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Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro Headphones 250 Ohm | MIXER’S DELIGHT!

by Stuart Charles Black

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Hey there friend, and Welcome!

Today I’m drinking a peach mango rhubarb lassi, and man is it ever good! If you want to make one, I will put the ingredients down at the bottom.

But before I get sidetracked, I’m gonna slap you in the face with another review! This time regarding the Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro Headphones, 250 Ohm! Are you looking for an amazing mixing headphone? Well, look no further!!

Sit back, relax, and grab a bowl of popcorn, and enjoy the show…

You’ve come to the right place!!

What I will bring you in this review

  1. Specifications
  2. Summary
  3. Pros and Cons
  4. Video Review
  5. Amp/DAC requirements
  6. Who this headphone benefits?
  7. Consensus/Conclusion
  8. Final Word

Now without further ado…

Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro

Specifications

  • price: check Amazon! | check Sweetwater! | check eBay!
  • type: semi-open
  • fit: circumaural (over-ear)
  • impedance: 250 ohms. What is Headphone Impedance?
  • frequency response: 5 – 35000 Hz
  • material: velour earpads, plastic
  • headband: soft padded headband construction
  • color: black, grey, silver

Summary

Keep in mind that these are open-backed reference cans, and will not color your sound in any way.

They will bleed sound and people will be able to hear what you’re listening to. Ideal for isolated studio sessions. They aren’t particularly exciting, but rather honest. They are flat and neutral and aren’t really for “enjoying” music so much as critiquing it. These would do extremely well as your primary mixing headphone. Don’t expect to be blown away by the low end, but the high end has a bit of extra sparkle. Coming from Beyer, you know you will get crazy comfort with those velour earpads, and extreme durability. They sometimes lack a deep bass extension, but with a proper amp the bass signature overall really shines. This model also does well with all genres of music.

Pros

  • Extremely Accurate, “Surgical”
  • Maybe the best investment you’ll make regarding flagship audiophile headphones. The price to performance ratio is through the roof.
  • One of the best (if not the best) for mixing/reference.
  • Very comfortable (perhaps THE most comfortable headphone).
  • Clear mid-range, bass response enhanced with a good amp.
  • casual listeners and producers alike will enjoy and appreciate the sound.
  • superb build quality (standard for the DT line).
  • replaceable ear-pads (or earmuffs, as some reviewers like to call them :D)
  • replaceable headband.
  • wide sound-stage.

Cons

  • the high end may be a bit exaggerated to some.
  • clamp force can be a bit tight at first.
  • while the sound-stage is wide, it lacks somewhat in the imaging dept. Basically, this means that some clarity and detail is lost.

Video Review

Credit to Lachlan!

 

Amp/DAC requirements

It is important to know that for 250 Ohm and up, an amp is highly recommended. You may be able to get away with not using one for 250 Ohm impedance, but then again you’d be doing yourself a disservice by purchasing a headphone of this caliber.

That said, there are some good options out there that won’t break the bank. Keep in mind, if it’s not an amp/DAC combo (all in one), then your set up would look something like:

Computer/laptop —> DAC —> Amp —> Headphone.

This is a relatively simple way of illustrating it. Most amps need a digital to analog converter so that your brain can make sense out of the numbers. It functions much like an audio interface. The sound is a jumbled mess until it is converted to a signal that we can process. This signal is meant to be of a much higher quality than your standard built-in DAC that comes with your laptop or CPU.

As for amps, a great affordable combo would be the Schiit Magni + Modi, as well as:

  • Schiit Vali (entry-level, but amazing) + Modi
  • Schiit Asgard 2 + Modi

DACS:

  • Schiit Modi (entry-level, affordable)
  • Schiit Bifrost (a bit more expensive) and can also be paired with the amp of your choosing.

Combo DAC/AMP:

O2 DAC: (a great option that sounds pretty amazing)

Who this Headphone benefits?

I’ve heard from a very reliable source that it fares strong with nearly every genre of music, and is 1 out of only 4 other headphones (out of the 58 on his site) that received an A+ price to performance rating. Amazon reviewers have noted these qualities as well. For a list:

  • classical listeners (nice wide sound-stage)
  • audio engineers and producers who need a great mixdown.
  • people who need an open and airy sound, and don’t want to be fatigued wearing headphones for long periods of time.
  • Rock Rambos
  • Metalhead bros
  • Pop Pamelas (lol)
  • Jazzy Jeffs
  • Hip Hop Henry
  • Am I going overboard?

Consensus/Conclusion

An extremely accurate, neutral set of mixing cans that gives a slight nudge in the treble department. At first, they may sound a bit harsh if you’re coming from bass-heavy cans. Over time, they develop beautifully, going from “bright” to lively. Be aware that it does take some burn-in time for these to settle in nicely. Around 200 hours is the benchmark. As for the sound-stage, it is wide, but some detail may be lost. The low end is clean, but lacking to some. This is not a bass-heads can by any means.

Final Word

These headphones are considered one of the go-to cans for mixing. They are comfy, durable, and give you a neutral sound conducive to mixing. If you’re a producer or a casual listener who appreciates an honest & analytical sound, then they are most definitely for you…

SEE THEM FOR YOURSELF ON AMAZON!!


Well, that’s about it for today my friend. I hope you enjoyed my Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro Headphones, 250 Ohm Review!

Are you convinced that these are some of the best headphones for mixing? Let me know in the comments!

If you have any other questions I would be happy to answer them down below or Contact me! I very much look forward to speaking with you…

All the best and God Bless,

 

 

-Stu

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Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro Headphones 250 Ohm

4.85

Value

5.0/5

Sound

4.9/5

Build Quality

5.0/5

Comfort

5.0/5

Sound-stage

4.5/5

Pros

  • Great value
  • Neutral and honest
  • Extremely comfortable
  • Superb Build Quality
  • Versatile!

Cons

  • clamp force a bit tight at first
  • lacks imaging somewhat

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8 comments

Tony November 9, 2020 - 12:16 am

Would my Steinberg UR22C Audio Interface be able to power these phones?

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Stuart Charles Black November 9, 2020 - 6:29 pm

Hey man! I can’t seem to find the power output or output impedance specs. Do you know what they are?

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B February 1, 2021 - 2:58 pm

Hi Stu! Thanks for the help you offer. In your opinion, which one would you choose for classical music listening, AKG K702 or Beyerdynamic DT 880? You could throw in a third better option too if you have one😉

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Stuart Charles Black February 4, 2021 - 1:40 pm

Hey man, I’d definitely go with the K702!! Check out my big comparison vs. the HD600 I think it will help you a lot in pulling the trigger on the 702: https://homestudiobasics.com/akg-k702-vs-sennheiser-hd600/ Keep me posted!! 🙂

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B February 10, 2021 - 7:17 am

Really great review! I’m loving the AKG K702 for classical music!!! Planning to get the atom amp. From what I have read, it’s just as good as the massdrop thx for much cheaper and is really neutral with good sound stage. Read your review on good amps for AKG K702 and most likely atom it will be.

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Stuart Charles Black February 12, 2021 - 6:44 pm

Hey there! Thank you so much! I think the ATOM is a great choice and I love the K702 for classical as well! Which composers are your favorite?

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B March 4, 2021 - 2:19 am

I mostly listen to Mahler these days, and Beethoven. The AKG K702 with the atom stack seems to do it for me. I’m wondering whether you think the HD 800 S is a worthy upgrade given the huge price difference? I know you reviewed them and am curious about your thoughts on the 702 vs HD 800 for classical. I also want to say that your reviews have really helped me with the set up that seems perfect for me. Thanks!

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Stuart Charles Black March 5, 2021 - 11:04 pm

Hey man! Thank you! I don’t know if I’d upgrade to the 800S just for classical as it’s going to be fairly bright. Classical is super weird to recommend for because it goes from quiet to loud in a hurry and the 800S still has that 6k issue and is a fairly bright headphone all around. Both headphones are pretty similar from bass to low mid, but the K702’s presence peak is around 2kHz while the 800S’ is at 6. The 800S is certainly a fantastic headphone. But for Classical solely? You may end up finding it too bright to be honest.

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