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DT990 brightness?

post #1 of 37
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I recently got a pair of 600 ohm DT990s and so far i have really liked the sound.  The bass isn't as big as everyone claims (which was a bit of a let down, but they have a spot in my collection nonetheless) and yes the mids are a bit recessed but that makes a lot of the music I listen to  a little smoother and more laid back which is nice sometimes.  What I don't get is the talk about people not being able to handle the treble.  I just don't find them that bright at all.  But then again it could just be that the music I listen to doesn't have a lot of treble to begin with.

 

I'd like to hear some tracks that people found way too bright with DT990s just to see if it's just my ears or is it just my superior musical tastes ;)


Edited by bassboysam - 12/14/13 at 6:56am
post #2 of 37

The DT990, 880, and 770 all share the same drivers. If you wanted a little more bass impact, you could try putting some cloth material on the inside of the cups against the grill to make them seal a bit more, like the DT770 (fully closed). I can't recommend any songs that make them sound bright though, as I've never heard a pair. I used to own both of it's brothers though.

 

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post #3 of 37
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thanks for the recommendation, but I ended up getting a pair of D2000s and they hit the spot as far as bass heavy cans for me.  The DT990s are what I use when I'm in the mood for something in between the D2000 and AD2KX or RS1.

post #4 of 37

The DT990 has big bass-- for open headphones.  If you're coming from closed headphones then they could seem anemic potentially.

post #5 of 37

I love my D2000. Love it.

post #6 of 37
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I'd like to hear some tracks that people found way too bright with DT990s just to see if it's just my ears or is it just my superior musical tastes ;)

 

Try some electronica. 

My guess is that you are not sensitive to treble like other guys. Which amp are you using? 

post #7 of 37
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Try some electronica. 

My guess is that you are not sensitive to treble like other guys. Which amp are you using? 

 

 

various amps.  E10 on my PC, E17 for portable and WA6 at home.

post #8 of 37
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listened to some electronica, brighter but nothing painful.  Having said that my wife couldn't handle it at all but she had no problems with my music through the DT990.  So it must be combination of me not being very sensitive to treble and my music generally doesn't have that much treble energy.

 

Having said that, my ears are extremely sensitive to aggressive high mids in the 1KHz-4Khz range.


Edited by bassboysam - 12/14/13 at 9:06am
post #9 of 37

Try Straitjacket by Alanis Morissette.  Ideally an original file or preview from itunes.

post #10 of 37
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Try Straitjacket by Alanis Morissette.  Ideally an original file or preview from itunes.


Definitely not bright for me.  The DT990 accentuates the already scooped recording but other than that it sounds fine to me.  I never found it painful.

post #11 of 37

i own the dt990 250ohm, i dont understand why it doesnt have a lot of bass for you... (maybe theres difference between the 600 and 250) you guys are such bassheads lol. back to the topic, dt990 is painful for me time to time, i usually dont feel the pain until for a while like 30 mins of listening or more. how long do you listen for?

post #12 of 37
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I'm not saying they don't have bass because they do but I was expecting a lot more based on the reviews and comments.

I've used them for hours with no fatigue. But as I stated earlier it seems most if the music I listen to doesn't really have a lit of treble to begin with.
post #13 of 37

In my opinion DT990 sound warm, textured and detailed with most high quality recordings.

post #14 of 37
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Definitely not bright for me.  The DT990 accentuates the already scooped recording but other than that it sounds fine to me.  I never found it painful.

 

 

Then you either have hearing loss or a very high tolerance for sibilance.  Also it could be whatever upstream components your DT990 is plugged in to aren't resolving enough in the treble.  I know going from iMac to Magni/Modi or even Asgard2/Uber Bifrost for me brings out a whole lot of treble information in recordings.

post #15 of 37
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In my opinion DT990 sound warm, textured and detailed with most high quality recordings.

To my ears, DT990 was anything but warm. Seriously shrill highs. Ugh, really couldn't like it.

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