Audio Technica ATH M50 VS Beyerdynamic DT880, also Impedance Questions

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  1. xiris

    xiris Constantly Learning

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    Hello Everyone,

    I've been browsing through the forums for a bit, and I have caught a recurring trend of people being recommended either the M50s or 880s as a quality entry headphone. I looked up some more reviews this morning.. but really can't find enough information (other than a bunch of people praising both sets) to make a definitive decision.

    I've noticed that the M50s have an impedance of 38 ohms vs the 880s having 3 options, 32, 250 & 600ohms. Also noted that most people recommend the 600ohms 880's vs. the 250 or 32ohms.

    Which headphones would you recommend of the two?
    Would I need an external amp to run either of these headphones properly?
    And what advantages/disadvantages are there to the 600ohms vs 32ohms?
     
  2. lostnthesound

    lostnthesound Burns Easily in the Sun

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    Both are excellent headphones, I purchased a pair of 880's just the other day based on their rep. I'm no expert, but I believe that higher Ohms equals less harmonic distortion, but require a headphone amp to provide enough power for optimal output. Lower ohms don't require as much power but can produce more harmonic distortion. Whether or not you'll be able to hear the affects of said harmonic distortion will be up to your ears to decide.

    I played it safe and bought the 250 Ohm version which can be powered nicely with my Duet 2. I haven't personally auditioned the higher ohm versions so I can't speak personally about the difference in audio quality.

    Also, look into headphone burn-in. I'm currently burning mine and have been able to tell a significant difference throughout the process.

    Cheers.
     
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  3. Binary_UK

    Binary_UK Binary.

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    I've owned both and can tell you the DT880 Pro's win hands down.

    More comfortable, less fatiguing, better build quality, for me, the list is endless.
     
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    xiris Constantly Learning

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    Thank you both for the quick replies.

    Binary, do I need a headphone amp to realize the proper potential of either of these headphones?

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    MisterApe 8bit junkie

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    I agree, comfort wise especially, can wear them all day and it's not tiring at all.
     
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    I have the 250ohm 880's and run them through my Focusrite Saffire 6 USB, do find I have to turn it up a bit more than my old M50's and when I was using my HD25's, but as long as you have an audio interface, id say you will be fine.
     
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  7. turbo46

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    880's are better than 770's?
     
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    Depends on your application, open back vs closed back, i've tried both and the 880s are a lot more balanced/neutral to me
     
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    Directly in the macbook what ohm version and for mixing i've to buy?
     
  10. Mania

    Mania i fukin wot m8

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    I got the 880's run through my Saffire 2i2, and i need them at full gain for an optimal listening level. I needed to borrow my dads headphone amp to fix this, so maybe the interface makes a difference.
     
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    Dark Lizardro The Lizard that has a hammer Staff Member

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    I have the 250 ohm beyers, and they do just fine. I guess that if you're planning on using them with the normal jacks, any more than that would require an amp for you to use it properly.
     
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    I have the ATH M50 and I don't really like doing any mixing or sound design with them. They are a little heavy on the bass and everything I've done with them has been light on bass due to this. I'm thinking of getting a pair of ether the DT880 or the DT990 to try out and see if the open headphones help, until then I'm back to using some old senns when I need to do any mixing or sound design and can't use my monitors. That said, the M50 sound great when listening to music or playing video games.
     
  13. xiris

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    Looks like I have my answer. DT880s it'll be. Thank you to all for your input.

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