Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Beyer Dynamic DT 880 Premium 600 OHM Headphones

Proving that not all headphones are created equal, the award-winning Beyerdynamic DT 880 high-end headphones combine the strengths of both open and closed technologies to reproduce the complete sound spectrum in stunning detail. The high frequencies sound crystal clear without ever coming across as unpleasant, the balanced mids sound analytical and strong, and the bass is voluminous without being too obtrusive.

In total, the phones produce a rich frequency response of 5 Hz to 35 kHz, making everything from classical music to hip-hop to big-budget movie soundtracks sound rich and immersive. The DT 880 headphones are also extremely comfortable during extended listening sessions, with a single-sided cable, replaceable soft ear pads, and a padded headband. And as an aesthetic bonus, the phones offer classic grilles made of high-grade steel.

This is the 250 ohm version of the DT 880 Premium line, designed explicitly for use with dedicated stereo equipment such as home theater systems and headphone amplifiers. Conventional headphones with lower impedance ratings offer higher volumes at the same level of input, but need heavier drivers to compensate for low impedance or risk sounding muddy and distorted.

The lower mass of the drivers of a higher-impedance headphone delivers unparalleled clarity and response, but takes more power to achieve the same loudness. So a higher-impedance headphone such as the 250-ohm DT 880 is ideal for use in home stereo applications, where clarity and dynamic response are paramount, as well as for use with high-performance home theater equipment and headphone amplifiers.

The DT 880's semi-open, over-the-ear design offers slightly increased sound isolation and reduced noise leakage, while retaining the high fidelity normally associated with open-back headphones. The adjustable headband lets you easily create the perfect fit for extended periods of listening comfort. Anywhere you need high-resolution audio performance, the DT 880 delivers with immersive, isolated sound and wearable comfort.

Without exception, beyerdynamic manufactures the dynamic transducer systems that go into their headphones in-house. From the magnet and diaphragm to the careful wiring and circuitry, beyerdynamic controls quality at all levels of manufacturing, ensuring superior engineering in their headphones down to the smallest detail. An extremely strong neodymium magnet system offers the DT 880 highly detailed sound reproduction quality, and is mechanically very robust.

This increased efficiency also leaves the DT 880 with greater power reserves for precise linear response that is especially suited for high-performance audio applications where precise audio reproduction is the most important consideration, and dedicated equipment is available such as a headphone amplifier. The large 250-ohm voice coil provides unrivaled response clarity and increased impulse fidelity. The quality of these is unbelivable, the sound is immaculate, the soundstage is enormous and it is extremely well ballanced: bass, mids, highs. I recommend usig this headphone with a headphone
amplifier, since it will be very difficult to drive the DT880 without one.

I noticed that the DT880 eliminate every background noise, hiss, jitter even at maximum volume. I suspect it's because these headphones are hard to drive and have a quite high impedance. I suspect this is the main advantage the higher impedance headphones(250~600 ohm) have.

They are very distinguished looking. They're constructed like a tank, but comfortable like a feather pillow. The headband is covered with a leather band and the muffs are covered with velvet, very soft to the touch. The feel of the headphones is extremely rugged when you hold them in your hands, you could sit on them(I wouldn't recommend it though, DON"T SIT ON THEM :P) and they feel like they will not break, but when you put them on the head they feel very soft and comfortable, definately made for very extended usage.

All in all very very well put together. These headphones are of semi-open design so they combine both the advantages of closed headphones(made for studio monitoring and dj mixing) and open headphones(made for extreme sound pleasure, extended soundstage and preventing fatigue). The cord of these headphones is straight which is exactly what I wanted.

I bought these headphones to relax while enjoying a nice metal or classical music session. I didn't want the cable to be coiled. The connector is a 3.5 mm stereo jack made with 18k gold to ensure the best signal flow possible and comes with a 3.5mm to 6.3 mm adaptor jack. All in all, this is a great buy and a must have for all audiophiles out there.

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