Published on June 9th, 2017 | by Greg0
beyerdynamic DT 880 Pros: Comfortable, Quality Monitors
Sometimes- maybe even often- the best things in life are difficult. Simply meeting challenges can be satisfying, whether it’s reading a long book, running a marathon, or climbing a mountain. And today’s piece of gear is not the easiest or simplest item; it’s the sort of product that is at it’s best when you can surround it with the best and brightest and let it really shine. After all, just about anyone can enjoy a pair of earbuds or even on-ear headphones, but it takes a dedicated listener to appreciate audiophile equipment.
The beyerdynamic DT 880 Pros are what they call ‘semi-open reference headphone for monitoring applications’, which basically means these are ideally meant for the studio, offering a neutral, transparent sound and built for lengthy sessions. They offer some airflow, which provides a more airy sound, but still feature some of the advantages of a sealed pair with a little noise isolation and a bit more bass presence. At 250 ohms, they aren’t the easiest pair to drive, and we’d strongly recommend connecting these to a amplifier that can really push some energy- provide them with a great source signal and some high-resolution files, burn them in for a few days, and they can’t fail to impress.
We’ve seen plenty of other beyerdynamic gear in the past, from IEMs and street-style sets to travel pairs, and though these are a few years old, they seem perfectly up-to-date. They are actually an update of a classic, too, and the line has it’s roots back in the 80′s. We loved the replaceable velour earpads, cozy and just the right amount of firm, and though these aren’t the most adjustable set or the lightest, we could wear them for hours. Made in Germany, they come with a solid coiled cable that should hold up well to even the most intense use. As they aren’t meant for travel, there isn’t much of a case included, just a drawstring bag, but extra optional accessories are available.
If you’re a sound engineer, the sort of person who is mixing or mastering or sampling, then the DT 880 Pros are perfect for you. They aren’t noise-cancelling, lack a microphone, don’t offer Bluetooth wireless or have much in the way of fancy tricks up their sleeves. You probably shouldn’t wear them to the gym, and they’re clear and detailed enough that they won’t cover up flaws in your tracks (so using them with a mobile phone and streaming services might not satisfy). These buck the trend, not set it. But ounce for ounce and dollar for dollar, these are some of beyerdynamic’s best monitors- expect to spend around $210 online and in stores.