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Beyerdynamic DT-990-Pro-250 Professional Acoustically Open Headphones for Monitoring and Studio Applications by Review Summary ,  Sep 13, 2015

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Beyerdynamic DT-990-Pro-250 Professional Acoustically Open Headphones for Monitoring and Studio Applications
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 403 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.5
Returned or considering to return: 6.7%

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Individual Feature Rating
Gaming5.0   above average
Plastic5.0   exceptional
Quality4.8   above average
Comfortable4.6   average
Frequency4.6   above average
Impedance4.6   above average
Light4.6   above average
Level4.5   above average
Price4.5   average
Range4.5   average
Sound4.5   average
Value4.5   below average
Audio4.4   above average
Listening4.4   average
Music4.3   average
Design4.2   average
Response4.0   average
Loud3.8   average
Metal3.8   below average
Volume3.8   average
Heavy3.7   average
Treble3.7   below average
Vocal3.6   below average
Portable3.4   mediocre
Noise3.0   below average
Cable2.5   below average


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Acoustic

Acoustic:
"not a good headphone for vocals and classic acoustic music."
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"For rock and dramatic classical music, the word astonishing is appropriate (for acoustic and vocal music, you may want to go with Grado , another superb brand, with more emphasis on midrange frequency)."
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"The DT-990 is a solid headphone that I find pleasant with any genre, but it excels at electric, classical, acoustic, and score music."
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"I know most would say that 3 days isn't a fair amount of time for supposed burn-in of them but I'm not new to owning and listening to quality audio equipment and to be honest I've never believed in the concept of a speaker or a headphone needing to burn-in if it was properly designed to give accurate acoustic reproduction."
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"From subsonic baas tracks to instrumental rock to acoustic to classical, until i can afford the lcd2 cans these well be my go to headphone."
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"Leather and Lace(Stevie Nicks & Don Henley) - I chose this song for two reasons: the vocal mastery of the two singers; and the amazing acoustic guitar play."
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Audio

Audio:
"While both headphones sounded amazing compared to your typical Logitech $20 junk headphones, these Beyerdynamic headphones have a few benefits over the Audio Technica headphones.1) The bass is much more resounding, but not overwhelming2) The build quality is very durable, especially the strap on top, as well as the cable.3) Audio quality is pretty close."
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"I actually really enjoy these headphones, but not even a year later the audio is cutting out from a faulty cord."
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"The ohm level also plays a role in the way the audio come through - which is hard to describe as anything other then refined or sophisticated."
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"It sounds like there's a problem with the audio jack or the cable."
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"I bought a pair of these, as well as a pair of Audio Technica ATH-AD900X."
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"If your ears stick out any more than a little bit, the Audio Technica ones may be more comfortable."
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"While both headphones sounded amazing compared to your typical Logitech $20 junk headphones, these Beyerdynamic headphones have a few benefits over the Audio Technica headphones.1) The bass is much more resounding, but not overwhelming2) The build quality is very durable, especially the strap on top, as well as the cable.3) Audio quality is pretty close."
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"The Beyerdynamic DT 990 Premium Headphone have earned a spot on BoldList's Top 5 Beyerdynamic Headphones list with pros like:- The famous DT 990 Premium, 250 ohm version; Stereo Headphone excellent open ear design, true sound reproduction- Innovative Bass reflex system for excellent audio performance- Open design, includes carry case, 11 oz light weightCheck out the rest of the Top 5: http: boldlist."
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"As a student in college these headphones make loud dorm room atmospheres disappear in clear audio with a wide enough sound stage where i sometimes physically turn around while playing video games because it is so good."
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Cable

Cable:
"Only negative for me after a few years use is that cable plug that inserts to iPad has a slight bend, and sometimes it doesn't make a good contact."
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"I actually really enjoy these headphones, but not even a year later the audio is cutting out from a faulty cord."
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"I would prefer straight cord, unfortunately it is not available as an option for this model."
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"The only thing I am not happy with is coiled cord."
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"Okay, first off I want to say the audio quality is amazing and my low rating is simply due to some major design flaws...First off no detachable cable (if that isn't one of the biggest oversight in our solar system) seriously, CORDS BREAK!"
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"The only problem ive had with them is the fact that the cord is not removable."
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"While both headphones sounded amazing compared to your typical Logitech $20 junk headphones, these Beyerdynamic headphones have a few benefits over the Audio Technica headphones.1) The bass is much more resounding, but not overwhelming2) The build quality is very durable, especially the strap on top, as well as the cable.3) Audio quality is pretty close."
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"I do wish they came with a removable cable, but they did a nice job regardless."
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"PROS-Excellent sound reproduction-Sound frequencies are balanced throughout (bass is punchy and dynamic, mids are smooth, not distorted, and the highs are at the right amount of sharpness)-Highest level of durability I've ever seen on headphones-Gold plated 3.5mm jack-250ohms-Long cord-Comfortable to wear-Full open-back designCONS-A little clamping on the sides of the head-Headband foam lacking-Twisted design of the cord is good for adaptive stretching, but from my experience, it does pull more than I would want it tooDurability is of the highest quality, sound is clear, bass is punchy and dynamic, highs aren't overwhelming or piercing, and mids are balanced with clarity."
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"Sounds great, but the cable has a faulty connection after like a year of ownership and I'm not rough on it at all... just sat there plugged into a desktop amp.."
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"Additionally I have seen mods on these which create a removable cable (BTG audio is supposed to be pretty good, does the mod for you!"
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Any further advice to improve their comfort would be well appreciated, I would hate to have to exchange these."
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"Nothing is worse than uncomfortable headphones, however, these are about as comfortable as they get."
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"I currently own Grado SR 225i, Sennheiser HD598, HD-595, Bose QuietComfort 15, AKG 701 (Sold due to terrible comfort issues)."
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"Initial impression with wearing these concerned me a bit as they seemed a bit tight around the ears but have quickly broken in and are getting more comfortable."
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"Once they're broken in a bit they're very comfortable."
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"After A year, they're still extremely comfortable, but there are some serious problems with the product."
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"Amazing sound quality and very comfortable to wear."
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"Extremely comfortable, great sound."
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"Pretty good sound, but amazing comfort, very good clarity and one of the best headphones for the price"
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"Extremely comfortable, amazing quality."
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"Any further advice to improve their comfort would be well appreciated, I would hate to have to exchange these."
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Design

Design:
"Because this design is open-back, I would not recommend this either for environments with ambient noise, or if you don't want people around you to hear what you're listening to."
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"Not only do they fit on my head perfectly, but the open ear design prevents the uncomfortable vacuum seal that so many other headphones create."
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"Although these headphones have some serious design flaws, I still can't believe how good they sound."
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"The band that sits atop the head isn't as great as Audio-Technica's design that uses a '3D-Wing' that automatically adjusts to the size of your head, but it's still very comfortable so there is not much to worry about there."
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"There is some disadvantages, the opened design of these cans will diffuse the sound and people around when you listen to your music, if you are at work or on a plane these cans are not for you, if you are at the studio or home or a quite place they are for you as you will not disturb people around you, they do not block outside sound, they do not have noise cancellation but have a good sound isolation, i was not annoyed by outside noise when listening to music on a moderate volume as they attenuate the outside noise at an acceptable level."
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"Another way of putting this is that low impedance headphones can sound great if solid state amps are designed with the above rules in mind - and practically all of them are."
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"With the above in mind, I was confident both that the D1 effectively drives and controls (i. e. dampens) headphones with impedances down to 10 Ohms, and that the internal amp is at or below good design criteria for an amp's output impedance, which is 1 Ohm or lower."
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"Similar to why I liked the look of the M50s, they are have a minimalist design."
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"The Beyerdynamic DT 990 Premium Headphone have earned a spot on BoldList's Top 5 Beyerdynamic Headphones list with pros like:- The famous DT 990 Premium, 250 ohm version; Stereo Headphone excellent open ear design, true sound reproduction- Innovative Bass reflex system for excellent audio performance- Open design, includes carry case, 11 oz light weightCheck out the rest of the Top 5: http: boldlist."
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Durable

Durable:
"The head cushions, while not leather, have a very nice feel and are very durable."
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"While both headphones sounded amazing compared to your typical Logitech $20 junk headphones, these Beyerdynamic headphones have a few benefits over the Audio Technica headphones.1) The bass is much more resounding, but not overwhelming2) The build quality is very durable, especially the strap on top, as well as the cable.3) Audio quality is pretty close."
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"Not the product's fault, but I certainly wish it was a little bit more durable."
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"I've owned 3 beyer headphones and they've all been very durable and well built."
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"Kind of wish a few parts were metal but they seem very durable so maybe its not a problem."
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"Great sound and durable."
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Frequency

Frequency:
"Maybe because my hearing isn't 100% anymore it's a non-issue in my case since I'm not able to hear the higher frequencies anyway."
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"the bass still needs to be broken in but the frequency response and dynamic speaker area is superb."
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"Please be aware that because the DT990 plays frequencies as low as 5 Hz, there is a potential risk of harm to your hearing."
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"A little sharp in the high frequency department, but overall a nice sound stage.4 5"
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"An exceptionally wide frequency range (5Hz-35kHz)."
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"With the DT-990-Pro, you get a clarity and soundstage comparable to the HD 598--the DT-990-Pro is arguably slightly more accurate than the HD 598, especially at higher frequencies, but the HD 598 has more soundstage--combined with the kick of the M50."
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"I do enjoy a wide variety of music however and what I can hear needs to be at least good as there is a lot more than simple frequency range in what you hear."
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Gaming

Gaming:
"I bought these mostly for gaming applications, but I do listen to a good amount of music through them in the evening when I need to keep it quiet."
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"I will split up my thoughts on these for gaming applications and for music, because what is good for one can be a hindrance in the other application."
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"Overall they are great for gaming, but there are better options in the price range for sheer critical listening."
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"These headphones sound absolutely amazing for gaming and music, no doubt about that.4 stars because of comfort."
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"Note: For CS:GO fps gaming, the sound-stage on these headphones are phenomenal."
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Heavy

Heavy:
"great headset i would recommend it to everyonebut it little bit heavy on the head and painful for the long use 8-12 hours"
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"It is certainly heavy duty, which is part of the problem, it weighs a lot."
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"Only negative is that they are made so well (really solid metal castings around earcups) that they seem to get a little heavy and uncomfortable after a 3 to 4 hour listening session."
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"The problem lies in where the cord physically connects to the headphones is a structurally weak area and after a short few months of heavy use with care."
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"I am a bit of a tech head, so I've been looking to replace these constantly, and the only other pair that I felt were better is the $1500 beyer dynamic T1.The treble is slightly heavy on these phones, but if don't think it is as much of a problem as people are making it out to be."
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"1 CD - Another Brick in the Wall, Pts 1,2 & 3: very heavy drums and bass guitar... meaner, darker than the original Hayley Westenra, Celtic Treasures CD - Let Me Lie: powerful, deep, poignant... listen for composed presentation, her voice should not break up - Summer Rain: rolling bass at 0:45 is more felt than heard... the low bass contrasts nicely with her soaring voice Ramsey Lewis, Boston Acoustics Music for Bottom Feeders CD - People Make The World Go 'Round: prominent and sultry bass, sharp drums, smooth piano Alanis Morissette, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie CD - UR: bass is heavy, stompy... song builds around it nicely Megadeth, Countdown to Extinction CD (Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs) - Symphony of Destruction: torture test for punchy bass and low, crunchy guitar Dave Weckl, Boston Acoustics Music for Bottom Feeders CD - Heads Up: probably my number 1 demo track for demonstrating lively and tight dynamics... drums and bass are stellar Extreme, III Sides to Every Story CD - Cupid's Dead: phenomenally precise and punchy w awesome vocals... a relentless groove Dave Matthews Band, The Central Park Concert DVD, Disc 1 - Crush: superb recording, kick and snare drums are out of this world Tool, Lateralus CD - Reflection: hypnotic, percussion-laden track... one of a kind Harry Gregson-Williams, Total Recall (2012) Soundtrack CD - The Tripping Den: deep bass that sounds feels like a wrecking ball has just dropped to the ground Le Castle Vania, John Wick [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] CD - The Drowning: it starts out very low, but then steps down... and down... and down"
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"They look very durable although they can be a little heavy after a while."
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"Excellent sound for EDM Bass heavy music...Sound Stage is awesome comparable to AKG712..Solid Build...Tight Bass..Highs are clear but bit harsh sometimes if music is not properly mastered."
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"great headset i would recommend it to everyonebut it little bit heavy on the head and painful for the long use 8-12 hours"
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"I loved them at first and they still sound decent with heavy metal; much better than the Grados that's for sure!"
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Impedance

Impedance:
"It can be a little hard to drive the 250 ohms impedance but not as difficult as driving 600 ohm audiophile type headphones."
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"Another way of putting this is that low impedance headphones can sound great if solid state amps are designed with the above rules in mind - and practically all of them are."
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"If that current coming from the speaker goes back to the amp while it is operational, and meets any meaningful impedance, voltage back at the speaker then rises and interacts with the speaker's magnetic field, thus introducing unwanted additional movement in the speaker itself."
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"Since the OUTPUT impedance of solid state amps is almost universally very low, it is fairly easy and safe to make headphones with low INPUT impedances which allow for excellent damping by just about any decent amp."
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"The second rule is that an amplifier must have output impedance below 1 Ohm for best performance."
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"With the above in mind, I was confident both that the D1 effectively drives and controls (i. e. dampens) headphones with impedances down to 10 Ohms, and that the internal amp is at or below good design criteria for an amp's output impedance, which is 1 Ohm or lower."
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Level

Level:
"I have worn them for 5+ hours without any irritation, fatigue, or uncomfortable levels of heat."
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"This was fixed eventually through a clean OS reinstall, so I don't really know exactly what the problem was, but it's fixed now and they sound fantastic unless the volume is cranked up (and by that, I mean loud to the levels where it's actually harmful).Overall, I would absolutely recommend this product to anyone unless you've had something you know is better before."
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"For instance, my iPod Shuffle 1-st Gen (max output: 0.57Vrms) cannot drive them to any reasonable listening level (without severe clipping) and only manages a lifeless, distorted, garbled presentation, while the MacBook-Pro sound card (1.4Vrms) drives them to sufficiently loud levels but with pretty obvious distortions (for an overall harsh, fatiguing presentation.)"
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"FINAL COMMENTS: These are superb sounding, extremely well built headphones, that are easily-driven to very loud levels by amps with output around 2 volts."
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"detail level - good."
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"PROS-Excellent sound reproduction-Sound frequencies are balanced throughout (bass is punchy and dynamic, mids are smooth, not distorted, and the highs are at the right amount of sharpness)-Highest level of durability I've ever seen on headphones-Gold plated 3.5mm jack-250ohms-Long cord-Comfortable to wear-Full open-back designCONS-A little clamping on the sides of the head-Headband foam lacking-Twisted design of the cord is good for adaptive stretching, but from my experience, it does pull more than I would want it tooDurability is of the highest quality, sound is clear, bass is punchy and dynamic, highs aren't overwhelming or piercing, and mids are balanced with clarity."
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"Due to the comfort level of the 990s I can usually listen to them longer than the HE400s (leather ear pads and heavy)."
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"They handle High Volume Great in fact I haven't had any Distortion at High levels because they get so loud before any distortion that I've got to turn them down (TO SAVE MY EARS)."
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Light

Light:
"Also (this is just a minor personal quibble) the silver velour pads may seem dirty depending on how the light hits them (but again, no big deal, especially since black-velour or leather pads for it are available on Amazon or elsewhere).On to sound quality: Computer audio gear used during my listening tests:MacBook-Pro w Mac OS X 10.6.8XMOS USB 2.0 Audio Reference Design Asynchronous DAC (44.1-192kHz 24bit),HiFiMeDIY Sabre USB DAC (32-96kHz 24bit),Matrix M-Stage Headphone Amp,FiiO E12-Mont Blanc Headphone AmpBeyerdynamic DT990-Pro Open Headphones (250 ohm, 96dB mW)Audio-Technica ATH-A900 closed-back headphones (40 ohm, 101dB mW),Superlux HD-681 semi-open headphones (32 ohm, 98dB mW), andSennheiser HD-598 open headphones (50 ohm, 100dB mW).Playback software: Audacity, iTunes, VLCSource quality: standard CD 44.1kHz 16bit, and native HD 88.2-96kHz 24bitAudio cables: 3.5mm to RCA (3ft), and RCA-to-RCA (3ft), AUVIO and Monoprice brandsThe Sound (overall conclusion both DACs HP-Amps): Good dynamics, detail and clarity, well staged and with good imaging."
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"They are the most comfortable headphone I have ever worn because they are light, do not squeeze your head, conform to glasses, and do not fatigue quickly."
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"The overall headphone is amazing light... Until that boat anchor they call a wire is introduced."
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"The padding on the 990s is really comfortable, they are light and they don't clamp very tight."
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"These are so light weight and fit perfectly on my small head and I can listen to hrs and hrs not knowing I am wearing them."
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"I wanted to add that they are very light and very comfortable on my large head."
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Listening

Listening:
"Only negative is that they are made so well (really solid metal castings around earcups) that they seem to get a little heavy and uncomfortable after a 3 to 4 hour listening session."
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"People say that it is not good for listening to pop music, but I can feel the quality for human songs is better and better (Of course this was not good when I first time opened the case)."
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"The only drawback is that you can clearly hear everything that you're listening to on the outside due to the open back, and I imagine they won't block outside noise very well, but I just plan to use them at home in a quiet environment like my office or theater room where it won't matter if they leak a little sound and there won't be any ambient noise to worry about."
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"Comfort, fit, and finish on them is good although I'm not a very big fan of coiled cords as I feel it adds weight when hanging down but sonically I find them unacceptable for enjoyable listening."
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"For instance, my iPod Shuffle 1-st Gen (max output: 0.57Vrms) cannot drive them to any reasonable listening level (without severe clipping) and only manages a lifeless, distorted, garbled presentation, while the MacBook-Pro sound card (1.4Vrms) drives them to sufficiently loud levels but with pretty obvious distortions (for an overall harsh, fatiguing presentation.)"
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"When the UPS guy delivered my package yesterday, I was listening to John Hiatt's Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns CD."
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"Listening to the DT990 headphones, I want to personify them, admire and respect them."
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"Regarding sound quality, everyone I asked said the 32 Ohm version would sound great for any kind of listening, that there would be no discernible, real-world difference between the 32 Ohm and 250 Ohm versions."
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"I had a pair of Audio Technica ATH-M50s for about 4 years prior to purchasing these and wore them every single day at work as well as bringing them home at night for further listening."
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"I love listening to my favorite songs through these headphones, it is like hearing them again for the first time and it puts a smile on my face."
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"Be careful though, if you're choosing this by someone's recommendation for just listening, the other versions are just as good... but different openness."
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Metal

Metal:
"The problem lies with how the metal frame curves inward."
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"Only negative is that they are made so well (really solid metal castings around earcups) that they seem to get a little heavy and uncomfortable after a 3 to 4 hour listening session."
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"The PSB M4U's have serious quality control issues, both metal covers on the headband broke and fell off within three days."
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"I loved them at first and they still sound decent with heavy metal; much better than the Grados that's for sure!"
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"Kind of wish a few parts were metal but they seem very durable so maybe its not a problem."
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"Only negative is that they are made so well (really solid metal castings around earcups) that they seem to get a little heavy and uncomfortable after a 3 to 4 hour listening session."
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"The bass is there and in your face, the mids are detailed but maybe a little recessed, and the treble is very strong but not at all sibilant and compliments my genres very well (mostly metal and industrial electronic)."
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"only good things is that they are made of metal so they hare harder to break but still some plastic bits and are quite comfortable."
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Music

Music:
"It is crazy to hear all of the intricate sections of background music or effects on a song that are missed with other headphones."
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"These headphones are very musically open so any EQ changes are noticeable and I have yet to find music they do not sound great with."
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"not a good headphone for vocals and classic acoustic music."
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"I've also tried listening to some uncompressed music to see if it would clear up some of the distortion which unfortunately it did not."
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"For EDM this might be acceptable but for music that employs a bass guitar it can be a bit frustrating."
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"Personally, I really dislike over-emphasized anything when it comes to my music."
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"LOW FREQUENCY EFFECTS IN MOVIES (MUSIC IS REVIEWED BELOW): I put in the Telarc The Great Fantasy Adventure Album CD to demo five tracks which Telarc says have low frequency content all the way down to 5 Hertz."
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"Bass is there, and the clarity of any type of music I play is absolutley outstanding! "
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"They both sound clean, clear, and have brought out many details in the music that have gone unnoticed with my cheaper headphones."
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"For rock and dramatic classical music, the word astonishing is appropriate (for acoustic and vocal music, you may want to go with Grado , another superb brand, with more emphasis on midrange frequency)."
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Noise

Noise:
"Because this design is open-back, I would not recommend this either for environments with ambient noise, or if you don't want people around you to hear what you're listening to."
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"Only drawback in that they are open air, so you can hear outside noise."
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"I also had to replace the first set I received due to a weird static noise in the left ear that was constantly there."
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"It's a loud mechanical popping noise, like the hinges are broken."
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"This openness does have advantages, but it does have one major downside, noise leakage."
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"I was worried about the open ears as my house is fairly noisy, but nearly all of the time I can't hear anything other than what I want to hear through the headphones."
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"They are not noise cancelling so they are great when living with other people."
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"This openness does have advantages, but it does have one major downside, noise leakage."
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"I use them at the office since it blocks outside noise, paired to a cheap FiiO E11 that serves well, although I will switch to a Musical Fidelity phone amp soon."
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"The only drawback is that you can clearly hear everything that you're listening to on the outside due to the open back, and I imagine they won't block outside noise very well, but I just plan to use them at home in a quiet environment like my office or theater room where it won't matter if they leak a little sound and there won't be any ambient noise to worry about."
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"Keep on mind, These Headphones use an open design, So you'll be hearing a lot of outside noise, And the cord is pretty long too."
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Performance

Performance:
"The second rule is that an amplifier must have output impedance below 1 Ohm for best performance."
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"The Beyerdynamic DT 990 Premium Headphone have earned a spot on BoldList's Top 5 Beyerdynamic Headphones list with pros like:- The famous DT 990 Premium, 250 ohm version; Stereo Headphone excellent open ear design, true sound reproduction- Innovative Bass reflex system for excellent audio performance- Open design, includes carry case, 11 oz light weightCheck out the rest of the Top 5: http: boldlist."
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"it delivers very good performance, except for the mids, and is very well built."
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"PROS:+ Superb audio performance with an accurate response across the board.+ Well-cushioned and comfortable over long listening periods despite its large frame."
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"They perform so well that the Teslas are now getting a long rest."
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Plastic

Plastic:
"Seriously, even the plastic on these doesn't feel weak or flimsy, it feels extremely rugged and high-quality."
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"Plastic doesn't appeal to me, but it is designed well."
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"The earcup itself is made out of aluminum and hard plastic material which compliments design very nicely."
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"only good things is that they are made of metal so they hare harder to break but still some plastic bits and are quite comfortable."
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"Having plastic vents makes them more durable in my opinion."
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Portable

Portable:
"Don't expect to be able to hear anything on an airplane with out a portable amp."
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"These are inefficient and you really need a portable amp to drive them properly with IPods, etc."
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"Based on my experience with such sources I would not recommend these cans for use with portable devices without a proper amp."
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"I can't believe once again how great these sound for just $169 here on amazon, I have my V-Moda M100 for portable use and these for my iMac does music really get better than this?"
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"That being said, people are making the mistake of buying the 250ohm and 600ohm, and pairing them up with portable amps, or even straight into their devices thinking that just because they are loud enough, they are driven properly."
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"I recommend the Topping NX1 Portable Earphone Amplifier, which is available on Amazon."
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"I have a set of Bose Quiet Comfort 15's that excel in private sound isolating portable use where audiophile grade sound is not a priority."
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"If you plan on listening directly through a laptop or portable music device, I recommend the 32 Ohm Premium model."
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"These are not gonna work great as a portable solution however."
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"However, you will have to invest in a headphone dac amp to fully realize their potential (which do wonders for consumer headphones as well nothing fancy-the Fiio portables are pretty flexible with myriad phones-including 250 ohm ones but probably nothing higher than that)."
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Power

Power:
"But on a couple of road trips I have used them plugged into my MacBook, and that seems to be enough power for them to sound ok. Not as good as an amp, but not anemic like plugging them into the phone."
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"Buy a DAC amp if you can, you'll at least need the amp because at 250 Ohms they are definitely hard to power."
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"These could use amplification but my on board audio can power them very well."
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"These cans also like to be pushed a little with some power but are not completely inefficient as say... orthodynamic drivers."
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"You need a decent amp to power it up -- at least for the real sound it can generate."
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"So, I do recommend hooking them up to something that puts out a few watts of power because they sound better and more volumous with some drive behind them."
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"Highly recommend if you're after clear sound yet more power."
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Price

Price:
"but I cant complain about the 990's soundstage, for it's price its quite good."
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"The only downside I can think of to buying these is that I'll never be able to use cheap headphones again."
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"I think it would be hard to do better than these for the price."
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"Not that the 990s are cheap in any way other than price, or that they aren't an excellent value (probably one of the best in the world of headphones)."
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"The sole negative is the much higher price, but in this case, without a doubt, you get what you pay for."
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"I've relied on Beyerdynamic headphones for mixing and mastering since 2001, and I have yet to find a better or more true-to-sound set of headphones, let alone at these extremely reasonable prices."
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"The low-resistance, 32-ohm headphones are also an absolutely high-quality variant with excellent transmission characteristics that match the best competitors in the price class."
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"Pretty good sound, but amazing comfort, very good clarity and one of the best headphones for the price"
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"Overall they are great for gaming, but there are better options in the price range for sheer critical listening."
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"Im using a Audioengine D1 DAC with a Schiit magni amp, cheap set up, but it pairs perfectly with these phones."
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Quality

Quality:
"However, after a few days of use he tried to switch back to his old one, and found the sound quality to be unbearable with many details missing."
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"Instead, I own a few pairs of high quality headphones, store my music in the Apple Lossless (ALAC) format, and play everything through a quality external DAC and headphone amp, the (unfortunately discontinued) Nuforce Icon HD."
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"Also the covers make me sweat horrible and I believe I could have spent $50 less and gotten the same sound quality (its hard to judge the sound, since I don't live in an anabolic chamber! )"
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"People say that it is not good for listening to pop music, but I can feel the quality for human songs is better and better (Of course this was not good when I first time opened the case)."
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"A German company that has quality control issues... Weird."
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"Amazing sound quality and very comfortable to wear."
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"Overall, they provide clear sound and you can tell that these cans are quality."
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"While both headphones sounded amazing compared to your typical Logitech $20 junk headphones, these Beyerdynamic headphones have a few benefits over the Audio Technica headphones.1) The bass is much more resounding, but not overwhelming2) The build quality is very durable, especially the strap on top, as well as the cable.3) Audio quality is pretty close."
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"Extremely comfortable, amazing quality."
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Range

Range:
"Smooth and beautiful mid range is definitely an attribute of this headphone, although they are its weakest point (still by no means bad, many would say they have the BEST mids of a V curved headphone, especially at this price)."
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"It'll be hard to find something else in this price range that can give you the same value for money."
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"These might not be the most detailed and transparent headphones i have heard or may not have the best mid range(which is a bit reserved) but apart from that every thing else is excellent."
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"Overall they are great for gaming, but there are better options in the price range for sheer critical listening."
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"If so, has anyone whose owned these found more comfortable headphones around the same price range? "
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"In this price range, I expect good sound, unless on is buying a brand name for the name and not the actual acoustical properties of the product--you people probably don't know who you are but you're not reading these reviews anyway--so I hope it mostly goes without saying that these headphones, the 250 OHMs in my case, sound great when driven by a good amp."
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"An exceptionally wide frequency range (5Hz-35kHz)."
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"Very clear with good range."
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Size

Size:
"The mids are weak, but the extra umph from the bass makes up for the small lack of in-between."
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"I hate the small, flimsy custom connectors on the HD 560."
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"The only negatives are the size of the phones, and the soundleak due to the open back design; however, this only matters if you plan to use these outside of the studio or any mixing circumstances."
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"I use it while gaming and can easily go 5+ hours with no discomfort even though I wear a size 8 fitted hat."
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"For example, with the HD 560's small sound stage, it's easy to say the trumpet is 20 deg to left of center."
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"These earpads could be considered as a luxury upgrade to bring the comfort level of these full size over-ear headphones to the best I have tested in a very long time."
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"These are so light weight and fit perfectly on my small head and I can listen to hrs and hrs not knowing I am wearing them."
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"However, if you don't mind using a small portable amp, you can get a good one on Amazon for less than $100 and still be well ahead of the money game."
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Sound

Sound:
"However, after a few days of use he tried to switch back to his old one, and found the sound quality to be unbearable with many details missing."
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"Sounds like that could be a problem, causing every potential headphone consumer to track down the output impedance of any headphone amp before making an informed purchase, right?"
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"I can't believe how good these sound."
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"These headphones are very musically open so any EQ changes are noticeable and I have yet to find music they do not sound great with."
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"My one criticism of the sound is that without an amp, these are very quiet headphones."
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"$28.96 for the kit on Beyer's site -_-So I hope to god you don't have to adjust them any because I love the sound, but am seriously considering a new headband adjustment DIY for these earphones...dit: on my 3rd replacement set... each one a week old now, they have all become so loose from just casual use that the side adjustments don't work, the pads are so flat me ears brush the drivers (changing the sound) and they cardly grip my head anymore, the earphones just slide around my ear and no amount of bending gets them tight again."
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"Sounds amazing"
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"Amazing sound quality and very comfortable to wear."
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"Another way of putting this is that low impedance headphones can sound great if solid state amps are designed with the above rules in mind - and practically all of them are."
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"Regarding sound quality, everyone I asked said the 32 Ohm version would sound great for any kind of listening, that there would be no discernible, real-world difference between the 32 Ohm and 250 Ohm versions."
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"Silver** FOR MUSIC TRACKS TO TEST BASS RESPONSE AND OTHER DYNAMICS OF THE DT990 EDITION (32 Ohm), SCROLL DOWN TO SEE MY TEST PROCEDURE AND MUSIC SELECTIONS **INITIAL IMPRESSION: The miracle of these headphones is their smooth but strong detail, taking good clean signals and effortlessly conveying a panorama of sound and imagery."
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Treble

Treble:
"The treble is a bit high until broken in."
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"While they seemed pretty detailed at first, I knew they were missing some of that treble sparkle due to the infamous Sennheiser veil so I wanted to try something with more clarity."
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"If you are sensitive to highly exaggerated treble, you will absolutely hate these headphones."
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"Unfortunately, the ridiculously bright treble makes it impossible to listen to these headphones for any reasonable amount of time."
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"Some reviewers complained about excessive treble, I would suggest turning down the treble a little and turning up the bass a little on your source or adjusting your E. Q."
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"I want a lot of treble, a lot of bass, comfort, and a wide soundstage."
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"They don't have an overpowering bass (it's definitely there, but if you're a bass head... look elsewhere) and the treble is clear and precise."
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"Treble is pretty bad until they are burnt in."
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"The low and mids are good, but the treble is so harsh that I really can't stand to use them."
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"While they seemed pretty detailed at first, I knew they were missing some of that treble sparkle due to the infamous Sennheiser veil so I wanted to try something with more clarity."
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Value

Value:
"Not that the 990s are cheap in any way other than price, or that they aren't an excellent value (probably one of the best in the world of headphones)."
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"So after my experience with the hifimans last night, I honestly believe the beyer 990 pro's are the best value bargain in headphones today, and now at this price they're a ridiculous deal."
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"Great value!"
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"Excellent value for the quality."
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"In conclusion the DT990's are indeed an excellent value."
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"A very good value."
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"Overall: Despite a few minor design concerns the Beyerynamic DT-990 Pro offers exceptional price to performance ratio and would make a great addition to any music libraryNumerical Breakdown:Sound Quality: 9 10Build durability: 8.5 10Comfort: 9.5 10Value: 9 10Overall: 9 10The DT 990 Pro's come with a 1 4 inch adapter the screws on ensuring a nice secure fit and a rather simple carrying pouch and that is it, nothing fancy."
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Vocal

Vocal:
"1 CD - Another Brick in the Wall, Pts 1,2 & 3: very heavy drums and bass guitar... meaner, darker than the original Hayley Westenra, Celtic Treasures CD - Let Me Lie: powerful, deep, poignant... listen for composed presentation, her voice should not break up - Summer Rain: rolling bass at 0:45 is more felt than heard... the low bass contrasts nicely with her soaring voice Ramsey Lewis, Boston Acoustics Music for Bottom Feeders CD - People Make The World Go 'Round: prominent and sultry bass, sharp drums, smooth piano Alanis Morissette, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie CD - UR: bass is heavy, stompy... song builds around it nicely Megadeth, Countdown to Extinction CD (Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs) - Symphony of Destruction: torture test for punchy bass and low, crunchy guitar Dave Weckl, Boston Acoustics Music for Bottom Feeders CD - Heads Up: probably my number 1 demo track for demonstrating lively and tight dynamics... drums and bass are stellar Extreme, III Sides to Every Story CD - Cupid's Dead: phenomenally precise and punchy w awesome vocals... a relentless groove Dave Matthews Band, The Central Park Concert DVD, Disc 1 - Crush: superb recording, kick and snare drums are out of this world Tool, Lateralus CD - Reflection: hypnotic, percussion-laden track... one of a kind Harry Gregson-Williams, Total Recall (2012) Soundtrack CD - The Tripping Den: deep bass that sounds feels like a wrecking ball has just dropped to the ground Le Castle Vania, John Wick [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] CD - The Drowning: it starts out very low, but then steps down... and down... and down"
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"not a good headphone for vocals and classic acoustic music."
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"Vocals sound horrible, even on pristine audiophile recordings."
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"The biggest complaint I have about this headphone is that it can be slightly harsh on the vocals, but that also depends on the quality on the recording."
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"For rock and dramatic classical music, the word astonishing is appropriate (for acoustic and vocal music, you may want to go with Grado , another superb brand, with more emphasis on midrange frequency)."
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"As per head-fi reviews, these headphones emphasize bass and treble over mids which pair well to genres like electronica or vocal tracks with minimal instruments (in my opinion)."
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"Even pristing audiophile recordings with excellent vocals begin to get that cheap pop-music sparkly feel to them due to exaggerated s and sh sounds."
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"I read many reviews on here and people seemed to love these but i compared them playing a lot of vocal and symphonic metal and i went back to my sennheiser 595s which just sound better all-around to me."
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"They sound equally great with all kinds of vocals and instrumentals."
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Voice

Voice:
"HD449 is good headphone by providing very clear voice, but its bass is quite disappointing."
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"1 CD - Another Brick in the Wall, Pts 1,2 & 3: very heavy drums and bass guitar... meaner, darker than the original Hayley Westenra, Celtic Treasures CD - Let Me Lie: powerful, deep, poignant... listen for composed presentation, her voice should not break up - Summer Rain: rolling bass at 0:45 is more felt than heard... the low bass contrasts nicely with her soaring voice Ramsey Lewis, Boston Acoustics Music for Bottom Feeders CD - People Make The World Go 'Round: prominent and sultry bass, sharp drums, smooth piano Alanis Morissette, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie CD - UR: bass is heavy, stompy... song builds around it nicely Megadeth, Countdown to Extinction CD (Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs) - Symphony of Destruction: torture test for punchy bass and low, crunchy guitar Dave Weckl, Boston Acoustics Music for Bottom Feeders CD - Heads Up: probably my number 1 demo track for demonstrating lively and tight dynamics... drums and bass are stellar Extreme, III Sides to Every Story CD - Cupid's Dead: phenomenally precise and punchy w awesome vocals... a relentless groove Dave Matthews Band, The Central Park Concert DVD, Disc 1 - Crush: superb recording, kick and snare drums are out of this world Tool, Lateralus CD - Reflection: hypnotic, percussion-laden track... one of a kind Harry Gregson-Williams, Total Recall (2012) Soundtrack CD - The Tripping Den: deep bass that sounds feels like a wrecking ball has just dropped to the ground Le Castle Vania, John Wick [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] CD - The Drowning: it starts out very low, but then steps down... and down... and down"
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"voices and sound effects are pretty good."
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"This is good product to analyze the voice of instruments, especially guitar&piano......the; voice is very different from SEN's headphone."
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"HD449 is good headphone by providing very clear voice, but its bass is quite disappointing."
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"Midrange is natural, very accurate with human voices."
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Volume

Volume:
"but at high volumes the highs can get piercing and uncomfortable."
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"Be aware, because of the open vented sides, you will get a bit of a leak in sound so it might be irritating to others around you if you have the headphones at a very loud volume."
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"This was fixed eventually through a clean OS reinstall, so I don't really know exactly what the problem was, but it's fixed now and they sound fantastic unless the volume is cranked up (and by that, I mean loud to the levels where it's actually harmful).Overall, I would absolutely recommend this product to anyone unless you've had something you know is better before."
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"Opened the package and surprise: The right headphone had significantly lower volume than the left one and was somehow generating weird noises."
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"At a fairly loud volume I can hear my wife talking to me, not all that well, but enough to pause the music and listen, unlike with the M50's where she would have to tap me to get my attention."
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"I dont have this issue and had no issue with the resulting volume heard by my family in separate rooms, which was practically 0.I have nothing bad to say about these phones."
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"Furthermore, the DT990 has low enough impedance to be easily driven to loud volumes, which I desire."
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"Highs are clear, and the volume scales well."
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"To get the same levels of the Beyerdynamics, I'm at around 40% volume.5) The ear pads are wonderful."
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"The only way I can get these to sound good is if I have the volume turned way down or I adjust the eq so there's no bass at all."
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"They handle High Volume Great in fact I haven't had any Distortion at High levels because they get so loud before any distortion that I've got to turn them down (TO SAVE MY EARS)."
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Weight

Weight:
"Despite the heavier weight, negatives, and my headband and extender fixes, I'm happy with my purchase, and it's a worthy successor in sound to my HD 560."
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"Slightly uncomfortable pressure at the very top of my head (where all the weight is being supported) but only after several straight hours of wear."
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"Comfort, fit, and finish on them is good although I'm not a very big fan of coiled cords as I feel it adds weight when hanging down but sonically I find them unacceptable for enjoyable listening."
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"Despite the heavier weight, negatives, and my headband and extender fixes, I'm happy with my purchase, and it's a worthy successor in sound to my HD 560."
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"As a result of a perfect clamping force and a soft padding of spring steel headband, you get a super comfortable fitment that also feels very lightweight."
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"These are so light weight and fit perfectly on my small head and I can listen to hrs and hrs not knowing I am wearing them."
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"Comfort is superb, with ultrasoft velour pads and lightweight construction, you forget it's on your head."
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"Comfort, fit, and finish on them is good although I'm not a very big fan of coiled cords as I feel it adds weight when hanging down but sonically I find them unacceptable for enjoyable listening."
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