Beyerdynamic DT 880 Headphones Review

Reviewed May 02, 2017 at 04:41 pm
Beyerdynamic DT 880 Picture
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Semi-Open
Wireless No
Noise Cancelling No
Mic No
Transducer Dynamic

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.

Our Verdict

5.6 Mixed Usage

The DT 880 are best used as critical listening headphones. They're not versatile enough to use in loud, noisy environments and their bulky, semi-open design means they will be too leaky and cumbersome for most casual uses.

8.0 Neutral Sound

The DT 880 have an excellent Mid range and an above-average Bass and Treble. This makes them sound decently well balanced, with instruments and vocals that don't feel pushed back or too forward on most tracks. However, their overall audio reproduction is a little bright and sibilant. They also do not have as much Bass as the DT 990, but on the upside, they have a spacious Soundstage, low harmonic distortion and great stereo image, which makes them good headphones for neutral listening.

See our Neutral Sound recommendations
4.9 Commute/Travel

Poor for commuting. They have a semi-open design which lets a lot of ambient noise seep into the ear cups which is not ideal for the loud environments involved in commuting via public transit.

See our Commute/Travel recommendations
5.4 Sports/Fitness

Not made for sports. They're bulky, cumbersome to carry around and unstable. They also don't have any controls.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
5.3 Office

Sub-par for office use. Unless you work in an isolated environment, the level of leakage of these headphones may distract those around you. They also do not block any noise so they won't be suitable for a lively workplace.

See our Office recommendations
6.7 Wired Gaming
1.8 Phone Call
  • 5.6 Mixed Usage
  • 8.0 Neutral Sound
  • 4.9 Commute/Travel
  • 5.4 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.3 Office
  • 4.9 Wireless Gaming
  • 6.7 Wired Gaming
  • 1.8 Phone Call
Pros
  • Great audio reproduction.
  • Sturdy build quality.
Cons
  • Very sensitive to ambient noise, by design.
  • Bulky and unstable design.
  1. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  2. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  3. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  4. Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.

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Test Results

Design
Design
Style

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.

8.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.66 lbs
Clamping Force
1 lbs

The DT 880 are 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.

0
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use N/A
Feedback N/A
Call/Music Control No
Volume Control No
Microphone Control N/A
Channel Mixing
N/A
Noise Cancelling Control N/A
Talk-Through
N/A
Additional Buttons N/A
7.4
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 3.1 C
5.4
Design
Portability
L 8 "
W 6.2 "
H 4.2 "
Volume 208 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required N/A

Like the DT 990 PRO and the DT 770, 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.

6.5
Design
Case
Type Soft case
L 10.6 "
W 9.3 "
H 4.9 "
Volume 477 Cu. Inches

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.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

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.

5.5
Design
Stability

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.

Design
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Design
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Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-4.56 db
Treble Amount
2.52 db
8.9
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.22 dB

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.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.4
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.19 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
92.43 Hz
Low-Bass
-5.31 dB
Mid-Bass
-3.4 dB
High-Bass
-0.28 dB

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.

9.4
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
0.81 dB
Low-Mid
0.69 dB
Mid-Mid
0.59 dB
High-Mid
0.32 dB

Excellent Mid Range performance. The response is virtually flawless and within 0.7dB of our target.

7.3
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.05 dB
Low-Treble
0.66 dB
Mid-Treble
4.88 dB
High-Treble
4.84 dB

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.

7.8
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.38 db
Dips
1.09 db
8.9
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.09
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.26
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.65
Weighted Phase Mismatch
5.78
6.4
Sound
Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
2.6 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
2.01 dB
PRTF Distance
5.67 dB
Openness
9.3
Acoustic Space Excitation
8.7
8.7
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.087
WHD @ 100
0.094
Isolation
2.0
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-4.78 dB
Bass
0.03 dB
Mid
1.21 dB
Treble
-15.18 dB

Poor Isolation. The DT-880 is rated as semi-open but their performance is very similar to fully open-back headphones, and therefore don't isolate well. 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.

1.5
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
63.88 dB

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.

Microphone
0
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
N/A
LFE
N/A
FR Std. Dev.
N/A
HFE
N/A
Weighted THD
N/A
Gain
N/A
0
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise N/A
Speech + Subway Noise N/A
SpNR
N/A
Active Features
N/A
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
N/A
Continuous Battery Life
N/A
Additional Charges
N/A
Total Battery Life
N/A
Charge Time
N/A
Power Saving Feature
N/A
Audio While Charging
N/A
Passive Playback
N/A
Charging Port N/A
0
Active Features
App Support
App Name N/A
iOS N/A
Android N/A
macOS N/A
Windows N/A
Equalizer
N/A
ANC Control
N/A
Mic Control N/A
Room effects
N/A
Playback Control
N/A
Button Mapping N/A
Surround Sound N/A
Connectivity
0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
N/A
NFC Pairing
N/A
Line of Sight Range
N/A
Default Latency
N/A
aptX Latency
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
N/A
0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
9.0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length 9.9 ft
Connection 1/8" TRS
Wired Latency
0 ms
Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
Audio Only
PC / PS4 Wired USB
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio Only
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No
0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
N/A
USB Input
N/A
Line In
N/A
Line Out
N/A
Optical Input
N/A
RCA Input
N/A
Dock Charging
N/A
Power Supply
N/A
In the box
In the box

  • Beyerdynamic DT 880 Headphones
  • 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter
  • Manual
  • Carrying case

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