beyerdynamic DT-990 Pro

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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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Great, but need tweaking for comfortable listening
Martijn-vdH, 16.06.2020
Use cases: Gaming, listening to different music genres, watching videos

The good:
- Build quality. It feels rugged for the most part, except the connection between the headband and the drivers.
- Replacement parts are super easy to find and readily available.
- The sound is, after tweaking EQ a bit, wonderful
- Comfortable, although not for too long in my experience. The head band starts to hurt my head after a while, just like the Edition version of these headphones did.
- Very nice soundstage. Not too wide, but everything can be pinpointed perfectly, whether it's enemies in games or elements in music/videos.

The bad:
- Non-detachable cable. The cable feels very sturdy though, but I like being able to switch between coiled/straight cables.
- The highs were so sharp they started to hurt my ears while listening. This can be reduced by tweaking the EQ a bit, but this is my main reason for returning them.
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Amazing for Mixing. Not for all-round listening.
Gear Dabbler , 17.05.2020
The sound and clarity between layers is phenomenal. I'm a complete rookie with this kind of stuff, and doubted how there can be such thing as headphones designed specifically for mixing. Once I put these on my head I understood. I didn't really enjoy listening to music on them over my low-grade Sony WH-CH700N, but they will certainly be used for mixdowns and analytical listening.

Build quality is great. No aspect of it feels cheap.

Not as comfortable for me as I've heard from other reviewers. Again, my Sony WH-CH700N's are way more comfortable. DT's hurt my head after wearing for a while. They are also very clunky so not suitable to ever have around your neck.

So yeah. Great once used for what they are made for.
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Good professional product
Elen_Cr, 11.01.2020
Good sound quality, high reliability. It is not very convenient to work for a long time - heavy headphones, fatigue quickly accumulates.
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Loudness voiced
Pofa, 22.08.2019
Very confortable and well build.
For my personal taste I don't like very much how is voiced. Some emphasis around 100Hz and all above 4000Hz, while the middle range 500-2000 is scooped. So is pleasant, a little dark but not (for me) a good reference for mixing.
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Value priced professional headphone
AliC, 22.03.2014
I bought this mainly for an extra reference of my mix. I have been researching and realised this is one of the headphone that is popular in the industry, with such price tag, I am happy to buy it and have a try.

Building quality:
Excellent built with metal components used for the size adjustment. This is important as I had a Shure SRH 1840, the plastic part means it breaks easily and i had that to be repaired in 6 months. But this one definitely would bot cause such issue.

Wearing comfortability
Very comfortable with soft ear pad, a lot better than AKG in this aspect, slightly tight at the beginning, but loosen after couple of weeks. No issue even after a long period of wearing.

Sound and response
I found this sound similar with the DT770 pro, except more soundstage and depth, very subtle, not as warm as 770 pro. I found 990 less coloured. Though it is a open designed, certainly the sound leakage is minimised. Compare to 880 pro, i would say 880 pro is more neutral sound. So 990 is some where in between.
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Slightly unbalanced
Blickfanger, 21.12.2010
Overall the sound of these headphones is pretty good and nicely detailed. The openness is very pleasant and the built quality is fine. However, I find the low end overblown, meaning that it sounds as if someone has upped the level of the subwoofer. So I give this headphone to people who need to be impressed with fat lows. For my own mixing and mastering needs I have acquired a Sennheiser HD800 instead. This is in a totally different price class of course, but it is also in a totally different sound quality class. Especially when used with a good headphone amplifier, like Violectric HPA V200 or SPL Phonitor.
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Good headphones but..
Erkan D., 10.11.2013
These were my very first headphones for studio work. Albeit my studio is just a home studio, I still required something to mix in since my room was untreated. At first, I had trouble with the bass frequencies because these headphones handled them very well. And by that I mean there was simply too little lows in them, which made me crank out some more lows in the mix. But it didn't translate well on other sound systems, and I could tell I had mixed with too much bass. However, once I got used to this, I was able to compensate for it and my mixes turned a LOT better.

I actually managed to mix a whole metal album with these cans, and once I learned how they work, I mixed quite well. All the people I know who heard the album said it sounded great. It's thanks to these cans.
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Extremely Comfortable Headphones
07.06.2014
You could wear these headphones for weeks, and you won't feel any discomfort. Sound quality is great, reproduces the sub bass frequencies very well, and also has balanced mids.

Having owned these headphones for almost 3 years, they wore out after heavy use after 2 years, with the left ear phone rattling on sub bass frequencies below 60Hz. Unfortunately this seems to be a general issue on many forums!

Other than that great pair of headphones!
5 stars for comfort
5 stars for sound
3 stars for durability
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Studio grade product
Rockmanstar, 22.11.2019
Very good in quality and sound. One disadvantage is a twisted wire. It gives you some level of discomfort pulling your head aside once the wire is highly-strung. I wish I could replace it to a straight wire.
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Careful of Ohms in terms of volume, boosting the lows and highs a little
Ruffenbark Woofington, 03.05.2017
These are fine, but you're not going to get super loud without a headphone amp, not a problem yet, but will be at some stage when im really trying to hone in on a sound.These weren't as loud as I had thought they'd be because I hadn't educated myself on Ohm's, someone buying could do with a cheap headphone amp

Also, if you're looking for flat response, go for the 770's. I'd read on the forum these were the job (for mixing), but now know they colour the sound at the low and high end of the spectrum a wee bit. This can serve a purpose too, but bear in mind these are the 'fun' headphones in this range. As I said, go for the 770's if you want it flat.

Super comfy, shocked at the comfort level. I've no frame of reference except cheap Sony mdr v-150's, but wow!
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Evaluation of DT990 PRO
30.11.2016
Extremely comfortable,very sensitive to any changes of incoming signal,great low end ...BUT...NOT good for mixing or mastering.If you are listening favorite show they will be great,but if you want linear,studio monitoring they will disappoint you ,especially the hi end is so inappropriate that even hurt.Probably beatmakers can use it because of nice low end.Good for specific work,but not for studio mixing because of missing middle and weird hi end.
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Tcha , 08.05.2020
overall great phones.. comfortable, pretty good sounding..
doesn't stop outside noises though ..
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Momin, 03.06.2020
It's probably one of the most comfortable headphones I've ever had, feels light to wear it. I do however have a problem when it comes to mixing, everything sounds deceptively great, then I check the sound on other devices (speakers, other headphones) and it's somewhat horrible. So I always have to go back and forth until I get it right.
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