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Beyer dt770 vs dt880?
I need some new cans for myself and have always enjoyed working on dt770s - they are comfortable for long periods and I feel I can rely on the sound.
Thing is, I could possibly afford to splash out a little more. Are the dt880s worth the extra?
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I do like the 770 for some jobs as well it is a quality set of headphones, a real robust well built feel about them. A professional tool.
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It's confusing because the model numbers suggest that 990 is 'best' and yet the 880 is the higher priced model (and seems to be equivalent to Sennheiser's HD600). Also, though the 880 is 'semi-open', to all intents and purposes it's a fully open headphone that offers very limited isolation.
When I compared it with the HD600 it had a brighter top end, which was kind of airy but also a bit sibilant (interestingly in a way that reminds me of beyer's MC740 mic). The low end was as impressive as the 600's though I tried the hi-fi 'edition' model that seemed to buzz on low notes so I rejected it. Interestingly I've recently begun to find my 600 a little wooly in the bass, though I still love the overall laid back sound. Whenever I switch to my 770s for location work I'm always shocked by how harsh they are in comparison!
Anyway, to answer your question, the 880 is noticeably better and worth the extra money, but it depends if you need them for tracking too. I prefer the edition version of the 880 because they're far more comfortable to wear than the 'pro'.
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