The headphone has an impedance of 32 Ohms, We will be using the Fiio E10K as our DAC/Amp for our testing. We will be also plugging it directly on our PC to see if it can power it properly if you don’t have an amplifier.
|Amplifier||Fiio E10K DAC/Amp Combo|
SONG USED FOR TESTING:
- DotA 2
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
SOUND SIGNATURE AND IMPRESSIONS
The Beyerdynamic DT880 has an analytical sound signature. They are still very neutral and balanced but have a slight emphasis on the higher treble range.
The bass is here is good. It has a decent punch to it which I prefer. For bass heads, I think you need to find another set of cans. They don’t offer the punchiest of bass but a good amount for a balanced sound.
Vocals here are on the sweet spot as well. It has good amount of clarity and good energy when vocals are being played. And they are somewhat inline with the other frequencies unlike from the DT990’s pushed-back mids.
Treble here is decent. It has the right amount of sparkle but it can be sibilant in other tracks.
SOUNDSTAGE, IMAGING, AND ISOLATION
Soundstage is wider than I expected. They are semi-open-back headphones so I expected to have good soundstage but not as wide I’ve imagined.
Imaging is surprisingly good. I was able to pinpoint a lot of the sounds coming from the track. For gaming, They’ve performed very well especially when I played Tom Clancy’s: Rainbow Six Seige where sound cues and footsteps are very crucial to win the game.
As a semi-open-back headphone, you are trading off the isolation for a wider soundstage. These aren’t made for public environment use. They are good in a less-noisy environment where you can really focus on listening to music or gaming.
Most of the Beyerdynamic headphones I’ve tested and reviewed are very comfortable to use and this one is no exception as well. The only gripe I have right now is clamping force. It is too tight and feels uncomfortable to use overtime. Padding here is sufficient and the earpads are still the same from the other models like DT990 Pro or DT770 Pro which uses velour. And the driver walls also have some padding as well to reduced fatigue and discomfort. I hope over-the-ear headphone makers would adopt this as well. It would increase the overall comfort.