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Good Deal? Worth getting? DT 990 Pro

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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0011UB9CQ

 

The only down side is that the only thing driving them would be my Astro Mixamp until at least mid-november.

 

What do you guys think? This or I can get the DT 770 80 ohm for $182.

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It's about regular price.  Whether to get them or not depends on what kind of sound/headphones you're looking for!

 

http://camelcamelcamel.com/Beyerdynamic-DT-990-Pro-250-Professional-Acoustically-Applications/product/B0011UB9CQ?context=browse


Edited by GirgleMirt - 10/17/13 at 5:43pm
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I'm looking for a headset that has a good sound stage, comfortable and has a great value for the price. I was first looking at the DT 770s but these are like $40 cheaper and most comparisons I've read people have said they prefer ed the 990s.

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I'm looking for a headset that has a good sound stage, comfortable and has a great value for the price. I was first looking at the DT 770s but these are like $40 cheaper and most comparisons I've read people have said they prefer ed the 990s.

 

Have both and listen to them depending on music selection or if I need to wear a closed headphone.  If I have something with a thumping bass line or there's people in the room then its the 770's; otherwise 990's.

 

If I was going to buy just one of these two, it'd be the 990's. 

 

That said, the highs can be harsh sometimes and if I was going to buy one headphone in this price range it would be the Sennheiser HD558 now on Amazon for $129...a better value in my opinion.

 

www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-504631-HD-558-Headphones/dp/B004FEEY9A

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Have both and listen to them depending on music selection or if I need to wear a closed headphone.  If I have something with a thumping bass line or there's people in the room then its the 770's; otherwise 990's.

 

If I was going to buy just one of these two, it'd be the 990's. 

 

That said, the highs can be harsh sometimes and if I was going to buy one headphone in this price range it would be the Sennheiser HD558 now on Amazon for $129...a better value in my opinion.

 

www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-504631-HD-558-Headphones/dp/B004FEEY9A

Unfortunately I'm from Canada and that amazon reseller doesn't ship to Canada. The cheapest I found the 558s in Canada are for $199.

 

I'm thinking just get the dt 990s and for xmas or something get an Fiio e10.

 

Still looking for opinions!

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DT990 Pro is technically better than HD558 and is actually more in the league with HD600 and 650, in my opinion. However, DT990 Pro has some issues with the frequency response - the bass is boosted and doesn't sound entirely hi-fi, while the treble is even more boosted and can be really fatiguing to the ears and unnatural sounding with a lot of music. Luckily DT990 responds well to EQ'ing, so its V-shaped tonal balance can be fixed quite easily. In terms of sound quality, DT990 has slightly muddier, less textured bass and a bit less resolution in the mids than the Sennheiser HD6** series, but better quality, more resolving, smoother highs, better dynamics, and a bigger soundstage as well. Compared to Sennheiser HD5** series, DT990 is technically superior in almost every way by a sizeable margin. At $200 and below, it's definitely a great value, if you don't mind doing a bit of EQ'ing to tame the treble.

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DT990 Pro is technically better than HD558 and is actually more in the league with HD600 and 650, in my opinion. However, DT990 Pro has some issues with the frequency response - the bass is boosted and doesn't sound entirely hi-fi, while the treble is even more boosted and can be really fatiguing to the ears and unnatural sounding with a lot of music. Luckily DT990 responds well to EQ'ing, so its V-shaped tonal balance can be fixed quite easily. In terms of sound quality, DT990 has slightly muddier, less textured bass and a bit less resolution in the mids than the Sennheiser HD6** series, but better quality, more resolving, smoother highs, better dynamics, and a bigger soundstage as well. Compared to Sennheiser HD5** series, DT990 is technically superior in almost every way by a sizeable margin. At $200 and below, it's definitely a great value, if you don't mind doing a bit of EQ'ing to tame the treble.

Would recommend listening to both and deciding based on that as every one has different sound signature preferences.

 

From my perspective, I like (and own) them both but would choose the 558s over the 990s if I could only have one set of headphones.  The build quality of Beyers is always top notch.  That said, unless your going to be throwing your headphones around the 558s are plenty sturdy and will do fine.

 

Another way to tame the Piercing highs is to get a tube amp...sounds very nice.  Very glad I have both headphones!

 

In the end though, as I move forward for a next set of neutral headphones, I'll be choosing between the Sennhesier 600s and the AKG701s and have ruled out the Beyer 880s

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I have DT990pro. I don't find the highs boosted at all. Not hardly. If anything, they sound a bit dark on top. FWIW, I play HD files, SACDs,  an occasional Redbook offering and lots of vinyl. I also found that the cans need a good amplifier to really shine. Otherwise, they lack clarity, the bass sounds overblown, and the highs can be peaky, depending. Good luck.

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Now, it is only 153.。。

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 I have DT990pro. I don't find the highs boosted at all. Not hardly. If anything, they sound a bit dark on top.

Are you sure you have the Beyerdynamics DT990pro?  I'd say that the highs on my 990s 600 ohms are brighter than my Grados SR80s...

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/682425/anybody-else-has-a-love-hate-relationship-with-beyer-990

 

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I have DT990pro. I don't find the highs boosted at all. Not hardly. If anything, they sound a bit dark on top. FWIW, I play HD files, SACDs,  an occasional Redbook offering and lots of vinyl. I also found that the cans need a good amplifier to really shine. Otherwise, they lack clarity, the bass sounds overblown, and the highs can be peaky, depending. Good luck.

Think this and other posts really emphasize the different sound signature preferences...many commenting have own(ed) these and have varying impressions....would be good if you can listen first.

Shaffer, are you running your 990s through a tube or solid state amp? It's been my experience that they can occasionally be harsh on some songs and awesome on others even with lossless files. The tube amp removes this issue...making them my most 'fun' headphone.
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Are you sure you have the Beyerdynamics DT990pro?  I'd say that the highs on my 990s 600 ohms are brighter than my Grados SR80s...

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/682425/anybody-else-has-a-love-hate-relationship-with-beyer-990

 

 

Is this the time we discuss what it takes to measure cans, or do we talk about listening to graphs? Both are thrilling topics.

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Shaffer, are you running your 990s through a tube or solid state amp? It's been my experience that they can occasionally be harsh on some songs and awesome on others even with lossless files. The tube amp removes this issue...making them my most 'fun' headphone.

 

I have both tube and ss. One can hardly expect a good transducer not to reproduce the information on the recording, whether one likes the production values or not.


Edited by Shaffer - 10/20/13 at 12:33pm
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I have both tube and ss. One can hardly expect a good transducer not to reproduce the information on the recording, whether one likes the production values or not.


Very true -- was trying to help the OP with his question and possible alternatives.

 

Truth is on these forums, you'd probably have significant (roughly equal) numbers of people arguing the merits (and demerits) of the Sennheiser sound vs the Beyer sound until their blue in the face.  Personally, I enjoy both but would still highly recommend listening to both of them if at all possible; especially if he's only going to own one set of cans. 

 

FWIW, my approach has always been to own a variety of 'transducers'.  I did this even in my 'stereo' system days decades ago.  As I think about it, people had the same arguments back then just regarding speakers -- Dynamic (B&W) vs ESL (Quad) vs Planar (Maggies) vs Horn (Klipsch) and amps -- Tube (Audio Research) vs SS (Threshold).  Nothing much has changed!

 

The cool thing about headphones is that I can own 'multiple systems' for a fraction of the price...listening to headphones that best suit the music (or even my mood).  In the end, hopefully we help the OP with his first major purchase in hobby and beyond.

 

BTW - do you listen to your 990s mostly on the SS or the Tube setup?

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