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beyerdynamic DT-1990 Pro 250 Ohm

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Studio Headphones

  • For mixing and mastering
  • Tesla 2.0 Technology
  • Dynamic
  • Open design
  • Circumaural design
  • Impedance: 250 Ohm
  • Sound pressure level: 102 dB/SPL (1 mW/500 Hz)
  • Frequency response: 5 - 40,000 Hz
  • Maximum input level: 200 mW
  • Headband padding: Artificial leather
  • Cable: Straight 3 m
  • Coiled cable: 5 m (stretched out)
  • 3-Pin mini XLR plug
  • Weight: 370 g (without cable)
  • Includes a 6.3 mm adapter, verlour ear pads, and a hard case and bag made from artificial leather
Design Over-Ear
System Open
Impedance 250 Ohms
Frequency range 5 Hz – 40000 Hz
Adapter Yes
Replaceable Cable Yes
Color Black
available since August 2016
Item number 394980
Frequency range min. 5 Hz
Frequency range max. 40000 Hz
Max. SPL 102 dB
Type Of Connector Mini Jack
Weight 370 g
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1.495 AED 360,50 €
Plus 207 AED shipping
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Simply awesome!
loriamichele 03.09.2019
After a couple of weeks of gathering all sorts of information about reference headphones in the market, I decided to go for the Beyerdynamic's DT-1990 Pro. The main reason was to add a reference listening device to my home studio setup, and I must say I'm definitely amazed by the overall quality of the product.

So here's my detailed review, after one month of relatively moderate usage (~4 hours average per day):

The build quality is very high, they seem quite durable and sturdy.
In terms of comfort, the weight is not really an issue since the materials used in the ear cups (especially the analytical ones) and the band are of very high-quality. My only concern is that, after long sessions, the heat around the ears can become a little bit annoying, but it's not a major issue since its root cause can be related to lots of different factors.

Let's move to the sound: very, very, very good.
Sound stage is huge, brightness and clarity are first citizens, along with high transient speed and good resolution. Stereo imaging is very accurate as well. Given their open-back design, they fall into the airy side and give you the impression that you're actually not listening to a pair of headphones at all, which is very impressive to me.
The bass response is very linear and distinct. No noticeable roll off even at sub-bass frequencies.
The mid range is a little bit forward, but that's exactly where the Tesla driver shines: they provide astounding clarity and speed, making mix work very accurate.
The trebles are also very accurate and clear; the only thing to notice in this range though is that there's a noticeable peak at around 8.5kHz, which can result in highlighting sibilant sounds; when it comes to mixing, this could be very useful (since it helps in spotting issues e.g. with vocals or acoustic recordings), but from a pure listening perspective, this could cause some annoyances to very demanding audiophiles.

Given their price, I think it would need to be doubled in order to find something significantly better.

No need to mention Thomann's celerity, super fast delivery times and great customer service!

Short recap: if you need a pair of reference headphones for your home studio and those are in your budget, definitely get them! You won't regret it for sure.
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Mixed feelings
P. C. 23.09.2021
These are very well built headphones. Made out of metal and it looks like it could last for a century. The package includes a case for headphones, two detachable cables (straight and spiral) and an extra pair of ear pads.

Headphones are not very light but they are very stable on the head and comfortable. They might be a bit tight at the beginning but that will improve after a few hours. Suitable for longer sessions.

DT-1990 has a relatively large and detailed sound but it is not neutral at all, which made me wonder how it could be suitable for mixing and mastering (that is what is actually written on the box). Balanced ear pads, which come on the headphones give kind of a “V” sound. There is a very obvious bass boost and big treble spikes around 8kHz and around 10kHz, or 11kHz. The extra pair of pads, the analytical pads, are softer and they put the bass down to normal making a larger area of the frequency response much more neutral. However, the spikes in the trebles remain almost the same. It is worth saying that it is not easy to replace pads and switching from one to another cannot be done very fast.

DT-1990 is officially an open back headphone but it is not actually completely opened. It has many holes on the cups but it is not as open as HD-600 is or K-702. When you put DT-1990 on, you can hear that your surrounding sounds become a bit muffled. The sound of DT-1990 feels a bit like a much more improved version of Beyerdymamic’s closed back headphones (DT-770, for example). Bass is very good (with the analytical pads), fairly detailed middle but the trebles are something that people will either love or hate. It is so called, “the beyer sound”; it will add an extra detail to certain records but it will make a lot of records sound harsh and on the edge of pain.

I thought of taming trebles with an EQ, which is possible and to use DT-1990 as a Hi-Fi headphone but the main question was whether it was all worth the price. The price is kind of justified with the case and two pairs of ear pads you get with the headphones and if you like piercing trebles and “the beyer sound”, this can be a great headphone. For me, those trebles were harsh on too many records.

So, the conclusion is: DT-1990 for listening to music? Maybe, for some. For mixing, mastering and critical listening? I do not believe so.
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Nothing heard anything like them.
Kami_2K 12.07.2021
I finally decided to get some proper audiophile headphones as I was upgrading my setup. After considering the DT 990 PRO I went for the DT 1990 PRO because of the better build, sound, and detachable cable.

The unboxing experience is very nice and the carrying case is handy, they come with 2 cables (one straight, one coiled), and 2 sets of pads. Honestly I thought I would not like the pads at first as I was used to the fake leather feel on my old pair (which started peeling). But I was wrong, these are now my favourite pads of all time, they are very nice to the touch and feel like quality pads with the added benefit of extra durability over fake leather pads as these wont peel with time.

The sound quality is outstanding, every song I played through these sounded so much richer and they were way more fun to listen to than my old Audeze Mobius / Cloud Orbit (which I bought since I do a lot of gaming). Even the bass was noticably better with these which I was most impressed by since these are open. Everything is just clearer but I am still waiting for my Schiit stack before I can really unlock the full potential of these (for the review I was using motherboard audio which still sounded great).

Comfort is also a big plus for me, these have a nice amount of clamping force and don't fall off my head easily like with the previously mentioned headset. The headband is in its own league aswell, and personnally I prefer the slightly stiffer foam in the pads, and personally these feel perfect on my head.

Build quality is one of the big selling points of these and they don't disappoint, a lot of metal has been used with these and the most surprising thing is that these don't feel that heavy (probably because of the clamping force helping with the weight).

The only downside for me is that my unit has arrived defective (Left driver cuts out every hour or so until replugging, no matter the device or cable) which I won't blame on either Thomman or BeyerDynamic as these things can happen, but I can't stop feeling a little bit disappointed.

Honestly I can't reccommend these enough, with the only downside being the price so unless you're on a tighter budget I might say go for the DT 990 if you also don't mind non-detachable cable (which is a big NO NO for me personally).
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Solid and dependable
walt0 08.08.2021
I've used DT-1990s since they first came out and despite trying plenty of other headphones at twice the price and more, I always come back to these.

My main use is listening to music, generally high quality well mastered music across many genres. The headphones are designed for mixing and mastering so they are very accurate and revealing,

The build quality is superb, better than any other headphone I have had, additionally you can buy all the parts individually from Beyerdynamic should you need to fix them yourself.

Some people complain about them causing fatigue during long listening sessions but I don't seem to have this problem, maybe it depends what you listen to. They do respond well to EQing though so people may want to adjust to make them sound warmer and smoother.

I've used them with the Chord Hugo and Mojo and the fantastic RME ADI-2 DAC as well as directly from a macbook pro, they don't seem too difficult to drive but they do sound better with more power.

Comfort is incredible, nice deep cups, plush pads and just enough clamping force to keep them on your head. The cups swivel slightly front to back for a good fit as well as rotate in the yokes so you get an even pressure across the whole pad.

They bleed a little bit of sound so this is something to consider if you are recording with them.

For the price I would consider these headphones a bargain.
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