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Poll Results: beyerdynamic dt 990 pro VS AT-AD900x

 
  • 50% (2)
    beyerdynamic dt 990 pro
  • 50% (2)
    AT-AD900x
4 Total Votes  
post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

Hello Head-Fi, Sorry for any errors this is my first account/post on this site.

 

I'm pretty new to audio, so sorry in advance.

 

I am looking for full open back headphones with a max budget of $200-250.

 

So far the best ones I have found have been the DT-990 pro (Found it for $150) AT-ad900x i also heard the akg-701/2 are good but they are really expensive so not sure if they would be worth it.

 

I am looking for open head phones which are

 

1- Music audio, I listen to to a wide range of music so i would need a large sound stage. 

I listen to classical (Yanni, Secret Garden), dark ambient (Dark Sanctuary), classic/alternative rock (lots) , symphonic/power metal (Within Temptation, Avantasia). Along with many other genres but pretty much no modern pop music.

 

2- Comfortable as i will need to wear them almost all day (one reason why the DT-990 seems good)

 

3- gaming I am a PC gamer.  

 

4- Durable as my young cousins may end up finding them. (They'll be destroyed pretty fast if that happens) 

 

5- preferably leather ear pads as its really hot here so cloth would be hot on my ears or at least replaceable ear pads like on the DT-990 pros (you can add leather ear-pads).

 

6- nice materials but that's not really important, as long as the're strong.

 

The most important music genres would be Classical, symphonic-metal and rock.

 

I will be running them primarily on my PC. On a formula IV black edition motherboard. It can power up to 600 ohm headphones and should have good audio quality i have never tested though as i will be getting my new PC in about a week or 2. I will also be using my Ipod touch.

 

 

I apologies for my lack of knowledge about audio.  

 

Thanks help really needed thanks.


Edited by icebrain1 - 12/19/13 at 5:13am
post #2 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by icebrain1 View Post
 

Hello Head-Fi, Sorry for any errors this is my first account/post on this site.

 

I'm pretty new to audio, so sorry in advance.

 

I am looking for full open back headphones with a max budget of $200-250.

 

So far the best ones I have found have been the DT-990 pro (Found it for $150) AT-ad900x i also heard the akg-701/2 are good but they are really expensive so not sure if they would be worth it.

 

I am looking for open head phones which are

 

1- Music audio, I listen to to a wide range of music so i would need a large sound stage. 

I listen to classical (Yanni, Secret Garden), dark ambient (Dark Sanctuary), classic/alternative rock (lots) , symphonic/power metal (Within Temptation, Avantasia). Along with many other genres but pretty much no modern pop music.

 

2- Comfortable as i will need to wear them almost all day (one reason why the DT-990 seems good)

 

3- gaming I am a PC gamer.  

 

4- Durable as my young cousins may end up finding them. (They'll be destroyed pretty fast if that happens) 

 

5- preferably leather ear pads as its really hot here so cloth would be hot on my ears or at least replaceable ear pads like on the DT-990 pros (you can add leather ear-pads).

 

6- nice materials but that's not really important, as long as the're strong.

 

The most important music genres would be Classical, symphonic-metal and rock.

 

I will be running them primarily on my PC. On a formula IV black edition motherboard. It can power up to 600 ohm headphones and should have good audio quality i have never tested though as i will be getting my new PC in about a week or 2. I will also be using my Ipod touch.

 

 

I apologies for my lack of knowledge about audio.  

 

Thanks help really needed thanks.

 

 

 

well i can tell you one thing for sure, the dt990 is built like a tank, i dont think i can destroy it if i want to lol... the bass can be a bit overpowering for you, it is for me. im ok with its comfort, sound quality wise, i think its pretty good. the soundstage is noticeably wider than my sony z1000 which is a closed can. on the akg, arent they priced within your budget? they should be... or at least close to your budget, shouldnt be too much of a stretch... just saying

 

 

 

almost forgot to greet you properly, welcome to head-fi and sorry about your wallet! :p


Edited by reddragon - 12/19/13 at 5:19am
post #3 of 20
Thread Starter 

Ya, there is a $100 dollar difference between them though.

 

Is the sound much better on them?

 

PS

 

The best/most expensive headphones i have owned have been Sony XB500s fot $75.

so don't have to much info about other high end headsets other than what i read in reviews.

 

Thank you.

post #4 of 20

The DT990 has a near-sibilant treble, you should try them first IMO.

 

And the Q701 is only $220, within your budget.

post #5 of 20
Thread Starter 

Thanks, are there any differences between the Q and k models.

also is there much differance between the 701 and 702?

 

Also is there any way to replace the ear pads to leather or or leatherette.

 

Thank you very much, i needed something with clear vocals.

post #6 of 20

you should consider sony mdr ma900

post #7 of 20
Thread Starter 

Ya i was checking it a while back but lots of review say they are better for gaming and films than music.

 

I need headphone primarily for music other stuff come second.

 

Thanks.

post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by icebrain1 View Post
 

Thanks, are there any differences between the Q and k models.

also is there much differance between the 701 and 702?

 

Also is there any way to replace the ear pads to leather or or leatherette.

 

Thank you very much, i needed something with clear vocals.

 

if clear vocal is your only concern, dt990 does have clear vocals (going with just my ears, no statistics to back my claim up). 

post #9 of 20
Thread Starter 

Lol the decision keeps getting harder.

 

So i guess its down to the DT 990 Pro or the AKG Q701.

 

Any idea on which is easier to drive?

 

Thank you.

post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by icebrain1 View Post
 

Lol the decision keeps getting harder.

 

So i guess its down to the DT 990 Pro or the AKG Q701.

 

Any idea on which is easier to drive?

 

Thank you.

Well the DT 990 Pro 250 ohm is the $150 and you can drive it with a inexpensive $50 Fiio E11

 

BUt the q701 is easier to drive although it's not nearly built as well.

 

And I owned the DT 990 for a year [still owna DT 880] for gaming, toughness, comfort and clarity for $150 the DT 990 is hard to beat... I've seen some issues with AKG's having hinge cracks... as others have said the DT 990 is built like a tank... but it is harder to drive 

post #11 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by icebrain1 View Post
 

Lol the decision keeps getting harder.

 

So i guess its down to the DT 990 Pro or the AKG Q701.

 

Any idea on which is easier to drive?

 

Thank you.

 

 

 

no they are not quite the same. the dt990 (for me) is pretty bass heavy and the q701 i have only heard it once but i remember it as pretty light on bass.

post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by reddragon View Post
 

 

 

 

no they are not quite the same. the dt990 (for me) is pretty bass heavy and the q701 i have only heard it once but i remember it as pretty light on bass.

Yea that is also true, 

post #13 of 20
Thread Starter 

Thank you everybody for all the advice.

 

I think I may go with dt990 pros.

I can buy them locally, and they seem like the best all round cans.

I also read some threads, even though the q701 has lower impedance they require much better amp to drive.

So seems like it may be easier to use the Beyers.

 

one more thing though lots of people say the highest highs are overbearing on the Beyers.

any one know EQ setting or something i could do to reduce them, if they turn out to be to much.

 

Thanks.

post #14 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by icebrain1 View Post
 

Thank you everybody for all the advice.

 

I think I may go with dt990 pros.

I can buy them locally, and they seem like the best all round cans.

I also read some threads, even though the q701 has lower impedance they require much better amp to drive.

So seems like it may be easier to use the Beyers.

 

one more thing though lots of people say the highest highs are overbearing on the Beyers.

any one know EQ setting or something i could do to reduce them, if they turn out to be to much.

 

Thanks.

Oh yea you can fiddle with eq between 5-15k it'll take you about 10 mins to tone the eq down a smidge and if you looking for an amp in teh future the Schiit Vali does a nice job with the highs 

post #15 of 20
Thread Starter 

Thank you very much.

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