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Beyerdynamic DT 990 Premium 600 ohm HiFi headphones
- 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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From the manufacturer
It all started with the talkie: electrical engineer Eugen Beyer started his own company in Berlin in 1924 to build cinema speakers. His Elektrotechnische Fabrik Eugen Beyer laid the foundations for a world leading manufacturer of headphones, microphones and conference systems – and for today's beyerdynamic GmbH & Co. KG.
Beyerdynamic DT 990 Open Back
- Open back design
- Strong Bass and Treble
- Robust spring steel headband
- Single-sided Cable
- Soft Headband pad
- Gold-plated 1/8" mini stereo jack plu (3.5mm) and 1/4" adapter
The Cult Object Tested and Lauded by Music Lovers
The DT 990 Edition headphones have been winning the hearts of countless HiFi and music enthusiasts since the 1980s. Boasting vibrant and natural sound, these headphones have been a popular choice for many years and are suitable for many music styles.
The DT 990 Edition has been part of the beyerdynamic portfolio for more than 20 years and still enjoys exceptional popularity. All components are available as replacement parts, making the DT 990 Edition a reliable companion for many years to come.
Why Open Back Headphones?
Open or Closed Headphones refer to the ear cup. Typically headphones are closed and the ear cup is sealed. Sound does not get in or out of a closed headphone much. With our DT990 the ear cups are 'vented' or 'ported' allowing sound to escape and sound in the room to get in. This feature creates a very 'open' sound allowing sound energy to interact with the outside environment. We recommend to you try some for your critical listening, gaming or studio monitoring applications. It is a very unique experience.
Excellent Wearing Comfort
The flexible headband and silky-smooth ear pads ensure wearing comfort 'par excellence'. The ear pads are known for their breathable and skin-friendly velour, enabling the listener to enjoy music for hours without any excessive build-up of heat.
The combination of comfortable headband and ear pads as well as yokes made from aluminium lend the headphones a stable exterior and a pleasant fit for long listening sessions.
Made to Measure in Germany
The Made in Germany quality promise applies to product development and manufacture: the designs of beyerdynamic engineers and designers in Heilbronn are then built by approximately 180 highly qualified employees in Germany – mostly by hand.
All products and key technologies are developed in Germany at the company headquarters in Heilbronn. Instead of outsourcing design assignments or purchasing finished solutions from third-party manufacturers abroad, beyerdynamic retains the know-how of its personnel in-house.
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 Analytical and high-resolution audio reproduction
Top customer reviews
Bass response is good but nowhere near as overpowering as others seem to imply. Tight bass response and extension is good and deep without trying to reach too low. They give a satisfying thump. These aren't the fastest cans, but they are energetic and musical. A good amp helps with their response and quickness a bit. They are also very bright, which my tube amp mellowed out considerably. After some break-in, much of the harshness of the treble has smoothed out but they are still bright by nature. They are definitely a U or V shaped headphone, but the mids are still apparent. Vocals and rock music sound great on these. The headphones have a nice overall sound signature, with good energy and power. Spacious sound stage that is wide and airy with just a hint of darkness in the low end. They are also more fatiguing than my smoother Sennheiser HD598s after extended periods without a capable amp.
Beware, if you get the 600 ohm version of these, you better mean it, because these babies take SERIOUS power to truly drive properly. The 600 ohm/80mW capable amp in my Sound Blaster ZxR took them to listenable levels for youtube and they sounded very good for games and movies. Music, however, was an entirely different matter. The ZxR really strained when I needed a lot of volume playing vinyl. Also, the overall fullness of sound in all music was very lacking versus my Sennheiser HD598s, because the sound card is able to drive the 300 ohm Sennheisers with ease. I upgraded to a Schiit Asgard 2 headphone amp with over twice the power output of the sound card at 600ohm/190mW. The sound quality was much improved. However volume was not a large jump, so turning it to max for vinyl was still a requirement. It lead to a strained sound that was not heard at lower listening levels, and it was definitely in the amp. It still strained when I really needed performance from these headphones. I eventually moved up to a Schiit Valhalla 2 OTL tube amp with over twice the output of the Asgard 2 at 600ohm/450mW. It was finally enough to power these babies at full tilt, and they handle the power beautifully. These are by far some of the best high volume headphones I've ever listened to. It wasn't worth the cost of learning their needs, but dang do they put that power to good use.
I would recommend the large majority of users steer clear of the 600 ohm and 32 ohm versions of these headphones. They both present challenges to driving them. The 250 ohm is enough and just about any proper amp will drive them with ease. The 600 ohm may have slightly better overall response and tone at high power, but the difference in usability is huge.
That aside, these are my favorite daily driver headphones which have paired great with ASUS Xonar Phoebus, Creative ZxR, and WooAudio WA7 fireflies. The positioning in these is fantastic for the hardcore FPS gamer that needs positional audio and I have had great luck similar to the Sennheiser HD650 that these replaced in games such as CSS, CSGO, etc. There is so much more to say, but if you are looking for something to game with, that does well in the large majority of audiophile tasks, these should not be overlooked. So much goodness in one pair of headphones.
Cons - Cell phones and other mobile devices without an amplifier won't be able to push these headphones as loud as they can go which is to be expected. Though it is still loud enough to listen to your music clearly.
Most recent customer reviews
Out of the box, comes a large pair of open-back headphones, with soft velour earpads, and a very long, non-detachable cable.Read more
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