To my surprise, there is no general thread about vintage beyer headphones yet! There is the awesome dt48 thread of course, but I think a general thread would not be superfluous and there is none as far as I know. To remedy this most unfortunate situation , let all of us vintage beyer gear owners post our impressions, opinions (foundesd, unfounded and absurd, but let's keep it nice), pictures, brochures (yes, please! I'd love to see a 70s/80s dt990 brochure) and everything that touches upon vintage beyer here. This is after all the company that sticks with a proven model (dt 48 anyone? Only 73 years old...) and let's be honest, even modern beyers (ok, with the exception of the tesla etc) have that distinctly vintagey feel (they've got this 70s/80s german thing going on there).
As for vintage beyer, this is what I currently have and enjoy:
dt990/600 ohms mid-late 80s: was this the perfect headphone? It just might (have) be(en): lush mids, extended non-sibilant treble, controlled bass that goes way down and did I mention detail? If you need to eavesdrop on someone, this is the can to do it (and enjoy it as well). With the right amplification, it is that good. Without it, it's nothing very special.Synergy is everything with the vintage dt990.
dt890/600 ohms mid 80s: very similar to its dt990 sibling, but more emphasis on the treble. It's more airy (bring on those strings), but lacks the dt990's 'Oh my god-oomphness'. Still, it's a wonderful pair of headphones.
These power-hungry beasts will only satisfy your ears if you feed them plenty of current. Do that and you'll never let them go (well, I didn't). For me, the dt990 is still a contender among today's higher segment headphones (the dt880 to a somewhat lesser extent).
I've also got a (non-vintage) dt48 stuck in customs at the moment, but I am afraid (very afraid) that once that has arrived, I will feel the irrepressible need to delve into vintage dt48-land.
So, vintage beyer owners, ROLL CALL!
and to wet your appetite (and to show you how happy vintage beyer owners are): a picture...
(can't upload images at the moment, will try later, in the meantime, try link below for the picture)
happy beyer vintage owner looking happy (courtesy towert7's flickr album): http://www.flickr.com/photos/towert7/412243417/
Edited by REB - 7/26/10 at 5:13am