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beyerdynamic DT 990 Edition 600 Ohm Over-Ear-Stereo Headphones. Open design, wired, high-end for use with headphone amplifiers
|Model Name||DT 990 Premium - 600 Ohm Gray|
|Headphones Form Factor||Over Ear|
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- The famous DT 990 Premium, 600 ohm version; Stereo Headphone for high power requirements, headphone amps, home audio applications. Connectivity Technology: Wired
- 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.
- Frequency Response - 20 - 23,000 Hz and Impedance - 28 ohms
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DT 990 Edition
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.
Music You Can Feel Right Down To Your Fingertips
The DT 990 Edition is an open headphone. This means that noise outside of the headphones can still be heard, even when listening to music with high volume. Open headphones lend the music a broader stage, giving you the impression as if listening to music with loudspeakers. The sound is spectacular: clear highs and intense bass come together in perfect richness of sound. This is especially relevant forfans of rock and pop.
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.
Difference Compared to DT 990 PRO version
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.
Three Types For Different Playback Devices
The DT 990 Edition with 250 ohm is developed for usage at home at a stereo system.
The version with 600 ohm is perfect for hifi systems with either a strong headphones output or with extra headphone amplifiers.
For flexible usage, e.g. with mobile devices such as tablets or smartphones, the version with 32 ohm is ideal.
|DT 990 Edition||DT 880 Edition|
|Design||Open (ambient noise penetrates freely in and out)||Semi-open (low attenuation of ambient noise)|
|Application||Music enjoyment at home||Music enjoyment at home|
|Sound quality||Strong bass and trebles, analytical , very spacious, voluminous bass, transparent||Neutral, relaxed, relatively spacious, deep but lean bass, transparent|
|Impedance||32/250/600 ohms||32/250/600 ohms|
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|Headphones Form Factor||Over Ear||On Ear||Over Ear||Over Ear||—|
|Item Dimensions||7.00 x 4.00 x 8.50 inches||8.70 x 4.70 x 9.10 inches||4.33 x 7.48 x 9.06 inches||11.00 x 6.80 x 12.10 inches||16.10 x 12.40 x 8.80 inches|
|Item Weight||0.64 lbs||0.55 lbs||0.91 lbs||0.82 lbs||2.94 lbs|
|Special Features||HIFI||lightweight||Tangle-Free Cord, Lightweight||ultra-fine diaphragm, 3.5mm connectors for enhanced durability||Carying case included, Lightweight|
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
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Build quality is otherwise excellent except for one area. The sliders holding the earcups on suck. Neither side stays reasonably locked in place, and I find myself re-adjusting the headphones every time I put them on, because their own clamp force pushes them back in. They are hard to pull out in a reasonable way as well. I always feel like I am putting unnecessary wear or torque on my nice cans. I solved the problem by putting them in place then putting a thick wrap of electrical tape around the stem to block it from sliding in. It works great. So a cheap Beyerdynamic headband and some tape and boom, very solid and high wear headphones.
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 decent for games and movies. Music, however, was an entirely different matter. The ZxR really strained with pretty much all sources and couldn't really maintain a listenable volume for a lot of stuff. Also, the overall fullness of sound in all music was very lacking. I upgraded to a Schiit Asgard 2 headphone amp with over twice the power output of the soundcard at 600ohm/190mW. The sound quality was much improved. However volume was not a large jump, so turning it to near max for 24/7 use was still a requirement. Not for cranking them but just for basic listening. The poor Asgard could barely do it despite its great power with the rest of my headphone collection.
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 handled 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! Awesome sound pressure and articulation. Indescribable at higher volumes. Their titanic power handling ability is an immense asset with a truly capable amp to back them up!
Treble response is incredibly sharp and detailed on these cans. When I moved to the tube amp it had the side effect of taming the frequency spikes somewhat. I still had to use a very minor(-1 or -2dB) EQ change to drop their upper treble to comfortable levels. I don't think there's any real sibilance or screech but they are just incredibly sharp and emphasized. Definitely worth noting that the source makes a huge difference here. Some of my warmer vinyl recordings require no EQ at all. Likewise really well produced music is less likely to have huge issues. Gaming and movies as well really benefited from the extra treble response and detail, and I could generally get away with leaving the EQ off. Modern pop though, and metal, and a lot of other noisy, trebly music was just a little too hot on these without EQ. Not a major issue as there are plenty of fast, easy, and reliable EQ methods out there. However, the real saving grace is that the unpleasant spikes are in a very small range, and were very easy to tune out on both the SS and Tube amps. I prefer not to EQ headphones when I can help it, so it was great that they needed so little. Detail is uncompromising in the extreme. Absolutely revealing and resolving with superb precision! The timbre, response, and quality of it are incredibly pleasing to my ears. Like actual physical pleasure. Their tone is just awesome and energetic. I can handle the slightly hot treble because the amount of nuance and texture these reveal is astonishing! Simply amazing. I have never heard the like in any other headphone.
Mids are a little recessed and dry but are nearly as fast and energetic as the treble. Very flat with a little growl. Not particularly smooth or refined but excellent detail and nothing is ever lost to the other frequencies. Vocals are perfect and instrument reproduction is near lifelike. Well produced music sounds INSANE on the DT990s. Their lack of warmth helps the mids maintain composure in exceptionally challenging music. However, there is always that glossy sheen on the incredibly bright treble hanging over the mids. The DT880s, AKG K712s and other headphones of this class handle mids with a more natural tone.
Bass response is exceptional but nowhere near as overpowering as others seem to imply. Very snappy and tight response. Extension is good and deep without trying to reach too low. A little flubbiness on the lowest notes but otherwise great texture and definition. They give a satisfying thump, but their real strength is in the audible spectrum; mid and upper bass. Just incredibly full and well-defined low end. These are great for following bass guitar tracks, or for movie soundtracks, and work amazingly for classic rock. These aren't the fastest cans out there, but they are energetic and musical. A good amp helps with their bass response and quickness a bit. As far as open headphones go these probably have the most bass emphasis I've heard. Maybe not the most articulation or detail but plenty of oomph.
Despite their intense energy and power, these can get pretty fatiguing after long listening sessions. I can use these fine for hours as daily headphones, but they can very quickly make my ears tired if I am not careful with the volume. I would more readily recommend these if they didn't basically require you to be a treblehead to get real enjoyment out of them. Their stock treble always has that potential for harshness, despite the incredible detail. For me, that's a blessing. For others, it maybe a curse.
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. I have since sold my 600ohm model and moved down to the 250ohm, and am much happier.
Beyerdynamic DT 770 (80 Ohm) - Winner
Highs - Quite good representation, much cleaner than Senhiser
Mids - Quite good representation
Lows - A little closed sounding but overall they are handled well
Overall this is how the music should sound. They perform the most similar to my pair of Martin Logan Motion 15's (bookshelf speakers)
Beyerdynamic Premium 990 (32 Ohm)
Highs - Similar to the 770's but rather harsh sounding
Mids - Nothing special, no major issues
Lows - Not as powerful as the 770's but more spacious. Seemed a bit washed out due to the open back design
Senhiser HD 599 (50 Ohm) - Close 2nd Best
Highs - Not quite as poppy as they should be. They are a bit muted in the sound signature which can make them less fatiguing than other, more analytical, headphones.
Mids - A bit to high level for me, it tended to make punk rock music sound very close and muddied
Lows - A bit boomy but very spacious
Audio Technica ATH M-50x
Highs - Quite good representation, a bit cold though
Mids - Nothing special, no major issues though
Lows - Too over-emphasized
Beyerdynamic DT 770 - Winner
Perfect. I wore these on multiple occasions for more than 7 hours and never noticed any pressure points or discomfort. The headband is larger than average to distribute the pressure. The clamp pressure is also a bit more than average but this was not an issue due to the soft, replaceable, ear pads.
Beyerdynamic Premium 990
I could not wear these for more than a few hours. The headband is made of a much harder material than the 770's and causes a painful pressure point on the top of my head. I believe this is made worse by the lower clamping force since more of the weight is on the top of your head.
Senhiser HD 599
I could wear these for several hours as long as I moved them around every 30-40 minutes. More comfortable than the 990's. Significantly less clamping force than the 770's.
Audio Technica ATH M-50x
These were the least comfortable. I could only stand to wear them for an hour or so before I had to take them off. All of the discomfort came from the top of my head.
Beyerdynamic DT 770
These come with a permanently attached 10ft cable. That was a lot of cable to get in my pocket every time I got up from my desk. The cable also has more insulation making it much thicker and stiffer than average.
Beyerdynamic DT 990
These come with a permanently attached 10ft cable. That was a lot of cable to get in my pocket every time I got up from my desk. The cable also has more insulation making it much thicker and stiffer than average. The open back design was also a plus for me since I work in a semi-quiet office environment and I could still hold a conversation with someone while listening to music. But I could not hear others quite as well as I could with the HD 599's.
Senhiser HD 599
The interchange-able cables with different lengths worked perfect for home listening as well as on the go. The cable is also thinner and more flexible than the Beyerdynamic cable. The open back design was also a plus for me since I work in a semi-quiet office environment and I could still hold a conversation with someone while listening to music. The only downfall is the issue I had with compatibility between some devices and this pair of headphones where I would hear static or computer noise when driving them with a computer.
Audio Technica ATH M-50x
I really love the long coiled cable that came with these. To me this is the best option since I dont have to lug around a long cable or risk losing extra cables. With that being said, it also came with a ~ 9ft straight cable and 3ft straight cable if the coiled cable is too much for you.
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Excellent for music listening, especially those who like energetic or bass heavy music. Top end clarity is up there, along with the typical Beyer U/V shape mids, bass extension is fantastic. Great headphones for across the board music tastes, but powerful music such as Rock / Metal / Electronic especially.
Gamers will be blown away! Chuck your cheapo 'not famous for audio products in the slightest' gaming brand name headset out the window and buy these. Clarity and power like you have never heard.
At 250Ohms they should really be driven by an amp. I can recommend Creative's Soundblaster X G5 or even the G1 if using them with a PC.
I can say that if you are looking at these as your first set of good HiFi headphones then buy them, right now. You will not be dissapointed, these are easily the best, if not at least top 3 of most well balanced general use cans sub £250.The only reason to buy these over the cheaper Pro versions is that these have a straight cable and different finish. Apart from that they sound the same.
So entschloss ich mich den DT 990 mit 600 Ohm zu kaufen, da es hieß, das der definitiv besser auflösen würde.
Kann ich zu 100% bestätigen, ja sie löst auf jeden Fall besser auf, der Klang ist deutlich besser und angenehmer und doch sind die Höhen trotzdem da, sie sind erträglicher, aber ich wollte ein Upgrade und nicht nur etwas, was ich ertrage. Deswegen habe ich mich für ein anderen Kopfhörer entschieden.
Aber wem die Höhen nichts ausmachen, wo ja der Klang vom DT 990 Edition trotzdem sehr gut ist und eher spaßig abgestimmt und sich entschlossen hat den DT 990 zuzulegen, der kann auf jeden Fall zugreifen, denn für mich ist er in dieser Preiskategorie einer der besten.
Meine Empfehlung wäre nur, kauft die 600 Ohm Variante, falls ihr die nötige Soundkarte oder den nötigen Verstärker habt, denn die 600er Version hat deutlich, wirklich deutlich den besseren Klang, deutlich höhere Auflösung, deutlich satteren Bass und deutlich "ertragbare Höhen". Die Edition Variante hat nicht nur den besseren, glatten Kabel, er hat auch den deutlich besseren Tragekomfort, als der DT 990 Pro. Den Klang finde ich auch deutlich besser, deshalb habe ich mich damals für die Edition Variante entschieden. Das ist aber Geschmackssache.
But these DT 990's really make me appreciate what it's all about, I can now hear instruments in some of my music I wasn't even aware of, it's almost like I'm listening to some songs for the first time again, but this time, they're are being heard the way they were meant to be heard.
The base on these is clean, not too overpowering, but just enough to give you that oomph. The vocals and strings on these also sound pretty amazing, I have a feeling I won't be touching my old headphones ever again. I'm using the Creative G5 AMP/DAC, though not the best out there for these cans, they are adequate for now, but I'd say if you've got the cash and want the best experience, I would recommend the Schiit Modi and Magni DAC and AMP. They're American made, and they are top quality for their price. Just make sure you pick the UK plug before you order them.
Playing games on these is also pretty incredible, the directional audio is on point. I've played racing games, FPS shooter (BF4) and these headphones are so much better than those "gaming" headphones, and without the fake 7.1 virtual surround feature, these headphones are best experienced in stereo.
EDIT: I've had these for a few months now, and like a few others, I've begun to notice my left cups have a little rattling to them, and the right cups crackle sometimes. None of my other headphones exhibit this, so it has to be exclusive to these.
I'm a bit disappointed to be honest, as the DT 990 Editions are the best headphones I've used otherwise.
I did plenty of research into other headphones and these suit a multi-purpose need. The dt 880 are slightly more musically focussed with more accuracy and semi-open design. I love the fully open dt 990’s for gaming. Just bear in mind you will hear outside sounds if you are somewhere noisy. As for talking into a microphone I find it nice to hear yourself clearly with these.
As for the 250ohm pro vs this 600 ohm premium. From what I’ve read the 250 has piercing high frequencies where its more refined on the 600 ohm version along with other things and to me they sound great BUT I’ve not had the chance to physically compare any other hi-fi headphones.
I am using a dedicated amp + dac with these. It may be overkill but I think it enables them to produce the best sound, especially as they are 600ohms with 97.56 dB/V SPL or 95.43 dB/mW sensitivity.
You can use online calculators to see how much power an amp needs for these headphones. At 110db volume it needs 29mw or 4.17 VRMS. So I chose the JDS labs atom that provides 125mw or 8.68 VRMS at 600ohms.
Another alternative set-up would be to use the Schiit magni amp + modi dac for about the same price but with way more power output compared to the one I chose. Apparently these sound very good, I just went with JDS because in a few audio tests on graphs it was a little better.