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View Full Discussion Hi Guys, There are some question regarding the lineups of DT880 series and their performances.
I'm looking for Headphones for music production, so FLAT one is needed.
- Is DT880 Pro more suitable for Monitoring and mixing work, than DT880?
- Between Audio-technica's Ath-m70x and DT880 Pro, which one would be nicer for work?
Let me edit the question... among these two and HD6XX, which one is the nicest for production?
Amazon has the 600 ohm version of the DT 880 (Premium) for $176.34. This is the model I have been using in my studio for several years. 600 ohm>smaller wire>tighter windings>stronger electromagnetic field>more detail and less distortion according to CNET. You need a headphone amp with decent output. I use mine with a Universal Audio Apollo Twin and a Schiit Valhalla 2. Very accurate for mixing and mastering. I wrote more below.
I own both (HD6XX and DT880 pro @250 ohms). HD6XX has a narrower but more accurate soundstage and has slightly lifted midbass, DT880 is more spacious sounding and has a bit more treble (around 8k). If you're young and your ears are still sensitive to treble, HD6XX might be a good choice. If you're over 40 and your ears start to lose sensitivity to high freqencies, you might appreciate the little extra treble from DT880. But differences are not that big imo, both sound reasonably "flat" and you'll be fine with either, regardless of age ;)
I don't own the ATH M70x (I do own ATH M50x, HD6XX and DT880 are better for mixing imo), but they're closed back and those usually sound less "flat"/accurate than open backs. ATH R70x might be a better choice, I've heard them for a minute or two at an audio show and they seemed pretty accurate/"flat" at first listen.
The 600 ohms have incredibly uniform phase response, very exceptional for any dynamic. So much of that 600 ohms is pure resistance, it behaves more like a planar than a dynamic. Incredible soundstage accuracy.
As for comparisons to the 6xx, that's the wrong Sennheiser, the Beyer is tame by Beyer standards but is still much closer in tuning to the HD800S, here's a comparison of a treble damped 880 (red) compared to an HD800 (blue):
Much closer than HD6xx (blue, orange) compare: