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Beyerdynamic DT-990-Pro-250 Professional Acoustically Open Headphones for Monitoring and Studio Applications

4.5 out of 5 stars 525 customer reviews
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250 OHM Pro
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  • Open, diffuse-field studio headphone with single-sided coiled cable and 250 ohm drivers
  • Extremely lightweight diaphragm for superb impulse performance
  • Excellent sound reproduction
  • Comfortable fit due to rugged, adjustable, padded headband construction and soft velour ear pads
  • 2 year manufacturer warranty only when purchased from an authorized beyerdynamic dealer.
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Size: 250 OHM Pro | Style: Headphones
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Product Description

Size: 250 OHM Pro | Style: Headphones

The DT 990 PRO 250 by Beyerdynamic is an acoustically open dynamic headphone of exceptional quality, suitable for the most demanding monitoring and studio applications. The reduced weight of the diaphragm and moving coil results in similar pulse characteristic as electrostatic headphones. The carefully tailored frequency response offers a natural and balanced sound. Soft velour ear pads and adjustable, sliding, earpieces combined with a very flexible coiled cable ensure listening comfort during extended periods of use. The DT 990 PRO 250 features 250 ohm drivers and a gold plated stereo jack with 1/4" "adapter. Since 1924 Beyerdynamic has remained a German family owned company committed to continuous research and innovative developments for the audio market. All over the world, Beyerdynamic is known for the use of the latest technologies and a high quality standard. All Beyerdynamic products are made in Germany.

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Size:250 OHM Pro  |  Style:Headphones
Product Dimensions 8.7 x 4.7 x 9.1 inches
Item Weight 1.3 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Manufacturer beyerdynamic
ASIN B0011UB9CQ
Shipping Advisory This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
Item model number DT-990-PRO-250
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4.5 out of 5 stars 525 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,715 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
#11 in Musical Instruments > Recording Equipment > Headphone & In-Ear Audio Monitors > Earphones
#907 in Electronics > Headphones
#3,419 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater
Date first available at Amazon.com July 19, 2004

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Style Name: HeadphonesSize: 250 OHM Pro Verified Purchase
This was, most certainly, not an impulse buy on my part but rather the result of a very long search for a good all-around open-back headphone, light and comfortable, with near reference sound quality (yet not overly analytical) and a reasonable price. Was that too much to ask for? Apparently not, since that search led me here: to the Beyerdynamic DT990-Pro-250. Now, for those who are curious (as I was) about that extra "AMS" label as seen here on this Amazon listing: the AMS stands for "American Music and Sound" - this is the US pro-audio distributor of Beyerdynamic. So the AMS is just an unnecessary marketing label - there is just one type of DT990-Pro, which is this one, regardless whether you buy it in North-America, Europe, Asia, etc.

That aside, let me start off with the build quality: The DT990-Pro is made entirely of ABS plastic, save for the headband and the forks holding the cans, which are made of metal (aluminum, I'd say, from the weight of it). The head-band is covered with a soft black plastic material held in place by four small clasp-buttons. The DT990-Pro is surprisingly light and extremely comfortable (in this it rivals the other "most-comfortable" headphones I have here, the Sennheiser HD-598). Overall I'd rate the build quality as top-notch, save for the somewhat under-designed cable strain relief (located on the left can). The cable is about 3m log, it is coiled and it ends with a 1/8in jack. A screw-on 1/4in jack is also provided. The strain-relief of the cable at the can attachment point seems (to me) a little too small because the coiled cable is very heavy and with use (given sufficient time) I can see it failing and leading to cable/connectivity issues.
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Style Name: HeadphonesSize: 250 OHM Pro
Before buying these headphones I compared them to offerings from Grado (the Sr325i) and Sennheiser (HD595). As soon as I heard music through the Beyerdynamic Dt990's the other headphones suddenly seemed like a distant afterthought.

There are two versions of this headphone. The "Pro" model which is obviously marketed toward studio use and the "premium" model which is a slightly different design marketed for consumer use. Assuming you compare similar impedence models (i.e the 250 ohm model in both cases) then they are exactly the same headphone except for the pro having a coiled cable and slightly higher clamping force (and cosmetic differences).

For over $100 less, I went with the "Pro" model and I am truly impressed. Let me break it down:

Build Quality: 9.5/10
Before I knew these were made in Germany I suspected it. Even though the cups are plastic, it's a VERY rigid plastic that's carefully cut and molded in shape. You could probably stomp on these and they'd survive. There's a very substantial aluminum "fork" that connects the cups to a steel headband structure that allows for quite a bit of articulation so that you can obtain a precise fit. My only complaint is that the coiled cable is... a little annoying sometimes. It can catch on basically any angled surface with ease. In studio use I can imagine a coiled cable would be invaluable in preventing accidentally ripping a piece of equipment off the shelf so I won't penalize it too much.

Comfort: 9.5/10
These headphones are like having stuffed animals cuddling with your ears. They feature these really nice velour earpads that make you feel like you're wearing earmuffs. The reason that I took .5 off is because the "Pro" version has a really high clamping force.
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Style Name: HeadphonesSize: 250 OHM Pro
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This is my video review on the Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro (250 ohm) headphones. Although it is not conclusive in itself, it should help you to understand a little bit more about this model of headset. Personally I do not believe there is a better headphone on the market anywhere near this price range. I have worked in broadcasting for 30 years and have been using and have owned many pairs over the years so I would say I have a fairly good background for giving an honest opinion. I did not mention any other manufacturer's models because there are a lot of very good headphones on the market and comparing them is personal to how you like to listen to music and what sounds best to you. I chose not to downgrade another manufacturer just because I like these more.

To the best of my knowledge the DT990 Premium is the same headset except for the all aluminum body, straight cable and contoured foam case. There are some audio engineers that claim they have a different sound but without the electronic equipment to test them I do not think you will know the difference. If the extra money is not an issue with your budget I also recommend those. The brushed aluminum looks very sharp and a padded case would be a nice to have, especially if you travel with them.

If you have any questions please post them and I will reply. Comments are welcomed too. There is a slight chance I misspoke or said something wrong so if I did please let me know. I will add corrections in this space.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

DT990 Pro
Transducer type: dynamic
Operating principle: open
Nominal frequency response: 5 - 35,000 Hz
Nominal impedance: 250 ohms
Nominal SPL: 96 db SPL
Nominal THD: < 0.
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