The DT 880 Edition from Beyerdynamic is a completely circumaural headphone model that hits high notes all round.
The DT 880 Edition comes with its own artificial leather bag that’s reinforced with foam for extra protection, as well as a gold-plated adapter for mini to 6.3 mm connections. Furthermore, the headphone cable is firmly fixed to the DT 880 Edition itself.
Weighing in at 297 grams, not including the additional mass of the cable, these Beyerdynamic headphones are no longer a contender in the lightweight stakes. This increased model weight is due in part to a reassuringly robust construction, particularly the spring steel suspension headband. This particular part of the headphone design is thoroughly padded for enhanced levels of comfort.
The ear cups completely enclose the ears themselves and sit comfortably on the head. Users can enjoy the soft touch of the foam interiors, ensuring they can be worn for longer listening sessions without fatigue and discomfort settling in.
The DT 880 boasts high levels of workmanship and utilises quality materials throughout, underlining Beyerdynamic’s “Made in Germany” philosophy as a benchmark in superior standards of design and manufacturing.
The DT 880 is designed with a preference for use with amplifiers, with a nominal impedence level of 250 Ohm. However, the sound pressure level is loud enough for all manner of applications and ensures these headphones are a versatile option. Just as a note, we measured the pressure level at 90.28 dB when carrying out our product test.
The DT 880 Edition is engineered to deliver audio that’s both homogeneous and neutral sounding. Genres like pop, dance and rock are reproduced in a straightforward manner, but with plenty of power. What’s more, they really shine in the mid and highs without sounding superimposed. What’s particularly noteworthy about the performance of the DT 880 Edition is that it processes short impulses brilliantly across the entire frequency range. In the higher ranges, this model really makes its mark, delivering crystal clear vocals that radiate beautifully.
When it comes to classical recordings, the DT 880 gets the chance to show off its full potential, with a staggering stage that will drop your jaw the first time you notice it. Three-dimensional space is superbly realised, with jazz recordings in particular benefiting. Imagine the traditional jazz trio line-up of drums, piano and double bass playing together. With this headphone model, the spacial presence of the production is remarkably reproduced.
Compositions can be clearly evaluated and mixing errors can be caught with the utmost level of precision with the DT 880 Edition. This is also true of its Pro Variant.
The linear sound and impressive levels of fidelity control ensure you’ve a top choice of mixing tool with the DT 880. As such, it’s curious that Beyerdynamic itself makes a point of recommending this model variant exclusively for hi-fi applications. Differences between this model and the Pro or Studio version, are marginal. In fact, the only significant deviations relate to contact pressure and the bag included in the respective accessory line-ups. In short, when it comes down to sound, there’s not really any discernible difference.
Speech intelligibility and transmission quality is very impressive here, with performance being so reliable it’s ideal for live and broadcast applications. The semi-open design allows ensures external noise can reach the auditory canal when you need it to.
These headphones are suited to a wide range of potential users, whether it’s a sound professional looking for a new piece of studio hardware or merely a music fan seeking a solid choice for everyday listening. An unadulterated frequency response, highly successful stereo imaging and plenty of depth of detail ensures the Beyerdynamic DT 880 Edition is a go-to choice.
Measurement ResultsMore measurement results
- Ear couplingOver-ear
- Frequency response (headphones)5 - 35.000 Hz
- Impedance235,65 ohms
- Sound pressure level (SPL)90,28 dB
- Pressure averaged from big and small head474 g
- Weight with cable358 g
- Weight without cable297 g
- Cable length310 cm
What's in the box
- 6.35mm stereo jack
- Travel bag