Beyerdynamic DT990 PRO Headphones - 250 OHM £99 @ Amazon
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Beyerdynamic DT990 PRO Headphones - 250 OHM £99 @ Amazon

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Found 19th Jan
My go to headphones for close referencing. Note they are analytical by design.

  • Open over-ear headphones, ideal for professional mixing, mastering and editing
  • Perfect for studio applications thanks to their transparent, spacious, strong bass and treble sound
  • The soft, circumaural and replaceable velour ear pads ensure high wearing comfort
  • Hard-wearing, durable and robust workmanship Made in Germany
  • Practical single-sided cable (3.0 m coiled cable)
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Stonking price
Good price for a good investment.
Awesome price for these, have both the dt770 and dt990 in 250 ohm and definitely prefer the sound of the dt990
Anyone compared to Sennheiser 579?
JamesEddy41 m ago

Awesome price for these, have both the dt770 and dt990 in 250 ohm and …Awesome price for these, have both the dt770 and dt990 in 250 ohm and definitely prefer the sound of the dt990


Should try the DT250 in 250ohm , hidden gems.
esq358517 m ago

Should try the DT250 in 250ohm , hidden gems.


I'll have to look into them! This is my current setup with the Schiit Uber Stack
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JamesEddy42 m ago

I'll have to look into them! This is my current setup with the Schiit Uber …I'll have to look into them! This is my current setup with the Schiit Uber Stack[Image]


Very nice, got a wee epiphany acoustics amp driving mine Epiphany amp
What's the cheapest amp to power this?
Would these be any good for office use?
Ohhh, bet these would sound great on my little OTL being 250ohm.

Already have the 770's in 80.
The 990's supposedly have a bit more of a smiley signature??.....tempted.
They look cool and I bet sound great too
Your description is accurate, but I think it makes them sound so boring and off-putting for the general crowd.

For me, I've always been into audio as a musician, but it wasn't til I got a pair of open-backed headphones that I really came to appreciate what headphones can mean for the medium. It obviously depends on what you want from a sound source, but I actually find open-backed headphones *exciting*, despite their lack of accentuated lows and whatnot and more commonly neutral/flat frequency response. I think they provide a level of immersion and believability that closed cans cant.
nery3 h, 5 m ago

Would these be any good for office use?


No, as they are open-back, they'll leak sound (unless you're the only person in the office).

If you'd like to stick to this brand & similar price, I'd suggest a closed-back pair like their DT 770 Pro:

£122: amazon.co.uk/bey…AAI
Seanspeed2 h, 6 m ago

Your description is accurate, but I think it makes them sound so boring …Your description is accurate, but I think it makes them sound so boring and off-putting for the general crowd.


"Analytical" ?

Beyerdynamic don't use the term flippantly it's a design goal and a common parlance for revealing studio equipment. It's should not be interpreted as 'dull' or 'clinical' the DT990s are highly involving, rich, detailed and very very accurate. I do think it's important for buyers to know they are designed to be revealing - some people are seeking a flat or warm response. Doesn't work for me but that's headphones for you very personal and they don't translate well from person to person as ear canal variance and coupling greatly affects the sonic signature. To my ears the DT990 are more 'true' than flat. YMMV. My speakers on the other hand, ruler flat.

User preference but I strongly prefer open backed it allows the drivers to breathe and is IMO more natural and immersive. They are extremely comfortable for long sessions (these sit slightly tighter than the consumer variety) and sonically superior to the equivalent Sennheiser, AKG IMO. They also measure particularly well, very accurate very low distortion, deep bass, perceptively refined and smooth through the upper spectrum.

I've used DT990s since 1991 previously 600ohm varieties. Probably £300 then, in todays money or thereabouts, £99 is an absolute steal for the 250ohm (which are slightly more brittle sonically but barely) it's a classic! I'd recommend them for general purpose use and they are broadly compatible I have no problems getting enough volume from an iPhone. If you were driving from a desk or dedicated headphone preamp the entire time the 600ohm have that tiny bit more grip on the sound, but the difference is very very slim indeed.
They get great reviews as gaming headset with the open design giving an excellent soundstage for accurate sound direction and lower bass levels than dt770 that I have used for many years. You can then pair them with an antilion modmic 4 or modmic 5 to give voice Comms.
Very tempted by these. My only concern is the open back, my wife already moans that she can hear sound from my closed back M50Xs If the closed back 770s dropped to this price then I'd probably snap them up immediately.
Can an Audioquest Dragonfly black power these as they are 250ohm?
JustinBedford14 h, 44 m ago

They get great reviews as gaming headset with the open design giving an …They get great reviews as gaming headset with the open design giving an excellent soundstage for accurate sound direction and lower bass levels than dt770 that I have used for many years. You can then pair them with an antilion modmic 4 or modmic 5 to give voice Comms.


Can confirm that they're a great pair of headphones for gaming as this is what I mainly use them for. I've paired them with a samson c01u mic on a desk arm.
maniac61820th Jan

Can an Audioquest Dragonfly black power these as they are 250ohm?


Can't imagine a dedicated headphone DAC would struggle with the 250ohm given an iPhone works fine.

It might not go to ear damaging levels!

You would have 14 days to check under distance selling regs.
Does anyone have experience comparing the 250ohm 990 Pro to the 250ohm 990 Edition (£150)?

I currently have 770s which are fine for an office, but have been considering 990s for home - not sure whether the Edition is worth the premium…
dealbreaker201818 m ago

Does anyone have experience comparing the 250ohm 990 Pro to the 250ohm 990 …Does anyone have experience comparing the 250ohm 990 Pro to the 250ohm 990 Edition (£150)?I currently have 770s which are fine for an office, but have been considering 990s for home - not sure whether the Edition is worth the premium…


Pro and premium editions sound exactly the same except you are paying for a better build quality with £50. Not that the pro's are bad quality build.
Tomoyuki24th Jan

Pro and premium editions sound exactly the same except you are paying for …Pro and premium editions sound exactly the same except you are paying for a better build quality with £50. Not that the pro's are bad quality build.


I'm not convinced the build quality is 'better'. One is designed for consumer use the other for commercial use.

The pro version is slightly tighter across the headband, so they are less likely to fall off with movement. The pro version has 'untangleable' coiled cable, which I far prefer to a straight cable. The pro is more robust.

Basically it boils down to comfort, cosmetics, durability, and marketing. This is what Beyerdynamic say :

The DT 990 Edition headset for use at home and the DT 990 PRO studio headset: both are identical when it comes to sound. Identically designed acoustic transducers are used. However, the Edition models have a somewhat softer headband for enjoying music at home while the Pro headset has a slightly tighter fit on the head so that it doesn't move even in case of faster movements in everyday studio use. Moreover, the PRO version is supplied with a coiled cable and the Edition version with a straight cable.

Personally, I think the consumer model looks like a naff marketing attempt to appeal to a broader base. I'm not convinced that slitted diffuser has zero sonic impact either. I don't find the pro version uncomfortable in the slightest, and I prefer the build quality.

Not worth paying half as much again IMO!

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