The DT880 600 ohm is one of my favorite headphones regardless of price. There are super duper planars, electrostatics, multi-driver exotics, heavy walled closed-back designs, all manner of certified greatness in the headphone world.
Plug the 600-ohm DT880 into an old school Crown D-75 and the noise floor drops immediately to zip. Inky black silence. If you have a decent turntable set up right with a good cartridge and phono stage, the D-75/DT880 high impedance combo is a knockout in a quiet room, from fast powerful bass through silky midrange to sparkling smooth highs. I have several cans that cost a lot more. Some can play thousands of hertz higher but my 50-year-old ears drop off after 16k so I wouldn’t know. They may deliver finer resolution though I’m not sure of that. But none can deliver a more pleasurable listening experience when plugged into old school gear.
I’ve run basically this setup for 20 years and along with a long succession of tube and solid state headphone gear and it still is a kickass set today. Guys running Schiit or higher end headphone rigs with nice DAC/preamps, high res files and $400+ headphones still enjoy my vinyl setup.
There are many very serious cans out there with very serious price tags. I’m here to say the DT880, particularly the 600-ohm version, is a serious set of cans even at $200. The 250-ohm set offered here is a great match for the most common headphone amps out in the market.
But if you’re going old school with a serious beast of a headphone amp like the D-75, get the 600 ohm. That’s where the real hi fi lives with these cans.