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How do these compare in terms of sound and value compared to the DT770 that is also available as a drop right now. These are only like 30 dollars more than those.. does the higher number (990) imply it is a better headphone?
The difference between the two headphones is the closed back (770) vs open back (990) design. In general the open back will produce a much larger soundstage then the closed back. However, with an open back design there is no barrier between your ears and outside noise, so people can hear what you’re listening to and vise versa.
So both of these have same drivers etc... but one is open back the other is closed. is that right?
Headphones can be so damn confusing times. one would think they would just say that in the product description. I imagine the differences in impedance makes somewhat of a difference too but it's good to know the drivers are the same
Well fun fact about the beyerdynamic dt series is that there is a 32,250,600 ohm version for each headphone
Yeah but only Zeus has an amp strong enough to hear anything through em xD
That is a good point, if you’re just getting into headphones do not get a 600 ohm version because you will need an amplifier to hear them. The anything under 250 can usually be played from a smartphone, just might be a little quiet
Important distinction between the variants. I have a 250ohm DT 880, and I promise you, the volume limit on a smartphone is unfortunate. You'd think by now they'd have sufficient amplifiers in them, but they do not. I have a Galaxy S5, and the maximum I can get out of it is... maybe 80db spl? Maybe?
iphoneX runs decently 770 250 ohm at about 90% volume, not super loud. get a schiit magni.
@Pacwageo I used to have both 770 and 990. To my ear 770 sounds like neutral. 990 sounds like emphasizing high frequency range. 990 is good for jazz or female vocal. Also 770 is closed and 990 is opened. Each has some pros and cons from its nature, closed or open. You probably won't want to use 990 in public space. People near you can hear what you listen. You can hear outside noise too.
770 are closed and 990 are open. Difference in soundstage and instrument placement is enormous. 990 has more bass more regressed mid and lots of high. Trebble instruments will shine but you need to have proper AMP for this cans. Best use with tubes.
I use headphones for studio work use more than listening to music for enjoyment, so keep that in mind. The DT770 are closed back, have great sound isolation, so they are better to be used when tracking/recording. The sound won't leak out, which is more important than how they sound, but these do sound really nice...just not as neutral because of the closed back. Still, great for portable situations like listening on a bus. The DT990s are open back, and they let a lot of audio leak out, but the sound stage is much wider and they overall sound is more neutral and natural (versus hyped). Those are useful for mixing reference. You can also use them for listening to music or movies, but these are higher-end studio cans, especially the 600 ohm version which takes a LOT of power to drive. The difference between the two is they are different tools for different uses. Both very good headphones.
DT-990 are pretty far from being neutral. They have bump in bas and very bright high. They sound like special effects this trebbles and drumkits and everything that is in highs is like sparkling ice. They have this unique sound that you can like or hate. You are right you use closed cans for recording vocals etc. For monitoring purposes there you can also consider using akg monitor series which is cheap as hell... Worth trying