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DT 990 Pro Vs. Q701 with Schiit Magni for both music and gaming

Poll Results: DT 990 or Q701

 
  • 55% (5)
    DT 990
  • 44% (4)
    Q701
9 Total Votes  
post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hey there. I'm currently looking for some new headphones to replace my M50's. While I love my M50's for music, I would appreciate something a bit more well rounded, and I definitely need a wider soundstage. So far I have narrowed it down to the DT 990 Pro and the Q701 for the best overall headphones at the price, but I am having a hard time deciding which one. I listen to a wide range of music(though mostly rock), from bands like A Perfect Circle, Muse, and Breaking Benjamin to more soft, orchestral stuff like Two Steps From Hell, Explosions In The Sky, and various soundtracks. My M50's have always been bitchin for that solid, thumping bass that I love, but tend to sound a little lacking especially with mids and they feel VERY cramped. This has been an issue in gaming which I also do extensively. While explosions sound cool, I cannot for the life of me tell where people are coming from, and my music sounds like it is just coming from my head. 

 

This has lead me to open headphones, which I hear have great soundstages. The DT 990 is v shaped like the M50's in audio, which makes things fun, but are the mids as recessed? Contrastingly, the Q701's are more flat. Would the Q701's ruin my music with it's lack of base, or are they capable in that department? Finally, I recently bought a Schiit Magni amp. Would this run the DT 990's and the Q701 properly? Other questions I have are:

 

-How long is the burn in for each headphone?

-What music do they excel at?

-How much sound do they leak? I don't need them to be silent, but I often skype while gaming and don't want my mic to echo.

 

Any and all comments on them are welcome. I've spent the last two days trying to decide!

post #2 of 8

The DT990s are full bass and full treble, which slightly overshadows the mids, but the mids are clear.

The DT880 is a more balance headphone (bass/mids/treble)

The Schiit Magni should easily be able to drive all the headphones (Q701/DT880/DT990) talked about in this thread.

post #3 of 8
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Originally Posted by MusicalSilence View Post

I listen to a wide range of music(though mostly rock), from bands like A Perfect Circle, Muse, and Breaking Benjamin to more soft, orchestral stuff like Two Steps From Hell, Explosions In The Sky, and various soundtracks.

 

-How long is the burn in for each headphone?

-What music do they excel at?

The Beyerdynamic DT990 Premium headphone would fit your needs perfectly. I use the DT990/600 Ω and listen to a variety of music (including the artists you mention). It will be fine. Also don't worry about burn in, which music they excel at yadayada. It's all about the music, and if the sound they have works for you, enjoy them. I went through the same mindset before settling on the DT990. They are still neutral for the most part, its just (as another member mentioned) the bass and treble do overshadow the mid-range a tad bit, but in no-way is the mid-range weak and is the "V-shape" extremely huge. 

 

Enjoy!

Destroysall

post #4 of 8
I didn't like the K701 because it sounded very thin to me without any bass. I find the 880/990 both to be better headphones and more well-rounded.
post #5 of 8

If you want bitching bass, the DT990 would be the way to go. It definitely has more thump than DT880 or Q701, but the differences aren't black and white. Personally, I think the Q701 has deeper bass. Less impact though. The soundstage in all of these headphones would be great for gaming, and all of them will have clearer mids than the M50. That said, DT990 mids are the weakest of the bunch by a moderate amount because they are more recessed. There's nothing wrong with them otherwise, they are just less emphasized than bass or treble. Your amp would be fine for any of them. 

post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by manbear View Post
 

If you want bitching bass, the DT990 would be the way to go. It definitely has more thump than DT880 or Q701, but the differences aren't black and white. Personally, I think the Q701 has deeper bass. Less impact though. The soundstage in all of these headphones would be great for gaming, and all of them will have clearer mids than the M50. That said, DT990 mids are the weakest of the bunch by a moderate amount because they are more recessed. There's nothing wrong with them otherwise, they are just less emphasized than bass or treble. Your amp would be fine for any of them. 

 

DO NOT BUY THE DT 990 PREUIM, the Dt 990 Pro is MUCH better for the price and the ONLY differance between the Pre and Pro is the clamp. the 990 pro has more clamp thus more bass less sound stage and mids SO if you want more mids from your Dt 990 PRO... stretch the clamp buy putting them on something slighty wider than your head, but honestly I own the Preuim Dt 880 and Dt 990 Pro, the mids on both are very simmilar, yes DT 880 is better for Rock, but the Dt 990 is GREAT with Classical [man those CELLO MIDS] 

 

So I'd stick with the Dt 880 PRO or Dt 990 PRO, trust me do NOT pay extra for the Preuim versions, the Pros are JUST as good. The ONLY time you need a 600 ohm beyer is if you have an OTL tube that running a TON of voltage [and you don't]

 

SO the Dt 880 Pro or Dt 990! I've got a review of both here,   as well as a direct comparison between the two here 

post #7 of 8

Agreed, I had the pro version of the DT-990 and I can't imagine that the premium versions are worth the extra money. I've heard some people say that the 600 ohm version is better, as the differences are in the impedance as well as the headband, but ehh, the pro version is a great deal. 

post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by manbear View Post
 

Agreed, I had the pro version of the DT-990 and I can't imagine that the premium versions are worth the extra money. I've heard some people say that the 600 ohm version is better, as the differences are in the impedance as well as the headband, but ehh, the pro version is a great deal. 

 

exactlty it's an EPIC deal. I paid $150 for mine 

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