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Brand
Beyerdynamic
Ear Placement
Over Ear
Color
Black
Connectivity Technology
Wired
Model Name
DT 1990 PRO

  • Set of ear pads, headphone, and two cables

  • Uncompromising studio reference headphones

    Made in Germany

    As with all beyerdynamic professional studio headphones, the DT 1990 PRO is also handcrafted in Germany. Backed by high-quality materials and meticulous workmanship, this high-end product is a long-term investment.

    For precise listening, mixing and mastering

    For decades now, professional users all around the world have placed their trust in beyerdynamic studio headphones. They remain the number one choice for music producers, sound technicians and broadcast users and are a firmly established piece of equipment in studios worldwide.

    The DT 1990 PRO reference headphones combine these decades of expertise in headphone technology with the latest Tesla driver technology and an open design.

    High-resolution sound

    Power and precision are critical requirements when it comes to sound reproduction. The efficiency of our latest Tesla driver technology is characterized emphatically by accurate resolution and high output power. Brilliant highs, a richly detailed mid range and precise bass combine to ensure a sublime sound quality that is second to none.

    Together with an ingenious open-back design, the high-resolution Tesla drivers ensure a wide, dynamic and extremely natural stereo image. Titanium-coated acoustic fabric and carefully selected precision-woven textiles round off the balanced sound quality.

    Features


    Maximum wear comfort

    The perfected design of the DT 1990 PRO combines innovation with decades of expertise in headphone technology. High-tech textiles and memory foam-filled ear pads ensure exceptional wear comfort. Headphones so comfortable you almost forget you are wearing them.


    Open design

    Natural and exceptionally spatial sound is achieved thanks to the open, circumaural design. The optimized spatial sound reproduction makes the DT 1990 PRO headphones a reliable reference for mixing and mastering applications as well as for critical listening.


    Two sound characteristics

    Choose between a well-balanced sound or deliberately analytical sound tuning thanks to replaceable velour ear pads. Both ear pad variants are included in the scope of delivery and uncompromisingly round off the overall package.

    DT 990 PRO DT 1990 PRO
    Tranducer Type Dynamic Driver Dynamic Tesla neodymium driver
    Cable Length and Type Coiled cable (5m), fixed Straight cable (3m) / coiled cable (5M), each with detachable and lockable 3-pin mini-XLR cable connector
    Sound Profile Accurate sound, very good resolution and spatiality Very balanced sound image, excellent resolution and spatiality, high output sound pressure level
    Extended scope of delivery Drawstring bag Two pairs of velour ear pads with analytical sound characteristics, coiled cable in addition to a straight cable, premium hard case
    Recommended use Musicians, sound engineers, producers as well as beginners, who want a reliable, robust and affordable headphone as a working tool Mixing and mastering engineers, producers and musicians who want open and high-end studio headphones with uncompromising performance in all relevant aspects, such as sound, comfort, design and acessories

    Features & details

    Features

    • Open studio reference class headphones for mixing and mastering, Made in Germany
    • 250 ohms, 45 mm dynamic Tesla neodymium drivers
    • Single sided, detachable cable with mini-XLR connectors
    • Soft, replaceable ear pads and headband for long studio sessions. Headphone frequency response : 5-40,000 Hz. Nominal sound pressure level : 102 dBSPL (1mW/500Hz)
    • Delivery contents: 2 ear pads with different sound characteristics (analytical and well-balanced), two pairs of cables (3m straight and coiled), premium hard case

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    Q: Can I use these with my phone?

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    Q: Are both cables equipped with a 1/4" plug or is one 1/8"?

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    Paul R.
    5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
    yeah. these.
    Reviewed in the United States on June 30, 2017
    Color: Black
    For reference, I own or have owned DT880/600s, DT770/80s, T90s, HD600s, 598s, 712Pros, and have spent a goodly amount of time with the LCD-2s, HD800s, and the DT1990''s big brothers, the T1/v2s. I have been amping the dt1990s with all kinds of stuff, but have found the best... See more
    For reference, I own or have owned DT880/600s, DT770/80s, T90s, HD600s, 598s, 712Pros, and have spent a goodly amount of time with the LCD-2s, HD800s, and the DT1990''s big brothers, the T1/v2s. I have been amping the dt1990s with all kinds of stuff, but have found the best synergy with the Beyerdynamic A20 and the Lake People RS 02.

    I listen mostly to 1950s-1960s jazz. Think Roach and Brown, Ammons and Stitt, Blakey, Silver, Mingus, Ellington, Gillespie, Monk, Peterson, Davis, Coltrane, Coleman, Green, Montgomery, Hubbard, Shorter, etc. etc. A lot of Zorn (mainly Masada) and some contemporary classical (Reich, Riley, Bryars, Arnalds, Frahm, Guonadottir). When I''m listening to pop, it''s usually stuff by Nick Cave, Greg Cartwright, or Jason Molina (RIP). Oh, also, Thee Oh Sees are the shiz.

    Let me just say that the DT1990s come ready to rumble no matter your tastes. Simply put, they just feel "right." That is, from the moment I put them on, I had the sense that I was finally hearing the music as the engineer intended. No coloration. No tricks, no treats. Just the straight business (for better and worse, depending on the quality of the original recording). It puts you right in the studio, in the first few rows of the concert hall, or at that corner table close enough to share your drink with the drummer. As transparent a set of headphones as I''ve ever heard. Now, I''ve always loved the HD600s for jazz (personally, far more than the HD650s), but I always felt that something was missing...a more robust low end. In this sense, the DT1990s deliver fully on the promise of the HD600s. Just as neutral, just as precise in terms of imaging, but with a more rock solid and effortless delivery (and much better built and loads more comfortable on the head).

    Ultimately, these headphones are miles beyond the other headphones I own (with the HD600s a distant second [though still a terrific set of phones]) The HD800s are fantastic, but in truth, I always found the soundstaging too exaggerated for the sort of small ensemble/chamber stuff I listen to. Really, they always took me out of the scene instead of putting me there as the DT1990s do. Personally, I''ve never found planar magnetics to play all that well with jazz and the LCD-2s are no exception. Just a tad on the slow side for my taste. I always felt like they were playing catch up through really busy sections, and frankly, just a touch dark. The T1s might be more detailed, but not $400+ more detailed IMHO. I say skip the T1s and invest in these bad boys instead.

    And regarding the price: sure, it seems a bit steep. But like all passive transducers, these headphones should last you decades. Hell, I''m still in love with (and have never felt compelled to replace) my mid-90s JBL monitors. Do yourself a favor and skimp on that new TV (which, if not relative junk from day one, will be obsolete in 4 years or dead in 8) and treat yourself to these, your new best friends for life.

    Oh, and by the way, I''ve never reviewed a product on Amazon before. With that in mind, the very fact that you are reading this review right now does these headphones more justice than my words ever could.

    yeah. these. you need these.
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    A true hero?
    3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
    This is it. (For a specifc crowd)
    Reviewed in the United States on January 7, 2019
    Color: Black
    Where do I even begin. Build Quality- The germans did it. This feels like a headphone that would outlast every other pair I have, even my polished Z7s. Accessories- Comes with 2 cables. A short coil cable, and a long straight cable. No balanced... See more
    Where do I even begin.

    Build Quality- The germans did it. This feels like a headphone that would outlast every other pair I have, even my polished Z7s.

    Accessories- Comes with 2 cables. A short coil cable, and a long straight cable. No balanced connector, but I’ll explain why it isn’t even necessary anymore. It even comes with an extra pair of pads. All in a neat carrying case.

    Sound- Alive. That is the one word that describes this headphone. For the first time, I have a headphone that feels alive. The detail is insane.

    Treble- The Beyer controversy. I can happily report that whatever they did do these, makes these sound nothing like the 990. The treble is up there, it’s detailed, and for once, it is actually present. But let’s get the elephant out of the room: sibilance is near to none. I’ve experienced sibilance before (M2 Momentum), and it was painful. These aren’t painful. Im treble sensitive, and these work great. The “S” is sometimes peaky, but it doesn’t even matter. That is part of the recording. But at the same time, you are being hit with so much treble detail, everything else takes it over. The Sennheiser Hd 600s is lacking in this category. The Sony MDRZ7 doesn’t even want to get near the treble area. Clear Winner: DT 1990.

    Mids- It is there, it is in line and pretty neutral. Between this and the HD 600, the Sennheiser still retains that vocal edge, but it is pretty close. Detail retrieval still goes the DT 1990. But if one were to listen to music ONLY for the midrange, the HD 600 would win. The Sony MDRZ7 is just feels thinner in the mid range, and the mid bass bloat doesn’t help either.

    Bass- What everyone wants to know. For an open headphone, the bass is thumping. The HD 600 doesn’t even get close to the quantity and detail in the bass region of the DT 1990. Of course, the MDRZ7 are good at something, and that is warm layered bass.

    Wild Card: Oppo Pm-3. Treble- DT 1990 has actual treble. Mids- DT 1990 has a more detailed mid range. Bass- PM-3 is similar to Hd 600 bass, lacking and kind of thin.

    If I was given the choice of either keeping the rest of my headphones or selling them off for just this one, I’d keep the DT 1990 in a heartbeat.

    Edit: After spending some time with them, I decided to knock off 2 stars. The “pounding treble” is starting to become head ache inducing on normal tracks. It isn’t the sibilance, it’s the fact that the treble is so present in quantity that it hurts.

    This would be a headphones for the professionals who need to hear the treble in abundance. Also good for those who love treble, and are not all treble sensitive. I also suspect this would go well with people of older age, as the highs on this would compensate out for over time hearing loss.

    But for the younger listener, the high is way too hot for enjoyment.
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    Glenn
    5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
    AWESOME every-day listeners. Rank up with headphones twice the price plus.
    Reviewed in the United States on January 27, 2018
    Color: Black
    I have several very high end headphones including HD800S, TH900, Stellia, Etc, and I find myself listening to these most often. No they aren''t as precise as the higher end headphones, but sometimes the clarity in the Summit-Fi headphones can get exhausting and I find myself... See more
    I have several very high end headphones including HD800S, TH900, Stellia, Etc, and I find myself listening to these most often. No they aren''t as precise as the higher end headphones, but sometimes the clarity in the Summit-Fi headphones can get exhausting and I find myself turning to a more relaxed, neutral headphone like these or the HD650 for casual, long listening periods. These have better highs than the HD650, so I find myself listening to these more than the 650s. These DT1990s have this fantastic ability to pull apart each track into the individual instruments, especially in rock music. I would have paid twice the price for these headphones given their performance. They DO need an amp to really shine, so pick up the A20 while you''re at it. (I''m using a Schiit setup with a Yggdrasil and LYR2, but I''ve used the A20 and it''s an excellent amp.
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    Meatball
    4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
    Neat headphones. Little bit too much treble but they''re ...
    Reviewed in the United States on November 6, 2017
    Color: Black
    Neat headphones. Little bit too much treble but they''re otherwise solid. They''re also extremely bright sounding, which is hard to get past when you''re used to a warmer sound. The balanced pads help dampen the upper end. If you already own a pair of beyerdynamic... See more
    Neat headphones. Little bit too much treble but they''re otherwise solid. They''re also extremely bright sounding, which is hard to get past when you''re used to a warmer sound. The balanced pads help dampen the upper end.
    If you already own a pair of beyerdynamic headphones there are an obvious upgrade. If you''re coming from a different brand, they''ll take some getting used to.
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    Anthony S.
    5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
    After watching hours worth of reviews and comparisons I''m happy to say that these are worth every dime and ...
    Reviewed in the United States on April 2, 2018
    Color: Black
    I have spent years buying headphones in pursuit of this sound. I will leave it to more technically inclined reviewers to discuss the specs and frequency response if that is what you need... but I''m here to say "wow". I am listening using the Chord Mojo playing... See more
    I have spent years buying headphones in pursuit of this sound. I will leave it to more technically inclined reviewers to discuss the specs and frequency response if that is what you need... but I''m here to say "wow". I am listening using the Chord Mojo playing music from Tidal. Before pulling the trigger on these I auditioned the Audeze LCD X, and although those cans sound phenomenal I ultimately passed because of the weight and size of the cans (never mind the fact that they are twice the price with the creator''s package offer). My everyday pair before these were the HD600s for home use and the Audeze Sine for on the go, but I did not know what I was missing until listening to the 1990. Everything sounds exactly as it should, and I have received more than I expected here. After watching hours worth of reviews and comparisons I''m happy to say that these are worth every dime and many more. With these I''ve heard whispers I''ve never heard, the unfolding of papers and footsteps in the studio, and the sound of guitars has become addictive. I highly recommend these to anyone dedicated to finding one headphone that accomplishes the greatest feats of many other cans twice its price.
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    Jake W
    5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
    These are the Real Deal
    Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2021
    Color: Black
    I own Beyerdynamic dt990 600ohms, Amiron Homes, Sennheiser HD 560s, and Sennheiser HD650s. The DT1990s are my favorite of the bunch (right next to HD650- different sound signature but both are amazing), with Amirons being my least favorite BY FAR which is funny because they... See more
    I own Beyerdynamic dt990 600ohms, Amiron Homes, Sennheiser HD 560s, and Sennheiser HD650s. The DT1990s are my favorite of the bunch (right next to HD650- different sound signature but both are amazing), with Amirons being my least favorite BY FAR which is funny because they use the same drivers as the DT1990s but sound awful.

    These things are built like a tank. Very sturdy and substantial feeling. Not too heavy on the head. Earcups are big enough for me and significantly deeper than the DT990 earcups. Almost as comfortable as my HD650 (better shaped earcups, lighter.)

    TREBLE:
    Okay, this is what many people worry about when they buy Beyerdynamic headphones. The treble on these headphones with the balanced pads is.... nice. It''s present and a little bit forward, but not in the tinny way that it is on the dt990 or the DISGUSTINGLY loud and annoying way it is on the Amiron Homes. It''s fast, and though frequency charts will show the huge 8k peak, it doesn''t bother me. I''m fairly treble sensitive, and I hardly ever come across a song that bothers me with the DT1990. I think the treble is pleasantly clear. Sometimes, on songs like exchange by bryson tiller or excited by trippie redd, those high hats can be a little hot, but they''re far more tolerable than the other Beyers I own. It''s like they come close to that threshold of unpleasantness, but never cross it. It''s almost perfect.

    Mids:
    Fantastic. not sucked out and lifeless like on the Amiron Homes or recessed like they are on the DT990 600ohm. The mids are clear and present. There is substance and flavor in the mids.

    Bass:
    Best bass of all the headphones I own. Tight and punchy, deep. Just really a good time overall.

    TLDR;
    Fantastic bass and mids.
    Great treble.
    Comfortable.
    Built like a tank.
    A good contrast to something like an HD650.
    Sometimes, high hats can come in hot, but I wouldn''t call it a real issue.
    Stellar headphones overall and I don''t regret buying them for over half a grand which is the most important takeaway from all of this.
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    Agnar150
    5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
    I love these headphones
    Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2017
    Color: Black
    I love these headphones. I had purchased the Focal Elear but they weren''t my cup of tea. They lacked big time bass and lacked a bit a treble. They didn''t even soundstage well. I just couldn''t justify spending that much for such a bad sounding headphone. I replaced them... See more
    I love these headphones. I had purchased the Focal Elear but they weren''t my cup of tea. They lacked big time bass and lacked a bit a treble. They didn''t even soundstage well. I just couldn''t justify spending that much for such a bad sounding headphone. I replaced them with the Beyerdynamic DT 1990 and I am now happy as can be. They did sound a bit harsh at the beginning but after about 100 hours of continuous break in with a test brown noise at a moderately high volume and now they sound fantastic. I am glad I have saved about 400 bucks and now have good sound. My system is a Schiit Gungnir DAC XLR cables with and Auralic MKII amplifier and it sounds amazing. I have also tested these headphones with the Schiit Vallhalla and they sound great with both amps.
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    Nublet
    1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
    Painful sounds and not for everyone
    Reviewed in the United States on September 27, 2019
    Color: Black
    These headphones really hurt your hearing if you''re sensitive to high pitch sound. I tried to like these headphones for a solid month before returning them -- I just couldn''t stand the sound. It''s not really the vocals and traditional sounds that hurt. It''s when someone in... See more
    These headphones really hurt your hearing if you''re sensitive to high pitch sound. I tried to like these headphones for a solid month before returning them -- I just couldn''t stand the sound. It''s not really the vocals and traditional sounds that hurt. It''s when someone in the background throws in finger snapping or other pop style noises that it becomes very annoying. There are a lot of smaller noises that you don''t consider in music until this thing elevates them. They''re pretty good if you can get past the sound signature, because the build quality and comfort is really amazing. I own other Beyers that are similar, but these are definitely a step up in build quality. But sadly my thoughts are they are bad for music and gaming. I think for older people these are probably good (eventually we all lose hearing). But anyone with good hearing is going to find these to be really annoying after an hour. I honestly can''t stand them for more than a half hour.
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    Dr.Jules
    5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
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    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 19, 2019
    You know what the pro''s and con''s of an open-back are? ...great separation, depth and reality, yet is more likely to distort when driven hard - and does leak sound in and out! That said, *on balance* this is THE best headphone out there. You do need an amp or...See more
    You know what the pro''s and con''s of an open-back are? ...great separation, depth and reality, yet is more likely to distort when driven hard - and does leak sound in and out! That said, *on balance* this is THE best headphone out there. You do need an amp or audio-interface to drive it though. / HIGHS : airy, elevated from flat but no troublesome spikes, involving and revealing. Slightly grainy - which masks some detail & reality. Possibly too metallic to be positively refreshing. The clarity stands above the MT8 (which is similarly elevated) though the highs at times can be a tad brash and lack a width of frequency separation. The highs are a tricky area, it’s where you hear the material of the driver cone, and it’s coating, here it’s titanium, and that’s what I hear - and not a lot of instruments sound like titanium. By comparison the DT770 are slightly slower in the highs yet have a very very prominent sibilance spike - making the high freq response wavy, not settled; the DT1990 don''t have the sibilance issue - so do win out. The B pads help to soften the highs (and everything) a touch, and the extra bass of the B pads means you’ll run the ‘phones at a lower volume - which will also lower the highs (but also lower the mids!). Overall, slightly elevated, very detailed and no unwelcome surprises. HIGH-MIDS : can sound rather papery against the metallic highs, in general there is a lack of reality to the highs, instruments become ‘reproduced sounds’. The subtler qualities and magic they have in themselves, is somewhat lost. Comparing to the MT5’s, such as with dark cymbals (gently tapped) the MT5’s have real forward presence here - which the DT1990’s lack. That said, I am being critical here; I still think these have some of the best highs I''ve heard, for inspection more than total pleasure. MIDS : slightly recessed (relative to the elevated and detailed highs and lows), far ‘thicker’ than the DT770 with more detail - so more present (towards the MT5), just a dip down from flat, nothing drastic but can push vocals and acoustic instruments slightly back from what might be familiar. For mastering this acts inversely, and encourages you to increase the presence of your mids - which is not a bad thing at all. For listening you may feel like you are missing out, but then everything in the whole freq range is so detailed you would rarely be dissatisfied though certainly in the low mids does lack definition and some thwack (which is so perfectly present in the MT5’s). As with the lows at higher volumes there can distortion - a warbling of continuous notes, just not holding the delivery (with the lows distortion is a pop); this characteristic is the same as the DT770’s even though they have different drivers. LOWS : deep, powerful, fairly detailed (slightly wooly) and lacks some warmth - but then that is an overall characteristic of this headphone - not that it’s cold or clinical but it’s not the most embracing of listens (A pads are a bit too thin & dry for my liking, so I’m using the B-pads). The v.forward highs and soft lows creates a unsettling hole in the mids. Higher lows (towards the mids) such as woody kick drum sounds, disappear into a bass sogginess, whereas the MT5 everything in the lows is amazingly defined, has super presence, clarity and is spread out over a wide freq response. Definition of the lows by the DT1990’s is better than most, but falls just short of the MT5’s (the MT5''s lows are not as deep or wide though). In complex passages at high volume the bass distorts - pops; adding EQ, a 20Hz HPF -6dB shelf, stops this popping and in anycase as anything below 20Hz is not audible the EQ has little adverse affects (in fact I wish the headphones incorporated a gentle <20Hz HPF, as EQ in software or players is not always possible). GENERAL OBSERVATIONS : what''s the big issue? - the above mentioned distortion, at higher volumes in the mids a warbling and in the lows a pop, you will hear this, it’s a negative for studio use - as you won’t be trusting your source material. This isn’t at super high volumes, but starts at ‘just right’ high-ish volume (or maybe I listen for inspection louder than most!). As a comparison, the MT8 do not distort nor do the MT5’s, though many headphones do distort at high volumes, especially open-backs (due to ''freer'' driver throw) so this isn''t a specific issue with the DT1990, but if you need to avoid it, go for either the HD6xx range or MT5. DESIGN : despite these headphone being 250 ohm, their high sensitively Tesla drivers means in terms of driving they are similar to the DT770 80 ohm, possibly slightly easier to drive in fact. On a MacBook Pro you’ll be at 100% for an low to average listening level. So just as the DT770 they NEED an amp - or audio interface with a HP out. / This is based on years of studio use ...and pleasure ...of A/B comparisons between : CLOSED BACK : Yamaha HPH-MT5 Yamaha HPH-MT8 Beyerdynamic DT770 PRO 80ohm Audio Technica ATH-A990Z AKG K550 MkIII Sennheiser HD25-1 II OPEN BACK : Beyerdynamic DT1990 PRO Sennheiser HD600 Koss PortaPro Philips Fidelio X2HR / So ok, what about a closed-back? - driven from your portable device / laptop : I recommend the Yamaha HPH-MT5. Yes that is the 2nd greatest headphone out there. Surprising I know (for it''s price) but it''s such a reliable tool, no distortion driven hard, fast & accurate, super tight & powerful, but slightly dark, it''s 90% great, nothing else can touch it, except the DT1990. Which is why I recommend both. Which headphone do I use the most, the MT5. Each are valid in their own way, not least one is closed-back the other open-back. Both have the best presence and power of the lot, are for studio use are the most balanced over their frequency range - no unusual spikes or wavy EQ. That said they have different characters: the MT5 is non-fatiguing and fairly ‘dark’ (yet still fast and detailed), the DT1990 is higher resolution, brighter, more clinical (still flat but bitingly critical). The DT1990 certainly reveals if highs scream in your mix (useful as part of the studio process) - whereas the MT5 is more velvety - with punch but not as much aggression. As a result the MT5 can be used at higher volumes for deep immersion without ear strain, the DT1990 can run at lower volumes and retain all it’s detail - but is not as listenable at high volumes. In overall audio terms the MT5 (for me) is like a step up from Sennheiser’s renowned HD600/650, I’d say it’s better in every way though of course it’s closed back - so is not quite as ‘open’ in the mids, yet just as forward. The DT1990 is a different animal, I have the DT770 as well, and that relationship is similar to the HD600 > MT5, the DT1990 is a step up from the DT770. Immediately swapping headphones exposes their differences, it takes a while for your ear/brain to settle in, and ‘normalise’ the signature, in this respect I prefer the MT5’s as they are closed back so I can use them everywhere. With the DT1990’s I have to swap to the MT5’s when I need isolation, so swapping is not ideal, I guess the DT1770 closed-back might be an option, but I like the airiness of the DT1990 and love the confident though unexaggerated signature of the MT5. So that’s my twin pick. For pure listening the ATH-A990Z’s are the choice, everything there, no oddities, they lack the grating immediacy demanded of a studio headphone, but if you don’t want that, the 990Z are a good choice (though I’m not a fan of their fussy build). The DT1990’s are supplied with two different types of pad, A & B. 

B are fitted by default, they have slightly deeper, firmer foam and more entrance holes at the back - intended result is to increase bass. This they do, which relatively reduces the mid and highs, though also there’s more to their sound than that. I’d say the highs are not as confused as with A pads, as with the A pads there’s a push that clumps the high-mids into the highs and also a slight messy confusion in the highs - lack of space. I know many will hear the extra highs as definition - but it isn’t, it’s like an EQ on top of an EQ, things get ‘over-processed’ or sound like 8 bit. With the B-pads as the bass is larger, you can run the headphones with slightly less amp, which cuts the highs and relaxes them a touch, and reduces bass distortion - which is an issue with the DT1990’s. The B’s reducing highs is good, as they are already v.elevated, reducing the mids is not good as they are already recessive! So putting the A pads on, the bass recedes - too much, the mids pick up slightly though are still recessive, and highs get far too high. So here we have the issue, the pads do alter the sonic characteristics but neither has the best blend (and between both wouldn’t help either), basically you’ll have to accept either a rich bass but recessive mids, or recessive bass & mids and v.aggressive highs. What’s the outcome, which pads have I chosen - as an audio engineer, unlike everything else you might read, I’ve gone for the B pads - despite the slightly ‘blooming’ bass - they give a truer representation of a delivery mix and are less fatiguing - which actually means your brain can adapt to the DT1990 signature rather than fighting it, as a result you do start hearing further into a mix. The A pads while super-precise keep you at arms length and not close to end reproduced delivery.
 / COMPARATIVE SCORES : 1- 10, higher the number the better. 1st score : BODY (Presence - Power) / 2nd score : DETAIL (Speed - Accuracy) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MT5. . . . . . MT8 . . . . . . DT770 . . . . DT1990 . . . . A990Z . . . . PORTA . . . HD25-1II High. . . . . . . . . . . . 9 / 8. . . . . .10 / 8 . . . .10 / 9 . . . . .10 / 8 . . . . . . 9 / 0 . . . . . .6 / 6 . . . . . 4 / 3 High-Mid. . . . . . . . 7 / 8. . . . . . 9 / 7. . . . . . 8 / 9. . . . . . 8 / 8 . . . . . . .8 / 9 . . . . . 7 / 6. . . . . . 4 / 4 Mid. . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 / 8 . . . . . 10 / 7. . . . . 5 / 8 . . . . . . 6 / 8 . . . . . . 6 / 7 . . . . . .7 / 5 . . . . . 4 / 4 Low . . . . . . . . . . . .10 / 10. . . . 6 / 8. . . . . . 8 / 7. . . . . . 9 / 8. . . . . 10 / 6 . . . . . 9 / 5. . . . . 11 / 7 V.Low. . . . . . . . . . . 8 / 6. . . . . . 9 / 7. . . . . . 7 / 6 . . . . . . 9 / 9 . . . . . . 8 / 5. . . . . . 4 / 4 . . . . . 9 / 7 Soundstage. . . . . . 6 . . . . . . . . 6. . . . . . . . . 8 . . . . . . . . . 8 . . . . . . . . . 9 . . . . . . . . . 3 . . . . . . . . 1 Stereo width. . . . . 9 . . . . . . . . 8 . . . . . . . . . 9 . . . . . . . . . 7 . . . . . . . . .5 . . . . . . . . . 4 . . . . . . . . 3 Efficiency. . . . . . . . 9. . . . . . . . 10 . . . . . . . . 5. . . . . . . . . . 5 . . . . . . . . .9 . . . . . . . . . 8 . . . . . . . . 7 Isolation . . . . . . . . 8 . . . . . . . . 9 . . . . . . . . . 7. . . . . . . . . . 3 . . . . . . . . .7 . . . . . . . . . 1 . . . . . . . . 5 Portability. . . . . . . 8 . . . . . . . . 7. . . . . . . . . .5. . . . . . . . . . 4 . . . . . . . . 3 . . . . . . . . . 10 . . . . . . . 8 Comfort. . . . . . . . . 9 . . . . . . . . 6. . . . . . . . . 10. . . . . . . . . 8. . . . . . . . . 7 . . . . . . . . . 7 . . . . . . . . 4
    You know what the pro''s and con''s of an open-back are? ...great separation, depth and reality, yet is more likely to distort when driven hard - and does leak sound in and out!

    That said, *on balance* this is THE best headphone out there. You do need an amp or audio-interface to drive it though.

    /

    HIGHS : airy, elevated from flat but no troublesome spikes, involving and revealing. Slightly grainy - which masks some detail & reality. Possibly too metallic to be positively refreshing. The clarity stands above the MT8 (which is similarly elevated) though the highs at times can be a tad brash and lack a width of frequency separation. The highs are a tricky area, it’s where you hear the material of the driver cone, and it’s coating, here it’s titanium, and that’s what I hear - and not a lot of instruments sound like titanium. By comparison the DT770 are slightly slower in the highs yet have a very very prominent sibilance spike - making the high freq response wavy, not settled; the DT1990 don''t have the sibilance issue - so do win out. The B pads help to soften the highs (and everything) a touch, and the extra bass of the B pads means you’ll run the ‘phones at a lower volume - which will also lower the highs (but also lower the mids!). Overall, slightly elevated, very detailed and no unwelcome surprises.

    HIGH-MIDS : can sound rather papery against the metallic highs, in general there is a lack of reality to the highs, instruments become ‘reproduced sounds’. The subtler qualities and magic they have in themselves, is somewhat lost. Comparing to the MT5’s, such as with dark cymbals (gently tapped) the MT5’s have real forward presence here - which the DT1990’s lack. That said, I am being critical here; I still think these have some of the best highs I''ve heard, for inspection more than total pleasure.

    MIDS : slightly recessed (relative to the elevated and detailed highs and lows), far ‘thicker’ than the DT770 with more detail - so more present (towards the MT5), just a dip down from flat, nothing drastic but can push vocals and acoustic instruments slightly back from what might be familiar. For mastering this acts inversely, and encourages you to increase the presence of your mids - which is not a bad thing at all. For listening you may feel like you are missing out, but then everything in the whole freq range is so detailed you would rarely be dissatisfied though certainly in the low mids does lack definition and some thwack (which is so perfectly present in the MT5’s). As with the lows at higher volumes there can distortion - a warbling of continuous notes, just not holding the delivery (with the lows distortion is a pop); this characteristic is the same as the DT770’s even though they have different drivers.

    LOWS : deep, powerful, fairly detailed (slightly wooly) and lacks some warmth - but then that is an overall characteristic of this headphone - not that it’s cold or clinical but it’s not the most embracing of listens (A pads are a bit too thin & dry for my liking, so I’m using the B-pads). The v.forward highs and soft lows creates a unsettling hole in the mids. Higher lows (towards the mids) such as woody kick drum sounds, disappear into a bass sogginess, whereas the MT5 everything in the lows is amazingly defined, has super presence, clarity and is spread out over a wide freq response. Definition of the lows by the DT1990’s is better than most, but falls just short of the MT5’s (the MT5''s lows are not as deep or wide though). In complex passages at high volume the bass distorts - pops; adding EQ, a 20Hz HPF -6dB shelf, stops this popping and in anycase as anything below 20Hz is not audible the EQ has little adverse affects (in fact I wish the headphones incorporated a gentle <20Hz HPF, as EQ in software or players is not always possible).

    GENERAL OBSERVATIONS : what''s the big issue? - the above mentioned distortion, at higher volumes in the mids a warbling and in the lows a pop, you will hear this, it’s a negative for studio use - as you won’t be trusting your source material. This isn’t at super high volumes, but starts at ‘just right’ high-ish volume (or maybe I listen for inspection louder than most!). As a comparison, the MT8 do not distort nor do the MT5’s, though many headphones do distort at high volumes, especially open-backs (due to ''freer'' driver throw) so this isn''t a specific issue with the DT1990, but if you need to avoid it, go for either the HD6xx range or MT5.

    DESIGN : despite these headphone being 250 ohm, their high sensitively Tesla drivers means in terms of driving they are similar to the DT770 80 ohm, possibly slightly easier to drive in fact. On a MacBook Pro you’ll be at 100% for an low to average listening level. So just as the DT770 they NEED an amp - or audio interface with a HP out.

    /

    This is based on years of studio use ...and pleasure ...of A/B comparisons between :

    CLOSED BACK :
    Yamaha HPH-MT5
    Yamaha HPH-MT8
    Beyerdynamic DT770 PRO 80ohm
    Audio Technica ATH-A990Z
    AKG K550 MkIII
    Sennheiser HD25-1 II

    OPEN BACK :
    Beyerdynamic DT1990 PRO
    Sennheiser HD600
    Koss PortaPro
    Philips Fidelio X2HR

    /

    So ok, what about a closed-back? - driven from your portable device / laptop : I recommend the Yamaha HPH-MT5. Yes that is the 2nd greatest headphone out there. Surprising I know (for it''s price) but it''s such a reliable tool, no distortion driven hard, fast & accurate, super tight & powerful, but slightly dark, it''s 90% great, nothing else can touch it, except the DT1990. Which is why I recommend both. Which headphone do I use the most, the MT5.

    Each are valid in their own way, not least one is closed-back the other open-back. Both have the best presence and power of the lot, are for studio use are the most balanced over their frequency range - no unusual spikes or wavy EQ.

    That said they have different characters: the MT5 is non-fatiguing and fairly ‘dark’ (yet still fast and detailed), the DT1990 is higher resolution, brighter, more clinical (still flat but bitingly critical). The DT1990 certainly reveals if highs scream in your mix (useful as part of the studio process) - whereas the MT5 is more velvety - with punch but not as much aggression. As a result the MT5 can be used at higher volumes for deep immersion without ear strain, the DT1990 can run at lower volumes and retain all it’s detail - but is not as listenable at high volumes. In overall audio terms the MT5 (for me) is like a step up from Sennheiser’s renowned HD600/650, I’d say it’s better in every way though of course it’s closed back - so is not quite as ‘open’ in the mids, yet just as forward. The DT1990 is a different animal, I have the DT770 as well, and that relationship is similar to the HD600 > MT5, the DT1990 is a step up from the DT770.

    Immediately swapping headphones exposes their differences, it takes a while for your ear/brain to settle in, and ‘normalise’ the signature, in this respect I prefer the MT5’s as they are closed back so I can use them everywhere. With the DT1990’s I have to swap to the MT5’s when I need isolation, so swapping is not ideal, I guess the DT1770 closed-back might be an option, but I like the airiness of the DT1990 and love the confident though unexaggerated signature of the MT5. So that’s my twin pick. For pure listening the ATH-A990Z’s are the choice, everything there, no oddities, they lack the grating immediacy demanded of a studio headphone, but if you don’t want that, the 990Z are a good choice (though I’m not a fan of their fussy build).

    The DT1990’s are supplied with two different types of pad, A & B. 

B are fitted by default, they have slightly deeper, firmer foam and more entrance holes at the back - intended result is to increase bass. This they do, which relatively reduces the mid and highs, though also there’s more to their sound than that. I’d say the highs are not as confused as with A pads, as with the A pads there’s a push that clumps the high-mids into the highs and also a slight messy confusion in the highs - lack of space. I know many will hear the extra highs as definition - but it isn’t, it’s like an EQ on top of an EQ, things get ‘over-processed’ or sound like 8 bit. With the B-pads as the bass is larger, you can run the headphones with slightly less amp, which cuts the highs and relaxes them a touch, and reduces bass distortion - which is an issue with the DT1990’s. The B’s reducing highs is good, as they are already v.elevated, reducing the mids is not good as they are already recessive! So putting the A pads on, the bass recedes - too much, the mids pick up slightly though are still recessive, and highs get far too high. So here we have the issue, the pads do alter the sonic characteristics but neither has the best blend (and between both wouldn’t help either), basically you’ll have to accept either a rich bass but recessive mids, or recessive bass & mids and v.aggressive highs. What’s the outcome, which pads have I chosen - as an audio engineer, unlike everything else you might read, I’ve gone for the B pads - despite the slightly ‘blooming’ bass - they give a truer representation of a delivery mix and are less fatiguing - which actually means your brain can adapt to the DT1990 signature rather than fighting it, as a result you do start hearing further into a mix. The A pads while super-precise keep you at arms length and not close to end reproduced delivery.


    /

    COMPARATIVE SCORES :
    1- 10, higher the number the better. 1st score : BODY (Presence - Power) / 2nd score : DETAIL (Speed - Accuracy)

    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MT5. . . . . . MT8 . . . . . . DT770 . . . . DT1990 . . . . A990Z . . . . PORTA . . . HD25-1II

    High. . . . . . . . . . . . 9 / 8. . . . . .10 / 8 . . . .10 / 9 . . . . .10 / 8 . . . . . . 9 / 0 . . . . . .6 / 6 . . . . . 4 / 3

    High-Mid. . . . . . . . 7 / 8. . . . . . 9 / 7. . . . . . 8 / 9. . . . . . 8 / 8 . . . . . . .8 / 9 . . . . . 7 / 6. . . . . . 4 / 4

    Mid. . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 / 8 . . . . . 10 / 7. . . . . 5 / 8 . . . . . . 6 / 8 . . . . . . 6 / 7 . . . . . .7 / 5 . . . . . 4 / 4

    Low . . . . . . . . . . . .10 / 10. . . . 6 / 8. . . . . . 8 / 7. . . . . . 9 / 8. . . . . 10 / 6 . . . . . 9 / 5. . . . . 11 / 7

    V.Low. . . . . . . . . . . 8 / 6. . . . . . 9 / 7. . . . . . 7 / 6 . . . . . . 9 / 9 . . . . . . 8 / 5. . . . . . 4 / 4 . . . . . 9 / 7

    Soundstage. . . . . . 6 . . . . . . . . 6. . . . . . . . . 8 . . . . . . . . . 8 . . . . . . . . . 9 . . . . . . . . . 3 . . . . . . . . 1

    Stereo width. . . . . 9 . . . . . . . . 8 . . . . . . . . . 9 . . . . . . . . . 7 . . . . . . . . .5 . . . . . . . . . 4 . . . . . . . . 3

    Efficiency. . . . . . . . 9. . . . . . . . 10 . . . . . . . . 5. . . . . . . . . . 5 . . . . . . . . .9 . . . . . . . . . 8 . . . . . . . . 7

    Isolation . . . . . . . . 8 . . . . . . . . 9 . . . . . . . . . 7. . . . . . . . . . 3 . . . . . . . . .7 . . . . . . . . . 1 . . . . . . . . 5

    Portability. . . . . . . 8 . . . . . . . . 7. . . . . . . . . .5. . . . . . . . . . 4 . . . . . . . . 3 . . . . . . . . . 10 . . . . . . . 8

    Comfort. . . . . . . . . 9 . . . . . . . . 6. . . . . . . . . 10. . . . . . . . . 8. . . . . . . . . 7 . . . . . . . . . 7 . . . . . . . . 4
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    Benjamin
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    Perfekter Einstieg in die Klasse über der Unterhaltungselektronik
    Reviewed in Germany on December 7, 2018
    Musik ist mir wichtig. Das ganze Brimborium um Audiophilie mit seinen vielen vermeintlichen Lauschsnobs hat mich aber abgeschreckt. Und so steckte ich zehn Jahre auf Bose Kopfhörern fest und dachte, dass das nunmal die Regionalliga ist und ich mit meinen Ohren da hingehöre....See more
    Musik ist mir wichtig. Das ganze Brimborium um Audiophilie mit seinen vielen vermeintlichen Lauschsnobs hat mich aber abgeschreckt. Und so steckte ich zehn Jahre auf Bose Kopfhörern fest und dachte, dass das nunmal die Regionalliga ist und ich mit meinen Ohren da hingehöre. Mit den Beyerdynamic DT 1990 PRO und dem A20 Verstärker steige ich nun zum ersten Mal in die 2. Bundesliga, kopfhörertechnisch, auf und stelle fest: Profilauschen macht ja eine enorme Freude. Es ist kein Vergleich zu meinen alten Plastikbombern. Der Klang rührt zu Tränen - auch wenn alle immer so abgeklärt tun. Gut: analytisch, feine Mitten, strahlendes dies, machtvolles das. Die Kopfhörer leisten einfach einen hervorragenden Musikeindruck. So hervorragend, dass die Barriere zwischen der Aufnahme und meiner emotionalen Reaktion auf die Musik ganz maßgeblich reduziert wird. Das ist das Geld allemal wert. Mehr geht wahrscheinlich immer, aber nun erstmal etwas 2. Bundesliga. Aber ich vermute nicht, dass sich nochmal so ein großer akkustischer Schritt in meinem Ohrenleben ergeben wird, wie von Regional zu BL2. Danke, Beyerdynamik!
    Musik ist mir wichtig. Das ganze Brimborium um Audiophilie mit seinen vielen vermeintlichen Lauschsnobs hat mich aber abgeschreckt. Und so steckte ich zehn Jahre auf Bose Kopfhörern fest und dachte, dass das nunmal die Regionalliga ist und ich mit meinen Ohren da hingehöre.

    Mit den Beyerdynamic DT 1990 PRO und dem A20 Verstärker steige ich nun zum ersten Mal in die 2. Bundesliga, kopfhörertechnisch, auf und stelle fest: Profilauschen macht ja eine enorme Freude. Es ist kein Vergleich zu meinen alten Plastikbombern.

    Der Klang rührt zu Tränen - auch wenn alle immer so abgeklärt tun. Gut: analytisch, feine Mitten, strahlendes dies, machtvolles das. Die Kopfhörer leisten einfach einen hervorragenden Musikeindruck. So hervorragend, dass die Barriere zwischen der Aufnahme und meiner emotionalen Reaktion auf die Musik ganz maßgeblich reduziert wird. Das ist das Geld allemal wert.

    Mehr geht wahrscheinlich immer, aber nun erstmal etwas 2. Bundesliga. Aber ich vermute nicht, dass sich nochmal so ein großer akkustischer Schritt in meinem Ohrenleben ergeben wird, wie von Regional zu BL2. Danke, Beyerdynamik!
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    fallingforstars
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    Horses for courses
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 25, 2018
    Compared with many other headphones out there these will seem too bright considering they are studio quality. Probably the reason why, as I write there are several pairs available from Amazon Warehouse. However, although the treble might seem a little challenging to the...See more
    Compared with many other headphones out there these will seem too bright considering they are studio quality. Probably the reason why, as I write there are several pairs available from Amazon Warehouse. However, although the treble might seem a little challenging to the ear, certainly where sub-standard sibilant vocals are concerned, it is perfect where well recorded and balanced material is reproduced. Ride, hi-hat and the tap of a drumstick on a cymbal benefit immeasurably and are pulled into fine focus where other cans would allow them to languish somewhere in the middle distance. It makes you realise what a cymbal should truly sound like. The pros overwhelmingly outweigh the cons and a wide gamut of musical genres shine without harshness and with a lucidity that is a real pleasure to experience. So don’t be put off after an initial audition as they will soon have you smiling like a Cheshire Cat. At 250 ohm impedance they need to be driven otherwise you’ll soon run out of sufficient volume control. For mastering, or in my case ripping from vinyl, you’ll hear every detail and nuance on a well structured and open sound stage. Don’t expect overwhelming or exaggerated bass but rather a balanced and neutral performance with a clean and open nature. I almost made the mistake on first audition of a very sibilant track, of thinking they will probably be returned - I’m really glad I didn’t. A beautiful product made to perform at the highest level and fabricated to last a lifetime. Highly recommended. UPDATE - Had these almost 1 month and I noticed by accident that when I picked them up I could hear a small rattle from the right hand cup mainly (no music playing through them). After googling it would seem that I am not alone. Beyerdynamic apologised for the fault but didn''t directly address my question as to whether this was by design... after all the driver could well be designed to move dynamically (like a lens element has to in an anti-shake mechanism on a camera). I get the distinct feeling that a replacement will not cure this artefact. I am not going to the trouble of finding out so will be returning them for a refund. My review still stands that they are a great sounding pair of cans but now that I know a rattle exists it will probably drive me mad. FURTHER UPDATE - Beyerdynamic confirm that the rattling is a fault and not part of the design. At this price point there should be no excuses and no failures. This small rattle has been observed by other people so I am not prepared to give Beyerdynamic a second chance.
    Compared with many other headphones out there these will seem too bright considering they are studio quality. Probably the reason why, as I write there are several pairs available from Amazon Warehouse. However, although the treble might seem a little challenging to the ear, certainly where sub-standard sibilant vocals are concerned, it is perfect where well recorded and balanced material is reproduced. Ride, hi-hat and the tap of a drumstick on a cymbal benefit immeasurably and are pulled into fine focus where other cans would allow them to languish somewhere in the middle distance. It makes you realise what a cymbal should truly sound like. The pros overwhelmingly outweigh the cons and a wide gamut of musical genres shine without harshness and with a lucidity that is a real pleasure to experience. So don’t be put off after an initial audition as they will soon have you smiling like a Cheshire Cat. At 250 ohm impedance they need to be driven otherwise you’ll soon run out of sufficient volume control. For mastering, or in my case ripping from vinyl, you’ll hear every detail and nuance on a well structured and open sound stage. Don’t expect overwhelming or exaggerated bass but rather a balanced and neutral performance with a clean and open nature. I almost made the mistake on first audition of a very sibilant track, of thinking they will probably be returned - I’m really glad I didn’t. A beautiful product made to perform at the highest level and fabricated to last a lifetime. Highly recommended.

    UPDATE - Had these almost 1 month and I noticed by accident that when I picked them up I could hear a small rattle from the right hand cup mainly (no music playing through them). After googling it would seem that I am not alone. Beyerdynamic apologised for the fault but didn''t directly address my question as to whether this was by design... after all the driver could well be designed to move dynamically (like a lens element has to in an anti-shake mechanism on a camera). I get the distinct feeling that a replacement will not cure this artefact. I am not going to the trouble of finding out so will be returning them for a refund. My review still stands that they are a great sounding pair of cans but now that I know a rattle exists it will probably drive me mad.

    FURTHER UPDATE - Beyerdynamic confirm that the rattling is a fault and not part of the design. At this price point there should be no excuses and no failures. This small rattle has been observed by other people so I am not prepared to give Beyerdynamic a second chance.
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    Tom Stephens
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    Fantastic upgrade from DT990''s
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 22, 2017
    Being my first ''over £200'' set of Headphones, I was really hoping for something special. AND BOY OH BOY DO THESE DELIVER! I have had two pairs of DT990''s, as well as headphones from Shure and Sennheiser. To tell the truth, I wasn''t sure what to expect considering the...See more
    Being my first ''over £200'' set of Headphones, I was really hoping for something special. AND BOY OH BOY DO THESE DELIVER! I have had two pairs of DT990''s, as well as headphones from Shure and Sennheiser. To tell the truth, I wasn''t sure what to expect considering the DT990''s have been my favourite headphone for a long time, could an extra £300 really buy that much better of a set of cans? YES. From the moment you open the box, you know you have got a much more premium product. The finish and build, detachable cable etc... Its all way way above what you get with even the DT990''s. Then put them on your head and play some music through these bad boys, FLAC rips of course. This right here is the moment when your old DT990''s will be confined to the cupboard forever. The listening experience with these headphones is a LOT better balanced than the more bass heavy 990''s, the details and clarity I could just about hear with the 990''s now comes alive and makes you feel like the band is in the room with you. 2 sets of pads included, the analytical and default installed balanced. Detachable cables, both straight and coiled, big hard case. Simply put, with a good amp, these headphones are the best listening experience I have ever had, and they are noticeably more refined that the DT990''s in every way. Fantastic!
    Being my first ''over £200'' set of Headphones, I was really hoping for something special. AND BOY OH BOY DO THESE DELIVER!

    I have had two pairs of DT990''s, as well as headphones from Shure and Sennheiser. To tell the truth, I wasn''t sure what to expect considering the DT990''s have been my favourite headphone for a long time, could an extra £300 really buy that much better of a set of cans?

    YES. From the moment you open the box, you know you have got a much more premium product. The finish and build, detachable cable etc... Its all way way above what you get with even the DT990''s.

    Then put them on your head and play some music through these bad boys, FLAC rips of course. This right here is the moment when your old DT990''s will be confined to the cupboard forever. The listening experience with these headphones is a LOT better balanced than the more bass heavy 990''s, the details and clarity I could just about hear with the 990''s now comes alive and makes you feel like the band is in the room with you.

    2 sets of pads included, the analytical and default installed balanced. Detachable cables, both straight and coiled, big hard case.

    Simply put, with a good amp, these headphones are the best listening experience I have ever had, and they are noticeably more refined that the DT990''s in every way.

    Fantastic!
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    Somers
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    Sheer Awesomeness
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 12, 2019
    I''ll start by saying I have quite a lot of Hifi gear. Highend Amps / Speakers / Headphones / DACs etc. The items that will mean the most in a comparison in this review are probably the Sennheiser HD650''s and HD660S''s both of which are great. I have used the HD650''s for the...See more
    I''ll start by saying I have quite a lot of Hifi gear. Highend Amps / Speakers / Headphones / DACs etc. The items that will mean the most in a comparison in this review are probably the Sennheiser HD650''s and HD660S''s both of which are great. I have used the HD650''s for the last 10 years and have done well at producing a rather balanced listening experience. Pros The Beyerdynamic dt 1990 pro''s are quite clearly another level beyond the HD650s capabilities in just about every possible way. Detail / Dynamic Spirit / Bass / Clarity / Separation / Sound-stage. Its hard to put into words how much better they are but lets just class them as the next level up. The sound is still balanced so the sound does not sound bias or coloured. It''s just that the headphones appear to resolve so much more detail. The HD660S were a more recent purchase and I believe they have been tuned to the mobile market. With EQ the HD660s can be made to sound better but are further away than the HD650s to the 1990s. Cons I use a RME ADI-2 DAC and when I first got the Beyerdynamic dt 1990 pro''s it did sound a little bright. If you read the reviews out there you will quickly bump into people who think they are too bright. You can quickly correct this by bringing down several frequencies. In the case of this headphone I used the 5 band EQ on the ADI-2 DAC to bring the 7khz and 8khz down to -3db and it fixes the issue. The headphones are now perfect to my ears. I can listen to them for long periods without any concern for ear fatigue with incredible detail. The headphones come with two sets of pads I stuck with the "Analytical pads", I found these better over the "balanced pads" which made the sound muddy. I am really chuffed with the fact there is still HIFI gear out there which make me grin from ear to ear when I listen to a song I have listened to a 100 times but sounds hugely better. Hope this helps someone make the decision.
    I''ll start by saying I have quite a lot of Hifi gear. Highend Amps / Speakers / Headphones / DACs etc. The items that will mean the most in a comparison in this review are probably the Sennheiser HD650''s and HD660S''s both of which are great. I have used the HD650''s for the last 10 years and have done well at producing a rather balanced listening experience.

    Pros
    The Beyerdynamic dt 1990 pro''s are quite clearly another level beyond the HD650s capabilities in just about every possible way. Detail / Dynamic Spirit / Bass / Clarity / Separation / Sound-stage. Its hard to put into words how much better they are but lets just class them as the next level up. The sound is still balanced so the sound does not sound bias or coloured. It''s just that the headphones appear to resolve so much more detail. The HD660S were a more recent purchase and I believe they have been tuned to the mobile market. With EQ the HD660s can be made to sound better but are further away than the HD650s to the 1990s.

    Cons
    I use a RME ADI-2 DAC and when I first got the Beyerdynamic dt 1990 pro''s it did sound a little bright. If you read the reviews out there you will quickly bump into people who think they are too bright.

    You can quickly correct this by bringing down several frequencies. In the case of this headphone I used the 5 band EQ on the ADI-2 DAC to bring the 7khz and 8khz down to -3db and it fixes the issue. The headphones are now perfect to my ears. I can listen to them for long periods without any concern for ear fatigue with incredible detail. The headphones come with two sets of pads I stuck with the "Analytical pads", I found these better over the "balanced pads" which made the sound muddy.

    I am really chuffed with the fact there is still HIFI gear out there which make me grin from ear to ear when I listen to a song I have listened to a 100 times but sounds hugely better.

    Hope this helps someone make the decision.
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