderful headphones with a good soundstage, nice air around instruments and highly recommended for all your listening pleasure."
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"Comfortable to wear for extended listening."
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"First, spend some time listening to some great commercial mixes."
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"I can also say that the listening experience - the sound stage, the detail and texture of the sounds, and the extremely balanced frequency spectrum make these headphone a pleasure to use for extended listening."
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Music

Music:
"I wouldn't recommend this for bass heavy music but it does very well with accurate bass from things like kick drums, bass clarinets, organs, etc."
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"We dont all enjoy the same types of music, and similarly, every set of headphones is not necessarily suited for every genre of music."
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"If you listen to RnB Rap, anything with heavy bass music, I wouldn't recommend these headphones."
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"distortion, maybe it's a bigger problem with me because I enjoy classical piano music."
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"I'm not saying the sound on your iPhone won't be great, you just won't be able to turn the music too loud or get the same low-end punch or overall sound quality as would from do from an amp or DAC."
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"So I am so glad I did - I am hearing detail in music that I am familiar with that I never knew was there, they are comfortable."
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"The HD 590s were very different, with bass and treble emphasis and slightly recessed midrange that gave a very pleasing effect for most kinds of music."
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"Keep in mind that these are not necessarily made for the enjoyment of music as they are for mixing reference."
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"The bass was tight, and since I'm an electronic music producer, I thought it was perfect."
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"Your music is not supposed to sound good through your cans."
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"I am very happy with my new set up, and pleased that I can hear my music the way it was meant to be heard again!"
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Price

Price:
"After long and painful deliberation, and finding a great price, I finally bit the bullet and bought a set of the DT-880s."
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"Someone who is upgrading from cheap 50 dollar headphones to 880s will certainly be disappointed because they will feel that the bass is not adequate."
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"Before I had the Audioengine D1 and it didn't have the power for these (not that it claimed to, it was a good hybrid amp for the price)."
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"Why waste the extra money on hard to drive impedances and or expensive and exotic headphone amps?"
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"The HD700 is a very good alternative, especially at current prices, and is more technical, although I found it to be a bit more bright and fatiguing."
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"These are the best headphones I have found at a reasonable price."
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"After long and painful deliberation, and finding a great price, I finally bit the bullet and bought a set of the DT-880s."
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"Great sounding headphones for a really good price."
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"So after long days of research for the perfect flat headphone out there and being careful about not overly spending my money in one of those $3000 headphones (which might sound good at some point but not for the moment), I decided to give the 880s a try."
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Quality

Quality:
"Coloration degrades the overall sound quality of headphones as well as loudspeakers."
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"Note, however, that if you're dealing with poor quality music files, you'll be missing what these headphones can do."
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"I myself am not an audiophile but I do love epic quality."
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"The one caveat is that the Beyerdynamics will need a quality headphone amp."
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"I then tested the exact same song with a higher quality DAC and the problem was gone, the sound was very smooth and clear with the DT880."
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"If you have a sound card that can handle the 600 OHM version then i would suggest picking it up over the other version, if not the 250 is still good quality."
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"Coloration degrades the overall sound quality of headphones as well as loudspeakers."
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"Finally, build quality seems very good, though a few reviewers here found otherwise."
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"Comfy as hell, durable, and amazing sound quality"
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"They don't have a lot of bass but the sound quality is great still."
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"Amazing quality headphones."
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Response

Response:
"Simply put, the bass response of these headphones is very disappointing."
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"Overall feel of sound pressure is not very forward with a perfectly flat frequency response."
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"The clarity and flat response of the DT 880s are as good as I've heard."
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"They are smooth with good bass response, smooth mids, and a somewhat neutral highs that is not blistering hot."
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"Great frequency response, including fantastic bass."
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"they have great clarity and good frequency response."
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"It's almost like a new headphone and the bass response is fantastic."
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Sound

Sound:
"Coloration degrades the overall sound quality of headphones as well as loudspeakers."
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"They're not the best looking headphones (big, bulky and flimsy carrying bag) but the sound is the most important thing for me."
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"However, now that I'm used to the uber-neutrality of the DT 880s, anything else may still sound good, but not quite as good."
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"I also wear them to monitor my guitar amp modeller - not only does it sound great but they let me setup the sounds in the studio which I can then replicate live."
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"Granted not the best source but the phones get loud and sound proud."
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"Only have a couple dozen hours on these so far, but early impressions are that they sound fantastic."
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"Personally, I like these a bit more on a tube amp, but it sounds great on anything that can drive it properly."
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"Coloration degrades the overall sound quality of headphones as well as loudspeakers."
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"This sound also enables greater perceptive depth in the listening experience."
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Volume

Volume:
"Note that these are high impedance phones - I drive them with a 75 watt bass amplifier so for me it's not an issue, but your portable MP3 player or phone will not drive them well at all - volume will be severely limited."
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"I am not saying you will not have enough volume, I mean you will not get the best dynamic expressiveness and the rhythmic drive which are hugely important in long term love-ability (made-up word) of the product."
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"They sound fantastic that way, at 75% - 80% volume, and to go to max volume would damage your hearing."
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"Paired with a FiiO E9K headphone amplifier and E17 DAC (newer models exist now), I have zero problem driving them cleanly from my computer, at whatever volume I desire."
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"I have used these on the airplane, although it has a semi-open design, I was able to hear at 80-90% volume and the passenger next to was not able to hear my music."
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"With the Creek and the Fiio, I get plenty of volume well under halfway up on the volume control."
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"My huge gripe about them is the leak horribly, even at low volumes (well, at half max volume)."
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"They sound fantastic that way, at 75% - 80% volume, and to go to max volume would damage your hearing."
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