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This DT990 32ohm in my opinion is Beyer's most versatile and dynamic headphone they have ever produced. It can be used as a portable phone if you wish, with it's low impedance design and super-comfortable structure. My source is a T-Mobile G2 (Android 2.2) running Poweramp as my music software, without an amp at the moment. It is the best software on the market for the Android and it sports a 10-band parametric equalizer with additional bass and treble controls, so users can dial in a precise sound according to their tastes to any headphone.

 

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The high-end of the audio spectrum on the DT990 32ohm is definitely bright, but in a very crisp and resolving manner. There's plenty of detail that sparkles up here, in fact I believe it is the brightest out of all the DT series headphones. This may scare some, however, I do EQ the 8K range down a bit. This brings an extra layer of smoothness to the highs that in my opinion puts it near the class of the DT880 600ohm - and yet you don't need a brute amp to drive this one, however it would sound better with one (I will probably get the Headroom Total Airhead with AC adpater later, results coming soon).

 

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The mids are very present and enjoyable, if a touch less prominent than the heightened bass and treble that this can produces stock. This may make it seem as if the headphone has a recessed midrange, nevertheless this can be fixed by raising the 2K and 4K marks on your EQ, bringing out a more lush and forward midrange that is, in my ears, much more involving.

 

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The bass notes are the most incredible that I've ever experienced in a open headphone. There is plenty of it from the deepest lows (31Hz), to the thick mid-bass (62Hz), to the upper crust (125Hz). If left untouched, the bass notes can seem to overpower the bottom mids and overall the bass may seem a little too much and not as tight as they want it. If you crave or need slimmer bass just EQ as well the ranges. Mainly the 62Hz and 125Hz ranges can be brought down a couple decibels or more and this can easily bring out a more controlled bass line, yet doesn't lose the incredible authority that the 990's produce.

 

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The soundstage is very large and 3D-like. It is a touch smaller than the AD700's or the K701-702's. Yet, the bass response from the DT990's stock DESTROY the AD700's and the AKG series when it comes to movies and games. Hear every blast, gunshot, and earthquake with such immense presence that it will for sure drop your jaw. No other headphone that I've had can comes close (unless it was modded :). The soundstage however lacks a little of the incredible imaging and depth of field that the DT880 600ohm has and seems a little unfocused with instruments, them being not as carefully placed as the DT880 variants. Not that this detracts from the overall sound, because the 990's soundstage more surrounds you than the 880's being more focused and tighter, yet the 880's don't surround enough for movies and games, leading to a slightly more 2D backdrop, and you getting killed in FPS's :) The preference is up to the user. I must say that the DT990 32ohm headphone has replaced ALL of my previous Beyer headphones due to it's versatility in sound and application.

 

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Detail retrieval is abundant, so classical, jazz, (and most definitely Rap/Hip-Hop) and other genres with plenty of notes will come through effortlessly. They are also very comfortable; no need for elaboration. There seems to be a lot of love and hate for this particular series of the Beyer line. I honestly cannot see why when things can be slightly tweaked with the use of an EQ. Therefore, if the bare sound doesn't appeal, use the EQ to dial in certain ranges. You might find it very enjoyable!

DT990 32ohm = Jack of all trades - without the Jill. LOL!

Max Sound Level before distorting - 112db

 

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Edited by GN3RAL KARL - 6/3/11 at 2:45am
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nice review.  Beyers are definitely on my list of future purchases and your review makes me think I need to seriously consider the 990 since I'd be using them for gaming primarily.

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Thank you for the compliment.  If it's for gaming primarily, trust me, either the AD700's (though bass light, but a good mention) or the incredible 990's should be the only candidates in my opinion.  They both mix extremely well with a Home Theater receiver that outputs a simulated 5.1-7.1 signal through the headphone jack; like my Yamaha RXV465 receiver that has Silent Cinema.

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Awww man! I can't decide which one is best for me, the DT 990 or the HFI 580?

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just a query..

 

For fun sounding cans with good soundstage, deep bass and a bit of everything(not lacking in mids, treble etc), of the above which seems like a better choice..

DT 990 32ohms, denon d-2000, hfi 580 or hfi 780??

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Am looking at the that edition is there much sound difference between the & normal black open back

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Definitely the bassiest out of the open cans I've tried recently. A relatively comfy fit too and I like how it comes with a carrying case. But like the review mentioned I felt the bass overpowered the mids way too much and I don't like having to EQ to get my preferred sound.

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Originally Posted by edge111hussain View Post

just a query..

 

For fun sounding cans with good soundstage, deep bass and a bit of everything(not lacking in mids, treble etc), of the above which seems like a better choice..

DT 990 32ohms, denon d-2000, hfi 580 or hfi 780??


I haven't heard the Ultrasone's, but the D2000's don't (of course by design) have the soundstage like the DT990, everything else seems on par/similar though.

 

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Am looking at the that edition is there much sound difference between the & normal black open back


Do you mean the DT990 Pro?  Where it differs cosmetically with black slats instead of the faux-metallic on the consumer edition?  From what I've read, the Pro has a touch more bass and more headband clamp compared to the consumer edition.  Other than that, virtually the same.

 

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During some general reading on head-fi, i came across many comments regarding the 990's stating that its treble is really very sharp and almost unsuitable to many users.. true?

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Originally Posted by GN3RAL KARL View Post




I haven't heard the Ultrasone's, but the D2000's don't (of course by design) have the soundstage like the DT990, everything else seems on par/similar though.

 



During some general reading on head-fi, i came across many comments regarding the 990's stating that its treble is really very sharp and almost unsuitable to many users.. true?

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During some general reading on head-fi, i came across many comments regarding the 990's stating that its treble is really very sharp and almost unsuitable to many users.. true?


This is true.  Stock, without EQ, I can see why some may find it offensive.  However, with an EQ the 990's can absolutely sing.  Paired with a Fiio E5 amp that takes the edge off the highs naturally, tightens up the bass, adds an extra layer of imaging and depth, expands the soundstage, and smooths out the overall sound.  I honestly don't think I've heard better synergy elsewhere!  With this amazing combo, my 990 32 ohm are officially on par with my long-gone 880 600 ohm.

 

I will also experiment with adding a number of resistors (adding impedance to reach near or at 600 ohm) to the headphone plug and see if it does something pleasing to the sound further.  I will come back with detailed results using a Fiio E9 amp.

 


Edited by GN3RAL KARL - 6/27/11 at 8:31am
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This is true.  Stock, without EQ, I can see why some may find it offensive.  However, with an EQ the 990's can absolutely sing.  Paired with a Fiio E5 amp that takes the edge off the highs naturally, tightens up the bass, adds an extra layer of imaging and depth, expands the soundstage, and smooths out the overall sound.  I honestly don't think I've heard better synergy elsewhere!  With this amazing combo, my 990 32 ohm are officially on par with my long-gone 880 600 ohm.

 

I will also experiment with adding a number of resistors (adding impedance to reach near or at 600 ohm) to the headphone plug and see if it does something pleasing to the sound further.  I will come back with detailed results using a Fiio E9 amp.

 



Well i do have an E7, but was just wondering if i wanna run the same cans via various sources, aka, direct out of my pmp, or via the e7, or pc or even my yamaha avr, in that case considering all is the D-2000/HFi 780 a better bet or would u still go by the dt990 recommendation?

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Originally Posted by edge111hussain View Post


 



Well i do have an E7, but was just wondering if i wanna run the same cans via various sources, aka, direct out of my pmp, or via the e7, or pc or even my yamaha avr, in that case considering all is the D-2000/HFi 780 a better bet or would u still go by the dt990 recommendation?


That's a good question.  This actually might be a matter of what "house" sound you prefer.  I of course love the Beyer trademark sound, so I choose the 990's.  However, I've never heard any Ultrasones.  I hope someone on here has heard all three and can provide some more insight.

 

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Originally Posted by GN3RAL KARL View Post




That's a good question.  This actually might be a matter of what "house" sound you prefer.  I of course love the Beyer trademark sound, so I choose the 990's.  However, I've never heard any Ultrasones.  I hope someone on here has heard all three and can provide some more insight.

 


am looking for an definitive ans to this 1 since quiet some time now. Here @ india, auditioning is a prob cause there r no demos and we need to get stuff shipped in. Cant make a wrong purchase and need to strictly go by reviews and personal comments

 

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