Since the hype machine had recently gotten it’s hands on them, I wanted to revisit them. Many of us have experience with at least one or two models and see it as possibly Beyerdynamic’s best headphone. I wanted to see again what the difference is between not only the 250 ohm and 600 ohm versions but do some analysis of the “black edition” that is all over the place. Below are my data analysis and subjective observations. Testing gear & notes; MOTU Ultralite mk4->Monoprice THX 887->miniDSP EARS My measurements were done following miniDSP manual and recommended curve. I had wanted to move to something more recommended here but I wanted to stick to my comfort zone to minimize variables. Obviously my measurements are only comparable to each other and void against anything else. Disclaimer Proper headphone measuring is hard AF. I have been doing it for a year, reading a lot of stuff here and on the old Changstar site. I am certainly NOT good at it yet. I have about 50 sets measured under my belt and continue to learn. I welcome constructive criticism on my measurements. Level matching here is super tough. The Beyerdynamics are not outstanding at matching driver set. My miniDSP EARS has one channel that is 1db more sensitive and the pot on the THX leaves some channel matching to be desired as well. In addition, these headphones are more sensitive to the treble variation in regards to positioning. The bass seems less affected (good headphones for folks who wear glasses). My images are watermarked with my logo. It’s probably not necessary but this round up took a lot of my time and I don’t need some jackass stealing them and re-posting on his YT site like happened with Marv recently. My logo is cheesy here, but again, I value my time more than the money in this case and it matters to me, so yeah…. Now, here are the units tested; DT880 pro 250 ohm (standard version with silver pads) DT880 premium 600 ohm (standard version with silver pads) DT880 Pro Black 250 ohm DT880 Premium Black Edition 250 ohm DT880 Premium Black Edition 600 ohm My observations on aesthetics and build; All sets are made in Germany Standard 250 ohm pro – coiled cable, snap on headband, tightest clamp, only thing in the box is a waterproof travel pouch. Silver ear pads are super soft. The silver pads are still the nicest velour pad material of any headphone I have tried. Grills are metal. Black Pro model – black, soft but slightly scratchy ear pads with a stiffer foam inside. Same headband, cable, travel pouch… Grilles are painted with white markings to pop more. Standard 600 ohm premium edition – straight, annoying 9’ cable. Nicest “case” – faux leather siding, zipper, internal cutout foam. Great for storing on your desktop or office area. Silver velour pads. Faux leather headband, cleans nicely but is the least comfortable of the lot. Less clamp. Metal grills.j Black 250 ohm & 600 ohm – same straight 9’ cable. “case” is a more travel friendly clamshell but it has no padding on the inside and is less stacking friendly for an office or desktop. Pads are same as Pro black above and therefore less comfortable. Headband appears to be the same as on the T90. Very soft and well padded. It is super comfy but also collects lint & dust like crazy. I also envision this headband being a soaking pad for hair product or oil on your head. Most comfortable headband but my OCD prefers the others for cleanliness. The grilles are plastic and the impedance is stickered on the inside of the headband. These units feel like they cost the least. Measurements; First up is the PRO 250 ohm standard model. There is nothing really note-worthy here. Slight bass bump, slight scoop in the mids, infamous 8k peak. There do not appear to be any resonances or ringing in the treble, so if the FR bump doesn’t bother you, you are good. If it does bother you – you can probably skip reading anything else here. Here was my first surprise of the round-up. I re-measured, re-tested over and over to confirm the results. ALL the BLACK editions measure with the exact same FR. In comparison to the standard Pro model they have a slight bass boost, slightly more scooped out mid section and a slightly reduced 8k peak. By slight, I mean 2-3db. Beyerdynamic’s marketing says the only difference with the Black editions is in aesthetic, it is simply not true. In my opinion, these versions seemed more geared to the masses. Swapping pads, I can tell you that the black pads seem to be responsible for the bass boost. The internal foam is slightly firmer and the material may be aiding as well. Swapping pads though, the mid scoop remains, so they are doing something with the tuning here. To my ear, this is tuned to be the “fun” one. It has a little more bass, slightly less controlled and tight. A good analogy would be the HD800S to the HD800. I think most here will not like the tuning. Everyday Joe probably will. Premium version – you can see MUCH more balanced bass to mids transition. Also MUCH more upper treble emphasis. Obviously these have more sparkle and air. The treble doesn’t bother me. The DT990, standard HD800 and DT1990 bother the heck out of my ears FWIW. Now, I bought all these headphones myself and due to time, money and availability there are some noteworthy omissions in my testing. Here they are with my educated guess on sound; Standard premium 250 ohm – likely similar to the 600 ohm in FR, but less resolve Chrome – still has the T90 headband and black pads, so likely the Black with a colored plastic ring Tygr 300R – I think it’s a re-skinned DT880 but I don’t know and I don’t have enough solid information about it from anyone I trust to make and speculation of real value 250 ohm vs 600 ohm Yes, there is a difference. The 600 ohm is noticeably more resolving, but not earth-shattering so. A good analogy in my mind is the 58X vs the 6XX. Most folks here will notice in 10-15 minutes of comparison with familiar tracks. The masses probably will hardly notice. Given the difference to drive them (it is significant) I wouldn’t recommend the 600 ohm to my casual buddy or a gamer. I would recommend the majority of users here opt for the 600 ohm. For anyone questioning if the 600 ohm is suddenly competitive with top tier headphones for resolve, it just is not. I have the HD800S and while the 600 ohm version is not embarrassed by it (a solid achievement given the price), it also is not the same tier of resolve. The most resolving headphones I have owned are the HD800 & HE-6se and they both are a full tier above the 600 ohm in resolve. No surprise to anyone here. My personal conclusion; The DT880 was a great value in 2005 and it’s a great value today. It’s a leaner sound signature, more analytical with a good sound stage and terrific imaging. The 600 ohm version has REALLY impressive resolution for the price. Bass lovers need not apply. Those searching for true monitoring headphones, need not apply. Comfort –wise, the most comfortable version would be the black version with and buy silver ear pads for it. I ran that for a bit and it is VERY comfy. Problem there again is the headband is difficult to clean and the mid scoop remains. I hope that you guys found all this information interesting. I enjoyed it and want to test the remaining question marks. If you powered through the full read, thanks for your time.