So I decided to eat that $70 difference and keep the old 990s. They sound cleaner, airier and more 'high end' than the new ones. The new ones sound DT990 Pro bass heavy, which is a good thing, but the vocals are noticeably more recessed than the other pair. I weighed in the pros and cons, and I felt the more balanced 990 makes more sense, as I need them for competitive gaming too. The other one had just a teeny bit too much bass bloat.
Sigh, the life of an audiophile. Costs me $80 more after all is said an done, for a less than 3% difference. Lol.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 11/3/12 at 6:29am