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Beyerdynamic DT 990 Premium 600 OHM Headphones

4.4 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews
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  • The famous DT 990 Premium, 600 ohm version; Stereo Headphone for high power requirements, headphone amps, home audio applications
  • Made in Germany, innovative "Bass reflex" system for excellent audio performance
  • Open design, includes carry case, 11 oz light weight
  • Gold vaporized stereo 3.5 mm mini-jack & 6.35 mm adapter
  • 2 year manufacturer warranty only when purchased from an authorized beyerdynamic dealer.
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Product Description

The 600 ohm version of the DT 990 Premium line. Excellant choice for high output usage and headphone amplifiers. Handcrafted in Germany, the famous DT 990. The complete sound spectrum is reproduced in detail from the deepest sub bass to the highest highs. This fully open, dynamic headphone is also manufactured in Germany.

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The beyerdynamic DT 990 Headphones
Velour earpads make long periods of extended listening easy on the ears. View larger
600 Ohm Version - Designed for High-End Audio Applications

This is the 600 ohm version of the DT 990 Premium line, designed explicitly for high-output usage and headphone amplifiers. Conventional headphones with lower impedance ratings offer higher volumes at the same level of input, but need heavier drivers to compensate for low impedance or risk sounding muddy and distorted. The lower mass of the drivers of a higher-impedance headphone delivers unparalleled clarity and response, but takes more power to achieve the same loudness. So a higher-impedance headphone such as the 600-ohm DT 990 is ideal for use in high-end applications, where clarity and dynamic response are paramount, as well as for use with convenient headphone amplifiers like the beyerdynamic A1.

The beyerdynamic DT 990 Headphones
Hear every note, every beat, and every detail just as it was intended

A gold plated 3.5 mm stereo jack with 1/4" inch adapter is included.

Open, On-Ear Design with Velour Earpads

The DT 990 features an open-back circumaural (over-the-ear) design for rich audio performance that's designed for critical listening. The open design of the headphones allows increased fidelity to the original recording and a more natural sound stage. The driver design of the DT 990 gives your music full reign, with natural response and crisp linearity. You'll hear every note, every beat, and every detail just as the artist originally intended.

Dynamic Transducer for Increased Fidelity and Performance

Without exception, beyerdynamic manufactures the dynamic transducer systems that go into their headphones in-house. From the magnet and diaphragm to the careful wiring and circuitry, beyerdynamic controls quality at all levels of manufacturing, ensuring superior engineering in their headphones down to the smallest detail.

An extremely strong neodymium magnet system offers the DT 990 highly detailed sound reproduction quality, and is mechanically very robust. This increased efficiency also leaves the DT 990 with greater power reserves for precise linear response that is especially suited for high-performance audio applications where precise audio reproduction is the most important consideration, and dedicated equipment is available such as a headphone amplifier. The large 600-ohm voice coil provides unrivaled response clarity and maximum impulse fidelity.

DT 440 Premium DT 660 Premium DT 860 Premium DT 880 Premium DT 990 Premium
Sound Characteristics Balanced Powerful Crystal Clear Neutral and Linear Strong Bass and Treble
Application Tablet/iPad/iPhone/
Smartphone/MP3/PC
Tablet/iPad/iPhone/
Smartphone/MP3/PC
Tablet/iPad/iPhone/
Smartphone/MP3/PC
Tablet/iPad/iPhone/
Smartphone/MP3/PC (32 ohm)
Tablet/iPad/iPhone/
Smartphone/MP3/PC (32 ohm)
Home Hi-Fi use (250 ohm) Home Hi-Fi use (250 ohm)
High End use (600 ohm) High End use (600 ohm)
Construction Open Closed Open Semi-Open Open
Headband Foldable Plastic Headband
with 90 degree swiveling earcups
Foldable Plastic Headband
with 90 degree swiveling earcups
Foldable Plastic Headband
with 90 degree swiveling earcups
Spring steel headband Spring steel headband
Included Carry Case Leatherette carrying bag Leatherette carrying bag Leatherette carrying bag
Cable Length 10 ft / 3 m 10 ft / 3 m 10 ft / 3 m 10 ft / 3 m 10 ft / 3 m
Included Accessories
  • Single-sided cable
  • Gold-plated stereo jack plug, 3.5 mm
  • Screwable 6.35" / 1/4" adaptor
  • Singled-sided cable
  • Gold-plated stereo jack plug
    3.5 mm
  • Screwable 6.35" / 1/4" adaptor
  • Singled-sided cable
  • Gold-plated stereo jack plug
    3.5 mm
  • Screwable 6.35" / 1/4" adaptor
  • Singled-sided cable
  • Gold-plated stereo jack plug
    3.5 mm
  • Screwable 6.35" / 1/4" adaptor
  • Singled-sided cable
  • Gold-plated stereo jack plug
    3.5 mm
  • Screwable 6.35" / 1/4" adaptor
What's in the Box
  • The beyerdynamic DT 990 Headphones (600 Ohms)
  • Screwable 6.35 mm / 1/4" adaptor
  • Leatherette Carrying Bag
Technical Specifications
  • Transmission Type: Wired
  • Impedance: 600 ohms
  • Frequency Response: 5 Hz - 35,000 Hz
  • Sound Pressure Level: 96 dB
  • Construction: Circumaural (over-the-ear)
  • Cable & Plug: Straight connecting cable with mini-jack plug (3.5 mm) & 1/4" adapter (6.35 mm)
  • Net Weight: 290 g

Product Information

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Product Dimensions 7 x 4 x 8.5 inches
Item Weight 1.7 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Manufacturer beyerdynamic
ASIN B0024NK34O
Item model number DT990 Premium 600
Customer Reviews
4.4 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #102 in Musical Instruments > Recording Equipment > Headphone & In-Ear Audio Monitors > Headphones
Date first available at Amazon.com July 1, 2009

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By Austin Wunschel on January 2, 2011
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Hi all, Zombie_X from Head-Fi here with another review! This won't be as in depth as the T1's review but I will give you all the needed info.

The Beyerdynamic DT990 sound can be classified as being very treble oriented with slightly recessed mids (will get to that later) and having throbbing bass.

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GEAR USED:
- Source: PC via Pop-Pulse SPDIF-II (to Optical), Marantz VC6001 CD Player
- Amp: Woo Audio WA3+, Audio-GD ROC
- DAC: Music Hall DAC25.2 (with NOS Mullard E88CC tube)
- IC's : ZXAC custom made RCA and XLR cables

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TREBLE:
I find the treble on the DT990/600Ohm to be slightly smoother than the 250Ohm model. In comparison the 250Ohm models treble is quite prominent with more of an edge to it. It's very extended and crystalline in it's presentation while also being for in your face than the DT880. Because of the enhanced treble response, songs may have a harsher sounding treble with emphasis on the S and T sounds. It is still quite extended like the previous model.

MIDRANGE:
The DT990 has a more shallow sounding midrange in comparison to the DT880, but in fact the elevated treble/bass makes it sound thinner. It's still the great midrange that the DT880 had though it's a bit more detailed and perhaps a tiny bit more resolving. Because of the added treble it does indeed make the mids seem pulled back. In my eyes the DT880's sound more forward and more lifelike.
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About 6 months ago, after seemingly endless amounts of research and saving money, I decided to step up my listening experience from "better than iPod earbuds" to "legitimately decent" and bought a Fiio E9 (to go along with the E7 I already had) and an AKG Q701. I enjoyed the Q701, but it very rarely knocked me over with the beautiful pristine quality that everyone seemed to be talking about in reviews. But it was better than what I had before, so I was happy.

But just recently, on somewhat of a whim, I decided to buy the Beyerdynamic DT990 600-ohm model - the headphone that I was, for a long while, going to purchase 6 months ago until I changed my mind and went with the slightly cheaper Q701. I mostly listen to rock music, so the DT990 always intrigued me, but the reports of too much treble turned me off. I tend to be somewhat sensitive to treble, and vocal sibilance (harsh "s" and "t" sounds) can kill my listening experience.

The DT990 is a mixed bag, but it's hard for me to say that it isn't a *gorgeous* mixed bag. All of what everyone else says is there is indeed there - the strong bass and the strong treble. This colors the sound, of course, but the effect is in many cases nothing short of stunning. The music feels more alive and more rhythmic. Doing A/B tests with the Q701 and the DT990, the Q701 has more midrange but feels flat, with no noticeable improvement in detail or soundstage to my ears that seems like it should come along with that flatness. The DT990's soundstage is fantastic - although the Q701 is much-heralded for its soundstage, I always felt it wide but not quite accurate. Vocals always sounded somewhat behind your head instead of in front of it. The DT990 doesn't have this problem, and it creates a much better and more accurate sense of room than the Q701.
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First off, these aren't nearly as hard to drive as you'd assume from their impedance. I was able to get decent volume out of everything I connected it to form a proper desktop amp, to straight out of the onboard sound from my netbook. They are of course, not being driven properly from something without an adequate voltage swing, but neither are they useless without a beefy amp.

On to the meat of the review. "How do they sound," I hear you asking. In one word, bright, or in two, very bright. Their metaphorical albedo is off the charts. The highs are quite pronounced, but in a very smooth and simultaneously crisp manner. Hardly peaky at all, without transient spikes leaving you constantly fiddling with the volume. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the bass is simply amazing for an open headphone. Its deep, plentiful, and tightly controlled, with the kind of snap you'd expect from a small sealed subwoofer. It doesn't have the same quantity, but the quality is similar. I'd still characterize them as bright because the treble substantially exceeds the bass. The mids are recessed in the sense that they are softer than the ends of the spectrum, but they are very clear and not muddied by the bass at all. At least at moderate volumes. At higher volumes however they seem to become even more recessed, and at extreme volumes it begins to sound like someone left the midrange driver out of a 3-way speaker. However, if you value your hearing this shouldn't be too much of a problem.

I think their biggest plus is their soundstaging. Especially when combined with positional audio. An HTRF fooled me into believing my pet parrot, who was behind me, had chirped when it was actually just the soundtrack to the show I was watching.
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