Frequency response: 5 Hz to 35 kHz
Impedance: 250 Ohms
Beyerdynamics’ DT100s were, at one point, the archetypal studio headphone. You’ll still see them in a lot of pro studios, but if anyone recommends them to you for electronic music production, smile politely and walk away. The DT100s were great headphones in their day, but their main strengths were isolation when tracking with mics and rugged construction which meant they stood up to heavy abuse in a studio context. They’ve subsequently been superseded in almost every way, especially if you prioritise sound quality and comfort over drive-a-tank-over-them durability.
For a slightly more contemporary reminder of Beyer’s prowess, take a look further up the range. The DT770s are a great closed-back model and the DT990s are an excellent option for a fully open design, but our pick is the model in between. The DT880 Pros are a semi-open design, meaning they offer some of the advantages of the 990s in terms of sound quality but with slightly better isolation. It’s a great compromise, giving a very accurate, neutral sound (the 990s can be a little too bright in comparison).
exceptionally revealing headphones, almost on a par with much more expensive models
Some people find the 880s a little fatiguing for extended listening periods, which is probably a result of their open, analytical high end balance. While that may be problematic if you intend to work in long stretches, the benefit over the short term is that these are exceptionally revealing headphones, almost on a par with much more expensive models like the Sennheiser HD650s.
With a street price hovering somewhere just north of the £150 mark, the DT880s are well worth a look if you’re after the surgical precision of an open headphone with a bright, clear sound.