beyerdynamic DT-990 Pro

Studio Stereo Headphones

  • Open
  • Ear-enclosing
  • Dynamic
  • Equalised diffuse field
  • Impedance: 250 Ohm
  • Sensitivity: 96 dB/mW
  • Transmission range: 5 Hz - 35 kHz
  • Weight with cable: 364 g
  • Weight without cable: 271 g
  • Includes 3 m spiral cable 3.5 mm jack with screw-in adapter to 6.3 mm jack, and carry bag

Further Information

Design Over-Ear
System Open
Impedance 250 Ohms
Frequency range 5 Hz – 30000 Hz
Adapter Yes
Replaceable Cable No
Color Black

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125000, 18.02.2018
I bought these, the dt-880 (600ohm) and the hd-650.
And I'll quickly write why I picked the 990's over the others.

Comfort:
The dt-880's were amazing, so comfortable, perfect in my opinion.
While the 990's are really similar, they are tighter on the ears, and I don't like that at all, but they are still quite comfortable.
And the hd-650? They clamp like crazy, I couldn't wear these for over 10 minutes, really uncomfortable.

Sound:
Now this category is objective af, you have been warned.
I used the LP-phone-amp-g103 to drive all of these headphones so there shouldn't be any issues with the amp.
With that out of the way, lets start with the headphones that really disappointed me.
The 880's had a really lackluster low end, you could say non existing, and with basically no bass it was just a clear no for me and I didn't bother any further with them.
The hd-650 sounded like the 990's if someone put an equalizer on them that turned down every frequency past 3khz down 3-6db.
They sounded muddy in my opinion, especially compared to the dt-990's.
With that being said, I love the by some considered sharp highs of the dt-990's, everything sounds crystal clear, not "muddy" or "washed out". I listen to a lot of vocals so that's a must for me. But as I said, it ain't for everybody since some might say the highs are over saturated, and they are, but it sounds nice. It's something I'm looking for in headphones, are you looking for that? If not steer away from these headphones. Cons: they might be too sharp for some and too tiring if used in long sessions. Other cons are the fact that you can really hear if a song is mixed/mastered like shit, you can hear everything. I'm not gonna say sh*t like :"you suddenly hear instruments that you previously didn't hear" if you suddenly heard an instrument that you didn't hear before on decent headphones that's on you. But you definitely hear if someone didn't bother cleaning up the samples he used in his song, and you might need different headphones or speakers to enioy songs that are badly mixed.

price/performance: 10/10, I mean ¤140 for these is a steal, you don't get better audio quality for that price, but you probably gonna need a headphone amp as for almost all 250+ ohm headphones.
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Okay for the price
Ampelia, 12.08.2020
I bought these for a friend and had the chance to use them for a few hours. I can only compare them to the Sony MDR-7509HD which I have for more than a decade and am very fond of (granted, they're of another price range but they're closed-back and of almost 2 decades old technology).

Good things first -- build quality is quite good, accessories are nice and the fact ear pads are replaceable is very useful in the long run. Too bad the cable isn't removable but given their price I think it's reasonable. Comfort-wise they felt okay, maybe a bit stiff on the ears but they were steady and you always felt like you could move around. Lastly, as an open-back design, it felt like they still provided some isolation from the environment and didn't spill too much as well.

Next, the not-so-good things -- well, I just can't relate at all with the remarks by others here about the clarity or balance of these headphones. They sound okay for the price, I guess, but in absolute terms the sound is at best muffled -- thin, lacking in clarity, transient response and bass. I didn't crank them up, so I don't know if they distort at high levels. I also felt they weren't revealing enough -- a couple of tracks I know exhibit subtle mid-range distortion in a couple of places just didn't come through. The amp I used was a Drawmer MC2.1 monitor controller, but like I said, sound-wise I'm comparing to the excellent Sonys which sound great on that amp (actually, anywhere I've used them all these years), so YMMV.

Ultimately, their biggest advantage is their price and potential longevity due to replaceable ear pads, but they just don't have a sound I'd call usable in any serious context.
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Excellent, naturalistic, non-fatiguing sound
Han-earl, 22.04.2020
I use these as a second pair for mixing, and for listening back to the master. These headphones have an excellent, naturalistic, non-fatiguing sound. So convincing that I have on one occasion forgotten that I was not listening through monitors (I accidentally walked away from my desk with the headphones still on my head).

Good for the initial mix, and for getting a good overview and sense of balance of the mix, but I suggest you may go elsewhere for surgical work. I prefer something like the Sony MDR-7506 for its ability to highlight the ugly, mid and high frequency range. Of course, being open-back, the spill means I would not recommended it for tracking.

Heavier than average, but the headband is comfortable; not being too tight while still secure over your head. Certainly more comfortable than the Sennheiser HD-25. Ear pads are a velour material which, while not exactly making for a sweat-free experience, at least isn't vinyl or fake-leather. I wouldn't like to use these in high-temperature, high-humidity environments, but I don't know of any headphones I would like to use in those conditions.

While the construction is a mix of plastic and metal, the only part that feel flimsy are the plastic ear cups, and not the first area that I would expect to get damaged physically.

Concerns? Cable noise does transfer to the earpads. And the tight, short coiled cable may or may not suite you (the weight of the cable is not insignificant on your head especially as it's only on attached on the left side). With an impedance of 250 Ohm, just make sure you are feeding it from a source with enough drive (for reference, my phone would not drive it, but, surprisingly, my old laptop has no problem with it). You should not, however, have any issues with most mixers or audio interfaces.

At this price point, I'm can't think of a better sounding pair of open-back headphones. Recommended for mixing and listening.
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Aleksey Alekseev, 29.06.2020
I have long dreamed about such headphones (beyerdynamic DT-990 Pro) and here it is - done! Headphones came to Russia very quickly. Everything is carefully packed! It can be seen that the team of masters is working! The assembly is very high quality and strong, but if you have something broken from the parts of the headphones, you can buy it separately! Headphones delight me every day! I use them to mix music and just listen to good music in great headphones. When I put them on my head. I don’t feel them at all!
You will have to get used to the wire in the form of a spiral. In fact, it is long, but twisted into a spiral - it is not always convenient, but it’s nothing!
The sound is great! The store is super! Soon I will buy Cubase Pro 10.5 and studio monitors, wait for me to shop;)
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