After owning the DT 990 Pro 250 for a year, I decided to get these to compare and obviously keep. While I read that the DT 880 are light on bass, according to my ears, they''re only light on impact. The bass is there, ALL OF IT, but it''s not felt...doesn''t fill the ears...
After owning the DT 990 Pro 250 for a year, I decided to get these to compare and obviously keep. While I read that the DT 880 are light on bass, according to my ears, they''re only light on impact. The bass is there, ALL OF IT, but it''s not felt...doesn''t fill the ears like the DT 990 Pro. So by result, the bass is more detailed and nuanced. The trade-off is worth it.
The DT 880 600 ohm are what my ears expected of the DT 990, which has too much treble for my liking. My Schiit Asgard 2 rounds off that treble nicely, though. The DT 880 are BRIGHT on their own. If you have heard them and consider them too piercing, the DT 990 are DT 880s on steroids.
The bass is big and also the highs...while the midrange is thinner. That is what I like about the DT 880...that they are as revealing as the DT 990 but without sounding so thin in the middle. They''re flatter, while the DT 990 sound V-shaped.
Lots of people say the DT 880 are the boring ones and the DT 990 are the fun ones. While I get what they mean by that, I don''t consider the DT 880 boring at all. They''re flatter-sounding, but they do not sound...flat. They''re way livelier and more intense than a lot of headphones. If you want to experience truly boring headphones, try the super flat and revealing Senal SMH-1200. Those make any music sound boring and lifeless with their empty, dry sound signature...but are awesome as audio loupes.
Anyway, I agree with beyerdynamic''s descriptions: the DT 880 are for reference monitoring and the DT 990 are for critical listening and mastering. Having music production as a hobby since 2002, it makes sense to me and their sound signatures are the proof.
Oh, I wanted to mention that good conversion/amplification gets rid of the "metallic tone" and sibilance of beyerdynamic headphones. It''s been established that the Sennheiser HD 650/6XX scale up with gear, and they do scale up, but so do these, and more noticeably. The better the equipment and the more power, the better they sound.
Thanks for reading. God bless you!
[EDIT-June 13, 2020]
I like to read reviews, sure, but ultimately, I trust my own ears/brain. I completely disregard what other ears/brains hear. What use are they to me, right? I''ve been comparing these with my beyerdynamic T90 Jubilee using the beastly Tascam UH-7000 and the original Schiit Asgard, which sounds great.
The DT 880 are less exciting in terms of energy, since the sound is not so "in-your-face", but there is something about the DT 880''s presentation that I like more. They sound more "out of the head", "wider" side to side and more "layered" from foreground to background.
The DT 880 are just more balanced from lows to highs frequency and energy-wise, as if they had a transparent compressor. Weirdly, to my surprise, they also translate more emotion, even if they are reference headphones and not Hi-Fi headphones like the T90. Those I admit are more musical-sounding, BUT, musicality and musical emotion are two different things in my book.
The sound stage on the DT 880 is not so "zoomed-in" like in the T90, so they don''t sound as full, but that "distance" in the sound presentation makes the DT 880 transmit something that the T90 lack. The DT 880 sound more "lonely" and not as ear-filling, which is something that kills a lot of headphones for me, but somehow, I precisely like that about them.
It might seem like an undesirable trait, but I am sure that, regardless of experience level, trained ear or not, anyone could understand what I mean if they were to compare both side by side. The DT 880 simply affect me more emotionally even if the T90 are the obvious winners in the technical performance department.
Is this preference of mine due to the DT 880''s design PLUS the drivers having way higher impedance and requiring more juice from the amp, which results in the drivers behaving differently in a way above my knowledge level? I have no clue. All I know is I somehow feel some kind of relief taking off the T90 and wearing the DT 880 even if they sound "smaller", more "distant" and less ear-filling.
I can wear the T90 and go, "Wow, these sound incredible". Then I take them off, wear the DT 880 and go, "Aaaaah, I SO missed this...whatever THIS is." The T90 are tonally clearer, but the DT 880''s overall sound presentation is clearer, as if filtered. They are very, very different headphones. The T90 sound better technically, but the DT 880 emotionally take me to a better place.
Ever since I got the DT 880, I''ve been saying to myself that they are special. It just took me a long while to figure out what it was. Yeah, the DT 990 are no slouches, but they don''t transmit the emotion that the DT 880 do. The DT 880 simply touch my feelings in a unique way. Just wanted to share this with you guys!