Originally Posted by MalVeauX
It's really over-stated that it has recessed mids.
Every headphone that has bass that is slightly higher than the mid-range has technically recessed mids. It's just beyond over-stated around here. No headphone is ruler flat. Vocals and instruments sound great, not distant, with the DT770. If it's mids were recessed to a point that was appreciable, vocals would be awful.
Sadly the DT770 gets called overlly bass when it's not. And overlly recessed mid-range when it's not. I don't know how this keeps just perpetuating, but it does...
I have to respectfully disagree. In extensive a/b comparisons of DT770-80 against K271, SRH840, DT250, and D5000, with amplification and without, DT770s sound is by far the most unbalanced. Bass literally thumps where you can feel air against your hand if you put it against the cups, while lacking sub-bass and without integration with the mids. Likewise, treble sizzles to the point where I literally had to tear headphones off my head with some crashing cymbals. The mids are overshadowed between these extremes. This is not a capricious or libelous evaluation- these features are striking and immediately noticeable when compared with a fairly large number of headphones in the same volumes and listening conditions. This is not to slam Beyer, I quite liked the DT250 and this is the kind of feedback that will ultimately compel them to improve their product.
Another myth that is perpetuated at head-fi is that they are suitable for ipods and portable amplification because of their low ohm rating. Quite the contrary, the bass loses definition rather dramatically without adequate amplification - more than any other closed headphone I've heard- and does tighten up considerably with more amplification.
There are much better options out there, it a disservice imo to point people toward these headphones when there are so many superior headphones to be owned and enjoyed.