These headphones need a lot more appreciation than this. Come on guys. HD650 and DT880 get hundreds of pages in appreciation threads, while these gems are left in the dark. I have HD650, HE-500 and DT990 Pro and the Beyers are hardly inferior, if at all, to the much more expensive cans. There are some things than HD650 and HE-500 do better, but, overall, I actually find DT990 Pro to be more musical. The Beyers can sound lively in a way the more neutral cans cannot and they accomplish this through quality emphasis on lows and highs. There is no boomy bass - it is tight, detailed and snappy. Likewise, the highs are buttery smooth and although they are bright, it is very easy to adjust them to one's liking through simple EQ. In other aspects, like detail retrieval, dynamics, soundstage, imaging, extension, speed and PRaT, etc, I find DT990 Pro pretty much right up there with the reference cans, In fact, the Beyers surpass HD650 in treble and possibly midrange resolution to my ears, and have a more airy, more open sound than HE-500 does. DT990 Pro also has a unique, slightly dark, and very atmospheric tone to it that HD650 and HE-500 do not have, which makes the Beyers my top choice for certain atmospheric recordings. I am not trying to belittle the HD650 and HE-500 here - they are beautiful cans and often I do enjoy them more than DT990 Pro and they do have certain qualities that makes them worth their price as well in my opinion. The DT990 Pro, however, is a much better bang for the buck - it's almost criminally cheap for the quality of sound that it outputs. Even if it was to cost the same as the HD650 or even HE-500, I don't think I would consider it overpriced, especially in today's world of 1k+ flagships and terribly overpriced celebrity headphones.
Edited by Pianist - 2/28/13 at 9:57am