I bought the Bererdynamic DT 990's 250ohm of Amazon last week and i've been using them a few days. After using them for a mix of music, movies and games, the one thing that stands out the most is the piercing highs. I've read some reports on this here and there, but nothing that seemed to be as big of a negative as I find it to be. I'm pretty new to the field of high end audio, so my terminology is probably terrible, but I'll do my best. Please bear in mind that I'm not going to really talk about any of the good, which there is an ample amount of, I am just trying to resolve the negative issues I am having first.
When listening to music, the high end instruments and sounds become very harsh to listen to. Guitars strums feel abrasive. When I listen to Wolfmother, all of their rough electric guitar cords also sounds very piercing. I kind of cringe everytime the cords hit. In the beginning of Cee Lo's "Bright Lights, Big City", there's some digitized noises that usually sound really cool and soothing to me that are also very abrasive on the 990's. On the flip side, bass heavy sounds like dubstep and most hip hop sound incredible. All in all it's undoubtedly a superior experience to my Senn Hd205's, but I find myself constantly putting the Senn's on to see if they sound nearly as abrasive during certain high end sounds as the 990's and they don't. I'm assuming it's probably because the Senn's don't even hit these frequencies, but what's the point of the Berer's doing it if it's uncomfortable to hear?
When playing games like Skyrim or BF3, certain background noises are very irritating. The crickets that chirp in the background of Skyrim have an awful high pitched squeal out of the phones. The same is true for planes flying over head in BF3.
The same is basically true for the movies I've watched. 90% of the time the phones sound great. New bigger bass, bigger soundstage, clearer voices, everything is better except for the small percentage of times when a high frequency sound comes through and it's like someone rubbing nails on a chalkboard, directly in your ear.
My source for listening right now is PC Xonar Audio DG or Xbox 360 to my Yamaha HTR 5830, so I'm not sure how much of the problem might lie with that.
Any tips for correcting this or should I just look for a new pair? I have 30 days to return.
Edited by renergy - 5/2/12 at 7:40pm