The DT 880 are good critical listening headphones with a well-balanced and open sound. They have a durable build, and they're decently comfortable, but they're a bit cumbersome to carry around without a bag. Also, their semi-open design doesn't block ambient noise, leaks a lot and isn't really intended for any other use case except critical listening in an isolated environment.
- Great audio reproduction.
- Sturdy build quality.
- Very sensitive to ambient noise.
- Bulky and unstable design.
The DT 880 have a sturdy and comfortable design. They look somewhat like the DT 990 PRO but with different, semi-open, ear cup enclosures. This makes them look a bit more high-end but they do not feel as solid as the 990s. They're not as tight on the head but still exert an uncomfortable pressure that's fatiguing after wearing them for a while. Unfortunately, the looser fit also makes them unstable. That and the bulky, semi-open design means these headphones will not be suitable to use outdoors.
The DT 880 look similar to the DT 990 PRO but have enough unique touches to feel like a different design. The circular ear cups are semi open as opposed to the open design of the DT 990 which combined with the more premium, metal enclosures makes the DT 880 look much more expensive than their price range. They also have a slightly different headband design with two small metal plates at the hinges, which look a bit odd but shouldn't be much of an issue once they're on your head.
The DT 880 are decently comfortable headphones but put an uneven amount of pressure around your ears. The ear cup padding is covered with a soft microfiber fabric that feels good on the skin. They're also not as tight as DT 990 out of the box, but unfortunately, the angle of ear cups causes them to put an uncomfortable amount of pressure between your jaw and your ear lobe which can get a bit tiring after having them on for a while.
These headphones, unlike the DT990, are not stable. They fit a bit looser on the head when compared to the 990s and will easily fall off if you shake them too much. They're not meant to be used while exercising or running, and the non-detachable cable is cumbersome and will yank the headphones off your head if it gets hooked on something.
The DT 880 are not very portable headphones. They're bulky, they don't fold into a more compact format, and the ear cups don't lay flat either. This makes them quite cumbersome to carry on your person without a bag. Unfortunately, the provided carrying case adds so much bulk that they may not even fit into your backpack or gym bag.
Comes with a soft case that will shield the headphones against scratches and minor water damage. It also protects them against some impacts but because it's a soft case it won't be ideal against accidental drops. Unfortunately, the case almost doubles the amount of space that they would take up in your bag. This makes them even less portable which is slightly disappointing.
The DT 880 are rugged and well-built headphones that won't break if they accidentally fall off your desk. They also make use of some premium materials in their build quality. Their frame doesn't feel as sturdy as the DT990 PRO, but the ear cups feel better built and have metal enclosures compared to the plastic one of the DT990. However, the audio cables leading to the ear cups are a little exposed.
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The DT-880 are good sounding headphones which perform consistently and provide an open and balanced Soundstage. However, they lack a bit of punch in the Bass and could sound sibilant on overly bright tracks. Fans of Bass should consider the DT 990 PRO instead.
Decent Bass Range performance. The DT-880 suffer from insufficient low-bass and bass. Consequently the low-frequency extension point is at 92Hz which is poor. The resulting sound will not have enough kick and low-end rumble for the fans of Bass. The DT 990 PRO would be a better choice.
Excellent Mid Range performance. The response is virtually flawless and within 0.7dB of our target.
Decent Treble Range performance. Low-treble is well-balanced, but treble is over-emphasized by an average of 5dB, peaking at 12dB around 9KHz. This makes the sound of the Treble on these headphones noticeably bright, and they could sound a bit harsh on overly bright tracks.
Excellent consistency. The semi-open enclosures of the DT-880 mean they don't rely heavily on an air-tight seal to create their Bass. Therefore, they tend to perform quite consistently, even though the Bass Range of our Over-Ear and On-Ear headphones are measured on 5 different human subjects, 5 times each.
Very good Soundstage. The enclosures of the DT-880 although rated as semi-open, perform quite openly and help create an immersive experience. The enclosures on these headphones are also relatively deep, activating the pinna more than On/In-ears, and therefore creating a more natural Soundstage.
Very good Imaging performance. The DT-880 shows very little phase error, and the drivers of our test unit were quite well-matched too, except for the phase in high-treble which could skew the stereo image slightly.
Good Harmonic Distortion performance. The amount of distortion in the Bass Range is a little elevated but within acceptable limits. Mid and Treble Ranges have low amount of distortion that doesn't change too much as the level increases, which is good.
The DT 880 are semi-open headphones that are not designed for blocking ambient noise. This means they won't be suitable to use in loud environments or for commuting. They also intentionally leak due to their semi-open ear cups and therefore whatever you're listening to, will audible to anyone in your vicinity. They won't be the ideal headphones to use at the office unless you work in an isolated environment.
Poor Isolation. The DT-880 is rated as semi-open but their performance is very similar to fully open-back headphones. They provide no isolation in the Bass and Mid Ranges. In the Treble Range, they achieve an average of 15dB of reduction which is about average.
Poor Leakage. Due to their semi-open back design, these headphones leak a considerable amount of sound. The significant portion of their leakage sits between 300Hz and 20KHz, which is quite a wide range. The overall level of leakage is also loud.
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In the box
- Beyerdynamic DT 880 Headphones
- 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter
- Carrying case